Neighborhood Spotlight – Kim Sinclair

Connecting and highlighting incredible people in our South Bay community is one of our favorite parts of our jobs.

 The inspiration we draw from those we interact with keeps us fueled through the ups and downs of the daily grind!

With the start of April, the designated Autism Awareness Month, we are proud to feature Kim Sinclair – Executive Director for the Autism Society Los Angeles!

After meeting Kim and sharing our story, she reached out to us to be featured as a Neighborhood Spotlight. This act is a perfect portrayal of Kim and her commitment to representing the Autism community.  Kim’s role with The Autism Society Los Angeles has provided her with an incredible platform to empower individuals with Autism, as well as serve as a resource for their families. With over 20 years of experience in both corporate and non-profit environments, Kim’s efforts have brought a focus on processes, fundraising, and program administration and development to the ASLA.   Kim and the whole ASLA team work ardently to improve the lives of individuals with autism, their families and professionals. Kim is especially passionate about using community collaboration to empower, educate and, ultimately, improve the lives of all individuals with developmental disabilities

Kim’s other passions include cycling, spending time outdoors and with her family.

  1. You are very passionate about what you do! What is your favorite part about working for The Autism Society Los Angeles?

Our mission is truly making a difference: “improve the lives of all affected by autism. We help empower individuals with autism (self advocates), their families, and professionals through advocacy, education, support and community collaboration”.  I love our entire community and that we are making a difference in people’s lives every day.

2. The Autism Society Los Angeles has a broad range of services, can you please give us a brief run-down of the services/experience that the organization offers?

We are engaged throughout the community in Public Policy to influence the laws that support our individuals and families.  Through Advocacy ASLA represents individuals with developmental disabilities in Sacramento through membership on statewide commissions and committees and building relations with legislators and administrators.  ASLA trains medical and law enforcement professionals improving the outcomes of interactions for our community members.  Providing a resource “warm-line”, to provide support for in need families, self-advocates and members of the community.  Presenting conferences and trainings, to provide education and increase advocacy skills.  ASLA also just launched a Self Advocate Speakers Bureau, to provide speaking opportunities for Self Advocates to community groups representing their voices. And finally, we provide an Annual Summer residential camp to young adults – Camp NAVIN to support independence and friendships.

3. Of the many programs the organization offers, which one is your favorite and why?

I love the newly launched Self Advocate Speakers Bureau. We train individuals with disabilities on presentation skills and then connect with community groups for public speaking presentations to create acceptance of differences. It is powerful and provides employment for our disability community.

4. What would you say is the biggest place where you have seen The Autism Society Los Angeles make an impact?

Our programs and services help families and individuals across all developmental disabilities develop advocacy skills and become educated on how to navigate the multiple support systems in California to improve their quality of life. Most importantly, we have been the lead organization in passing laws in California that will have a profound impact on the thousands of individuals with disabilities.

5. Does the Autism Society Los Angeles only help individuals with Autism?

No, we help families and individuals across all developmental disabilities, and professionals including medical and law enforcement.

6. What do you see for the future of the Autistic community and how is The Autism Society Los Angeles helping shape that future?

We are THE resource in the LA disability community and have trained thousands of family members, individuals with disabilities, and professionals.  And we will continue to support the community across all stages of their lifespan.

7. What impact do donations to The Autism Society Los Angeles make within the community?

All donations stay local, unlike many peer organizations. ASLA is mostly a volunteer-run organization that relies on donations to keep our programs and advocacy efforts continuing.  The funds raised support our mission and all dollars raised by ASLA stay in our community.  We are also always in search of passionate and dedicated volunteers that can help.  And we always value business support to help sponsor programs.

Details of how to donate or become engaged can be found at www.AutismLA.org

A great opportunity to get involved with the Autism community is taking place THIS SATURDAY from 12:00-4:00! The Nick’s Community Chili Cook-off guarantees delicious food, adult beverages & unlimited fun for kids, with profits benefiting Nick’s Community & ASLA

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Feeling Green in 2017?

