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Exhibit 40


The Beach Bluff Retaining Wall with Broken Pieces of Old Sidewalk

There are several retaining walls along the beach bluff from Redondo Beach to Malaga Cove. Of interest is the concrete wall from the Redondo Beach Pier to Knob Hill. This particular wall is constructed with broken pieces sidewalk and a large number of these pieces are from sidewalk created over 100 years ago. Some pieces have the contractor stamp, one being "Knight & Hyde Contractors". Knight & Hyde and their competitors Venable & Cleghorn were the first people to grade the city streets and put in concrete sidewalks and curbs. The material they probably used was from the pebble beach and sand dune located where the harbor and power plant is now.

The beach buff retaining wall with broken pieces of old sidewalk in it can be observed by foot or bicycle everyday. The city was initially asked about this beach bluff retaining wall, when it was built, the plans, etc. They were unaware of it, had no documentation - thought it was interesting too.


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"Knight & Hyde Contractors"

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Knight & Hyde were competitors with Venable & Cleghorn for the original Redondo Beach city contracts to grade the streets and cement the sidewalks and curbs. For comparison with the pieces of broken sidewalk in the beach bluff retaining wall, the next two photographs are of a "Venable & Cleghorn Contractors" stamped and currently in use sidewalk and curb on Beryl Street in Redondo Beach.

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The Ainsworth Staircase (built in 1889) connects with the Beach Bluff Retaining Wall as shown in the next two photographs. The staircase was built about 15 years prior to the Knight & Hyde and Venable & Cleghorn sidewalks.

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A photograph of another segment of the Ainsworth Staircase with a crack in it. The sand and pebbles observable in the staircase cracks appear to be the same as the sand and pebbles in the old sidewalk pieces.

A photograph from the beach bluff retaining wall: