Best of the South Bay http://bestofthesouthbay.com Los Angeles South Bay Real Estate, Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, San Pedro and Torrance Thu, 26 Apr 2018 02:34:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 http://bestofthesouthbay.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/cropped-logo-BoSB-3-palm-photo-2-copy-32x32.png Best of the South Bay http://bestofthesouthbay.com 32 32 Earn $360 Per Year While Making L.A. More Sustainable! http://bestofthesouthbay.com/earn-360-per-year-while-making-l-a-more-sustainable/ http://bestofthesouthbay.com/earn-360-per-year-while-making-l-a-more-sustainable/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:17:12 +0000 http://bestofthesouthbay.com/?p=7900 The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is offering eligible homeowners the opportunity to have solar panels installed on their roof at no cost. In exchange, customers will receive a fixed roof lease payment from LADWP of $360 per year, for up to 20 years. There are no upfront costs, annual fees, credit checks, or maintenance costs for participants.

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a current LADWP residential customer in the L.A. area
  • Have an LADWP account in good standing

Your home must be:

  • Owner-occupied
  • Able to satisfy an LADWP evaluation and other criteria, including shading and roof stability
  • A single-story, single-family home with composite shingles

Program Rewards:

  • Receive a $360 fixed roof lease payment from LADWP annually
  • Help expand renewable energy in the City of Los Angeles
  • Reduce dependence on fossil fuels and make L.A. more sustainable

LADWP Solar Rooftop Guidelines (PDF)

LADWP Solar Rooftop Fact Sheet (PDF)

For more information or to see if you qualify, visit the LADWP website.

Find more rebates & incentives for energy efficient home improvements here.

 

NOTE: It is always a good idea to verify date, time, location, offer details, and other information. While we strive to present information as accurately as possible, third-party offers may change at any time. Always check with the third-party directly.
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Vista del Norte Reserve http://bestofthesouthbay.com/vista-del-norte-reserve/ http://bestofthesouthbay.com/vista-del-norte-reserve/#respond Sun, 15 Apr 2018 00:15:00 +0000 http://bestofthesouthbay.com/?p=7885 This 14-acre reserve is located above Indian Peak Drive, on the slopes overlooking the Peninsula Shopping Center. A short climb gives you some great views of the L.A. Basin from the Vista del Norte and Indian Peak Loop trails. Parking is available along Indian Peak Road.

The Vista Del Norte Reserve is one of the many small parcels of land on the Palos Verdes Peninsula operated by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC). The PVPLC has preserved 1,600 acres of open space on the peninsula since 1988. Check our South Bay Events Calendar for upcoming nature events and hikes.

  • Distance: 0.6 miles
  • Elevation gain: 250 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Suggested time: 30 minutes
  • Best season: Year-round

Trail Map & Brochure (PDF)
Preserve Rules (PDF)

Location:
Indian Peak Road near the Crenshaw Boulevard intersection
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90275 MAP

 

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FREE Shade Trees Delivered to Your Home http://bestofthesouthbay.com/free-shade-trees-delivered-to-your-home/ http://bestofthesouthbay.com/free-shade-trees-delivered-to-your-home/#respond Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:15:50 +0000 http://bestofthesouthbay.com/?p=7870 Did you know… if you live or own property within the City of Los Angeles, you are eligible to receive up to seven free shade trees from City Plants?

In Your Yard

If you live in the City of Los Angeles, City Plants (in partnership with Los Angeles Conservation Corps) will deliver free trees to your home along with stakes, ties, and fertilizer pellets!  Enjoy planting them with your family. It’s a perfect way to celebrate our planet, whether it’s Earth Day or any day of the year!

Sign up here to request shade trees to plant in your yard. If you plant your trees to the south or west of your home, you can save money and energy by cooling your house down!

To view a list of the yard trees available, click here.

Parkway Trees

A parkway is the space between your sidewalk and the street. If you are a resident of the City of LA, City Trees may be able to plant trees in front of your home. Apply for trees here and be sure to specify in the comments section that you want parkway trees. City Trees will go to your house to see if planting in the parkway is possible – not all parkways have enough room for a tree. If you get a parkway tree, you will be responsible for watering it during the first five years while it establishes its roots.

