Think Disneyland is crowded now? Wait till ‘Star Wars’ land opens in 2019 |Sep 26, 2017

It might seem hard to believe if you were among the tens of thousands of fans crammed into the Disneyland Resort last weekend, but we are entering a calm before the storm at Southern California’s theme parks.

Like beer? Like to run? These clubs are made for you |Sep 26, 2017

Beer and running have finally found a happy medium through a growing social trend: pub runs. Throughout Southern California, more and more running groups are meeting in the vicinity of local breweries to run a few miles before mingling over beers.

Bag up some tasty seafood at Shrimp By You in Torrance |Sep 26, 2017

Sadly, I stopped writing about the tidal wave of incredibly messy shellfish-in-a-bag joints a while back, simply because they were all pretty much the same place. It’s a culinary trend that began (at least locally) with a restaurant from the Gulf Coast called The Boiling Crab and which picked up an untold number of imitators.

Restaurant review: Enjoy tastes of Honduras and Ecuador in Lawndale |Sep 26, 2017

I’m not sure that two restaurants, just a few blocks apart, make for a “Little” anything. But the presence of a Honduran restaurant just three blocks from an Ecuadorian restaurant on generally industrial Prairie Avenue, just south of Rosecrans Avenue in Lawndale, is worth noting.

My Turn: How to be honest with your spouse and still preserve your marriage |Sep 26, 2017

My husband is basically incapable of lying. It’s the way he was raised and is both an amazing strength and, at times, an annoying weakness. I know I can always trust him and don’t have to worry about him getting involved with other women or sneaking out to party with the boys.

Volunteer whale-watching training opens at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium |Sep 25, 2017

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s whale-watching naturalist training program kicks off on Oct. 3. The volunteer opportunity includes weekly Tuesday night trainings through March. Volunteers who graduate the training program will be placed on whale-watching boats to train viewers about local marine wildlife.

Anthem cites soaring drugs costs to justify 35% rate hike in California |Sep 24, 2017

Health insurance giant Anthem predicts Californians will pop a lot more pills next year. To make the case for a hefty premium hike in the state’s individual insurance market, Anthem Blue Cross has forecast a 30 percent jump in prescription drug costs for 2018.

Beach Cities Health District to give virtual 3D tour of planned campus revamp |Sep 24, 2017

The Beach Cities Health District is gearing up to unveil plans for a long-envisioned revamp of its 11-acre campus in Redondo Beach. Next month, residents of the South Bay beach cities will get a virtual, 3D glimpse of conceptual plans to make over the Prospect Avenue campus with a senior living facility with up to 400 units and much-needed infrastructure upgrades to the district’s aging four-story medical building.

Southern California Boat Show expected to make a splash in its return to San Pedro |Sep 24, 2017

After organizers deemed last year’s inaugural event a success, the annual Southern California Boat Show will return to San Pedro this week. From the availability of parking to the marina setting, the Port of Los Angeles and San Pedro look to be a regular stop on the boat show tour that’s been a staple in Newport Beach and elsewhere for 45 years.

Catalina Island hopes to woo more visitors with 27 miles of new hiking trails |Sep 24, 2017

Visitors to Catalina Island have 27 miles of new options to leave Avalon behind and trek into the isle’s back country, thanks to a newly opened series of trails. The trails were added as part of Imagine Catalina, a multidecade project to preserve the island and promote conservation among visitors.

Trump tweets take on GOP holdouts on health legislation |Sep 23, 2017

WASHINGTON >> Sen. John McCain’s opposition to the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law has dealt a likely fatal blow to the legislation — and perhaps to the Republican Party’s years of promises to kill the program.

California lags in testing toddlers for lead exposure |Sep 23, 2017

A third of young California children at risk for lead poisoning are not being tested despite state and federal laws that require it, according to a new study—a problem at least partly addressed by legislation now on the governor’s desk.

Celebrate with classmates at South Bay/Harbor Area high school class reunions |Sep 23, 2017

• Carson High School: Carson High School winter and summer classes of 1967 and 1968, alumni and staff will have a 50-year reunion Oct. 21 at the Carson Community Center. For more information, call 661-259-5999 or visit reunioncommittee.

Going to Queen Mary’s Halloween Dark Harbor? Here are some places to eat |Sep 22, 2017

The Queen Mary is busy with events like concerts, comedy shows, dance parties and even MMA fights happening there. But it’s ghosts, monsters and other creatures that draw some of the biggest crowds of the year during the ship’s annual Dark Harbor event.

A 7-year-old discovers golf — and a link to a grandpa he’s never known |Sep 22, 2017

When I was in kindergarten, my dad brought home a set of golf clubs no longer than this open newspaper to indoctrinate me into his beloved sport. The clubs were, in a sense, a graduation. I was already spending my weekends tagging along at the golf course, fetching wayward balls, chasing ducks off the green, illegally driving the golf cart from one hole to the next.

