David Mendez

‘Bicycle Diaries’ catalyst for change in Redondo, Beach Cities

‘Bicycle Diaries’ catalyst for change in Redondo, Beach Cities

  by David Mendez When Redondo Beach Library Director Susan Anderson brainstormed this year’s Book to Action series, events focused on improving the area with a book at its center, David Byrne’s “Bicycle Diaries” jumped to the top of her list. “We were looking for a book on cycling the would provide for rich discussion, […]

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Redondo Beach planning commission tables marijuana discussion

Redondo Beach planning commission tables marijuana discussion

The future of recreational marijuana use in Redondo Beach is still hazy.

  by David Mendez The future of recreational marijuana use in Redondo Beach is still hazy following a hearing by the Redondo Beach Planning Commission held, in what was surely a coincidence, on April 20. The members of the Planning Commission elected to continue the public hearing to the next meeting, where they plan to […]

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About Town in Redondo Beach: Passport services move from City Hall to Artesia Blvd.

The City of Redondo Beach’s passport services desk has moved to the Redondo Beach Community Services building at 1922 Artesia Boulevard. The switch, which took place two weeks ago, brings the passport desk to North Redondo from its previous home at the Redondo Beach City Clerk’s office. “It’s partially a bandwidth situation; the Clerk’s office […]

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Redondo Beach Planning Commission to discuss marijuana use

Redondo Beach Planning Commission to discuss marijuana use

Tonight, on April 20, a public hearing discussing local ordinances related to the Adult Use of Marijuana Act will be held by the Redondo Beach Planning Commission. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, otherwise known as Proposition 64, was passed by voters on Nov. 8. That same night, the Redondo Beach City Council passed an […]

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Digital memory ‘time capsule’ to mark Redondo’s 125th birthday

  by David Mendez When John La Rock, Redondo Beach’s Community Services Director, visited his future home for the first time, he couldn’t help but be struck by the city’s Performing Arts Center. “I was coming up Aviation Boulevard in a taxi, and [coming up] that crest of Aviation…and I found the facility to be […]

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Redondo Beach scouts’ Little Free Library unveiled in Anderson Park

Redondo Beach scouts’ Little Free Library unveiled in Anderson Park

  by David Mendez As the members of North Redondo Girl Scout Troop 7485 got ready to unveil their Little Free Library in Redondo Beach’s Anderson Park on Tuesday, April 18, Minh Nguyen smiled. “We’re proud to say that it’s up to code,” he said. The project, a father/daughter program that was built with the […]

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Redondo Beach moves forward on energy program study

Redondo Beach moves forward on energy program study

by David Mendez The City of Redondo Beach is cautiously continuing its look toward providing renewable energy for itself and its residents, directing staff to analyze the effects of participating in a joint agreement with other cities throughout the South Bay or L.A. County. The action is essentially a do-over of direction made on March […]

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Teenager killed in Palos Verdes skateboarding crash

by David Mendez A Manhattan Beach teenager was killed last Friday in Palos Verdes Estates when he lost control while skateboarding alongside a car. Sandro McIlroy, 15, was pronounced dead at Torrance Memorial Hospital on April 7, after responders transported him from the scene of the incident, on the 500 block of Epping Road. He […]

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Brand New Day – Redondo Beach’s new Mayor’s views shaped by surf, travel and activism

Brand New Day – Redondo Beach’s new Mayor’s views shaped by surf, travel and activism

  by David Mendez It always seems to come back to surfing with Bill Brand, even with his campaign literature. One of Brand’s political mailers depicts Brand in what seems to be a familiar state for him: sandy, sodden with saltwater, wearing a wetsuit and carrying a surfboard. The Pacific Ocean looms in the background, […]

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A comedy of envelopes at Redondo Beach City Council

A comedy of envelopes at Redondo Beach City Council

by David Mendez Much ado was made about envelopes at the Redondo Beach City Council’s April 11 meeting, when nearly an hour was spent discussing a Measure C-related resolution that was pulled from the agenda by popular request. At Council’s April 4 meeting, the City certified the March 7 election results, including zoning changes brought […]

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Up in the air: The passage of new zoning has left the Redondo Beach waterfront’s future in doubt. What’s next?

Up in the air: The passage of new zoning has left the Redondo Beach waterfront’s future in doubt. What’s next?

  By David Mendez Nearly a month after the passage of Redondo Beach’s harbor-area rezoning Measure C, the future of the Redondo waterfront is cloudier than it’s been in years. Mayor Bill Brand has a dream for a master-planned waterfront that incorporates both City-controlled leaseholds and the land under the AES power plant site. CenterCal […]

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LA District Attorney serves warrant at Redondo Beach Fire Station No. 1

LA District Attorney serves warrant at Redondo Beach Fire Station No. 1

by David Mendez Officials both from the City of Redondo Beach and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office have confirmed that investigators served a search warrant at the Redondo Beach Fire Department’s Station No. 1 on Tuesday, March 28. According to City Manager Joe Hoefgen, the City was not informed of the search ahead […]

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Sign of the times: Aspel, Sammarco say farewell; Brand, Gran and Loewenstein take oath

Sign of the times: Aspel, Sammarco say farewell; Brand, Gran and Loewenstein take oath

  by David Mendez When City Attorney Michael Webb was recruited to give Steve Aspel the Key to the City on the outgoing mayor’s last day in office, one idea popped into his mind. “Payback,” Webb said, “for 12 years where many sentences by then-Councilman and later Mayor Aspel started ‘the City Attorney won’t like […]

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Spirit of a survivor: Schiewe charges forward despite cancer, brain disease

Spirit of a survivor: Schiewe charges forward despite cancer, brain disease

  by David Mendez Carol Schiewe has survived cancer, twice. She lives with the knowledge that she is the 271st person to have been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder. She works out every day, for hours at a time, in order to ensure that she has a fighting chance to see her daughter build […]

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Beach Cities Cycling Club Kicks off Challenge ride

Beach Cities Cycling Club Kicks off Challenge ride

Alisa Stein, Samantha Corti, Sean Pantellere, Leticia Sanchez and Jim Hannon at the Best Buddies Challenge kickoff ride. Photo by David Mendezby David Mendez For thirteen years, Jim Hannon has partnered with Best Buddies to promote their activities in and around the Beach Cities. But no matter how long he works with them, the organization […]

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