David Mendez

‘Bicycle Diaries’ catalyst for change in Redondo, Beach Cities

‘Bicycle Diaries’ catalyst for change in Redondo, Beach Cities

  by David Mendez When Redondo Beach Library Director Susan Anderson brainstormed this year’s Book to Action series, events focused on improving the area with a book at its center, David Byrne’s “Bicycle Diaries” jumped to the top of her list. “We were looking for a book on cycling the would provide for rich discussion, […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach planning commission tables marijuana discussion

Redondo Beach planning commission tables marijuana discussion

The future of recreational marijuana use in Redondo Beach is still hazy.

  by David Mendez The future of recreational marijuana use in Redondo Beach is still hazy following a hearing by the Redondo Beach Planning Commission held, in what was surely a coincidence, on April 20. The members of the Planning Commission elected to continue the public hearing to the next meeting, where they plan to […]

 Teri Marin

About Town in Redondo Beach: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Redondo Beach will take part in the 12th Annual DEA organized National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Redondo Beach will have a drop off site at 200 N. Pacific Coast Hwy. and will operate from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. During this time, unused, unwanted, […]

 Teri Marin

Rep. Ted Lieu holds court at Redondo Beach Town Hall

Rep. Ted Lieu holds court at Redondo Beach Town Hall

As Rep. Ted Lieu took the stage for an April 24 Town Hall, he was mostly met with adulation. Mostly.

by David Mendez As Congressman Ted Lieu took the stage before nearly 900 in attendance at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on April 24, he was mostly met with adulation from scores of people, some holding signs offering their appreciation or thanks. Mostly. The front row of the auditorium held about a dozen people […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach Planning Commission to discuss marijuana use

Redondo Beach Planning Commission to discuss marijuana use

Tonight, on April 20, a public hearing discussing local ordinances related to the Adult Use of Marijuana Act will be held by the Redondo Beach Planning Commission. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, otherwise known as Proposition 64, was passed by voters on Nov. 8. That same night, the Redondo Beach City Council passed an […]

 David Mendez

Digital memory ‘time capsule’ to mark Redondo’s 125th birthday

  by David Mendez When John La Rock, Redondo Beach’s Community Services Director, visited his future home for the first time, he couldn’t help but be struck by the city’s Performing Arts Center. “I was coming up Aviation Boulevard in a taxi, and [coming up] that crest of Aviation…and I found the facility to be […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach scouts’ Little Free Library unveiled in Anderson Park

Redondo Beach scouts’ Little Free Library unveiled in Anderson Park

  by David Mendez As the members of North Redondo Girl Scout Troop 7485 got ready to unveil their Little Free Library in Redondo Beach’s Anderson Park on Tuesday, April 18, Minh Nguyen smiled. “We’re proud to say that it’s up to code,” he said. The project, a father/daughter program that was built with the […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach moves forward on energy program study

Redondo Beach moves forward on energy program study

by David Mendez The City of Redondo Beach is cautiously continuing its look toward providing renewable energy for itself and its residents, directing staff to analyze the effects of participating in a joint agreement with other cities throughout the South Bay or L.A. County. The action is essentially a do-over of direction made on March […]

 David Mendez

Brand New Day – Redondo Beach’s new Mayor’s views shaped by surf, travel and activism

Brand New Day – Redondo Beach’s new Mayor’s views shaped by surf, travel and activism

  by David Mendez It always seems to come back to surfing with Bill Brand, even with his campaign literature. One of Brand’s political mailers depicts Brand in what seems to be a familiar state for him: sandy, sodden with saltwater, wearing a wetsuit and carrying a surfboard. The Pacific Ocean looms in the background, […]

 Kevin Cody

Easter Sunrise Services benefit domestic violence victims

Easter Sunrise Services benefit domestic violence victims

Sunday marks the 59th Annual Easter Sunrise Service in Veteran’s Park in Redondo Beach. For the past 19 years King’s Harbor Church has organized the service as a benefit for the Redondo Beach Police Department Domestic Violence Victims Advocacy Program (RBPD DVVA Program).

 David Mendez

A comedy of envelopes at Redondo Beach City Council

A comedy of envelopes at Redondo Beach City Council

by David Mendez Much ado was made about envelopes at the Redondo Beach City Council’s April 11 meeting, when nearly an hour was spent discussing a Measure C-related resolution that was pulled from the agenda by popular request. At Council’s April 4 meeting, the City certified the March 7 election results, including zoning changes brought […]

 Kevin Cody

Don Swift was Redondo Beach Topaz Jetty Kahuna

Don Swift was Redondo Beach Topaz Jetty Kahuna

Almost every day for nearly five decades, Swift sat in his spot, 40 yards southwest of the end of the Topaz jetty waiting for the next set wave. The carpenter and surfboard shaper passed away Sunday from a brain tumor.

 David Mendez

Up in the air: The passage of new zoning has left the Redondo Beach waterfront’s future in doubt. What’s next?

Up in the air: The passage of new zoning has left the Redondo Beach waterfront’s future in doubt. What’s next?

  By David Mendez Nearly a month after the passage of Redondo Beach’s harbor-area rezoning Measure C, the future of the Redondo waterfront is cloudier than it’s been in years. Mayor Bill Brand has a dream for a master-planned waterfront that incorporates both City-controlled leaseholds and the land under the AES power plant site. CenterCal […]

 David Mendez

LA District Attorney serves warrant at Redondo Beach Fire Station No. 1

LA District Attorney serves warrant at Redondo Beach Fire Station No. 1

by David Mendez Officials both from the City of Redondo Beach and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office have confirmed that investigators served a search warrant at the Redondo Beach Fire Department’s Station No. 1 on Tuesday, March 28. According to City Manager Joe Hoefgen, the City was not informed of the search ahead […]

 David Mendez

Spirit of a survivor: Schiewe charges forward despite cancer, brain disease

Spirit of a survivor: Schiewe charges forward despite cancer, brain disease

  by David Mendez Carol Schiewe has survived cancer, twice. She lives with the knowledge that she is the 271st person to have been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder. She works out every day, for hours at a time, in order to ensure that she has a fighting chance to see her daughter build […]