County fire service for RB

The president of the Redondo Firefighter’s Union calls it unique that the process to explore the feasibility of going L.A. County is so difficult (The Beach Reporter, April 18 2019.)

The subject hit the dais many months ago. Coucilmember Laura Emdee retorted with no explanation that the City of Victorville was dumping the county fire. She wanted to lead the citizens to believe the service was bad.

By the way, Victorville is in San Bernardino County. The move had nothing to do with service. She continued her assault on the county publicly saying we would lose 911 service and response times would diminish, putting residents at risk, bottom of the barrel scare tactics!

She voted against the survey process not once but twice, skirting her fiduciary responsibility to examine this very important issue. Her actions cheat the citizens of Redondo.

At the April 13th community meeting she threw the county fire under the bus on two different occasions while putting the mayor in a bad light.

At the April 16th council meeting I was livid at what Councilmember Christian Horvath said that he received numerous e-mails and calls from staff at Little Co. of Mary Hospital about how bad the county paramedics are.

Why would they reach out to a low-level elected citizen? He stood up and stated the county first responders were no good! How despicable.

Interesting enough an ER physician at Little Co. Dr. Michelle Charfen is Horvath’s wife. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

—Robe Richester, Redondo Beach

GPAC’s mixed-use vote

The Redondo Beach General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) is recommending changes to city zoning. Last Thursday they shocked everyone by voting to allow mixed-use, multi-story all along Pacific Coast Highway in South Redondo.

The committee narrowly voted to cut the maximum height from 45 to 30 feet but this is meaningless. A developer can get a credit for low income units and then go to 45 feet or more. This will change the whole character of the community, increase traffic, strain city services, and create a walled canyon all along PCH.

Everyone needs to write the City Council to protest this absurd vote.

This result is exactly why we needed balance on the GPAC, not political appointees who favor overdevelopment. In District 1 we have two of the worst offenders.

One is court confirmed shill for a sham lawsuit, Chris Voisey, who just lost (CenterCal’s lawsuit) in court. Voisey didn’t even bother to show up to vote on this critical zoning change.

Another is Sue Ludwig who helped Voisey serve subpoenas at a California Coastal Commission meeting last year supporting his sham lawsuit. Each time residents spoke out against CenterCal’s mall, Ludwig handed them subpoenas to intimidate others waiting to speak. No surprise Ludwig voted yes for the mixed use along PCH.

Overdevelopment hurts Redondo because only 17% of property taxes even come back to our budget. It also strains our schools and negatively impacts public safety and city services. This could forever change the Redondo Beach we know and love.

—Lisa Youngworth, Redondo Beach

A case for public transportation

Visiting my husband’s family in Southern California is an adventure. At least, I’m always in search of an outdoor adventure to balance the adventure of navigating familial personalities. For Easter weekend I decided we should stay in Redondo Beach. By design, we didn’t rent a car and didn’t take one of those taxi-alternatives. Instead, we explored the beaches by walking, renting a bike and, wait for it, taking public transportation.

Why do I emphasize public transportation?

On Earth day my husband and I walked from Redondo to Hermosa Beach to have breakfast at Good Stuff. To our delight there was a bike rental place next door, making our next leg of our adventure—riding to Venice beach—easy. Knowing my legs wouldn’t want to walk the two miles back to Redondo after a 20-mile ride, I was happy to see, on Google maps, there were two buses, the 130 or 109, to get us back. As I searched for how much the bus fare would be, our 20-something server came by with our check. I asked them how much was bus fare. I got a bug-eyed first response, followed by a “I have never taken a bus before, I only take Uber.”

I’m concerned not only from a CO2-in-the-atmosphere standpoint, but from an economic one. It cost $1 to go two-miles. On Uber it would have been at least $10. A reminder that the choices each of us makes can change the world.

—Rebecca Reuter, Seattle

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