Free Trees for Your Business

Trees mean business- they bring in customers, get them to stay longer, and get them to spend more money while they’re in your shopping district. City Trees will give you free trees for your business if you agree to water and care for them. If you want trees to plant on your own private property, City Trees can deliver them for you to plant. If you want trees along the street and have an open parkway or an empty tree well, City Plants can plant them for you! Also, if you and your business district would like to cover the cost of cutting tree wells along your street, City Trees can take care of the City’s permitting process for you.

To request free trees for your business, sign up here.

Where Should I Plant?

It’s best to plant trees about 15-20 feet away from your home on the west and east sides. West is always the best for energy efficiency, as the trees will shade your home in the hot afternoon sun. Planting trees on the east side of your home helps a little to shade it from the morning sun, but planting to the north will not provide much shade at all.

Plant trees so that they shade your air conditioning unit. If you have a central air system, you can plant trees to shade it during the hottest parts of the day. It will not have to work as hard, and will use less power (and less money) as it operates.

Complete Tree Planting Guidelines (PDF)

 

City Plants
200 N. Spring St. M154
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-9950
Website

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Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club http://bestofthesouthbay.com/lanakila-outrigger-canoe-club/ http://bestofthesouthbay.com/lanakila-outrigger-canoe-club/#respond Sat, 14 Apr 2018 18:21:53 +0000 http://bestofthesouthbay.com/?p=7865 Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club (LOCC) is based at King Harbor in Redondo Beach. The club has a long and rich history in the Polynesian tradition of outrigger canoe paddling.

LOCC has as many as 5-6 men’s teams and 5-6 women’s teams in a given season with varying levels of experience in each team, from beginners (novice) to world class athletes who have competed in the Olympics. That is over 150 paddlers each season!

People who have never paddled before are encouraged to come out. The novice division includes races that are shorter with more instruction given. So it’s OK to get involved at any time!

The non-profit organization was formed in 1970. Today it is a diverse group of paddlers ranging from junior paddlers (ages 12-19) to adults (ages 19-75), and from varied backgrounds such as lifeguards, firefighters, teachers, scientists, business owners, contractors, fitness experts, computer programmers and many more. Members come to the team with varying athletic backgrounds, with some looking to be highly competitive and others for the chance to exercise and meet new friends.

Practices begin in March, for new paddlers, for both men and women. The practice and race schedule is posted on LOCC’s website. Schedules are subject to change, so always check back for updates.

If you’ve ever wondered about getting involved in Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing, check out Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club to learn more.

Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club
280 Marina Way
Redondo Beach, CA  90277
Website

 

Photo Credit: C. Silvester, Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club

 

NOTE: It is always a good idea to verify date, time, location and other information prior to going. While we strive to present information as accurately as possible, event details may change at any time. Always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.
 
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Fort MacArthur Museum http://bestofthesouthbay.com/fort-macarthur-museum/ http://bestofthesouthbay.com/fort-macarthur-museum/#respond Sun, 08 Apr 2018 20:03:34 +0000 http://bestofthesouthbay.com/?p=2871 The Fort MacArthur Reservations contain a collection of historical structures that trace the development of American coastal defenses, from the big gun era of the turn of the century to the missile era of today. This historical site played an important part of the U.S. Army’s role in the defense of the American continental coastline from invasion. This U.S. Army post guarded the Los Angeles Harbor from 1914 to 1974.

The museum, established in 1985, is housed in the corridors of historic Battery Osgood-Farley.  It contains a variety of exhibits including the history of Los Angeles harbor defenses, home-front activities in the greater Los Angeles area during the World Wars, Civil Defense, American Pacific Theater military campaigns, early American Air Defenses and the important role of Los Angeles as a military port for both the Army and the Navy.

The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission designated Battery Osgood-Farley as a Historic Cultural Monument, site No. 515, in 1991.

Annual Reenactment Events

The Great LA Air Raid of 1942 is held annually in February.
Old Fort MacArthur Days is held annually in July.

Check our Calendar for other events and special tour opportunities at Fort MacArthur.

Fort MacArthur Museum
3601 S. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731 MAP
(310) 548-2631

Museum Hours:

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
For special tour arrangements, contact the museum weekdays, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The History of Fort MacArthur, courtesy of the Museum website:

On September 4, 1888 by Executive Order, the “Old Government Reservation” next to San Pedro Bay became property of the U.S. War Department. The property was originally a Spanish public landing and was reserved as “Government Land” when the United States gained control of Alta, California in 1848. In 1897 and 1910 additional tracts of land were added to the reservation in preparation for the construction of fortifications to guard the newly completed deep water harbor facilities of the port for the city of Los Angeles. The reservation was geographically divided into three parts: the Lower Reservation, Middle Reservation, and Upper Reservation.

