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Home Care In Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

Home Care Palos Verdes Peninsula, 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 Historic Landmark 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 Palos Verdes Peninsula, 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 Palos Verdes Peninsula, 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 Palos Verdes Peninsula, 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 Del Cerro 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 mar'sel or visit Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve, 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 Palos Verdes Peninsula, 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 Palos Verdes Peninsula, 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 Palos Verdes Peninsula, 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:

  • Belmont Village Senior Living Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Senior Living Lifestyle Palos Verdes
  • The Canterbury Retirement Community - Senior Living, Independent Living
  • Terra Verde Living
  • Aunt Mona's Care Home
  • Pacific Sunrise Homes
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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 Palos Verdes Peninsula, 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 Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

Palos Verdes Peninsula coast may have low-level radioactive materials, new study says

The seafloor off the Palos Verdes Peninsula may contain low levels of radioactive materials, according to new research, which also confirmed previous reports that the harmful insecticide DDT is spread across the ocean there at high concentrations.There is only circumstantial evidence for the cause of the radioactive materials, though nuclear testing and waste disposal are among the potential culprits, researchers said this week. Yet, the now-banned DDT is potentially the bigger ecological threat, researchers said — perhaps even ...

The seafloor off the Palos Verdes Peninsula may contain low levels of radioactive materials, according to new research, which also confirmed previous reports that the harmful insecticide DDT is spread across the ocean there at high concentrations.

There is only circumstantial evidence for the cause of the radioactive materials, though nuclear testing and waste disposal are among the potential culprits, researchers said this week. Yet, the now-banned DDT is potentially the bigger ecological threat, researchers said — perhaps even being the reason bald eagles disappeared from Catalina Island for a time.

Those findings were published on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The research that culminated in the journal article represents another step in the evolution of marine scientists’ understanding of the contaminants that litter the seafloor off the Peninsula — a process that began more than a decade ago.

Researchers now have “indirect circumstantial evidence” that low-level radioacting waste was dumped in the Pacific Ocean by the same now-defunct company that disposed of DDT in the Peninsula waters, said David Valentine, one of the article’s authors.

But even with this new evidence, the expanse of DDT “worries me quite a bit more ecologically” than the radioactive materials, Valentine said. Valentine is a professor of microbiology and geochemistry at UC Santa Barbara — and the scientist whose discovery of barrels off the Peninsula, initially thought to contain DDT, launched years of study into ocean contaminants there.

“I think that we have to recognize that, well, it’s disturbing and it’s not good to dump low-level radioactive materials into the ocean,” Valentine said in a phone interview this week. “(But) it’s probably substantially worse to dump large amounts of DDT waste from an ecological effects perspective.”

The greatest harm from DDT, Valentine said, is that it “biomagnifies.”

Biomagnification, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is when toxic chemicals such as DDT get dumped into the ocean and cause health issues in wildlife, from disease to birth defects.

That happens through a simple, yet destructive, process. Toxins that settle on the seafloor end up in the food chain and works their way up. Eventually, according to the NOAA, “higher-level predators — fish, birds and marine mammals — build up greater and more dangerous amounts of toxic materials than animals lower on the food chain.”

“(Biomagnification) can impact a whole host of animals,” Valentine said. “We’re seeing (that) now with California sea lions, with California condors. There’s so much DDT that has been dumped off California, that we’re seeing effects in those animals.”

Valentine and a team of scientists initially discovered more than 60 barrels on the ocean floor in 2011 and 2013 while exploring the Peninsula seafloor with a remotely operated vehicle.

Since that initial discovery, the research has grown and scientific understanding has become more complex.

In 2021, for example, survey researchers from UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography discovered approximately 27,000 barrels on the ocean floor. They, like Valetine, initially thought the barrels potentially contained DDT. The insecticide, which has been banned for years, had been legally dumped by a local company, the now-defunct Montrose Chemical Corporation, for decades.

But in January, Scripps discovered that those barrels were mostly discarded World War II-era military munitions. A whale graveyard was also found.

