Author: Jackie Balestra

Larry Johnson, SBDC Loans & Services

April 10, 2020

Listen to The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360!

Our guest this morning is Larry Johnson from the Small Business Development Center at El Camino College. The SBDC is available to answer your questions and concerns impacting your business. This includes applying for disaster loans, ensuring your employees are taken care of and managing uncertainty.

Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure at

South Bay News & COVID-19 Updates

April 9, 2020

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

The South Bay Show podcast will continue to keep the phones lines open for community members to share information and we encourage everyone to tune in for the latest local news and updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have information you’d like to share, call in to the show at 714-242-5288 every Thursday morning between 8 and 9 a.m. and we’ll get you on the air!

Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure at

Order Take-Out from Bettolino Kitchen….. and Buy a Roll of Toilet Paper!

April 6, 2020

So, last night we ordered take-out from Bettolino Kitchen in Redondo Beach.

As we were looking over the menu, deciding what to order, we spotted an option to purchase a six pack of toilet paper! Hah!

So we ordered a bruschetta appetizer, salad, pasta Bolognese…. and a six pack of toilet paper!!!

To place your order, visit the website at

Ragin Cajun Easter Sunday Turkey Dinner

April 6, 2020

Ragin Cajun is bringing back their famous Deep-Fried Turkey Dinners for Easter Sunday this year!

Not only will you be enjoying a FABULOUS meal, you’ll also be supporting a small, local, family business! Turkeys are 12 to 14 pounds and will serve 8 to 10 people.

A deep-fried turkey is $99. A turkey dinner with all the sides is $185. Pick-up only. Hey! It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Call 310-540-7403 to place your order. Orders must be received by Friday, April 10.

Ragin Cajun is located at 525 South Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach.

Share Your Stories

April 5, 2020

A message from the Torrance Chamber of Commerce….

The Torrance Area Chamber of Chamber is a convener of communities, catalyst of action, and champion of business. With such difficult times sprung upon the Torrance area, and all businesses within it, the only way to react was with immediate action. We hope that you see how important each business is to us. You are all on our minds. Furthermore, we believe our actions have spoken even louder than these words.

Local Page Provides List of Open Businesses

April 5, 2020

Redondo Beach has a new page to let the community know which businesses are open.

Patch will publicize this list on an ongoing basis over the next several weeks, to let customers near you know the status of local businesses. Please feel free to share the link to this form to other business owners in town.

Local Patch readers who want to know what’s open in town can access the directory here.

(I haven’t been able to find this page on the other local pages. If you have the links for them, please forward!)

PVAC Call for Videos

April 4, 2020

Palos Verdes Art Center has issued a Call for Videos.

The team at PVAC is expanding their online presence with virtual exhibitions and e-blasts to members and friends. Theys would like to involve you, too.

PVAC will periodically post videos on their website that they receive from members and the community at large. This is an open outlet for creativity, so let your artistic visions flow and submit videos of any length and genre, be it dance, spoken word, animation, etc.

Don’t have a video? PVAC staff will be glad to help you make one.

AlertSB Joint Information Center Update

April 4, 2020


Safer at Home Directive Still in Effect: With warm weather forecasted or Los Angeles, please remember the Safer At Home directives are still in effect including the closure of all beaches, parks, and trails in Los Angeles County. Please be aware that “behavioral fatigue” may set in, especially when it’s tempting to go outside. Help stem the spread of COVID-19 by remaining in your homes, unless it is absolutely necessary to leave in order to perform an essential function.

Virtual Trips

April 4, 2020

This information was sent to me from Bonnie Barchichat of Senior Comedy Afternoons. Just because we’re all stuck at home, doesn’t mean we can’t travel to places near and far! Thanks, Bonnie!

Monterey Bay Acquarium

Griffith Observatory

LA Opera


Aquarium of the Pacific’s Aquarium Online Academy

National Gallery of Art – Washington DC

Musee D’Orsay- Paris

The Guggenheim – NYC

Lomita COVID-19 Updates

April 3, 2020

The City of Lomita has developed a stand alone website dedicated to COVID-19, which is continually updated as new information develops.

Covid-19 has been dominating the news cycle over the past several weeks. This is an unprecedented situation that is fluid and changing rapidly. We would like to assure our residents that we are monitoring it closely, and along with our partner agencies around us, adjusting as necessary.

For updates, visit the website at

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program

April 3, 2020

Over the past several weeks, there has been an outpouring of altruism and support from #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors in the Beach Cities. Now more than ever is the time for us to come together and look out and care for one another, especially our vulnerable populations – older adults and those with underlying health conditions.

Governor Gavin Newsom urged Californians to check in on vulnerable neighbors with a call, text or physically-distanced door knock. One way to help our community is to drop off Kindness Cards to neighbors letting them know you’re here to help!

Federal Stimulus Calculator

April 3, 2020

The Federal Government passed two measures in the last two weeks designed to aid those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Whether you are employed full time or part time, a gig worker, unemployed, or retired, you may be eligible for a stimulus payment.

Click here to use the calculator to see if you qualify for a stimulus payment.

COVID-19 Testing

April 3, 2020

There are two ways to get tested for COVID-19.

1) If a person develops symptoms of COVID-19 and has reason to believe they may have been exposed, they should call their health care provider or local health department before seeking care. If you don’t have a provider, call 2-1-1 for help finding a clinician near you.

2) The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) has established testing sites across LA County. Tests through LA County are free and strictly limited to residents of LA County who are in the most high-risk categories and most vulnerable.