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Redondo Beach (Spanish for ''round'') is a coastal city in
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, United States, located in the South Bay region of the
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area. It is one of three adjacent
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along the southern portion of
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. The population was 66,748 at the 2010 census, up from 63,261 at the 2000 census. Redondo Beach was originally part of the 1785
Rancho San Pedro Rancho San Pedro was one of the first California land grants and the first to win a patent from the United States. The Charles III of Spain, Spanish Crown granted the of land to soldier Juan José Domínguez in 1784, with his descendants valida ...
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Spanish
land grant that later became the South Redondo area. The primary attractions include Municipal Pier and the sandy beach, popular with tourists and a variety of sports enthusiasts. The western terminus of the Metro Rail C Line (formerly the Green Line) is in North Redondo Beach.


History

The Chowigna Indians used the site of today's Hopkins Wilderness Park, formerly Nike missile site LA-57 from 1956 to 1963, in Redondo Beach, California, as a lookout place. The wetlands located at the site of today's AES power plant in Redondo Beach were a source of foods including halibut, lobster, and sea bass, and also of salt. In the 1700s, the Chowigna bartered salt from the old Redondo Salt Lake, "a spring-fed salt lake about 200 yards wide and 600 yards long situated about 200 yards from the ocean", with other tribes. Their village by the lake was called "Onoova-nga", or "Place of Salt." The Chowigna were relocated to missions in 1854, when
Manuel Dominguez Don Manuel Domínguez (1803–1882) was a Californio Californios are Hispanic The term ''Hispanic'' ( es, hispano) refers to people, cultures Culture () is an umbrella term which encompasses the social behavior Social behavior is beh ...

Manuel Dominguez
sold of
Rancho San Pedro Rancho San Pedro was one of the first California land grants and the first to win a patent from the United States. The Charles III of Spain, Spanish Crown granted the of land to soldier Juan José Domínguez in 1784, with his descendants valida ...
, including the lake, to Henry Allanson and William Johnson for the Pacific Salt Works. was a tourist attraction from the late 1880s to the early 1920s. Tourists gathered moonstones from the many mounds that had washed ashore during storms.


Government

The City of Redondo Beach is a Charter City in LA County, Southern California. Almost two thirds of the residents in LA County, the majority in Southern California, and a plurality of Californians live in Charter Cities according to the 2010 US Census. As a Californian Charter City, Redondo Beach can adopt Amendments to the City Charter.


Geography

According to the
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, the city has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16.1 km2), over 99% of it land. Redondo Beach was originally part of the 1784 Rancho San Pedro Spanish land grant of the Dominguez Rancho that later became the ten-mile (16 km) ocean frontage of
Rancho Sausal RedondoRancho Sausal Redondo (Round Willow-grove Ranch) was a Mexican land grant in present day Los Angeles County, California Los Angeles County, officially the County of Los Angeles, is the most populous county in the United States The Uni ...
.


Neighborhoods

The ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) has restaurants and boating activities while inland of PCH is largely residential. Redondo Breakwall is a well-known surf spot in the South Bay. This power plant sports Whaling Wall number 31, a whale mural by artist
Robert Wyland Wyland (born July 9, 1956) is an American artist and conservationist best known for his more than 100 List of Whaling Walls, ''Whaling Walls'', large outdoor murals featuring images of life-size whales and other sea life.Gould, Whitney (9 June 1 ...
titled "Gray Whale Migration". Redondo Beach has a distinct division between the north and south sections of the city, with 190th, Anita, and Herondo streets forming its east–west boundary line. South Redondo is along the beachfront with the
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and marina/harbor complex. The small business district near the pier and marina was revived in the 1990s. That district was once focused on fishing and canning when the pier was used to transport fish-based foodstuffs and canned fish to American and Asian consumers, but that industry experienced an economic downfall in the 1970s and 1980s. The main library is located in the Civic Center. North Redondo, north of 190th Street, is an inland community separated from the beachfront by Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. While primarily residential, North Redondo contains some of the city's major industrial and commercial space, including the inland aerospace and engineering firms that are part of Southern California's long space legacy. It is also home to the
South Bay Galleria South Bay Galleria, formerly named Galleria at South Bay, is a shopping mall in Redondo Beach, California, Redondo Beach in Los Angeles County, California. It is anchored by Macy's, Kohl's, Target Corporation, Target, Q, Wonder of Dinosaurs, and a ...
shopping center and Artesia Boulevard. North Redondo is the home of the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and the Los Angeles Ballet. The North Branch of the Redondo Beach Library serves this area. Zoning allows properties within two to three blocks of the beach to be developed as large, two to three-unit luxury townhomes; inland areas are more likely to have single-family homes. There is a citywide height limit of for new homes but rooftop living spaces and decks are allowed. The Marina, Harbor and
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complexes are planned centers of activity that host seafood restaurants, bars, smaller shops and a games arcade.


