Here is a look at what made headlines in the South Bay this week:
Dead Grenade Brings Out Bomb Squad; Stores Evacuated: A hand grenade that was later determined to be inert brought out the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department bomb squad to the 99 Cents Only store on Manhattan Beach Boulevard in North Redondo Beach late Monday evening.
Back to School Night Cancelled; Parents Upset:The loss of Back-to-School night has parents of students in Redondo Beach Unified School District upset. According to an article in the Daily Breeze, the annual event was canceled due to budget cuts at the state level. These same budget cuts forced the school district to institute a handful of furlough days for the first time in history.
Developer Awarded Knob Hill Lease: With a unanimous vote, the Redondo Beach Board of Education awarded a ground lease for the property at 320 Knob Hill Ave. in South Redondo Beach to Fountain Square Development West for $614,250 per year. The 60-year lease will allow Fountain Square Development West to build an assisted senior living facility on the property, if zoning changes are approved.
Cyclists Gain More Access to Palos Verdes Nature Preserve: The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council unanimously approved the majority of a staff recommendation Tuesday that will open up additional trails in the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve to cyclists. With Tuesday's vote, mountain bikers will now have access to 15 additional trails across the multiple nature reserves contained within the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. Previously, those trails had either not been designated or were limited to equestrians and pedestrians only.
PVDN Bike Lane Project Plans Unveiled: A small crowd of neighbors showed up at Rolling Hills Estates City Hall Tuesday to learn more about the proposed final design of what has been dubbed the Palos Verdes Drive North Bike Lane Project. It includes plans for 1.3 miles of bike lanes, among other improvements. The modifications, which are estimated to cost $2.8 million, would take place on Palos Verdes Drive North from Crenshaw Boulevard to the western city limits, according to plans drafted by the city.
PV Man Helps Snag Giant Alligator: A Palos Verdes man was one of four hunters who snagged a record-breaking-sized alligator in Mississippi in mid-September, according to multiple reports. The 697.5-pound male alligator—which beat the previous state record by 7 pounds—was caught by Michael Robbers of Palos Verdes.
Hermosan Skateboards the 405 During Carmageddon: Hermosa Beach native Cindy Whitehead has done what no one has. The former skateboard pro grabbed her board, found a place to access a closed 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass Sunday and found her way into infamy by skateboarding for a brief two minutes without being detected.
Breast Cancer Survivors Get 'Dancing With the Stars' Lesson: Breast cancer patients and survivors from around the South Bay had a chance to hone their dance moves Friday morning as Dancing With the Stars' celebrity Anna Trebunskaya taught free lessons at her studio in Hermosa Beach.
: Its promotional literature may have simply called it a Wine Walk, but it obviously was much more, raking in $20,000 for the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation. With wine glasses labeled as the First Annual Wine Walk and a sell-out crowd of 250, the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation's inaugural event was a huge success.
MBPD Makes 37 DUI Arrests in 31 Days: From Aug. 31 through Sept. 30, the Manhattan Beach Police Department made 37 arrests for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or drug (23152 (a) Vehicle Code), according to department reports.
Matt Barnes Arrest Video Documents Incident in MB: Video from a patrol car shows Los Angeles Clippers star Matt Barnes, his wife "Basketball Wives" star Gloria Govan and Manhattan Beach police officers as they attempt to take Barnes into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant.