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, sometimes they cannot live independently without someone by their side to provide care. Unfortunately, some 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 in the comforts or their home rather than in an assisted living community. Home care in Hollywood Riviera, CA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.
Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age. We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of seniors to maintain a higher level of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of 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.
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 care services in Hollywood Riviera, CA. Always Best Care is here to help.
Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's 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 ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.
To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home 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 or Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
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.
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 activities and hobbies while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.
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 other activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress helps reduce the risks of caregiver burnout.
When it comes to non-medical home care, 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.
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:
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.
In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.
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, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Hollywood Riviera, 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 an assisted living community. 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 to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be 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 in Hollywood Riviera, CA 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.
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.
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 Hollywood Riviera,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.
The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced 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:
An assessment of your senior loved one
An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home
Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs
Celebrities and Entertainment Industry Executives Team Up to Score Green for Nonprofit Television Academy Foundation in Tournament The Television Academy Foundation today announced it raised over $436,000 at the 22nd Annual Emmys Golf Classic.Television stars, sports luminaries, entertainment industry executives, Television Academy leadership and corporate partners competed in the golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, Monday, Oct. 3....
The Television Academy Foundation today announced it raised over $436,000 at the 22nd Annual Emmys Golf Classic.
Television stars, sports luminaries, entertainment industry executives, Television Academy leadership and corporate partners competed in the golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, Monday, Oct. 3.
Proceeds from the event benefit the nonprofit’s renowned Internship and College Television Awards programs that provide industry access and career development opportunities for college students nationwide interested in media careers.
Cedric The Entertainer (The Neighborhood) and Andia Winslow (A League of Their Own) co-hosted the event that included stars from television, film and sports: Jonathan Adams (Last Man Standing), Frank Buckley (KTLA), Matt Craven (Lou), Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul), Derek Fisher (NBA), Jason Her (For All Mankind), Brian Letscher (Scandal), Matt Letscher (The Flash), Willie Gault (NFL), Michael Irby (Mayans M.C.), Chris O’Dowd (Slumberland), Dr. Paul Nassif (Botched), Norm Nixon (NBA), Danielle Nottingham (California Live), Jesse Orosco (MLB), Ron Perlman (The Capture) and Patrick Warburton (Family Guy). Adam Rodriguez (Ordinary Joe) served as honorary host for the event.
“Our sincerest appreciation to Cedric The Entertainer and Andia Winslow for co-hosting the event and to all the celebrities and industry executives who participated in the tournament,” said Cris Abrego, chair of the Television Academy Foundation. “Our generous corporate sponsors made this year’s event a tremendous success. The funds raised will support the Foundation’s year-round programming offering diverse students nationwide educational events and paid internships at top Hollywood production companies to help them on their career paths.”
The tournament kicked off with “on-the-green” carpet arrivals, a putting contest, full round of golf and an afternoon cocktail reception. The day concluded with an auction and awards dinner where honors were presented, including:
? 3rd Place Team: Deborah Bradley, Mark Kuryak, Jeffrey Springer and Kevin Walsh.
A few weeks after announcing that their next tour will be their last, Dead & Company have revealed their dates for 2023. The run will kick off with two arena shows at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on May 19-20 and wrap July 15-16 at Oracle Park in San Francisco, the spiritual hometown of The Grateful Dead.Tickets go on sale to the general publ...
A few weeks after announcing that their next tour will be their last, Dead & Company have revealed their dates for 2023. The run will kick off with two arena shows at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on May 19-20 and wrap July 15-16 at Oracle Park in San Francisco, the spiritual hometown of The Grateful Dead.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Oct. 14 at 10 am local time via the band’s Web site.
Dead & Company formed in 2015 following what were advertised as the Grateful Dead’s final shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field. The group includes John Mayer on vocals/guitar as something of a fill-in for the late Jerry Garcia, but has never featured Dead bassist Phil Lesh, who continued with his solo career. Since then, Dead & Company has toured consistently and kept the Dead’s beloved music alive for a new generation of fans.
Before the summer tour, Dead & Company will hold their annual Playing in the Sand festival in Riviera Cancun, Mexico, on Jan. 14-17.
