David Mendez

City observes King with event, monument

City observes King with event, monument

by David Mendez When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke before an assembly at Cornell College’s King’s Chapel on Oct. 15, 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he did so amid the tensions of the Civil Rights Movement. On that day, he decried the extreme positions of optimists and pessimists — those who either felt […]

 David Mendez

Budding developers win Lieu’s contest

Budding developers win Lieu’s contest

by David Mendez Two Redondo Union High School seniors were honored at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Redondo Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education. Julian Quevedo and Koray Mentesoglu, respectively, won first place and honorable mention in the 2019 Congressional App Challenge, sponsored by Representative Ted Lieu. Quevedo and Mentesoglu supported each other throughout […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach About Town

Signature count appears to force Gran recall; official count pending Proponents of the effort to recall Redondo Beach District 4 Councilman John Gran may have cleared the bar to force a recall election. A raw count of 2,814 signatures was submitted to the Redondo Beach City Clerk’s office on Jan. 9, alongside 240 signed requests […]

 Kevin Cody

Torrance Beach delivers for Dive N’ Surf/SB Boardriders contest

Torrance Beach delivers for Dive N’ Surf/SB Boardriders contest

Following a week of solid surf, the South Bay was forecast to go flat on Saturday, the day scheduled for the Dive N’ Surf/South Bay Boardriders Contest at Torrance Beach. So the contest was pushed back a day, and held Sunday. The decision paid off.

 David Mendez

Gran hits the pavement as recall petition window closes

Gran hits the pavement as recall petition window closes

by David Mendez By the end of the day on Jan. 9, Redondo Beach Councilman John Gran will better know if he’ll face a recall election stemming, in part, from his decision against a study to switch from municipal fire services to contracting with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. But Gran seems confident going […]

 David Mendez

Football levels playing field for RBPD cop, autistic man

Football levels playing field for RBPD cop, autistic man

by David Mendez A Redondo Beach police officer made a developmentally-disabled man’s day shortly after the end of the holiday season — just weeks after police were called to a disturbance call allegedly caused by that same man. On Dec. 12, RBPD Officer Evan Sackett was one of a group of officers called to respond […]

 Paul Teetor

Sea Hawks win opener with assist from Leuzinger trainer

Sea Hawks win opener with assist from Leuzinger trainer

by Paul Teetor The Redondo boys basketball team started its quest for an eighth consecutive Bay League title with a much-closer-than-it-sounds 59-51 victory over Leuzinger Tuesday night. More impressively, they held Amound Anderson, who came in to the Sea Hawk Pavilion averaging 28 points a game, to just one point in the Bay League opener […]

 David Mendez

Redondo’s commission vacancies a sign of electoral dysfunction

by David Mendez You need only four people to run a Redondo Beach commission meeting. That’s the minimum of appointed members to form a quorum on those boards, which exist largely to give advice to the city’s elected leaders and staff. On Oct. 9, only three members of the city’s Recreation and Parks Commission were […]

 Kevin Cody

Redondo Beach Mayor Brand still the citizen-activist after a decade in office

Redondo Beach Mayor Brand still the citizen-activist after a decade in office

Despite eight years on the council and two years as mayor, Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand continues to advocate like a political outsider.

 Judy Rae

On Local Government – Public safety and other services

On Local Government – Public safety and other services

by Bob Pinzler The dominance of public safety in the budgets of our local governments indicates its importance to the people they serve. It also emphasizes the influence police and fire departments have over those governments. That influence can produce confrontative situations, making structural reform nearly impossible. For example, nobody can determine the number of […]

 David Mendez

Coffee cart stolen from non-profit amid holidays

Coffee cart stolen from non-profit amid holidays

by David Mendez ICAN, the Redondo Beach-based non-profit that teaches job and life skills with people with developmental disabilities, is seeking to recover after a coffee cart and trailer — valued at nearly $20,000 — was stolen from their forthcoming new home in Torrance. “Our clients are super sad, some were crying when they found […]

 David Mendez

RBPD rallies behind cancer diagnosis

RBPD rallies behind cancer diagnosis

by David Mendez Earlier this month, Redondo Beach Police Captain Jon Naylor received a request from his 11-year-old daughter Cait — she wanted him to shave her head. Getting home from a shift, he found out that a chunk of her hair had fallen out. Cait was near the end of her first month of […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach 2019 year in review

Redondo Beach 2019 year in review

Labor pains and waterfront changes mark Redondo’s 2019  by David Mendez Labor pains A 16 month stalemate between the City of Redondo Beach and its police officers ended in October, when the City Council approved a 2 percent base pay raise and a one-time bonus for each member of the Redondo Beach Police Officers Association. […]

 Ryan McDonald

Children’s Hospital thrift shop to temporarily close for renovations

Children’s Hospital thrift shop to temporarily close for renovations

by Ryan McDonald Several years ago, Redondo Beach resident Terri Burschinger was standing behind the counter at the South Bay Auxiliary Thrift Shop when a man offered her a nest of metal wires. It’s a lobster trap, the man offered helpfully. Burschinger, a vice president of the Auxiliary, said the lobster trap eventually found a […]

 David Mendez

King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade 2019

King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade 2019

Hundreds turned out to watch the King Harbor Yacht Club’s 2019 King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade from all across the Redondo Beach waterfront on Saturday, Dec. 14. Waterfront Education’s Terapin took home the top Sweepstakes award from a field of 14 participating boats. Mark Hansen, the organizing committee’s seemingly-tireless representative, attributed the smaller crowd of […]

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