Manhattan Beach City Vitality Tied to Local Businesses

In a July economic forum, Manhattan Beach Finance Director Bruce Moe reported several large properties that provide the bulk of the cities revenues.

Raliegh Studios, Apple Computer, Macy’s, Ralphs, REI, and BevMo. The citys ten largest businesses generate 50% of the city’s sales tax revenue. The Manhattan Beach Mall accounts for 29%of the city’s sales tax.

Houses close to the shore, Manhattan Beach, CA

Houses close to the shore, Manhattan Beach, CA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Attic: Torrance Teen Center

If you live in the city of Torrance and are a high schooler then you can enjoy the benefits of The Attic. The teen center is a place to meet and socialize. Decorated in a

Mascot logo of the Torrance High School Tartar...

Mascot logo of the Torrance High School Tartars, Torrance, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

coffee shop atmosphere for easy congregation. Sort of like the coffee shop for the TV Show Friends but for kids with over stuffed couches and a “chill” vibe.

The club has a resource room for homework projects with computers. A work out room with equipment, a cafe, game room and more.

The Attic is located at 2320 West Carson a half block from Torrance High School.


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Torrance City Council says Yes! to the 2015 Rose Float

The Torrance City Council voted unanimously to provide funds towards the 2015 Torrance Rose Float. The float cost is $150,000.  The City Council agreed to fund up to $100,000. Torrance Rose Float Association has been fundraising this year, soliciting donations from Corporate Sponsors as well as private and public donors.  Their funding fell short and it was necessary to work with a subcommittee to request the funds.

The theme of the 2015 Rose Parade is “Inspiring Stories”  with Torrance’s proposed float depicting the life of Louis Zamperini, the hometown hero who died earlier this year.

Richard L. Chinen, president of the Pasadena Rose Parade association,  spoke to the City Council to encourage City Council members to agree to fund the float.

Tim Estes, President of Fiesta Floats, the float designer, provided a rendering of the 2015 Torrance Rose Float depicting the life of Louis Zamperini. The movie, “Unbroken”, a story about Louis Zamperini’s life, will debut on Christmas Day, just before the Pasadena Rose Parade.  The Zamperini family will represent him as this years Grand Marshall.

Tim Estes, Pres of Fiesta Floats shows rendering of the 2015 Torrance Rose Float - Louis Zamperini  - Our HomeTown Hero

Tim Estes, Pres of Fiesta Floats shows rendering of the 2015 Torrance Rose Float – Louis Zamperini – Our HomeTown Hero










If you would like to make a donation or purchase a Rose Vial,  please go to   Thank you for your continued support of the Torrance Rose Float Association.

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Torrance PD Issues School Warning

Dear Parents and Students:

The Torrance Police Department cares about your safety.With traffic congestion becoming a concern of schools nationwide, particularly as parents pick up and drop off their children, our goal is to make this process flow in a safe and smooth manner. We can do it with your help— please obey all traffic laws and parking restrictions!
To further improve the situation, beginning in the 2006/2007 school year, we started using video cameras to tape violations occurring around our schools. These cameras will continue to be used to tape violations for the 2014/2015 school year. Parking citations will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. You don’t want to become a star on our camera…instead, help us out by NOT picking up or dropping off in the following areas!

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By following the suggestions above, we can work together to provide a safe environment for students while avoiding parking citations. If you have any questions, please call us at (310) 618-5557.  Remember, wear your seatbelt, have a safe school year, and don’t become a star on our camera!

Lieutenant Mark Underwood
Torrance Police Department
Traffic & Special Events Division

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TUSD Board of Education Opens Application Process for a Vacated At-Large Representative member position on the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee

 Torrance, CA – The Torrance Unified School District’s Board of Education will be choosing one new member for the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee at its regular meeting on October 20, 2014. One of the members has resigned and the vacancy will need to be filled according to the bylaws. Individuals who meet the criteria for membership of this At-Large position and who are interested in serving on this committee, may access the application from the District website at The application deadline is Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Applications can be dropped off at the TUSD Office of the Deputy Superintendent at 2335 Plaza del Amo, Torrance, CA 90509 or can be mailed to the same address. The Board will appoint the At-Large member of the committee at the October 20, 2014 Board of Education meeting. Please contact Dr. Donald Stabler at (310) 972-6061 with any comments or questions.

English: West High School of Torrance, California.

English: West High School of Torrance, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bond Measures Y and Z were passed in November 2008 for $355 million. In the past six years the District has opened the first brand new school in the District in 40 years – J.H. Hull Middle School, reunited Fern Elementary School with a brand new fourth and fifth grade building, redone the four high school athletic fields, and completed renovation projects at Hickory, Seaside, Walteria, and Wood Elementary Schools, Bert Lynn, Calle Mayor, Madrona, and Magruder Middle Schools, and South High School. All projects were completed on time. We are looking forward to the continued successful completion of the remaining projects, through 2019.


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What’s Trending in Home Decor?

