David Mendez

Draft EIR meetings bring out Waterfront critics

by David Mendez For a few hours Saturday morning, Pat Aust’s hands were full with public complaints for the first time in months. Wearing an aqua blue sticker indicating his support for CenterCal’s proposed Waterfront project, Aust stood in the lobby outside of Jan. 9’s city-sponsored Draft Environmental Impact Report public forum, fielding compliments and […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Union receives bomb threat, determined hoax

Redondo Union receives bomb threat, determined hoax

  by David Mendez Redondo Union High School was threatened with what was ultimately a bomb hoax on Friday morning, according to a release by the Redondo Beach Police Department. At 9:41 a.m., a call came across RBPD’s front desk, non-emergency line. What played was a recorded message, offering a non-specific threat of a bomb on the […]

 Kevin Cody

Redondo Fun Factory owner retains leasehold in middle of waterfront development

Redondo Fun Factory  owner retains leasehold in middle of waterfront development

Redondo Fun Factory arcade owner Steve Shoemaker believes the city wants to terminate his pier lease early to make way for a proposed waterfront development. City officials say they are prepared to wait for the lease to expire in 12 years.

 Kevin Cody

Boat sinks in King Harbor Marina, refloated by LA County Lifeguards

Boat sinks in King Harbor Marina, refloated by LA County Lifeguards

Rolling Hills resident John Balk had stopped in at the King Harbor Marina office to get his dock key remagnetized Saturday morning when office coordinator Staci Gabrielli offered him her condolences.
“I’m so sorry about your boat,” she said. “What’s wrong with my boat?” Bald asked. “It sunk,” Gabrielli said.

 David Mendez

Redondo Union High School counter-protest “drowns” Westboro Baptist Church

Redondo Union High School counter-protest “drowns” Westboro Baptist Church

by David Mendez They arrived two minutes late, left two minutes early and in the interim, as one person said, the Westboro Baptist Church was “drowned out by love.” Citizens of Redondo Beach, and from around the South Bay, turned out en masse to support the students of Redondo Union High School in a counter-protest […]

 Kevin Cody

El Niño Swell No. 1 hits South Bay beaches

El Niño Swell No. 1 hits South Bay beaches

The “Godzilla” of El Ninos showed promise of living up to its hype by delivering 20-foot-plus waves to South Bay beaches in just the first week of the new year.

 David Mendez

Rebuilding Christmas: When a fire devastated a local family, Redondo stepped in

Rebuilding Christmas: When a fire devastated a local family, Redondo stepped in

by David Mendez Two nights before Christmas, the lives of the Crawford family — Will, Marilyn and Matthew — were turned upside down. The three were walking back from Buca di Beppo, having just enjoyed a dinner with extended family, when they heard sirens coming from their neighborhood. Chris Voisey was at a gathering with […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach to City to update low-emission vehicle pool rules

Redondo Beach to City to update low-emission vehicle pool rules

by David Mendez The Redondo Beach City Council Tuesday discussed an update to its vehicle fleet services guide, allowing city staff to expand its purchasing options with regards to low- and zero-emission vehicles as part of the city’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. The request was made by council at the city’s Oct. 14 […]

 Kevin Cody

Redondo Breakwater surfers rescue fellow surfer after fall on rocks

Redondo Breakwater surfers rescue fellow surfer after fall on rocks

Longtime Redondo Breakwater surfer Doug “Doc” Scheller was rescued by fellow Breakwater veterans Thursday morning after he fell into a crevice while attempting to jump off the rocks in 15- to 20-foot surf.

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach councilman Sammarco applauds new public safety plans

Redondo Beach councilman Sammarco applauds new public safety plans

Redondo Beach District 4 councilman Steve Sammarco took a moment early in Tuesday’s City Council meeting to clarify remarks he made at last month’s Dec. 15 meeting.   “My comments weren’t as an outsider, they were as a team member; I take full responsibility for any inadequacies in our public safety, and we’re going to […]

 David Mendez

About Town in Redondo Beach: Community drills down on Waterfront Draft EIR

About Town in Redondo Beach: Community drills down on Waterfront Draft EIR

  Final Waterfront Draft EIR Public Forum Members of the public wishing to offer comment on the Redondo Waterfront Draft Environmental Impact Report have one more opportunity to do so before the city and their peers this Saturday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 300 N. Harbor Dr. This […]

 David Mendez

2015 Year in Review: Redondo Beach fights over mixed-used development

2015 Year in Review: Redondo Beach fights over mixed-used development

A sign planted by Legado Redondo opponents in the Redondo Beach Civic Center traffic circle. Photo by David Mendez   by David Mendez It was the year of mixed-use development battles in Redondo Beach. Two separate, nearby projects along Pacific Coast Highway in South Redondo were the sharp focus of many residents, who conflated the […]

 David Mendez

2015 Year in Review: Redondo Beach’s waterfront fight intensifies, abates

2015 Year in Review: Redondo Beach’s waterfront fight intensifies, abates

    by David Mendez After a tumultuous 2015, the future of the Redondo Beach waterfront appears to have cleared up, ever so slightly. Despite a defeated ballot measure that some feared would result in guaranteeing the AES power plant’s retention into the future, the power plant’s land is on the market, the result of […]

 David Mendez

2015 Year in Review: Redondo Beach council politics: A year of campaign dustups, lines in the sand and recusals

2015 Year in Review: Redondo Beach council politics: A year of campaign dustups, lines in the sand and recusals

Christian Anthony Horvath shares a kiss with his wife on May 12. Horvath ended the night down 16 votes, but came ahead of his opponent, Candace Allen Nafissi, by 12 votes during a second ballot count on May 18. Photo by David Mendez   by David Mendez Last March, a wide-open field of seven candidates […]

 David Mendez

Shade Hotel Redondo will open in April 2016

by David Mendez Despite a project build that has been marred with delays, the Shade Redondo Beach hotel finally has a solid opening date, according to owner Mike Zislis: April 2016. Though the April date comes a year after the initially-projected open date, Zislis isn’t fazed — the three-story, 54 room boutique hotel already has […]