Crude emails reveal nasty side of a California beach city's crusade to halt growth

Few communities in Southern California have been more successful at saying "no" to large new developments over the last decade than Redondo Beach. ...

November 22, 2022
12:02 AM

Few communities in Southern California have been more successful at saying "no" to large new developments over the last decade than Redondo Beach. The South Bay coastal city of 70,000 blocked a $400-million remake of its waterfront, reduced the size of proposed apartment buildings by dozens of units and even prohibited the construction of mixed-use residential and commercial projects in the city for a year. One of the masterminds of this slow-growth movement is Mayor Bill Brand, a 65-year-old former airline crew chief who has amassed power on a platform arguing that overdevelopment and traffic threaten the way of life in Redondo Beach.

Liam Dillon