by Bob Pinzler Over the past few weeks, Redondo Beach has been considering increasing the local sales tax from 9.5 percent to, ultimately, 10.25 percent. This increase has been deemed necessary to resolve the long-standing structural deficit. This is the result of financial problems that are built into the ongoing business of the city, as […]
Roundhouse anniversary a private public partnership by Mark Burton The Roundhouse Aquarium will celebrate its 40th Anniversary this month, starting with an open house in conjunction with the annual holiday Pier Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, November 20. Although Manhattan Beach is a full-service city, local government can’t do it all. The aquarium is an example […]
by Bob Pinzler Over the past twenty or so years, those who would try to build a wall around the City of Redondo Beach have used traffic as their chief urban planning bugaboo. Now, they have a new one…density. Density does have its limits. The ugly high rise buildings along Esplanade are perfect examples of […]
“Marine Corp officers must be 5-foot-6. I’m 5-foot-3,” retired Marine Corp Colonel Rocky Chavez said. The former Torrance High and El Camino College wrestling team captain was speaking to the Republican Lincoln Club last month at the Torrance Marriott. He added, “Never get in a fight with someone willing to lose an eye to take your throat. I’ll fight my way across the state.
Chavez is mounting an underdog campaign to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate.
Remembering what you lied about. That is part of the problem with lying. The other problem is having the lie so easily uncovered.
by Bob Pinzler It’s the job you chose. The Mayor of Baldwin Park, a city of about 75,000 people in the San Gabriel Valley, has a problem with a gadfly. A BIG problem that he wants settled by the court. His problem, according to an article published in the LA Times earlier this week, is […]
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck wants the crowdsourced traffic app Waze to remove its notifications of police locations because, he believes, it threatens their lives. Knowing these locations, he says, will enable people who wish to do ill to police, such as occurred in New York City when two officers were assassinated as […]
After years of gazing at navels and the flapping of gums, there are suddenly two active proposals for the waterfront area of Redondo Beach. The CenterCal project seeks to revitalize the long past moribund Harbor area with more than a half million square feet of a variety of retail, boutique hotel, movie theater and other […]
Should the decision, and cost, to do a recount be left to candidates?
The debate over Net Neutrality and how it affects the South Bay.
It seems like the simplest thing in the world. Open your tap and pure…well, sort of…water comes out. As end users, we don’t give it much thought. But, two actions taken this week by the Bureau of Reclamation in the Southwestern US may have tremendous long term repercussions. In the Sacramento area, the flow of […]
At one time, the Chumash Indians didn’t have to think about what belonged to them and what didn’t. Boundaries were artificial and determined by history and power. Then, the Americans came along. Concentrated into reservations, their areas of “ownership” were clearly defined into jurisdictional boundaries that were considered that of sovereign nations. Those reservations generally […]
I have always loved municipal piers. Generally, they are highly democratic places with people from every walk of life sharing the joys of fresh air, nearly limitless views and the odd collection of “mom and pop” retail outlets offering everything from food to knick-knacks, reflecting the makeup of the area. Rarely, if ever, have I […]