Author: Jackie Balestra

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide Pandemic Survival Guide

April 9, 2020

Last week we were considering ceasing publication of this Weekend Guide for the immediate future, but we received about a hundred emails requesting that we continue. The last thing we want to do is waste your time with repeat information, but our world is so topsy-turvy right now, I’ve been told receiving a weekly newsletter is a comfort. So, onward!

Hermosa Beach Chamber Works to Support Local Business

April 9, 2020

The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has been hard at work compiling resources to help small businesses and is dedicated to helping the community respond to COVID-19 so that local businesses can continue to support their employees, customers, and families.

The Chamber created a Directory of Open Retailers and Restaurants which highlights local South Bay businesses currently offering services amidst the closures. These services include restaurants open for non-contact take out and delivery, in addition to retailers open for online shopping with delivery and shipping. The directory extends beyond promoting strictly Hermosa Beach Chamber Members and is open for everyone in the area. To have your business listed on the directory please email Updates will be made daily.

LA County Employer Assistance Grant Fund

April 8, 2020

The new LA County Employer Assistance Grant Fund application portal will open Thursday, April 9 at 8:00 am.

Funds are limited, the first round of applications will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis and will close once 150 applications are received or at 8:00 am on Wednesday, April 15, whichever is first.

Grant Fund Total = $500,000 dollars
Award Amount = Up to $10,000, based on demonstrated need.

Note: Approximately 25% of awards are reserved for social enterprises that demonstrate a need and ability to serve vulnerable populations.

COVID-19 Testing *UPDATE*

April 8, 2020

Eligibility requirements were recently updated for COVID-19 testing:

COVID-19 Testing at the South Bay Galleria

At this time, testing is limited in Los Angeles to people with symptoms, or people who have been prevented from working because of contact with someone who has been infected.

Please note that same or next day testing appointments are prioritized for individuals over 65, or who have underlying chronic health conditions.

Appointments have been filling up quickly. Please continue to check the site for availability at the South Bay Galleria or make an appointment at another LA County site.

Dockweiler RV Quarantine Camp

April 8, 2020

There has been some concern regarding the Dockweiler RV Quarantine Camp. Specifically, what happens to the homeless individuals housed there once they are released. I received the following update from the MBSAFE organization…..

Dear members,

We are glad to share the answer from the office of Janice Hahn regarding possible plans for the individuals released from Dockweiler RV Camp after they have completed the quarantine. This is good news and hopefully will ease any anxiety. The name of the person to whom the email was directed has been deleted to protect his/her privacy.

CARES Act SBA Loan Calculator

April 7, 2020

The engineering team at Nav just created a CARES Act SBA Loan Calculator.

It’s simple to use and shows small business owners how much funding they can obtain based on the recently passed law.

They also have an article by business loan industry veteran Ty Kiisel on how to “Prepare Your Application for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program”

Here’s a comprehensive list of state and local grants, loans, and government/non-profit resources for small businesses.

South Coast Botanic Garden Closed Easter Sunday

April 7, 2020

The South Coast Botanic Garden will be temporarily closed on Easter Sunday, April 12.

We all agree that the current circumstances have shown us the importance of family and getting to spend time with one another. With that in mind, SCBG has decided to temporarily shut the Garden’s gates on Sunday, April 12 to allow the staff to spend time with their families at home.

The Garden will be back open on Monday, April 13, and reservations will still be required for entry.

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

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

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.