Author: Jackie Balestra

LA County Moves Toward New Standards for Re-Opening

May 27, 2020

In a major COVID-19 recovery milestone, Los Angeles County is moving toward new standards for a swift and safe reopening in alignment with the State of California guidelines. Among the activities now permitted under the change are faith-based services, in-store shopping at low-risk retail stores, drive-in movies and other recreational pursuits.

In aligning its Health Officer orders with the state’s California Pandemic Resilience Roadmap, the County emphasized its commitment to keeping residents “safer at work and safer in our communities.”

Marine Mammal Care Center Releases Rehabilitated Sea Lions

May 27, 2020

In partnership with Terranea Resort, the Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC) rehabilitation team released two rehabilitated sea lions back into their natural habitat with a five-star send off at Terranea’s Beach Cove in advance of World Oceans Day on June 8.

“We are delighted to share this positive recovery as part of our ongoing mission to care for and protect Los Angeles marine life,” said MMCC President Amber Becerra. “Terranea is a special place for us, it is located on the former site of Marineland of the Pacific and the original Marine Mammal Care Center was located there to rehabilitate marine life that needed treatment in the Los Angeles area. We have partnered with Terranea for more than 10 years as part of their commitment to sustainability and protecting our precious coastal habitat.”

COVID-19 News Briefs for Tuesday, May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

 5.5 million coronavirus infections have been reported around the world — more than 1.6 million in the in the US, where the death toll is nearing 100,000

 A University of Virginia professor who runs the Center for Open Science said that scientists are still trying to understand Covid-19 and basic questions are not fully answered including how deadly is the virus, how contagious, are there different strains with different clinical outcomes, why Covid-19 creates a devastating disease in some people while leaving others without symptoms or even knowledge that they were infected

COVID-19 News Breaks for Monday, May 25, 2020

May 25, 2020

 Much of the country remains unlikely to venture out to bars, restaurants, theaters, or gyms soon, according to a new survey by the Associated Press. Only 42% of those who went to concerts, movies, theaters, or a sporting event at least monthly say they’d do so in the next few weeks. And about half of those who regularly went to restaurants, the gym, or traveled, would feel comfortable doing so again. In Georgia, where the governor lifted restrictions a month ago, many business owners in Atlanta and in towns hard-hit by Covid-19 kept their doors shut and reopening does not yet seem to have led to a significant rebound of their economy

COVID-19 News Briefs for Sunday, May 24, 2020

May 24, 2020

 The global number of coronavirus cases reported is 5.3 million, with 343,000 deaths. In the US, 1.6 million cases and 97,424 fatalities from Covid-19 have been reported

 3 billion people around the world have nowhere to wash their hands with soap and clean water at home, according to the nonprofit group WaterAid. The organization expressed concern that global funding is being rushed toward vaccines and treatments without any commitment to basic prevention including water and sanitation

COVID-19 News Briefs for Saturday, May 23, 2020

May 23, 2020

 The WHO warned that South America is becoming the new epicenter of the pandemic and Brazil has overtaken Russia in its number of coronavirus cases, registering 330,890 infected people — second only to that of the US. Brazil also recorded 1,001 deaths on Friday alone, raising the country’s total to 21,048 fatalities. Despite having a robust public health care system, Brazil’s response to the pandemic has been criticized as chaotic and contradictory. Covid-19 surges are also being reported in Ecuador and Argentina

Healthcare Heroes Parade

May 23, 2020

Yesterday, the community was invited to join a Parade for Healthcare Heroes at Providence Little Company of Mary and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

“In Torrance we are so fortunate to have two, award-winning medical centers taking care of our needs day in and day out. But, the dedicated service of our medical professionals has never been more important and apparent as it has since the Coronavirus Pandemic has assaulted members of our community.”

Mayor Patrick J. Furey
City of Torrance

COVID-19 News Briefs for Friday, May 22, 2020

May 22, 2020

 Covid-19 has infected more than 10,000 healthcare workers in hard-hit Iran which is also dealing with the deadliest outbreak in the Middle East, with 7,249 fatalities among more than 129,000 confirmed cases. A 5-year civil war had already caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis there and the WHO fears the virus is also spreading to other vulnerable populations in the rest of the Middle East

Regional Alert Regarding Beaches & Bike Paths

May 22, 2020

LA County Beaches and Bike Paths including the Strand are open for recreational use. Here are the safety protocols and additional information about beach visits:

COVID-19 News Briefs for Thursday, May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020

 The Mexican border city of Tijuana is the center of a coronavirus surge that has already been responsible for 392 deaths. The Mexican Red Cross, with 13 ambulances, handles the majority of emergency calls in the city of 1.8 million people and is averaging 40 Covid-19 calls a day. Tijuana’s mortality rate is twice the national average and hospitals are low on medical supplies while also facing staffing shortages as health workers fall ill

Retail Businesses Now Open in Manhattan Beach

May 21, 2020


Thanks to the incredible support of the community, retail shopping in Manhattan Beach will look different starting TODAY!

This morning, THE Manhattan Beach City Council unanimously approved the following motion made by Steve Napolitano:

“I move that the City of Manhattan Beach support the elimination of the curbside only restriction for our retail businesses immediately.”

Effective immediately, retail businesses in Manhattan Beach who decide to allow customers into their stores, should operate under the same LA County Department of Health COVID Guidelines as other essential retailers.

County Supervisor Urges Governor to Open Retail Businesses

May 21, 2020

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn is urging Governor Newsom to allow retail businesses statewide to reopen under the same health protocols that “essential” retail businesses have been allowed to operate under.

Under the State of California’s stay at home order, “non-essential” retailers are closed and have only recently been allowed to open for curbside pick-up only. Meanwhile, “essential” retailers like Target, Walmart, and Costco have been allowed to stay open for in-store shopping with safety protocols in place because they sell groceries and other essential items in addition to non-essential products.

A Message from John Post

May 20, 2020

Hello Friends,

I am asking for your production support with this new book.

I hope you are all well and safe during this crazy time in our lives. Social distancing and mask wearing may be a new lifestyle? We will get through this.
The John Post Gallery has been closed due to COVID-19 since March but I am still moving forward with new projects and for the past year I have been working on a new photo-book to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Manhattan Beach Pier.
The Manhattan Beach Pier will be 100 years old this year and I have been photographing it for 50 years, so there is no better time
to make this photo-book of the Manhattan Beach Pier happen.