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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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Maru Kitchen 4.5 star rating 121 reviews
1963 Pacific Coast Hwy
Ste B
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 263-5377

Lunasia Dim Sum House 3.5 star rating 220 reviews
2575 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

(323) 372-0828

Bites & Bashes Cafe 4.5 star rating 317 reviews
25600 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 530-1030

North Italia 4.0 star rating 131 reviews
21532 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503

(310) 214-0235

Tasty Noodle House 3.5 star rating 522 reviews
2373 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 347-7277

Ruiji Sichuan Cuisine 4.0 star rating 340 reviews
1949 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 263-5195

Okane Umi 4.5 star rating 408 reviews
2439 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 539-2488

Crazy Fish - Grill & Market 4.5 star rating 514 reviews
28158 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90731

(310) 547-9968

Lomita Alehouse 4.0 star rating 61 reviews
24123 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 328-0096

The End 4.5 star rating 88 reviews
4525 Calle Mayor
Torrance, CA 90505

(424) 237-2037

The Blackthorn Pub 4.0 star rating 40 reviews
2158 Lomita Blvd
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 891-1724

O'Hearn's Pub 4.0 star rating 60 reviews
1831 W Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 534-9468

Torrance Tavern 4.5 star rating 667 reviews
22735 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 375-9158

Southland Bar 4.0 star rating 315 reviews
23900 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 326-1400

McGeady's Pub 3.5 star rating 22 reviews
1853 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 534-9511

Hale Hawaii Lounge 3.5 star rating 26 reviews
3144 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 539-3480

Vons 2.5 star rating 176 reviews
24325 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 784-1020

Continental Gourmet Market Lomita 4.5 star rating 328 reviews
25604 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 530-3213

Food 4 Less 3.0 star rating 53 reviews
851 Sepulveda Blvd
Torrance, CA 90502

(310) 549-4870

Ralphs 2.5 star rating 60 reviews
2909 Rolling Hills Rd
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 325-0611

Whole Foods Market 3.5 star rating 372 reviews
2655 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 257-8700

Ralphs Grocery 2.0 star rating 135 reviews
1050 N Western Ave
San Pedro, CA 90732

(310) 833-3506

Mitsuwa Marketplace 4.5 star rating 1120 reviews
3525 W Carson St
Ste 164
Torrance, CA 90503

(310) 782-0335

Nijiya Market - Rolling Hills 4.0 star rating 65 reviews
2533 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 534-3000

Corridor Flow 4.5 star rating 299 reviews
24614 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 378-1236

Offset Coffee 4.5 star rating 465 reviews
24416 Crenshaw Blvd
Unit 1
Torrance, CA 90505

Prima Cafe 4.5 star rating 120 reviews
2104 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 263-5145

Bites & Bashes Cafe 4.5 star rating 317 reviews
25600 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 530-1030

Caffe Tre Venezie 5.0 star rating 305 reviews
3525 Pacific Coast Hwy
Unit B
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 953-3377

Mr G's Coffee Shop 4.0 star rating 103 reviews
1968 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 325-4383

CoFlow 5.0 star rating 3 reviews
24614 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

Pinwheel Cafe Bakery 4.0 star rating 383 reviews
2553 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 325-5055

South Bay Fitness Focus 5.0 star rating 22 reviews
1861 W Lomita Blvd
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 784-1817

24 Hour Fitness - Torrance 2.0 star rating 433 reviews
2685 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 534-5100

South Bay Strength Company 5.0 star rating 21 reviews
26640 S Western Ave
Harbor city, CA 90710

(424) 552-7288

Southbay Woman Gym and Day Spa 4.5 star rating 9 reviews
2755 Pacific Coast Hwy
Ste E
Torrance Towne Center
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 956-1256

LA Fitness 3.0 star rating 255 reviews
28901 S Western Ave
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

(310) 732-2100

Body One Fitness 5.0 star rating 4 reviews
28901 S Western Ave
Unit 109
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

(310) 751-7641

Orangetheory Fitness Torrance 4.5 star rating 264 reviews
3730 Pacific Coast Hwy
Ste 101
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 948-3845

Dave Fisher's Powerhouse Gym Torrance 4.0 star rating 125 reviews
22715 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505

(424) 206-1596

PetSmart 3.0 star rating 61 reviews
2730 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 602-7898

Petco 3.0 star rating 184 reviews
24413 Crenshaw Blvd
Ste 8
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 530-5945

Fresh Pets And Grooming 5.0 star rating 19 reviews
1950 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 622-2075

Petco 3.5 star rating 105 reviews
852 N Western Ave
San Pedro, CA 90732

(310) 521-8131

Agustin's Exotic Birds and Reptiles 5.0 star rating 15 reviews
2408 Lomita Blvd
Ste A
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 378-3052

Lomita Feed Store 3.5 star rating 65 reviews
24403 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 326-4738

Reptile Finders 4.5 star rating 122 reviews
1856 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 325-3366

Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies 4.0 star rating 64 reviews
28901 Western Ave
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

(310) 547-3008