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Lomita is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 20,256 at the 2010 census, up from 20,046 at the 2000 census. The word “lomita” is Spanish for “little knoll”.

The Spanish Empire had expanded into this area when the Viceroy of New Spain commissioned Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo to explore the Pacific Ocean in 1542–1543. In 1767, the area became part of the Province of the Californias (Spanish: Provincia de las Californias).

In 1784, the Spanish Crown deeded Rancho San Pedro, a tract of over 75,000 acres (300 km2), to soldier Juan José Domínguez. The rancho changed in size over the years, as Domínguez’s descendants partitioned the land amongst family members, sold parcels to newly arriving settlers, or relinquished some when validating their legal claim with the Mexican government in 1828, and with the United States government in 1858. The Domínguez family name is still applied throughout the area, including the Dominguez Rancho Adobe historical landmark, in the unincorporated community of Rancho Dominguez, located northeast of Lomita.

Lomita was incorporated as a city on June 30, 1964, to prevent further annexation by neighboring cities and in an attempt to curtail the development of high-rise apartment buildings.

Lomita established a sister city relationship with Takaishi, Osaka, Japan, in October 1981.

Fire protection in Lomita is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department with ambulance transport by McCormick Ambulance.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) operates the Lomita Station in Lomita.

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Torrance Health Center in Harbor Gateway, Los Angeles, near Torrance and serving Lomita.

The United States Postal Service Lomita Post Office is located at 25131 Narbonne Avenue.

Lomita Railroad Museum, opened in 1966 by Irene Lewis, is a small museum in Lomita devoted to the steam-engine period of railroading. Mrs. Lewis, along with her husband Martin, operated “Little Engines of Lomita”, which sold kits for live steam-engine locomotives. Her engines also appeared in movies, including “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952) and “Von Ryans Express” (1965). This operation inspired Mrs. Lewis to earn a mechanical engineering degree late in life and to build the museum as a showplace for her products. When built, the museum was the first of its kind West of Denver. The museum was designed to replicate the Boston & Maine’s Greenwood Station in Wakefield, Massachusetts. The Museum was donated by Mrs. Lewis to the City of Lomita in honor of her late husband, Martin Lewis, in 1967. On display are a 1902 Baldwin Locomotive, a Southern Pacific tender, a 1910 Union Pacific caboose, and a Santa Fe caboose. The Museum also houses a full-size replica of a 1920s water tower that was constructed in 2000. The museum also incorporates a small public park, which accommodates a Union Pacific boxcar and a Union Oil tank car. The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday. Mrs. Lewis’s little engines were featured on a Lawrence Welk show saluting senior citizens. Mary Lou Metzger operated the train, and a song about railroading.

5 Star Comics, Comic store owned by professional wrestler Rob Van Dam. He moved the store from Lakewood to Lomita. (Now closed)

Lomita residents are within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The area is within Board District 7. As of 2008 Dr. Richard Vladovic represents the district.

Elementary schools that serve Lomita include:

  • Eshelman Avenue Elementary School
  • Lomita Math/Science Magnet (Kindergarten zoned only – 1-5 is magnet only)
  • President Avenue Elementary School (1-5) (in Los Angeles)

For a two-year period prior to 1991 Lomita attempted to secede from the LAUSD, but by that year abandoned its efforts.

Nishiyamato Academy of California, a Japanese elementary and junior high school, is located in Lomita. The school opened in April 1993; at the time it was located in Rolling Hills Estates. It was founded by Ryotaro Tanose, a former Japanese Diet member, as a sister school of the Nishiyamato Gakuen Junior and Senior High School (Nishiyamato Academy) in Kawai, Nara Prefecture, Japan.

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2104 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 328-0080

Dim Sum 101 4.0 star rating 51 reviews
2418 Lomita Blvd
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Lomita, CA 90717

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2169 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 530-5530

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1963 Pacific Coast Hwy
Ste B
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 263-5377

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Torrance, CA 90505

(424) 250-9807

Hot N Tot 4.0 star rating 553 reviews
2347 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 326-9626

Bites & Bashes Cafe 4.5 star rating 298 reviews
25600 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 530-1030

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2731 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 326-3354

Lomita Alehouse 4.0 star rating 56 reviews
24123 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 328-0096

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4525 Calle Mayor
Torrance, CA 90505

(424) 237-2037

The Blackthorn Pub 4.0 star rating 35 reviews
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Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 891-1724

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23900 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 326-1400

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22735 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 375-9158

O'Hearn's Pub 4.0 star rating 56 reviews
1831 W Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 534-9468

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1261 Cabrillo Ave
Ste 100
Torrance, CA 90501

(310) 974-8005

Astro Karaoke 4.5 star rating 98 reviews
2150 Lomita Blvd
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 530-4800

Family Ranch Market 4.0 star rating 13 reviews
25926 S Western Ave
Harbor City, CA 90710

(310) 784-1280

Vons 2.5 star rating 163 reviews
24325 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 784-1020

Ralphs 2.5 star rating 55 reviews
2909 Rolling Hills Rd
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 325-0611

Whole Foods Market 3.5 star rating 358 reviews
2655 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 257-8700

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2545 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 326-9520

Ralphs Grocery 2.0 star rating 131 reviews
1050 N Western Ave
San Pedro, CA 90732

(310) 833-3506

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25604 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 530-3213

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28901 S Western Ave
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

(310) 832-1241

Offset Coffee 4.5 star rating 415 reviews
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Unit 1
Torrance, CA 90505

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24614 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 378-1236

Caffe Tre Venezie 5.0 star rating 278 reviews
3525 Pacific Coast Hwy
Unit B
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 953-3377

Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee 4.0 star rating 598 reviews
2549-B Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

(424) 263-5091

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1321 El Prado Ave
Torrance, CA 90501

(424) 532-5444

The Trim Tart 5.0 star rating 175 reviews
2213 Lomita Blvd
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 305-4175

Pinwheel Cafe Bakery 4.0 star rating 343 reviews
2553 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 325-5055

Bites & Bashes Cafe 4.5 star rating 298 reviews
25600 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 530-1030

South Bay Fitness Focus 5.0 star rating 21 reviews
1861 W Lomita Blvd
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 784-1817

South Bay Strength Company 5.0 star rating 13 reviews
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Harbor city, CA 90710

(424) 552-7288

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2685 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 534-5100

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28901 S Western Ave
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

(310) 732-2100

Southbay Woman Gym and Day Spa 5.0 star rating 5 reviews
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Ste E
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Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 956-1256

GKG-GIL'S Kickboxing Gym 5.0 star rating 26 reviews
1930 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 250-9261

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26327 Western Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

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Ste 101
Torrance, CA 90505

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Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 602-7898

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Ste 8
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 530-5945

Fresh Pets And Grooming 5.0 star rating 5 reviews
1950 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 622-2075

Lomita Feed Store 3.5 star rating 60 reviews
24403 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 326-4738

PetSmart 3.0 star rating 252 reviews
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Lomita, CA 90717

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Ste N
Lomita, CA 90710

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Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies 4.0 star rating 63 reviews
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