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The Daily Dose is a collection of my current posts as personal thoughts, tidbits, musings and more for all things South Bay. Get your daily dose right here.

ESMoA Video Art + Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions

July 24, 2021

The El Segundo Museum of Art is now accepting submissions for the ESMoA Video Art + Film Festival: BLUE/S.

What does “BLUE/S” mean to you?

BLUE/S: color, shades, reflections, harmony, mood, melancholy, serene, peace, music, heritage, flow, rebirth, space, cosmos, artificial, etc.

Make a 60 second film and submit it to the ESMoA Video Art + Film Festival: BLUE/S! Deadline for submissions is Saturday, October 23 2021 at 5pm PST.

City of L.A. Provides Hyperion Update on Website with Link to File a Claim for Losses

July 23, 2021

On July 21, 2021, the City of Los Angeles provided an update on the flooding at the Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant (located at 12000 Vista Del Mar, in the City of Los Angeles) on the its LA Sanitation Department website. This update includes a summary of events, water quality testing results, and a link to submit a claim if you feel you have lost money or property as a result of any action or inaction by the City of Los Angeles. You can file a claim with the City of Los Angeles by clicking here.

Manhattan Beach Leadership Class

July 22, 2021

Are you interested in learning more about how the City of Manhattan Beach and how each department functions? Do you have a desire to be more involved? The Leadership Manhattan Beach (LMB) program is entering its 30th year and looking for the perfect class!

The group facilitator, Kathleen Terry, facilitates a learning environment in which the LMB students and adults interact and collaborate while developing their leadership skills, learning about the city, and a wide variety of community resources. There is no other program like Leadership Manhattan Beach.

South Bay’s Got Talent Auditions

July 21, 2021

The South Bay’s Got Talent competition is returning to the James R. Armstrong Theatre on Saturday, January 8 at 7 p.m.

Do you have what it takes to win the next South Bay’s Got Talent? Every year some of the best talent in the South Bay compete to win South Bay’s Got Talent. From dancers to magicians, bands to solo performers… ALL talents and ALL ages are welcome!

Audition application due date: Friday November 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Audition dates: December 6 & 7, 2021
Competition date: Saturday January 8, 2022

DiscOasis Recap

July 18, 2021

I attended the second night of DiscOasis at South Coast Botanic Garden Saturday night.

This new experience runs through September 6 and is the brainchild of music producer Niles Rogers. He’s been an avid roller skater most of his life and has found a way to share his passion on a large scale.

Even if you’re don’t skate, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a summer evening. First off, SCBG is one of the jewels of the South Bay, and being surrounded by the beauty of nature is always invigorating.

Torrance Animal Control Portal

July 9, 2021

The City of Torrance Community Services Department proudly announces the launch of the Animal Control Portal!

The user-friendly online portal will feature new reporting tools for residents.

•Easily report animal control issues such as dogs off-leash or barking dog complaints. Community members can now include photos or videos in their submissions.
•Receive confirmation of animal control reports and follow-up from staff, if requested.
•Access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

The new system will allow staff to organize and respond to issues more efficiently.

To access the Animal Control Portal, visit

Happy Fourth of July!!!

July 4, 2021

The other night I caught a screening of Independence Day, the ultimate Fourth of July movie.

The iconic scene where Bill Pullman, playing the President of the United States, makes a speech to the pilots going out to fight the aliens, has sorta been recreated for a Budweiser commercial. It really puts you in the mood to kick back with a cold one and kick some alien ass!!!

Happy Fourth of July, everybody!!!

ESMoA has Fully Reopened!

June 26, 2021

ESMoA is pleased to announce that following the updated guidelines of June 15, they have reopened at full capacity and ticket reservations are no longer needed.

Drop by during open hours to see Experience 47: FREESTATE by Cole Sternberg and the new installation “We Are All Living In The Garden” by Krystal Chang, LAB Resident Artist!

Wristbands Now Available for El Segundo Fourth of July Community Celebration

June 23, 2021

Wristbands are available now through July 3 at the Checkout Building for the City of El Segundo’s annual Fourth of July Community Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular sponsored by Bill Ruane Realty.

Residents with a valid Rec ID can stop by the Checkout Building in Recreation Park from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. any day of the week through July 3 to pick up four wristbands. Additional wristbands are $5 each. All wristbands are $5 on July 4.

BeachLife Festival Adds Speakeasy Stage

June 16, 2021

BeachLife Festival has announced a fourth stage, The Speakeasy, presented by Jack Daniel’s. It’s a whiskey bar oasis for the punk rock fan at BeachLife.

Just when you thought Redondo Beach’s BeachLife Festival had everything… wait for it… there’s more! BeachLife Festival will be adding a fourth performance area this year: the “SpeakEasy” stage presented by Jack Daniels, specially curated by Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg. Picture an old-west style saloon with stripped-down acoustic sets from a hand-picked selection of celebrated rockers, surfers, and skaters. With performances by members of Face to Face, Strung Out and Authority Zero, it’s punk enough to satiate even the most hardcore fans at the event. And with a setting as up-close-and-personal as this, it’s like seeing these wild musicians play in your living room.

Applications Now Being Accepted for Vacant Torrance City Council Seat

June 15, 2021

The Torrance City Council took action at their regular meeting of June 8, 2021 to fill by appointment the unexpired at large term of Councilmember Tim Goodrich who resigned effective June 1, 2021. The term of office is from appointment on July 13, 2021 until the regular municipal election scheduled for June 2022 results are certified and the new city council is installed.

Ise Shima Beer Garden

June 14, 2021

Ise-Shima is kicking-off summer by opening their Beer Garden every Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. from June 16 though August 13.

Enjoy draft beer from $7, appetizers from $6 and an all-you-can-drink special for $25.00 (2 hours max).

Gather a group of friends for the Hachimori Party Package for $45 per person. Reservations are required, minimum of four people. (See flyer for details.)

For additional information, call 310.320.6700 or visit the website at

Ise-Shima is located in the Miyako Hybrid Hotel at 21381 South Western Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501.

BCHD to Close its COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination Sites

June 12, 2021

As the need for large-scale COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites decreases, Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) will close its COVID-19 testing site and vaccination clinics.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), vaccine demand has shifted, and the County has significantly increased the number
of sites served by mobile teams. In fact, 75% of Hermosa Beach residents, 78% of Manhattan Beach residents and 75% of Redondo Beach residents age 16+ are vaccinated with at least one dose. BCHD will be pivoting back to many of its pre-COVID-19 operations, including recently reopening its Center for Health & Fitness, and planning for a return to in-person community events and programs.

Electric Bike Ban Now Actively Being Enforced in Hermosa Beach

June 12, 2021

I was riding my e-bike north on the bike path and when I arrived at Herondo, I saw a large, illuminated sign stating that electric or motorized vehicles of all types are not allowed on the Strand or Pier Plaza.

The municipal code has been on the books for several years but is now actively being enforced.

12.20.220 Motorized and electric wheeled devices.

Redondo Beach Public Library 2021 Summer Reading Program

June 11, 2021

Redondo Beach Public Library 2021 Summer Reading Program runs from June 5 to August 14. This year’s theme is Color Your World.

Celebrate the awesomeness of summer at your Library! Due to COVID-19, the program will be an all on-line program this year. Everyone is welcome to join the Reading Colors Your World summer reading program.