Journey of Faith stepped up today to help the #Homeless crisis in the #SouthBay - here's how you can too.

South Bay YPN Mayor's Round Table with @Zandell courtesy the South Bay Association of Realtors! #realestate #hermosabeach #redondobeach #manhattanbeach

By Joy A. Kennelly

Recently I had the pleasure of accompanying one of the South Bay's top producing RE/MAX realtors, Devra Zandell, to her South Bay Association of Realtors (SBAOR) YPN meeting featuring Bill Brand, Mayor of Redondo Beach; Jeff Duclos, Mayor of Hermosa Beach; and Amy Howorth, Mayor of Manhattan Beach

Devra's a member and we wanted to hear the perspective and focus of the Mayors as they help run our wonderful South Bay community.

Left to right - SBAOR Board Member; Jeff Duclos, Mayor of Hermosa Beach; Amy Howorth, Mayor of Manhattan Beach and Bill Brand, Mayor of Redondo Beach.
Left to right - SBAOR Board Member; Jeff Duclos, Mayor of Hermosa Beach; Amy Howorth, Mayor of Manhattan Beach and Bill Brand, Mayor of Redondo Beach.

What I especially enjoyed seeing and hearing was the couple who was the recipient of a Habitat for Humanity home. They are thrilled to be able to provide their children a real home and were working professionals who were chosen out of hundreds of people who applied. SBAOR plans to host another Habitat for Humanity volunteer opportunity in Culver City this fall. They offer so many wonderful seminars and opportunities to learn and give back, no wonder Devra is a member!


I enjoyed hearing Amy Howorth of Manhattan Beach share she's part of a group called Beach Cities Friends who will be hosting a Habitat for Humanity Trivia Night Fundraiser on September 16. 

Here's more details on this fun event I hope you consider participating in: Habit for Humanity Trivia Night Fundraiser

We all brought a backpack as our entry fee in the SBAOR backpack fundraiser for abused and neglected children in foster care who need to know someone loves and cares about them. 

That's one of the beautiful aspects of the South Bay, there's a lot of really kind, giving people who care enough to make a difference in the lives of those who need a little help.  

Many foster children carry their belongings from home to home in tattered plastic bags. 1533071374467Did you know Tiffany Haddish was in foster care?

Just read her story in the latest Glamour magazine and was happy to read she invites people to bring suitcases to her shows to distribute to children in need.

Love hearing when celebrities give back, especially when it has affected them personally. 

Group shotWe gave back too! Here's a picture of everyone who participated in donating backpacks in attendance and some close-ups at these cute bags.

IMG_20180823_162448711~243342Did you know there are roughly 300,000 children in foster care right now? Want to learn more on how you can get involved and become a resource to children who desperately need you?  Check out more information here:

After the charity introductions, we jumped right into the panel as we munched appetizers from Samba Brazilian SteakhouseIMG_20180823_180023759

Each Mayor was invited to discuss how they are engaged in their respective communities and how they are working to make the South Bay a better place to live and work.

It was interesting to see how they all worked together and the different issues each city faces.

They discussed where each city stood on short-term rentals, public safety along the PCH corridor, the future of the South Bay South-bay-galleria-redondo-beach-caGalleria (up for a vote on October 2, 2018 - mark your calendars!), the Legado project, the status of the AES Power Plant (hinges on zoning), and other questions, like dealing with the small population of homeless, Prop 10 which is on the ballot November 6, 2018 to determine whether or not rent control will be enacted, new developments and housing.

Now this is more Devra's expertise than mine, so if you want to know more about what's really going on in the housing market in the South Bay, then give her a call 310 408-4247. She's been helping buyers and sellers for over 14 years and really understands what is needed to buy or sell your home. 

Really fun and informative event!

RE/MAX Top Producing Realtor,Devra Zandell, flanked by South Bay Mayors,Jeff Duclos and Bill Brand
RE/MAX Top Producing Realtor, Devra Zandell, flanked by South Bay Mayors, Jeff Duclos (Hermosa Beach) and Bill Brand (Redondo Beach)


Hermosa Beach Mayor, Jeff Duclos, me, and the infamous Redondo Beach Mayor, Bill Brand.
Hermosa Beach Mayor, Jeff Duclos, me, and the infamous Redondo Beach Mayor, Bill Brand.

 Now I can't wait to attend the Manhattan Beach Badminton Club's 3rd Annual Craft Beer, Wine & Food Festival Benefiting Junior Foundation Programs including Special Needs, Junior, Veteran & Para-Athletes, presented by Rock & Brews! MBBC will welcome more than 20 local and regional premium craft breweries, 10 exceptional vintners and 10 amazing restaurants to the South Bay and will donate 100% of the proceeds to their Junior Foundation Programs.

Tickets are $79 per person and include a souvenir glass with unlimited beverage and food tasting and $20 transport credit via RideYellow App. A limited number of “private tasting” tickets are available for $99, which offer an additional tasting of select beers, food and wines beginning at 1 p.m. and a $20 raffle ticket. The event is limited to 300 people and is expected to sell out quickly.

To purchase tickets or to view the list of craft breweries, vintners and restaurants confirmed to attend, please visit Or, call Mary Ann Borders at 310-941-0840 for more details. All attendees must be at least 21 years old.

Watch this video to learn more. 

 See you there!





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