Lifestyle

Much of the Redondo Beach lifestyle is a blend of the neighborhoods, activities and people of the three
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of
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Southern California
's South Bay. Like its sister cities of
Hermosa Beach Hermosa Beach (''Hermosa'', Spanish Spanish may refer to: * Items from or related to Spain: **Spaniards, a nation and ethnic group indigenous to Spain **Spanish language **Spanish cuisine Other places * Spanish, Ontario, Canada * Spanish Riv ...
and
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, Redondo's draw is the beach that links the three cities. Redondo was described as "The Gem of the Continent" in the ''Los Angeles Daily Herald'' in 1887. The beach starts below the bluffs of
Palos Verdes The Palos Verdes Peninsula (''Palos Verdes'', Spanish Spanish may refer to: * Items from or related to Spain: **Spaniards, a nation and ethnic group indigenous to Spain **Spanish language **Spanish cuisine Other places * Spanish, Ontario, Can ...
in the south (after Torrance Beach) and carries north to the Redondo Pier. The area of the beach that starts in Palos Verdes is known as "RAT (Right After Torrance) Beach." The Marvin Braude Bike Trail runs from Torrance through South Redondo, north to Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and eventually to
Santa Monica Santa Monica () is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California Los Angeles County, officially the County of Los Angeles, and sometimes abbreviated as L.A. County, is the List of the most populous counties in the United Stat ...

Santa Monica
. The path is broken by the Redondo Beach King Harbor Marina and Pier complex, where it veers away from water and onto dedicated lanes of surface streets for about a mile before again turning to the ocean in Hermosa Beach. Continuing north from Manhattan Beach, the path stretches to Marina Del Rey.
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Surfing
is an element of the South Bay lifestyle year-round. Winter storms in the Pacific Ocean sometimes turn typically placid and rolling South Bay waves into large and occasionally dangerous waves, a draw for surfers. Wave heights in December 2005 were some of the largest on record at to .
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Beach volleyball
is another aspect of Redondo Beach's lifestyle. Professional tournaments managed by the AVP take place in neighboring Hermosa and Manhattan Beach. Redondo Beach is home to gold medalist
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and AVP Pro
Casey Jennings Casey Thomas Jennings (born July 10, 1975) is an American beach volleyball player and pro wrestler. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE performing on its WWE NXT, NXT brand. He teams up with Kevin Wong and has teamed up w ...
. Redondo Beach was home to the filming of the television series, ''
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''.


Demographics


2010

The
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reported that Redondo Beach had a population of 66,748. The
population density Population density (in agriculture Agriculture is the science, art and practice of cultivating plants and livestock. Agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary Image:Family watching television 1958.jpg, Exercise tr ...

