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June 23, 1996
Re "Complaints Spur Proposal to Lower Parking Rate at Pier," June 13: Before its tidal-wave and fire destruction, the U-shaped Redondo Beach Pier was a series of revenue-reaping shops and restaurants. Now, the decorative new pier offers only strolling, sunning and fishing area for visitors. Where was the logic of expecting more money to come from less public spending opportunity: hence the increased parking rates, hence less tourism? The biggest catch from that pier is 22. BETTE HENNING Redondo Beach On June 3 The Times ran an article regarding the Redondo Beach Pier and the concern on the part of the pier business owners and city officials about the drop in number of visitors to the pier.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
The dining room at Old Tony's is a testament to its status as a survivor. Its aging green carpets and tan leather booths have overlooked Redondo Beach Pier for more than 60 years. Inside, not much has changed. The tiki bar and musty-gray fishing nets hanging from the ceiling are the kitsch of decades past, and some of the waitresses have been around since the Nixon administration. In its heyday, throngs of visitors packed the pier, even on weekdays, catching movies at the stately Fox theater or fishing off the horseshoe-shaped pier.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1996
Something for nothing? Well, not exactly. But if you're going to be at the Redondo Beach Pier in the near future, you might check out the long-awaited free parking that begins Sept. 3. After merchants on the pier complained that parking fees were so high that fewer customers were shopping there, the city decided to allow one hour of free parking with a validation sticker from a pier merchant. The free parking will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.
TRAVEL
July 1, 2012 | By Christopher Smith
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier Overview: This 1,620-foot-long T-shaped concrete pier, built in 1968, is ideal for walking night and day. At the far end, Buoy's at the Pier has a downstairs snack bar with a modest menu of chicken strips and nachos ($5-$7); upstairs is the bait and tackle store. Background: Old-time pier denizens occasionally call it Devil's Gate, a reference to the location and name of a pier built in 1915 just east of this one. Notable views: The Long Beach skyline and harbor are to the north; the Seal Beach breakwater and pier are visible to the south.
NEWS
June 12, 1988 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
The radio ad never mentions the fire. "Fishermen are still fishing, bicyclers are still bicycling and strollers are still strolling . . ." the announcer says. "So stroll in the sun, have cotton candy, a hot dog on a stick or fresh crab cooked to order. People-watch, window-shop or take a boat ride. Play hundreds of games, win a stuffed animal or ride the tilt-a-whirl."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2003
The partially clothed body of a man was discovered floating in the surf near the Redondo Beach Pier, police said Wednesday. Customers at a pier restaurant called police when they saw something floating near the shore of Horseshoe Beach at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, police said. "It appeared to have been in the water for less than 24 hours and there were no obvious signs of trauma, so it's not being investigated as a homicide," said Sgt. Joe Hoffman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1988 | KAREN ROEBUCK, Times Staff Writer
The Redondo Beach Pier was more heavily damaged by Saturday's wind-driven waves than initially estimated, and city officials fear that another small section could be knocked out by the high waves and heavy winds expected today. Emergency repairs to the pier will begin today, they said.
NEWS
August 4, 1994 | GORDON DILLOW
The largest leaseholder of the Redondo Beach pier has put his property up for sale for $2.5 million, saying he has been unable to agree with city officials about plans for the pier. But city officials say it is economics, not conflicting visions of the pier's future, that prompted the "For Sale" sign. "I don't think that I can drive this project," said Steve Shoemaker, general partner of Redondo Horseshoe Pier Co., which acquired the pier property for $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1988 | KAREN ROEBUCK, Times Staff Writer
Investigators will never know for sure what caused a spectacular fire that destroyed nearly half of the Redondo Beach Pier two months ago, but an electrical problem is suspected, according to a report released Wednesday. The report by the Redondo Beach Fire Department also says a news helicopter flying too close to the blaze intensified the fire and made fighting it more difficult. But investigators said the damage probably would have been as extensive in any case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1988 | KAREN ROEBUCK, Times Staff Writer
Redondo Beach officials have planned to rebuild the city's historic pier since much of it was destroyed by fire two months ago, but about half of the crowd at a public meeting this week told the City Council not to resurrect it. "I would say the residents were all thrilled when the pier burned," Joyce Long, a Redondo Beach resident and business owner, told the mayor and City Council during Monday's 4-hour meeting.
