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Vote for Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Hotel

January 22, 2020

Know how you can give our local hotels some South Bay love? Vote in the Travel + Leisure 2020 World’s Best Awards.

By participating in the Travel + Leisure 2020 World’s Best Awards, you’ll be entered into the giveaway for a chance to win one of five international travel prizes.

It’s a win-win!

To vote, visit https://wba.m-rr.com/home?fbclid=IwAR0dwcZiXN4r5BCHYmyED9Cmn8PR3HayAp9zWqDi8HlleTAtI6Hb2iMXa50.

Manhattan Beach Named America’s #1 Best City to Live

January 21, 2020

Wow! The hits just keep coming! Check out this article!


Photo courtesy of 24/7 Wall St.

Beach Cities Rank #1 in Longevity

January 20, 2020

Came across this the other day…. it’s not an official poll, but according to the author, we’re doing something right!


Hermosa Beach Chamber Announces 2019 Man & Woman of the Year

January 19, 2020

The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau proudly announces the 2019 Man and Woman of the Year award winners.

Man of the Year is John Horger and Merna Marshall is Woman of the Year. The Entrepreneur Couple of the Year is Erin and Hilary Condren.

Merna and John will be honored at the Chamber’s annual Installation Gala, sponsored by Athens Services and King Harbor Brewing Company. Additionally, Erin and Hilary Condren will be honored as the Entrepreneur Couple of the Year.

The gala takes place on Wednesday, January 22 at 5:30 p.m. at The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. The event is open to the public.

For details, call the Chamber office at (310) 376-0951.

Elevate Talks Now Accepting Applications

January 18, 2020

The South Bay Women’s Conference is now accepting application for Elevate Talks.

There will be a few changes to the schedule of the Conference this year, but one popular segment remains: Elevate Talks. Five women will each present a 5-minute talk, using 20 rapid-fire slides with only a few seconds per slide to keep things moving. The goal for Elevate Talks is to end with an impactful call-to-action that coincides with our theme and mission. Also, it should inspire us all to take action to elevate other women in our lives.

Each selected speaker will have:
•five minutes to present her inspirational talk with 17 to 20 slides
•control to start slide 1; all other slides will advance every 15 seconds
•a call-to-action on final slide related to our theme: Inspiration. Intention. Integrity.

Think you have what it takes? Submit an application by March 8, 2020. Download the application at https://kv248.infusionsoft.app/app/form/elevateapp?inf_contact_key=6d908cebf7c0526d8a5ba94b890443f8.

BeachLife Festival Announces Artist Line Up

January 17, 2020

BeachLife Festival is proud to announce its return May 1 through May 3 with legendary performances by Steve Miller Band, Counting Crows, and Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley’s Bob Marley Celebration headlining the three night event.

Additional acts include UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Fitz and The Tantrums, LIVE, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, WAR, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Chevy Metal feat. Taylor Hawkins performing Queen, Grace VanderWaal, and more.

Tickets are on sale NOW at http://www.beachlifefestival.com!

How to Listen to The South Bay Show Podcast

January 16, 2020

Want to know how easy it is to listen to The South Bay Show podcast?

Just say, “Alexa, play The South Bay Show podcast.” Or “Siri, play The South Bay Show pocast.” Or “Google, play The South Bay Show podcast.

See? Easy peasy!

Listen during your commute to work, or during your workout at the gym – it’ll make the time fly by! Tune in!

Manhattan Beach Boards & Commissions Vacancies

January 15, 2020

The City of Manhattan Beach is seeking community-minded individuals to fill vacancies on the City’s Boards and Commissions.

There are seats available on the Board of Building Appeals, Parks & Recreation Commission, Cultural Arts Commission, Parking & Public Improvements Commission, Library Commission and Planning Commission.

To be considered for one of these seats, you must be a resident of Manhattan Beach and a registered voter.

You must submit your application by April 15, 2020.

To download an application, visit the website at http://www.citymb.info/boardsandcommissions.

Chez Melange to Close

January 14, 2020


Chez Melange, the beloved South Bay restaurant that you’ve frequently celebrated special occasions, birthdays, graduations for decades has just announced that they will be closing their doors on February 29th or sooner, after 37 years in business.

