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El Segundo may have that “Mayberry RFD” feel going on in its quaint downtown and living areas but east of Pacific Coast Highway, where large swaths of land have been and are being developed, has brought on a renaissance of sorts for the community. Our population of 17,000 rises to some 55,000 during the day when workers do their jobs. 

The eGundo.com NFA Column (NFA = Near, Far, and Around) will bring together a broad range of news involving the city so citizens and readers can stay in the loop on the latest happenings of interest when we can’t get a full story out.

We appreciate you choosing eGundo.com for your source of El Segundo news – we’ll do the best we can as we continue to grow to keep you apprised of the happenings near, far, and around El Segundo. For now, here are a few updates to share.

  • Fashionistas and those in search of stylish clothing deals will rejoice at Nordstrom’s announcement that a Nordstrom Rack will move into a retail space in El Segundo previously occupied by CostPlus World Market. Seattle-based Nordstrom’s off-price sister department-store chain, Nordstrom Rack, has added 16 Nordstrom Rack stores for a total of 236 outlets compared to 117 Nordstrom stores in recent history. The El Segundo Rack store is expected to open in the fall of 2019 in Plaza El Segundo at 700 South Pacific Coast Highway. The space is 23,640-square-feet and is in a shopping center with a Whole Foods grocery store and a Dick’s Sporting Goods.
  • The El Segundo Education Foundation hosted the fundraising 6th Annual Guys Night Out on Friday, Feb. 1 at Beach City Baseball Academy. The Poker Tournament began at 6:30 p.m. Admission was $65 per person and included Poker Tournament chips, batting cage access, tacos and subs, and drinks from El Segundo Brewing Company and Ole Smoky Moonshine.
  • Sherry Kramer, director of community affairs & government relations for Continental Development Corporation based in El Segundo, was honored with a 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from the El Camino College Foundation at a dinner at the Torrance Marriott. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys was among those being honored. The Foundation honors individuals who “have furthered their educational and career goals and have proven to be outstanding in their field, as well as recognized for achievements in business, volunteerism, and philanthropy.
  • Four groups may be selected as “primary long-term users” of the recently opened El Segundo – Wiseburn Unified School District Aquatics Center, 2240 East Grand, at Tuesday night’s (February 5) City Council meeting. Council may grant each group, Alpha Aquatics, Beach Cities Swimming, SCAQ, and Tower 26, a one-year term as a primary long-term user or take other action. The primary long-term user category would give those groups a discounted “bulk rate”. Council will meet in Council Chambers, 350 Main Street, beginning at 7 p.m. The agenda is here.
  • Fashion medical workwear maker Jaanuu Inc., based in El Segundo, has raised $15 million from investors to speed up product and fabric development for its medical scrubs. The capital will also be used for predictive analytics-based marketing and to broaden its brand. Jaanuu was founded five years ago by Dr. Neela Sethi Young and her brother Shaan Sethi, a former private equity investor, with a mission to design a fashion medical workwear based on “looking good and feeling good while doing good.”
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Liz Spear is a South Bay native, who was born in a maternity home in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. She grew up on Avenue D in South Redondo Beach, playing sports, loving music, and getting to know the area. She is a Redondo Union Sea Hawk and Cal State Long Beach graduate. She has never wandered far from the South Bay, settling in Manhattan Beach in 1995. She has worked for the Daily Breeze newspaper, El Segundo-based Mattel, Inc., RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, and helmed several Patch sites, including Manhattan Beach Patch. She loves exercise, good food, good coffee, the beach and ocean, watching sports, traveling, hiking, and being as healthy as possible. Liz loves the El Segundo community and watching its many manifestations of growth.