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published RBUSD Board of Education in Issues 2021-09-26 20:06:54 -0700

RBUSD Board of Education


This pandemic has demonstrated more than ever how important and critical the school district and board are to our everyday lives. Learn here what issues could impact you and engage with the board of education meetings.

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published COVID Dashboard in Issues 2021-08-21 17:31:35 -0700

COVID Dashboard

Updated 6/16/2022

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City of Redondo Beach

5+ yo (fully vaccinated) 82.3%
LA County projection (12+ yo)
With vaccination rates dropping, these projections likely overestimate the rate of vaccination progress.
Source: LA County
Monitor this chart more carefully when reviewing the below RBUSD status.
12-17 yo (vaccinated, 1+ add'l dose) 40.5%
LA County projection (12-17 yo)
With vaccination rates dropping, these projections likely overestimate the rate of vaccination progress.
Source: LA County
Monitor this chart more carefully when reviewing the below RBUSD status.
5-11 yo (1+ dose) 58.2%
LA County projection (5-11 yo)
With vaccination rates dropping, these projections likely overestimate the rate of vaccination progress.
Source: LA County
  as of 3/13/21    as of 3/20/22    
Vaccination Rates (1+ dose) Previous* Change Total Population %
5-11 yo (City of Redondo Beach) 3,548 +15 3,563 6,122 58.2%
5-11 yo: (County of LA) 320,951 +2,329 323,280 897,561 36.0%
Vaccination Rates (fully)** Previous* Change Total Population %
5-11 yo (raw data) 3,291 +7 3,298 6,122 53.9%
12-18 yo (school district table) 4,561 +6 4,567 5,101 89.5%
12-17 yo (raw data) 3,962 +8 3,968 4,424 89.7%
18-64 yo (raw data) 36,428 +26 36,454 44,450 82.0%
65+ yo (raw data) 9,437 +3 9,440 9,791 96.4%
5+ yo (raw data) 53,283 +23 53,306 58,665 82.3%
All ages (raw data) 53,283 +23 53,306 71,756*** 74.8%
Vaccination Rates (1+ add'l dose) Previous Change Total Population %
12-17 yo (raw data)**** 1,774 +17 1,791 4,424 40.5%
12-18 yo (school district table) n/a n/a 1,919 5,101 34.7%
18-64 yo (raw data) 22,000 +170 22,170 44,450 49.9%
65+ yo (raw data) 7,132 +10 7,142 9,791 71.4%
5+ yo (raw data) 31,871 +104 31,975 58,665 47.5%
All ages (raw data) 31,871 +104 31,975 71,756*** 44.5%
*LA County may revise prior entries 🤷🏻‍♂️        
Note: Rates appear a week later. Expect week ending 1/2 rates by Sat 1/8
Note**: LA County began providing fully vaccinated data on 11/6/2021
Note***: (11/9/2021) Population now uses 2020 Census data, which lowers some above %s. Caveat: City Council will appeal 1547 ppl as an error.
Note****: Only older teens, 16-17 yo, can receive booster shots.
Source: LA County      
   as of 12/14/21    as of 1/20/22   unvax %
RBUSD unvaccinated staff 124 (out of 1,346)   116 1,185 9.2%
certificated staff ("teachers") 30 (out of 510)   32 534 6.0%
classified staff  94 (out of 748)   84 621 13.5%
unrepresented staff* n/a (out of 88)   n/a 330 n/a
*Unrepresented staff are the most difficult to track because many are seasonal (coaches, lifeguards, etc.) so they haven't had to report their vaccination status yet.
**LAUSD reported 97% vaccinated in early Oct: 99% among classroom teachers and administrators
Daily new cases/100k, 7d avg 06/16/2022: 46.37 ⬇️
Beach Cities Health District COVID Cases
Source: Beach Cities Health District


Redondo Beach Unified School District

6/9/2022 7:35 am
Community <—> Schools
The case rates in the community (above) and school (below) indelibly correlate, especially when RBUSD has determined that cases have not originated on campus (note that the timelines are different).
RBUSD Confirmed Cases Graph
RBUSD COVID 19 Dashboard
Source: RBUDS COVID_19 Dashboard


