April 10, 2020
The best way to keep up with what’s going down in the South Bay – especially during these uncertain times – is to subscribe to the South Bay by Jackie
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Every Thursday morning, you’ll receive an email detailing the latest local news and updates regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
You can subscribe by scrolling down the left side of any page of the website where you’ll find the SBBJ Weekend Guide and the RSS Feed subscription boxes.
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April 10, 2020
Our friends at the Torrance Chamber of Commerce has put together this helpful list of resources for businesses….
•From the office of Senator Steven Bradford, 35th District, please see updated LA Small Business Resiliency Tool Kit at Los Angeles Small Business Resiliency Tool Kit
•Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. Here’s a guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help your small business through the process.
•California’s Small Business Development Centers are hosting daily live webinars and Q & A on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Paycheck Protection Program. Webinar is at 3pm and registration is free. Register here.
•The GO-Biz California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF) is hosting a virtual learning series tomorrow, April 10th from 11am – 12pm to connect and share resources, challenges, barriers, and opportunities for small businesses to improve pivot and adapt to the marketplace during COVID-19. Register for virtual session by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3bUFN81
•Required FFCRA Documentation, Recordkeeping for New Federal Paid Leave (COVID-19) The new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) has dominated employers’ attention with its provisions for emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19. Read more here.
•In addition to the normal unemployment insurance (UI) payments (up to $450/week, depending on salary), applicants may receive up to an additional $600/week until July 31, 2020—meaning that workers may receive up to 100% wage replacement. However, EDD’s outdated internal data processing system may hinder its ability to timely change the benefits calculations. As a result, it is unclear when EDD will begin distributing the additional $600/week provided for in the CARES Act. Read more here.
•The City of Torrance has a resource page that connects you with important and relevant updates and guidance from the City, the CDC, and other helpful sites. Click here.
•The 2020 Census is underway. Participation is key since so much is tied to the results of the population count, such as the allocation of billions in federal funds for the next 10 years for health care, education, infrastructure. This is always crucial but now more than ever when we need all the resources we can get for the recovery of the current COVID-19 crisis.You can fill out your Census Questionnaires, right now, safely from your home, online or by phone. They will be mailing the Paper Questionnaires soon for those that prefer this method and mail back. Participate, be counted, and have a voice in shaping our communities future. Click here For Census 101.
•COVID-19 Workforce Reduction Guidance Podcast and Article. This pandemic has forced business owners to take a hard look at their viability and make very difficult business decisions. Topics addressed in podcast and article feature: Business Uncertainty, Furlough vs. Reduction in Force/Layoff, and Advanced Notice/Final Paychecks. Click here to read or listen.
April 10, 2020
Join local South Bay musician Evan Charles for a Family Friendly Concert featuring songs by The Beatles today, April 10 from 12:15 to 1 p.m.
This will be a FACEBOOK LIVE event. Invite your friends or host a watch party.
Your support is appreciate and donations are much appreciated, any amount helps!
• APPLE PAY
• CASH APP Evyn Charles; $EvynCharles
• G(oogle) PAY pay.google.com
• PAYPAL paypal.me/EvynCharles
• VENMO www.venmo.com/Evyn-Charles
• ZELLE (all major banks)
For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/718476305556542/.
April 10, 2020
Like most non-profit arts organizations, the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation (TOCA) has been hit pretty hard by the current Covid-19 pandemic. They had to postpone nine (9) performances and the annual fundraising event is in question leaving them to have to scramble for other possible fundraising events… then they had an idea.
As you probably know by now, one of TOCA’s favorite events is South Bay’s Got Talent.
For the last 6 years, young performers would audition for their chance to win a scholarship to the World Championships of the Performing Arts. Just last year, they added an additional cash prize to the top three performers… not to mention the Judge’s Favorite Awards that are given out by the amazing panel of judges.
