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→

 Kevin Cody

Redondo Beach Easter Sunrise Service to benefit domestic program

Redondo Beach Easter Sunrise Service to benefit domestic program

Each year, Redondo Beach churches join together to celebrate Easter with a sunrise service at Veteran’s Park. This Sunday will be the 58th anniversary of the tradition music and inspirational messages.

 David Mendez

A survivor’s story: How William Harvey survived the Holocaust and what he learned

A survivor’s story: How William Harvey survived the Holocaust and what he learned

  by David Mendez When William Harvey awoke, face down, in German barracks in late March 1945, he couldn’t believe his eyes. “I thought I was in a five star hotel,” he recalled. For the first time in more than a year, he was resting. No one was beating him, or yelling at him. He…Read More→

 Brad Jacobson

Driven To The Sea (video short)

Driven To The Sea (video short)

Driven to the sea features short clips taken from across the South Bay which represents the oceans influence over us.  This was filmed in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and El Segundo by Brad Jacobson of Civic Couch productions.

 David Mendez

Shade Redondo sidelined by burst pipe

Shade Redondo sidelined by burst pipe

by David Mendez The long-embattled Shade Redondo hotel has hit yet another snag on its way to completion, as a burst water pipe has severely damaged at least two dozen completed hotel rooms. “It looks like a crime scene over there,” said owner Mike Zislis. The rooms, he said, were done — wallpapered, tiled, with…Read More→

 David Mendez

Beach Cities Health District CEO Susan Burden to step down in October

Beach Cities Health District CEO Susan Burden to step down in October

by David Mendez Beach Cities Health District CEO Susan Burden is calling it a career after 12 years, the organization announced on Monday. Burden plans to formally notify the Health District’s Board of Directors of her contract non-renewal request at the Board’s March 23 meeting. She would formally step down at her contract’s end on…Read More→

 David Mendez

Parks win in Redondo Beach Budget Discussions

  by David Mendez The Redondo Beach City Council took aim at the city’s status as a “park poor” community last night, as part of its Fiscal Year 2015-16 mid-year budget adjustments. The motion, put forward by District 3 councilman Christian Horvath, created an Open-Space Acquisition fund, seeding it with $300,000. His motion also set…Read More→

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach School Board talks field turf at Birney

  by David Mendez Birney Elementary School is among the smallest school sites in Redondo Beach — an eye test from a map tells you that you could drop Birney’s land area directly onto that of most any school in the Redondo Beach Unified School District and still have space left over. So when District…Read More→