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Home Care In Lomita, CA

Home Care Lomita, CA

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Lomita Railroad Museum gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Lomita, CA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Carrie is amazing. Very knowledgeable about Senior living, lifestyle, and care. Super responsive and phenomenal follow up. An incredible resource for all things "Senior".”

Richard W.

“Always Best Care was there for us after my wife's surgery. We had a caregiver come each day for two weeks to help bath, feed, walk, and tidy the house during working hours so that my wife was not alone. Our caregiver Naomi was a God sent and so delightful. I often overheard my wife and Naomi singing together. What a joy! Thank you Loli and ABC Senior Services for making this service available to Beach Cities.”

Cedric T.

“Loli demonstrated a level of professionalism that stood out, and her service and follow through made our experience with Always Best Care Senior Services stress free. We had a unique situation that required a specific type of caregiver and Loli was able to make a great match! Overall a great experience.”

Lauren D.

“My dad came home from the hospital, then to hospice care for 4 months, then passed at home. Loli helped our family during multiple transitions of his care. She is professional and efficient, but also compassionate and empathic. She was a core contact for our family from in- and out-of town, and always responded quickly to calls, emails or txts. Dad's caregiver needs and schedules were ever-changing and Loli was always able to adjust, helping us to coordinate needs from hospice and family. We are so thankful Dad was able to spend his last months at home. We continue to use Loli's services for our mom. The caregivers are trained well and often became friends to my folks. I highly recommend Loli's services.”

Vicky P.

“Excellent service. Professional staff and wonderful caregivers.”

Elizabeth B.

“I would highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Servicesto help you navigate the care of your loved ones in their senior years of need. We called them when we found out my 92 year old mother in law was due to be released from the hospital but clearly not able to care for herself upon her release. It was a stressful situation but Loli new exactly the right questions to ask and heard our needs and pointed us in the right direction with all that needed to be done. She set up a call with hospice who arranged for all necessary equipment to be delivered in less than a 24 hour period. She also set up 3 very competent experienced care givers to be at the home in that same 24 hour period. The speed and professionalism in which this all happened could not have handled any better in my opinion. Working with Loli at Always Best Care Senior Services put our minds at ease and got everything set up for us to care for my mother in law. Loli was hands on in meeting with us and introducing the care givers and involved with speaking to doctors and hospice and everyone involved with my mother in laws care. She made a highly stressful time much more manageable and guided us every step of the way. She also followed up and made sure all that was supposed to be done was being taken care of. You are in good hands when calling on them for your loved ones care. I am happy to speak to anyone directly if you would like to ask any questions I give my permission for Always Best Care to give my personal phone number out to speak to anyone who is considering using their services.”

Randi E.

“Loli is very caring, worked with us to get the best caregiver match for my parents, was able to schedule someone when we needed a caregiver on short notice and she always made suggestions to us to help make things better and more comfortable for my parents.”

Lissen G.

“We are deeply grateful to Loli and to two of the ABC caregivers in particular, María Flores and Soledad, for their professionalism, dedication and superb service over the course of nearly two years. They provided coverage on evening shifts on weekends and some weekdays —as well as on occasional overnight shifts— for my mother who was in the early-to-moderate stages of Alzheimer’s. (We recently moved her into an assisted living facility.) Because our need for ABC's services was sporadic and variable, Loli and her staff often had to juggle quite a bit to accommodate us — for which we are grateful. Occasionally we’d be assigned a caregiver who wasn’t the best fit but Loli was always responsive to our concerns and would work with us to find a different caregiver. We also appreciate the “added value” that Loli brought to the table — her overall expertise on elder care, knowledge about related resources, and guidance on how to make our home safer for my mother. We are pleased to highly recommend Loli and ABC for your in-home eldercare needs.”

Chris C.