Fri May 19 Los Angeles, CA Kia Forum Sat May 20 Los Angeles, CA Kia Forum Tue May 23 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion Fri May 26 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion Sun May 28 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre Tue May 30 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion Thu Jun 01 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Sat Jun 03 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live Mon Jun 05 Burgettstown, PA The Pavilion at Star Lake Wed Jun 07 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Fri Jun 09 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field Sat Jun 10 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field Tue Jun 13 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center Thu Jun 15 Philadelphia, PA Citizen’s Bank Park Sat Jun 17 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center Sun Jun 18 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center Wed Jun 21 New York, NY Citi Field Thu Jun 22 New York, NY Citi Field Sun Jun 25 Boston, MA Fenway Park Tue Jun 27 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Music Center Sat Jul 01 Boulder, CO Folsom Field Sun Jul 02 Boulder, CO Folsom Field Mon Jul 03 Boulder, CO Folsom Field Fri Jul 07 George, WA The Gorge Sat Jul 08 George, WA The Gorge Fri Jul 14 San Francisco, CA Oracle Park Sat Jul 15 San Francisco, CA Oracle Park
Patch has your complete guide to Independence Day fireworks shows, parades and other celebrations in and around L.A.'s West Side & South BayREDONDO BEACH, CA — Happy birthday, America!After a year or two of COVID-related restrictions, Redondo Beach and cities and towns throughout the West side and South Bay/Long Beach region are back in the star-spangled swing with Fourth of July parades, events and fireworks extravaganzas.July 4, 2022 falls on a Monday. Do note not all Independence Day events are on that dat...
REDONDO BEACH, CA — Happy birthday, America!
After a year or two of COVID-related restrictions, Redondo Beach and cities and towns throughout the West side and South Bay/Long Beach region are back in the star-spangled swing with Fourth of July parades, events and fireworks extravaganzas.
July 4, 2022 falls on a Monday. Do note not all Independence Day events are on that date, with several spread throughout the holiday weekend or earlier. And always confirm with organizers that events are proceeding as planned.
Scroll through our annual event guide to find what's going on near you. And have a happy, safe and festive 4th of July, from Patch!
JULY 3: July 4th Weekend Over-The-Line Tournament & Movie In Park. "Ghostbusters Afterlife" plays at 8 p.m.
JULY 4: July 4th Celebration, Music & Fireworks. Festivities include family games & live music.
JULY 4: July 4th Great American Kids' Bike Parade. Hosted by Justin Rudd, with free entry.
JULY 4: LA Galaxy Soccer & July 4th Fireworks: Dignity Health Sports Park. Fireworks follow game against CF Montreal.
JULY 2-4: July 4th Weekend Fests, Parades & Fireworks. Avalon & Two Harbors both hosting fireworks extravaganzas.
JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks & 'Let Freedom Ring Celebration' - A community tradition, now in its 49th year.
JULY 3: July 3rd Independence Day Fest & Fireworks: West LA College. Featuring live music, food & fireworks.
JULY 4: July 4th Fest & Fireworks. Wristbands on sale.
JULY 4: July 4th Ironman 'Run, Paddle, Chug' - "The quintessential bonhomie experience."
JULY 2-4: July 4th Fireworks, L.A. Philharmonic, Steve Martin & Martin Short: Hollywood Bowl. "Join us for one of LA’s greatest July Fourth traditions."
JULY 2-4: July 4th Weekend Outdoor Movies & Fireworks: Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A different movie each night, plus DJs, food & photo booths.
JUNE 25: Civic Center Block Party & Fireworks. Live entertainment, "Taste of Lakewood" & family fun zone, too.
JULY 2: Independence Day Dog Parade. At Lincoln Park.
JULY 3: July 3rd 'Big Bang On The Bay' Fireworks & BBQ: Boathouse on the Bay. Ticket proceeds benefit charities.
JULY 4: July 4th Great American Kids' Bike Parade. Hosted by Justin Rudd, with free entry.
JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks At Waterfront. An annual tradition!
JULY 1 & 4: LA Dodger July 4th Weekend Fireworks & Games. The great American pastime ... followed by fireworks extravaganza.
JULY 4: July 4th LAX Coastal Parade. This year's theme is"Yours for a Better Community: Celebrating the Best of America," in honor of philanthropist Howard Drollinger’s 100th birthday in Westchester.
JULY 4: Grand Park July 4th Block Party & Fireworks. Night of food, music, DJs, dancing & fireworks!
JULY 3: July 3rd Fireworks Show, Food, Entertainment & Family Fun. Includes food trucks, live entertainment, bounce houses, lawn games & more.
JULY 1-4: July 4th Weekend Fireworks. Check for latest updates on barge displays.
JULY 3: July 3rd Salute To The Troops: Picnic & Concert. Pack a picnic & enjoy The Satin Dollz.
JULY 4: July 4th Begg Pool Party Celebration. $5 per person.
JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks: Burton Chace Park & Fisherman's Village. "There’s no better place in Los Angeles to see 4th of July fireworks than in L.A.’s Marina."
JULY 4: July 4th Will Rogers 5K, 10K & Kids' Fun Run. Annual event, dating to 1977, draws participants from young children to those 80 years old!
