Author: Jackie Balestra

South Coast Botanic Garden is Hiring!

January 11, 2021

The South Coast Botanic Garden is hiring!

They are looking for a Manager of Finance and Accounting to assist with the Garden’s accounting and financial activities. This is a great opportunity for a nonprofit financial/accounting professional who thrives in a busy workplace.

Sound like something you’d be interested in? Learn more about the position and the prerequisites at

Position is full-time. Must be available weekdays, some weekday evenings, some holidays, and some weekends. Salary is commensurate with experience. We provide compensation with full benefits including medical, paid time off and retirement plan.

Torrance Hometown Heroes Military Banner Recognition Program Now Accepting Applications

January 8, 2021

The Torrance Hometown Heroes Military Banner Recognition Program recognizes the community’s men and women in uniform who are currently serving in the Armed Forces, veterans who have served in the past, or veterans of the past who are now deceased.

The 2021 application period is now open. Applications for the 2021 program are available online and on some public counters, including City Hall and City libraries. Applications for the 2021 program will be accepted until February 5 2021.

Please contact contact the City Manager’s office at (310) 618-5880 with questions about the program.

Riviera Village Spotlight: Village Runner

January 5, 2021

The Village Runner, located in Riviera Village for over 30 years, offers footwear, apparel, accessories, tools, and more for walkers, runners, and elite runners.

Mike Ward purchased The Village Runner in 1992 with a little help from his friends and family. At the time, Mike was an employee of the store. Today, it is a Riviera Village staple not only for its longevity, but the people who work there, the community it has built, their events, its philanthropy and the young people the store has impacted. Join Mike and store manager, Darren for a few minutes as they talk store history, philosophy, products, and people.

Tickets on Sale Now for Wild & Scenic Film Festival

January 2, 2021

he Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy presents the virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Sunday, January 17 online.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival started in 1983 and is now the largest film festival of its kind in the United States. W&SFF partners internationally to present “On Tour” festivals by engaging hosts who jointly raise awareness of preservation issues in nature.

The Conservancy is proud to present an exciting selection of adventurous and inspirational films about nature. With beautiful cinematography and some remarkable individuals, the passion is contagious.

Good Riddance 2020!

December 31, 2020

FINALLY, 2020 IS OVER! How many ways can we say so long, farewell, don’t let the door hit you on the way out? Not enough, as far as I’m concerned.

We’re about to be done with that long, dark, fear-riddled year. No doubt there will be another surge due to the holidays, but those vaccines are making their way to a CVS near you!

While I don’t believe there will be any large-scale events scheduled over the next five or six months, I’m confident that by the time summer rolls around, we’ll see the return of many of our treasured, local traditions.

Rancho Caninos Dog Park

December 30, 2020

I was unaware of this dog park and I bet some of you were too….

Rancho Caninos Dog Park is a half-acre, temporary facility located within Point Vicente Park / Civic Center adjacent to the tennis court. It is separated into small and large dog areas and has a cedar chip surface. The city was graciously granted permission by the Ruth Family to use the swinging heart cattle brand for the park logo, which is historically significant to Rancho Palos Verdes.

Small Business Grant Opportunities

December 29, 2020

The State of California has a new Grant Opportunity available for small businesses.

To learn eligibility requirements and get your documents ready, visit the website at

The application opens on Wednesday, December 30 and closes on Friday, January 8.

If you have questions about this grant, the SBDC Network is hosting free webinars in multiple languages to provide you with answers and help you prepare to apply next week.

RSVP for these webinars at

COVID-19 Test Site at BCHD Campus Surpasses 100,000 Tests

December 23, 2020

The Los Angeles County COVID-19 drive-thru test site at the Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) campus will administer its 100,000th test today, the site’s 259th
day of operation.

The Redondo Beach site was set up in April at the South Bay Galleria, before relocating to BCHD in early June when the Galleria re-opened for shoppers. A team comprised of Los Angeles County Fire and Lifeguard personnel, Redondo Beach Police, Providence Little Company of Mary nurses and BCHD staff worked together to provide testing for more than 17,000 L.A. County residents at the Galleria location from April 3 to June 5, a total of 64 days.

Light Up the Beach Cities Winners Announced

December 22, 2020

The Oceanographic Teaching Stations, Inc. (OTS), the non-profit that manages and operates the Roundhouse Aquarium, concluded its first-ever holiday decorating contest, Light Up the Beach Cities, a fitting celebration to an extraordinary year.

Sponsored by Edison International, Light Up the Beach Cities attracted 18 residential, business and vehicle entries mainly from Manhattan Beach and neighboring Hermosa Beach. Entries from Encino as well as Long Beach were also received. 120 votes were received to determine the winners. The winners of Light Up the Beach Cities are listed below:

Best Overall
300-400 Block of 19th Street, Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Village Update

December 19, 2020

Situated in one of the nation’s wealthiest beach communities, Manhattan Village is a 44-acre, 573,000-square-foot mixed use center serving Los Angeles County’s affluent South Bay and Silicon Beach tech startup areas. At the heart of the redevelopment is a 60,000+-square-foot expansion of curated open-air retail and restaurant space, adjacent to a fully renovated enclosed shopping center with an already strong tenant mix.

The $250 million redevelopment of the 44-acre, 573,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor mixed-use retail experience began roughly two years ago and is set to open in the coming months as COVID regulations permit.

The Strand House Giving Away 1,000 Free Holiday Meals to Furloughed Restaurant Industry Workers

December 18, 2020

On Wednesday, December 23 and Thursday, December 24, 1,000 families will receive free holiday meals to take home and enjoy with their loved ones. The meals, offered to out of work South Bay Los Angeles restaurant employees, will be provided by the owner partners at The Strand House, the highly-acclaimed restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

The hospitality industry is one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, and, as a result of the most recent outdoor dining shutdowns, restaurants were forced to again layoff hard working people again over the holidays.

CDPH Launches “Mothers” Advertising Campaign Urging Families to Stay Home during Holidays

December 17, 2020

With COVID-19 cases rising at an alarming pace and ICU beds at or nearing capacity statewide, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today launched the “Mothers” advertising campaign featuring real California moms urging people to stay home this holiday season.

The mothers in this campaign advocate that the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to stay at home, wear a mask, wash your hands, and physically distance. This Christmas, staying apart will keep us together.