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The lawsuit against the city by Redondo Beach Waterfront LLC (CenterCal Properties) is over! The short version is the city will be paying $2 Million Dollars to Redondo Beach Waterfront LLC. (CenterCal Properties) in exchange for them dropping the lawsuit. While this is good news it is only the latest cost to the city after working with this litigious mall developer. By most estimates losses to Redondo Beach now total well over $22 Million Dollars. As we start the weekend the needless nightmare lawsuit created by outgoing Councilmembers Laura Emdee and Christian Horvath, and former mayor Steve Aspel is finally over after 6 years. More details to come when the actual agreement is posted for review next week. Redondo Beach can finally begin the work to Revitalize Not Supersize Our Harbor! Until then learn how we got in the mess at the link below. ... See MoreSee Less
THE CENTERCAL LAWSUIT IS FINALLY OVER! - Rescue Our WaterfrontBreaking News! The lawsuit against the city by Redondo Beach Waterfront LLC (CenterCal Properties) is over! The short version is the city will be paying $2 Million Dollars to Redondo Beach Water...
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We have just been forwarded county voter registration information that shows District 3 Council member Christian Horvath no longer resides in Redondo Beach. As seen in the voter registration records Councilmember Horvath submitted a form stating that he has resided in the City of Torrance since at least 10/8/22. Councilmember Christian Horvath must resign immediately, and if he refuses the City Council must declare his seat vacant.www.rescueourwaterfront.org/2023/01/08/breaking-news-councilmember-christian-horvath/ ... See MoreSee Less
The angry crony spin masters are attempting to rewrite history – again. This time it’s about the 5-year-old lawsuit stopping King Harbor revitalization and costing the city by most estimates approximately $20 Million Dollars. The short version is about a month prior to the March 2017 general election, the city council signed an Agreement for Lease of Property and Infrastructure Financing (ALPIF) with Redondo Beach Waterfront LLC (CenterCal Properties). It was to build a harbor mall that wasn’t yet approved by the California Coastal Commission and was later found to be illegal by the courts. The proposed project did NOT comply with Measure G or our Local Coastal Plan. The City Council was repeatedly told by the public why the proposed harbor mall was illegal. It was formally appealed by residents asking for it to be rejected. The “builder centric” city council majority at the time instead rushed to pave the way for the mall by locking us into 99-year lease agreement with Redondo Beach Waterfront LLC (CenterCal Properties), in the absence of a legally approved project. The general consensus now in hindsight is if they waited until after Measure C was passed in the general election, it would have rezoned the area, and prevented the horrific mall from meeting the new zoning requirements once the Coastal Commission rejected the original project submitted that did not comply with Measure G or our Local Coastal Plan.Read more on what really happened at the link below: ... See MoreSee Less
The latest news is the appeal of attorney fees awarded to the Defendants in the “shill lawsuit” against Mayor Brand, his volunteer campaign treasurer, Council Member Nils Nehrenheim and ROW President Wayne Craig will be heard at the California State Supreme Court in San Francisco for oral arguments on Wednesday December 7th at 1PM. (You can watch live or afterward on the court website. Here’s a link that will go live just before 1pm. jcc.granicus.com/player/event/2103?view_id=9&redirect=true). To date the facts are court-confirmed shills Chris Voisey and Arnette Travis lost their original lawsuit in Superior Court in 2018. Furthermore, it was determined to be frivolous and they were ordered to pay $898,000 in legal expenses plus interest at the rate of 10% per year. They filed an appeal which they lost in the Appellate Court where a panel of three judges all affirmed the original court judgement. Despite what lawsuit losers have said on a tiny local podcast show, the lawsuit was determined to be frivolous, and they still owe our legal expenses plus accrued interest. After losing a second time they have now dropped any pretense they are paying for anything. The court-confirmed shills previous attorney Bradley Hertz, was removed from the case and they are now using Betty Shumener, CenterCal’s corporate attorney. There is speculation as to why this move was made but many are saying it could be the fact ROW’s attorney was able to call Bradley Hertz to the Witness stand in the first Superior Court trial. There after much protesting Hertz was compelled by Superior Court Judge Malcom Mackey to reveal CenterCal was both behind and paying for the lawsuit from the start. This was unfortunately after Voisey and Travis previously that same day testified on the witness stand they didn’t know who was paying for or behind the lawsuit. Legal experts believe after Hertz was compelled to answer the question of who was paying, it proved his clients had committed perjury under oath, and Hertz allowing it to occur without objection was an ethical violation worthy of a State BAR Association complaint or full disbarment. These same legal experts have stated that may be why 3 weeks later, Voisey and Travis filed a sworn statement via Attorney Bradley Hertz contradicting what they said under oath on the witness stand. The post-trial verdict document claims Travis and Voisey did know CenterCal was paying for the lawsuit all along in what legal experts are calling a weak attempt to avoid prosecution for perjury. Read More at the link below: ... See MoreSee Less
Supreme Court To Decide $$$ Shills Must Pay - Rescue Our WaterfrontThe latest news is the appeal of attorney fees awarded to the Defendants in the “shill lawsuit” against Mayor Brand, his volunteer campaign treasurer, Council Member Nils Nehrenheim and ROW Presid...
