Here is a look at some of the top stories this week in the beach cities and the Palos Verdes peninsula:
School Board Approves Power Plant Resolution: The Redondo Beach Board of Education on Tuesday night passed a resolution 4-1 concerning plans to repower AES Redondo Beach. School board member Jane Diehl dissented. It states that the school board will oppose the construction of a new power plant unless the new power plant meets a list of specific conditions.
: A $25,000 reward is being offered in exchange for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the man who stabbed two teens in front of AMC Theaters inside the South Bay Galleria on Dec. 29, the Redondo Beach Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday morning in a news conference.
- Related: Stabbing Victim's Parents Speak Out
Humpback Whale Hangs Out off Coast: Whale-watchers and boaters off Redondo Beach have lately spotted a humpback whale rolling around in the water near the Redondo Canyon. The whale, identified by researchers via its tail markings as a humpback nicknamed "Stinky," first appeared off Redondo Beach the morning of Jan. 15, and was spotted last Sunday morning.
Hermosa Oil Drilling Project Discussion Lively at Meeting: A joint meeting between the Hermosa Beach City Council and the Hermosa Beach City School District Wednesday saw unintended lively discussion on the hot topic of a proposed oil drilling project within Hermosa Beach city limits. The meeting marked the first time official public discussion has occurred since E&B Natural Resources Management, Inc. filed an application to drill for oil at the city's maintenance yard in November.
: Patrick “Kit” Bobko is the mayor of Hermosa Beach, again. On a City Council that rotates the mayor and vice mayor positions, Bobko stepped back into the role he had in 2007, replacing outgoing Mayor Jeff Duclos at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.
PV High Student Killed by Suspected Drunk Driver: A 17-year-old boy killed by a suspected drunk driver Friday night in Rancho Palos Verdes has been identified as Sean Heffernan, a student at Palos Verdes High School.
Car Chase Ends in Rancho Palos Verdes With Two Arrests: Two men wanted for questioning in a concealed-weapon investigation were arrested Friday morning after leading officers in a pursuit from South Los Angeles through the Harbor Gateway area into Rancho Palos Verdes, police said.
Deputies Use iPhone to Find Robbery Suspect: A pool cleaner suspected of robbing a former client at gunpoint in Rancho Palos Verdes on Friday was arrested several hours later by deputies thanks to GPS technology in an Apple iPhone, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Separate Incidents: Woman Robbed at Gunpoint; Alert Officer Recovers Loaded Gun: Two incidents involving guns have happened in Manhattan Beach this year: one an armed robbery; the other a search by an MBPD officer resulting in the recovery of a loaded gun.
Mira Costa Varsity Baseball Coach's Duties Restricted: Mira Costa Varsity Baseball Coach Cassidy Olson has been suspended until March 25, the result of an investigation into allegations that he subjected his players to verbal abuse and bullying.
Fundraiser to Benefit Roundhouse Aquarium: The Strand House will be the location of a fundraising party to benefit The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab & Aquarium on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 6-8 p.m. Proceeds from the event will be used for repairs at the Roundhouse Aquarium, including refurbishment of the children’s area.