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Sandbox: Time to settle Redondo Beach’s 30 year old debate

by Steve Diels Let’s face the facts. The Redondo Beach Waterfront has become a major safety hazard and has long lost its allure. Residents knew this long before our City Council began moving toward waterfront revitalization nearly a decade ago. “We’ve got a mess” agrees Councilmember Brand. The public process is designed for transparency and […]

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Buddhist monk brings message of peace to Rancho Palos Verdes

by Jenna Rose Robbins Bhante Sujatha doesn’t quite fit the stereotype of a Buddhist monk. After living in the United States for more than two decades, he’s become quite Westernized, even to the point of managing his own numerous social media accounts, which he does via his smartphone. “My weather karma and selfless service #‎adding‬‬ […]

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Sandbox: Redondo Waterfront’s once-in-100-years opportunity

by Martin F. Holmes Rescue Our Waterfront cofounder The CenterCal Waterfront is a lose­-lose for Redondo Beach businesses, and taxpayers. A successful Waterfront will need to match the economic output of The Grove in West Los Angeles. Do you want that in your backyard? An unsuccessful Waterfront will replace 220,000 square feet of bad business […]

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“They didn’t counter hate with hate; they countered it with love”: A Redondo Union student’s father observes the Westboro counter-protest

by Jeff Klopmeyer It’s been 30 years since I was a high school student, but on Monday, January 11 2016, I learned a lesson at Redondo Union High School that will stay with me forever. My son is a student at RUHS, and about a week ago, I received an email from the school to […]

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Endless session, Day 122: Ocean therapy, Frank, Boris, and me

Endless session, Day 122:  Ocean therapy, Frank, Boris, and me

by Morgan Sliff One third down. 122 days of consecutive ear to ear smiles and continuous mental, physical, and spiritual growth.  Beginning this endeavor was all about finding myself again.  For a few years I was taking life much too seriously, and felt like I lost the spark I always had – surfing and most […]

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Local inventor gives GoPro a cinematic lift

Local inventor gives GoPro a cinematic lift

by Jennifer Passaro In the mechanics of an old-fashioned eggbeater Ben Swanson found the bevel he needed to gear his videography. At 23, Swanson, a Rancho Palos Verdes native, is the creator of MicroJib, a portable camera jib for the adventurous everyday cinematographer. The MicroJib is, as the website touts, a GoPro Pole, reinvented. It […]

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GospelbeacH rekindle Beachwood Sparks

GospelbeacH rekindle  Beachwood Sparks

by Whitney E. Youngs   Just like The Byrds, GospelbeacH got its start as an accidental rock band in Los Angeles. It all began with two guys playing the same gig and later jamming over a couple of beers in a studio named the Crabshack. “GospelbeacH got formed a piece at a time,” says lead […]

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Rethinking Redondo’s mixed-use

by Jim Light There are multiple types of mixed-use development. In this case we are specifically addressing the current vertical mixed-use zoning defined in Redondo Beach zoning ordinances. Building a Better Redondo is opposed to the current Mixed-Use Zoning designations in Redondo. But BBR is not alone in this opposition, nor is this opposition a […]

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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 […]

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Considering mixed-use

by Randy Berler  Author’s Note: I was asked by the Easy Reader to comment on the purpose of mixed use zoning and its relationship to Redondo Beach. It has been over 6 years since I retired as Planning Director of Redondo Beach. I have had no conversations with city officials, city staff, developers, community members […]

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Children’s Burn Foundation brings teen burn survivor from Cameroon for treatment at Torrance Memorial

Children’s Burn Foundation brings teen burn survivor from Cameroon for treatment at Torrance Memorial

by Colleen Farrell/ Torrance Memorial Medical Center Jespa Awomah, 16, is experiencing many firsts this month—first time on a plane, first time watching TV and first time using a cell phone or computer. But the biggest firsts he is hoping for is the first use of his right arm and the ability to close his […]

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“Knobs,” A Surf Short filmed at Redondo Beach. [SURF VIDEO]

“Knobs,” A Surf Short filmed at Redondo Beach. [SURF VIDEO]

If you did not attend the 2015 Beach Shorts Film Festival at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse this last Saturday, here’s one of the shorts that got very loud applause…and heckling (It’s a surf film, so it’s expected). Filmed over three days at the Avenues in Redondo Beach and “Gotham Point” at Torrance Beach,  “Knobs” was […]

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Surfing 4a Cure 2015

Surfing 4a Cure 2015

by Brendan Simmons On July 19, 2015 the Young and Brave foundation hosted the 4th annual Surfing 4a Cure event at Torrance Beach to raise funds and awareness toward pediatric cancer research. Surfing 4a Cure is a surf relay where multiple teams gather for 6 hours of surfing and take turns in and out of […]

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BEACH HOMES – Sweet work

BEACH HOMES – Sweet work

Architect Robert Sweet pairs the needs of his clients with the bigger picture: the movement of the sun, the angle of the wind, the direction of the building, and the feel of the neighborhood.

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Fast and furious: Dodge Challenger R/T

Fast and furious: Dodge Challenger R/T

Dodge’s latest hemi was a fitting companion for Vin Diesel   by Ben Lewis Our fluorescent green (Dodge calls it “Sublime Green Pearl” ) Hemi Challenger showed up just two days before the opening night of Furious 7. The car gods were looking out for us. The Challenger is a great looking car, strong, powerful, […]

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