“I needed to find an assisted living community for my dad in a hurry, and knew that I didn't have as much time as I'd like to do all of the research on my own. I was very relieved when I found Loli to help us as a consultant for our search. She was very detail-oriented in acquiring the necessary info from us, and helped us to find a few places with availability that we could visit. I very much appreciated her knowledge of so many various communities, her professionalism, her efficiency, and the wide range of items that she suggested we consider, that we may not have thought of on our own. I would highly recommend her placement services.”

Anna H.

“Always Best Care was an excellent caregiving service for the short time they tended to my ailing mother, a late-stage pancreatic cancer patient. She passed away shortly after we began the caregiving service. In the short time that Always Best Care tended to my mother, the caregiver Maria demonstrated excellent experience. She tended well to my mother and assisted in any other way that she could. Thank you Maria and Always Best Care for your service. I wish you all the kindness and wellness in the world. Colin”

Colin P.

“reliable with excellent oversight”

John W.

“We have had 24/7 care for my mother with ABC for over 2 years. The care and compassion they showed for her really touched my heart. I have had to ask for last minute help when another caregiver (not from ABC) could not show up for a shift, Loli and staff always came through for me. She has always been available to work out problems and last minute requests, I can't say enough about how important that has been to me when I live out of state.I have really been able to rely on their judgement once they got to know my moms likes and needs, they always tried to match her with a caregiver that she would also feel comfortable with personally.The caregivers were long term, they did not come and go, mom really became attached and appreciated them. The caregivers speak highly about Loli as their employer, they have mentioned to me they really feel like she cares and looks after them as well. Touches like Loli dropping by for a visit to chat with mom, or remembering her birthday with a bunch of flowers was so great. I would definitely recommend!”

Cindy P.

“Loli Ramezani and her staff are top notch when it comes to the service they provide. They are very accommodating on all levels from helping you think things through from start to finish, as well as remaining flexible through each process with the ultimate changes that always seem to arise. I highly recommend them and will be using them again if/when the need presents itself”

Elaine C.

“Loli was excellent to work with. She really took the time to understand my father in-law and the family's needs. We had a wonderful caregiver for my father in-law and when it came time to move him from our home, Loli was instrumental in finding a Room and Board that was a great fit. We had used a different service and we can tell you Always Best Care is MUCH higher quality.”

Lisa C.

“This was a wonderful experience. The care giver did a fantastic job taking care of my mother. I would recommend them to anyone. The care giver was kind, helpful, and provided all the help we needed. Their service was instrumental in my mother being able to get her independence.”

Mary K.

“Loli and the staff at Always Best Care were very professional, compassionate, and resourceful in providing in home care for my Mom. Loli was responsive when I needed to talk to her about changes or adjustments to my Mom’s care. With her experience and knowledge in the field of senior care she always had recommendations and resources to reach out to when we needed to consider options and alternatives for my Mom’s care. Loli was very compassionate and respectful of my Mom’s wants and needs. I would highly recommend Loli and Always Best Care for senior care services.”

Dave K.

“Outstanding service. I would recommend Manhattan Beach Always Best Care to anyone who needs to have care for a family member. I've had personal experience with Carrie’s organization and was very impressed with her and her caretakers.”

Judy H.

“I needed to find someone for taking care of my poor mom without being worried. When I talked to Loli I got the feeling she understood and she went through A to Z on everything with me. Care and quality care is truly what she delivers.”

Georgina C.

“Loli truly cares about her clients and their families ! , She is compassionate professional”

Ted D.

“I am a current client of this provider Always Best Care is good. At this point, I’m just having compassionship, encouragement, lighthousework, and preparing meals. I would recommend them because they’re good, efficient, and caring.”


“I needed to find someone for taking care of my mom without being worried. When I talked to Carrie I got the feeling she understood and she went through A to Z on everything with me. Care and quality care is truly what she delivers.”

Ara A.

“Always Best Care and Carrie Bianco go above and beyond the call of duty to really find the perfect fit for your loved one at a price that is affordable. Their customer service and attention to detail is unparalleled.”

