‘There’s a lot going on’: Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand delivers State of the City address
by Garth Meyer
Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand delivered his “state of the city” address Wednesday, in person at the Sonesta Hotel, touting city projects such as port amenities, a new name for a South Bay Galleria redone, a new use for an old library and new city funding.
He also presented a lifetime achievement award to the man who developed Shade Redondo Hotel.
Brand, in the second year of his second term as mayor, spoke to the crowd about the city’s $600,000 structural budget deficit, $6 million net loss from the pandemic, and what he described as perhaps the biggest item of the last year – the $226 million refinancing of California Public Employees Retirement System (CALPERS) debt from 7% interest to 2.8%.
“It’s hard to believe, but it’s saving the city $100 million over the next 28 years,” Brand said.
He talked about the amenities plan and a city council vote the day before to go ahead with a concept for a waterfront education facility.
“To be able to engage disadvantaged communities of color in Los Angeles,” he said.
He spoke of an effort to revitalize the Aviation/Artesia Boulevards corridor — to revamp parking standards and institute priority uses such as restaurants.
He reported that a 600-sheet building plan was recently submitted for the adaptive reuse of the South Bay Galleria – which will be renamed the South Bay Social District.
A full-scale mock-up of the project is set to go on display at the Galleria in August, he said.
For the historic 1930 city library at Veterans Park — where Brand once gazed out the windows at the ocean as a 10-year-old — community feedback is being gathered for potential new uses, which will be evaluated by the city council in July.
Brand thanked police and public works for their quick response to the shooting at the pier last August. He thanked hospitals for their work during COVID-19 outbreaks.
“The State of the City” was featured in memory of Patricia Dreizler, who died last weekend at 96, known for her decades of community service. Emergency room