Kevin Cody

Ex Torrance wrestler Rocky Chavez swings for U.S. Senate

Ex Torrance wrestler Rocky Chavez swings for U.S. Senate

“Marine Corp officers must be 5-foot-6. I’m 5-foot-3,” retired Marine Corp Colonel Rocky Chavez said. The former Torrance High and El Camino College wrestling team captain was speaking to the Republican Lincoln Club last month at the Torrance Marriott. He added, “Never get in a fight with someone willing to lose an eye to take your throat. I’ll fight my way across the state.
Chavez is mounting an underdog campaign to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate.

 Bob Pinzler

On local government: cover-up always worse than the crime

Remembering what you lied about. That is part of the problem with lying. The other problem is having the lie so easily uncovered.

 Bob Pinzler

On Local Government: It’s the job you chose

by Bob Pinzler  It’s the job you chose. The Mayor of Baldwin Park, a city of about 75,000 people in the San Gabriel Valley, has a problem with a gadfly. A BIG problem that he wants settled by the court. His problem, according to an article published in the LA Times earlier this week, is […]

 Bob Pinzler

The logic of illogic: Charlie Beck and Waze

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 […]

 Bob Pinzler

On Local Government: Regarding AES’s proposal in Redondo Beach, should ‘yes’ be taken as an answer?

On Local Government: Regarding AES’s proposal in Redondo Beach, should ‘yes’ be taken as an answer?

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 […]

 Bob Pinzler

The close election boogie

Should the decision, and cost, to do a recount be left to candidates?

 Bob Pinzler

Net neutrality and the South Bay

Net neutrality and the South Bay

The debate over Net Neutrality and how it affects the South Bay.

 Bob Pinzler

On Local Government: More on California Water Wars

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 […]

 Bob Pinzler

On Local Government – Our own damned fault

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 […]

 Bob Pinzler

Where Am I? [ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT]

Where Am I? [ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT]

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 […]

 Bob Pinzler

On Local Government: the value of experience

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 […]

 Bob Pinzler

On Local Government: Accidents Happen

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. […]

 Bob Pinzler

On Local Government | Working hard for a non-job in Redondo 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 […]

 Bob Pinzler

On Local Government: Regarding Fracking

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 […]

 Bob Pinzler

On Local Government: A Tale of Two Cities (Redondo Beach, north and south)

On Local Government: A Tale of Two Cities (Redondo Beach, north and south)

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 […]

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