REDONDO BEACH: San Pedro resident Gwen Parker will head up revitalization. By Kristin S. Agostoni STAFF WRITER A longtime Long Beach city official will move up the coast next month to oversee long-awaited revitalization efforts at King Harbor. Redondo Beach City Manager Bill Workman told an audience of harbor and pier leaseholders, boaters and community members Tuesday night he’d picked Gwen Parker to take over for retired harbor director Barry Kielsmeier, who also oversaw the city’s redevelopment and transit functions. The announcement at the Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club came at the start of a three-hour strategy session on how to draw more visitors and improve the infrastructure at 40-year-old King Harbor. Parker, who serves as contract management officer for Long Beach’s Parks, Recreation and Marine Department, accepted the offer just five minutes before the start of the joint City Council-Harbor Commission meeting, Workman said. The San Pedro woman has 17 years of experience in four Long Beach departments, including community development, public works and police. Parker will start Oct. 8 and earn $95,000 to $135,000 annually. “I spent the last few months looking for someone who had the capacity to lead,” Workman said. Leadership and action were common themes during Tuesday’s give-and-take exchange of ideas about reinvigorating the area with public and private funding. Some leaseholders continued to express frustration that King Harbor revitalization plans haven’t advanced much while other oceanfront communities evolve and compete for tourism dollars. A new setback could involve the sale of the 7-acre Redondo Beach Marina, where leaseholder Allan Mackenzie has talked of building a boutique hotel at the current site of the Seaside Lagoon saltwater pool. He would give up the southern tip of his leasehold so the city could build a new aquatics center and adjoining public boat ramp. City leaders didn’t mention Mackenzie’s decision to search for a buyer, and plans to replace or repair the lagoon and build a boat ramp are still being studied. But Mackenzie told the Daily Breeze last week his partnership was reconsidering amid lingering uncertainties over the city’s plans and a citizen-led slow-growth initiative. Too often when blueprints become controversial, “they’re thrown in the corner,” said Les Guthrie of Marina Cove, the city’s largest leaseholder. Guthrie urged the city to ask leaseholders what improvements they’d like to see and which ones they’d invest in. His son, Sean, presented a packet of designs for officials to consider for the area, including new public walkways, outdoor seating areas and an extension carrying The Strand and bike path past Hermosa Beach and into King Harbor. “You’ve got to realize that when you underdevelop this area, you’re asking the rest of the city to subsidize it,” Les Guthrie said. But that’s not to say the city and other leaseholders haven’t made strides. Last year, the Portofino embarked on a major overhaul of its aging hotel rooms and redesigned its boat docks. The city has hired a firm to recommend architectural design standards for the pier and adjoining International Boardwalk. Another consultant will suggest new directional signs for the area. The Catalina Avenue gateway to the harbor and pier is scheduled to get new landscaping, a misting abstract dolphin sculpture and a smoother road surface. Construction on the gateway project should start in January. [email protected] hdailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Cedar Street Theatre will perform Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys,” 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center’s J.P. Eliopulos Family Theater, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $14. Call (661) 723-5950. Bob Noval and his Big Band Orchestra will present their “Swingin’ Valentine” performance, 8 p.m. today at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Featured will be big band singer Lauren Koval, disc jockey Chuck Cecil of “The Swingin’ Years” and vocalist Ned Rifken’s tribute to Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin. A portion of proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society in memory of the late local disc jockey and drummer Loren Dexheimer. Tickets: $25. Call (661) 723-5950. Pianist Jim Wilson will perform with a cinematic multimedia montage, 7:30 p.m. today at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $20, or $15 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Travelogue on western Canada will be presented, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 267-5684. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Desert Opera Theater will present “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” 8 p.m. Feb. 10-19 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20, or $16 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 8-11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa DJ Wayne Molina performs, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. Ranger-led nature hikes, 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester at (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!