While TOCA still plans to hold the annual South Bay’s Got Talent event during the 2020/2021 season, they thought that since there are so many folks at home, that it might be a nice diversion to have a virtual edition of the event.
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the virtual SBGT audition.
They are asking performers of all ages to submit a video of them performing their routine/song/number. They will put them up on the website so people can vote for their favorite. The three performers with the most votes will move on to the live performance and their chance to win up to $500.
To help raise the funds to keep TOCA going and help young up and coming talent, they will be charging $1 per vote.
How it works:
• Take a video of you performing your talent.
• Make sure that the audio and video quality are good.
• Video must have been of a performance no earlier than November 2019.
• Must be a live performance.
• Can be shot in your home, a studio, theater or any other live performance.
• Submit the completed form on line (be sure to include your video link) by April 24, 2020. The form can be found at https://torrancearts.org/sbgt2020/
• Voting will begin on May 4, 2020
• Voting will end May 29, 2020
• Each vote costs $1
• The top 3 vote getters will automatically move on to the live performance for their chance at a $500 award.
• Each submission will be sent a link to promote their participation and to urge people to vote for them. Additional information is on the form.
April 10, 2020
The City of Torrance has launched a program to help deliver grocery items to seniors (60 years of age and older), those with disabilities, and with underlying health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Torrance Residents who qualify for this program can order once per week while supplies last. These packages will be delivered by City Staff. Packages are $55.
Register on line at https://www.cityoftorranceca.com/tc2go.html or call (310) 618-6339 from Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
April 9, 2020
The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has been hard at work compiling resources to help small businesses and is dedicated to helping the community respond to COVID-19 so that local businesses can continue to support their employees, customers, and families.
The Chamber created a Directory of Open Retailers and Restaurants which highlights local South Bay businesses currently offering services amidst the closures. These services include restaurants open for non-contact take out and delivery, in addition to retailers open for online shopping with delivery and shipping. The directory extends beyond promoting strictly Hermosa Beach Chamber Members and is open for everyone in the area. To have your business listed on the directory please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates will be made daily.
Additionally, the Chamber produces a Weekly Wednesday Newsletter each week. In an effort to promote local businesses to the fullest, the focus will be on featuring all specials that our members have going on. The Weekly Wednesday Newsletter also includes resources that ensure business owners fully understand what aid options are available to them and how to access those funds as efficiently as possible.
“I believe that there is a lot we can do for the community right now to support our local businesses and ensure they survive and recover strongly.” said Maureen Hunt, President/CEO of the Chamber. For Example:
● Order take out, curbside pickup or delivery from local restaurants
● Purchase a gift card to use at a future date or send to friends and family
● Shop local online
● Post a positive review to cheer businesses on
● Promote social media by liking, reposting, and commenting to boost engagement
● Volunteer and check in on your neighbors and friends
The safety and well-being of our community and our members is a top priority. The Chamber encourages all employees to wear protective masks and gloves when dealing with the public.
April 8, 2020
Funds are limited, the first round of applications will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis and will close once 150 applications are received or at 8:00 am on Wednesday, April 15, whichever is first.
Grant Fund Total = $500,000 dollars
Award Amount = Up to $10,000, based on demonstrated need.
Note: Approximately 25% of awards are reserved for social enterprises that demonstrate a need and ability to serve vulnerable populations.
• Open to all qualifying businesses in LA County
• For-profit corporation, partnership, or non-profit with a for-profit activity in Los Angeles County.
• Note: Social enterprises and non-profit (501(c)3) firms qualify.
• Have between 2 and 50 full-time employees.
• For applicants that serve high barrier and/or vulnerable populations, the employee cap excludes such transitional employees.
• Less than $2,000,000 in gross receipts or annual revenue.
• Have been established at least one quarter prior to March 4, 2020 (On or before December 4, 2019).
• Demonstrate significant economic hardship as a result of COVID-19.
