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Pat Furey for Mayor fundraiser at Outback Steakhouse

Tuesday afternoon, August 20, the South Bay and Los Angeles area business owners and professionals held a fundraiser for Torrance Councilman Pat Furey’s campaign for Mayor of the City of Torrance at the Outback Steakhouse, who donated the food. Those that attended were treated to some very good food to go along with the networking and obligatory speeches. In addition to the business owners and professionals in attendance, Pat Furey was introduced by Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who was accompanied by her husband, Ambassador Sidney Williams. There were also several officials from surrounding cities like Lomita, Hawthorne and Lawndale in attendance to show their support for Councilman Furey’s election bid.

Councilman Furey spoke for a while, telling his history and his visions for the future of Torrance. He also talked about the lack of foster families in Torrance and a new push that is going on to change that. I have known the councilman for more than 20 years and nothing has changed; he has always been involved helping kids and helping the city overall. That is why I am putting my support behind his campaign. He explained that is costs between $75,000 – $100,000 to run a campaign of this size, if you would like to help in any way, please visit the Pat Furey for Mayor website, Continue reading

Photos from Showcase Hermosa

Thursday, July 18th, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau hosted Showcase Hermosa on the rooftop of the 200 Pier Avenue Building in Hermosa Beach. Showcase Hermosa was a reception that was to promote Hermosa Beach as a travel destination by showcasing various restaurants, hotels and shops that are based in Hermosa Beach.

The reception had snacks from a few of the local Hermosa Beach restaurants, as well as wines and American craft beer provided by The Brewery at Abigaile. Towards the end of the event the group went on a walking tour of the three hotels by the Hermosa Beach Pier; unfortunately I had another event to attend so I had to leave before they did that.

Judging by the smiles, everyone was having a good time enjoying the sunshine, food, spirits and networking with each other. Hermosa Beach is good for that. Continue reading

Ribbon cutting at Smog City Brewing Company

Smog City ribbon cutting

Smog City Officially Welcomed to Torrance

On Friday afternoon several members of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC), Torrance City Council member Bill Sutherland and a representative from Assembly member Al Muratsuchi’s office joined several dozen fans of Smog City Brewing Company at their newly opened microbrewery and tasting room for an official welcome to Torrance and the Chamber of Commerce. It was just a few weeks ago that Torrance Mayor Scotto cited craft beer as a new growth industry for Torrance so everyone was out in force to show their support for that idea.

Smog City introduced a new beer to their tap list, Third Nipple Tripel, and had some snacks out for the dignitaries and offered pints for $1.00 off during the event. Owner/brewmaster [Jon] Porter was even seen giving some private tours explaining the brewing process and the difference between their horizontal lagering tanks and the more common vertical ones. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. You can see all my photos from the Smog City ribbon cutting on

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