South Bay News

BCHD Cited as Exemplar of Successful Health District

February 22, 2018

BCHD-LogoThe Little Hoover Commission, a non-partisan oversight agency that promotes economy and efficiency in California government, recently concluded a year-long examination of the state’s independent special districts. A portion of the Commission’s report focused on the state’s 79 healthcare districts, specifically citing Southern California’s Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) as an exemplar of how a health district can successfully operate.

BCHD, which provides community health services to Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach residents, shifted from disease-focused care (and managing a hospital) to preventive care in 1998.

“As a health district, BCHD exists to work for the public, with a mix of taxes and self-generated revenue funding vital local services,” says BCHD CEO Tom Bakaly.

The Accidental Sailor

February 13, 2018

I was going through some old files and came across this article which was originally published in Sail Magazine in February 2011 as Learning the Lines. Since then, I’ve continued my sailing education right here in the South Bay.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUntil recently, the extent of my sailing experience consisted of sipping cocktails and nibbling hors d’oeuvres while perched on a friend’s sailboat in a slip at the Balboa Yacht Club during the annual Open House. It’s an event I look forward to each year and I always think, “Wow, sailing! What a life!” What little did I know…?

Fast forward to the middle of August. The summer was flying by and I was desperate for a vacation. My husband had taken several trips with his buddies – fishing, hiking and such – while I remained home trying not to pull my hair out.

On a whim, I emailed a friend on the east coast and asked what he was up to. He promptly invited us to spend a week or two sailing with him on his 38’ sloop, Sheba. I accepted without hesitation – or, I must confess, consulting my husband, who was off on yet another trip.

Chez Melange Seed to Plate Program

February 7, 2018

Seed-to-Garden-1In this day and age, we’re becoming more in tune with what’s in our food and where it’s coming from.

As for owner Michael Franks and co-owner/chef Robert Bell of Chez Melange, their vision to create a sustainable garden for the restaurant while educating students came to fruition 17 years ago when they created a program called Seed to Plate in Palos Verdes.

This garden, currently located in Valmonte Elementary School, grows various vegetables and fruits for Chez Melange to incorporate only the freshest, nutritious ingredients in their menu items.

HB CHamber Hosts 2018 Annual Gala & Installation Dinner

January 17, 2018

HB Gala 2On Tuesday, January 16, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau held the Annual Gala & Installation Dinner, sponsored by Athens Services, at The Comedy and Magic Club.

The Chamber Membership elected five Directors to the Board to serve a three-year term, including two returning incumbents (Marje Bennetts, Beach House Hotel General Manager; Rick Koenig, Owner of CIA Design & Construction) and three impressive new additions (Carolyn Petty, former Mayor and Councilmember; Robert Jones, Community member with a life-long passion for Economic Development; Kathy Dunbabin, Hermosa Beach Public Works Commissioner, former Mayor, Councilmember and Parks & Recreation Commissioner).

The Chamber also presented the 2017 Man of the Year Award to Peter Hoffman, and the 2017 Woman of the Year Award to Maureen Ferguson Lewis, who have both shown continued volunteer efforts, whether local, civic, social or economic, that have made a significant contribution to our community.

Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Recap

November 2, 2017

Skechers-Pier-to-Pier-Friendship-WalkThe 9th annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk was another record-breaking event, successfully raising over $1.8 million! Because of the amazing community support, they’ll be able to help even more families with special needs children and support public education.

Over 13,000 people joined together in support of the walk including celebrities Brooke Burke-Charvet, Sugar Ray Leonard and Denise Austin. There were great performances from Kieran Tamondong, Artyon and Paige, Larsen Thompson, Asia Monet, Ciara Wilson, Jada Facer and many celebrity appearances, including the kids from the hit show This Is Us entertaining the crowd at the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Shade Hotel Redondo Beach Celebrates One Year Anniversary

October 17, 2017

shade-0ne-yearOn Friday night, Shade Hotel Redondo Beach, the premier luxury boutique hotel on the forefront of the Redondo Beach Revitalization Project and the second of the Shade brand, celebrated its one-year anniversary. The elegant bash, held in honor of its highly successful first year, was free and open to the public to thank its loyal guests and community.

With a red-carpet arrival and champagne flowing, the affair hosted approximately 650 guests, including Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand, and took place on all three levels of the hotel’s fully dedicated events building and included drink specials; a DJ spinning contemporary beats; a live band; prizes; and a complimentary champagne toast for the first 100 guests. Attendees celebrated underneath the stars against a spectacular nighttime marina view.

2017 Bite at the Beach Recap

August 14, 2017

Bite at the Beach 3Hosted by the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Southern California Gas, the fourth annual Bite at the Beach took place Saturday, August 12 at the MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach.

I’ve attended this food and beer pairing extravaganza every year since its inception and it’s historically attracted a local crowd. While it’s always terrific to run into friends and acquaintances, this year’s attendees came from all over Southern California to sample the impressive array of sips and bites. Of the 700 attendees, I knew only a handful, so word has definitely spread beyond our South Bay borders!

Rock & Brews @LAX Named Airport ‘Bar of the Year’

July 26, 2017

Rock-Brews-AirportRock & Brews, the energized restaurant and entertainment brand co-founded by rock icons Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, prevailed over international competition at the 2017 Airport Food and Beverage(FAB) conference in Toronto recently, winning “Bar of the Year” award.

