South Bay News

Cambria Hotel & Suites Seaside Soiree

January 15, 2017

CambriaI recently attended the Pre-Grand Opening of the new Cambria Hotel & Suites, a Choice Hotel, in El Segundo.

It was a bit different than any of the other hotel grand openings I’ve attended, in that, the hotel is still under construction, so attendees were unable to tour it.

Instead, a giant tent was erected in the parking lot for a Seaside Soiree intended for community outreach.

‘Vote No On Measure C’ Kicks Off 2017 Campaign

January 13, 2017

No on Measure CThe Vote No On Measure C campaign held its election kick off at campaign headquarters on Wednesday, January 11, hosting residents and local business leaders interested in learning more about this upcoming ballot measure.

Vote No On Measure C campaign Chairwoman Arlene Staich and local dignitaries offered their insights and analysis of the harmful environmental and economic impacts that would result from Measure C being approved by Redondo Beach voters in the upcoming March 7 election.

Hermosa Beach Chamber 2017 Man & Woman of the Year Award Winners

January 5, 2017

HB Chamber LogoThe Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has announced the 2017 Man and Woman of the Year Award winners….

Man of the Year, Ryan Nowicki

Woman of the Year, Jackie Flaherty


El Segundo Aquatics Center Update

November 30, 2016

Aquatics Facility 3The City of El Segundo and Wiseburn Unified School District – in partnership with South Bay Sports, Health & Recreation – have finalized the $13.8 million development and construction budget to complete the El Segundo Aquatics Center, an Olympic-caliber facility to be located at 300 Duley Road. The aquatics center will be funded with $6 million from Wiseburn, $1.8 million from the City of El Segundo, and an additional $6 million from private sponsorships and public fundraising.

Shade Redondo Beach Grand Opening Recap

November 28, 2016

P1030163 aWOOHOO!!!

Shade Redondo Beach, the new seaside luxury boutique hotel, is officially open for business!!!

It seems as though we’ve been waiting an eternity for this first phase of the Marina revitalization process, and after a few inconceivable setbacks during the construction phase, the time has finally arrived.

The Grand Opening Celebration took place on Friday, November 18 and the entire South Bay community came out en mass to mark the occasion.

Introducing 21 Square Bar + Kitchen

November 21, 2016

DSC_6711The Torrance Marriott lobby bar and restaurant recently underwent a massive makeover into the chic, new 21 Square Bar & Kitchen.

21 Square offers handcrafted, coastal, comfort cuisine bridging the gap between city and beach lifestyles, and a hyper-local design concept.

I attended a Media Preview Dinner a few days before the official opening on Saturday, November 19, and along with a sampling of several menu items, there were a few truly unique and fun surprises.

Torrance High to Celebrate 100 Years

November 5, 2016

TorranceHighMainEntry - SepiaIn September 2017, Torrance High School will celebrate its 100 birthday.

With the current Modernization Project of the campus in full swing, the High School has a unique opportunity to create a special commemorative brick-lined pathway to the Main Gym.

The Torrance High Centennial Committee invites the community to be a part of the school’s history by purchasing a brick. The bricks cost $100 for a 4-inch by 8-inch brick with up to 3 lines with 18 characters per line, and $200 for an 8-inch by 8-inch paver with up to 6 lines with 18 characters per line (for an additional charge, a company logo may be added to the 8-inch by 8-inch paver, only).

Order deadline for the first installation of bricks is Friday, November 18, 2016. Bricks ordered after this initial deadline will be installed as received throughout 2017.

Louis Zamperini Memorial Highway

October 30, 2016

Zamperini 2Thanks to a bipartisan effort lead by South Bay Republican Assemblyman David Hadley, a two-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway between Redondo Beach Boulevard and Western Avenue, will be named the Louis Zamperini Memorial Highwayy. The resolution passed the State Legislature (both chambers) in August.

“Louis Zamperini was both a role model and an inspiration. He was a great American and a great Californian from Torrance who led an incredible life worthy of memorializing. By renaming a portion of Interstate 405 in his honor, thousands of Californians will now be reminded of the amazing life of Louis Zamperini as they travel through Torrance.” – Assemblyman David Hadley

Donations are being accepted to defray the cost of the signage (approx. $4000). To support this effort, a tax-deductible contribution can be made payable to the “Torrance Historical Society,” and mailed to: Torrance Historical Society & Museum 1345 Post Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501.

