Posts by Laura Emdee

LA COUNTY FIRE CANNOT FUND ITS $1.4 BILLION IN INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS

LA COUNTY FIRE CANNOT FUND ITS $1.4 BILLION IN INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS By Christopher Yee | cyee@scng.com | San Gabriel Valley Tribune PUBLISHED: October 23, 2019 at 1:34 pm | UPDATED: October 23, 2019 at 5:44 pm San Gabriel Valley cities are very quickly expressing support for a Los Angeles County Fire Department parcel tax that…

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What’s going on with Leaf Blowers & other Quality of Life Issues?

Redondo Beach has very engaged and educated residents. When a resident is unhappy with a city situation or feels they see something unsafe or unhealthy, they either complain on Social Media or they engage neighbors and go to City Council to make changes. The latter group is successful in making changes happen. The Leaf Blower…

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Homelessness Update

The City Council has been working the Homelessness Issue from different angles. Help find homes & services. City Council authorized $250,000 towards homeless outreach efforts. Our efforts have led to people finding homes as was written about in the Daily Breeze. https://www.dailybreeze.com/2019/09/20/heres-how-one-angel-helped-12-people-from-the-south-bay-get-off-the-streets/ Pay for lawyers to attend hearings for repeat offenders and represent Redondo’s interests. Sign…

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Redondo Beach Fire Department or LA County Fire District?

District 5 began a conversation on January 3rd with this question: Redondo Residents – do we want to be part of L.A. County Fire Department? Or do we want to keep our Redondo Beach Fire Department? Those that responded gave me 2 directives: Keep our RB Fire, even if it costs more. If it costs…

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Artesia & Aviation Corridor Area Plan (AACAP)

ARTESIA BOULEVARD STRATEGIC VISION Vitalize the Artesia Boulevard Business District as an identifiable, safe, attractive, and inviting place to serve residents and visitors’ unique needs while building prosperous small businesses. GENERAL PLAN ACTION COMMITTEE     Did you know?Artesia Boulevard was originally named Redondo Beach Boulevard. The name changed in 1962 when the State of California named it a State Highway and took control of the roadway. In 1994, the City began…

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Housing. Stay with me, it’s complicated but understandable…

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) released 3 methodology options to determine the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) for every city. All 3 are flawed and base their calculations on existing population and zoned capacity. Now, we’ve all heard the definition of insanity. Yet, here we are doing the same thing over again and…

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Fiber is coming to the South Bay

South Bay Cities Council of Governments Leads 21st Century Connectivity Effort with Selection of American Dark Fiber to Build a South Bay Fiber Network The South Bay Cities will soon become even more closely connected as they join forces to offer faster and less expensive broadband connectivity to their facilities with an investment in a…

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Military Spouse Reciprocity

Military families move a lot. Families have to uproot their lives to follow their military family member. If the spouse is in a career that requires a license then it is very difficult to take that career to another state. States often do not recognize other state’s licenses. We want to make California a welcoming…

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Where should we build a Skate Park?

City Council has been exploring installing a skate park in Redondo Beach. The first place considered was Dominguez Park (next to Dog Park) but that park is on top of a landfill so the cost go up due to the pilings required. City Council directed staff to explore other park options which you can review…

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Budget Scenarios

Why would we consider a Sales & Use Tax in Redondo? Redondo Beach, like almost all cities, are facing ever-present strain on the City’s finances due to our Pension Obligations. Our Pension Obligations are significant and will keep growing until about 14 years from now. To provide some perspective, if the cost of participation in…

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