No longer are homes painted with royal blue or red walls … or texture or lots of wallpaper. The new wave of color is White and the trend is for decorating with artwork.  What do you think?  According to an article by the Daily Real Estate “HomeOwners Have Big Interior Design Plans”,   44% of homeowners surveyed, would like to redesign their whole home.

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  • White paint is the most popular wall covering.
  • Artwork is sprucing up more wall décor. One-in-five of home owners say they use art prints and original art to decorate their home’s walls.
  • Accent walls remain popular but are most likely to be reserved for the study/home office, followed by a kids’ room or the master bedroom.
  • Solids are the most popular fabric choice, followed by classics like stripes and florals. However, home owners under the age of 45 are more than twice as likely to use Chevron patterns than home owners over the age of 45.
  • Hardwoods are the most desired flooring throughout a home, but 38 percent of home owners also said they planned to add carpet in the master bedroom.
  • Nearly two-thirds of home owners are creating living rooms in the master bedroom by adding seating, a fireplace, or even a mini-fridge, the survey found.
  • Dining rooms are getting more use and attention. Nearly three quarters of home owners surveyed say they use their dining room on a weekly basis. They most want to decorate the dining rooms with rectangle tables in dark wood or glass tables, with seating available for up to six people.

Which are your favorite colors and textures in your home?

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South Bay Performing Arts

Publicity photo of the cast of The Carol Burne...

Publicity photo of the cast of The Carol Burnett Show. 1967: Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Wagoner. 1977: Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, and Carol Burnett. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently mentioned the Theatre Co at 1316 Cabrillo Ave. But the South Bay also has other performing arts theaters that have terrific shows.

El Camino College has The   El Camino College Center for the Arts and is in their 46th season. They have presented timeless classics like the Nutcracker. As well as Tim Conway and Harvey Korman comedy

The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is at the old Aviation High School complex.  They have presented many top acts and plays over the years.

The center became one of controversy a couple years back as the Civic Light Orchestra was evicted by the city for a very large unpaid debt.  This was particularly scandalous since the orchestra is really what brought the center to prominence as an arts center in the South Bay.

However, the show must go on and it does in North Redondo Beach.

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Downtown Torrance Offers Live Theatre – TTC at 1316

Having grown up in Brooklyn, NY, I fell in love with Broadway!  And here, in Downtown Torrance, we have our own Theatre Co at 1316 Cabrillo Ave – just

Torrance Theatre Co 1316 Cabrillo Ave Torrance Ca 90501

Torrance Theatre Co
1316 Cabrillo Ave
Torrance Ca 90501

opposite The Depot Restaurant.  The Torrance Theatre Co has been performing since 1999, starting at the James Armstrong Theater in Central Torrance. In 2004, they expanded their season and then had their move to 1316 Cabrillo Ave in 2010.

Here is where I get to announce the 2014-2015 Season …. drum roll, please ….ta da, ta da, ta da!

2014-2015 Brochure inside

Sept 13 – Oct 12, 2014  …. “Run for Your Wife” 

Nov 8 – Dec 14, 2014 ….  “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

Jan 17 – Feb 15, 2015 … “Mrs. Paliament’s Night Out”

Mar 14 – Apr 19, 2015 … “The Curious Savage”

May 9 – June 14, 2015 … ” Picasso at the Lapin Agile

It’s a great line-up, and all FIVE shows can be yours for the low price of $100!

  The Friends of the Torrance Theatre Co (FOTTC) is the co-sponsor and fundraising wing of the Theatre Co.  I am proud to be a Board of Director for FOTTC.  And a Season Subscriber since 2004.

To order your tickets, visit our website: or call (424) 243-6882.  

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Del Amo Mall Begins Remodel

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Get a bird’s eye perspective on what Del Amo Fashion Center will be like once this transformational, property wide renovation is complete. Within this 3D architect rendering animation, you’ll get a sneak peek of all the amazing & signature elements that will be added to the center along with subtle design details and finishes.

Del Amo Fashion Center is in the first phase of a major redevelopment which includes the construction of beautiful new Patio Cafes in the heart of the shopping center near the central Macy’s store. The garden inspired dining pavilion will replace the existing food court. Subsequent work starting in 2014 will include the creation of a new state of the art two-level mall and a new Nordstrom, opening Fall 2015.

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Hermosa Puts the Kibosh on KLOS Bikini Contest


Radio station KLOS with Hennessy Restaurant has had their bikini contest at Hermosa Beach canceled at the last minute.


The station has made this into too much fun.
DJ Frank Kramer expressed surprise,


“There’s no reason to have us kicked out of a beach town because we’re having a bikini contest,” Kramer said. “It’s not like there’s not bikinis walking around there all the time anyway…so you cannot have bikinis in Hermosa Beach.”



English: Hermosa Beach Pier Statue taken Janua...

English: Hermosa Beach Pier Statue taken January 15, 2007. Photographed and uploaded by user Estrategy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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