In 1914 the property was named Fort MacArthur in honor of Lt. General Arthur MacArthur, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient and father of General Douglas MacArthur.

By 1919, construction had been completed on Fort MacArthur’s main armament of four 14-inch rifles mounted on ingenious “disappearing carriages” and eight 12-inch mortars mounted in massive concrete emplacements. These guns protected Los Angeles Harbor and had a range of up to fourteen miles. In addition to the big guns, electrically controlled mines were stored on the Lower Reservation for rapid deployment across the harbor entrance and were protected from enemy mine sweepers by four 3-inch rapid fire guns located on a sand spit off the end of what is today known as Terminal Island. By this time, the barracks and administration buildings on the Middle and Upper Reservations were also nearing completion.

After World War I, Fort MacArthur was regularly used for training and housing of California National Guard units, Citizens Military Training Corps, Army Reserve units, and the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1920, four 3-inch anti-aircraft guns were added to the post’s arsenal and two 155mm guns were delivered in 1928. The biggest additions of firepower came to Fort MacArthur in 1925 and 1930 in the form of two 14-inch railway guns. Named Battery Irwin, these mobile guns could fire their 1400 lb. shells a distance of 27 miles and were eventually stored in special “breakaway” buildings.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, additional 155mm and 3-inch anti-aircraft guns were added to the defenses of Los Angeles and a new fortification program hurried toward completion. This included the addition of Battery Paul D. Bunker located at White Point, and another unnamed 16-inch battery at Bolsa Chica beach that was never completed. These batteries were armed with two 16-inch barbette mount guns enclosed under large concrete portals. These were the largest and most powerful seacoast defense guns ever deployed by the United States and had a maximum range of about 26 miles.

To reinforce these batteries, three new 6-inch batteries were also built. Battery Harry J. Harrison at Bolsa Chica, Battery Barnes at Long Point, and Battery 241 located on the Upper Reservation. These guns were protected by 6-inch thick “teardrop” shaped metal shields, and looked like they would be more at home on a warship rather than on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Additionally, more than a dozen 90mm and 37mm guns were installed around the harbor area. As these new weapons were installed, the older guns were deactivated and shortly after 1945, all of Fort MacArthur’s big guns were cutup for scrap. Fort MacArthur continued to serve as an induction and separation center throughout the 1940s and 1950s

From 1950-1974, Fort MacArthur was part of the Nike surface-to-air defense system. At its peak in 1958, over eighteen missile launch sites were administered through Fort MacArthur at areas surrounding Los Angeles — from the San Gabriel Mountains to the north and the Whittier Hills to the east. In 1954 a Nike Ajax missile launching complex was installed at White Point, and Batteries Leary – Merriam were converted as its radar control station. The launch facility was later upgraded to support the nuclear-armed Nike Hercules System. In the 1970s the Nike missile system was declared obsolete and all of the sites were deactivated.

In 1977, the Army decided that Fort MacArthur no longer fit its needs and declared it surplus property.

At that time, the Upper and Lower Reservations were deeded to the city of Los Angeles and within a few years all of the buildings on the Lower Reservation were removed and the property was dredged to create the Cabrillo Marina. The city of Los Angeles turned the Upper Reservation into a city park in 1982.

Fort MacArthur’s 94 years as an Army installation came to an end in 1982 when the Middle Reservation was transferred to the Air Force for use as a housing and administration facility supporting the Los Angeles Air Force Base. Today Fort MacArthur continues to serve the United States in that capacity.

 

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Rock & Brews Restaurants and Kona Brewery Celebrate National Beer Day All April Long! http://bestofthesouthbay.com/rock-brews-restaurants-and-kona-brewery-celebrate-national-beer-day-all-april-long/ http://bestofthesouthbay.com/rock-brews-restaurants-and-kona-brewery-celebrate-national-beer-day-all-april-long/#respond Wed, 04 Apr 2018 20:21:04 +0000 http://bestofthesouthbay.com/?p=7746 Rock & Brews restaurants in Redondo Beach and El Segundo are commemorating National Beer Day with a celebration ALL MONTH LONG!

