Author: Jackie Balestra

Hermosa Beach Closes Beach, The Strand and Downtown Parking Structure to the Public amid Coronavirus Pandemic

March 26, 2020

This is from The Daily Breeze…..

Hermosa Beach will close to the public its 2-mile long beach and popular adjacent walkway, the Strand, beginning Saturday, March 28, city officials announced Wednesday, March 25.

The city will take this step to further protect the public from the spread of the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, after large groups of people gathered on the beach and the Strand last weekend, the city said in a statement. A three-level municipal parking structure at Hermosa Avenue and 13th Street will also close starting Saturday.

South Coast Botanic Garden to Issue Timed Tickets

March 26, 2020

As part of our continuous effort to keep Garden visitors safe, we are moving to a timed ticketing system. Members and non-members will be required to reserve a timed ticket for entry in order to control the number of people within the Garden and allow visitors to maintain social distancing. We also ask that everyone observe signage at our entrance and exit. These changes affect how people come into and leave the Garden, allowing us to keep everyone safe and observe the required social distancing orders.

LASD Warning: Spike in Online Scams & Hacking Attempts

March 26, 2020

LASD has issued a warning of a spike in online scams and hacking attempts related to the COVID-19 emergency.

The Fraud & Cyber Crimes Bureau, Emerging Cyber Trends Team (ECTT) has seen an UPTICK in fake emails, texts and phishing scams related to the COVID-19 emergency.

Criminals use fake emails or texts to get you to share valuable personal information, such as: account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords.


MB Construction Ban Lifted

March 25, 2020

Consistent with the Governor’s revised order and California FAQ’s responses regarding essential work during the stay at home orders issued over the weekend, the Manhattan Beach City Council has lifted the prohibition on construction activities, effective immediately.

“Recognizing the Governor’s most recent action that limits a City’s ability to define essential services relative to the local community, the City will now allow construction activity, as to not come into conflict with the emergency orders from the State,” said Mayor Richard Montgomery.

Manhattan Beach Coordinates Resource Delivery for Older Adults

March 25, 2020

Utilizing various community partnerships, the City of Manhattan Beach has coordinated a resource delivery program that serves older adults that need assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. Older adults can now call the City’s Older Adult hotline at 310-802-5010 and coordinate meals, transportation, medication, groceries, or other essential items from community and City employee volunteers.

“During this difficult time, it is incumbent upon our community to step up and assist the identified vulnerable populations associated with this pandemic. I’m proud to say our community has stepped up. Volunteers from the Rotary Club, Beach Cities Health District, Salvation Army, City employees, Neighborhood Watch, and our CERT Team are all on board and will do all they can to assist older adults,” said Mayor Richard Montgomery.

AlertSB Regional Message

March 25, 2020

Dear South Bay Community,

Our Regional Joint Information Center continues to work in coordination with the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, the Area-G Disaster Management Coordinator, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACoDPH) to provide timely, accurate, factual information to our communities.

Social Distancing Reminders

Sandy Abrams, Author

March 27, 2020

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

Our guest is Sandy Abrams, a longtime entrepreneur and small business owner. Her first book, Your Idea, Inc. (2010) inspired other first time entrepreneurs to turn a product idea into a business. In Breathe to Succeed (2019), Sandy focuses on Workplace Wellness and shares her 30 years of experience utilizing the power of breath and mindfulness in business and life. This morning, we’re going to learn about “Tapping into the Power of Breath and Mindfulness (in Small Moments!) to Manage Our New Normal.”

Waterfront Education’s Response to the Coronavirus

March 24, 2020

Dear Waterfront Education families, friends, staff, and valued partners,

As you are probably aware, there is growing concern regarding COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This disease causes respiratory illness and is becoming more and more widespread, now being classified a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). The health and safety of our students, staff, and partners is of utmost importance to all of us here at Waterfront Education.

Utility Update from Al Muratsuchi

March 24, 2020

Dear Neighbor,

On March 17th the California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates privately owned energy, water, sewer, and communications companies in California, determined that companies should halt the disconnections of services as a result of non-payments in accordance with the State of Emergency due to COVID-19. For more information on this order or the utility in your area, please visit their website.

Additionally, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has committed to protect financially vulnerable customers, assist those that are impacted by the crisis, and defer disconnections for non-payments until the end of March at this time. For assistance, please reach them via their website or at 1-800-DIAL-DWP.

Vons is Hiring

March 24, 2020

Vons is hiring NOW for thousands of positions throughout the state.

Passionate about customer service? Driven to be part of an exciting and friendly team in a fast-paced environment? Vons is hiring people like you NOW! Apply online or stop by your closest store for more information (just don’t offer to shake hands so they can maintain social distancing).

(My two cents – Even if it’s not your dream job, it may be enough to get you through this crisis.)

To apply, visit Scroll down and check the boxes that apply. Most of the jobs are in Northern Cal but there are several here in SoCal.

South Bay News & Updates Re: COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

For the foreseeable future, the Thursday podcast is focusing on the COVID-19 situation. We’ll cover local updates and announcements affecting the South Bay as we receive them. By all means, if you have any info you’d like to share, call us at (714) 242-5288 between 8 and 9 a.m. Let us know how you, your business or organization is coping and any changes you’ve made to operations. If you’re a local official, call in and give us updates! The South Bay Show is a hyper-local program and we’ve been keeping you informed about our South Bay community for over 8 years, only this time, we’re dealing with a dangerous and rapidly evolving crisis. Don’t be shy, call in!

Kids Eat Free Take-Out @ Ragin Cajun

March 23, 2020

Ragin Cajun Cafe knows how tough it is to come up with a meal plan several times every day during the recent school closure…. and they’re here to help!

During the current school closure, kids menu items are FREE with the purchase of an adult meal! Everything is made to order, so get your meals to-go and enjoy dining in the comfort of your own home.

SLIDERS with/without Cheese
CHICKEN STRIPS (Grilled or Fried) made from real chicken breast
SHRIMP (Grilled or Fried)
CATFISH (Grilled or Fried)
PASTA with Butter
SIDES: Fries, Rice or Fresh Veggies