S O U T H B A Y P A R K L A N D C O N S E R VA N C Y
the B L U E HERON
L E AV I N G A L E G A C Y O F O P E N S PA C E SUMMER 2009
Letter From Our New President
ell, so far it has been quite a year. Our former President,
Bill Brand, ran for and won a seat on Redondo’s City
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Council, we successfully lobbied to preserve all the open
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space at the Seaside Lagoon, and the Mayor of Redondo has signed
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a letter supporting the establishment of a Park along Herondo west
of PCH. But there is more to come, and we cannot afford to rest on
First, a little more on the successes… Don Vangeloff’s article in
this issue covers the Seaside Lagoon success in detail, so I won’t
repeat it here.
Next, Bill Brand ran against three other candidates for
Redondo’s District 2 City Council Seat. Redondo requires a run off
unless one candidate has a clear majority of over 50% of the vote. Jim Light and Bill Brand at the AES Power Plant.
Bill’s outright win without a runoff is a testament that his platform of
creating and preserving parkland and open space resonates with the We have one other challenge immediately before us.
people. Bill also received recognition from the Volunteers and On July 9th, the California Coastal Commission will be ruling on
L E AV I N G A L E G A C Y O F O P E N S PA C E Organizations Improving the Community’s Environment (VOICE). He whether they will allow our harbor to be rezoned for 400,000
was recently presented with their “Environmental Hero” Award at the square feet of additional development at up to three stories
Earth Day Celebration in Pollywog Park. Congrats Bill, good for you! through much of the Harbor west of Harbor Drive. Imagine a park
Finally, the City Council showed their support for a park under at the AES site overlooking timeshares and a mall’s worth of addi-
the power lines along Herondo, just west of PCH. Mayor Gin draft- tional development blocking any view of the harbor and ocean!
ed a letter to Southern California Edison expressing that support in The Coastal Commission needs to hear from the residents on how
writing. But therein lies the first of our challenges for the remainder we feel about this overdevelopment of our harbor.
of this year. Now it is up to the South Bay Parkland Conservancy to We’ve had a good year so far, but we need to keep the momen-
find the funding and support to make that park a reality. This is just tum. I ask each of you to contribute in whatever way you can. Thanks
Special Thanks To… the first stepping-stone in making our oceanfront park a reality. for your continued support. —Jim Light, President, SBPC
• Thelma Muzik, Artist
• Irene Kurata, Director and Major Donor
• The Capital Group Inc., Major Donor SBPC Needs You
• Christine Wike, New Volunteer
Did you know the Redondo Beach City development plan can be viewed at: 2. The traffic and overdevelopment allowed
SBPC, 1719 Via El Prado, #408, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
www.southbayparks.org • Annual Membership $25
Council rezoned their waterfront to allow for www.decronproperties.com/redondo- in this rezoning inhibits the use of our
Family $40 • Patron $250 400,000 sq. ft. of additional development, beach-marina-2. waterfront by hindering access and mini-
The SPBC is a 501(c)(3) organization. including 3-story buildings and timeshares all mizing open space. Nor does the new
All contributions are tax deductible. west of Harbor Drive? Help us protest this If you can’t attend the event, please write zoning preserve access to the hand launch
Officers and Directors change to the California Coastal Commission the California Coastal Commissioners. You adjacent to the Seaside Lagoon, an
Jim Light, President; Dave Wiggins, Secretary; and Irene Kurata, Treasurer (they must approve it) by either writing a let- can view the roster of commissioners and their important recreational offering.
ter with the points below, or joining us at the addresses at: www.coastal.ca.gov/roster.html
Bianca Chung, Jillaine Force, Florence Swiger, Charlie Szymanski, meeting in San Luis Obispo on July 9th, 2009. 3. The zoning does not adequately protect
Don Vangeloff, and Wendy Weber Here are some talking points: view corridors of the harbor and ocean
Government Center 1. SBPC maintains that the Heart of the City from surrounding roads and properties.