Congratulations Redondo – We Won Again!We thwarted the latest big moneyed outside special interest and their local enablers attacking our city. This latest pathetic effort has apparently set a record to buy a city council seat. In total nearly $500,000 was pumped into a recall election to crown an alleged PR expert from the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce into a city council seat. The amount of cash wasted is astounding as it’s nearly 33 times the normal cost of $15,000 to run a typical city council campaign. What is even more laughable is all that cash spent netted 72% of voters saying NO to the recall. After this latest embarrassing loss, the same group is attempting to rewrite history (again), scorching Redondo to destroy the reputations of anyone standing in their way. This time, they support another deep pockets developer attempts to build nearly 2,700 condos at the AES powerplant site which is not zoned for housing. That 50-acre property was specifically excluded as part of the recent plan approved by the State for overlay zoning for new housing allocations. It’s just the latest all-out effort to divide our community, support developers to make money, who then leave town. You would have thought the prior labors of filing frivolous lawsuits, trying to bankrupt residents exercising their First Amendment Rights, and destroying their personal businesses would be enough of an all-time low move. Apparently, that answer is no as seen in the latest doublespeak smear campaign that would make George Orwell cringe. These revisionist deceivers are also back to pushing myths about the failed CenterCal harbor mall. With that in mind we thought it would be a good time to do a reality check on where we are with the Revitalization of King Harbor. Where are we, how we got here, and what’s next? The short version is the lawsuit against the city filed in 2017 is still pending with Redondo Beach Waterfront (CenterCal Properties) and is expected to go to trial next year. The legal status is known as “Lis Pendis” and why the city can’t start breaking ground on anything new until the court makes a final ruling. We probably won’t know that until months after the trial is completed.Read More at the Link Belowwww.rescueourwaterfront.org/2022/12/05/congratulations-redondo-we-won-again/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Meet Mike Martin – Candidate for BCHD Board of DirectorsFacebook Live - Tuesday October 25 at 7 PMRescue Our Waterfront has primarily focused on preserving the Redondo Beach coastal zone by improving and promoting recreational activities in King Harbor. After decades of inaction and neglect by our former council majority, we have also become active with supporting improvements to the Artesia Business Corridor and other general quality of life issues that impact all residents.Recently our members have been asking about the proposed $475 Million Dollar Beach Cities Health District project at their current location on Prospect Blvd.With the Beach Cities Health District board elections on Tuesday November 8th we thought this would be a good opportunity to meet candidate Mike Martin, a Redondo Beach resident. He will share his campaign platform, his thoughts about the proposed Healthy Living Campus project, and answer any questions you have. We also felt this is important as Mike Martin is the only non-incumbent running as well as the only one who submitted a ballot candidate statement. Please join us on Tuesday October 25th at 7PM for an interesting discussion. Here is a link to Mike Martin’s Voter’s Edge Profile page votersedge.org/ca/en/ballot/election/104-cca9e7/address/null/zip/90277/contests/contest/24898/can... Questions can be submitted for this discussion two ways:Via Email : RescueOurWaterfront@gmail.comInstant Message on the ROW Facebook Live page during the forum.Read More About ROW at the link below ... See MoreSee Less
