Author: Jackie Balestra

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.

Live Jammin’ @ Shade RB

February 22, 2018

Shade Redondo Beach now hosts Live Jammin’ every Thursday and Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at Sea Level Restaurant and Lounge.

Stop by for sweeping marina views, tasty bites, crafty cocktails and live music!

For additional information, visit the Facebook page at

Shade Hotel is located at 655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA.


South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

February 22, 2018

I hope many of you had an opportunity last weekend to stop by El Segundo Museum of Art for Experience #33: AWKWARD. It runs through April 28, so you still have plenty of time. We had an ESMoA Educator on The South Bay Show podcast last week and I was again reminded what an amazing amenity ESMoA is for our South Bay community. In addition to the featured Experiences, they offer a fantastic variety of programs and special events for all ages – toddlers, tweens, teens, adults, seniors – for FREE! I feature recurring and ongoing events from time to time in this Guide, and this week, have included a few at ESMoA. For a complete list, visit the website at and click on the ‘programs’ tab. There’s something for everyone!

Jordan Alcott, Founder of Alcott Enterprises

February 23, 2018

Listen to The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach 360!

Our guest is Jordan Alcott, Founder, CTO and Managing Partner of Alcott Enterprises, an information technology service firm that provides 24/7 IT solutions and support to small and medium-sized business throughout the South Bay and greater Los Angeles area.

Listen to the program at 8 a.m. or at your leisure

Janne Kouri, Founder of NextStep

February 22, 2018

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guest is Janne Kouri, Founder and President of NextStep, Disability Activist and Entrepreneur. This morning, we’re going to learn about NextStep, we’ll talk about the annual poker tournament fundraiser this Saturday at The 900 Club and get a sneak peek of the gala event taking place in November.

Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure

El Segundo Website Redesign Survey

February 20, 2018

The City of El Segundo is conducting a survey as part of their research for the City of El Segundo Website Redesign Project.

As a business and community member, your perspective and experiences will provide valuable insights. The survey should take about 15 minutes and is very informal. Your responses will be confidential.

There is no compensation for participating in this survey; however, your participation will be a valuable addition to the City of El Segundo research.

If you are willing to participate, please select a link below to begin.

Community Resident:

Public Forums for Torrance Mayoral & City Council Candidates

February 19, 2018

Courtesy of the Daily Breeze…..

Seven public forums have been scheduled in Torrance for Mayoral and City Council candidates, who can begin filing nomination papers on Tuesday. Three City Council seats and the mayor’s post will be decided in the June 5 municipal election, which coincides with the primary for state lawmakers.

The public forums are spread over the course of three months — late March through May — and all are free except one sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce, which is the first scheduled and the only one not set to be held in the evening. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

Leadership Redondo Beach Lights the Way

February 18, 2018

I received this letter from the LRB CLass of 2017…..

The Leadership Redondo Class of 2017 is organizing a “quality of life project” with the purpose of enhancing our city’s infrastructure and we want you to be a part of this celebratory undertaking. We call our project “Leadership Lighting the Way.”

We are asking for your financial support to assist the Leadership Redondo Class of 2017 gift to Redondo Beach new solar lighting on the North Redondo Beach Bikeway and pedestrian path. The antiquated lights currently in place are dilapidated, inefficient, and unsightly. Improving the current lighting will enhance the path and promote a healthy beach lifestyle in an environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing manner. This new solar lighting will be a great addition to the city’s planned improvements for the Bikeway and Artesia Boulevard.

Surf Food Stand

4119 The Strand
Manhattan Beach, CA
(310) 939-7000
Cuisine: A little bit of everything including breakfast, burgers, Mexican, Mediterranean, smoothies, lattes, and more
Jackie says: This food shack is located on the sand next to the bike path. Order at the counter, grab a table and wait for them to call your number. It’s so casual you might assume it’s a greasy spoon but the food is fresh and very, very good. A must-stop during a Strand cruise any time of day. My favorite? The Breakfast Burrito (with bacon and avocado). They serve it all day and it’s so huge, my husband and I split it and still have a hard time finishing it. Deliciousness!!!

Rob Rubens Rebranding

February 17, 2018

FYI…. Rob Rubens Distilling & Brewing has recently rebranded as R6 Distillery.

R6 Distillery is a Southern California distillery, crafting handmade spirits and whiskey with an onsite speakeasy tasting room. The rebrand is to show their commitment and dedication to the art of locally made spirits, rather than spirits and beer.

For additional information, visit the Facebook page at

R6 Distillery is located at 909 E El Segundo Boulevard, El Segundo, CA.

R6 Distillery

Fish Fridays @ Ocean Market Grill

February 16, 2018

Today is the first Friday of Lent…… and you know what that means – no meat on Friday!

Ocean Market Grill in Torrance is offering irresistible seafood dishes and deals for Angelenos observing Fish Fridays this Lentan season. Mention “Fish Friday” to the cashier and receive a FREE appetizer OR kid’s meal with the purchase of an entree.

Featured entrees include Lobster Grilled Cheese (lobster, melted mascarpone and provolone cheese, arugula pesto); Tacos (fish of choice, cabbage, poblano crema, pickled onions, salsa, cotija cheese); Po’Boy Sandwich )choice of fish, pickled red onions, OMG slaw, roma tomatoes, creole remoulade, ciabatta roll); Salmon Caesar Salad (romaine lettuce, grated parmesan, roasted croutons, caesar dressing); and OMG Fries (french fries topped with clam chowder).

ESMoA Experience #33: AWKWARD

February 15 – April 28, 2018

ESMoA - AwkwardEl Segundo Museum of Art presents Experience #33: AWKWARD on display from February 15 through April 28.

Experience 33: AWKWARD will show the wonderful collection creators Mike Bender and Doug Chernack continue to grow with the help of families from all over. Art is a state of mind and when you decide to expose yourself to awkwardness you will soon discover that perfection is totally overrated. It is time to smile and see how family portraits have a true right to stay in art histories priority list. The homestyle setting in ESMoA’s gallery will provide insight on how to keep your own family memories alive with fun.

Torrance PD High Visibility Enforcement

February 15, 2018

Today, Thursday, February 15, the Torrance Police Department will conduct their third High Visibility Enforcement operation at the intersections of Prairie Avenue and Redondo Beach Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard and Artesia Boulevard.

Traffic sign boards reminding drivers to obey traffic laws will be placed at both intersections. Several motor officers will also be present to devote the majority of their time to educating the community. Officials will be focusing on JAYWALKING, a primary concern for injury collisions in those areas.