David Mendez

Cycling diversion program rolls out

by David Mendez Jim Hannon was excited when he heard the news in Sept. 2015 that Governor Jerry Brown had approved a law allowing bicyclists to reduce fines for tickets by attending classes on safe riding. As the president of the Beach Cities Cycling Club, Hannon has made safe ridership and education among his top […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach About Town

Redondo Beach About Town

  The King Harbor Yacht Club and Redondo Beach Police Department are holding a “Barbecue at the Boat” for boaters to view the department’s new police vessel. The $115,000 police boat were authorized for purchase in Oct. by the Redondo Beach City Council, with the purpose of adding coverage to the coast between San Pedro […]

 David Mendez

One Golden Pond gives RUHS students hands-on opportunity

One Golden Pond gives RUHS students hands-on opportunity

  by David Mendez For about a year, Redondo Union High School’s newest educational resource, a fish-stocked freshwater pond, has given students an opportunity to experiment with a fish- and plant-stocked ecosystem. And last spring, it became a short-term home for two unexpected guests. “A pair of mallards took residence,” said AP Environmental Sciences teacher […]

 Kevin Cody

Light streaking over the Santa Monica Bay was Rocket from Hawthorne

Light streaking over the Santa Monica Bay was Rocket from Hawthorne

What appeared to be a comet streaking over the Santa Monica Bay shortly after dark Friday evening was a SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:27 p.m.

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach About Town

Special meeting announced for election compliance plan Mayor Bill Brand announced on Tuesday afternoon that he would call a special meeting of the Redondo Beach City Council on Wednesday, Dec. 20 to discuss a plan to put the city in compliance with SB 415, a 2015 law designed to raise voter numbers by aligning local […]

 David Mendez

State Assembly Muratsuchi bill targets ‘porch pirates’

rb porch pirate Torrance police arrested Justin Dabu on suspicion of stealing packages. A State Assembly bill would target organized package theft rings. Photo courtesy Torrance Police     by David Mendez State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi plans to submit a bill during the next legislative session to clamp down on package theft rings by including […]

 David Mendez

Teaching shifts from comprehension to analysis

Teaching shifts from comprehension to analysis

by David Mendez Redondo Beach schools are shifting from traditional forms of literary comprehension toward deeper literary analysis, even in younger grades, according to a presentation before the Redondo Beach Unified School Board. “Back in the ‘80s, the teacher taught whatever the district thought, and probably whatever the textbook said,” said Madison Elementary Principal Drew […]

 Tony Cordi

Redondo divide extends to home prices

by Tony Cordi Redondo Beach has an odd shape on the map for a city that has been around since 1892. A pinch point exists along the summit of Anita Street and 190th Street that creates a natural division between the north and south. By the time the zip code system was introduced in the […]

 David Mendez

Department of innovation: Redondo police embrace cutting-edge law enforcement technology

Department of innovation: Redondo police embrace cutting-edge law enforcement technology

  by David Mendez Part one in a series It was May 2016, the opening day of National Police Week in Washington D.C. The Police Unity Ride was rolling its way toward the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. On the sidelines, taking inventory of the bikes were Redondo Beach Police Chief Keith Kauffman and RBPD […]

 Kevin Cody

King Harbor/Redondo Beach Boat and Stand-up Paddle Parade celebrates California Christmas

King Harbor/Redondo Beach Boat and Stand-up Paddle Parade celebrates California Christmas

Nearly two dozen boats and almost as many stand-up paddlers participated in the the 26th Annual King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade, presented by the King Harbor Yacht Club.

 Richard Foss

Nose on the prize

A Basq Kitchen chef Michael Mazzotta and his dog Capo train for one of the culinary arts most prestigious competitions

 David Mendez

Sides at standoff on local election laws

by David Mendez The Redondo Beach City Council voted down a motion by Councilman Todd Loewenstein to discuss plans to come into compliance with statewide election laws, less than a week after Mayor Bill Brand vetoed a previous plan to comply with those same laws. “We had a lot of options to comply, and to […]

 Kevin Cody

Beach People – Billy’s Bells

Beach People – Billy’s Bells

A member of a pioneering diving family recycles retired scuba tanks

 Kevin Cody

South Bay firefighters fight ’round the clock to stop Ventura, Santa Clarita fires

South Bay firefighters fight ’round the clock to stop Ventura, Santa Clarita fires

South Bay fire fighters fought for 33 unbroken hours to protect homes threatened by the Thomas Fire in Ventura County this week, Area G (South Bay) Strike Team coordinator and Manhattan Beach Battalion Chief Mike Boyd said Wednesday morning.

 Kevin Cody

Cannery Row resurfaces at Zask’s Los Angeles gallery

Cannery Row resurfaces at Zask’s Los Angeles gallery

The Cannery Row Art Gallery in the cavernous warehouse of a former Redondo Beach wood mill, passed into South Bay folklore in 2010, after two decades of now legendary exhibits. On Saturday, Dec. 2, Cannery Row artist and owner Richard Stevens, with help from Peggy Zask, owner of SoLa (South Bay Contemporary), reassembled the artists and their work.