VOTE NO on RECALL and NO On Measure E – By October 19th!Ballots for the SPECIAL ELECTION are being turned in and Redondo needs your vote now!We are making this public service message as both the Recall and Measure E will cost Redondo Beach millions in lost revenue and give a monopoly to an outside special interest Pot Guy from Long Beach.All residents must vote to stop this latest outside special interest take over! A NO RECALL VOTE will keep our city council focused on residents and our concerns, not big moneyed outside special interests. We also need to keep our existing city cannabis ordinance intact to regulate sales in Redondo, and not give away revenue we need for Fire and Police services.Reasons to VOTE NO On RecallThe recall election is the result of the Long Beach Pot Guy trying to get a monopoly in the city and he has already spent nearly $500,000 to flip a council seat. See link here Redondo Is Not For Sale www.rescueourwaterfront.org/2022/09/27/redondo-beach-is-not-for-sale/Ask yourself the following questions about the recall:• Why has the puppet candidate of the pot guy falsely claimed our Fire Fighter First Responders and Police support the recall when they don’t (Video Link – Firefighters Supporting Obagi www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg9RDwoug2M)• Why has the Long beach Pot Guy pumped in nearly $500,000 for a city council seat and in exchange for what?• Why does his chosen recall candidate refuse to take a position on Measure E?• Why hasn’t the recall candidate ever been to any meetings about the proposed Metro Green Line Extension?• Why haven’t they ever spoken in public at a council meeting about anything?• What is their platform besides slandering the mayor, hating everyone, and alleging our city is racist, misogynistic, and sexist?We can do better. We MUST stop the big moneyed guy from Long Beach from purchasing a city council seat and overturning our elections. We are Redondo Beach. We are NOT for sale. Opening this door sets a dangerous precedent that will attract more of the same.Reasons to VOTE NO On Measure E For More Info Please click on the link to the ROW Website belowwww.rescueourwaterfront.org/2022/10/15/redondo-beach-is-not-for-sale-part-2/ ... See MoreSee Less
VOTE NO ON RECALL and NO ON MEASURE E - Before October 19th!How much to buy a Redondo Beach city council seat, a city council majority, or even the mayor’s seat in 2025? That question is being answered right now in the Long Beach Pot Store owner funded recall and Ballot Measure E. You should have already received the special election mail in ballot.District 4 Redondo Beach residents must vote NOW against the effort to place a puppet in a council seat and flip the majority back to the awful cronies we recently voted out. This new CenterCal and Leo Pustilnikov slanted majority could bring back their massive mall, stop the King Harbor amenities plan, end the Beach Life Festivals, and manipulate State-controlled zoning of our City to thrust thousands of homes on the power plant property.You may remember the recall effort appears to have been started by compromised District 5 Council Member Laura Emdee after a 2-hour conversation she had with the Long Beach pot guy. Immediately after the call the pot guy said HE was paying for the recall on a tiny podcast show hosted by the person now running. What a coincidence!This election is critically important to the future of King Harbor and the harbor amenities plan. What is worse is they have apparently teamed up with the AES owner to try to rezone and force construction of thousands of condos at the AES site, something Redondo Residents have voted against on 5 city wide elections.Here’s a short list of what’s at stake: Termination of the King Harbor Amenities plan End the Beach Life Festivals Allowing the AES owner to build thousands of condos at the AES site easyreadernews.com/aes-plant-owner-leo-pustilnikov-undeterred-by-city-housing-plan/?fbclid=IwAR0y... Allows the Pot Store owner to get a monopoly in the city avoid paying millions of dollars in fees while controlling our retail cannabis ordinance Pay CenterCal the $15 Million they are asking for in their current lawsuit Create a massive increase in commuter traffic across the city Once again prevent the mayor from appointing qualified persons to city commissions Cease all measures to improve and modernize the Redondo Beach Fire Department Read More at the link below: www.rescueourwaterfront.org/2022/09/27/redondo-beach-is-not-for-sale/ ... See MoreSee Less
REDONDO BEACH IS NOT FOR SALE - Rescue Our WaterfrontVOTE NO ON RECALL and NO ON MEASURE E – BEFORE OCTOBER 19th How much to buy a Redondo Beach city council seat, a city council majority, or even the mayor’s seat in 2025? That question is being ans...
