David Mendez

Usurping the throne: South Bay Bicycle Coalition’s Jim Hannon seeks to end the supremacy of the automobile

Usurping the throne: South Bay Bicycle Coalition’s Jim Hannon seeks to end the supremacy of the automobile

  by David Mendez Last year, Jim Hannon was laid up with a broken hip following a bike accident. He’s no spring chicken — his hair color steered toward the “salt” in salt and pepper long ago — but his doctors credited his years of riding bicycles for his good health and quick recovery. “After…Read More→

 David Mendez

Former wrestling star Joanie “Chyna” Laurer found dead in Redondo Beach home

Former pro wrestling star Joanie “Chyna” Laurer was found dead in her home along the Esplanade, according to Redondo Beach Police. She was 45 years old. On Wednesday, April 20, police were dispatched to an apartment along the 900 block of the Esplanade following a 911 call made by a friend of the occupant, later determined…Read More→

 David Mendez

Sea Hawk family: Redondo Union, community rallies around teen after her father’s passing

by David Mendez She knew he loved her. That much was clear. But when 17-year-old Jeannette Echavarria lost her father, Greg, on April 8, her world was rocked. “I think she was shocked,” said Redondo Union High School Track and Field Coach Bob Leetch. “She didn’t know where to turn or what to do.” That’s…Read More→

 David Mendez

Future of Redondo Beach’s Seaside Lagoon questioned

Future of Redondo Beach’s Seaside Lagoon questioned

by David Mendez Redondo Beach’s Seaside Lagoon has been in flux since before Waterfront developer CenterCal’s proposal to open the saltwater swimming hole to the ocean. But a report indicating how much the city is fined by regional and national for the Lagoon’s operation, and how those fines will only increase going forward, further called…Read More→

 Mike Purpus

Poznik loved spearing white sea bass, riding white sharks

Poznik loved spearing white sea bass, riding white sharks

I first met Taras Poznik about 10 years ago when my next door neighbor Bob Carlson

 David Mendez

Late-night crash in Redondo Beach causes Manhattan Beach gas fire, power outage

by David Mendez A late-night car crash in Redondo Beach caused power outages and a gas fire, closing roads through the next morning. According to Redondo Beach police, two cars collided at Aviation Boulevard and Carnegie around 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, striking a nearby utility pole and blowing out a transformer. Shortly after, a gas…Read More→

 David Mendez

Police searching for ‘broad daylight’ bank robber

Police searching for ‘broad daylight’ bank robber

  Redondo Beach police are searching for a man who, clad in UCLA gear, robbed a South Redondo bank in broad daylight on Thursday. At approximately 12:48 p.m., a man walked into US Bank, 1217 N. Catalina Ave., and gave a note to the teller, saying that he was armed and demanding money. The teller…Read More→

 David Mendez

South Bay ESL students examples of ‘hard work, commitment’

South Bay ESL students examples of ‘hard work, commitment’

by David Mendez Gisela Rojas, Maria Barrera and Alicia Lobos don’t fit the typical demographic of student presenters at meetings of the Redondo Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education. But as District Superintendent Steven Keller said, the three women, enrolled in English as a Second Language courses at South Bay Adult School, are examples…Read More→

 Kevin Cody

South Bay Waterman Taras Poznik dies in pursuit of giant white sea bass

South Bay Waterman Taras Poznik dies in pursuit of giant white sea bass

Dive N Surf dive boat skipper, free diver and surfer Taras Poznik lost his life Thursday while free diving of off Palos Verdes for giant white Sea Bass.

 David Mendez

Shining stars: Ericka Sazo-Gonzales and her team stand up for victims and survivors of domestic violence

Shining stars: Ericka Sazo-Gonzales and her team stand up for victims and survivors of domestic violence

by David Mendez The sun was setting behind the Redondo Beach Police Station when a woman named Caroline took the stage. It was mid-October 2015, the night of the Redondo Beach Police Department’s Candlelight Vigil to raise awareness against Domestic Violence. Caroline was shaking as she looked out over the crowd. Just minutes earlier, she…Read More→

 David Mendez

City Council returns Legado Redondo project to Planning Commission

City Council returns Legado Redondo project to Planning Commission

by David Mendez At the end of a six-and-a-half-hour meeting, the Redondo Beach City Council, ultimately, voted for the path of greatest safety regarding an appeal of the Legado Redondo project…and the developer’s legal team. The council unanimously voted to send Legado’s Mediterranean-styled 146 apartment unit, 23,764 commercial square-foot design back to the city’s Planning…Read More→

 David Mendez

Redondo Union Principal Wesley moves to District Office; Brandt to be promoted

Redondo Union Principal Wesley moves to District Office; Brandt to be promoted

  By David Mendez This summer, Redondo Union High School Principal Nicole Wesley will be stepping down from her position as the leader of Redondo Beach’s only high school, transitioning to a district administration role. In the process, she’ll be handing the reins down to a man she considers her co-principal, current RUHS Assistant Principal…Read More→

 David Mendez

Senior residents struggle as Redondo Beach complex undergoes construction

by David Mendez Marlene Wexler is 81 years old, and has lived at the Heritage Pointe Senior Apartment complex for nearly 20 years. “I was full of piss and vinegar back then,” she said. “I still have a little bit of that left in me, too.” She’s using that fight left in her against the…Read More→

 David Mendez

Trump-inspired hat stolen from statue outside Redondo Beach salon

Trump-inspired hat stolen from statue outside Redondo Beach salon

by David Mendez Redondo Beach Police are searching for suspects who are believed to have stolen a Donald Trump-inspired decorative hat from the statue of a head outside of the Joe Oliveri Hair Design salon, at 1401 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. Police say that, on March 8 around 2 a.m., three people stole a large,…Read More→

 Brad Jacobson

Barrels, barrels, and more barrels in Episode 6 of Chasing El Nino

Barrels, barrels, and more barrels in Episode 6 of Chasing El Nino

This is Civic Couch’s sixth episode in its series “Chasing El Nino,” presented by Manhattan Beach Toyota and the Easy Reader. It was filmed during the first half of March by Civic Couch’s Brad Jacobson. In Chasing El Nino, Jacobson documents what the El Nino winter means for surfers, our beaches and surrounding areas. At the end of…Read More→