Kevin Cody

Old school music instruction at Music Focus

by Karl Grossman It’s with great pleasure I write to you future dwellers of our great music quest here in 2013. No doubt some of this report may find you wriggling with laughter. We actually have to put things in our ears or use conical paper housings coupled to electro-magnets to hear sounds. Sonic implantation […]

 Kevin Cody

Chevron El Segundo covers new and old energy bases

by Rod Spackman Yesterday, you may have seen one of the six large steel drums that make up the core elements of our Coker Unit being transported along Pacific Coast Highway, from King Harbor in Redondo Beach. Over the past year, we have been working with our neighbor cities to plan this activity, which is […]

 Kevin Cody

Climbing the financial Wall of Worry in 2013

by Bob Franko Two years ago, as the economy was beginning to recover, I wrote about “The Start of a Virtuous Cycle.” Last year, I said the future looked bright for 2012. Looking back, both articles were pretty much on point. Things turned around in 2011, and then we looked back on 2012 and marveled […]

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AES power plant to play key role in Redondo Beach

by Jenifer Didlo California is boldly going where no state has gone before. We’re increasing our use of renewable energy to 33 percent by 2020, targeting an 80 percent reduction in green-house-gas emissions by 2050 and drastically reducing our use of ocean water for power generation by 2021 — all while maintaining stable, reliable electricity […]

 Kevin Cody

Tipping the health scales in Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo

by Lisa Santora, MD, MPH on health The childhood obesity epidemic reached our community in the early 2000s. In 2005, California Physical Fitness Testing results showed that more than 25 percent of Redondo Beach elementary school children were overweight. That year, the Beach Cities Health District created the LiveWell Kids obesity prevention program to halt […]

 Kevin Cody

Church is not just a place in the beach cities

by Chris Canon On January 27 of this year, Malibu Presbyterian Church opened the doors of their newly rebuilt sanctuary. Five years earlier, their church had been gutted by the Canyon Fire, which charred more than 4,000 acres and destroyed 21 structures. When asked by local media how it felt to have his church burn […]

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The newspaper is dead

by Dave Andrews The newspaper is dead. Yes, I said it, and I said it in a newspaper. Before everyone gets upset and sends me negative tweets and posts lets all recognize that we need to figure out a way for the newspaper industry to evolve before it ceases to exist. If you are one […]

 Kevin Cody

Newspapers looking for death sentence reprieve

At the crowded opening of Congressman Henry Waxman’s office at Raleigh Studios last month, I asked the Beach Cities’ new Representative his opinion on oil drilling in Hermosa Beach’s tidelands. The ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee is not easily blindsided. Though his district was expanded just this year to include the […]

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Community college training key to California economy

by Ted W. Lieu, Senator, 28th Senate District California is turning the corner. For the first time in a long time, we have a balanced state budget this year, with a projected surplus next year. We created more jobs last year than any other state, and at a higher rate. The Los Angeles Economic Development […]

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Better is the new more in beach city architecture

by Michael Lee, AIA My grandparents bought their property in North Manhattan Beach in 1952 for $900. That was big money in the 1950s, but the lot they purchased was in a sweet location, with an ocean view, on one of the new “walk streets,” a couple of blocks from the beach. My grandfather, an […]

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Restaurant families expanding in the beach cities

by Greg McNally I recently conducted a non-scientific survey of local restaurants. I took out my trusted notebook and toured from 8th Street in Hermosa Beach to 15th Street in Manhattan Beach, counting all the restaurants west of Valley Drive. I counted  108, not including markets, liquor stores and two wine shops. Of the 108 […]

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Measure A would revitalize Redondo waterfront

by Jim Light and Bill Brand Measure A gives Redondo voters a once in a lifetime opportunity to permanently rid our waterfront of the AES power plant and its economic, environmental and health impacts.  But AES wants to build a new power plant; and they are not going down without a fight. Measure A stems […]

 Kevin Cody

Low inventory bode well for beach for real estate

by Raju Chhabria The current SouthBay residential real estate market in the SouthBay is a strong one. Inventory is low. Manhattan Beach only has 40 properties on the Multiple Listing Service as active, ranging from a townhouse in ManhattanVillage for $779,000 to my listing at 1240  fifth Street for $7.99 million. Hermosa Beach has even […]

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It’s not Hermosa’s oil

by George Schmeltzer Twenty years ago the issue of oil drilling in Hermosa Beach was put to bed by a vote of the people, or so we thought. Now, it’s back with a vengeance and the residents of this “best little beach city” must do battle once again with a very well-funded and determined oil […]

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Remodels rip out the bells and whistles

Flashy upgrades with all the bells and whistles are out and functionality is in for today’s homeowners considering remodeling. In the aftermath of the housing market crisis, remodeling projects have become less pretentious, focusing more on living spaces. Homeowners are putting their money into open floor plan designs and multi-purpose rooms. We’ve also seen a […]

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