The rock-inspired, family-friendly restaurant brand has joined forces with Kona Brewery for a Big Wave Surfboard Giveaway* in honor of Kona Brewery’s Big Wave Golden Ale. During the month of April, guests visiting Rock & Brews will receive a “text to win” code to enter to win one of four Kona surfboards!

Rock & Brews serves American comfort food alongside a broad selection of craft and international beers in an energized environment that is reminiscent of being at a family-friendly music event.  Founded by rock icons Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, along with partners, restaurateur Michael Zislis and concert industry veterans Dave and Dell Furano; Rock & Brews’ backstage environment showcases a “Great Wall of Rock” with iconic rock art and multiple flat screens playing some of the greatest rock concert moments of all time.

The El Segundo location has a play area for kids. Both El Segundo and Redondo Beach locations have dog-friendly outdoor patio dining!

“National Beer Day is on April 7, and for a brand like Rock & Brews that celebrates great beer, rock and roll and amazing food every day, it is like a national holiday,” said Michael ‘Sully’ Sullivan, CEO of Rock & Brews. “So, rather than celebrate for a day, we decided to celebrate all month long in partnership with Kona Brewery.”

Since its debut on the mainland in 2012, Kona Brewery’s Big Wave Golden Ale has been recognized for its distinctive tropical aroma and citrus hop blend. In 2014, the North American Brewers Association awarded Kona Brewery with a gold medal in the Light Ale category. A year earlier, the beer won top honors in the U.S. Open Beer Championships, Great International Beer and Cider Competition, and International Brewing Awards.

Kona Brewing Company was started in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island in the spring of 1994 by father and son team Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa, who had a dream to create fresh, local island brews made with spirit, passion and quality. Today, Kona is Hawaii’s largest and favorite craft brewery, known for top-selling flagship beers Longboard Island Lager and Big Wave Golden Ale and award-winning innovative small-batch beers available across the Islands.

For more information on the Big Wave Surfboard Giveaway at Rock & Brews, please visit:

Rock & Brews Redondo Beach
6300 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 378-4970
Website

Rock & Brews El Segundo
615 Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 615-989
Website

*No purchase necessary. Guests must be 21 and over to win. The opportunity begins April 1, 2018 and will run through April 30, 2018. Kona Brewery will be contacting winners directly after April 30, 2018.

 

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Happy Hour Directory – Beach Cities http://bestofthesouthbay.com/happy-hour-directory-beach-cities/ http://bestofthesouthbay.com/happy-hour-directory-beach-cities/#respond Wed, 04 Apr 2018 03:52:25 +0000 http://bestofthesouthbay.com/?p=7705 Where to eat & drink for cheap in the

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Point Fermin Park http://bestofthesouthbay.com/point-fermin-park/ http://bestofthesouthbay.com/point-fermin-park/#respond Sun, 25 Mar 2018 22:24:24 +0000 http://bestofthesouthbay.com/?p=2097 Car Show by the Sea August 2014
Car Show by the Sea
August 2014

Point Fermin Park marks the southernmost point in Los Angeles. Sitting atop the rugged coastal bluffs, it provides spectacular views of the coast and Santa Catalina Island. Dolphins can often be spotted in the surf below and whales passing by during migration season.  For those interested in observing colorful Monarch butterflies, Point Fermin Park is one of the few places on the peninsula where these butterflies spend their winters.

With lush lawns, ten pergolas along the cliffside, eight picnic areas, a playground, and a walking path; this park is an ideal place for a picnic or a stroll along the promenade. The outdoor amphitheater gets plenty of use during the summer months as Point Fermin Park is host site for several annual events in San Pedro including Shakespeare By the Sea, Music By the Sea, Light At the Lighthouse, and Car Show by the Sea. Check our Calendar for upcoming events.

Point Fermin Park is available for picnics, ceremonies (i.e. weddings and receptions), family BBQ’s and special events. For permit information please contact the Angels Gate Park Office at (310) 548-7705. The neighboring Sunken City landslide area is not open to the public.

The Park is also home to the Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum.  The 1874 lighthouse can be visited Tuesday through Sunday from 1-4pm.

The lighthouse, park, Sunken City, and nearby Walker’s Café have all been used for filming of various television and movie productions in recent years.

