Heart impact

About Town: Redondo Beach

Heart impact

The Heart of the City redevelopment plan reached a new milestone with the release of its draft Environmental Impact Statement this week. "The impacts are what we expected," said City Manager Lou Garcia. "Those are traffic and view issues." The $49 million vision of a seaside downtown in Redondo Beach’s harbor area will indeed bring increased traffic flow and potentially diminished views for some area residents, the EIR finds, but it also recommends several ways to mitigate those impacts. For example, the addition of traffic signal lights, bike paths, and turn lanes would improve traffic flow at major intersections within the plan area. Copies of the EIR are available for checkout at the public library, or can be purchased from the planning department at 415 Diamond St. Bound copies are $20, or $10 for a CD-Rom version. The city also hopes to have the statement available free-of-charge on its website, www.redondo.org, within the week. Residents have 45 days to add their comments to the draft report, after which it goes before the Planning Commission.

Hoop impact

Redondo Beach Youth Basketball and the 4Man League will host "Hoop de Ville" Saturday, Oct. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. in Aviation Gym. The night will feature a game between all-star youth league players as well as an exhibition game featuring players from the new professional 4Man League. The new league, which hopes to launch next summer, promises to offer a new, high-flying and faster moving brand of professional basketball. "We are going to take the best of college ball, marry it with street ball, bring it to local arenas, and rock the house," said Rob Ryder, the president of the league. Saturday’s game will feature the Runnin’ Jays, lead by Boogie Jay of Nike commercials and street ball fame, versus 4Man Select. Super MC "Straaw" and Cool DJ "Intellect" will preside. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children, with proceeds benefiting RBYB.

Police Beat

Rub and Run

On Monday, Oct. 1 at about 9:10 p.m., a lone suspect entered Sakura Acupressure, 2725 Manhattan Blvd., and requested a half-hour massage. The suspect paid $40 for the massage and was the escorted to the massage room. The suspect then followed the employee to the office where he brandished a screwdriver and demanded cash. The suspect fled with cash. Police think this may have been the second time the suspect has robbed the same business.

Fore and After

On Friday, Oct. 5 a suspect struck a victim on the back with a golf club in a fight over an old girlfriend. The fight happened in the 400 block of N. Pacific Coast Highway. The victim sustained moderate injuries. Officers arrived on scene and made an arrest.

Hit and Run

On Saturday, Oct. 6 shortly after 3 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Pullman Lane on a report of a man beating a woman. A man fled northbound into a back yard and then into the neighborhood, and a subsequent search by officers was fruitless. Police said the case is under investigation.

Look and See

On Thursday, Oct. 4 Investigator Eskridge attended the Patrol Briefing and passed out photos of a suspect wanted for sex offenses by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Officers King and Beck were on patrol on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 6 when they observed a man matching the description in the 7-11 store on Torrance and Prospect. The man told the officers that he knew that he was wanted and had planned to leave the area later that evening. ER