JULY 4: July 4th Parade, Flyover & Fireworks. Advance ticket sales required for fireworks.
JULY 4: July 4th Celebration & Carnival. Pony rides, food trucks, games, beer & wine booth also planned.
JULY 3: Village Runner Independence Day 5K Run & Firecracker Dash. With costume contest, plus T-shirts & medals for finishers.
JULY 4: July 4th Fest, Bands & Fireworks: Riviera Village. On Avenue I & tickets on sale.
JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks: Seaside Lagoon. On a first-come, first-served basis.
JULY 1: July 1st 'Cars & Stripes Forever' - Fireworks & Music. "The popular patriotic event Port of Los Angeles Cars & Stripes Forever! returns to the LA Waterfront in 2022!"
JULY 4: July 4th Community Observance At Korean Bell. At Angels Gate Park, home of the Korean Friendship Bell.
JULY 4: July 4th John Olguin Fireworks Spectacular Party: Cabrillo Beach. Tickets on sale.
JULY 2-4: July 4th Weekend Fest & Fireworks: Six Flags Magic Mountain. Featuring nightly fireworks.
JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks: Westfield Valencia Town Center. Soundtrack broadcasts live on KHTS AM 1220.
JULY 1-5: July 4th Weekend Ferris Wheel Flag Display: Pacific Park. Pacific Wheel will fly a 90-feet tall American flag & interchanging display for weekend celebration.
JULY 4: July 4th Parade. "We're proud to honor our community heroes, first responders during the pandemic years: healthcare, public safety & food service workers."
JULY 1-4: July 4th Weekend Carnival & Fireworks. Thrill rides, midway games, carnival food & more!
JULY 4: July 4th Celebration Fireworks. Viewing will be on first-come, first-served basis.
JULY 2-4: July 4th Weekend Fireworks: Universal Studios Hollywood. With nightly fireworks show.
JULY 2-4: July 4th Weekend Fest & Fireworks: Six Flags Magic Mountain. Featuring nightly fireworks.
JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks: Westfield Valencia Town Center. Soundtrack broadcasts live on KHTS AM 1220.
JULY 3-4: July 4th Weekend Electric Light Parade. A unique event, only in Venice!
JULY 4: July 4th 'Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach' Competition. Includes guest appearance by body-building legend, Bill Grant, aka,"The Man of Steel."
JULY 4: July 4th LAX Coastal Parade. This year's theme is"Yours for a Better Community: Celebrating the Best of America," in honor of philanthropist Howard Drollinger’s 100th birthday.
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There’s no shortage of elysian Santa Barbara hotels in both the seaside city and its idyllic surrounding areas of Montecito and the Santa Ynez wine country. The central California region, after all, has been a popular getaway since the early 1950s—its abundance of sunshine, Mediterranean climate, and sprawling Pacific Ocean views made it a magnet for well-to-do honeymooners, road-trippers, and celebrities during the booming post-war era. Soon, the area gained the nickname of the “American Riviera” (a nod to the ...
There’s no shortage of elysian Santa Barbara hotels in both the seaside city and its idyllic surrounding areas of Montecito and the Santa Ynez wine country. The central California region, after all, has been a popular getaway since the early 1950s—its abundance of sunshine, Mediterranean climate, and sprawling Pacific Ocean views made it a magnet for well-to-do honeymooners, road-trippers, and celebrities during the booming post-war era. Soon, the area gained the nickname of the “American Riviera” (a nod to the French coastal region idealized by vacationers of every era, everywhere).
70 years later, and the area’s popularity proves perennial: Santa Barbara a must-stop for those cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles weekenders, and, well, anyone who desires to live out a California fantasy. So, for those planning—or just daydreaming—about a trip, here are our favorite Santa Barbara hotels in the city proper and its surrounding areas.
High in the hills of Montecito is the peaceful oasis that is El Encanto, a Belmond hotel with greenery-covered walkways, ivy-adorned trellises, and a calming infinity pool that seemingly stretches into the horizon. Spacious rooms are adorned in a Spanish-colonial-meets-California-cool aesthetic (think terracotta as well as tilework complemented with crisp white accents), and most feature balconies or patios perfect for a morning coffee—although you may want to enjoy that (or an afternoon tea service) on the property’s idyllic terrace with Pacific Ocean views.
As the site of Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian’s much-publicized engagement, the Rosewood Miramar is enjoying quite the pop culture moment. Not that it needs it: the property has been a must-stay since its recent opening in 2019, selling out most weekends.