The Scripps survey mapped 135 square miles of the San Pedro Basin, about halfway between the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina Island. The technology that allows ocean-floor mapping has advanced so much in just a few year that scientists could now distinguish between barrels and munitions.

But just because those barrels did not contain DDT does not mean the insecticide wasn’t present off the Peninsula. Rather, scientists discovered in 2022 that until regulations curtailed the practice, DDT had been directly into the ocean for years.

“Substantial amounts of DDT remain in these sediments, which are largely unaltered after more than 70 years,” according to the Wednesday journal article, titled “Disentangling the History of Deep Ocean Disposal for DDT and other Industrial Waste off Southern California.”

Valentine is a corresponding author of the article. Other scientists from UC Santa Barbara, Oleolytics, LLC, USC’s Earth science department and elsewhere also contributed to the article.

The Environmental Protection Agency, according to the article, discovered 15 offshore dump sites for disposing “radioactive wastes, refinery and oil drilling wastes, chemical wastes, military munitions, filter cakes, and refuse.”

Montrose had legally dumped DDT from 1948 to around 1961, according to the article.

Montrose contracted with California Salvage Company to dispose of the “strong acid waste offshore and discharge it into the ocean” by barge, the article said.

“Located immediately offshore from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,” the article said, “the San Pedro Basin received substantial input of these wastes leading to high DDT concentrations recorded in select sediment samples.”

Montrose, based near Torrance, built an acid recycling plant, which began the decline of Cal Salvage waste dumping for the chemical company.

“There was no record of ocean disposal of Montrose sulfuric acid wastes after 1961,” the article said, “the same year Cal Salvage’s operation became regulated by a regional water quality board and a formal dumpsite was assigned to them.”

But Cal Salvage, the article said, continued dumping industrial waste for other clients. Montrose reportedly disposed of 1.5 million gallons of other industrial wastes from 1965 to 1972.

Cal Salvage, meanwhile, continued ocean disposal until the mid 1970s when permitting was not allowed, Valentine said.

No samples of the barrels on the seafloor provide evidence of radioactive waste disposal, the article said, but there is circumstantial evidence that such dumped may have occurred — and doing so may not have run afoul of the law.

“The historical record,” the article said, “points to a scenario in which Cal Salvage was potentially able to openly operate as an offshore radioactive waste disposal company without triggering oversight.”

The trail, though, is cold, Valentine said.

“I don’t actually know when, as a corporation, it dissolved,” Valentine said of Cal Salvage, “or how they were even set up.”

But there is evidence in the sediments that the peak of offshore disposal was the mid 1950s. The evidence, though, also includes fallout from nuclear weapons testing.

There was a “low level fallout of certain radioisotopes all over the planet” from when nuclear testing was conducted above ground by the United States and the Soviet Union.

Researchers, Valentine said, compared the peak concentration of DDT and the amount of radioisotopes to determine when the bulk of DDT was dumped. Carbon-14 dating was also a component used in the dating.

“It was a lot of detonations that released these nuclear products directly into the atmosphere,” Valentine said. “And they then spread on winds as small particles until they settled out. And they settled out all over the planet.”

Radioactive waste, though, does not have the same impact on the environment, Valentine said, since there is “no concentrating effect” like with DDT and the isotopes of the radioactive waste “would have decayed away.”

“There was this offshore disposal of the DDT and that remains largely as DDT today,” Valentine said, “and it’s buried down to two inches two and a half inches beneath the seafloor.”

There are also derivatives of DDT that have broken down and can still be found closer to the surface of the seafloor, Valentine said.

DDT has had a significant impact on wildlife, Valentine said — including on the bald eagle.

The bald eagle effectively disappeared from Catalina Island in the 1950s, Valentine said, in large part because of DDT, even though “we don’t have direct evidence for it.”

There was abundant DDT that was “dumped into the surface water, into the ecosystem,” where the bald eagle got its food, he said.

DDT, he said, is “well known for its properties of eggshell thinning.”

The bald eagle has since been reintroduced to the island.

Studies still need to be done on the World War II munitions that were recently found, Valentine said.

“I’m not aware of of anything in them that would have the kind of effects that DDT would,” he said, “but I think it’s still worth looking into.”

