REDONDO BEACH—In a victory on the anti-development front, Judge Malcolm Mackey of Los Angeles Superior Courty ruled in against Redondo Beach LLC, a subsidiary of CenterCal Properties on Nov. 20. Initially, CenterCal had planned to build a 524,000-square-foot waterfront retail center dubbed “the mall by the sea” by locals.
Council member Nils Nehrenheim, who represents District 1 and who has openly criticized the project, said on his Facebook page, “We won on every charge! Redondo Beach Waterfront, LLC loses again! We won the election. We won the EIR lawsuit. We won the Measure C lawsuit. We won the Coastal Commission certification. We won the lawsuit! The judge called the plaintiff’s “shills” pursuing a “sham” lawsuit.”
In August, during a particularly long and emotional California Coastal Commission meeting, the Coastal Commission voted in favor of the people’s vote to uphold Measure C, the ballot measure that changed the course of the waterfront development.
The next steps may include reimagining a coastal development in line with local residents’ vision.