NEWS
June 5, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
First published on Aug. 28, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. We'll call the movie "Three Beaches and an Airport. " It'll star Hugh Grant as a buttoned-up business traveler who is separated from his job, money and luggage at LAX, then befriended by a team of wise-cracking Olympic volleyballers who introduce him to the sun-baked, wave-splashed piers and brew pubs of L.A.'s South Bay. In no time, he soars to entrepreneurial success, leading...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2009 | Richard Winton
A 39-year-old former LAPD officer pleaded guilty Monday to assault with a firearm stemming from a 2008 incident in a Redondo Beach Pier restaurant. David Woon Chong pulled out a knife and threatened a restaurant patron in March 2008 after getting into a verbal altercation with two men. A witness interceded and the off-duty officer then walked away. But he returned a short time later, kicked some food out of the victim's hand and pulled out a .45-caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun, pointing it at the man's head.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2007 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
Chalk it up as a "before" picture, not the "after." On Thursday morning at Redondo Beach Pier, sidewalk artist Julian Beever had only just begun to sketch out what would be a three-day project: a chalk drawing that would turn a flat sidewalk into a seemingly three-dimensional, multicolor fantasy. Still, one would think that, faced with a heart-shaped outline measuring 4 yards across, passersby might choose to walk around it. Not so.
NEWS
March 1, 2005
"A Little Fish Story" [Feb. 22] was so delightful and refreshing -- far from the other stories that directed the course of the day, from the drenching to the depressing. As a native of the South Bay area, I've always been familiar with the Redondo Beach Pier and can appreciate the pleasantly charming observations you made. Thanks for introducing us to some individuals who were interestingly ordinary, and routinely unique. Kerri Webb Inglewood I was under the impression the Outdoors section was about outdoor recreation, not a Hemingway-styled trip into depression.
NEWS
February 22, 2005 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
AS HE WATCHES HIS FATHER SLICE THROUGH A MACKEREL TO MAKE BAIT, Salvador Pulido Jr. rubs his tongue over a freshly drilled molar. The knife turns the fish's dull green scales red and crunches its bones, and to the 5-year-old, it whispers fulfillment of a promise: in exchange for a visit to the dentist, a trip to the Redondo Beach Pier to fish.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2003
The partially clothed body of a man was discovered floating in the surf near the Redondo Beach Pier, police said Wednesday. Customers at a pier restaurant called police when they saw something floating near the shore of Horseshoe Beach at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, police said. "It appeared to have been in the water for less than 24 hours and there were no obvious signs of trauma, so it's not being investigated as a homicide," said Sgt. Joe Hoffman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1990
The first of four lawsuits that hit Redondo Beach in the wake of the spectacular 1988 winter storms was settled this week without any admission of negligence by the city. The Redondo Beach Marina had charged in its multimillion-dollar suit that inadequacies in the harbor design and maintenance had contributed to storm destruction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1988 | KAREN ROEBUCK and ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writers
Wind-whipped waves washed away a 155-foot section of the Redondo Beach pier Saturday, as gusts of up to 45 m.p.h. felled power lines, knocked down trees and fanned minor brush fires in Southern California, authorities said. A 48-year-old man was presumed drowned after he was struck by rigging and fell from a yacht sailing in 8-foot seas north of Santa Catalina Island, the Coast Guard said. A search for the man, whose name was not released, was called off about 8 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2003 | Joel Rubin and Katie Flynn, Times Staff Writers
A West Covina man leaped 20 feet into the ocean from a restaurant window on the Redondo Beach pier to save a 3-year-old girl who had fallen into the water, officials said Monday. "I didn't stop to think about it," said Larry Abeyta, 51, a deliveryman. "I just wanted to get ahold of the baby." After rescuing the girl, Abeyta returned to his dinner table without even giving his name and continued eating his meal of halibut and shrimp.
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