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Speakers
Robin Dreizler
Oct 16, 2019 12:15 PM
El Camino College: Students Benefit from New Access and Course Placement Legislation
El Camino College: Students Benefit from New Access and Course Placement Legislation
CA State Senator Ben Allen
Oct 23, 2019 12:15 PM
Townhall Meeting
Dr. Brian Borsook
Oct 30, 2019 12:15 PM
Consierge Medicine
 
Upcoming Events
 
Club Information

The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach 
A 100% Paul Harris Club

Redondo Beach

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Bluewater Grill
665 N Harbor Dr.
Redondo Beach, CA  90277
United States
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At the 2016 Annual Rotary District 5280 Conference in San Diego, the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach was named the District's Large Club of Excellence.
 
 
 
 
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Redondo Beach Rotary Club News

 
      At this week’s luncheon, we heard about developments at the Los Angeles Port. In a word, they are massive.
      Known as the L.A. Waterfront at San Pedro, the 7,500 acre waterfront was one of the last undeveloped port properties in California. That is until the San Pedro business community, in cooperation with the City of Los Angeles and community residents, decided to tackle the task of finally developing the area.  With 800 parcels of land in the Waterfront park, development has taken on a variety of projects.
       “It took us 10 years to get the environmental impact statements approved,” said Augie Bezmolinovich, community affairs advocate, The EIR’s were finally received in 2009 and work began. Bezmolinovich described the variety of projects currently underway, and planned for the future, as he gave Rotarians an update of developments at the LA Port Waterfront.
     The heart of development is the LA Port, which started as a fishing village more than 100 years ago. Now, handling more than 9.5 million containers (known as TCU’s or 20-foot equivalent containers), the Port generated nearly $300 billion cargo value in 2018.  The Port is the economic driver at the local and regional levels and a key generator of jobs.
     Bezmolinovich said the San Pedro Public Market, which adds a new marina, is one of the two major projects at the Port, the second being the outer terminal to handle larger cruise ships.  In addition, he described new plazas, recreational harbors, museums, parks and continuous promenades. the Battleship USS Iowa, a new Craft Marketplace and Brewery.

The Rotary Club of Redondo Beach mourns the sudden death of Judi Yourman.  Judi joined our club in March of this year.  She died on September 29 when a loose tire jumped the center median of the 405 Freeway and smashed the windshield of her car. Yourman was driving at the time, and the loose tire hit her head-on.

Funeral arrangements are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on October 3 at Temple Menorah. Attendees are invited to her home after the funeral services at 53 Oceanaire Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Judy held a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara in psychology and an MBA in marketing management. She began her career in New York City as an importer/marketer for wines & spirits. She then started her own business “Better World Promotions”; worked for Amy Zimmerman (her Rotary sponsor) as an office administrator; and when partially retired performed monthly bookkeeping for a couple of clients. She was voted “most funny” in her junior high graduation class and maintained a great sense of humor. She enjoyed playing tennis.
 
She and her husband Kevin have three sons. They also have two lovely daughters in law and one is expecting their first grandchild in January. 
On August 6, Redondo Beach Rotary Club partnered with Vision to Learn, Redondo Beach Unified School District and Beach Cities Health District, to provide free eye exams, and glasses to children in Redondo Beach.
 

Captain Juliano Santos and his wife Kelsey, share beautiful accents because they are from Brazil. They also have a daughter Julia age 12. Juliano has been involved in the Salvation Army since he was 11 years old. He has a post graduate degree in leadership., and spent seven years in the military with specialty of logistics and organization in catastrophes, what we call Disaster Relief. Juliano has worked for the Salvation Army for 17 years. In addition, he’s quite a musician, who not only plays the guitar, but the keyboards and trumpet as well. So in Juliano, we have a one-man band.

(REDONDO BEACH) Politics. Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore it.
 
At today’s weekly Rotary club meeting Jonathan  Harris, founder and CEO of  consultancy Political Navigation, gave a presentation about politics and surprisingly no one was offended.
 
Harris, a Rotarian, gave a non-partisan talk about the effects of the recent 2018 mid-term election. He hewed the line perfectly, neither favoring nor disparaging either major political party. Instead he talked about the consequences to America’s national political discourse of the shift in power by the Democrat party winning the House of Representatives. A difficult task indeed. But a sampling of his comments illustrates his even-handedness.
 
“Democrats out-raised Republicans 3 to 1, and Congressional Democrats out-raised Congressional Republicans 5 to 1. . . In the general election the Democrat voters  responded to completely different issues than the Republican voters.”
 
He asked, “How many voters in a congressional district?”  Audience guesses ranged between 500,000 and 600,000.  “Not far off,” he said, “the actual number is 720,000.  And of those 720,000 residents how many do you think have a face-to-face meeting with their congressional representative?” Again, the guesses ranged but Harris said, “only about 3% have actual contact with their representative. That’s about 2,800 people or 0.04%.  So if you want to influence your congress person make yourself one of the 0.04%, that’s how you influence your representative.”
 
During a Q&A, at which Rotarians sat in rapt attention, Harris noted, in answer to a question in the news currently, “(Rep.) Pelosi doesn’t want her next two year term to be all about impeachment.”
 
His comments were well received in part because he has an extensive background in reporting and writing about foreign affairs. He began his career in Middle East foreign policy, with a focus on Salafi-jihadist groups such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda. He worked as a researcher and reporter for TIME magazine in Jerusalem and New York and as a managing editor at the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia.
 
Jonathan has lived in and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, including Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and the Palestinian territories. His articles have appeared in TIME magazine, National Review Online, The Washington Times, The New York Post, the Middle East Quarterly and various online sources.
 
More recently, he has focused on facilitating American political advocacy, specifically education and training for students, non-profits, activists, and business owners on how to promote and defend their own interests with their elected officials.