Redondo Beach tasked with choosing a new mayor, City Council members and school board members in the upcoming March 2 election have begun receiving their mail-in ballots.
The League of Women Voters, the Easy Reader newspaper and Hermosa One, will co-host a Zoom debate with candidates for mayor and city attorney at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, and another for City Council candidates at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. A clickable button linked to the Zoom forums will be on the easyreadernews.com home page.
Vote-by-mail ballots were slated to arrive this past weekend. But there’s a lot more to know about this election for those planning to vote. So here’s some important information, according to Redondo Beach’s elections page and the city clerk.
The city’s 24-hour ballot drop-off locations have also opened. Those locations are at:
- Redondo Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway (adjacent to library entrance);
- Redondo North Library, 2000 Artesia Blvd. (adjacent to entrance off parking lot); and
- Riviera Triangle, on the corner of South Elena Avenue and Avenida del Norte.
Drop boxes will be locked at 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Voters may also return ballots at the city clerk’s office, 415 Diamond St., Door 1, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Those who knock will be let in to drop off their ballots in a secured box at the clerk’s counter. The office will be closed on Friday, Feb. 12; Monday, Feb. 15; and Friday, Feb. 26.
Ballot signature verification will take place from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily beginning March 5, except for days when City Hall is closed. The public may view the verification work outside of Door 1.
For voters that have made a mistake on their ballots, or lost or do not receive them, a form to obtain a new one will soon be available on the election page of the city’s website. Residents can also call 310-318-0656 to remedy that issue, or if they want to confirm whether the clerk’s office received their completed ballot.
The mayoral candidates are:
- Incumbent Bill Brand;
- Chris Voisey, a chief technology officer and community volunteer;
- Michael Ian Sachs, a retired Chevron employee who ran for mayor in 2017; and
- Shayne Hartman, a proposal analyst at Northrop Grumman.
Those running for city council are:
- In District 1, incumbent Nils Nehrenheim and outgoing school board member Brad Waller;
- In District 2, incumbent Todd Loewentstein, public art advocate Paul David Moses, and Erika Snow Robinson, director of operations at a real estate group; and
- In District 4, incumbent John Gran, and Zein Obagi Jr., an employment and business attorney.
City attorney Michael Webb will also try to win reelection against Harden Sooper, chair of Redondo Beach’s Public Safety Commission.
School board candidates include:
- Keith Arnold; political newcomer;
- Jerome Chang, architect;
- Karen F. Cull,
- Dan Elder, chair of RBUSD’s bond oversight committee, chair of the city’s planning commission;
- Kimberlee H. Isaacs, accountant and social justice activist;
- Rachel Silverman Nemeth, family law attorney;
- Rolf Curtis Strutzenberg, Redondo Beach planning commissioner; and
- Margo Trone, CEO of the non-profit Dual Immersion Foundation.