David Mendez

Anatomy of an election: How Measure C won Redondo

Anatomy of an election: How Measure C won Redondo

by David Mendez Early on Wednesday, March 8, when it became clear that Measure C was becoming the law of the land, the once-still parking lot outside of Samba Brazilian Steakhouse began to rattle. Cheers were erupting through a back door leading to election watch party jointly held by supporters of Measure C and a […]

 David Mendez

Lagoon mechanical issues may halt Redondo fireworks

Lagoon mechanical issues may halt Redondo fireworks

  by David Mendez Redondo Beach’s traditional Seaside Lagoon Fourth of July celebration may be in jeopardy, thanks to ongoing water quality issues and recent mechanical failures with the Seaside Lagoon’s pumping system. On March 13, the Redondo Beach City Council had to choose between four options for a Fourth of July fireworks show: Running […]

 David Mendez

Redondo renewable energy study passes despite split vote

Redondo renewable energy study passes despite split vote

  by David Mendez Two years ago, the Redondo Beach City Council moved to explore joining a joint-powers agreement that would, literally, join the city’s electrical power together with that of neighboring cities. In the process, Redondo Beach would push toward using renewable energy sources. At the Council’s March 21 meeting, plans to further explore […]

 David Mendez

David Hadley considering run in 2018 governor race

David Hadley considering run in 2018 governor race

by David Mendez Former State Assemblyman David Hadley has formed an exploratory committee to run for the Governor’s seat in 2018. This makes him the first Republican challenger with elected experience vying for the seat that will be vacated by termed-out Governor Jerry Brown. “I continue to care deeply about the future of this state […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach schools honored with Green Ribbon

Redondo Beach schools honored with Green Ribbon

by David Mendez The Redondo Beach Unified School District, as well as six of its schools, were honored at Redondo Union High School by the California State Superintendent of Public Education on Friday during a ceremony recognizing schools and districts from across the state teaching “green” ideals. State Superintendent Tom Torlakson was on hand at […]

 David Mendez

Victors celebrate in post-election Redondo Beach council meeting

Victors celebrate in post-election Redondo Beach council meeting

by David Mendez The first meeting of the Redondo Beach City Council following the March 7 election wasn’t quite business as usual for the city’s decision-making body: Non-agenda public comment lasted two hours as supporters of “slow-growth” Mayor-elect Bill Brand and harbor zoning-altering Measure C celebrated their victory. The comment period was intended by some […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

Lunafest: Women Behind the Camera

Lunafest: Women Behind the Camera

“Lunafest” returns to Redondo Beach Established in 2000 by Luna, the company that produces the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, “Lunafest” is a traveling show, each year going from city to city to screen the latest short films by talented female filmmakers. In the South Bay, “Lunafest” is hosted by Soroptimist of Manhattan Beach, which […]

 Kevin Cody

Remembering a mother taken too soon

Remembering a mother taken too soon

On the afternoon, of August 18, 2014 who would have known that a 10-year-old little girl would never get to see her mother again. Who would have known that a little girl would have to live her life without her mother, forever.

 Kevin Cody

Cancer Support Redondo Beach announces essay winners

Cancer Support Redondo Beach announces essay winners

Over 80 South Bay middle and high school students with family members suffering from or lost to cancer submitted essays about their experiences to a contest sponsored by Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach.

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach City Council runoff may tip balance of power

Redondo Beach City Council runoff may tip balance of power

by David Mendez With three Redondo Beach City Council seats up for grabs alongside that of the Mayor, the potential existed for a complete sweep by candidates aligned with Mayor-elect Bill Brand. However, the victory of John Gran in District 4  balanced out Todd Loewenstein’s District 2 win. Now, the result of a possible runoff election […]

 David Mendez

Measure brings “C change” to the Redondo Beach waterfront

Measure brings “C change” to the Redondo Beach waterfront

by David Mendez Early returns signaled it, but by midnight it was confirmed: Measure C, new zoning for the Redondo Beach waterfront, was chosen by voters as the new law of the land. The measure won 57.3 percent of the vote, earning 6,102 votes in favor versus 4,541 opposed. “I’m still in shock,” said Rescue […]

 David Mendez

A Brand new day in Redondo Beach

A Brand new day in Redondo Beach

by David Mendez As Steve Aspel predicted often throughout the city’s tumultuous election season, the sun came up again on March 8. With it came a new mayor for Redondo Beach. Councilman Bill Brand defeated incumbent Mayor Steve Aspel 51.91 percent to 43.81 percent on election night, by 855 votes, capping off a night in […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach mayoral candidates offer angles on leadership

Redondo Beach mayoral candidates offer angles on leadership

  by David Mendez Steve Aspel and Bill Brand are leading the race, aligned in many ways but differing on how the City moves forward. Michael Ian Sachs wants everyone to work together, while Chris Mowatt’s an idea man. And all the while, Eric Coleman is bringing the noise, hammer included. The Redondo Beach Mayoral […]

 Special Contributor

Sandbox: A Measure’s Chicanery [OPINION]

Sandbox: A Measure’s Chicanery [OPINION]

by Steve Diels Redondo Beach City Treasurer, former City Councilmember Measure C fails to resolve any important issue facing our community. Measure C merely risks diverting scarce resources — your money and your time — to the political ambitions of a few activists. Our little coastal community is flanked by the Pacific Ocean and the 10 million […]

 David Mendez

Taste of Blue Zones event benefits local schools

Taste of Blue Zones event benefits local schools

  by David Mendez The Manhattan Beach Civic Center will be chock-full of food on Sunday, as 23 restaurants from Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beach will join together for local schools. Taste of Blue Zones, a foodie festival organized by the Beach Cities Health District, aims to give Beach Cities citizens an idea of the […]