Author: Jackie Balestra

Managing Anxiety Amid Our Current Health Crisis

March 23, 2020

Written by Moe Gelbart, PhD, Director of the Thelma McMillen Recovery Center

With the COVID-19 outbreak reaching new levels, we are experiencing something that none of us have ever experienced in our lifetimes. With schools closing, people staying home, people working from home, some families seeing their incomes threatened, and health concerns being elevated, many of us are feeling fear, anxiety and panic. Our concerns are valid, but this is also an opportunity to make smart choices, come together as a community, learn how to cope with uncertainty, and remind ourselves of what is really important.

Richstone Family Center Updates

March 23, 2020

Dear Friends,

These are truly difficult times and we hope that this message finds you all safe and healthy.

In light of the recent L.A. County ‘Safer At Home’ order, we wanted to update you on the protocols Richstone has enacted that change the way we are advancing our mission to prevent child abuse and neglect given the restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community.

Friendship Bowl Virtual Fundraiser Results

March 23, 2020

Walk With Sally’s annual Friendship Bowl, which was changed at the last moment to a virtual event, raised $140,000!

That $140,000 will enable Walk With Sally to support 25 friendships for a year throughout L.A. County and they’ll be using a portion of those proceeds to directly support the families impacted by COVID-19 through the Temporary Family Support program.

BCHD Helps Community with $25K Grant to Meals on Wheels and More

March 22, 2020

In response to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and orders from the State of California and Los Angeles County, Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is taking multiple steps to assist the community during the COVID-19 health emergency.

BCHD CEO Tom Bakaly announced a $25,000 grant by the public agency to the Salvation Army Redondo Beach Corps’ Meals on Wheels program, which has seen a surge in requests from older adults since the coronavirus outbreak began. This money is in addition to a $55,000 non-profit grant the program already receives from BCHD.

Highlight of the Week: Cherry Blossoms!

March 22, 2020

Dear Members & Guests,

This time of year, the South Coast Botanic Garden is alive with a spectacular show of color, scent and beauty. We want to share this beauty with everyone even if you can’t be here in person to enjoy it!

Below are photos from the past few weeks in the Garden, and these blossoms have now fallen though there are more that seem ready to bloom any day now. Blossoms usually last less than a week, when they fall and are replaced by green leaves. There are more blossoms just beginning to bloom in the Rose Garden. It’s a spectacular show of beauty! The cherry blossom is a symbol of spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE: HOUSING

March 22, 2020

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom temporarily lifted state law to allow local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slow foreclosures, and reduce commercial evictions. Through May 31, 2020, your local government may freeze evictions that are caused by a change in employment or loss of wages due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At the time of this email, Los Angeles, Torrance, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach have taken action to ensure both residential and commercial tenants are protected from evictions. Other cities are working on adopting similar rules.

A Message from the PVPLC

March 22, 2020

Hello fellow Land Conservancy supporters,

Please accept my wishes for continued good health and wellness for you and your families. We’re all in this together, and together we will endure and eventually thrive.

One thing we all have in common is our love for nature and open spaces, and I encourage you to take time to enjoy the environment – whether it is a solo hike or being around the plants in your own garden. Spring is here in full bloom, and the benefits of breathing in fresh air can help alleviate stress and improve your well-being.

AlertSB Regional Message

March 21, 2020

Dear South Bay Community,

During this time of uncertainty, we acknowledge that all residents do their best to share verifiable resources and help reduce the spread of false information. Our Regional Joint Information Center is working 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Assembly Member Muratsuchi

March 21, 2020

Dear Neighbor:

As we are faced with an unprecedented pandemic with Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is essential that we do as much as we can to restrict the spread of the disease.
The state is mobilizing at every level to proactively and aggressively protect the health and well-being of Californians, but we cannot fight this outbreak alone.

We need the participation and support of every Californian. That is why the State has established a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) site designed to provide information to residents.

Terranea Implements Temporary Closure of Resort and Amenities

March 21, 2020

Terranea Resort is temporarily closed, effective immediately, due to government mandates and as part of its continued effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

“The health and well-being of our guests, associates and community is paramount at Terranea Resort,” said Terri A. Haack, President of Terranea Resort. “Due to government mandates and as part of our continued effort to ensure a safe and healthy environment, our team has been working around the clock to determine how best to take care of our guests and each other. Our hearts go out to all of those affected during these uncertain times. We will continue to support our associates, guests, and community members in every way that we can during this period of closure and we plan to resume our offerings as soon as it is safe to do so in accordance with government guidelines.”

Grocery Store Hours for Senior Citizens

March 21, 2020

This information was sent to me from Debbie Hays, Community Relations for the Old Torrance Neighborhood Association.

Know any seniors? Are you one? Right now, of all times, our seniors need to have special hours for grocery shopping – that is, if a friend, family member or neighbor isn’t already doing it for them. 😊

Grocery Store Hours for Senior Citizens

Von’s – 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Smart & Final – 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Target – Wednesday only – 1 hour before regular opening time (Target opens at 7:00 AM – Note: they have been closing at 9:00 PM)

Govenor Newsom Issues Order for Entire State to Stay at Home Due to Coronavirus

March 20, 2020

The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.

Read the full Executive Order here.

How long will we stay home?
This goes into effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The order is in place until further notice.

BCHD Cancellations & Closures

March 20, 2020

Dear Beach Cities community,

As a local health resource in the community, Beach Cities Health District is taking a preventive approach in line with recommendations from public health officials to slow the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

To protect the health and well-being of our community, we are temporarily closing our Center for Health & Fitness and postponing or cancelling all BCHD public meetings and select events, volunteer trainings, classes and workshops until the end of April.