Congratulations to the South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce (SBACC) for their 2020 Installation and Awards ceremony!
Many thanks to outgoing Chair Jeff Heffernan for his amazing work advocating for businesses during this pandemic. Also, congratulations to incoming Chair Elise Swanson of San Pedro Chamber of Commerce.
We celebrated the work of incredible SBACC awardees such as our South Bay hospitals and Chamber leaders too.
Last night, I hosted a Wildfire Preparedness Town Hall for the Palos Verdes Peninsula. We discussed how we could be more prepared as a community to address issues surrounding wildfires—from evacuation routes to insurance costs. I want to thank the cities of Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills Estates and Rolling Hills for their enthusiastic participation in this crucial dialogue.
I also want to thank my panelists:
Battalion Chief Jason Robertson of LA County Fire
Bob Stiens of SoCal Edison
Congratulations to the South Bay Council of Governments on their launch today of the South Bay Fiber Network! I was pleased to help bring $1.2 million to supplement the project and get the South Bay connected.
It is so important for our cities and residents to be connected especially during this unprecedented time. Everything is based on the internet of things - from our cell phones, our transit and even our children who need the added security of connectivity to properly learn from home. Having this connectivity will enhance our quality of life.
Riviera Village Small Business Walk today! Great talking with small business owners like Allen Sandford of The Rockefeller craft brewery, Michele Brown of the South Bay Realtors, and the Village Runner. During this difficult time, Allen helped transform the Village into a destination spot of outdoor restaurants and breweries with the support of Councilman Nils Nehrenheim and the City of Redondo Beach. As a result, some local businesses are doing as well or even better than before the pandemic. Realtors are doing well now because of the low interest rates.
Grand opening of new Target in Palos Verdes! Social media in PV has been abuzz with anticipation for this opening in this otherwise quiet community. With Rolling Hills Estates Mayor Velveth Schmitz, Palos Verdes Estates Councilman Kenny Kao, and PV Chamber of Commerce President Eileen Hupp.
Where can the homeless in the South Bay go for temporary shelter? Those at the homeless encampment at Lomita Blvd and McCoy Ave and other areas can go to the Bridge Home in San Pedro, at the Port of Los Angeles near the USS Iowa. Opened this July 2020 and operated by nonprofit Harbor Interfaith, the shelter has 100 beds separated in cubicles in a shiny, new prefabricated structure. But for the COVID pandemic, the shelter would provide onsite mental health, substance abuse, and other counseling services. Clients can stay for 90 days, with an opportunity to extend their stay.