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DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint

February 24, 2017

The Torrance Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint tonight, February 24, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.

The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years, Torrance PD officers have investigated 313 DUI collisions which have claimed 6 lives and resulted in another 92 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Torrance Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.’

Sobriety and drunk driving checkpoint representing the dangers of drivers that are intoxicated above the legal limit by alcohol or other drugs while they are behind the wheel of a vehicule.

Sobriety and drunk driving checkpoint representing the dangers of drivers that are intoxicated above the legal limit by alcohol or other drugs while they are behind the wheel of a vehicule.

Sobriety and drunk driving checkpoint representing the dangers of drivers that are intoxicated above the legal limit by alcohol or other drugs while they are behind the wheel of a vehicule.

Sobriety and drunk driving checkpoint representing the dangers of drivers that are intoxicated above the legal limit by alcohol or other drugs while they are behind the wheel of a vehicule.

Girl Scout Cookie Beer Pairings

February 23, 2017

Absolution Brewing will be pairing beers with Girl Scout Cookies starting today, Thursday, February 23 through Saturday.

Girl Scout Cookie season offers all sorts of opportunities to pair those classic treats with adult beverages. The team at Absolution will have the perfect beer pairings ready to go for everyone with sweet tooth!

Stop by and enjoy a box….or two!

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com

Absolution Brewing Company is located at 2878 Columbia St Torrance, California 90503.

Girls Scout Cookies

Wednesday Night @ Hey 19

February 22, 2017

It’s Wednesday night and you don’t have any plans…..but you feel like doing something….

Every Wednesday, Hey 19 Public House offers 1/2 off bottles of wine and 1/2 off any whiskey in the house. In addition, DJ Mark Stylz will be spinnin’ what you wanna hear. DJ Stylz helps every sip go down just a little bit smoother!

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.hey19publichouse.com/.

Hey 19 is located at 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance, CA 90505.

DJ Mark Stylz

Waterfront Community Update

February 21, 2017

I received this update and want to share it with you….. this is important and your vote will count. Don’t be confused by all the misinformation (FAKE NEWS!) out there. Vote No on Measure C!!!

As a part of an ongoing effort to preserve authentic character within the new development plan for The Waterfront in Redondo Beach, CenterCal Properties continues to invite all current Redondo Beach businesses within The Waterfront project area to be part of the proposed revitalization and strongly denounces false claims from Rescue Our Waterfront (ROW) that any final decisions with regard to tenancy and rental agreements have already been made.

CenterCal has had conversations with many of the current tenants and intends to talk with each and every existing tenant as the project’s development plans progress and final approval for the plan is received. The goal is to reach terms with as many of these tenants as possible while protecting the attributes of the harbor and pier area, both defined by their variety of diverse and eclectic shops and restaurants. Many existing tenants and iconic local businesses strongly support the project and the desperately needed improvements it will bring to the waterfront as well as the increased viability of their businesses. The partial but growing list includes local favorites such as: Tony’s on the Pier, Naja’s Place, Captain Kidd’s Fish Market, Paddle House, Quality Seafood, R10 Social House, Polly’s on the Pier, and Mystical Joy.

According to multiple independent economic reports, the project is expected to significantly increase profitability at businesses along the waterfront and restore critical infrastructure. Economic terms will be appropriate for the business model of each tenant, and it is completely false that any business has been excluded from the project. Conversations with these tenants will continue over the next several months and beyond, and no timetable has yet been established for any decisions.

The latest claims from ROW reflect an unfortunate pattern of mischaracterizations and outright falsehoods about The Waterfront. Nonetheless, CenterCal remains committed to a transparent, community-driven process and believes everyone must be honest and open with each other about the important opportunity this project presents for the community of Redondo Beach.

Any local business with questions or concerns about the project or who wish to be part of The Waterfront are strongly encouraged to call us at (310) 683-5033 or email us at

If you are a Redondo Beach resident and would like to share your thoughts on which local businesses you hope will remain at The Waterfront for future generations to enjoy, we want to hear from you as well – please reach out to us at info@thewaterfrontredondo.com.