When they first opened the restaurant in 1982, Michael Franks and Robert Bell decided to offer unique options that were unheard of at the time by combining American, European, and Asian fusion dishes into a menu that change daily. The beloved restaurant also offered farm-to-table food options straight from the local Valmonte Gardens in Palos Verdes, always incorporated sustainability into their full-service restaurant and upon arrival guests would be greeted with friendly faces. This was all very unique concept in the South Bay and some would say that is why it has been a South Bay local favorite for many many years. But after 37 amazing years, they’re sad to announce that it’s time to shut their doors.

To say, “Thank You” for the love and support over the years, they will be taking the restaurant on a Farewell Tour where they will be cooking and dishing up all the hits from the ’80s ’90s and 2000. They want to show gratitude to every single person that has supported them throughout their journey and encourage all supporters and locals to dine in a final time before saying a final goodbye.

“Hi Everyone,

Thank you. Thank you for your loyalty. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your support. You’ve been more than just wonderful and loyal customers since we opened in 1982; you’ve been our family and our friends. And after 37 years, the time has come to bid adieu to Chez Melange.

Before we say a final goodbye though, we are taking the restaurant on a Farewell Tour! We will be cooking and dishing up all the hits from the 80s, 90s and 2000s and would love to see as many of you as possible during our nightly performances before the final curtain is lowered on February 29th or sooner.

During this time, we expect to be whipping up hundreds of Fried Chicken Salads. Please reach out if there are any dishes you want to enjoy one more time!

It’s emotional knowing that our last service is approaching. We wouldn’t have made this journey without you.

Much Love,

Michael and Robert

Sign-up for South Bay Alerts

January 13, 2020

ALERT SOUTH BAY is replacing NIXLE for mass public notifications.

Thirteen South Bay cities have established an alert and warning notification system as part of an integrated, inter-operable regional platform. The Alert South Bay (via Everbridge) is an emergency notification system aimed to keep communities informed about disasters and major emergencies via SMS (text), email, phone, landline, as well as other means of communication.

The notification system gives city, police, fire, and emergency management the ability to deliver critical notifications to the community. The Alert South Bay notification system replaces all existing notification systems including NIXLE.

Participating cities:
Inglewood, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Rolling Hills, Torrance, Gardena, Hawthorne, Lomita

Residents MUST register in the Alert South Bay regional portal if they wish to receive alerts.

To signup for alerts:
Residents can register via one of these methods:
** https://member.everbridge.net/index/311578402488335#/login
** Download the Everbridge App from the App Store.
** Text “ALERTSB” to “888777” to obtain a link to the South Bay Alert public portal and sign-up to receive these alerts.

For more information about the program or to get more information visit http://www.alertsouthbay.com.

Take a Sunday Drive @ The ADM

January 12, 2020

Every Sunday, the Automobile Driving Museum offers guests Sunday Drives in three of their magnificent automobiles!

This may be the only automotive museum in the world that offers such an opportunity. No more admiring from a distance. This is your chance to experience the thrill of riding in a piece of history.

Today, they’ll be taking out a 1932 Buick Victoria, 1941 Lincoln Continental and 1960 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible.

The ADM is a non-profit organization and offers a variety of ways for you to lend your support. Suggested donation: Adult $15, Child (11-17) $5, Children under 10 get in FREE, Senior $10, Family of Four $25. The ADM is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org or call 310-909-0950.

The Automobile Driving Museum Located at 610 Lairport Street in El Segundo, CA 90245.

Feed the Kitty @ The Bull Pen

January 11, 2020

Local band Feed the Kitty will have a Record Release Party tonight, Saturday, January 11 at The Bull Pen starting at 9 p.m.

Come on down and hear tunes from their new album, Ain’t Dead Yet.

Everybody will be there!

For additional information, visit the website at https://feedthekitty.com/.

The Bull Pen is located at 314 Avenue I, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Rock Out @ The Torrance Elks Lodge

January 10, 2020

The Torrance Elks Lodge will host Rock Night with The Jokers tonight, Friday, January 10 at 6 p.m.

The Torrance Elks have graciously opened their doors to the community for this event. It’s $10 for dinner and band, or just a $5 donation if you want to skip dinner and just watch the band. Proceeds go to charity.

Expect to see Torrance Elks Exalted Ruler Eddie Maese sit in for a few tunes at the beginning of the second set.

