Mark McDermott

Young gardeners reap harvest

School children at all eight elementary campuses in Redondo Unified are growing gardens, part of a program aimed at increasing environmental and health-conscious awareness.

 Mark McDermott

Beach Cities vie to become Vitality City

A cutting edge program aimed at improving entire communities’ health and longevity could be coming to the Beach Cities.

 Mark McDermott

City launches campaign to save lagoon

A line has been drawn in the lagoon. And the troops are rallying on Facebook. The City Council last week reacted to a potential $21.2 billion fine by suspending operation of the saltwater pool in the Seaside Lagoon, indefinitely. At the same time, Mayor Mike Gin launched a “Save Seaside Lagoon” Facebook page to spearhead […]

 Mark McDermott

Arts campus launches on Aviation

The Redondo Performing Arts Campus, a newly formed partnership of four businesses within the Redondo Plaza, has made the 1600 block of Aviation an emerging artistic hub for kids.

 Mark McDermott

Threat of $21 billion fine closes pool

The City Council voted Tuesday night to suspend operation of the Seaside Lagoon’s saltwater pool indefinitely after a state regulatory agency calculated the city is liable for as much as $21.2 billion in fines for past water outflow violations.

 Mark McDermott

New rainwater harvesting system becomes the drought tolerant pool

Mike Garcia’s home looks like that of the prototypical Californian water thief. Despite that fact Garcia – like everyone else in Southern California – lives in a desert, there is water, water everywhere surrounding his North Redondo Beach home. His front yard contains three waterfalls, a banana tree, and a tree that bears little red […]

 Mark McDermott

Electronics store thief busted


Police detectives last Wednesday arrested a man described as “prolific vehicle burglar” who targeted shoppers at electronics stores throughout the South Bay.

 Mark McDermott

Grave robbers steal military markers

Police are searching for three bronze military markers that were stolen from the graves of military veterans sometime late Thursday night or early Friday morning. The grave markers, taken from Pacific Crest Cemetery on 182nd Street, were pried off cement platforms, presumably for the value of the bronze. “It’s pretty egregious,” said Sgt. Peter Grimm […]

 Mark McDermott

Battle over harbor zoning intensifies

by Mark McDermott After a nearly decade-long pitched battle over harbor zoning, things managed to become somewhat more muddled in the wake of Tuesday night’s City Council action. The council voted to send its proposed Coastal Land Use Plan to a citywide public vote, possibly as soon as November. But the action fell short of […]

 Mark McDermott

RBUSD, BCHD may partner on pool


The Redondo Beach Unified School District is building a $9.8 million aquatics center and looking for ways to open it up for broad community use.

 Mark McDermott

Police search for man who shot at officer

An intense, ten hour manhunt failed to locate a man suspected of shooting at a Redondo Beach police officer in the early hours of Monday morning.

 Mark McDermott

Councilman Steve Diels sues Republican congressional candidate Pete Kesterson

Redondo Beach Councilman Steve Diels last week filed a lawsuit against Republican congressional candidate Pete Kesterson and the California Secretary of State, protesting Kesterson’s ballot designation. Kesterson’s states that his occupation is “taxpayer advocate.” Kesterson, a Redondo Beach resident and chair of the city’s budget and finance commission, subsequently withdrew his proposed ballot designation and […]

 Mark McDermott

Wee Man’s Chronic adventure

Jason “Wee Man” Acuña is a pro skateboarder, a professional jackass, and perhaps the most popular dwarf the world has ever known. Now he is also a purveyor of fine tacos, bringing Wee Man’s Chronic Tacos to the South Bay. Mainly, though, he just wants to have fun.

 Mark McDermott

Teachers accept early retirement

Sixteen of the 70 teachers offered a year’s salary as an incentive to retire early have accepted. Tuesday night the Redondo Beach Unified School District school board unanimously approved the retirement package.

 Mark McDermott

Education Foundation rallies for schools

The Redondo Beach Education Foundation hopes to double its contribution this year and give $200,000 towards elementary music and arts, teacher grants, and various other educational programs. But thus far only four percent of parents in the district have joined.