Feed your Italian deli cravings at Giuliano’s in Gardena |Sep 21, 2017

I grew up in New York City, where there were Little Italys everywhere. Not just the famous one in downtown Manhattan, between Chinatown and the Village, but in the Bronx (Arthur Avenue), Brooklyn (Bensonhurst) and pretty much the whole borough of Staten Island.

5 South Bay restaurants, 1 food vendor reopen after health inspection closures |Sep 21, 2017

Here is a list of restaurants and food vendors closed or allowed to reopen by the county Department of Health Services for the week ending Sept. 16: • La Pastta Italian Cuisine Location: 1318 Sepulveda Blvd.

Here’s why the iconic Mermaid bar suddenly closed in Hermosa Beach |Sep 21, 2017

The Mermaid, an iconic “dive bar” at the end of Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach, closed its doors just after Labor Day weekend with little fanfare. CEO Kevin Michaels of Killer Shrimp, which merged with The Mermaid in January, blamed the “last-minute business decision” on a few factors — high rent, an increase in employee wages and the city’s “inability to let us do anything.

22nd Redondo Beach Lobster Festival kicks off Friday |Sep 21, 2017

Lobster lovers will get their feast on this weekend at the 22nd annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival at Seaside Lagoon. The three-day event north of the Redondo Beach Pier at 200 Portofino Way kicks off at 6 p.

Raw, leaking sewage compounds oil-tainted Carson neighborhood. Now what? |Sep 21, 2017

Armed with a new study that blames oil pollution for leaking sewage pipes beneath Carson’s Carousel housing tract, city leaders again are asking state water regulators to step in to help residents of the contaminated neighborhood.

Music Tastes Good: 10 rock star chefs you gotta try |Sep 21, 2017

When it comes to most music festivals, the musicians are the stars of the show. But things are a little different at the two-day Music Tastes Good festival, which returns to Long Beach Sept. 30-Oct.

How a legendary death in a Queen Mary oven inspired Dark Harbor’s new Halloween haunt |Sep 20, 2017

This is a grisly Halloween tale. Decades ago, so goes the story, a chef was murdered on board the Queen Mary by being shoved into his own oven and burned alive. And now, dressed in a tattered and charred chef’s coat and apron, this frightening foodie is once again roaming the ship’s kitchen as the latest spirit to join the band of ghosts, monsters and ghouls who take over the ship for the annual

After PR nightmare, Pieology executives break bread with Torrance police |Sep 20, 2017

Two executives of the Pieology pizza chain brought over a dozen pizzas and met privately with Torrance police officers at a roll call Wednesday to apologize for an employee’s profane message that she typed onto a policeman’s receipt last week.

Pet of the Week: Sonny, a 7-year-old female beagle mix, is available for adoption in Carson |Sep 20, 2017

Sonny, a 7-year-old female beagle mix, is available for immediate adoption at the Carson Animal Shelter, 216 Victoria St., 310-523-9566. She came to the shelter as an owner surrender. Ask for ticket No.

Are these Knott’s Scary Farm’s biggest fans? You be the judge |Sep 20, 2017

Los Angeles residents Gabriel Montoya and Nikki Montoya are Knott’s Scary Farm superfans, who attend almost every night of the event. “The reason why we go is we enjoy it so much because it’s so distinctly different than most haunts that are out there,” Gabriel Montoya said.

LA County has its own hepatitis A outbreak |Sep 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Health officials said today that Los Angeles County has a hepatitis A outbreak based on two “community-acquired” cases that cannot be traced back to San Diego County or Santa Cruz.

Taste of Arcadia, Pasadena events among food happenings in the LA area |Sep 19, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Akasha: Rosh Hashana à la carte dinner items, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Cost $6-$28 per item.

Ports O’ Call Village merchants vow court fight over looming evictions |Sep 19, 2017

Ports O’ Call merchants are pressuring the Port of Los Angeles to delay their Oct. 2 eviction from the commercial village, which is slated to be razed to make way for a new attraction, the San Pedro Public Market.

LA County declares its own hepatitis A outbreak; 10 infected include homeless |Sep 19, 2017

Public health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, saying there are now 10 people infected, two of whom are homeless and contracted the potentially fatal liver disease locally.

See what some of your neighbors are up to |Sep 19, 2017

Eagle Scout: Jackson Chambers of Boy Scout Troop 267 in El Segundo has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor. For his Eagle project, the Redondo Union High School sophomore built a maple trophy cabinet for Felton Elementary School in the Lennox School District, where his mother teaches.

Gardening: In the battle against bugs, don’t reach so fast for that bottle of pesticide |Sep 19, 2017

How eager we are to find culprits or villains, whether in life or in the garden. Often, that search is merely an indication of our own impatience, stress or lazy thinking. Let’s say I get lots of headaches.

Accidental Talmudist blows his horn for Rosh Hashanah |Sep 19, 2017

It wasn’t long before Salvador “Sal” Litvak realized a fact of life: You can’t just walk through security at Downtown Disney with a ram’s horn slung over your shoulder.

Rabbis in Southern California gear up for heavy-hitting Rosh Hashana sermons |Sep 19, 2017

The Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement are a time of self-reflection for Jews around the world. The High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are also when rabbis often give their most important — and powerful — sermons of the year.