The Waterfront Community Update

Redondo Beach Police Officers Association Endorses “No on Measure C”

February 20, 2017

“Measure C is fiscally irresponsible. It burdens taxpayers with the costs of repairing dangerous infrastructure and diverts funds from important city services such as police and fire, which means that we might not be there when the community needs us. The Redondo Beach Police Officers Association urges the residents of our city to vote no on Measure C.” Ian Miesen, RBPOA

To view the video, click here: RBPOA-RevB

No on Measure C

Cupid & Canines Valentine’s Benefit

February 19, 2017

Join 1FUR1’s Cupid & Canines Valentine’s Benefit at the Zoom Room today, Sunday, February 19 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Enjoy fun activities with your 4-legged best friend by your side! Celebrate the holiday with tasty treats, awesome giveaways, doggy body art, DIY clay paw prints, smooches in the photo booth, food, drinks and lots of of mingling with fellow dog lovers.

Enter your dog in the high jump competition to win big prizes and meet the Zoom Room trainers who will answer any training questions and share tips.

Tickets are $18 – $50.

All proceeds benefit 1FUR1 Foundation, a nonprofit helping animal assisted programs survive, thrive and spread healing powers to more people in need, always free-of-charge.

For additional information, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cupid-canines-valentines-benefit-tickets-31118042904.

Zoom Room is located at 2729 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.

Cupids & Canines

The Interludes: Sunset Club Trio

February 18, 2017

Classical Crossroads’ “The Interludes” concert series presents the Sunset Club Trio today, Saturday, February 18 at 3 p.m. at First Lutheran Church & School.

French-born violinist Étienne Gara, German-born guitarist Ines Thomé and American guitarist Michael Gratovich met at the USC Thornton School and founded Sunset Club Trio to make a new approach to the classical violin and piano repertoire. Carefully choosing programs where these instruments can strive, their combination enables revisiting sound textures of the classical masterpieces. Along with newly commissioned works, Sunset Club Trio brings a whole new perspective and energy to the stage. Welcome to a new sound dimension!

Admission is free.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.palosverdes.com/ClassicalCrossroads/TheInterludes.htm

First Lutheran Church & School is located at 2900 West Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503.

Sunset Club Trio

Whale Watching Season is in Full Swing

February 17, 2017

It’s that time of year again! Whale watching season has begun and our ocean friends are out in force!

You can see the whales – most days, you don’t even need binoculars – from almost anywhere along the coast but if you want to get up close and personal, there’s a better option.

Voyager Excursions, located in Redondo Marina, offers daily whale watching cruises throughout the season. Guest will board the excursion vessel Indian to experience the spectacular adventure of Gray whale watching off the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the Catalina Channel, just minutes from the harbor entrance.

The boat departs daily, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for a 2 1/2 to 3 hour cruise in search of these gentle giants of the sea. The double-decker seating offers the best views of the coastline and for whale sightings. Each whale watching adventure is narrated by a trained Naturalist from the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium/American Cetacean Society who shares their local knowledge of marine wildlife, coastline scenery and history. In addition to whales, guests will see other wildlife thriving off the Southern California coast including sharks, various species of seabirds, dolphins, seals, sea lions and flying fish.

The whale watching cruise offers an unparalleled opportunity to sight, photograph and learn about whales and other creatures of the sea. It’s a lovely day on the water – sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

Tickets are $30.

Guests are encouraged to wear rubber soled shoes and bring a warm jacket; even on sunny days, it can feel cool on the water.

IMPORTANT: Guests must check in at the Redondo Beach Sportfishing Office located at 233 North Harbor Drive upon arrival.

For additional information and to make reservations, call (310) 944-1219 or visit the website at http://www.voyagerexcursions.com/.

The boat is docked just north of the Redondo Beach Pier, in between the Fun Factory and Kincaids Restaurant. The address is 131 International Boardwalk.


LA Times Mention (sort of)

February 16, 2017

My husband and I ventured out for Sunday brunch this past weekend and as we were being seated, I picked up a couple of sections of the L.A. Times that was stacked near the hostess stand.

So I’m sitting there reading the Arts & Books section and came across an article on a recent ESMoA event that was heavily promoted on my website. I dropped my fork when I read the the following:

“Katie Neal, a petite blond, found the event through a popular South Bay events website. She says she does a lot of community and charity work, and she keeps her fingers crossed that she might meet someone that way. Jaray Watkins, whose smile and laugh light up the room, found out about the event from the same website as Neal.”

