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. 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 20 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 17 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.”
Working with the community has given Nils a special insight and knowledge that no other candidate can match. Proven results of past accomplishments are key to moving forward. What has Nils done? Here are a few examples.
Our general plan has not been updated since 1992. Through the work of Save The Riviera, we are now undergoing a General Plan update. This only happened because of the hard work that was put in to make that happen.
Met with developers to ensure proper open space on the AES power plant site. One of the most valuable 52 acres of waterfront land that has some of the greatest potentials moving forward for open space, park space and views.
Co-wrote the King Harbor C.A.R.E. Act, now known as Measure C. After 8 community meetings, hundreds of various types of inputs, Measure C was skillfully written with full Harbor revitalization in mind. No easy task, this required intricate knowledge of zoning, past practices and developement standards.
Co-lead effort to gather 7,000 signatures to qualify the King Harbor CARE Act (Measure C) onto the ballot. An immense effort, requiring over 70+ volunteers and thousands of hours to get more than 10% of the Cities population to support the Measure C.
At the Bristol Farms / Legado site, brought down the number of apartments from 180 units to 115, ensuring that over-development would not change our community character. No one thought we would be successful to get to 115 apartments. Through perseverance and determination this project changed because of the constant input and leadership Nils brought forth with Save The Riviera.