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The Redondo Beach Police Officer's Association has been celebrating the holidays every year by sending Santa Claus around the city to pass out candy, listen to Christmas wishes and spread good cheer. It takes an entire month for the heavily guarded Santa to make his way down every single residential street of the city, assisted by Redondo Beach Police and Fire Association members.

Most South Bay cities, including Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Lomita and Gardena make similar Santa visits. Carson has stirred some controvery by paying the workers, whereas the other cities use only volunteers. The Carson program is often at risk, having to dredge up private donors, according to the Daily Breeze.

Santa listens to Christmas wishes and hands out candy to every good little girl and boy. I suspect the naughty ones take off running whe they hear the siren. It's excellent community relations on behalf of the RBPD and a cherished local tradition. It also fosters a sense of community, giving everyone a chance to finally meet their neighbors. You can tell who grew up in the area, because as soon as those sirens start up, about ten grown people will run out onto the street screaming, "Santaaaaaaaa!"

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