It took me a moment to realize the writer was referring to my website and I re-read it three times before showing it to my husband.

I’m always delighted to learn how, when, where and why, people are utilizing the information I post and it’s always gratifying to see it mentioned in other media outlets. Too bad they didn’t include the website name…. maybe next time.

LA Times Article

USBA Happy Hour Networking

February 15, 2017

The Unified Small Business Alliance hosts the Happy Hour Networking Mixer tonight, Wednesday, February 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at El Pollo Inka Rolling Hills Estates

If you’ve never attended one of the USBA events, you should make a point to stop by – it’s always a very casual, friendly evening. Bring plenty of business cards….better yet, bring a friend!

There is no sponsor for this event so everyone will have to buy their own food and drinks. RSVP is appreciated, but not required. Dress to impress!

For additional information and to RSVP, visit the website at http://www.usba.club/.

El Pollo Inka is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.

USBA Happy Hour

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2017

I thought this was appropriate – a rainy kinda Valentine!


Shade Hour

February 13, 2017

Ya’ll know how much I enjoy a Monday happy hour, so this is worth mentioning again…

Shade Hotel’s contemporary lounge and restaurant, zinc@shade, offers Shade Hour, making the boutique hotel a coveted spot for locals and guests to socialize and relax after a long day at the office.

Zinc@shade offers half-price appetizers, beer, cocktails and wine from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Guests can enjoy these specials in zinc’s lounge or on the terrace for a fresh, outdoor, social experience in the evening.

For additional information and reservations, call 310-469-3466 or visit the website at http://www.shadehotel.com.

Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach.

Shade Hour

Sweetheart Ride

February 12, 2017

The Automobile Driving Museum pays homage to all things romance with the Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Ride today, Sunday, February 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The ADM is the only automobile museum in the world that regularly uses their fleet. Every Sunday (weather permitting) the ADM features three different cars in the ride program. Rides are for guests 10 years of age and older.

Today they’ll be taking out a 1955 Packard Caribbean, 1940 Packard Darrin and a 1947 Chrysler Windsor (cars subject to change) and guests will be treated to champagne and chocolates!

For additional information, call 310-909-0950 or visit the website at http://www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org/.

The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street El Segundo, CA 90245.

ADM Valentine's Day Sweetheart Drive

The Love Test

February 11, 2017

Absolution Brewing is hosting a Love Test tonight, Saturday, February 11 starting at 5 p.m.

How well do you really know that special someone? There’s only one way to find out – over a couple of cold brews! They’ll also be pouring two new beers for the occasion – a Strawberry-Chocolate Milk Stout and a Raspberry Blonde Ale.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com/.

Absolution Brewing Company is located at 2878 Columbia Street, Torrance, CA 90503.

the love test

Best of the Beach

February 10, 2017

It’s that time of year again! Time to choose your favorites in the Easy Reader News Best of the Beach poll!

It’s a great opportunity to let your local service and product providers know how much you appreciate them!

Voting ends on February 19!

To cast your votes, visit the website at http://www.easyreadernews.com/144889/best-beach-2017/

BOB logo 2009

Mark Lipps named President & CEO of the Manhattan Beach Chamber

February 9, 2017

Mark Lipps 2I’m sure most of you have already heard this, but just in case…..

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce has named Mark Lipps, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

“We are excited to announce the appointment of Mark Lipps, as President and CEO of the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce” said Elisabeth (Lilly) Swardstrom, Board Chair. “Setting a solid foundation for the Chamber and its future success has been the board’s primary goal over the past six months and, although hundreds of resumes were submitted for the position, Mark’s commitment to the community, business acumen and integrity, made him a prime candidate for the position.”

Lipps stated “As a long-time resident and business owner, I am very excited to build on my passion for Manhattan Beach, through our work at the MBCC. Working together with our city management, business corridors and citizens, I believe we will create extraordinary opportunities for local business, small, medium and large”

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce continues to serve the South Bay, with a commitment to businesses, the civic community and local residents.

Congrats, Mark!

Downtowner Manhattan Beach

February 8, 2017

Downtowner is now live in Manhattan Beach offering FREE, on-demand rides!