The Hermosa Parade & Redondo 5k may have already passed, but there is still plenty of time to get revved up for St. Patrick’s Day!

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Our suggestions to get in the spirit: Send a hand-written Irish blessing to a friend, bake some Irish Soda bread & check out a nearby celebration! (or dye your pool green if you are really committed)

  • Saint Rocke: Saint Rocke gets it going with tribute band Hollywood U2 and Barley Friday March 17th. Get in early for happy hour with “Piano Man” Scott Doyle (this is the guy from your favorite Dueling Piano nights).
  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the LA Kings at Taste of the South Bay. It’s an upscale, food-centric social event at Shade Hotel’s new location in Redondo Beach. In between tastings, guests can mix and mingle with LA Kings personnel and celebrities, play casino games and bid on the silent auction. Also, proceeds from the event benefit Redondo Beach Police Foundation to buy classroom emergency safety kits for all Redondo Beach schools – a win-win!
  • If you feel up to venturing outside of the South Bay bubble, head over to the Original Farmers Market on St. Patrick’s Day for corned beef, cabbage and green beer at Magee’s Kitchen. Glen “the strolling bagpiper” will be playing Celtic tunes during lunchtime, while Stuart Marks and the Paddy O’Dors Band will park themselves on the West Patio during dinner.

Irish Blessing

May you always have…
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.


Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Check for doneness after 30 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

 


Wherever you find yourself this St. Patrick’s Day, the Weber Accetta Group wants to leave you with the following Irish Blessing:

May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Valentine’s Day in the South Bay

 Not sure what to do with your boo this Valentine’s? We have selected a few romantic AND fun events that are taking place nearby….

Sweetheart’s Stroll in the Botanic Garden:

Sunday, February 12, 2017 – 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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Event is FREE for Garden Members!  General Admission rates apply for non-members.
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Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic, blanket or chairs and enjoy music by VOX DJ  on the Upper Meadow.  Beer tastings will be provided by Red Car Brewery and Restaurant and wine from Plough/Wooden Valley Wines.  The Foil Place will be onsite to provide a complimentary, personalized engraving with the purchase of a wine glass. A photo booth will be on site and food can also be purchased from Richeeze Grilled Cheese Truck.

Valentine’s Day | Upstairs & Downstairs at R10 Social House:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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R/10 Social House provides ideal settings for both singles and couples on Valentine’s Day with an Upstairs & Downstairs event. R/10 turns its upstairs bar and lounge into a singles party with cocktails and a DJ from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (No reservations required)

Meanwhile, the downstairs portion of the venue will feature an intimate 3-Course Prix Fixe Menu with wine-pairing option available from 5:00 p.m. to close. To make a reservation call ahead at (310) 798-2500.

Hoppy Valentines Dinner by Primal Alchemy Catering & Brouweij West:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – 6:00 PM – 10:00 PMr

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 Primal Alchemy Catering is hosting a farm to table Valentine’s dinner with Brouwerij West Brewery Beers for an unforgettable romantic celebration.

Set in a 1940’s warehouse, you will arrive to aphrodisiac appetizers paired with a complimentary tasting of 5 Brouwerij West beers to start off the evening.  Sway to the French-Gypsy swing music of Hedgehog Swing and capture the memory with a picture in our Lovers Only photo booth, before enjoying a seasonally selected dinner.

1FUR1’s Cupid & Canines Valentine’s Benefit | Zoom Room, RB 

Sunday, February 19, 4-6 pm

Join 1FUR1’s Cupid & Canines Valentine’s Benefit at the Zoom Room Redondo Beach for fun activities to enjoy with your 4-legged best friend by your side.
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Celebrate the holiday with tasty treats, awesome giveaways, doggy body art, DIY clay paw prints, smooches in the photo booth, food, drinks and lots of of mingling with fellow dog lovers. Enter your dog in the high jump competition to win big prizes and meet the Zoom Room trainers who will answer any training questions and share tips. For more details and tix, visit https://www.1fur1.org/events

Fall in the South Bay!