Alison J.

“I can't say enough good things about Always Best Care! Carrie is so professional. She was able to find a great caregiver for my Grandmother on very short notice. The communication has been outstanding as well. When it comes to family, you want to know that they are being taken care of by someone that you can trust. We are so happy to have found Always Best Care.”

Shannon S.

“What a pleasure to meet Carrie and be introduced to her at Always Best Care Senior Services. Rarely have a met someone that offered so much warmth, care, and genuine concern for the well-being and happiness of her clients. Carrie will be my first call when my family members need assistance.”

Lisa H.

“Carrie truly cares about her clients and their families. She is compassionate professional”

Ed M.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Lomita, CA?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Lomita, CA

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Lomita Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Kotosh or visit Lomita Park, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Lomita, CA

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Lomita, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CA's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Lomita, CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • PepperTree Assisted Living
  • Montoak Senior Living
  • Silverado Rolling Hills Memory Care Community
  • Sunshine Board and Care
  • Global Care Assited Living Homes
  • Lomita Post-Acute Care Center
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Lomita, CA 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Lomita, CA

Local News | Lomita makes sure residents have a home for the…

Lomita has thwarted any would-be Ebeneezer Scrooges.The City Council on Monday, Dec. 23, adopted an urgency ordinance at a special meeting, two days before Christmas, banning no-fault evictions through year’s end until a new statewide rent control law takes effect.The council’s unanimous action came a week after several residents who had received eviction notices in October pleaded with the panel for help.The speakers included retiree Bill Johnson, 64, and his neighbor Tricia Santos, who spoke on behalf of mo...

Lomita has thwarted any would-be Ebeneezer Scrooges.

The City Council on Monday, Dec. 23, adopted an urgency ordinance at a special meeting, two days before Christmas, banning no-fault evictions through year’s end until a new statewide rent control law takes effect.

The council’s unanimous action came a week after several residents who had received eviction notices in October pleaded with the panel for help.

The speakers included retiree Bill Johnson, 64, and his neighbor Tricia Santos, who spoke on behalf of more than a dozen households that received the notices from the same landlord.

Johnson, who said he has health issues, noted his rent was raised $500 to $2,000 a month — an amount in excess of what the new state law will allow — last summer, with residents being evicted from their longtime homes during the holidays.

“I have no income except Social Security/disability, I have no money in the bank, no credit; I can’t even rent a doghouse,” he said at the meeting, visibly emotional. “I will be on the street in the back of an open truck with my cats in carriers if I am evicted.

“Please give all of us evicted people a merry Christmas and a happy new year,” Johnson added. “I would like to have a merry Christmas and stay in my house.”

Santos echoed Johnson’s plea.

“This is a serious situation,” she said. “This would help so many people who don’t know their rights.”

Many California cities, including Redondo Beach, El Segundo and Torrance — which also declared a “housing affordability crisis” — have enacted similar urgency ordinances in recent weeks as landlords have sought to beat restrictions on no-fault evictions — and increase rents — before the state law goes into effect Jan. 1.

The new law will require “just cause” for a tenant to be evicted and limit annual rent increases to 5 % plus the rate of inflation.

Renters handed large increases in recent months will also be able to claw a portion of them back as permitted under the new state law.

Lomita Mayor Jim Gazeley was incredulous at what he heard from residents.

“They raised the rent and they’re still going to evict you?” he said.

A handful of tenants burst into applause after the council approved the moratorium, although the stress and uncertainty surrounding the rent increases and eviction notices hasn’t helped many plan for Christmas.

“It has been a difficult couple of months,” said resident Nerika Leon. “We don’t know where we’re going to be on Jan. 2, so we don’t have anything for Christmas.”

