David Mendez

[UPDATE] Police ask for public’s help in finding young Redondo Beach woman

[UPDATE] Police ask for public’s help in finding young Redondo Beach woman

Charlotte Yieng Soun Pitzer, 22, of Redondo Beach went missing on June 20. Photo courtesy RBPDby David Mendez UPDATE: Charlotte Yieng Soun Pitzer has been found. RBPD announced at 4:16 p.m. that Pitzer was located at a local hospital and has been reunited with her family. The original story is below. Redondo Beach Police are asking […]

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Redondo Beach Chamber funds cut in $87.8 million city budget

Redondo Beach Chamber funds cut in $87.8 million city budget

by David Mendez The Redondo Beach City Council passed its Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget late Tuesday night, balancing an $87.8 million budget alongside their own desires for their districts with a bit of political “horse trading,” as Mayor Bill Brand called it. Head-butting among the five council members is common during the budgeting process, but […]

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Redondo Beach tale of trees and revenge ‘a bit of trolling’

Redondo Beach tale of trees and revenge ‘a bit of trolling’

by David Mendez A Redondo Beach-centered tale of revenge went viral online earlier this week, when a supposed arborist boasted of an alleged plan, sowing seeds for more than 120 giant trees to avenge a tree removed by the city. One of the trees, they wrote, was even planted in the backyard of former Mayor […]

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Redondo Beach About Town – Police Beat

Vish Chatterji named BCHD Board Member During a public meeting on Tuesday, the Beach Cities Health District Board of Directors appointed Redondo Beach resident Vish Chatterji to fill the vacant seat created by the April resignation of Lenore Bloss. Chatterji, who vied for a seat on the board in the 2016 election and narrowly lost […]

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Redondo Beach School District explores separating from City

Redondo Beach School District explores separating from City

  by David Mendez The Redondo Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education has directed district staff to explore withdrawing from the Redondo Beach City Charter. Should the district elect to sever itself from the City Charter, it would effectively complete a separation between the two bodies that seems to exist in all but a […]

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Redondo Beach to revisit King Harbor boat ramp plans

Redondo Beach to revisit King Harbor boat ramp plans

by David Mendez A conflicted Redondo Beach City Council, short one member, directed staff to delay responding to California Coastal Commission inquiries regarding an incomplete application for the proposed King Harbor Boat Ramp at Mole B until hearings can be held to take further public input. As part of their direction, staff will also hold […]

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About Town in Redondo Beach: RBPD’s internet “meet-up” spot

    RBPD establishes internet purchase Meet-Up Spots at police station The Redondo Beach Police Department has established an official “Meetup Spot” for buyers and sellers using internet or mobile marketplace applications “OfferUp.” These meetup spots are sometimes referred to as “Internet Purchase Exchange Locations,” and allow for buyers and sellers to avoid giving personal […]

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Beyond Prohibition: Redondo Beach weighs the pros and cons of legal cannabis

Beyond Prohibition: Redondo Beach weighs the pros and cons of legal cannabis

by David Mendez The last two meetings of the Redondo Beach Planning Commission have dealt, in large part, with a concern that much of California has faced since voters passed Proposition 64 last November: What are we going to do about cannabis? On May 18, after hours of public comment and deliberation over two meetings, […]

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Redondo Beach City Council aims to split Chamber and Visitors Bureau

Redondo Beach City Council aims to split Chamber and Visitors Bureau

by David Mendez On Tuesday night, the Redondo Beach City Council began its attempt to reconcile the hundreds of thousands of dollars it sends to the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau each year for tourism, promotional and event services. The lengthy meeting, which stretched until 2:30 a.m., was also the first test […]

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Redondo Beach Officer Shrum follows father’s valorous footsteps

Redondo Beach Officer Shrum follows father’s valorous footsteps

by David Mendez As he announced the top honors at the 43rd South Bay Medal of Valor Awards Luncheon, presenter Glen Walker paused for a moment to bring attention to retired Hawthorne Police Sergeant Donald Shrum. Shrum, Walker said, was twice Medal of Valor. First, in 1996, for bravery in a shootout with a robbery […]

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Ten Redondo responders honored at South Bay Medal of Valor Awards

Ten Redondo responders honored at South Bay Medal of Valor Awards

by David Mendez Ten of Redondo Beach’s first responders, nine from the Redondo Beach Police Department and one from the Fire Department’s Harbor Patrol, were honored on Thursday at the 43rd Annual South Bay Medal of Valor Awards Luncheon, held at the Torrance Marriott. Harbor Patrol Officer David Poirier was awarded his second Medal of […]

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Brand to ‘balance’ Redondo Beach commissions, plan to curb ‘favor trading’ on hold

Brand to ‘balance’ Redondo Beach commissions, plan to curb ‘favor trading’ on hold

by David Mendez In years past, Bill Brand has argued that Redondo Beach’s system of City Commission appointments is set up to stack commissions with members in line with the mayor’s political interests. However, a move by Brand to fill existing vacancies on City commissions at Tuesday’s City Council meeting signaled that the appointment of […]

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Council resolution sends Redondo’s Measure C to Coastal Commission

Council resolution sends Redondo’s Measure C to Coastal Commission

by David Mendez The Redondo Beach City Council has passed a resolution to send the language of Measure C to the California Coastal Commission, ending a months-long quagmire of bureaucracy spiked by vocal complaints by the measure’s supporters. Redondo Beach’s outside legal counsel, John Wellner, noted that this has been an issue since April 11, […]

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Redondo Unified’s cooling plan expected to cost $6.5m

Redondo Unified’s cooling plan expected to cost $6.5m

“We’re at a point where, if we’re going to do something this summer…we have to make commitments with a potential vendor,” Superintendent Steven Keller reported to his board on Tuesday.

by David Mendez Classroom cooling issues came to the fore during the Redondo Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, as board members cautiously approach a plan to roll out air-conditioning throughout district schools. “We’re at a point where, if we’re going to do something this summer…we have to make commitments with […]

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Nehrenheim wins in Redondo Beach, balances council

Nehrenheim wins in Redondo Beach, balances council

by David Mendez After a Tuesday night landslide, Nils Nehrenheim appears to be all but a lock for the District 1 City Council seat, beating incumbent appointee Martha Barbee. “The numbers are overwhelming; it’s an absolute mandate at this point in time,” Nehrenheim said at his election night party, in District 2’s Samba Brazilian Grill. […]

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