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Top News in the South Bay: Veterans Day, Telemarketers, Sharrows

Here is a look at some of the top news stories this week in the Beach Cities and on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Redondo Beach Veterans Day ceremony. Photo credit Nicole Mooradian.
Redondo Beach Veterans Day ceremony. Photo credit Nicole Mooradian.
Here's a look at what made headlines this week in the South Bay of Los Angeles.

Redondo Beach

'We Owe So Much to the Veterans': Hundreds of people gathered at Veterans Park in Redondo Beach to honor the nation's military veterans Monday as part of the annual Veterans Day ceremony.

Teacher Pleads No Contest to Lewd Acts: A former South Los Angeles-area elementary school teacher who took photos of blindfolded and gagged students with semen-tainted cookies or spoons held to their mouths pleaded no contest Friday morning to 23 counts of committing lewd acts on children. Ex-Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Henry Berndt, 62, of Torrance, committed the abuse between 2005 and 2011. 

Council to Consider Power Plant Moratorium: With a new proposal to adopt a moratorium on the approval of permits relating to the construction, modification or alteration of any electrical generating facilities within the Coastal Zone, the city of Redondo Beach will take an important step toward its goal of preventing the repowering of AES Redondo Beach.

RBPD Gets Money for Sting, Stakeout Operations: A $90,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety will help the Redondo Beach Police Department prevent driving-related deaths and injuries by funding ongoing enforcement efforts, according to a news release from the police department.

Palos Verdes

Telemarketer Harassing Resident With 100 Hang-Up Calls Per Week: A telemarketer may be annoying a Palos Verdes Estates household with multiple phone calls per day because one resident "got mad," according to a representative of the PVE Police Department. 

4 PVPUSD Schools Nominated for Distinguished School Honor: Four schools in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District have been invited to apply for the California Distinguished School award, the school district announced in a news release. Cornerstone at Pedregal, Pointe Vicente, Silver Spur and Vista Grande elementary schools are all nominees for the recognition from the California Department of Education.

St. John Fisher Opens New Church: Fifty years after its first temporary worship space was first constructed, St. John Fisher Church dedicated its new church at the corner of Crest Road and Crenshaw Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes at the end of October.

What Part of PV Is Paying 'Too Much' for Rent?: Check out a snapshot of the percentage of people across the Palos Verdes Peninsula who spent 35 percent or more of their income on rent.

Manhattan Beach

No Sharrows on Pacific Avenue, For Now: Installing sharrows on Pacific Avenue has been a hot topic for several months, with residents on the street mostly opposed and members of the South Bay bicycling community pushing for them. Tuesday night, the Manhattan Beach City Council decided not to install sharrows on Pacific, instead opting to install them on Manhattan and Rosecrans avenues.

Manhattan Beach Resident John Jalili Named Interim City Manager: Manhattan Beach resident John Jalili has been appointed as the city's interim city manager. City Council ratified his contract Tuesday night.

Brickworks Roasthouse Set to Open Monday in Manhattan Beach: Brickworks Roasthouse & Grill will open Monday, according to a sign on the business in the Manhattan Village shopping center. On Friday, workers scurried about getting the eatery into shape for its debut.

In Remembrance: John-Mikel Fuller: John-Mikel Fuller, 36, of Manhattan Beach, California, unexpectedly passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2014. 

Hermosa Beach

Trader Joe’s Recalls Prepackaged Salads in California: Trader Joe’s has recalled two of its salads after the products’ manufacturer informed the retail grocery chain that they might contain E. coli bacteria, which can cause “serious food-borne illness if consumed.”

DUI Suspect Speeds Down The Strand at 60-80 mph: Chad McZeal, a 27 year old resident of Inglewood, is arrested after being captured Thursday.

What Part of Hermosa Beach Has the Most Homes with Mortgages?: Check out this snapshot of the percentage of homes with mortgages across Hermosa Beach.

Hermosa Beach Election Results: Find election results for Hermosa Beach City Council, Hermosa Beach Treasurer, Hermosa Beach Measure B and Hermosa Beach City School District.

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