500 Days of Summer filmed at Point Fermin 1
500 Days of Summer filmed at Point Fermin 2
500 Days of Summer filmed at Point Fermin 3
500 Days of Summer filmed at Point Fermin 4

Park Hours: Daily sunrise to sunset

Lighthouse Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Closed to the public on Mondays.
The lighthouse may be closed on major holidays and for special events in the park, please call ahead for specific dates.

Lighthouse Admission: General admission is free; however, a donation is requested for each visitor. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and children less than 40 inches in height may not be admitted to the tower.

Lighthouse Tours: Guided tours are offered every hour at 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM on Tuesday through Sunday. Large groups or private tours should call ahead for special arrangements. Reservations are not necessary for the general public.

For additional information, please call (310) 241-0684 or visit their website.

Park MapPoint Fermin Park
807 West Paseo Del Mar
San Pedro, CA 90731

Lighthouse HISTORY courtesy Point Fermin Lighthouse website:

Built in 1874, the Point Fermin Lighthouse was the first navigational light into the San Pedro Bay. Phineas Banning, with the support of many local businessmen, petitioned the Federal Government and the US lighthouse Board to place a lighthouse on the point in 1854. Although the Lighthouse Board agreed, funding and land disputes delayed its construction until 1874.

Paul J. Pelz, a draftsman for the US Lighthouse Board, designed the Stick Style Victorian lighthouse. The design was used for six lighthouses built between 1873 and 1874, of which three are still standing, East Brothers in San Francisco Bay, Hereford Light in New Jersey, and Point Fermin. The Stick Style is an early Victorian architectural style and is simpler in design and decoration than the later high Victorian period. It is characterized by its gabled roofs, horizontal siding, decorative cross beams and hand carved porch railings.

The lighthouse was staffed by federal employees under the Treasury Department and regulated by the US Lighthouse Board. These employees were called Lighthouse Keepers. It was their job to keep the light lit as a beacon for ships, maintain the lighthouse lens, and the general up-keep of the building. Point Fermin’s first lighthouse keepers were women. Mary and Ella Smith came from a lighthouse family and their brother Victor, a Washington Territory customs officer, was no doubt influential in getting them their positions. Why they chose to come to Point Fermin is still a mystery, as the area was quite isolated and barren. In any event, they seemed to get along just fine in their positions for nearly eight years.

Point Fermin LighthouseCaptain George Shaw was hired for the lighthouse keeper position shortly after the Smith sister’s resignation in 1882. Shaw was a retired sea captain but he refused to retire far from his beloved sea and was delighted by the opportunity to serve as the keeper at Point Fermin. His wife and daughter moved into the lighthouse with him, but by 1901, his wife had died and his daughter had gone away to school leaving him as the sole resident. Captain Shaw was the first keeper at Point Fermin to wear the US Lighthouse Service uniform, newly required of all employees in 1884; women were not required to wear the uniform.

(1934) - Aerial view of Pt. Fermin. (photo courtesy Water and Power Associates)
(1934) – Aerial view of Pt. Fermin. (photo courtesy Water and Power Associates)

Visiting the lighthouse during the years that Captain Shaw was in residence became a popular activity for the local residents as well as many from the greater Los Angeles areas. The US Lighthouse Board both required and encouraged keepers to allow the public access to the lighthouse and Captain Shaw gave many tours of the establishment and its workings. The point itself was a popular site for picnicking and social activities, especially as the town of San Pedro grew larger toward the late 1880s. Many visitors rode the Red Car to the end of Pacific Avenue and then walked the short distance to the lighthouse. Other modes of transportation to the lighthouse were by horse and buggy, and later by automobile.

The Austin family moved into the lighthouse in 1917 to become the last keepers of the Point Fermin Light. William Austin had served as keeper at two other California lighthouses, Point Arena and Point Conception, before coming to Point Fermin. For the first time, the lighthouse was filled with children. When the Austin family moved in they had seven children between the ages of 15 and 1 month old; during their stay at Point Fermin, that number quickly grew to eight with the birth of another son. When both William and Martha Austin passed away in 1925, their daughter Thelma Austin, with the help of her sister Juanita, took over as keeper until 1927 when management of the light was turned over to the City of Los Angeles.

Point Fermin Cafe, 1930-1940 This building is now home to the American Cetacean Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting whales, dolphins, and porpoises.
Point Fermin Cafe, 1930-1940
This building is now home to the American Cetacean Society,
a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting whales, dolphins, and porpoises.