Why? Well, because it’s a leisure-pursuit paradise perched right on the Pacific Ocean: there are two pools, a beach club, a bocce court, a luxurious spa, as well as both a Goop store and The Webster. Plus, with an ice cream shop and multiple bars, you’ll be able to do all of the above with a cone—or glass of rosé—in hand.
San Ysidro Ranch has a glamorous history: founded in 1893, it was the California hotel du jour during the golden age of Hollywood, and it was the setting for the 1953 honeymoon of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy as well as the wedding of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, to name a few. (More recently, it hosted the nuptials of Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger.) Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, its 500-acre grounds are dotted with olive and orange trees as well as roses and magnolias. Order a bottle of wine—the hotel’s cellar has 12,000 bottles—and enjoy the scenic views of the Pacific.
Opening this fall in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country is the Inn at Mattei’s Tavern, an Auberge resort. It has an illustrious past—once upon a time, the Los Olivos tavern was a stagecoach stop during California’s infamous gold rush. Now, it’s getting a luxurious new life as a modern farmhouse meets ranch-style resort with 67 guest rooms, several cottages, and a spa as well as a pool set amid an olive grove.
Four South Bay cities on Tuesday, Dec. 21, adopted emergency ordinances imposing development limits before a state law allows builders to create duplexes and fourplexes on what are now considered single-family lots.Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Rancho Palos Verdes all on put local standards in place for projects to be built under ...
Four South Bay cities on Tuesday, Dec. 21, adopted emergency ordinances imposing development limits before a state law allows builders to create duplexes and fourplexes on what are now considered single-family lots.
Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Rancho Palos Verdes all on put local standards in place for projects to be built under Senate Bill 9, state legislation that allows lots across California made for single-family homes to be split into two lots, with two units allowed on each lot.
The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2022, looks to ease California’s ongoing affordable housing crisis, but it was vehemently resisted by cities throughout Los Angeles County and neighboring regions who feared it would abolish single-family zoning in California.
Opponents specifically cited the destruction of trees as one way the new rules could destroy the character of residential neighborhoods. Supporters, meanwhile, hailed SB 9 as a necessary way to correct city zoning laws that have contributed to racial segregation.
So, South Bay cities, and others, have been forced to determine how to align city zoning standards to prevent confusion. These urgency ordinances, which had to be put into place before Jan. 1, are intended to mitigate some of the impacts of the state-imposed legislation, according to local officials.
Without a local emergency ordinance, Hermosa Beach City Attorney Patrick Donegan said at a Dec. 21 meeting, the combination of SB 9 rules and the city’s existing zoning code would make for a “hodgepodge,” confusing developers and city staff alike.
The state law does allows local jurisdictions to adopt their own building and zoning standards within the parameters of SB 9. And that’s what South Bay agencies did this week. Pasadena last week adopted a similar urgency ordinance.
On Tuesday, Hermosa Beach Councilmember Raymond Jackson voiced a concern shared by many cities zoned predominantly as single-family/residential.
“The concern is come Jan. 1, somebody’s going to drop an application for a (building) permit, request to lot split and build for 25-foot structures on a (lot that doesn’t support that) and we’ve got nothing to mitigate that,” Jackson said of waiting and not adopting a local ordinance.
It’s been a controversial topic as city governments want to maintain authority over local development and maintain the character of their neighborhoods.
For splitting residential lots, there are some similarities among the South Bay city local control measures, including:
Some of the building requirements for split lots varied from city-to-city, including:
In addition to passing emergency ordinances, two of the South Bay cities also passed resolutions supporting a statewide initiative to roll back SB 9.
Manhattan and Hermosa Beach each approved measures supporting the Brand-Huang-Mendoza Tripartison Land Use Initiative.
The initiative is authored by Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand, Yorba Linda Mayor Peggy Huang and Jovita Mendoza, a Brentwood councilmember. Its aim is to reverse existing state laws, including SB 9 and SB 10, that they contend take zoning authority away from local communities. The initiative — which seeks to be included on the November 2022 ballot — is in the signature-gathering phase and has until April 30 to submit to the state, according to Brand.
Hermosa Beach adopted a resolution supporting the initiative at its Nov. 23 City Council meeting, while Manhattan Beach offered support at its Dec. 21 meeting.
For his part, Jackson said he didn’t see a lot of developers and builders lining up to “start pushing SB9 and lot splitting,” but he worried about corporations coming in who only cared about making money.
Ideally, for all of these cities, there would have been more time to consider the details. In Hermosa Beach, officials will take SB 9 into account when they revisit local zoning next year, according to Ken Robertson, the city’s community development director.
“We would like to take a lot more time fleshing out the details of a drastically new zoning program like this,” Robertson said.
“But we really didn’t have any choice,” Robertson said. “We had to do something by the end of the year.”