Author: Jackie Balestra


June 19, 2020

Listen to The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360

Our guests are Kelly Fogarty and Karen Block from the Manhattan Beach Chapter of Soroptimist International and this morning, we’re going to learn about Lunafest@Home taking place on Saturday, June 27 via Vimeo.

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

Tom Bakaly, CEO, Beach Cities Health District

June 18, 2020

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

We have a returning guest, Tom Bakaly, CEO, of the Beach Cities Health District. This morning, Tom will give us an update on the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the Beach Cities, where we stand now, and how we move forward. We’ll also learn about the various community programs BCHD offers, the new COVID-19 test site and the status of the Healthy Living Campus project.

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

COVID-19 News Briefs for Sunday, June 14, 2020

June 14, 2020

 Many European countries are opening their borders to fellow Europeans after 3 months of coronavirus lockdowns, even though it is not clear how many are ready to travel again. However, tourists from the US, Asia, Latin America, and the Mideast will still not be allowed to enter Europe

COVID-19 News Briefs for Saturday, June 13, 2020

June 13, 2020

 Brazil’s coronavirus outbreak passed a grim landmark today, recording the second-highest death toll in the world after the US. Brazil reported 41,828 deaths and now has the highest number of daily deaths in the world. The US fatalities from Covid-19 are 115,136. Meanwhile, India has overtaken the UK with the fourth-highest number of confirmed cases worldwide, after the US, Russia, and Brazil — there are now 308,900 confirmed cases and 8,884 deaths in India

COVID-19 News Briefs for Friday, June 12, 2020

June 12, 2020

 India has added nearly 11,000 new cases on Friday, its biggest single-day rise so far. The country’s total confirmed caseload, which is approaching 300,000, has now overtaken the UK, and is the fourth largest in the world, behind the US, Brazil, and Russia

 The virus is poised to explode across the developing world and is already surging in Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia and Africa — areas much less equipped to fight it

Automobile Driving Museum Survey

June 12, 2020

A message from the Automobile Driving Museum….

Dear community members,

We want to hear from you. Would you like to share your thoughts about coming back to the ADM when we re-open our doors? COVID-19 has disrupted all of our lives in countless ways. At the Automobile Driving Museum, we are looking at how to provide access to our museum and automobiles in whatever manner will best meet our audience’s needs and expectations.

Please help us design future presentations by answering our questionnaire. We want to bring back the Automobile Driving Museum as soon as we can and do it safely, and we need to know what you think!

Alert South Bay – Key Messages

June 12, 2020


Los Angeles County is moving forward on the Roadmap to Recovery and re-opening key economic and community sectors, including day camps, fitness centers, spectator-free professional sports, museums, campgrounds, and entertainment production. The Health Officer Order has been modified to include infection control and distancing requirements for re-opening the following sectors on Friday, June 12:

• Gyms and fitness facilities
• Professional sports without live audiences
• Day camps
• Museums, galleries, zoos, and aquariums
• Campgrounds, RV parks, and outdoor recreation
• Music, film and television production
• Hotels, lodging and short-term rentals for tourism and individual travel

Terranea Resort to Re-Open

June 12, 2020

Terranea Resort is pleased to announce that with careful planning and consideration for the health and well-being of its guests and associates, the resort will reopen for overnight accommodations on June 19, 2020. As part of its ongoing commitment and in partnership with American Hotel & Lodging Association, California Hotel & Lodging Association, and Ecolab, Terranea has conducted a comprehensive review and enhancement of its existing high standards of service and care to ensure a safe and comfortable stay.

Torrance Library All Ages Summer Reading Program

June 11, 2020

The Torrance Public Library presents the annual All Ages Summer Reading Program from June 8 to August 15, but it is online this year!

It is a free program to encourage reading during the summer for all ages. You can read and earn prizes! Choose the category that best meets your summer reading goals. All categories are open to any age. Prizes will be available for pickup after July 13, 2020.

Save the Automobile Driving Museum

June 11, 2020

A message from the Automobile Driving Museum…..

The Automobile Driving Museum was mandated to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which greatly affected our financial stability. Our organization depends greatly on funds from facility rentals, admission to the museum, and donations from guests, but this closure has ceased all normal income.

We are all too aware of the financial hardships placed on our community members and local businesses, but only with your support and generosity can we continue to achieve our goals and preserve the Automobile Driving Museum for future generations.

Absolution Brewing New Beer Garden

June 11, 2020

Absolution Brewing now has a new Beer Garden!

Starting this Friday, June 12 at 3 p.m., you can enjoy Absolution outside as well as in the taproom!

One of their most popular fruited sours – POG Sour Juuci Tart, 4.7% ABV Fruited Sour – is coming back on tap this Friday and it will go fast, so be ready!

In addition, Anarchy Seafood will be on site. Dine-in & To-Go service. Pre-order To-Go at @ANARCHYSEAFOOD on Instagram or Facebook or by 8 p.m. Thursday.

COVID-19 News Briefs for Thursday, June 11, 2020

June 11, 2020

 The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US passed 2 million and new infections are rising in at least 20 states. California and Texas have seen record Covid-19 hospitalizations, while Arizona health officials warned that ICU beds are already at near capacity

 The Dow plummets 1,862 points today, its worst day since March, as fears of a second wave of coronavirus prompted investor concern. All 3 major indexes posted their biggest single-day declines since March 16. The Federal Reserve said yesterday that the pandemic could result in permanent economic damage and an extended period of high unemployment

COVID-19 News Briefs for Wednesday, June 10, 2020

June 10, 2020

 Daily coronavirus deaths in Brazil are now the highest in the world, causing investors to flee and putting President Bolsonaro and his allies under investigation. In response, the president is threatening military intervention to protect his grip on power

PVPLC Visit with the Goats

June 9, 2020

When I made a donation to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Adopt-a-Goat Program earlier this year, I never imagined that tiny bit of goodwill would later provide a much needed respite from the debacle that 2020 would soon become.

Every spring, the PVPLC brings in about 300 goats to naturally mitigate invasive plant species on the acreage they manage. A herd of goats can clear one acre of land per day and they leave behind that all-important natural fertilizer. Donors to the Adopt-a-Goat program are then invited to an exclusive photo session with the goats later in the year.

Lomita Grads Photo Op

June 10, 2020

The City of Lomita would like to congratulate all of this year’s graduates!

You deserve to celebrate your hard work and accomplishments. To help you celebrate, the City has set up a photo op where you and your family can take photos to share.

Starting today June 10th through June 21st, come down to Lomita City Hall front lawn and take your 2020 Grad pictures!

Display lights will be turned off at 9:00 pm daily.

Please continue to practice social distancing. Be sure to share your photos using #LiftUpLomita and the City will include them in stories and newsletters.