population density
was 10,751.1 people per square mile (4,151.0/km2). The racial makeup of Redondo Beach was 49,805 (74.6%)
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(65.2% Non-Hispanic White), 1,852 (2.8%)
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, 291 (0.4%)
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, 8,004 (12.0%)
Asian Asian may refer to: * Items from or related to the continent of Asia: ** Asian people, people in or descending from Asia ** Asian culture, the culture of the people from Asia ** Asian cuisine, food based on the style of food of the people from Asi ...
, 199 (0.3%)
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, 2,725 (4.1%) from
other races Other most often refers to: * Other (philosophy), a concept in psychology and philosophy Other or The Other may also refer to: Books * The Other (Tryon novel), ''The Other'' (Tryon novel), a 1971 horror novel by Tom Tryon * The Other (short story ...
, and 3,872 (5.8%) from two or more races.
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or
Latino Latino or Latinos most often refers to: * Latino (demonym), a term used in the United States for people with cultural ties to Latin America * Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States * The people or cultures of Latin America; ** Latin A ...
of any race were 10,142 persons (15.2%). The Census reported that 66,317 people (99.4% of the population) lived in households, 367 (0.5%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 64 (0.1%) were institutionalized. There were 29,011 households, out of which 7,825 (27.0%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 12,507 (43.1%) were living together, 2,515 (8.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,207 (4.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,904 (6.6%)
unmarried opposite-sex partnerships POSSLQ ( , plural ''POSSLQs'') is an abbreviation (or acronym) for "Person of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters", a term coined in the late 1970s by the United States Census Bureau as part of an effort to more accurately gauge the prevalence of c ...
, and 179 (0.6%)
same-sex married couples or partnerships Same sex may refer to: * A phrase used in the discussion of sex or gender * Gonochorism, the state of having just one of at least two distinct sexes in any one individual organism * Homosexuality, the romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexua ...
. 9,252 households (31.9%) were made up of individuals, and 2,145 (7.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29. There were 16,229
families In human society A society is a Social group, group of individuals involved in persistent Social relation, social interaction, or a large social group sharing the same spatial or social territory, typically subject to the same Politi ...
(55.9% of all households); the average family size was 2.94. Redondo Beach had 12,887 people (19.3%) under the age of 18, 4,198 people (6.3%) aged 18 to 24, 23,149 people (34.7%) aged 25 to 44, 19,532 people (29.3%) aged 45 to 64, and 6,982 people (10.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.2 males. There were 30,609 housing units at an average density of 4,930.2 per square mile (1,903.6/km2), of which 14,917 (51.4%) were owner-occupied, and 14,094 (48.6%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.3%. 36,796 people (55.1% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 29,521 people (44.2%) lived in rental housing units. According to the 2010 United States Census, Redondo Beach had a median household income of $99,496, with 5.4% of the population living below the federal poverty line.


2000

As of the
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census
of 2000, there were 63,261 people, 28,566 households, and 15,254 families residing in the city. The
population density Population density (in agriculture Agriculture is the science, art and practice of cultivating plants and livestock. Agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary Image:Family watching television 1958.jpg, Exercise tr ...

population density
was 10,065.4 inhabitants per square mile (3,889.4/km2). There were 29,543 housing units at an average density of 4,700.6 per square mile (1,816.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.6%
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, 9.1%
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, 2.5%
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, 0.5%
Native American Native Americans may refer to: Ethnic groups * Indigenous peoples of the Americas, the pre-Columbian peoples of North and South America and their descendants * Native Americans in the United States * Indigenous peoples in Canada, the indigenous p ...
, 0.4%
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, 4.4% from
other races Other most often refers to: * Other (philosophy), a concept in psychology and philosophy Other or The Other may also refer to: Books * The Other (Tryon novel), ''The Other'' (Tryon novel), a 1971 horror novel by Tom Tryon * The Other (short story ...
, and 4.6, % from two or more races.
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or
Latino Latino or Latinos most often refers to: * Latino (demonym), a term used in the United States for people with cultural ties to Latin America * Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States * The people or cultures of Latin America; ** Latin A ...
of any race were 13.5% of the population. There were 28,566 households, out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were
married couples Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock is a culturally and often legally recognized union between people called spouse A spouse is a significant other in a marriage (in certain contexts, it can also apply to a civil union or comm ...

married couples
living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.6% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.87. In the city, 18.8% of the population was under the age of 18; 6.1%, aged 18 to 24; 43.1%, aged 25 to 44; 23.6%, aged 45 to 64; and 8.5% aged 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.8 males. According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $93,274, and the median income for a family was $108,753. Males had a median income of $56,796 versus $45,204 for females. The
per capita income Per capita income (PCI) or total income measures the average income earned per person in a given area (city, region, country, etc.) in a specified year. It is calculated by dividing the area's total income by its total population. Per capita i ...
for the city was $38,305. About 4.0% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the
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, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.


Economy

According to the city's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:


Cost of living

According to public data from the ''
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Los Angeles Times
'', real estate prices increased almost 20% per year between 1999 and 2005. Properties within walking distance of the ocean routinely sell for over $1 million. ''
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'' ranks communities in the area as some of the most expensive places to live in the U.S. The average three-bed, two-bath home costs about $1,000,000 in South Redondo as of 2006 and $875,000 in North Redondo. The 2007 "credit meltdown" has affected home values in the area to a lesser extent than the rest of
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Southern California
.