There is no end to the exciting events happening throughout the South Bay! We are fortunate to live in such an active, involved community & want to help promote local events happening throughout the remainder of the month. We have pooled a few of the upcoming festivities and happenings we are most excited for – but please reach out if we have missed your favorite 🙂

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The Rising Tohoku Food Fair hosted by Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance presents 2 full days of food and cultural festivities to celebrate the charms of the Tohoku region in Northeast Japan, which can be enjoyed by children and adults. A variety of delicious food including seafood, wagyu beef, and sweets will bring you the authentic flavor of Tohoku, Japan. Check out fun workshops and dance presentations on Saturday and Sunday (11.5-11.6 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm)!

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TedxManhattan Beach 2016: What If? takes place at Mira Costa High School on Saturday, Nov 5th and is a day of delight, creativity, inspiration, education, and fun. Three sessions of engaging speakers plus unlimited exploration of our interactive exhibit hall with breaks for breakfast, snack, and lunch. Meet 14 people who will surprise, delight, educate and open our eyes to what is possible when we ask “What if”..

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Meet a real mermaid and pirate at the SEA Lab’s November Fishtivities Saturday, Nov 5!  Mermaid activities will run from 10:00am-11:30am and Pirate activities will run from 1:00pm – 3:30pm (each session costs $5 per person, you can just participate in one for $5 or both the mermaid and pirate activities for $10)

 

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Alpine Village Oktoberfest is back! The longest running Oktoberfest in Los Angeles, this annual event offers traditional German fare, delicious German beers brewed by Warsteiner and  Bavarian fun is supplied by Oom Pah Pah party bands!  The Alpine Village Imports Market offers an array of German foods and products, as well as tasty sausages and a bakery.  Schedule runs as follows:

Fridays: 6:00 PM to midnight – 21+

Saturdays: 5:00 PM to midnight – 21+

Sundays:  1:00 PM to 6:00 PM – ALL AGES!!!

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How is it already time for the Manhattan Beach Pier Lighting & Holiday Open House?! Downtown merchants will be open until 9:00 PM and are sure to offer some distinctive gifts and intriguing offers this holiday season. Our restaurants will be serving their original menus and some sampling is sure to get your palette started for an evening of wonderful food. The event is set to take place Wednesday, Nov. 16th from 6:00-9:00 pm.

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Inching Closer to Changes

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In mid-August, the city’s harbor commission voted 4-2 to certify the environmental impact report for CenterCal Properties’ $300 million waterfront development. After the announcement, a public forum was held – one that lasted for over seven hours. While the comments varied from those expressing their support to those voicing their dissatisfaction, we are encouraged that so many Redondo Beach residents felt strongly enough about the well-being of our home town to participate in the open conversation.

Though this CenterCal proposal is relatively new, one of the most contended issues raised has been a well-argued problem for over 50 years – where to place the boat ramp. Mole B, which the commissioners have tentatively voted to be the location for the boat ramp, sits next to Moonstone Park near the Harbor Patrol station. Interestingly enough, this location was presented as an option several times in the 1980’s and was turned down each time. Among the dissenters for this option were members from both the Lanakila and Nahoa outrigger canoe clubs who argued that there is simply not enough room at Mole B to host 100+ boats, necessary equipment and the launch ramp. As city staff scrambles to investigate three other potential sites (one of which is Mole C where the Portofino Hotel and Joe’s Crab Shack currently sit), dissenting commissioner Kari Keidser comments, “I find it disappointing we’re choosing commercial development over recreational uses. I can only hope this will be corrected by the City Council or Coastal Commission.”

