David Mendez

Legado granted continuation, will redesign South Redondo project

Legado granted continuation, will redesign South Redondo project

by David Mendez Most members of the public in attendance at last night’s Redondo Beach Planning Commission meeting walked in expecting to witness a death sentence. Instead, many considered themselves blindsided by a stay of execution offered to the Legado Redondo project. Rather than an expected up-down vote on the mixed-use plan, the seven-member panel […]

 Kevin Cody

Lifeguards, swimmers, bikers, remember retired lifeguard, teacher Ed Nelson [PHOTOS]

Lifeguards, swimmers, bikers, remember retired lifeguard, teacher Ed Nelson [PHOTOS]

Ed Nelson’s fellow lifeguards, fellow members of the South Bay Wheelmen and fellow Los Angeles Peninsula Swimmers held an early morning “Weed Wackers” bike ride ride and then swam and paddled out at Torrance Beach for a scattering of his ashes in the sea.

 David Mendez

Woman shot in domestic situation in North Redondo pronounced dead, boyfriend charged with murder

Woman shot in domestic situation in North Redondo pronounced dead, boyfriend charged with murder

A woman shot in a domestic violence situation in North Redondo Beach died early Thursday as a result of her injuries. Around 3:25 a.m., Paige Chiarello, 20, was pronounced dead at a local hospital, due to injuries suffered from a single gunshot wound to the head. Police arrested Roy Rodriguez Jr., Chiarello’s 22-year-old boyfriend, at […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach School District’s Knob Hill project inches forward

Redondo Beach School District’s Knob Hill project inches forward

  After twice being named a surplus property, three ultimately-failed bids, and ten years in limbo, the saga of 320 Knob Hill may have an end in sight. The property, site of the former Patterson Elementary School, was declared surplus by 7-11 committees in 1981 and 2007. It was also the subject of multiple scrapped […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach plays home to Pole Dancing Championships

Redondo Beach plays home to Pole Dancing Championships

For Amy Guion, it began as a joke. A goofy birthday present. “A ‘ha-ha, this could be fun to do with my girlfriends,’ sort of thing,” she said. Growing up, she was a ballet dancer; then, after a back injury put her out of action, she was the coxswain for Loyola Marymount’s crew team — […]

 Kevin Cody

Big summer / The tide in June

Big summer / The tide in June

As they approached the sumptuous brunch, a flock of inordinately large pelicans floated by. In seconds the entire deck was completely plastered with bird droppings. The backyard instantly went from pristine to buried under two inches of white feces.

 Kevin Cody

“The road often traveled: El Camino College”

“The road often traveled: El Camino College”

This is the story of the profound influences that this 2-year community college had on my life. The memories flood the inner folds of my brain as I think back on those turbulent times on college campuses in the 1960s. It was crazy enough everywhere, but exceptionally so in the art departments. That is where I spent most of my time, as I pursued a dream career in the graphic design field.

 Kevin Cody

“The Making of an activist”

“The Making of an activist”

He changed the topic to the Bukowski Library. “What do you think, guys? How ‘bout right over there?” while pointing at Berth 73. “Sure. Why not?” they said with little conviction. Vic left feeling most longies followed sports far more closely than literature, even the stories of a hometown wild man like Bukowski.

 Kevin Cody

“Funny thing, the past. It isn’t”

“Funny thing, the past. It isn’t”

My little sister Norma “remembered” the incident through my telling of it, 40 years later. And sometimes I wondered if it was real, if I had dreamt it or if I made it up, to test her, her loyalty, like the faithful Tonto to the Lone Ranger, my younger sister to me (I, the middle daughter), and at that time, thankfully, the bigger.

 David Mendez

Woman alive following domestic shooting in North Redondo; suspect in custody

Woman alive following domestic shooting in North Redondo; suspect in custody

Police have arrested a man in the shooting of a woman following a short standoff in North Redondo Beach. RBPD responded to a call reporting shots fired around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the 2500 block of Graham Avenue, immediately setting up containment. “One of our officers was able to make contact with the suspect, convincing […]

 David Mendez

Arrest in late-night stabbing takes place at Redondo Beach Marina

Arrest in late-night stabbing takes place at Redondo Beach Marina

Redondo Beach Police have arrested a suspect in the stabbing assault of a man late last night near the Redondo Pier. Mickey Baldwin, 19 years old, of Redondo Beach, was arrested late Wednesday morning at a boat in the Redondo Beach Marina. “We were able to identify him through an interview with the victim, and based […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Pier-area stabbing victim in stable condition; suspect at large

Redondo Pier-area stabbing victim in stable condition; suspect at large

Redondo Beach Police are searching for the suspect in the stabbing assault of a man late last night near the Redondo Pier. RBPD were called to 100 Avenue of the Arts at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, responding to a call for assistance. When they arrived, they found an 18 t0 20 year old man being treated […]

 David Mendez

Missing Redondo Beach girl’s family seeks answers

Missing Redondo Beach girl’s family seeks answers

  It’s been three weeks, and Redondo Beach resident Emily Espinosa is still missing. Espinosa disappeared on Wednesday, July 22, around 8 a.m., shortly after her mother, Krista Valdez, dropped her off at Mira Costa High School, where Emily was attending summer school classes. Internet rumors speculate that Emily ran away from home to go […]

 David Mendez

Beach Cities Health District Chief Dr. Lisa Santora steps down

Beach Cities Health District Chief Dr. Lisa Santora steps down

After seven years, Dr. Lisa Santora will end her tenure as the Chief Medical Officer at Beach Cities Health District at week’s end. Santora is taking a job as the Deputy Public Health Officer for Marin County. The drive, she said, is to relocate her children to a more natural environment — it’s part of […]

 David Mendez

Report shows Redondo Beach’s growth has slowed

Report shows Redondo Beach’s growth has slowed

    The City of Redondo Beach is growing far less than expected, the City Council learned at its August 4 meeting. The meeting, marked by the absences of council members Laura Emdee and Steve Sammarco, revolved almost entirely around a public hearing of the city’s Congestion Management Program. The city’s CMP is discussed annually, […]

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