Government


Local government

Redondo Beach's City Council elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of odd-numbered years after the City Attorney notified California's Secretary of State of not moving both its City Council and Board of Education elections to a statewide primary or general election starting in 2018. The elections are all-mail instead of in-person. The current mayor and council members are: * Mayor: Bill Brand * Council Members: Nils Nehrenheim, Todd Loewenstein, Christian Horvath, Zein Obagi, Jr., and Laura Emdee.


Local Misc

According to the city's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city's various funds had $109.5 million in Revenues, $106.8 million in expenditures, $283.1 million in total assets, $66.3 million in total liabilities, and $79.5 million in cash and investments. The
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, one of 78 California Health Districts, is located in Redondo Beach. Created in 1955, as South Bay Hospital, to provide health and wellness services to the residents of
Hermosa Beach Hermosa Beach (''Hermosa'', Spanish Spanish may refer to: * Items from or related to Spain: **Spaniards, a nation and ethnic group indigenous to Spain **Spanish language **Spanish cuisine Other places * Spanish, Ontario, Canada * Spanish Riv ...
,
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, and Redondo Beach. The district took on its current name in 1993. In 2002, Beach Cities Health District opened AdventurePlex, a Manhattan Beach fitness facility for youth and their families of the three beach cities. AdventurePlex has mazes, tunnels, outdoor
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rock climbing
walls, complex
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, and an indoor gymnasium.


State and federal representation

In the
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, Redondo Beach is in , and in . In the
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, Redondo Beach is in .


Politics

In the
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Barack Obama
won 59% of the vote and
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John McCain
won 37% of the vote.


Education

The
Redondo Beach Unified School District Redondo Beach Unified School District is a school district with approximately 10,000 students headquartered in Redondo Beach, California, Redondo Beach, California. The school district consists of eight elementary schools, two middle schools, on ...
serves the city.
Redondo Union High School Redondo Union High School (RUHS) is a public high school in Redondo Beach, California. Redondo Union High School is a part of the Redondo Beach Unified School District. All residents of Redondo Beach are zoned to Redondo Union. In addition, resid ...
is the zoned high school, with the adjoining campus of Patricia Dreizler Continuation High School located to the east of the Redondo Union High School main grounds serving as a continuation school. The Redondo Beach Learning Academy, a community day school houses 9th-12th graders, is located on the South Bay Adult School campus in Redondo Beach. Dreizler continues to be recognized as a California Model Continuation High School. The Independent Study Program supports grades 9-12 and is housed on the Patricia Deizler campus. Additionally, Redondo Beach has two middle schools, Adams Middle School and Parras Middle School. Adams Middle School, located in North Redondo Beach, primarily serves 6th to 8th grade students in the North Redondo area, with Parras Middle School being the designated middle school of South Redondo Beach. The city also has eight established elementary schools: Alta Vista, Beryl Heights, Birney, Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, Tulita and Washington. All twelve schools are evenly divided throughout the North and South areas of Redondo Beach, with five elementary schools and one middle school located in North/Central Redondo Beach; and three elementary schools, one middle school, and the singular designated high school placed in South Redondo Beach. The Redondo Beach Educational Foundation was founded in 1992 and revitalized in 2008. Residents of Redondo Beach were in
South Bay Union High School District South Bay Union High School District, also known as the Redondo Union High School District, was a school district in Los Angeles County, California. It served residents of Hermosa Beach, California, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, California, Manhat ...
until 1993, when it dissolved. Valor Christian Academy (formerly Coast Christian School) is in Redondo Beach.


Infrastructure

The
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operates the Redondo Beach Post Office at 1201 North Catalina Avenue, the Redondo Beach Station #2 Post Office at 1715 Via El Prado, the North Redondo Beach Post Office at 2215 Artesia Boulevard, and the Galleria Post Office at Suite 377D at 1815 Hawthorne Boulevard. The
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operates the Torrance Health Center in
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,
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Los Angeles
, near Torrance and serving Redondo Beach.


Redondo Beach Police Department

The Redondo Beach Police Department was established in the 1920s. The Police Department consists of 90 sworn members (officers) plus 57 non-sworn members.