That’s why U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla and Rep. Salud Carbajal, along with 20 other California lawmakers, said in a press release this week that they are urging the Office of Management and Budget to include “robust, long-term funding” to research DDT and other harmful chemicals dumped into the ocean, as well as the impact on the Southern California environment, and human and wildlife health.

The late Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Padilla helped secure nearly $12 million over two fiscal years, 2022 and 2023, to help survey Southern California DDT dumpsites, according to the press release.

“While DDT was banned more than 50 years ago, we still have only a murky picture of its potential impacts to human health, national security and ocean ecosystems,” the lawmakers said in the press release. “We encourage the administration to think about the next 50 years, creating a long-term national plan within EPA and NOAA to address this toxic legacy off the coast of our communities.”

2 more homes red-tagged on Palos Verdes Peninsula as ground movement escalates

Landslides have shaped the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the last several generations, but recent damage to homes across the affluent area of the South Bay shows the earth is moving dramatically faster than in recent years.Residents are watching cracks develop in and around their homes, desperately worried that they will end up like the dozen houses that collapsed over the summer in Rolling Hills Estates, one of four cities on the peninsula.Officials in the region are bracing for more movement, trying to slow down or stop the shif...

Landslides have shaped the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the last several generations, but recent damage to homes across the affluent area of the South Bay shows the earth is moving dramatically faster than in recent years.

Residents are watching cracks develop in and around their homes, desperately worried that they will end up like the dozen houses that collapsed over the summer in Rolling Hills Estates, one of four cities on the peninsula.

Officials in the region are bracing for more movement, trying to slow down or stop the shifting ground beneath their feet with updates to existing water and sewer lines and other infrastructure, along with ongoing monitoring.


Most recently, two homes in the Seaview neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes were red-tagged due to visible cracks and structural damage. One home was deemed unsafe and red-tagged June 30 by city officials. A second home was red-tagged on Aug. 31, said Megan Barnes, a senior administrative analyst with the city.

Seaview is in the southeast corner of Rancho Palos Verdes, not far from a landslide complex that covers about 240 acres of the peninsula and has been a slow-moving hazard for years but that has now, alarmingly, picked up pace.

Rancho Palos Verdes Councilmember Eric Alegria asked city staff whether it would be possible to declare a state of emergency due to the ground shifting more markedly and an increase in water line breaks over the last several months.

“I think declaring a state of emergency will give us an opportunity to summon all the resources we’re going to need to coordinate,” Alegria said, and streamline “processes with the agencies that we want to bring in to support us in this effort.”

The council did not declare an emergency at its regular meeting Tuesday, but the city did approve a contract agreement for engineering and construction work to reduce existing water saturation of soil and improve runoff outside of areas already affected by land movement.

The city also asked for utility companies that serve the area to come back with a report on short- and long-term solutions to address the ground shifts and how the existing infrastructure could be updated to accommodate more movement.


The Daily Breeze first reported on Tuesday’s City Council meeting, which brought out about 20 residents who spoke about their concerns on the ground shifts and their worry for the upcoming rainy season.


July 23, 2023

Many residents are worried that what happened in Rolling Hills Estates earlier this summer could happen elsewhere on the peninsula.

The ground gave way in early July beneath homes bordering a canyon, collapsing roofs, cracking driveways and splitting open walls. The official cause of the damage has not been determined, but Los Angeles County officials speculate that the ground was saturated due to record winter rainfall.

The homes descended toward the bottom of a canyon as the ground actively shifted for several days. Now, residents in the Seaview area are worried that the problem they’re watching unfold in their own neighborhood will only get worse.

“I think we’re past just measuring” land movement, resident Joe Cruz said during Tuesday’s council meeting. “We need action now.”

The water lines to his neighborhood have had multiple breaks due to the ground shifting, Cruz said, and residents are worried that leaks will lead to more water saturating the soil.

Nikki Noushkam said cracks had developed in and around her home over the last several weeks. She lives across the street from a home that was recently red-tagged.

“We are dealing with a situation that requires urgent action,” Noushkam told the City Council.

