Judy Rae

On Local Government – Changes in cityscape

by Bob Pinzler With a lot of time at hand, with closed gyms, walking restrictions, cancelled movie screenings, and only take out from restaurants, I’ve been trying to envision what things will be like for municipalities when we pull out of this self-imposed isolation period. We may have unintentionally accelerated our transition to a new, […]

 Easy Reader Staff

On Local Government – Spring training brings no asterisk

by Bob Pinzler I am a genetic Dodger fan. I was born in Brooklyn and went to Ebbets Field in the three years before they moved. When I first arrived in LA for a new job in 1976, the radio in the rental car I got had its radio set to the Dodgers’ station, so […]

 Easy Reader Staff

On local government – Council should appeal plan for 791 new Manhattan homes

by Mark Burton The City of Manhattan Beach could be required to build an additional 791 housing units by 2029 under the Southern California Association of Government’s  (SCAG) draft Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). How do you go from a previous housing goal of 38 to 791? Yes, in a city that was fully built […]

 Judy Rae

On Local Government – A ‘Clearview ‘ of our dark secrets

by Bob Pinzler Facial recognition technology has improved exponentially over the past decade as processing capabilities and enhanced artificial intelligence algorithms have become available. Clearview AI has combined this technology with personal images posted on social media sites, into what is believed to be the world’s most ubiquitous database of facial recognition information According to […]

 Easy Reader Staff

On Local Government – Health District 3.0 a no go

by Bob Pinzler The Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is desperately trying to convince residents that a “Silver Tsunami” is going to inundate the Beach Cities and leave senior citizens with no place to go if they wish to leave their homes for assisted living communities. But, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), […]

 Easy Reader Staff

On Local Government – Phone breadcrumb trail is no fairy tale

by Bob Pinzler The New York Times recently published a fascinating, interactive piece showing how others can use your cell phone as a tracking device. This tracking was not done by the government, nor was a search warrant required. All the Times needed was to obtain this data from a location data company, which received […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Will more taxes or transparency save Redondo’s budget?

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 […]

 Easy Reader Staff

On Manhattan  government

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 […]

 Kevin Cody

On Local Government: A fond farewell

On Local Government: A fond farewell

by Bob Pinzler Sixteen years ago, after I finished my second term on the Redondo Beach City Council, one of my friends asked me what was the most frustrating part of the job. I told him that it was the general lack of knowledge about the impact city government has on one’s everyday life. On […]

 Mark McDermott

On Local Government: It’s all about the data

On Local Government: It’s all about the data

by Bob Pinzler I know a great deal about license plate recognition (LPR), having been part owner of a company that was one of the two earliest entrants into that market in the US. So, one would think I would be happy to see that Manhattan Beach is planning on placing LPR systems on intersections […]

 Easy Reader Staff

On Local Government: Density is not the apocalypse

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 […]

 Kevin Cody

Ex Torrance wrestler Rocky Chavez swings for U.S. Senate

Ex Torrance wrestler Rocky Chavez swings for U.S. Senate

“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.

 Easy Reader Staff

On local government: cover-up always worse than the crime

Remembering what you lied about. That is part of the problem with lying. The other problem is having the lie so easily uncovered.

 Easy Reader Staff

On Local Government: It’s the job you chose

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 […]

 Easy Reader Staff

The logic of illogic: Charlie Beck and Waze

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 […]

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