Lomita Residents Now Part of Torrance Contamination Zone

LOMITA, Calif. - Recently, some Lomita residents have been thinking twice about the water they drink and the air they breathe. Seth Brownlie is one of them.“I grew up in Michigan around Flint. So, it definitely gets me thinking of that. I don’t want Lomita to become the situation they are dealing with,” Brownlie said.That’s probably why he also sticks to bottled water.Brownlie’s home is near the source of a groundwater and...

LOMITA, Calif. - Recently, some Lomita residents have been thinking twice about the water they drink and the air they breathe. Seth Brownlie is one of them.

“I grew up in Michigan around Flint. So, it definitely gets me thinking of that. I don’t want Lomita to become the situation they are dealing with,” Brownlie said.

That’s probably why he also sticks to bottled water.

Brownlie’s home is near the source of a groundwater and soil vapor contamination site in Torrance that spread east to the City of Lomita. The groundwater that’s contaminated isn’t the same source that the city uses for drinking water. But the odorless soil vapors could impact the air residents breathe in the vicinity of 245th Street to 250th Street, extending to Pennsylvania Avenue.

This area is just a short drive from Brownlie’s home.

“You have to breathe air and if there’s problems with the ground contamination or the vapors and things like that, then it’s definitely concerning,” Brownlie said.“You have to breathe air and if there’s problems with the ground contamination or the vapors and things like that, then it’s definitely concerning,” Brownlie said.

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board required the industrial Hi-Shear Corporation to collect more samples and data to understand how far these contaminants have spread.

Here’s what the water board knows so far.

The contamination stems from high levels of TCE and PCE — two compounds that were used by the Hi-Shear Corporation in the past to degrease metal. Stephen Van Der Hoven is a hydrogeologist consultant for Hi-Shear, he said the contaminants haven’t been used by the corporation in decades.

However, the compounds have contaminated the groundwater flowing toward the City of Lomita, but it’s not the same source as the city’s drinking water. Plus, the water is currently being imported from another area. Officials with the water board said the water is safe to drink.

Officials are also investigating six other industrial sites along Skypark Drive that might have used the same chemicals as a contributing factor. Renee Purdy is an executive officer on the water board. As she described a map of the contamination areas, she explained how there are many unknowns regarding how far the contaminants have spread.

“It’s fairly well known in the area of the site itself but what these dotted lines mean is that we don’t yet know the extent of the contamination laterally into the City of Lomita,” Purdy said.

Officials believe the source of the contamination is coming from the Hi-Shear site. Hoven said Hi-Shear has removed over 100,000 pounds of contamination from the Torrance site so far and they continue do so.

But the cleanup on-site and in the communities will be ongoing as they continue to negotiate a permit with the City of Lomita to install soil probes and groundwater well monitoring sites throughout the city to understand the depth and distance the contaminants have reached.

“We’re moving forward as quickly as we can. The investigative phase that we are just about to conduct will take about three to four months to complete and then from that, we will then take appropriate actions, in terms of, do we need to do additional investigation? Do we have enough information to now start cleaning up the site? But it’s going to be on the order of years,” Hoven said.

According to the Centers For Disease Control, moderate to large amounts of exposure from TCE could result in dizziness, headaches, coma, and more severely, death. Since these chemicals are travelling as a gas, water board officials said residents in these areas could ventilate their homes as they gather more information on the contamination and assess cleanup sites.

For residents like Brownlie, that could be another three to four months before samples are fully analyzed.

“I think we’ll wait and see how this plays out. I’ll definitely be following it closely. We’ll see what happens,” Brownlie said.

The Hi-Shear corporation and the L.A.Water Board are currently creating a mailing list and fact sheet which will detail the events of the contamination and known impacts to residents living within 500 ft. of the contamination area.

That fact sheet will be made available to residents within the next month.