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TONIGHT at 6:30pm the Harbor Commission will discuss and consider the Draft King Harbor Public Amenities Plan. After fighting for 6 years for residents to have input in the future of King Harbor, we are at long last moving forward. Thanks to the voters in March 2021, the City Council majority is now resident-centric, no longer catering to a mall developer's wishes. That means your voices WILL finally be heard and listened to. It is even more important now as recent efforts are underway by yet other big moneyed outside special interests who are attempting to buy a Redondo Beach City Council seat. This is being done through an unwarranted recall effort funded by a Long Beach pot dispensary owner to claw back a council majority, and favor over-development in King Harbor and the AES site. It would also give the pot dispensary owner a monopoly in our city so they can avoid paying addition fees to the city. If successful, this would put a stop to all we have accomplished and much needed progress. We must VOTE NO on the Recall in District 4 and No On Measure E citywide to maintain local control of our elections and our laws. Key to the King Harbor revitalization program is the need to upgrade or replace many of the public amenities within the waterfront to improve recreational, educational, and entertainment offerings available to residents and visitors alike. The draft plan is a framework for recreational and operational needs along the waterfront, providing a roadmap to guide the City through specific recommendations. The draft plan captures hundreds of public comments and those from the Public Amenities Plan Workgroup. It also contains details previous planning efforts related to Seaside Lagoon, a Coastal Commission-required public boat launch, the sports fishing pier, and Moonstone Park.This Harbor Commission meeting provides yet another opportunity for the community to add more input. The City’s Harbor Commission will discuss, comment, ask question, accept all public comments, and ultimately make a recommendation to the Mayor and City Council on this draft plan. This copious collaboration and all its elements become the basis for their formal recommendation for the City Council to adopt the Draft Public Amenities Plan.TO WATCH THE HARBOR COMMISSON MEETING FROM THE CITY OF REDONDO BEACH WEBSITE: redondo.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx*Click "In Progress" hyperlink under Video section of meetingTO WATCH MEETING LIVE ON YOUTUBE:www.youtube.com/c/CityofRedondoBeachITTO JOIN ZOOM MEETING (FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ONLY):Register in advance for this meeting:us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__AQN9IjIRbCY9nFoafS8_ATo learn more about what is happening in Redondo please select the link below. www.rescueourwaterfront.org/2022/09/11/harbor-commission-reviews-public-amenities-plan-monday-sep... ... See MoreSee Less
Rescue Our Waterfront was formed in 2015 by Redondo Beach Residents with the mission of protecting and preserving the coastline and surrounding areas for public recreational purposes.
Ever read something that just makes you shake your head in dismay? That’s what happened to thousands of Redondo Beach residents after the Easy Reader printed a story last week about our recent post showing Emdee was involved in a recall effort against council member Obagi. (You can see the ROW story www.rescueourwaterfront.org/2022/07/09/its-not-my-circus-oh-yes-it-is/ and the Easy Reader story easyreadernews.com/facebook-thread-suggests-emdee-backs-obagi-recall/) Let’s start with District 5 councilmember Laura Emdee’s actual quote below in the newspaper about her 2-hour conversation with a self-described toxic as “F” Long Beach pot dealer, with whom she is now apparently on a first name basis: “The reason I reached out to Elliot was because it was a 5-0 vote to not accept his ordinance. Why is he going after Obagi? I wondered. Are they going to start recalling everyone else?” Emdee said Tuesday. “What’s his endgame? Who are you? It just didn’t sound right. Where’d you go to school? … Just to get to know each other.” “The only reason I called was to see if he was going to go after all of us. I wanted to be ready,” Emdee said. The second sentence is the most damning as Emdee acts worried about the pot dealer recalling everyone else including her. It appears to many Emdee may have slipped up big time as she forgot the pot guy wasn’t talking in public about recalling anyone in January. Remember, the pot dealer dropped his "surprise" recall Obagi announcement FEBRUARY 15, 2022 on a tiny podcast hosted by an ethically challenged, self-described PR priestess. 🤣. Emdee wouldn't have known to call the pot dealer prior to that time, as she did, wondering if she was also a target! As far as we know the only people talking about a recall were on the nasty private “HateBook” page on which Emdee had already picked out a replacement District 4 councilmember in August of 2021. This comment also makes no sense as why would the pot guy spend all that money to recall either Emdee or Horvath when they will be termed out in March of 2023? Paying for an expensive recall also doesn’t make sense unless you have a ready-made shill to run against the current council member. That way if they win the pot guy can install a candidate he will effectively own and control. In the case of Emdee and Horvath, who would the pot guy run in their Districts for a 4 month-term before the next election in March 2023? Does he even know anyone there, or anyone in any other district besides his budtenders? Read more on this at the following link. www.rescueourwaterfront.org/2022/07/20/did-a-phone-call-start-the-pot-dealer-recall/ ... See MoreSee Less
How do you spell liar? – “L-A-U-R-A” Breaking News (but no surprise): District 5 Council Member Laura Emdee, despite saying the District 4 recall effort is not HER CIRCUS has been revealed to be heavily involved in the divisive action as part of a private Facebook group started on May 27, 2021. Only months after District 4 Council Member Zein Obagi Jr was sworn into office, Council Members Laura Emdee and Christian Horvath were apparently already plotting a way to take back control of the city council. The proof is these posts on a nasty private Facebook page that appears to be administered at that time by District 3 Councilmember Christian Horvath and another person. The screen shots you see here were taken on August 4 and 5th of 2021, and the names on this page should look very familiar. They are the same few people who are trolling about various Facebook pages spewing falsehoods being fed to them by a mystery person. Is it you Laura Emdee? This is an all-time low for Redondo Beach politics. Two councilmembers for almost a year have been participating in a plot to recall a fellow council member to claw back power and harm our city. How sickening! It seems that, gaining no District 4 grassroots traction for 8 months (probably due to a lack of funding), something miraculously changed after Councilmember Emdee spoke with Pot Dealer Elliot Lewis for 2 hours in late January 2022. A few weeks later the Pot Guy, on a tiny local podcast (hosted by another apparent member of this private Facebook group) announced HE was recalling Obagi – not the residents (See Link Here). The host of the podcast is an ethically challenged, well known public liar, former Vice president of the RB Chamber, and former NRBBA president. Her podcast guests were the Pot Guy, the CenterCal Shills Arnette Travis and Chris Voisey, as well as failed council candidate Paul Moses. Nearly 8 people watched this tiny podcast live as the host tried to act surprised when the Pot Guy announced the recall. An interesting thing to note is the host was the 2nd person to sign the initial proponent petition to recall. We have to ask did she sign it before or after the show? Should Emdee now deny the connection, ask her these questions.Read more about it at the link below.www.rescueourwaterfront.org/2022/07/09/its-not-my-circus-oh-yes-it-is/ ... See MoreSee Less
"It’s Not My Circus" – OH YES IT IS! - Rescue Our WaterfrontHow do you spell liar? – “L-A-U-R-A” Breaking News (but no surprise): District 5 Council Member Laura Emdee, despite saying the District 4 recall effort is not HER CIRCUS has been revealed to...