Mark Koch said he’d seen more land movement outside his home in the last two years than he’d seen in the 35 years since he moved to the city.

“I’m literally at the end of the line where everything drains out into the ocean,” he said. “The amount of water that’s coming through our system is unprecedented.”

City officials agree that the ground is moving at a faster rate than in previous years. Between 2007 and 2018, the rate of movement in the area of the peninsula known as the landslide complex remained consistent, but starting in 2018 that ground movement increased by 3 to 5 times, Rancho Palos Verdes officials said in a recent report.

Although only two homes were red-tagged in the Seaview neighborhood, several other homes are damaged but have not been red-tagged by city inspectors, according to Barnes. The Los Angeles County Fire Department also inspected other homes in the neighborhood.

The city report echoed residents’ observations, noting that in the last several months more ground movement had resulted in broken water lines and sewer pipes.

The landslide complex includes Abalone Cove, the Klondike Canyon Landslide Abatement District and the Portuguese Bend landslide.

City staff are in contact with homeowners and have instructed them how to report any observations and concerns, or request an inspection.

“Since the accelerated land movement was observed in late June, Public Works has been working with a geotechnical engineer to monitor the movement,” Barnes said. “This is in addition to regular monitoring throughout the year in the City’s overall landslide complex.”

Residents on Palos Verdes Peninsula concerned after 2 homes red tagged due to shifting soil

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.Residents who live on the Palos Verdes Peninsula are on edge, worried about the unstable ground beneath their homes some 10 weeks after landslides destroyed nearly a dozen homes in Rolling Hills Estates.Two homes on th...

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Residents who live on the Palos Verdes Peninsula are on edge, worried about the unstable ground beneath their homes some 10 weeks after landslides destroyed nearly a dozen homes in Rolling Hills Estates.

Two homes on the peninsula have already been red tagged, meaning the residences are currently uninhabitable and the future is uncertain for a number of other homeowners.

“We’re all worried, we’re all calling for help,” resident Eva Albuja told KTLA’s Rick Chambers.

For many others in the Sea View neighborhood of Palos Verdes, that feeling is understandable. The ground under some of the homes has moved, with huge cracks appearing on some properties and the streets and sidewalks shifting.

“It’s rapid and we’re worried,” Albujua, who lives just down the block from the two red-tagged homes, said. “We’re worried about our homes. Everyone is very upset. We’re all talking about it every night and we don’t want to leave our homes. We’ve been here over 20 years.”

One theory for the shifting Palos Verdes landscape is that rain-saturated soil is sliding, forcing old water pipes to burst exacerbating the problem.

Some residents fear that a Rolling Hills-type disaster is a possibility in Sea View.

“That was 24 hours from a little tiny crack to falling over a ravine,” L.A. County Board Supervisor Janice Hahn said of the devastation in Rolling Hills.

Hahn was in Sea View this Wednesday night to look at the damage and is aware that time is critical and that homeowners are worried.

“It’s devastating to think your home, which is all people have, is now crumbling and collapsing. It’s devastating,” she told KTLA.

Residents have already voiced their concerns to city leaders and local utility companies are said to be dealing with the problem. Whether they can keep more homes from crumbling is yet to be seen.

Supervisor Hahn said that county officials are already in touch with city leaders and that assistance is being offered. The local city council will meet again in two weeks, and it’s unknown if the situation will worsen by then.

Orcas hunt dolphins in rare sighting off Palos…

A pod of orcas that typically spend time off Mexico traveled up to Southern California Monday, Dec. 11, creating a buzz on the water.Charter boats rushed to get a close-up look at the mysterious sea creatures that rarely show up off local waters with some passengers watching as orcas feasted on dolphins.Orcas are one of the most unpredictable of the marine mammals – showing up sporadically, rare enough to make their appearances extra special for enthusiasts who dream of getting up close to the “killer whales” ...

A pod of orcas that typically spend time off Mexico traveled up to Southern California Monday, Dec. 11, creating a buzz on the water.

Charter boats rushed to get a close-up look at the mysterious sea creatures that rarely show up off local waters with some passengers watching as orcas feasted on dolphins.

