Swimmer pulled out of the water
On September 13, reports of a suicide bomber on the beach off Ruby Street in Redondo Beach led to a search and rescue of the man about a mile from shore.
The Redondo Beach Harbor Patrol responded with LA County lifeguards, who dispatched a rescue diver to search beneath the surface of the subject’s last known location.
Redondo Beach police officers searched the immediate area on the shore to determine if the person had left the water.
A Coast Guard helicopter also participated in the search. Baywatch Del Rey first spotted the swimmers around 2 p.m. and pulled them out of the water.
The person was evaluated by Redondo Beach paramedics and taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital for further evaluation.
Retail marijuana tax rate: 1 to 9 percent
Retail cannabis sales in Redondo Beach will be taxed at rates of one to nine percent, under a proposal approved Tuesday by the city council. The motion assumes that Measure E will fail in the October 19 vote.
The council voted 4-0 Tuesday night, directing city officials to draft a final resolution for council to approve at a later date. Councilor Laura Emdy was absent.
The cannabis tax will go to a vote on March 7, 2023 and will require voter approval to go into effect.
David McPherson, Citi Consultant at HDL Companies, had recommended lowering the retail rate to three to six percent. Lower tax rates apply to related activities such as farming, manufacturing and distribution.
A range of one percent to nine percent would allow the city to adjust interest rates over time without returning to the public vote. ah
$200,000 in storefront funding for the International Boardwalk
The City of Redondo Beach Tuesday night announced a matching grants program to improve storefronts on the International Boardwalk.
The program, funded with US$200,000 from the Uplands Fund, is derived from the city’s strategic planning. Companies can apply for 50 percent of the games in three categories: $2,500, $10,000 and $50,000. The program is based on a previous attempt at Artesia Boulevard.
“This will stimulate more than $200,000 in additional investment,” said City Manager Mike Witzenski.
City councilor Christian Horvath praised the efforts, but said that these city-owned places need “a long-term plan” and not a “halfway, (sorry) approach”.
Witzansky said the program is designed to encourage additional spending by businesses, which ultimately results in revenue for the city through a higher sales tax that can then be spent at the pier.
The Storefront bursary is part of a larger focus at Wharf that included hiring a port maintenance manager, a new position created by the city. The City Council will receive the final draft of the King Harbor facility plan on October 18th.
“It all happens in parallel,” said Witzenski. ah