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AES Site Owner Sues Redondo Beach To Build CondosFor the past 5 years residents across Redondo Beach have asked this question: “Why do big moneyed outside special interests often decide to sue the city, or get proxies to sue Redondo residents on their behalf, after District 5 councilmember Laura Emdee speaks with them?” A recent example is the recall funded by the out-of-town pot dealer, oh-so-coincidentally right after Emdee had a 2-hour conversation with him. If the required signatures are gathered, the special election by some estimates could cost the city of Redondo $100,000. What was interesting is when the recall was announced, the pot guy also announced being in contact with the AES site owner and how they “might” be working together. Before more was said the pot dealer spoke about building housing at the AES site which is odd as it’s unrelated to his core business but has been an “idea” repeatedly floated by Emdee. So who do many speculate facilitated that connection and introduction? Under the category of interesting coincidences, we decided to take a deeper dive into the latest lawsuit filed by the AES owner attempting to force Redondo to add overlay housing zoning to his property, increasing the land value to HIM, so he can build hundreds or even thousands of condos at the AES site. To reiterate, this failed idea is something multiple city-wide elections have repeatedly rejected despite the latest false spin from councilmember Laura Emdee, and her years-long support to overturn the people’s election results! There is also the fact the California Coastal Commission has mandated at least 6 acres of the site be reverted to a wetland which is what was there before the power plant was built so that will limit any possible residential construction. The 27-page lawsuit cherry picks alternative facts to make a flawed case. What’s evident is these are virtually the same talking points Emdee and a few of her misguided “laypersons” have been pushing to build housing there. This was blatantly obvious earlier this year when the city needed to come up with a housing overlay plan to meet the arbitrary Regional Needs Housing Assessment Number (RHNA) from the State. It’s apparent these deep-pockets people don’t seem to research or do their homework regarding Emdee’s track record, and this is just another example of one who likely listened to a person who has no pulse on what the residents want and doesn’t seem to care.Read more about it at the link below: www.rescueourwaterfront.org/2022/06/21/aes-site-owner-sues-redondo-beach-to-build-condos/ ... See MoreSee Less
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This is your opportunity to let city leaders know what you want to do to Revitalize Not Supersize Our Harbor.The May 31st meeting will be the last City-sponsored community engagement event before a complete draft plan is formulated and presented at public hearings for review by City Council and Commissions.It will be a hybrid event so you can participate either online via Zoom or in person.Attend In-person: 6:30 PM Redondo Council Chambers, 415 Diamond Street, Redondo Beach 90277Attend Online: (Register on the ROW Page Link below) With the recent change to a resident-centric majority in our City Council on March 2021, it’s now your turn to let city leadership know what you want for our harbor including:1. The location of the public boat ramp – a requirement of the California Coastal Commission.2. Where should the new sport fishing pier be located?3. Options to improve Seaside Lagoon and expand its operations year round.4. Improve pedestrian experience along the waterfront. 5. Prioritize what should be rebuilt or renovated and locate new recreational and operational elements.6. International Boardwalk Improvements7. Advance Community plans for Moonstone ParkPlease participate in this hard-won victory for the future of King Harbor.www.rescueourwaterfront.org/2022/05/27/join-the-king-harbor-amenities-hybrid-meeting-may-31st-at-... ... See MoreSee Less