• Ted Lieu, State Assembly Member, 53rd District Board of Supervisors Chambers Environmental Impact Report does not
Candidate for State Attorney General Riviera Village Festival 1055 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
adequately or realistically portray the
impacts of this drastic upzoning. The EIR is
4. The zoning does not require preservation
of a boat maintenance facility, which is
• Mitch Ward, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Manhattan Beach
Candidate – 53rd State Assembly District Come visit our booth at the Riviera Village contradicted by recent city traffic analyses essential to harbor boaters.
Festival on June 27th and 28th from 10:00am to If you ever considered volunteering for that show significant traffic impacts that will
• Portia Cohen, Mayor, City of Manhattan Beach
the good of our waterfront, now is the time block boater access to the harbor. The res-
• Michael Keegan, Council Member, City of Hermosa Beach 6:00pm! Learn more about our planned activities
to act. We’ve had some amazing successes idents of Redondo and boaters that use To participate or learn more, contact
• Cliff Numark, Council Member, City of Torrance and goals, and how you can participate to create through the years. We need you to help us King Harbor deserve to understand the Jim Light at 310-540-8934, or email
• Bill Brand, Council Member, City of Redondo Beach more open space in the South Bay! keep up the momentum. The latest realistic impacts of this upzoning. email@example.com
“It’s not easy being green.” – KERMIT THE FROG
Redondo Salt Lake - State Landmark No. 373 Good News for Seaside Lagoon The SBPC vigorously opposed this idea, even as a “place-
holder” in these design concepts. Board members attended mul-
his painting depicts what the Redondo Salt Lake could have looked like before the Spanish began settling on the Pacific Coast (1769). In an otherwise dim economic environment, there is some tiple City Commission and Council meetings in February and
The Salt Lake was located where the AES Power Plant now sits. As an artist, I took on that project because I believe in and wanted to good news to report concerning the Seaside Lagoon. In early March and spoke out against this issue, arguing that the public
support the goals of the South Bay Parkland Conservancy. I spent approximately 6 months researching. I did not discover any photo- April of this year, the RB City Council moved forward with a should lose no open space in a redesign and certainly not to sup-
graphs or pictures of the site prior to industrialization. During the research period, with a camera in hand, I visited the Malibu Lagoon, Seaside Lagoon design concept that preserves existing public port the long-term parking needs of a private lease-holder.
Dockweiler State Beach, Palos Verdes Botanical Gardens, Madrona Marsh, Bolsa Chica Wetlands, Redondo Beach and its pier. From written open space by removing the parking lot potentially designated This is an important issue because Redondo is park-poor at
documents and my field trips, I formulated ideas and sketches about the salt lake area. for the adjoining leaseholder. The SBPC applauds this decision only 2.45 acres-per-thousand residents, well below Los Angeles’
and thanks the Council for agreeing with the public. 8 acres/thousand. We also thank the City Council, City staff, the
With hundreds of reference photos, many written accounts, and my sketches I was ready to paint. I decided to paint with acrylics because
Readers may recall the multiple design options for a new Harbor Commission and the Recreation & Parks Commission for
I could be specific and, if need be, change my mind without starting over. I wanted the painting to make one feel like they were walking into
Seaside Lagoon from City staff for a new pool and recreational addressing public comments and managing the rigorous process
the past. I believe I have accomplished my goal. Enjoy the past, and help make some of it part of our future. With your help, our communi- water feature and an area for parking on what is now grass and of determining a quality design concept for a future Seaside
ty can restore the area for public use. Instead of mixed-use development plans or golf courses, we could enjoy a natural salt lake that would open area today. The City’s reasoning was that this parking might Lagoon, subject to funding.
attract hummingbirds, great blue herons and egrets. The community could restore the land to include natural areas that attract wildlife and be needed for development by the adjacent leaseholder in the —Don Vangeloff
allow for multiple uses by generations to come. —Thelma J. Muzik, Artist future when a public boat-ramp is built. Board Member, South Bay Parkland Conservancy