This Guy’s Garage: Brauns Motorsports, Lomita, California

Brauns Motorsports / Lomita, CA00:01 / 57:40Sometimes we run across a cool shop located practically in your backyard that's been doing high-performance automotive work for more than 30 years, and we never knew they were there. Chris Braun started his drag-racing career in AHRA Hot Rod class with a big-block, four-speed 1966 Chevelle. From there, he decided to make money instead of just spending it, so he opened a shop to do high-performance work. We were invited to take in his latest adventure, which is the 196...

Brauns Motorsports / Lomita, CA

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Sometimes we run across a cool shop located practically in your backyard that's been doing high-performance automotive work for more than 30 years, and we never knew they were there. Chris Braun started his drag-racing career in AHRA Hot Rod class with a big-block, four-speed 1966 Chevelle. From there, he decided to make money instead of just spending it, so he opened a shop to do high-performance work. We were invited to take in his latest adventure, which is the 1966 Chevelle in the photo, but along the way, we learned Chris likes the older hot rods, too. At one point in our tour, he opened a wooden box full of odd-shaped carburetors. "Do you know what these are," he asked. We discovered that Brauns is also a nationally recognized Winfield carburetor expert rebuilder. If you know your early rodding history, Ed Winfield is considered to be one of the sharpest hot rodders from the 1930s and 1940s. He created camshafts and carburetors that won the Indianapolis 500 and designed the legendary Novi V8 Indy engine. Chris is an interesting guy because his shop can handle everything from a 1920s flathead all the way up through current electronically controlled, supercharged cars. Where else will you find a near-100-year spread in cars in one shop with antique carburetors sprinkled in for flavor?

A. This is a customer's 1966 Chevy II stuffed with an iron-headed, big-block Chevy and a Muncie four-speed. It rides on a Heidt's Pro G front clip, while a Jones Racing serpentine beltdrive system is squeezed in behind where the aluminum radiator will fit. You can just see the top of the electric high-power master cylinder that uses a separate electric motor to generate additional force on the master cylinder's piston. With a Rat-motored Chevy II, it's important the brakes work to the best of their ability!

B. The 2014 Cadillac CTS-V sits on top of Brauns' chassis dyno, where power tuning is a popular attraction. The supercharged Caddy LSA is getting a Lingenfelter 630hp upgrade with a smaller pulley, upgrades to the induction systems, and a tune.

C. You can just see the top of the radiator shell on Brauns' personal 1932 Model A five-window coupe. The car will be powered by a rare Hal overhead-cam conversion on a Donovan aluminum four-cylinder block using a forged crank, BME forged pistons, and a Jones 8mm beltdrive for the overhead cams. The induction part is played by an original SCoT supercharger and, of course, a pair of Winfield side-draft carburetors. In a blend of old and new, the engine will drive through a Compu-Shifted 4L60E automatic and ride on Kugel suspension.

D. The main focus of our trip was to see the shop's big project: a 1966 Chevelle in name only. It's sitting on a custom rectangular-tube chassis with a complete C6 Corvette drivetrain and front/rear suspension with IRS. The torque tube has been lengthened to accommodate the Chevelle's longer wheelbase, while the track was narrowed slightly to stuff that wide Corvette rubber under the stock sheetmetal. The engine will be a twin-turbocharged RHS block 427 with RHS heads—because they can. The car is perhaps a year or two out, but has all the makings of an awesome machine.

E. This is one of Brauns' stash of Winfield carburetors that has a 90-degree adapter to convert it from an up- or down-draft to side-draft configuration for hood clearance. Brauns told us these carburetors allow simple adjustment with a screwdriver to idle, low-speed, and high-speed tuning. Those are some impressive tuning capabilities with a carburetor that began life in 1924. Ed Winfield started working in legendary engine-builder Harry Miller's shop at the age of 14. Do yourself a favor and read up on Ed Winfieldâhe's an amazing part of hot rodding history.

F. There are several other projects at Brauns currently in process, including a nicely detailed black 1966 big-block automatic Chevelle and a customer's 1962 Impala that will soon get an LS3 and a 4L880E so he can keep up with his buddy's 0.060-over 455ci 1965 Le Mans that's pretty quick.