The first airport location for Rock & Brews was introduced at Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in 2013 by Crews, a leader in introducing dynamic restaurant and retail concepts at airports. The winning Rock & Brews is Crews’ second Rock & Brews located at Terminal 1 at LAX. The popular restaurant, which opened in 2016 and generated $11 million in revenue during its first year of operation, offers travelers quality American comfort food at affordable prices, and a full bar that offers broad selection of international and craft beers in an atmosphere that pays tribute to classic rock and roll.

Apollo Landing Set to Open Fall 2017

June 20, 2017

Apollo Landing 2Continental Development Corporation announces Apollo Landing, a new three building complex on the Rosecrans corridor that will include six new full-service and fast-casual restaurants. The 13,500 square foot property located at 2171-2191 Rosecrans Avenue in El Segundo is nearly 100 percent leased and is scheduled to open this fall.

“We are excited to introduce additional dining options that will serve companies located in Continental Park and provide even more great choices for the residents in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach and the surrounding cities,” said Richard Lundquist, President of Continental Development Corporation.

Roman Aroma Gran Café to Celebrate Grand Opening

June 13, 2017

_6027 aRoman Aroma Gran Café opened a year ago and has been serving some of the most authentic Italian food, pastries and coffee drinks to be found anywhere in the South Bay.

As if this charming café didn’t already have enough to offer, they’ve just announced they are now serving beer and wine!

Mamma Mia, la vita e’ bella!

To mark the occasion, they’ll be celebrating with a Grand Opening this Father’s Day weekend, Saturday June 17 and Sunday June 18, with 25% off all alcohol purchases.

CA 101 Art Exhibition: Artisan Wine Tasting Recap

June 8, 2017

FullSizeRender 2The Opening Night Reception for the 2017 CA 101 Art Exhibition: It Takes a Village, took place on Friday, June 2, in the former Denee’s location on Avenue I in Riviera Village, Redondo Beach.

Presented by Friends of Redondo Beach Arts, this exhibition has quickly become one of the foremost art events in the South Bay. Opening Night was an absolute crush, drawing not only featured artists and art patrons, but shop owners, politicians, families, tourists, students, professionals, media and more.

Riviera Village was reminiscent of Times Square on New Year’s Eve (okay, I’m exaggerating just a bit!) with throngs of people descending on Avenue I…. not something you normally see in the Riv!

This sixth annual juried show features 137 contemporary artists in the gallery and 56 artists in the gift shop, with artists hailing from all over the state sharing their creative impressions of life today in California. It should come as no surprise, our insanely talented local artists are well represented!

Into The Wild Blue Yonder – A T6 Texan Flight Experience @ WMoF

May 21, 2017

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe South Bay offers an abundance of both natural and manufactured recreations for residents and visitors, but no discussion of the area would be complete without mentioning the remarkable chronicles of those magnificent men and their flying machines.

Aviation is an integral component in the history of the South Bay. During and after World War II, the South Bay became home and headquarters to the aerospace industry with all the key players landing here. While the local aviation industry has experienced vast changes and trials over the decades, the relationship is fundamental to the local zeitgeist.

Located in Torrance, the Western Museum of Flight is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California’s aviation heritage.

GLAMSQUAD Launches in the South Bay

May 11, 2017

_3677GLAMSQUAD, the premier on demand beauty services company, launched its in-home hair, makeup and nail services in the South Bay beginning in April 2017.

The company, currently in NYC, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, and now the South Bay, believes in empowering women by offering beauty services that are customized to their individual needs, anytime, anywhere. South Bay residents can now easily book GLAMSQUAD’s hand-selected and rigorously vetted professionals for a full VIP experience.

Bettolino Kitchen Offers Cooking Classes

May 5, 2017

bettolino-exteriorOne of the newest additions to the South Bay dining scene, Bettolino Kitchen is a family-owned restaurant in the South Bay with four generations of Italian restaurateurs.

Owners Andreanna Liguore, Sean Liguore, and Vince Giuliano wanted to add a modern twist to their restaurant’s ambiance and carefully crafted menu since their parents’ and great-grandparents’ restaurants serve traditional Italian cuisine. Their great-grandparents opened Giuliano’s Deli, while their parents started Gaetano’s, both Italian stalwarts of the South Bay.

Bettolino Kitchen delivers strong with homemade pastas and fresh takes on Italian classics, including duck breast risotto and braised veal cheeks.

South Bay Lakers New Brand

April 19, 2017

South Bay LakersThe Los Angeles D-Fenders today unveiled the brand marks for the South Bay Lakers, the future minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Lakers, featuring primary and secondary emblems. The D-Fenders rebrand will follow the conclusion of the 2016-17 NBA Development League season.

The new primary emblem is inspired by the classic logo of the team’s parent club. It has been reimagined to incorporate the oceanfront views of the region while “South Bay” is adorned across the top, adding subtle but unique twists to the timeless look of one of the NBA’s most prominent brands.

Each of the team’s new marks have been designed to further increase the synchronization between the South Bay Lakers and their parent franchise, while also honoring the community that has been home to the D-League affiliate for more than a decade.

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