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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 114 reviews
1963 Pacific Coast Hwy
Ste B
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 263-5377

Dim Sum 101 4.0 star rating 78 reviews
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Lomita, CA 90717

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Torrance, CA 90501

(424) 337-1321

Crazy Fish - Grill & Market 4.5 star rating 501 reviews
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Los Angeles, CA 90731

(310) 547-9968

Shrimp By You 4.5 star rating 702 reviews
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Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 257-6813

Ruiji Sichuan Cuisine 4.0 star rating 327 reviews
1949 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 263-5195

Okane Umi 4.5 star rating 393 reviews
2439 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 539-2488

Shoya Izakaya 4.0 star rating 44 reviews
1920 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 534-3319

Lomita Alehouse 4.0 star rating 58 reviews
24123 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 328-0096

The End 4.5 star rating 70 reviews
4525 Calle Mayor
Torrance, CA 90505

(424) 237-2037

The Blackthorn Pub 4.0 star rating 36 reviews
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Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 891-1724

Torrance Tavern 4.5 star rating 632 reviews
22735 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 375-9158

O'Hearn's Pub 4.0 star rating 59 reviews
1831 W Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 534-9468

Southland Bar 4.0 star rating 313 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

Branch Office 4.0 star rating 62 reviews
2320 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90501

(310) 320-1440

Family Ranch Market 4.0 star rating 14 reviews
25926 S Western Ave
Harbor City, CA 90710

(310) 784-1280

Vons 2.5 star rating 173 reviews
24325 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 784-1020

Ralphs 2.5 star rating 57 reviews
2909 Rolling Hills Rd
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 325-0611

Food 4 Less 3.0 star rating 52 reviews
851 Sepulveda Blvd
Torrance, CA 90502

(310) 549-4870

Ralphs Grocery 2.0 star rating 134 reviews
1050 N Western Ave
San Pedro, CA 90732

(310) 833-3506

Whole Foods Market 3.5 star rating 367 reviews
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Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 257-8700

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Torrance, CA 90505

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Mitsuwa Marketplace 4.5 star rating 1101 reviews
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Ste 164
Torrance, CA 90503

(310) 782-0335

Corridor Flow 4.5 star rating 261 reviews
24614 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 378-1236

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Prima Cafe 4.5 star rating 114 reviews
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Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 263-5145

Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee 4.0 star rating 633 reviews
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Torrance, CA 90505

(424) 263-5091

Bites & Bashes Cafe 4.5 star rating 311 reviews
25600 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 530-1030

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25345 Crenshaw Blvd
Ste B
Torrance, CA 90505

(424) 305-4059

The Trim Tart 5.0 star rating 196 reviews
2213 Lomita Blvd
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 305-4175

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24614 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

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 429 reviews
2685 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 534-5100

South Bay Strength Company 5.0 star rating 20 reviews
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Harbor city, CA 90710

(424) 552-7288

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Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

(310) 732-2100

Southbay Woman Gym and Day Spa 5.0 star rating 4 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 28 reviews
1930 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(424) 250-9261

Bodymack Fitness 5.0 star rating 12 reviews
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Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 891-2227

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PetSmart 3.0 star rating 57 reviews
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Torrance, CA 90505

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Petco 3.0 star rating 181 reviews
24413 Crenshaw Blvd
Ste 8
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 530-5945

Agustin's Exotic Birds and Reptiles 5.0 star rating 7 reviews
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Ste A
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 378-3052

Fresh Pets And Grooming 5.0 star rating 9 reviews
1950 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 622-2075

Puppy Town 3.5 star rating 39 reviews
2040 Pacific Coast Hwy
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Lomita, CA 90710

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Lomita, CA 90717

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Torrance, CA 90505

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Lomita Feed Store 3.5 star rating 62 reviews
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Lomita, CA 90717

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