While there are still a few obvious hiccups in the proposed plan, a majority of the development is completely finalized. Currently, a 16-by-7 foot exact replica of the 36-acre project lives in the El Segundo CenterCal office. Each inch of the replica represents 16 feet and the development includes all of the planned recreational and commercial facilities, including a 20-foot-wide boardwalk, 120 room boutique hotel and movie theater. CenterCal Properties, the waterfront developer, hopes that allowing the public to visit the model in person will help residents to better visualize the finished project and ultimately garner more support for the proposal.

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Although a level of objection to the changes remains active in the community, it is impossible to ignore the ongoing (if slow!) progression of the waterfront project. With construction expected to commence in 2017, the proposed dramatic makeover of Redondo Beach’s waterfront is becoming a more realistic and necessary reality. According to a recent report released by the Redondo Beach City Council, the current waterfront infrastructure is failing and in dire need of repair. The study quoted the repair cost of at over $100 million. As Commissioner Michael Jackson put it, “We can’t afford the infrastructure that’s falling apart with or without CenterCal. It has to happen.”

 

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How To Rock Your Request For Repairs

A typical Residential Purchase Agreement contains an inspection contingency that allows for the buyer to inspect the property, review the reports and present a request for repairs to the seller. If the buyer is unsatisfied with the agreed upon repair list he or she can choose to cancel the deal and have their deposit returned. A request for repairs may ask for a detailed list of work to be done and/or a credit amount to cover the cost of the repairs.

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While some buyers feel that opting to waive the inspection contingency will give them a better at getting their offer accepted, we always advise buyers to opt to have the property inspected. While general home inspections cost several hundred dollars and are paid by the buyer, they could save the buyer a large amount of money in the long run. It also helps to educate you on the overall condition of your home and the condition of its systems.

Your home inspection will inevitably point out some problems with the property – no matter if it is brand new or 25 years old. Your home inspector will check that the main appliances and main systems (plumbing, heating, electrical, etc) are safe and operational. They will also check to see if there are any health and safety issues that might be a problem with the specific property. Pending the results, the general inspector will recommend additional inspections from a specialist (such as a roofing or foundation expert) and/or a list of necessary repairs. Most home inspectors have years of experience and should be able to identify what is problematic and needs to be addressed immediately, as well as what will need maintenance in the near future.

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At this point, you will need to generate a list of requested repairs or credits to present to the seller. This part of the escrow process requires negotiation and strong communication between both the agents and their respective parties. Thus, when deciding what issues or problems to put on your list it is helpful to consider how the seller might react – while you may feel that you are entitled to put everything the inspector recommends replacing, this is a key example of “picking your battles”. You may an extensive list, but it is best to get the list down to the most crucial items and be willing to let the minor things go.

Generally, it is a good idea to stick to health and safety items, as well as any damage that could adversely affect the structural integrity of the home over time. A few items of real concern are: cracks in the chimney, foundation cracks or a damaged roof.

As a buyer, you should be absolutely be persistent on ensuring that your future home is up to par, but you should prepared to take on some of the responsibility of the repairs. After all, you do not want to the deal to fall apart or get drawn out because you cannot come to an agreement as to which party will fix a few cracked floor tiles.

The best way to ensure that you get the most from the seller is to present estimates of the actual cost from contractors. While this may require more effort on your end, doing this gives the seller concrete proof of the price work that needs to be done and gives them little wiggle room.

Another thing to keep in mind when crafting your request list is the sale price of the home. If you were able to secure the home way below asking price, you should consider being a bit more lenient on your list. If you paid full price, you will have more wiggle room to include more requests, but remember that it is very rare to have the seller agree to all the requests right off the bat.

Most importantly, lean heavily on your agent during this whole experience! Remember, we are negotiation specialists and have gone through this process many times. We know the importance of being flexible, but also when to stick to our guns and fight for our clients and their wants. In the end, our job is to ensure that you get the best deal and that you feel 100% confident moving forward with closing on your new home!

4th of July Fireworks in the South Bay!