Redondo Beach Public Library

The first library in Redondo Beach began as a reading room in 1895. The first five-member Library Commission for the city was formed in November 1908. The library moved into the then City Hall's west wing in 1909 and eventually filled the entire west wing at 301 Emerald Street. In 1928 the Chamber of Commerce recommended a new library be built on the site previously occupied by the
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in what is now Veterans Park. The Veterans Park Library is a Spanish/Dutch colonial building designed by architect Lovel Bearse Pemberton and opened on July 2, 1930. It was placed on the
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in 1981. After serving as the Main Library for the city for 60 years, a site adjacent to City Hall was identified for a new, modern Main Library building. The new Main Library for the City of Redondo Beach opened on July 8, 1995, at 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway. A North Branch Library was also established in 1930 and started at the Grant Community Hall, it then moved to its current location at 2000 Artesia Boulevard in 1949. A new North Branch Library was constructed on the site in 2009 and opened its doors on September 28, 2010. The North Branch Library is the first City owned Green building and received Gold
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.


Transportation


Public transportation

Redondo Beach is served by
Beach Cities Transit Beach Cities Transit provides mass transportation for the Los Angeles Beach Cities, beach city suburbs of Redondo Beach, California, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, California, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, California, Manhattan Beach, and El Segu ...
and the Redondo Beach C Line station. Historically, the city was served by the
Santa Fe Railroad The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway , often referred to as the Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroad Rail transport (also known as train transport) is a means of transferring passengers and goods on wheeled vehicle ...
and Pacific Electric's Venice-Playa del Rey and Redondo Beach via Gardena lines.


