South Bay News

Los Angeles Times Moves to El Segundo

April 17, 2018

El-SegundoThe beachside city of El Segundo will be the new home of the award-winning Los Angeles Times. The announcement was made recently by Los Angeles Times’ soon-to-be owner, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong in a meeting with Times staff.

“We are honored Dr. Soon-Shiong chose El Segundo as the new home for the Los Angeles Times. El Segundo is already home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Air Force Base and now, the Los Angeles Times,” noted El Segundo Mayor Suzanne Fuentes.

“El Segundo has a rich history of advancements in technology and innovation in aerospace and many other industries. Dr. Soon-Shiong has identified our city as a great place to do business, and we look forward to welcoming all the Los Angeles Times’ staff,” said El Segundo City Manager, Greg Carpenter.

Gabi James Opens in Redondo Beach

April 3, 2018

Gabi-James-FoodGabi James, the new restaurant from the Gabriele family (Love & Salt), opened quietly last night in their former Zazou space, on South Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach.

Owned by Sara Gabriele and her husband Adam Aro, Gabi James continues the family’s history in the South Bay dining scene. Sara’s father, Guy Gabriele, set the tone for the family restaurants decades ago with Cafe Pierre (Manhattan Beach) and Zazou. By incorporating the timeless traditions of European restaurants, [Guy] Gabriele created restaurants in the South Bay where food and life are inextricably intertwined, and meals bring people together. For Gabi James, [Sara] Gabriele and Aro recapture this sentiment, and carry it into the restaurant design. Partnered with designer Ana Hinton, they have created a convivial and open gathering space, with a coastal vibe.

Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier’s (Osteria Mozza and Moruno) menu is inspired by Spanish and Coastal French cuisine, with notes of North Africa and Andalusia contributing to the flavors. A native of the South Bay, Feldmeier infuses the menu with ‘California soul’ and the rich history of the Gabriele family, borrowing several dishes from the family’s recipe book.

A Visit to Villa Narcissa

March 29, 2018

IMG_7321There are several hidden gems located in the South Bay, but for the most part, they aren’t really hidden at all – people are simply unaware of them. For example, if you don’t live, walk or drive in the vicinity of the Manhattan Beach Badminton Club, you could live your entire life ignorant of its existence…. unless of course, you play badminton.

There is only one truly hidden gem in the South Bay – Villa Narcissa.

I’d heard of it over the years and knew it as the ancestral home of the Vanderlip family. Frank Vanderlip, a New York financier, bought 16,000 acres on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, some of which was later developed by the family. The first structure he built for the family is referred to as the Cottage. During the 1920s, several other buildings were constructed including a large guest house that came to be known as Villa Narcissa.

El Segundo Downtown Beautification Project

March 29, 2018

El-Segundo-Beautification-ProjectThe City of El Segundo has kicked off a series of downtown beautification projects to improve the look and feel of Main Street. The initiatives are being led by the city’s new downtown committee.

Main Street will take on an inviting and friendly new look in the evenings with new string lights at the intersections of Grand Avenue and Main Street, Holly Avenue and Main Street, and Mariposa Avenue and Main Street. The committee is recommending electrical lighting in the landscaping beds and up-lighting to trees to further enhance the ambiance along Main Street.

The city has prioritized a refresh and revival of the landscaping on downtown city blocks from El Segundo Boulevard to Mariposa Avenue. The new landscaping, recently installed, includes water conscious plants such as New Zealand flax, lantana, lilac, Mexican feather grass and salvia and larger, shade-providing trees will be coming soon. The downtown city sidewalks will be power washed to revive and freshen the main thoroughfare.

Rainy Day Family Fun at the Volunteer Center

March 27, 2018

VC Family Fun Fair 1_previewThe Volunteer Center didn’t let a little rain get in the way of their annual fundraiser, originally scheduled outside. Instead, everything was moved inside and under cover for the Heart of Helping Family Fun Fair on Saturday, March 10!

More than 300 members of the community joined in on an afternoon of rainy day fun, including an opportunity to teach kids about volunteering and kindness. Adults and children of all ages played games, won prizes, participated in crafts and service activities, had their faces painted, entered to win opportunity drawings and enjoyed delicious carnival food.

“Since volunteer opportunities are limited for children under 13, we are often asked how parents can find age-appropriate opportunities to teach younger children about community service,” said Sara Myers, President/CEO of the Volunteer Center. “Our Family Fun Fair serves as a way to raise funds and awareness, as well as provide a learning experience that families can use to fill that need, all while enjoying quality time together!”

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.

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