Author: Jackie Balestra

COVID-19 News Briefs for Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July 1, 2020

 Experts warn that the Covid-19 pandemic could force millions of children in developing nations out of classrooms for good and into the workforce, reversing 2 decades of hard-won progress against underage labor and exposing vulnerable girls and boys to hazardous conditions, physical stress, emotional trauma, and
exploitation  Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil Entertainment filed for bankruptcy on Monday after the Covid-19 pandemic forced it to close shows around the world, triggering a fight for control between shareholders and creditor groups

Riviera Village Parklets Slated to Open Fourth of July Weekend

July 1, 2020

Nobody could have predicted the situation that Redondo Beach businesses have found themselves in this summer. With Covid-19 cases still raging with no sign of abatement all over Los Angeles county, and renewed lock down orders from Governor Newsom prohibiting dine-in at local restaurants, businesses already compromised by less consumer activity during the coronavirus have had to adapt to these new safety restrictions imposed by the state, which severely limit occupancy and threaten their very existence.

Pier Avenue Farmers’ Market Discontinued

July 1, 2020

As of June 30, the Pier Plaza Thursdays’ Farmer’s Market has been discontinued, according to Maureen Hunt, CEO & President of the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. The market was suspended in March, due to closure of all L. A. County Farmer’s Markets due to the Pandemic. In addition, since that time, the current Hermosa market’s contract with the Chamber expired and the Chamber chose not to renew the agreement at this time.

COVID-19 News Briefs for Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

 The FBI warned that that antibody testing scams are on the rise — fraudulent testers are trying to steal identity information, commit medical insurance fraud, or just get people to pay cash for fake tests

Safe in the South Bay Launches in Four South Bay Cities

June 30, 2020

A new program in four South Bay cities will highlight businesses that are actively working to protect their employees and customers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as Los Angeles County continues its Roadmap to Recovery. Los Angeles County indicated that over the weekends of May 30, June 6 and June 13, public health inspectors visited 3,751 establishments, and provided reopening assistance and information to 3,109 (83%) who were not in compliance with reopening
protocols. “Safe in the South Bay” is aimed at supporting and ensuring that businesses are aware of the proper protocols to reopen safely and contributing to the road to economic recovery.

LA County Department of Public Health Coronavirus Telebriefings

June 30, 2020

Music, Film and TV Production
Tuesday, 6/30 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Telephone Call-In: 844-291-6364
Access Code: 7118517

Ticketed Events and Large Attendance Venues
Tuesday, 6/30 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Telephone Call-In: 844-291-5491
Access Code: 9179253

Early Care Education
Wednesday, 7/1 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Telephone Call-In: 844-291-5494
Access Code: 6716156

SUDC, Interim Housing, Homeless Shelters
Wednesday, 7/2 – 11:30am to 12:30pm
Telephone Call-In: 877-692-8954
Access Code: 4292874

Faith-Based and Community-Based Organizations
Thursday, 7/2 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Telephone Call-In: 877-692-8954
Access Code: 646945

LA Regional COVID Fund

June 30, 2020

As businesses and non-profits across the Los Angeles region continue to face challenges in response to the public health and economic crisis of COVID-19, partners across government and philanthropy have come together to deploy $3 million dollars in grants for small businesses, non-profits, and microentrepreneurs in a newly launched LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

LA County Beaches Closed for 4th of July Weekend

June 29, 2020

An excerpt from today’s LA Times….

Los Angeles County will close its beaches Friday and ban fireworks displays in anticipation of the Fourth of July holiday, a move health officials say is necessary in light of an alarming spike in coronavirus cases.

Although it was a “difficult decision to make,” the closures are crucial because so many people gather to celebrate, “a recipe for increased transmission of COVID-19,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement.

COVID-19 News Briefs for Monday, June 29, 2020

June 29, 2020

 The United Nations World Food Program said that millions of people have been pushed into hunger by the coronavirus pandemic as it appealed for nearly $5 billion to help feed the growing numbers in poor and middleincome countries. The aim is to assist 138 million people in 83 countries to provide food to the most vulnerable and to support governments working to curb the spread of Covid-19. The UN children’s agency UNICEF also warned that millions of children in war-torn Yemen are at significant risk of starvation as the virus is spreading rapidly across the Arab’s world poorest country, killing about 25% of those who come down with Covid-19 — 5 times the global average

Lynne Hook, Employer Lawyer PC *ENCORE*

July 3, 2020

*THIS IS AN ENCORE PRESENTATION OF A PREVIOUSLY AIRED PROGRAM*

Listen to The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360

Our guest is Attorney Lynne Hook. Lynn has been advising and defending employers in employment law matters for over 25 years. The coronavirus pandemic has created new hurdles with regard to employment law and this morning, our guest will give us some pointers on how to navigate this brave new world.

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

Kerianne Lawson, BCHD *ENCORE*

July 2, 2020

*THIS IS AN ENCORE PRESENTATION OF A PREVIOUSLY AIRED PROGRAM*

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

We have a returning guest, Kerianne Lawson, Chief Programs Officer for Beach Cities Health District. This morning, we’ll discuss the many programs BCHD is offering in response to the coronavirus pandemic and how this world-wide crisis is affecting our collective mental health.

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

COVID-19 News Briefs for Sunday, June 28, 2020

June 28, 2020

 The world surpassed 2 sobering coronavirus milestones today — 500,000 confirmed deaths, 1 in 4 in the US, and 10 million global confirmed cases. It also hit another high mark for daily new infections as governments attempt to reopen

COVID-19 News Briefs for Saturday, June 27, 2020

June 27, 2020

Skyrocketing coronavirus cases are causing a surge in hospitalizations in Arizona, Florida, and Texas. This is threatening their healthcare systems forcing hospitals to bring in extra staff, converting space into dedicated coronavirus units, and moving some sick patients hundreds of miles for available beds. California is also beginning to experience its own crush with the number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients surging 32% in the last 2 weeks. The US reported more than 40,000 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, its biggest daily jump yet. And more than half of all states are seeing a rise in cases

COVID-19 News Briefs for Friday, June 26, 2020

June 26, 2020

 In those Western European countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, calls are growing louder for leaders and officials to explain their actions — and inaction — as Covid-19, the illness caused by the virus, has swept through Britain, France, Spain, and Italy. By and large, it is bereaved individuals and grass-roots groups that are raising the greatest outcry asking for investigations and inquiries, prosecution and penalties in the belief that lives were lost unnecessarily and that the same mistakes must not be made again