Notable people

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Allan McCollum Allan McCollum (born 1944) is a contemporary List of American artists, American artist who lives and works in New York City. In 1975, his work was included in the Whitney Biennial, and he moved to New York City the same year. In the late 1970s he b ...
(born 1944), contemporary artist; grew up in Redondo Beach and graduated from Aviation High School *
Amazon Eve Erika Ervin (born February 23, 1979), known professionally as Amazon Eve, is an American model In general, a model is an informative representation of an object, person or system. The term originally denoted the plans of a building in late 16t ...
, the tallest model in the world at * Amy White, swimmer, 1984 Olympics silver medalist, born in Redondo Beach *
Bill Auberlen Bill Auberlen (born October 12, 1968) is an American factory race car driving, driver known for his affiliation with BMW, driving cars made and run by the famous German marque for a number of years. Motorsports career and affiliation with BMW Aub ...
, race car driver *
Black Flag Black Flag or black flag may refer to: Places * Black Flag, Western Australia, an abandoned town named after the Black Flag gold mine and farm *Black Flag to Ora Banda, Western Australia, Ora Banda Road, the road in Western Australia on which th ...
, the
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band, is from Redondo, Manhattan and Hermosa Beach. *
Brittney Rogers Brittney Jayne Rogers-Collins (born August 6, 1982) is a former Americans, American beauty queen and reality television contestant. Career In 2003, she won the title Miss Louisiana USA, having previously placed 2nd runner-up at the Miss Louisia ...
(born 1982),
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2003 * Michael Burns (born 1947), actor on ''
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,'' '' It's a Man's World'', and numerous films; historian, horse breeder; lived in Redondo Beach in 1970s *
Cameron Crowe Cameron Bruce Crowe (born July 13, 1957) is an American director, producer, screenwriter, journalist, author, and actor. Before moving into the film industry, Crowe was a contributing editor at ''Rolling Stone'' magazine, for which he still fre ...
, author, gathered research at a public school Redondo Beach for the basis of his novel Fast Times at Ridgemont High. * Carl C. Cable spent part of his retirement in Redondo Beach. * Carla Esparza (born 1987), professional female Mixed martial arts, mixed martial artist attended
Redondo Union High School Redondo Union High School (RUHS) is a public high school in Redondo Beach, California. Redondo Union High School is a part of the Redondo Beach Unified School District. All residents of Redondo Beach are zoned to Redondo Union. In addition, resid ...
. * Charles Lindbergh attended
Redondo Union High School Redondo Union High School (RUHS) is a public high school in Redondo Beach, California. Redondo Union High School is a part of the Redondo Beach Unified School District. All residents of Redondo Beach are zoned to Redondo Union. In addition, resid ...
* Black Veil Brides, Christian "CC" Coma (born Christopher Mora, 1985), musician, Black Veil Brides drummer; resident. * As Blood Runs Black, Christopher Bartholomew, musician, vocalist of As Blood Runs Black; resident. * Chyna (born Joan Marie Laurer; 1970–2016), professional female wrestler, entertainer, body builder, reality TV star, and adult film actress. * Damon Edge, musician of band Chrome (band), Chrome; resident; died in his Redondo Beach apartment in 1995 * Sam Match (1923–2010), tennis player * Demi Moore (born 1962), actress; attended
Redondo Union High School Redondo Union High School (RUHS) is a public high school in Redondo Beach, California. Redondo Union High School is a part of the Redondo Beach Unified School District. All residents of Redondo Beach are zoned to Redondo Union. In addition, resid ...
for a year *Eli Morgan (born 1996), baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians * Edwin McMillan, Edwin Mattison McMillan (1907–91), atomic scientist and Nobel Prize winner; born in Redondo Beach * Mike Norris (actor), Mike Norris, professional actor * Eve Torres, dancer, model, and WWE performer; resident * George Freeth, introduced surfing to California * Henry E. Huntington, owned 90 percent of Redondo Beach in 1905 and helped introduce surfing to California by bringing George Freeth to Redondo Beach from Hawaii * Henry Rollins (born 1961), musician, actor, writer, television and radio host, comedian,
Black Flag Black Flag or black flag may refer to: Places * Black Flag, Western Australia, an abandoned town named after the Black Flag gold mine and farm *Black Flag to Ora Banda, Western Australia, Ora Banda Road, the road in Western Australia on which th ...
member; former resident. * Hisaye Yamamoto (born 1921), Japanese-American writer; born in Redondo Beach. * Jereme Rogers, professional skateboarder; resident * Jesse Heiman, TV personality and actor * Jim Fox (ice hockey), Jim Fox, professional hockey player, TV analyst; resident * Judith Resnik, second American woman in space, killed in the ''Challenger'' disaster * Lynette Fromme, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, former member of the Charles Manson, Manson Family, attempted assassin of Gerald Ford, President Gerald Ford; former resident,
Redondo Union High School Redondo Union High School (RUHS) is a public high school in Redondo Beach, California. Redondo Union High School is a part of the Redondo Beach Unified School District. All residents of Redondo Beach are zoned to Redondo Union. In addition, resid ...
alumna. * Madison Chock, Olympic ice dancer * Michael Dudikoff (born 1954), actor, born in Redondo Beach. * Patrick Kearney (born 1940), serial murderer * Pau Gasol, professional basketball player; resident * Paul Westphal (born 1950), professional basketball player and coach; grew up in Redondo Beach, and attended Aviation High School. * Ron Artest, professional basketball player; resident * Ron Kovic (born 1946), anti-war activist, veteran and writer who was paralyzed in the Vietnam War; best known as the author of his memoir ''Born on the Fourth of July''; resident * Shannon Brown, professional basketball player; resident * Slava Voynov, professional hockey player; resident * The Smothers Brothers (Tom, born 1937; Dick, born 1939), musicians and actors; grew up in Redondo Beach and graduated from
Redondo Union High School Redondo Union High School (RUHS) is a public high school in Redondo Beach, California. Redondo Union High School is a part of the Redondo Beach Unified School District. All residents of Redondo Beach are zoned to Redondo Union. In addition, resid ...
* Thomas Welsh (basketball), Thomas Welsh, professional basketball player; grew up in Redondo Beach * Tiffany van Soest, kickboxer and resident * Tommy Ryman, comedian and resident * Traci Lords (born 1968), Pornographic film, adult-film actress; attended
Redondo Union High School Redondo Union High School (RUHS) is a public high school in Redondo Beach, California. Redondo Union High School is a part of the Redondo Beach Unified School District. All residents of Redondo Beach are zoned to Redondo Union. In addition, resid ...
* New Years Day (band), Trixx (born 1991) musician, drummer of New Years Day; former resident. * William Starke Rosecrans, a Delaware native, inventor, coal-oil company executive, diplomat, politician, and United States Army Major General during the American Civil War, bought of land which later became Redondo Beach. Rosecrans Avenue, a major street in northern South Bay, is named after him. He died there at
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in 1898. * Rachel Wacholder (born 1975) - model and beach volleyball player


In popular culture

; Songs & videos * Patti Smith's song "Redondo Beach (song), Redondo Beach", on her 1975 album ''Horses (album), Horses''; covered by Morrissey in 2004 and released as a single in 2005 * Redondo Beach is mentioned in the song "Surfin' U.S.A. (song), Surfin' U.S.A." by The Beach Boys. * The Edison Power Plant is the filming location of the music video for the Britney Spears song "(You Drive Me) Crazy". * The Redondo Fun Factory at the Redondo Beach International Boardwalk is the filming location for the music video of Boys Like Girls' "Love Drunk (Boys Like Girls song), Love Drunk".