Between the years of 1927 and 1941, the light was electrified and managed by the city. On December 7th, 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed and the coast was blacked out for fear of being a beacon to enemy ships and planes. Sadly, the light was never to be lit again. During WWII, the lighthouse served the US Navy as a lookout tower and signaling station for ships coming into the harbor. After WWII, the lighthouse was again turned over to the City of Los Angeles for use as a residence for park maintenance employees. It was during WWII that the lens and lantern room on top of the lighthouse tower was removed and a square room was set in its place. This unsightly addition was often referred to as the “chicken coop.” In 1972, two devoted citizens, Bill Olesen and John Olguin, raised funds and worked diligently to replace the lantern room and the lighthouse to its original glory for her 100th birthday in 1974. Their efforts also placed the lighthouse on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2002, the lighthouse was restored, retrofitted, and rehabilitated for public access with funds from the City of Los Angeles, the Port of Los Angeles, and the State of California. The lighthouse was opened to the public on November 1, 2003 under the management of the Department of Recreation and Parks for the City of Los Angeles. Volunteers from the Point Fermin Lighthouse Society serve as tour guides and help to keep the lighthouse open to the public.

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Catalina Island Sunset from Point Fermin
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Discover Manhattan Beach http://bestofthesouthbay.com/discover-manhattan-beach/ http://bestofthesouthbay.com/discover-manhattan-beach/#respond Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:01:35 +0000 http://bestofthesouthbay.com/?p=3580 This small coastal city is one of the three Beach Cities in the South Bay. Their one public high school, Mira Costa High School, just made the 2015 Newsweek list of Top American High Schools.

Building and sand dunes looking North from 15th St. & Valley Dr. - circa 1917
Building and sand dunes looking North from 15th St. & Valley Dr. – circa 1917

The land in Manhattan Beach was formerly sand dunes. During the 1920s and 1930s, builders leveled uneven sandy sites and excess sand was sold and shipped to Waikiki, Hawaii, to convert their reef and rock beach into a sandy beach. The only remaining exposed sand dune is at Sand Dune Park, where sand resembling the original landscape can be found.

The city has a total area of 3.88 square miles and features 2.1 miles of ocean frontage, about 400 feet wide. Home values average around $2,280,000 due to Manhattan Beach’s oceanfront desirability, top performing school district, and commuting distance to Los Angeles.

Manhattan Beach benefits from ocean breezes that provide clean air and summer temperatures that are 10 to 20 °F cooler than the inland regions of Southern California. The Manhattan Beach Unified School District has test scores ranked #3 in the State of California, according to California Department of Education statistics. Forbes Magazine ranked Manhattan Beach Unified as the sixth best School District in the U.S. and GQ Magazine named Manhattan Beach one of the nation’s six best beaches in their July 2014 issue.

Manhattan Beach is known for its clean, wide, sandy beaches and attracts over 3.8 million visitors annually. Beach volleyball, swimming, body boarding and surfing are popular activities among residents and visitors. Every August, the city hosts the Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament and the International Surf Festival. Lifeguard stations are located along the entire length of the beach and the beach is cleaned and groomed daily by crews from LA County Beaches and Harbors Department.

Check out the South Bay Calendar for upcoming events and activities.

Points of Interest

Downtown Manhattan Beach
The Manhattan Beach Country Club
Manhattan Village Mall
Manhattan Beach Studios
Northrop Grumman Space Park Complex
Manhattan Beach Pier
South Bay Bicycle Trail
Manhattan Beach Historical Society Red Cottage
Marine Avenue Park
Live Oak Park
Veterans Parkway (Green Belt)
Polliwog Park
Sand Dune Park
AdventurePlexManhattan Beach Pier 5

Manhattan Beach in Popular Media

Manhattan Beach is mentioned in the song, “Surfin’ U.S.A.”, by the Beach Boys. Group members were from the adjacent city of Hawthorne and often surfed in Manhattan Beach.

Numerous movies and TV shows have been filmed in and around the city:Manhattan beach

View homes currently for sale in Manhattan Beach.

View current Real Estate statistics for Manhattan Beach.

