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 […]

 David Mendez

Supervisors approve deaf-accessible warning system at Torrance Beach

Supervisors approve deaf-accessible warning system at Torrance Beach

by David Mendez An emergency evacuation system designed for hard-of-hearing beachgoers has gotten the green light from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, likely setting a Torrance Beach pilot program to be ready in time for the return of warm weather. On Tuesday, the Supervisors approved a pilot program for the Beach Emergency Evacuation […]

 Judy Rae

Word on the Street 12-12-19

Word on the Street 12-12-19

Happenings around the South Bay

 David Mendez

ICAN show empowers new artists

ICAN show empowers new artists

by David Mendez On Friday night, a few hundred feet off of Broadway, tucked behind a small church in South Redondo, a modest crowd had gathered to celebrate a group of men and women with developmental disabilities — many of whom were putting their art before the public for the first time. ICAN California Abilities […]

 David Mendez

Redondo plans sale of contested surplus land

Redondo plans sale of contested surplus land

by David Mendez The City of Redondo Beach will endeavor to sell a surplus piece of property near the intersection of Torrance Boulevard and Lucia Avenue. The lot has been the subject of minor land dispute amid the long-ago construction of a shed, attempts to purchase the land by adjacent property owner, and feuding colored […]

 Judy Rae

Beach people – ‘SB Community Factor’

Weeks after Los Angeles County Firefighter and former NFL player Eric Stevens married his college sweetheart Amanda, the 30-year-old Palos Verdes Peninsula High graduate was diagnosed with ALS. While at Peninsula, he earned All Bay League honors in football and wrestling. After playing for Cal, he was signed by the Rams in 2013. Last month, […]

 Kevin Cody

Passing of Body Glove’s, Dive N’ Surf’s Patty Meistrell marks end of a dynasty, end of an era

Passing of Body Glove’s, Dive N’ Surf’s Patty Meistrell marks end of a dynasty, end of an era

The passing of Patty Meistrell, the First Lady of Body Glove and Dive N’ Surf marks the end of a dynasty and of an era.

 David Mendez

Tripping over health: The Blue Zones Project’s plan to re-engineer communities, one city at a time

Tripping over health: The Blue Zones Project’s plan to re-engineer communities, one city at a time

by David Mendez A broad smile flashed across Dan Buettner’s face when he took the stage at Sherwood Hall in Salinas, California on June 26. His presentations, by this point, are well-oiled — he’s gotten good at rolling into a city and offering a plan for their residents to turn around their health. “You’re the […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach’s sales tax ballot measure dies amid council infighting

Redondo Beach’s sales tax ballot measure dies amid council infighting

by David Mendez A plan for the Redondo Beach City Council to place a sales tax increase on the March 2020 ballot died on Tuesday night. Its killer was nominally an impassioned comment by Councilman John Gran that Councilman Nils Nehrenhem called “lashing out.” But the fault clearly went deeper, to the schism between the […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach About Town

This week’s 2019 Santa Sleigh Schedule The Redondo Beach Police Officers Association Santa Sleigh — an annual tradition in which police escort Santa Claus around Redondo Beach neighborhoods — has started on its tour of the city, beginning on Dec. 2. According to RBPOA, this is a chance for residents to come out of their homes, […]

 Kevin Cody

General John Kelly’s stories from Trump’s Oval Office elicit laughter, sighs

General John Kelly’s stories from Trump’s Oval Office elicit laughter, sighs

Four Star Marine Corps General (Ret.) John Kelly took the stage at the Redondo Performing Arts Center to address Distinguished Speaker Series subscribers on Nov. 21, just a few hours after  U.S. Ukrainian Embassy staffer David Holmes testified before the House Impeachment Inquiry Hearing. Holmes claimed that the withholding of nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine was “likely intended by the president” to pressure Ukraine into investigating rival presidential candidate Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter. 

 David Mendez

Kirshak defends crown, women shred at RB Police King of the Harbor Skateboard championship

Kirshak defends crown, women shred at RB Police King of the Harbor Skateboard championship

by David Mendez The third year of Redondo Beach’s pierside skateboard contest was a stunning success beyond even the imagination of the city’s top cop. More than 160 people — men, women, teens, and children — registered for the 2019 King of the Harbor Skateboard Championship, with a registration line stretching out from the Octagon […]