SLO couple transformed a horse ranch into a bed and breakfast. See all the romantic touches

Thirty years ago, the San Luis Obispo ranch owned by Alan and Rebecca Vander Horst was home to prized Arabian horses. Now it’s brides, not bridles, that grace its guest quarters.The couple purchased La Lomita Ranch in 2011 and moved into a home located on the property the following year.They owned 160 acres at the time which, with an additional land purchase, is now 240 acres. On it sit multiple structures, a large pond, 5.4 acres of grape vines a...

Thirty years ago, the San Luis Obispo ranch owned by Alan and Rebecca Vander Horst was home to prized Arabian horses. Now it’s brides, not bridles, that grace its guest quarters.

The couple purchased La Lomita Ranch in 2011 and moved into a home located on the property the following year.

They owned 160 acres at the time which, with an additional land purchase, is now 240 acres. On it sit multiple structures, a large pond, 5.4 acres of grape vines and Islay Hill in its entirety.

The show barn and horse stalls had been used for storage for many years and were in disrepair. Unlike the main house, which was Scandinavian in style, the equestrian structures had white stucco and red tile roofs — features that Rebecca Vander Horst found inspiring.

“I looked past its disrepair and saw it had potential,” she said. “You stand out in the courtyard where it’s so beautiful and quiet — it seemed like California romantica epitomized.”

California romantica, as explained in a book of the same name written by film star Diane Keaton, is a style that combines California mission and Spanish colonial architecture. Its hallmarks are traditional Spanish materials, minimal color and contrasting dark and light materials.

Vander Horst formulated a plan to transform the barn and horse stalls into a Spanish-style bed and breakfast with space for weddings and special events.

She used architect Warren Hamrick of Pismo Beach, builder The Main Company of San Luis Obispo and San Luis Obispo landscape architect Terry Lee to execute her vision. Karen Armitage of San Luis Obispo created concept drawings.

The team reworked the barn and stalls, both inside and out. They installed completely new landscaping and hardscape, including a courtyard fountain.

The horse stalls were modified to create a bridal suite, six guest suites and a lounge with kitchen. The barn became a three-bedroom vacation rental.

The dark-and-light contrast that is key to California romantica comes from white walls set against red tile roofs, Saltillo tile floors, dark woods and wrought iron.

Vander Horst commissioned custom wrought iron railings and had furniture in dark-stained mesquite custom built in Mexico.

The guest suites are not conventionally romantic; there is no lace or fluff.

Window coverings are simple wood blinds with sheer curtains from Anthropologie. Accessories are minimal and artwork understated.

Vander Horst relied on subtle color and texture to make the space restful and “romantic but not busy,” she said.

Furniture has a European influence with elegant lines and hand-carved details.

Handpainted Talavera tiles grace the backsplashes, bathrooms, stairs and courtyard fountain. Wool rugs warm the tile floors.

The high-end Italian bed linens are simple but luxurious. Cedar tongue and groove planks, scorched with a blow torch then whitewashed, add rustic texture to accent walls.

A dim barn isn’t exactly welcoming, so the inn has plenty of bright, modern touches.

Windows were enlarged to let in more light and ceilings were raised in several rooms, including the luxurious bridal suite.

Countertops are made of sleek and durable manufactured quartz – black in the kitchen and white in the bathrooms.

Vander Horst said she didn’t want the bed and breakfast to be too “western,” but she included a few elements that are a nod to its equestrian past.

Light fixtures in the lounge area are refurbished iron barn fixtures. Old iron hay racks, original to the ranch, serve as wall decorations in each room.

The team even rebuilt the original sliding stall doors to bring them up to code for use on guest room entrances.

The bed and breakfast, which began construction in January 2018, was completed in April 2019.

A new structure, a pavilion for receptions and other events, will be open next month. The couple also has plans to open a winery.