COVID Positive Cases*
per the Tues 9/28 board meeting, Jessica Silberling summarized approx 6-9 elementary and up to 19 secondary school students quarantine per confirmed case.
    8/18/2021   6/9/2022
Type Population Students Staff per 100k pp   Students Staff per 100k ppl
Pre-School 93 0 0 0   0 1,075
Elementary 4,937 1 1 41   92 ⬇️ 16 ⬆️ 2,188 ⬇️
Secondary 5,602 8 2 179   179 ⬇️ 13 ⬇️ 3,427 ⬇️
District Offices 235 0 1 426   7 ⬆️  1,096 ⬆️
total 10,774 9 4 120   273 ⬇️ 36 ⬆️ 2,720 ⬇️
            7-day avg per 100k ppl
RBUSD       (8/25/2021) 183.6       3,016.3 ⬆️
City of RB       26.4       55.1 ⬆️
LAUSD West LA               129.8 ⬇️
*Note that RBUSD case rates are current confirmed cases, not new daily cases like for the LAUSD/city/county. The dashboard does not distinguish new vs existing cases, so I cannot calculate the same rate. Therefore, the RBUSD per 100k rate will always be much higher than the city/county. However, you can at least know the net daily changes by subtracting the current from prior day #, which carries yet again its own caveat: if two consecutive days is the same 27, as it did Wed 8/25 - Thur 8/26, there could have been 2 new cases but 2 cases that no longer are active.
**LAUSD no longer reports the per 100k rate for the district - just per community.


published Housing Element in Issues 2021-05-17 17:10:14 -0700

Redondo Beach Housing Element Panel

Hear from informed Redondo Beach residents Grace Peng, PhD, and Matthew Hinsley, Planning Commissioner, about important considerations to keep in mind with the housing element. We are hoping to have a civil discussion to listen, learn, and effect change.

  • How does the climate and housing crisis intersect with RHNA? Can we look at housing policy as one way to work towards social justice and racial equity? How can Redondo Beach residents productively voice suggestions to the city council?
  • Let's take a step back and thoughtfully consider our vision for Redondo Beach and how the housing element can be part of that.

Register here for the Friday, May 7 panel at 7:30pm.

Redondo Beach Housing Element Panel


Poll responses

You can also access the meeting recording here.

Listen in at the City Council meetings!

  • 5/11/2021: Council to allocate approx 2400 of 2800 housing units in district 5. Recording here.
  • 5/18/2021: Council to present updated density calculations by planning staff.
published Anti-Asian Hate in Issues 2021-05-17 04:57:22 -0700

Anti-Asian Hate

Hate crimes and assaults targeting Asian Americans are on the rise in our country over the past year, correlated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anti-Asian hate crimes surged by 149% in 2020 in an analysis of hate crime data in 16 of the largest cities in the United States (California State University San Bernardino) - 114% in Greater Los Angeles. Self-reporting tools from various AAPI organizations have recorded over 4,000 incidents since Feb. 2020.

The 2020 Census counts Asians and Pacific Islanders as 12.3% of the demographics in the City of Redondo Beach. The City Council issued a draft resolution on April 13, 2021 to denounce xenophobia and anti-Asian AAPI sentiment and to affirm the city's commitment to the well-being and safety of Asian American communities. 321Vote gathered a diverse group to propose revisions for which Jerome Chang made a public comment at the City Council meeting on April 13, 2021. Council Member Laura Emdee from district 5 immediately motioned to pass these revisions and the City Council unanimously approved them. See the resolution here.

While AAPI are 12.3% of the city, they uniquely constitute 20.4% of the student enrollment in the Redondo Beach Unified School District, which suggests the bulk of the Asians have families with kids. Further, these kids are young: they populate the elementary schools the most (15%), followed by middle school (12%), then the least in the high school (9%). The demographic breakdown is here. There will soon be an influx of Asian students in the upper grade levels, followed by an increase in young voters. Current Asian parent voters have an outsized impact: for every vote, they can affect nearly 2 students!

published Home 2021-05-17 04:25:20 -0700

Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Wesley, the new RBUSD superintendent as of Jan 2023

Watch the announcement!
News: Easy ReaderDaily Breeze

Noteworthy: She also is the only non-"white male" superintendent in the surrounding Beach Cities area: Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, and even Carson. Adding in El Segundo, Lawndale and Long Beach, Dr. Wesley is the only POC superintendent.

commented on Demographics 2021-02-04 12:06:12 -0800
This data does not imply anything about private schools – it only presents current breakdown. My point is to reveal that the bulk of new families in RB have greater diversity than the city at large. This is great for RB as it shows how a high quality school district increases property value and attracts new residents who have families.

As for my platform, I’m a fan of data and objective measures.
published Issues 2020-12-20 20:11:56 -0800


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endorsed 2020-12-19 20:13:54 -0800

Let's increase voter turnout by engaging voters through compelling data


We are a group who are dedicated to increasing voter turnout in the local elections in the City of Redondo Beach. We also collaborate with local organizations on initiatives and causes that increase awareness to their constituents and communities.

The next Redondo Beach General Municipal Election will be March 7, 2023, and the City Clerk will run this election, as it did on March 2, 2021. The City of Redondo Beach took over from County to save money, but this meant the turnaround to tally and finalize results now take longer.

published Thank You in Donate 2020-12-27 13:27:17 -0800