Television

* The television show ''The O.C.'' used the beach and pier as a key filming location. * As of 2009 the television show ''Dexter (TV series), Dexter'' filmed scenes at the Redondo Pier. * The television show ''24 (TV series), 24'' used the AES power plant in filming many scenes. * The television show ''CSI: Miami'' has been filmed in Redondo Beach. * The television show 90210 (TV series), ''90210'' was filmed in the Riviera Village neighborhood of Redondo Beach. * Three seasons of the television series ''Riptide (American TV series), Riptide'' were filmed in King Harbor. * The television show ''Even Stevens'' filmed mall episodes at Redondo Beach's
South Bay Galleria South Bay Galleria, formerly named Galleria at South Bay, is a shopping mall in Redondo Beach, California, Redondo Beach in Los Angeles County, California. It is anchored by Macy's, Kohl's, Target Corporation, Target, Q, Wonder of Dinosaurs, and a ...
. They also used Aviation High School's track field for its outside gym scenes. * The '90s television show ''California Dreams'' is set in Redondo Beach. * The first-season episode of ''Star Trek: The Original Series'' titled "Operation: Annihilate!" included scenes of the planet Deneva, which were filmed at the TRW headquarters in Redondo Beach. * TruTV's show ''Speeders (TV program), Speeders'' has made a few appearances in Redondo Beach. * ''Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'' rebuilt a house for the Ripatti-Pearce family who reside in Redondo Beach.


Film

* Parts of the movie ''Point Break (1991 film), Point Break'' were filmed in Redondo Beach (such as the gas station fire/explosion scene took place at the intersection of Beryl and Catalina, and the foot chase past the famou
Dive N' Surf
shop). *Redondo Beach is the destination of the road-tripping family in the 2006 movie ''Little Miss Sunshine'', although Ventura, California, stood in for Redondo Beach at the end of the film. * ''Men at Work (1990 film), Men at Work'' was filmed in Redondo Beach, which went by the pseudonym Las Playas * ''Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'' was filmed off the coast of Redondo Beach. The ''Black Pearl'', a cursed sea vessel, was moored in the harbor for several weeks in 2006. * John Travolta's character Vincent Vega in the movie ''Pulp Fiction (film), Pulp Fiction'' lives in Redondo Beach. * The eponymous race in ''The Cannonball Run'' ended in Redondo Beach. * The beach scene in ''Big Momma's House 2'' was filmed in Redondo Beach and the pier. * Redondo Beach is home of the fictional Bird of Paradise Motel in the 1990 film ''The Two Jakes''. * Parts of the 1988 movie ''Tequila Sunrise (film), Tequila Sunrise'' were filmed in Redondo Beach, specifically, on the Esplanade. Kurt Russell's character wears an RUHS (Redondo Union High School) class ring. * ''The Hot Chick'' (2002), starring Rob Schneider, used the
Redondo Union High School Redondo Union High School (RUHS) is a public high school in Redondo Beach, California. Redondo Union High School is a part of the Redondo Beach Unified School District. All residents of Redondo Beach are zoned to Redondo Union. In addition, resid ...
football stadium during the scene in which Schneider is pushed down the stadium's bleachers by co-star Anna Faris. * In the movie ''1408 (film), 1408'', the beach scene is set at Hermosa Pier and Redondo Beach. * The opening scene of ''Heat (1995 film), Heat'', in which Robert De Niro descends an escalator, was filmed at the Redondo Beach station, Redondo Beach C Line station.


Sister cities

* Ensenada, Mexico * La Paz, Baja California Sur, La Paz, Mexico * Itoman, Okinawa, Itoman, Japan * Zhangjiagang , Zhangjiagang, China


References


External links

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Redondo Beach News
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