Nils has worked hard for many years, working with the community and City to find solutions to hard problems. Listening to stakeholders, from business owners, developers, residents and City staff Nils understands that moving forward means asking the hard questions.
A platform, crafted from years of dutifully serving this community. These are the guiding values that will enhace the vision to make sure that we don't become Santa Monica with the concrete canyons, density and traffic nightmare that dominate the everyday life of the Westside. We are a family oriented, beachtown community that has an active lifestyle.
Community representation takes many skills and forms, but the essence of is being able to sit down with a developer, being able to sit down with elected officials and being able to sit down with citizens and be able to find the win-win-win solution. Making things happen, making projects better, making this community better, which requires hard work and cooperation. This is who Nils is on a personal level.
Owning a small business, helping other small business owners make their business successful and finding solutions is what Nils does. Solutions to problems, solutions to make things happen.
Born and raised in the South Bay, from San Pedro to Redondo. Did you know that Rancho San Pedro included Redondo Beach and the original King Harbor? So many interesting facts.
For the last 25 years I have been a public servant, dutifully serving this community as a Los Angeles Lifeguard on our local beaches. As a Junior L:ifeguard Instructor for the past 20 years, I have taught many of our youths the value of a quality ocean safety program. The ocean is not just a playground, but a work envrironment that I take seriously.
Nils has been working hard to make sure this community is well represented, voicing deep concerns and ensuring that projects and our communities character is alive and well.
“There’s a lot of compromises in this, and one of the major important parts for us is the mitigation is in place and it will be done if they want to move ahead,” said Save the Riviera member Nils Nehrenheim.
“It’s an issue of fairness…of giving council members the ability to further their seat and agendas on each commission,” said resident Nils Nehrenheim. “We don’t want to get into a situation where it looks like commission members are for sale.”
...filled the room with such an imposing presence that Rescue Our Waterfront co-founder Nils Nehrenheim called them “a sea of angry red shirts” in his comments against the CenterCal project.
“We were asking for what was legally true and correct. What they were asking for was flat out over-development and the city was allowing it,” he said.
“I’d say that this was the most organized and most respectful of all three of the [city-sponsored] meetings — this wasn’t the spectacle that the last meetings were,” said Nils Nehrenheim, a co-founder of Rescue Our Waterfront.
At the meeting, he said when he met with CenterCal's CEO Fred Bruning, Bruning showed him smaller plans for the waterfront project, but the city wouldn't allow Bruning to study the economic viability of a smaller project.
“Do you know about the waterfront project?” Nehrenheim asked.
With a pen and clipboard handy, Nils Nehrenheim stood at the entrance of the Redondo Beach Farmers Market in Riviera Village.
“We’re further clarifying Measure G —if it’s CenterCal or any other owner that they sell it to, will keep the harbor a harbor,” said co-founder Nils Nehrenheim.
The group would like to get the measure on the ballot by November, if possible, or March, Nehrenheim said.
But Nehrenheim believes the timing of where the boat launch matters a lot to the process.
“What they’re saying is there’s room in the harbor for a 700-seat movie theater, a massive parking lot, but not enough room for the boat launch,” he said.
Nils Nehrenheim, a co-founder of Rescue Our Waterfront, which opposes the project, said that he’d like to see more changes to Seaside Lagoon, and to make the lagoon larger.
“Really not much has changed on this. They took out a building and they’re showing us a street in a parking garage,” he said.
Nehrenheim said that the group has not had a meeting with CenterCal at this point, and would appreciate voicing their concerns.
Nils Nehrenheim believes the acres of open space included in the current project are “basically sidewalks and fake grass.”
Dave Wiggins of the Sierra Club, among about a dozen residents from Redondo Beach who came to watch the announcement Monday, echoed Nehrenheim’s concerns.
“This is one of the last open spaces left in all of the Santa Monica Bay,” he said.
“I just want to reiterate we're going to build a massive $400 million project to pay for a parking structure,” said Nils Nehrenheim during public comment.
“My team has spent thousands of hours getting people's thoughts and views and now that was just all thrown out the window, because they're not serious about anything other than their 149 (unit) plan,” Nehrenheim said.
Nils Nehrenheim, a representative for Save the Riviera, said that he considers the project at a crossroads. Though they hope Legado will not appeal the decision, there is something of an expectation that they will, which would make the process more political than it has been, he said. Save the Riviera feels the project has been moving in the right direction, though it's still too dense at this point
“Our talking points are resonating through the community — it’s taking hold,” Nehrenheim said. “We’re not fringe.”
Nils Nehrenheim, a member of Save the Riviera, was pleased by the decision, but worried. “No one is really sure what the next steps are. Now we’re probably going to go in front of the city council, and [Legado] is probably going to appeal their decision for the 149-unit project,” he said. “We hope to work with Legado again, to sit down with them again…we want to see something that’s great on that [site]. It’s a crown jewel that’s there, and we’re trying to protect our crown jewel.”
“What [mixed-use] comes down to is downtown areas, places where there is already high density — we need public transit,” Nehrenheim said. “You can only get so much traffic on PCH.”
After the meeting, Nehrenheim, who is running for council in District 1 in the upcoming 2017 election, said he felt an ordinance should begin with this campaign cycle. He called the regulations still “loosey goosey.”
The past four years have been busy. For the first time ever, Redondo Beach has campaign finance reform, line-item budgets, online transparency and a whole host of firsts.
Additionally, traffic safety projects have been made priority #1, targeting schools intersections first. Parks have received upgrades and trees received an updated trimming schedule.
LED STOP signs installed around Schools, key intersections and the Rivira Village made safer. Ensured crossing guards fully funded and earmarked a new crossing guard at Alta Vista. Traffic safety and eforcement have been made a priority.
Veterans Park getting a massive playground overhaul with a NEW adult world class outdoor fitness court, free for the public to use. This was made possible only because we blended grant funds, a priority to maximize our tax-dollars.
Spearheaded getting Federal Grants for our local small businesses, the Riviera Village businesses received over $84,000 in funding for the garden Parkettes. Re-investing into our businesses only secures our jobs, community and future. In total, because of the work Councilmember Nehrenheim was able to secure over $140,000 city-wide for direct pandemic relief.
Since 2017, Redondo Beach has been assaulted with multiple lawsuits from our alleged private partners. They have sued Mayor Brand, Councilmember Nehrenheim and private citizen Wayne Craig, as well as the CIty itself. We've been winning them all, costing the defendents millions of dollars.
Promised campaign finance reform, it is now law. First time in the history of the City, are there now campaign finance laws in place. In addition, our budget contain line-item analysis that shows how the City is actually spending your monies. True transparency that wasn't easy to accomplish.