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This Week's Top News in the South Bay

A look at what made headlines the week of August 25-31.

Redondo Beach

: The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has declined to file a felony case against Hollywood artist Manuel "Manny" Castro, who claimed responsibility for painting the words "tastes like hate" and a picture of a cow on a Torrance Chick-fil-A in early August.

: With ribbon cuttings on Friday and Saturday for the new Redondo Beach Harbor Patrol building and the remodeled Redondo Landing, Redondo Beach marked the beginning of a new era on its waterfront. At Saturday's Redondo Landing ribbon cutting, Mayor Mike Gin called the leasehold's remodel a "dream come true."

AES to File Repowering Application by September's End: AES, the Virginia-based private energy company that owns the aging power plant on Harbor Drive, plans to submit its application in September to repower , project manager Jennifer Didlo of AES Southland told the Daily Breeze.

: After a one-year hiatus, Redondo Beach is back on CNN Money's list of the "best places for the rich and single." Slightly more than one-third of Redondo Beach residents are unmarried, according to the website, and the city's median family income is $118,525.

Hermosa Beach

: The Hermosa Beach Police Department said it arrested 20 motorists on suspicion of driving under the influence last Friday during a drivers license and DUI checkpoint set up on Artesia Boulevard in Hermosa Beach.

Hermosa Man in Court on Murder Charge: A preliminary hearing for David Brian Abbott, accused of allegedly in her Hermosa Beach apartment on Dec. 31, 2011, has been reset for Sept. 20, according to a Los Angeles County District Attorney spokesperson. Abbott has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and was due in court last Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

Manhattan Beach

: Jacob A. Dotson, the only Manhattan Beach resident arrested during a bathroom sting operation in March, pleaded no contest on Aug. 22 to an amended misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace. He had been facing a misdemeanor count of engaging in lewd conduct, said a Los Angeles County District Attorney's spokeswoman. Dotson, 34, was sentenced to pay $370 in fines and penalties.

PHOTOS: Manhattan Beach Open Final Matches: Photos from the final men's and women's matches of the Manhattan Beach Open beach volleyball tournament last Sunday. Defending Manhattan Beach Open champions Sean Scott (Redondo Beach), John Hyden (Sherman Oaks), Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach) and Jenny Kropp (Hollyglen, Calif.) repeated history as they took home the win for a second year in a row Sunday at the Manhattan Beach Pier.

: The NTSB has concluded pilot error was the cause of the March 16, 2011 plane crash at Long Beach Airport in which that killed 5 prominent local men and severely burned a 6th. , according to the L.A. County Coroner, were Jeffrey Albert Berger, 49, of Manhattan Beach; Mark Llewllyn Bixby, 44, of Long Beach; pilot Kenneth Earl Cruz, 43, of Culver City; Thomas Fay Dean, 50, of Laguna Beach; and Bruce Michael Krall, 51, of Ladera Ranch.

: A Los Angeles man was charged today with attempted murder and other counts for allegedly slashing a clerk's throat during a robbery at a Manhattan Beach cigar store. Tyler Lee Rodgers, 18, pleaded not guilty in Torrance Superior Court to one felony count each of attempted murder, second-degree robbery and kidnapping to commit another crime.

Palos Verdes

: The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council will once again discuss a request from the Trump Organization to rename Ocean Trails Drive in front of the Trump National Golf Club to Trump National Drive.

: As students headed back to class this past week at , a familiar face also returned to the school as its new principal. Brent Kuykendall, who just finished his first official school week as principal at Ridgecrest, is no stranger to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

: Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that more than 40 people have died across the country this year from West Nile virus, many horse owners can breath a little easier—the equine vaccines available are effective, according to veterinarians. 

: in Rancho Palos Verdes is now the "Official Resort of USC Athletics," according to a news release posted on Fox Sports West. As part of the agreement, Terranea will be a presenting sponsor of the first University of Southern California home game of the season on Saturday and a presenting sponsor of the Trojan Kids Club, among other opportunities.

Jane September 02, 2012 at 10:39 PM
The only saving grace to this misguided and illegal rezoning by the anti-AES crowd is that that City of Redondo is under no obligation to legally defend the illegal rezoning in court. The people the filed the initiative will be required to use their own money when AES sues for illegal "taking" of property rights (confiscation without compensation.) Thank God Prop 8 turned out the way it did and proved that a defense by the government of a stupid proposition isn't legally required. The City wasted MILLIONS in legal fees that last time it sued AES and lost.

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