The PE trolley tracks, boardwalk, beach cottages, and old iron pier - circa 1913; photo courtesy Manhattan Beach Historical Society
Building and sand dunes looking North from 15th St. & Valley Dr. - circa 1917; photo courtesy Manhattan Beach Historical Society
Real estate shack and city hall on Center St. (now Manhattan Beach Blvd.); photo courtesy Manhattan Beach Historical Society
Manhattan Beach Pier
Manhattan Beach Houses
Sunset View from Manhattan Beach Pier 2014
Manhattan Beach Pier South
South Bay Bike Trail along the beach
Manhattan Beach Farmers Market
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San Pedro Public Market http://bestofthesouthbay.com/san-pedro-public-market-march-2018/ http://bestofthesouthbay.com/san-pedro-public-market-march-2018/#respond Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:17:54 +0000 http://bestofthesouthbay.com/?p=7620 Tuesday night, March 20, 2018 and thousands of local San Pedro residents came together to get a glimpse of what’s to come of their waterfront.  There are still skeptics, why wouldn’t there be, this isn’t just decades in the works but for some lifelong San Pedrans, generations of promises broken time and time again. For the first time, real visible action is taking place as buildings are coming down and the groundwork is being laid.

THE HISTORY

The Master Plan came from decades of dialog with community leaders, countless re-imaginings of the old New England style fishing village, the Port of L.A. working to integrate cruise ship terminals with tourist focused attractions and commercial tenants that form the backbone of Old San Pedro. The project got off the ground with the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) from 2009. In 2012 the LA Harbor Commission put out a RFP (Request for Proposals) to redevelop the 30 acre site. In 2013 the development team of Jerico Development and The Ratkovich Company has lead to 3 large public meetings and years of planning to get to this point.

In 2016 the Board of Harbor Commissioners awarded a 50-year master ground lease to the San Pedro Public Market LLC (SPPM) where Ports O’Call new stands. It’s important to note, 50 years is a very short time for a development such as this. It is difficult to find financing for projects with a short window and developers with a master lease tend to invest less for maintenance and improvements the closer they get to the end of their lease. This could have been a contributor to the past master lessee allowing Port O’Call to fall into functional obsolescence.

 

VISION

The plans call for a world-class, urban waterfront destination for locals and tourists that re-energizes the boardwalk and inspires exploration and learning.

Our mission is “To produce an economically sustaining development that improves the quality of life for the San Pedro community and the LA Waterfront.”

San Pedro Public Market is envisioned to be an environmentally sensitive and sustainable urban environment––a vibrant, family-friendly shopping, dining, entertainment and recreational themed destination that will connect downtown San Pedro and the surrounding local community to its waterfront and bring jobs & economic opportunities to the community and beyond.

All images courtesy of James Corner Field Operations and Rapt Studio

 

THE TIMELINE

Promenade – Demolition (Port of LA) / Seawall – ongoing through 2021
Phase 1A – SPPM Construction – anticipated start July 2019
Phase 1A – SPPM Open – anticipated with 12-18 months of construction for late 2020
San Pedro Public Market is scheduled to open late 2020 or beginning of 2021
Phase 1B – Construction – anticipated start early 2021
Phase 1B- Open – anticipated after 12-18 months of construction to be late 2021 or early 2022

 

THE COMMUNITY

Wayne Ratkovich stated, as part of his commitment to the San Pedro community, he will make it a priority to solicit tenants from successful local businesses seeking to expand their operations into the San Pedro Public Market.  He said Sirens, a popular tea and coffee house on 7th street is looking to be one tenant added to the market when it opens. Ports O’Call restaurant is a community treasure and deserves a prime location in he new development should the current negotiations be fruitful.

Part of the commitment from the Port of LA is to connect many of the attractions along the entire waterfront extending beyond the public market drawing them together by creating better access and a better visitor experience.

The San Pedro Public Market will be a world-class, urban waterfront destination for locals and tourists the re-energizes the boardwalk and connects downtown San Pedro, and the surrounding local community to its waterfront.

The Rubber Tire Trolleys will make it easier to move folks from the cruise ship terminals and Catalina Express to the San Pedro Public Market, to the downtown business district, to Crafted and Brouerji West, to AltaSea, SpaceX and the Cabrillo Marina and all the way out to the outer harbor where a music venue can invite concerts, live performances, boat shows and Red-bull Motocross events.

A number of presenters from firms representing these businesses and points of interest included videos you can view below.

Catalina Express

AltaSea

Los Angeles Maritime Museum

CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Maritime Institute

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