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Letter: Safety Should Be City Hall's No. 1 Priority

Redondo Beach can't allow staffing levels to continue to fall in its fire and police departments, writes Elaine Cherlin.

The stabbings at the Galleria and the beating death on Pacific Coast Highway and Avenue F heightened my concerns about cuts to public safety staffing in Redondo Beach.

I know City Hall faces financial constraints caused by the past few years of economic turmoil. But police department staffing levels have fallen below the national average for communities of our size. We can’t allow this to continue.

The safety of our residents, schools, and businesses must remain City Hall’s first priority.

I attended a coffee for a city council candidate who invited Redondo Beach Fire Captain Isaac Yang and Redondo Beach Detective Carlborg to update us on their departments. These articulate gentlemen put a human face on the risky consequences to you and me if we fail to address staffing cuts.

They also spoke about long, exhausting shifts in downsized departments staffed by personnel who have already taken salary cuts to help the community. They explained how the departments are forced to operate on overtime shifts because of limited staffing numbers; it is not how they want to operate.

I want to thank Kimberly Fine, a City Council candidate in District 1, who invited us to meet Officers Carlborg and Yang. I hope the community will follow her lead in rebuilding the robust public safety team our city must have to thrive.

Elaine Cherlin
Redondo Beach

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Jim Light January 12, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Robert, If you read my platform and website, you would see I am more than a one issue candidate. I have a ten year track record of fighting for resident quality of life, health and safety. The waterfront is important to all of Redondo from many perspectives. It has been underperforming fiscally and that has impacted city revenues. The revenues needed to fund firemen and police. That underperformance is attributed to the power plant by City studies and reports. We have monumental decisions to make on the power plant and on the Center Cal development, that will affect our waterfront and City revenues for decades to come. We also have a big decision on land use coming up at the Bristol Farms site...I hear a big mixed use plan is in the works. So Robert, once again you attack with no basis. My platform and track record are at www.jimlightforcouncil.com.
Robert Keane January 12, 2013 at 04:48 AM
A surge of revenue? When? 10 years from now? We need cops and firemen now!
Barth Lampy January 13, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Thank you Jim Lights Brother-in-Law.
Dianne Prado January 13, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Our police officers and fire fighters have kept Redondo Beach consistently safe and should be commended for their efforts. I do not think anyone would move to hinder their efforts or invalidate any support to our local police and fire fighters. Despite the fact I am also running for District 1 City Council, to undermine Jim Light's track record of 10 years and call him a "single issue" man is preposterous. One of the main reasons Measure A is even on the ballot is because of Jim Light.
Jim Light January 14, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Pure class Dianne... Thanks!

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