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Carico Johnson Toomey: trusts and estate law experts

[Paid content] Carico Johnson Toomey LLP was formed with one goal – to create a SouthBay law firm that rivals the best in California in quality and expertise. “Carico Johnson Toomey LLP’s focus is simple − protecting families, family businesses and family wealth,” says SouthBay native Christopher D. Carico, Esq., who founded and leads the […]

 Kevin Cody

Word on the Street: Arnold’s friends, Shrynes design, Judge Rice, attorney Bird honored

  Skechers’ green giant Manhattan Beach-base Skechers will celebrate the LEED Gold Certification of its 1.8 million square-foot distribution center in Rancho Belagio tomorrow. The solar powered facility makes extensive use of parabolic skylights to increase natural lighting, low water-use fixtures, and recycled water for irrigation. It is the largest building of its kind to […]

 Kevin Cody

Climbing the financial Wall of Worry in 2013

by Bob Franko Two years ago, as the economy was beginning to recover, I wrote about “The Start of a Virtuous Cycle.” Last year, I said the future looked bright for 2012. Looking back, both articles were pretty much on point. Things turned around in 2011, and then we looked back on 2012 and marveled […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Community college training key to California economy

by Ted W. Lieu, Senator, 28th Senate District California is turning the corner. For the first time in a long time, we have a balanced state budget this year, with a projected surplus next year. We created more jobs last year than any other state, and at a higher rate. The Los Angeles Economic Development […]

 Kevin Cody

Low inventory bode well for beach for real estate

by Raju Chhabria The current SouthBay residential real estate market in the SouthBay is a strong one. Inventory is low. Manhattan Beach only has 40 properties on the Multiple Listing Service as active, ranging from a townhouse in ManhattanVillage for $779,000 to my listing at 1240  fifth Street for $7.99 million. Hermosa Beach has even […]

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Remodels rip out the bells and whistles

Flashy upgrades with all the bells and whistles are out and functionality is in for today’s homeowners considering remodeling. In the aftermath of the housing market crisis, remodeling projects have become less pretentious, focusing more on living spaces. Homeowners are putting their money into open floor plan designs and multi-purpose rooms. We’ve also seen a […]

 Kevin Cody

Word on the street: Chase, FlexCity, MB Bread and Bagel, Fun with RB candidates

Homes end year on uptick South Bay home price sales averaged $718,710 last December, up 8.8 percent from December 2011, according to a report by the South Baty Association of Realtors. The median price was $500,000, up 8.7 percent from December 2011. Condominiums and Townhomes also showed improvement. The average price was $467,244, up 5.6 […]

 Kevin Cody

Economy getting better, even if it doesn’t feel like it, says economist

Fewer than 25 percent of the estimated 200 Realtors in the audience at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Redondo Beach last Wednesday raised their hands when Dr. Robert Kleinhenz asked who believed the recession is over.

 Kevin Cody

South Bay Business News: Word on the street

Zislis, Simms, Sowers to lead MB chamber seminar on “Economic Evolution” Shade Hotel’s Mike Zislis, Simmzy’s restaurants’ Mike Simms and Bank of Manhattan’s chief banking officer Rick Sowers will lead a seminar on “Navigating through Economic Evolution” at the Manhattan Beach Marriott on Tuesday, September 25, from 8 to 10 a.m. Other panelist are Marty […]

 Kevin Cody

South Bay Business News: Word on the Street

USC Marching Band performs for Manhattan Beach birthday girl The USC Marching Band performed “Happy Birthday” on the Metlox Plaza in downtown Manhattan Beach on Sunday to celebrate the 50th birthday of USC Dental School alumna Dr. Janelle Holden. The Manhattan Beach dentist was having her party at Shade Hotel. Holden is the creator of […]

 Kevin Cody

South Bay Business News: Word on the street

Legado plans 4-acre Redondo development Legado Companies is  planning to develop the 4-acre  Palos Verdes Inn and former Bristol Farms property at Pacific Coast Highway and Palos Verdes Drive in Redondo Beach. the company purchase the 1700 Pacific Coast Highway site  in 2006.  According to its web site, Legado hopes to build “up to 150 […]

 Kevin Cody

South Bay Business News: Word on the street

Hotel, Killer Shrimp planned for Hermosa Mermaid site The 62-year-old Mermaid restaurant at the corner of The Strand and Pier Plaza is set to close escrow Wednesday. Buyer One Pier avenue is expected to seek city approval for an L-shaped hotel that would stretch from 13th Street to Pier Avenue, along the Strand, and extend […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Rock n’ Realty stars aim spotlight on El Segundo

by Sherry Kramer, El Segundo Chamber Chairperson Both El Segundo’s downtown and its highway districts have received significant votes of confidence from investors this year. The Downtown attracted national media attentions in early April with the opening of Rock & Brew. The restaurant’s investors include Shade Hotel owner Mike Zislis, rock star Gene Simmons of […]

 Easy Reader Staff

What’s Your Story?

by Brian Cooley If you’ve ever been to our Wicked+ store at 145 Pier Ave., there’s a good chance you’ve heard our story. The one about how we accidentally started a retail shop that simply sells goods we like (from whole bean coffee to bikes, shirts and skateboards) out of an office we originally subleased […]

 Kevin Cody

Progress 2012: 20 views on the future of the South Bay

Progress 2012: 20 views on the future of the South Bay

Easy Reader invited 20 South Bay business and civic leaders to share their thoughts on the most significant upcoming changes in their field.