So far, the ranch has hosted numerous guests and several weddings.

The Vander Horsts, who also own the town of Harmony, know a thing or two about what makes a place romantic.

It’s not just roses and fountains, Rebecca Vander Horst said.

“It’s how quiet and private the space is, how beautiful and peaceful,” she explained, noting that the most romantic sound may not be violins, but rather the “chorus of frogs, owls and hawks” that nightly serenade the guests of La Lomita Ranch.

Appeal to the senses. You don’t need frills to create a romantic space. Keep it simple and layer in texture, including luxurious bedding, warm wood furniture, and natural fiber rugs and throws.

Contrast is the key to California romantica style. Keep walls white and add in dark woods, dark tile and wrought iron.

Splurge on sheets. Every night can be like staying at a fancy bed and breakfast when you sleep in luxurious bed linens. La Lomita Ranch’s splurge-worthy sheets are 100% Egyptian cotton from Italian company Rivolta Carmignani.

This story was originally published February 13, 2020, 5:00 AM.

California Report: CBA SoCal Regional Director Donna Hargis

Donna Hargis organizes many Southern California bluegrass events and is the MVP of the Southern California Bluegrass Association scene. A recent convert to the bluegrass fold, Donna exudes enthusiasm and energy that inspires both young and old to play, learn about, and get involved in bluegrass music. We need more of her ilk for sure.Tell us about your role in the California Bluegrass Association.I’m one of the regional director...

Donna Hargis organizes many Southern California bluegrass events and is the MVP of the Southern California Bluegrass Association scene. A recent convert to the bluegrass fold, Donna exudes enthusiasm and energy that inspires both young and old to play, learn about, and get involved in bluegrass music. We need more of her ilk for sure.

Tell us about your role in the California Bluegrass Association.

I’m one of the regional directors for Southern California, and I promote bluegrass in any way I can. I just got back from a new jam that was started by someone who attended South State 48 and got inspired. He couldn’t find a bluegrass jam in his area, so he started one. This kind of stuff makes me so happy. I also host a monthly jam and hire a band for that. I generally just try to connect people.

That’s great. Tell us more about that jam.

It’s called the Southbay Bluegrass Jam and is the first Tuesday of the month at Project Barley in Lomita, California. We have a jam (all are welcome) and a band plays for an hour, then we jam some more. Dennis Fetchet of the Bluegrass Cardinal is there regularly. He’s a “So CA bluegrass treasure.”

That South State 48 Event was really cookin’. How long have you been involved with that?

From the beginning. I was on a team during COVID with the purpose of creating something in Southern California. It was decided to try and model it after the Great 48—a hotel jamming event—but also with outdoor jamming. I scoured the internet for local hotels that had a nice outdoor space, then called a bunch and asked about 24-hour jamming if we sold enough rooms. This was kind of scary because it was during COVID and we really didn’t know what would happen or if people would come. I found a few hotels that were willing to work with us, so I drove out and met with the management. Carlsbad-by-the-Sea really stood out as having everything we hoped for. Plenty of outdoor space, a nice conference room, and a cool bar with lots of food choices. It just had a really nice vibe and they were very accommodating. And of course, we sold out quickly both years!

Southern Cal CBA has grown a lot in the last couple of years. Who are the movers and shakers down there, besides of course yourself?

We have a few SoCal women on the board now, and that’s fantastic! Also, Mark Shutts, whose steadfast commitment to opening up his machine shop to traveling bluegrass bands has been paramount. Bands would otherwise skip Southern California, but Mark gives them a gig, an audience, and every cent that’s collected. Jeff Fleck is doing something similar with his Crazy J Ranch in Topanga. Both of these men do this simply because they love bluegrass.

Wow. What else are you working on?

I just started a bluegrass club at my school, where I’m a science teacher. I also hired a band to play an assembly. Any efforts to grow bluegrass should include a concerted effort to attract young people to our genre, as well as people from other types of music.