5 new things you can expect at the Queen Mary’s Chill attraction |Sep 18, 2017

The Queen Mary’s popular Chill attraction will get a makeover this year. Last year’s Alice in a Winter Wonderland theme will transform into an entirely new attraction dubbed the Ice Adventure Park.

Starbucks quietly raises Southern California prices up to 30 cents |Sep 18, 2017

With McDonald’s serving $2 McCafe drink specials as part of a revamped coffee menu, what does Starbucks do in return? Raise prices. The Seattle giant has quietly raised prices from 10-30 cents in various U.

Mural project brings history to the walls of Millard Sheets Art Center at Fairplex |Sep 18, 2017

POMONA >> Much like the elements that would be included in a scrapbook, the images that are part of a mural being painted on a wall of the Millard Sheets Art Center at Fairplex represent memories of the LA County Fair.

What to expect from Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest |Sep 17, 2017

“Let them out!” came chants from people lining the streets on the opening night of Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest. When the large wooden gate swung open at 7 p.m. sharp, zombies, demons, and ghouls ran out and vanished into the night for the start of the biggest, most terrifying Halloween celebration yet at the Valencia amusement park.

It’s Halloween time at the Disneyland Resort – and Disney California Adventure will be ‘darker and edgier’ |Sep 16, 2017

Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is back at the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain has become the Ghost Galaxy coaster, and a giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern is glowing on Main Street, U.

Healthcare: Uninsured rate in US falls to record low of 8.8% |Sep 16, 2017

Three years after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect, the number of Americans without health insurance fell to 28.1 million in 2016, down from 29 million in 2015, according to a federal report released Tuesday.

South Bay, Harbor Area alumni to celebrate at upcoming reunions |Sep 16, 2017

South Bay and Harbor Area high schools are planning the following reunions and get-togethers in the next few weeks: • Gardena High School: Members of the Class of 1965 will celebrate turning 70 with a birthday celebration from 2-6 p.

New support group offers professional advice for South Bay parents |Sep 16, 2017

Moe Gelbart has been counseling teens and parents in the South Bay for 40 years. And in the age of social media and growing academic competition, there’s something he’s noticed about kids these days.

Celebrating the 2028 Olympic Games with a parade at the LA County Fair |Sep 16, 2017

POMONA >> The LA County Fair celebrated the return of the Olympic Games to Southern California with a parade Saturday afternoon that included the participation of Olympic and Paralympic Game athletes.

Long Beach lawmaker’s bill would require California pet stores to only sell rescue animals |Sep 15, 2017

California may soon become the first state to require all stores that sell dogs, cats and rabbits to offer adoptable pets from shelters and nonprofit rescue groups instead of through breeders or puppy mills, thanks to a landmark bill adopted by state lawmakers.

New dog licenses available in Hermosa Beach |Sep 15, 2017

New Hermosa Beach dog tags will be available beginning Monday. A current rabies certificate is required to license a dog. Proof of sterility also is needed to receive a discounted rate. New licenses can be purchased in the cashier’s office at City Hall or information and payment can be mailed to: City of Hermosa Beach, Dog License Renewal, 1315 Valley Drive, Room 101, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

Mi Poco LA adds hipper, Latino twist to LA County Fair |Sep 15, 2017

In the midst of the usual rides, food, farm animals and more that you expect from the LA County Fair, there’s something unexpected. A coffee vendor, a street food stand, working artists and live music are all on the enclosed patio of the Millard Sheets Art Center, with tables, chairs and benches plentiful.

Indian vegetarian specialties highlight the menu at Samosa House in El Segundo |Sep 15, 2017

I do like to watch the transition, almost inevitable, from one restaurant in any given space to another diametrically opposed restaurant in that same space. Which is why it’s worth noting that one particular space at the corner of Allied Way in the back satellite shopping zone at the Plaza El Segundo used to be the meat-intensive burger joint called The Counter.

Gardena event sure to take the boredom out of dogs and their owners |Sep 14, 2017

Being a dog owner should be fun. So on Sunday, the American Kennel Club will present a Responsible Dog Ownership event in Gardena to keep your dog entertained. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arthur Lee Johnson Memorial Park, 1200 W.

2 South Bay/Harbor Area restaurants, 1 food vendor reopen after health inspection closures |Sep 14, 2017

Here is a list of restaurants and food vendors closed or allowed to reopen by the county Department of Health Services for the week ending Sept. 9: • Del Taco Location: 1006 N.

Check out what some of your neighbors have achieved |Sep 13, 2017

World youth championship baseball: Raphael Velazquez of San Pedro and Long Beach was a member of the victorious USA team and was named to the All World Team at the U-12 Baseball World Cup tournament last month in Tapei.

You can ditch your leash when this Rancho Palos Verdes dog park opens in the fall |Sep 13, 2017

For years, dog owners have slipped into the back end of Eastview Park in the early mornings and late afternoons to let their dogs socialize and play off-leash. It was all quite illegal, of course, and tickets were sometimes the price they paid.