Skechers Pier to Pier Walk Recap

October 28, 2016

Skechers 1The 8th annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk successfully raised $1.6 million for children with special needs and education – a $200,000 increase over the Walk’s 2015 donations.

Supported by lead presenter Nickelodeon and new media sponsor NBC4 Southern California, the Walk reached a new attendance high with 12,000 people taking part in the event.

Celebrities at the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk included actress, model and long-time SKECHERS supporter Brooke Burke-Charvet; legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard; model and entrepreneur Camila Alves; actor Ian Ziering; mother/daughter fitness icons Denise and Katie Austin; and Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda, a Walk Board of Director who has appeared every year.

Best of Manhattan Recap

October 23, 2016

_6401The fourth annual Best of Manhattan: A Toast to the Top awards gala took place on Thursday, October 20 at the Manhattan Beach Marriot.

Hosted by the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce, the event recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations, whose contributions to the community make it such a special place to live, work and play. Each year, the community has an opportunity to vote for their favorites in several categories.

Sponsors of the event include Chevron, Skechers, City of Manhattan Beach, Kaiser Permanente, Continental Development Corp, Grandpoint, MBS Media Campus, Manhattan Village, Torrance Memorial and Waste Management.

The friendly competition is intense every year, and this year was no different, with votes extremely close in all categories.

AllStar Watch Party Recap

October 4, 2016

Allstar watch partyRosey Grier, Dennis Harrah, Nolan Cromwell and LeRoy Irvin were among the notable Rams Legends to check in as the first guests at the highly anticipated phase one opening of Shade Hotel Redondo Beach, over the weekend.

The new luxury boutique hotel, at the center of the Redondo Beach Waterfront Revitalization Project welcomed more than 30 players, members of the Rams staff and fans to watch the Rams defeat the Arizona Cardinals in a 17 to 13 win on Sunday, October 2. Proceeds from the event benefited the Rams Foundation.

Champions of Business Recap

October 3, 2016

COB 1More than 225 guests attended the Champions of Business Celebration hosted by the City of El Segundo and the El Segundo Economic Development Advisory Council (EDAC).

The celebration, held at Vistamar School in El Segundo, recognized Richard Lundquist, Chevron, and Kite Pharma for their contributions to the economic growth and success of the city. The event on September 29th was emceed by LA County Supervisor Don Knabe and featured a keynote address from Kevin Demoff, LA Rams’ COO and VP of Football Operations.

The event was also the platform to announce the City of El Segundo has surpassed its “100 @ 100” goal, an ambitious initiative to attract 100 businesses by the city’s centennial anniversary in 2017. To date, 103 new businesses call El Segundo home.

Hot Ballroom Night Recap

September 23, 2016

Hot Ballroom Night Recap 1The second annual Hot Ballroom Night, which took place on September 17 at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater, was a glamorous and star-studded evening full of dazzling dance performances featuring local celebrities competing to raise money for charity.

Dancing With the Stars veteran, Anna Trebunskaya along with local musician, Renée Safier hosted the event, which was attended by 500+ people including the honorable mayor of Hermosa Beach, Mr. Hany Fangany. The non-profit group, Dance it Up, dedicated to promoting wellness in the community through the art and sport of dance, organized the event that raised over $21,000 for local charities.

New Aquatics Facility Launches Fundraising Campaign

September 18, 2016

aquatic 6The Wiseburn Unified School District and the City of El Segundo have announced their joint efforts to construct a brand new Aquatics Facility and the launch of its fundraising campaign. A fundraising kick-off event took place on September 12 at McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks in El Segundo.

Salt Creek Grille Debuts New Brunch Menu

September 14, 2016

Salt Creek Grille, located in The Plaza at El Segundo, has been open since 2007. Offering a spacious interior, vibrant bar scene, innovative California cuisine and live music, SCG quickly became a local favorite for drinks and dining.

I’ve enjoyed many meals at SCG over the years, but have to confess, I didn’t realize they never had a brunch menu. How was that possible? Brunch has become the most popular meal of the week and every establishment has one.

The new manager, Christy Grenert, set out to change that. Salt Creek Grill recently hosted a Brunch & Bubbly event to introduce local media and influencers to the new Weekend Brunch Menu.

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