Letters to the Editor: The racism of Redondo Beach’s anti-growth political leadership
The anti-growth agenda of Redondo Beach Mayor Sam Abed and Redondo Beach and Pacific Beach Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Michael Spanos are just some of the reasons why Redondo Beach (RBA) should be considered one of the most dangerous, racist cities in California.
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, RBA Board of Trustees Chair and Trustee Bob Beheler had this to say regarding the city’s leadership of the RBA (not RBA residents): “If these leaders were truly interested in the well-being of RBA, they would do their job, which is to work with city hall.”
Let’s start with the racial issues at hand. The racial imbalance that exists on Redondo Beach city council is just a microcosm of the racial issues that plague our nation. The RBA leadership, however, chose to ignore those issues; they decided to act like a bunch of hypocrites as they claim that they are not racist. So what then are their real reasons for not supporting Proposition A?
In the Nov. 15, 2014 edition of the News-Press, David G. Smith, a reporter and photographer for the Redondo Beach News-Press, published a lengthy article in which he exposed the racist “Red Bluff Community Agreement” that exists in Redondo Beach. Smith, who is black, explains that the document that exists in Redondo Beach requires all new developments that are proposed to have “majority black housing,” to which developers agree to pay “a high level of money back to the city” in exchange for “non-black housing.”
I find the “Red Bluff Community Agreement” that exists in Redondo Beach incredibly racist. It allows developers to pay the city a lot of money to have non-black housing built in Redondo Beach, even though the housing that they build does not even qualify for the “low-income housing” program. And, in