Search for ‘Downtowner’ in your app store and download. Request a ride and hop in – it’s that easy! Ride anywhere from 1st Street to Rosecrans, up to Pacific Avenue. No more searching or paying for parking. This service can be used for everything from shopping and dining to yoga classes and doctor’s appointments. Tips are most appreciated!

This is a trial program, so let’s all use it and maybe it will become permanent!


RideYellow App Expands into the South Bay

February 7, 2017

RideYellow is an app that matches you with a local, knowledgeable taxi driver. RideYellow launched January of 2016 in Long Beach and has quickly expanded throughout the United States, including Florida, San Diego, East Los Angeles and now the South Bay. Thanks to the two taxi fleets South Bay Yellow Cab and United Checker, RideYellow now has an extensive coverage area in the South Bay. A full list of the the RideYellow coverage area can be found on the RideYellow website at http://rideyellow.com/.

With this expansion comes a special $15 off promotion to all new app users. With the promo code “FREERIDE” users will get $15 off their first ride when paying with a stored credit card.

The RideYellow app works just like any ridesharing platform, with easy ordering and payment. A user can order a taxi and track it while it is on its way. What sets the RideYellow app apart from other apps is that users can pay with cash instead of only having the option of paying with a stored credit card. Also the RideYellow app uses drivers that have passed government fingerprint background checks, have full coverage insurance plans and each taxi must have 24 hours video surveillance.

Over the next couple of months the RideYellow app will be launching a lot of great features to make it more practical as a daily way to get moving faster around the South Bay.

Ride Yellow

Whatsits Galore Art Fair

February 6, 2017

Whatsits Galore will host a Art Fair today, Monday, February 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. at A Basq Kitchen.

The event features the work of local artisans including Ritchie Artwork, Indust-Realized, Deckk the Halls, Soap Seas, Love & lily, 4TwistedArts, Forever Young and more.

Just in time to pick up a unique Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone!

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/359928484392629/.

A Basq Kitchen is located at 136 North International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA.


Environmental Impact of Measure C

February 5, 2017

Today, local leaders are highlighting the damage that passage of Measure C could cause to the long-term environmental health of the Waterfront along King Harbor. Measure C will appear on the ballot in Redondo Beach on March 7th.

“Passing Measure C would mean abandoning an environmentally-friendly revitalization project that prioritizes open space and promotes coastal access for pedestrians and cyclists,” states Charles Szymanski, a founding director of the South Bay Parkland Conservancy. “Measure C will kill our approved plan to repair environmentally harmful infrastructure – such as storm drains that run directly into our Harbor – at no cost to taxpayers. It saddles residents with millions of dollars in costs and encourages the status quo.”

One of the primary goals of the Redondo Beach Waterfront revitalization project is to create an environmentally-friendly and sustainable district that ensures a viable water management plan, infrastructure designed to minimize energy consumption and a transportation management plan designed to reduce traffic congestion.

However, under Measure C, untreated storm waters would continue to discharge directly into the ocean, pilings to support the proposed swimming pool would need to be driven 50 to 60 feet (or more) into the coastline, the sodium bisulfate that treats chlorinated water — a known toxin to starfish and other echinodermic sea life — would likely continue to be used on site. Meanwhile, 500,000 square feet of asphalt parking would remain with no significant traffic improvements.

In addition, if Measure C passes, the construction of environmentally responsible infrastructure would be halted; centralized recycling, waste recovery and composting efforts that are designed to minimize the number of trucks servicing the site and reduce carbon emissions could be derailed; visitors would be prevented from enjoying new tracts of open space, and pedestrians and cyclists would be denied easier access to the coastline.

“It is disappointing that the people who put Measure C on the ballot are deliberately spreading misinformation about the Waterfront project. The fact is, the project is both environmentally sound and desperately needed,” said educator and community leader Dale Petrulis. “By contrast, doing nothing is irresponsible, costly, and damaging to the health of the environment. If you care about the vitality of Redondo Beach, you need to vote no on Measure C.”

For more information on Measure C and its negative impacts on Redondo Beach residents and businesses, visit the Vote No on Measure C website at http://www.VoteNoOnMeasureC.com.

No on Measure C