Orcas are one of the most unpredictable of the marine mammals – showing up sporadically, rare enough to make their appearances extra special for enthusiasts who dream of getting up close to the “killer whales” in nature.

The black-and-white orcas were first spotted by Catalina Express, then reported to other charter boats, including Harbor Breeze which operates out of Long Beach and San Pedro.

On the noon trip, the charter boat reported the pod had 11 – 12 orcas, including two calves.

Orcas were last seen in April off Palos Verdes, but this pod — the Eastern Tropical Pacific killer whales –have only been seen off Southern California a handful of times.

They made news when they showed up in 2018 and again in 2019 off Orange County to feast on dolphins for days, giving passengers a raw look at the “wolves of the sea” as they are often called.

The orcas on Monday followed suit, according to Ryan Lawler, captain of Newport Coastal Adventure.

Whale watchers on the boat Triumphant’s second trip saw the orcas hunting and feeding on dolphins right alongside the vessel. This was similar to behavior documented during the killer whales’ previous visits.

The orcas seen more frequently off local waters are known as “transients,” but these ETP tropical orcas are distinguishable by their darker saddle patches and smaller eye patches.

“They are very boat friendly and approach close to boats to investigate and play,” Newport Coastal Adventure reported on social media with images of the orcas coming close to the boats.

Killer whales are the largest member of the dolphin family.

“Where will these orcas end up next? Right now they are in the Santa Monica Bay, but be on high alert, they could pass through Newport Beach going south at some point this week,” according to Newport Coastal Adventure.

Report claims rain caused massive landslide in Rolling Hills Estates

After a massive landslide destroyed a dozen homes and forced widespread evacuations in Rolling...

After a massive landslide destroyed a dozen homes and forced widespread evacuations in Rolling Hills Estates, a new report released Friday claims excessive rainfall was to blame for the destruction.

In July, when the ground shifted more than 40 feet on Peartree Lane on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, at least a dozen homes were destroyed or heavily damaged. Residents were forced to evacuate as homes were red-tagged and monitored for additional movement.

At the time, the cause of the massive landslide was a mystery as geologists and experts worked to determine the origin.

Since then, two separate investigations were launched — one from city and county officials and another by the homeowners association.

According to local officials, a fissure running among the homes raised suspicion that heavy rains from the historic winter storms may have been involved.

Four months later, displaced residents remain not only heartbroken over the destruction of their homes, but many have been stuck dealing with the nightmare of insurance coverage.

On Friday, the city released findings from its first preliminary analysis by GeoKinetics, an environmental and geotechnical firm in Irvine.

On the origins of the landslide, the report states in part:

“The primary factor that caused the “Peartree Lane Slope Failure” was the unusually heavy rainfall that occurred during the winter of 2022-2023.”

The reports also added that changes in hillside vegetation and prior failures along the slope may have also contributed.

Some community members, however, are questioning the findings of that report. Attorney Steven Bum represents many of the residents affected by the landslide.

In a statement, Blum told KTLA, “The city’s claim that heavy rainfall caused the landslide sounds like a self-serving act of God defense. The homeowners deserve better. They have lost their homes and nearly all of their possessions. They deserve an objective investigation.”

Blum points to other potential causes such as human factors, storm drain deficiencies and more.

For now, repairs on the destroyed and damaged homes will cost millions of dollars. Possible aid from FEMA may help with some relief efforts, but homeowners are also seeking reimbursement from local government.

Back in July, insurance expert Janet Ruiz from the Insurance Information Institute, told KTLA that typical insurance will likely not cover damages from the landslide. Standalone earthquake insurance will also likely not cover this kind of situation. The residents’ only hope may rely on a difference in conditions policy.

“The insurance that would cover landslide, earth movement would be a difference in condition policy,” explained Ruiz. “That covers earth movement, earthquake, flooding, so it’s kind of an all-in-one policy but again it’s a specialty policy and it’s not covered under your regular homeowner’s insurance.”

The geological investigation from the homeowner’s association is still underway with legal action from the HOA against the city a possibility down the road.


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