4th of July is coming up this weekend and what better way to enjoy the holiday than with a firework show? Below is a really great and informative article from southbayevents.com that lists all the local shows you can check out. Lucky me, I get front row seats that the Torrance Beach show 🙂 Where will you be????

Hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!

Fourth of July Day

One of the biggest days of the year is coming to the South Bay- the 4th of July! Residents of Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan Beach and citizens from all around the South Bay celebrate the peak of the summer more so than any other spot in Los Angeles, and maybe the whole U.S.A. From crazy house parties, crowded bars and a swollen bike path plus several Fireworks shows, the biggest party of the year should be experienced at least once.

    • Fireworks Shows: 2015 will have the traditional Fireworks shows, which are getting more impressive each year.There is a major show at the Redondo Beach Pier which will be visible from the Pier and Harbor areas and will feature live music and all-day entertainment at Seaside Lagoon. With budget cuts canceling the traditional huge shows at Wilson Park in Torrance, the Redondo show will be one of the largest in southern Caifornia. The 9th Annual Independence Day Party at Seaside Lagoon starts at 2pm with many activities for kids and families including live bands, arts/crafts, workshops, water activities, dancing, food & beverage and more! Fireworks show will begin at 9pm, choreographed to patriotic music. Other shows that are currently open to the public are going to take place at Cabrillo Beach and Torrance Beach (shot from a barge offshore). The shows all begin between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. and more info can be found at Redondo Fireworks.Redondo Beach Fireworks

      Torrance Beach fireworks. The Briles family of Torrance will once again have its privately funded fireworks show off the coast of Torrance beach. Jackie Briles, 95, covers the cost of the show in honor of her late husband. The pyrotechnics will begin between 9 and 9:15 p.m. from a barge.

El Segundo fireworks

      . El Segundo’s annual Fourth of July celebration will take place beginning at 10 a.m. in Recreation Park, 401 E. Sheldon St. There will be food, games, contests and music. Other Gundo like festivities happen throughout the day in this small town, sea-dide hamlet: water-balloon toss, pie-eating contest, and watermelon-eating contest. Live music from 5 to 7pm and the fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. To buy wristbands for grandstand seats and resident priority seating, call 310-524-2700.

Marina Del Rey

          . Marina del Rey’s firework show is back with a new budget thanks to donations from local sponsors. The roughly 20-minute show starts at 9 p.m. over the Main Channel. Presented by Zambelli Fireworks, the pyrotechnic display will be choreographed to music that will be broadcast over KXLU-FM 88.9 and relayed over loudspeakers in Burton Chace Park. The park is at 13650 Mindanao Way (one block west of Admiralty Way) and Fisherman’s Village is at 13755 Fiji Way. To find out more about the show including some of the best spots to see the fireworks, Take a look at

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    • 4th of July 5K Presented by UCLA Health Systems: The 22nd Annual 4th of July 5K will take place in Redondo Beach on Independence Day. The race will begin at 8 a.m., starting and ending at Riviera Village while encountering a panoramic ocean view along the way. The race has become the fastest growing event in the South Bay area, beginning with a few hundred runners in the inaugural event and growing to an anticipated 5,000 runners for this year’s race. Rock & Brews PCH will host the post-race party at its location near the finish line.More Info
    • Other Special Events: The city of Manhattan Beach is throwing a pool party at Begg Pool for the kiddies from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
    • The city of Palos Verdes Estates is having their annual Independence Day celebration this year beginning at 9:30 a.m., including a bicycle parade and pie-eating contest.
  • Rancho Palos Verdes: The city’s 39th annual Independence Day celebration will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Upper Point Vicente Park, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd. The event will feature music by the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band and a country band, arts and crafts, rides, games, hula hoop contests, a petting zoo, and more. Admission is free, and a complimentary shuttle will run from the Hawthorne Boulevard Ralphs store to the lot adjacent the Point Vicente Lighthouse on Palos Verdes Drive West. On-site parking costs $5 per vehicle.

Check out the full article here: http://www.southbayevents.com/events/july4.asp