Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck wants the crowdsourced traffic app Waze to remove its notifications of police locations because, he believes, it threatens their lives. Knowing these locations, he says, will enable people who wish to do ill to police, such as occurred in New York City when two officers were assassinated as […]
After years of gazing at navels and the flapping of gums, there are suddenly two active proposals for the waterfront area of Redondo Beach. The CenterCal project seeks to revitalize the long past moribund Harbor area with more than a half million square feet of a variety of retail, boutique hotel, movie theater and other […]
Should the decision, and cost, to do a recount be left to candidates?
The debate over Net Neutrality and how it affects the South Bay.
It seems like the simplest thing in the world. Open your tap and pure…well, sort of…water comes out. As end users, we don’t give it much thought. But, two actions taken this week by the Bureau of Reclamation in the Southwestern US may have tremendous long term repercussions. In the Sacramento area, the flow of […]
At one time, the Chumash Indians didn’t have to think about what belonged to them and what didn’t. Boundaries were artificial and determined by history and power. Then, the Americans came along. Concentrated into reservations, their areas of “ownership” were clearly defined into jurisdictional boundaries that were considered that of sovereign nations. Those reservations generally […]
I have always loved municipal piers. Generally, they are highly democratic places with people from every walk of life sharing the joys of fresh air, nearly limitless views and the odd collection of “mom and pop” retail outlets offering everything from food to knick-knacks, reflecting the makeup of the area. Rarely, if ever, have I […]
Last week, I was asked about the candidacy of John Bowler to the Hermosa Beach City Council. The question was not why he would run, but what would he want to do this for again? As opposed to Redondo Beach, where I served on the Council, Hermosa Beach has no term limits. (Redondo Council members […]
Two horrible incidents that occurred in the last week should be red flags to communities who are setting up potentially problematic projects. The Asiana crash in San Francisco and the train derailment, with an ensuing explosion and fire, in Quebec, should have particularly gotten the attention of the people, and elected leaders, of Hermosa Beach. […]
The accusations are flying fast and furious. The tension is mounting. Too bad the job that the candidates for the Redondo Beach City Treasurer’s office are fighting about is as meaningless as, oh, the Mayor’s, whose neutered role is only to bang a gavel and cut a ribbon or two. The two candidates for this […]
While it sounds like something you used to get slapped in the face for uttering, this word has become the cry of outrage from environmentalists regarding natural gas drilling. It is an outrage worth considering, but those who speak about it must know what they are talking about. Otherwise, it could become a rationale for […]
Every election tells a tale. Last week’s in Redondo Beach was no different. Probably the most contentious issue on the ballot was the measure to change the zoning around the AES power plant and, it was contended, force AES to ultimately remove its visual blight from the City. As some of you may know, Redondo […]
In the post-mortems from the Presidential election, the biggest news was how President Obama’s team used technology to win and how Nate Silver used technology to analyze. In both cases, the source that created the strategy to success was data, and lots of it. In general terms, it is known as “Big Data.” The discussion […]
“First…, kill all the lawyers.” Shakespeare had it right in “Henry VI.” No matter which way you turn, some lawyer is bilking a City by either charging too much for the simplest of opinions, providing overwrought advice or, particularly in the case of those cities dumb enough to elect these people, relying on people who […]
These past few weeks have given us many opportunities to shake our heads in bemusement at the activities of others. As a long-time football fan, I rooted for thePennStateteams fielded by Joe Paterno because they seemed to exemplify what was good about the collegiate athletic experience. The coach was an erudite leader who seemed to […]