It’s a cheap night out for dinner and a band, and it’s for a charitable cause, so come on down!

Torrance Elks Lodge is located at 1820 Abalone Avenue in Torrance. It’s right next to the DMV so there’s ample free parking.

Whale Watching Season Has Begun!

January 9, 2020

The Gray Whale Migration runs from December through April with the whales travelling through our local waters from Alaska to Baja, Mexico and back.

There have been an unprecedented number of Gray Whale sightings the past few seasons. In addition, several other species have been spotted including Fin, Minke, Humpback and Sperm whales, along with numerous Orcas (technically, not a whale!).

You can see the whales – most days, you don’t even need binoculars – from almost anywhere along the coast.

Some friends of mine were out on their boat this weekend and spotted a bunch of whales right off PV, so keep your eyes peeled!

Photo Courtesy of Laryssa Densmore.

Bottlecaps needed for Buddy Benches

January 8, 2020

The City of Lomita is enlisting the help of the community to collect plastic bottle caps that can be turned into Buddy Benches that are donated to local schools.

A Buddy Bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. If a child is new to a school, shy or lonely, they simply go and sit on the buddy bench and other children will come and befriend them.

Many types of bottlecaps and lids are accepted. If you are interested in contributing to this wonderful program, please drop off your bottlecaps and lids at City Hall during regular business hours.

Lomita City Hall is located at 24300 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita, CA 90717.

Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count

January 7, 2020

Each year, over 8,000 volunteers gather throughout Los Angeles County to take part in the Greater Los Angeles County Homeless Count.

Over the course of three days and nights, volunteers fan out across the County to determine how many homeless individuals and families there are in the region, identify their demographic characteristics, and the locations where they reside. This data is a critical tool to help secure and direct resources where they are most needed.

If you would like to volunteer to participate in the Homeless Count taking place January 21, 22, and 23, visit the website at http://www.theycountwillyou.org for more information and to register.

City of Hermosa Beach Job Opportunities

January 6, 2020

Kick start your career in public service and become a part of the Hermosa Beach Team! The City of Hermosa Beach is currently, or will soon be, hiring for the following positions:

Police Chief
Police Officer – Recruit or Lateral
Recreation Leader
Youth Programs Counselor
Public Works Superintendent
Management Analyst
Assistant Engineer

To view job descriptions, find more information on how to apply, or sign up to receive notifications when new job opportunities are posted, please visit the job opportunities webpage at https://www.hermosabeach.gov/our-government/human-resources/job-opportunities.

Grass Replacement Rebate Program

January 5, 2020

West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) is adding an additional dollar to Metropolitan Water District’s Grass Replacement Rebate Program for a total rebate of $3 or more per square foot of grass removed from residential and commercial landscapes. As a member agency of MWD, West Basin service area residents and businesses can apply for MWD’s rebate program and receive the extra incentive.

To pre-qualify for the rebate program, visit http://www.socalwatersmart.com, or call, (888) 376-3314.

In order to receive a rebate, you must apply to reserve rebate funds prior to starting your project.


-Up to 5,000 sq. ft. of turf removed per home; more for businesses.
-There is a limit of one application per home per year.
-Areas which have already had turf removed are not eligible.

Read more about the MWD program requirements and eligibility for residential and commercial at https://socalwatersmart.com/en/residential/rebates/available-rebates/turf-replacement-program/how-do-i-apply/

Lomita Parks & Recreation Commission Now Accepting Applications

January 4, 2020

The City of Lomita is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on its Parks and Recreation Commission.

Lomita residents who are both 18 and older and registered to vote are encouraged to apply. The term ends June 2022.

The Commission consists of five members appointed by the City Council, and acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council on all matters pertaining to recreation and parks. Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at Lomita City Hall.

Applications may be found on the City’s website at http://www.lomita.com/cityhall/cclerk/Boards-and-commisions-application.pdf.

Happy Hour & Live Music @ The Slip

January 3, 2020

The Slip Bar presents Happy Hour & Live Music every Friday in January.

Attendees can now enjoy an extended Happy Hour from 3 to 8:30 p.m. with food and drink specials. The music starts at 5:30!

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.theslipbar.com/.

The Slip Bar is located at 120 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.