As you know, CBA has a wonderful Youth Program. Is this part of that?

Hope so? I have 7 kids after our first meeting and two teachers. I suspect after we have our assembly with Water Tower Band, there will be more kids. So far our PTA and Booster club paid for the assembly, but I got loaner instruments from CBA.

Southern California is so spread out. It must be difficult but it sounds like you’re all doing some great work.

Thanks. Southern California really took a loss when Danny Hootenanny Clark moved up north. Danny has a lifetime of expertise in promoting bluegrass, and he’s sorely missed. I hope that we can get more people willing to step up and try to fill the void, but it would probably take a whole team to match the efforts of the CBA ‘Volunteer of the Year,’ Danny Clark!

Who are some of the up-and-coming bands?

The Honey Buckets and Water Tower Band are two bands I’m really proud of, and see any chance I get. Both are so high energy and fun, as well as being fantastic musicians. I’m also really curious to see what Matt Michienzie does in the future.

What was your favorite festival of 2022?

The Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley. It’s everything I imagined a bluegrass festival to be.

You were late to the bluegrass scene. How did you come into it?

In 2015 I left my marriage, and two months later I found myself with a guitar in my hand. I didn’t plan to get so into it, but I fell deeply in love with playing, singing, and jamming. I’m very fortunate that I already loved bluegrass, an inviting genre that makes it easy for a beginner to join in and learn. Since then, I’ve been very dedicated to trying to improve my playing. I’m a very social creature, and the bluegrass community provides ample opportunities for me to meet all kinds of people, and also to be of service, which is important to me.

Who are some of your favorites?

Flatt and Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, Red Allen, and Sierra Ferrell.

What instrument do you play?

I play guitar and sing. I’ve learned just enough bass and mandolin to teach the kids. I love traditional bluegrass and I love singing tenor, or high baritone if someone already has the tenor part covered.

How much do you play a week?

I practice a lot and go to a few jams. Jamming is sporadic, but my practice is not. I rarely miss a day of practice.

What do you think attracts you so the bluegrass fold?

I love the diversity. I might be in a big crazy testosterone-filled jam where guys are playing at breakneck speed and I’m on the outside just trying to keep up. The next day I might be barefoot in the park singing harmonies with one of my girlfriends. Teaching the kids to play is also satisfying and rewarding. Being at a festival, making new friends, and seeing old ones—I love it all. I even love to practice. I’m really lucky to have found this lifestyle.

Are you in any bands?

Currently, no, but I have something brewing.

What do you do when you’re not playing or promoting bluegrass?

For a job? I teach science and it suits me. Also art. I love to make things, all kinds of things. Clothes, candles, pottery. . . I love to write, but I do that sporadically; I don’t chase the muse on that one. And I get outside in nature as much as I can.

What do you think the bluegrass world could be better at?

I don’t know about the world of bluegrass, but in California, we need to get better at taking out our wallets. We spend a fortune on our instruments, but as a community, we need to do better at tipping bands, donating to organizations, buying merchandise, and patronizing places that host jams. It is a little embarrassing to me that I host a jam at a local brewery that loses money on bluegrass night but makes up for it on trivia night. We all need to support live music. We need to expose more folks to bluegrass.

That’s an interesting observation. What else?

We also need more educational efforts. We tend to think that everyone already knows about bluegrass, but they sure don’t. When I pitched hiring a bluegrass band at my school to the PTSA, a few moms didn’t even know what that meant! I tell all my students, “You may not like bluegrass, that’s fine, but you’re going to know what it is so you can articulate why you do or don’t like it.” And no one gets to leave 7th grade thinking a mandolin is a tiny guitar.

Hah, beautiful. Thanks for your time, Donna, and I’m looking forward to pickin’ with you soon.

Thanks, Dave! Always a pleasure talking about bluegrass.

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