• Application Portal opens 8 AM on Thursday, April 9th)
• View EAGF PowerPoint here
• Required documents, pg. 11
• Required budget sheet example, pg. 12
• Further information, click here
• LAC Business & Worker Disaster Help Center, click here
April 8, 2020
Eligibility requirements were recently updated for COVID-19 testing:
COVID-19 Testing at the South Bay Galleria
At this time, testing is limited in Los Angeles to people with symptoms, or people who have been prevented from working because of contact with someone who has been infected.
Please note that same or next day testing appointments are prioritized for individuals over 65, or who have underlying chronic health conditions.
Appointments have been filling up quickly. Please continue to check the site for availability at the South Bay Galleria or make an appointment at another LA County site.
If you are experiencing acute symptoms such as severe shortness of breath or are in distress related to COVID-19 symptoms, contact your physician. If it is an emergency, dial 911.
For more questions about testing, please visit the City of Los Angeles’ FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.
Tests are also prioritized for first responders, critical government workers and health care professionals. Those individuals should inquire at their affiliated hospital, medical center or department for information about how to schedule a same or next day appointment for testing.
Click here to determine eligibility and schedule a COVID-19 test.
COVID-19 Testing Through Your Health Care Provider
Please note, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is asking people with insurance to first contact their medical provider to request COVID-19 testing through their own networks to ensure the testing sites help those who need it the most.
If a person develops symptoms of COVID-19 and has reason to believe they may have been exposed, they should call their health care provider or local health department before seeking care. If you don’t have a provider, call 2-1-1 for help finding a clinician near you.
April 8, 2020
There has been some concern regarding the Dockweiler RV Quarantine Camp. Specifically, what happens to the homeless individuals housed there once they are released. I received the following update from the MBSAFE organization…..
We are glad to share the answer from the office of Janice Hahn regarding possible plans for the individuals released from Dockweiler RV Camp after they have completed the quarantine. This is good news and hopefully will ease any anxiety. The name of the person to whom the email was directed has been deleted to protect his/her privacy.
Thank you again and stay safe!
From: “LaMarque, Jennifer”
Subject: Re: Plan for Dockweiler RV Residents After Quarantine?
Date: April 6, 2020 at 9:29:59 AM PDT
Good Morning ___________,
Thanks for your email. The individuals who have completed quarantine are not being released into the surrounding neighborhoods. The team at Dockweiler currently has a workflow in place that taps into the existing interim housing system to place those who can leave the site into a facility.
Thus far, transportation has been coordinated with the receiving sites. The Department of Public Health is building this into the discharge planning at each quarantine/isolation site across the county. The Office of Emergency Management has also secured shuttle service contracts for the interim housing locations that do not provide transport. I hope you find this information to be helpful.
South Bay Deputy
Supervisor Janice Hahn, 4th District
April 7, 2020
The engineering team at Nav just created a CARES Act SBA Loan Calculator.
It’s simple to use and shows small business owners how much funding they can obtain based on the recently passed law.
They also have an article by business loan industry veteran Ty Kiisel on how to “Prepare Your Application for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program”
Here’s a comprehensive list of state and local grants, loans, and government/non-profit resources for small businesses.
April 7, 2020
The South Coast Botanic Garden will be temporarily closed on Easter Sunday, April 12.
We all agree that the current circumstances have shown us the importance of family and getting to spend time with one another. With that in mind, SCBG has decided to temporarily shut the Garden’s gates on Sunday, April 12 to allow the staff to spend time with their families at home.
The Garden will be back open on Monday, April 13, and reservations will still be required for entry.
April 6, 2020
Here’s some impressive aerial drone footage of the South Bay on lock-down, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times.
April 6, 2020
So, last night we ordered take-out from Bettolino Kitchen in Redondo Beach.
As we were looking over the menu, deciding what to order, we spotted an option to purchase a six pack of toilet paper! Hah!
So we ordered a bruschetta appetizer, salad, pasta Bolognese…. and a six pack of toilet paper!!!
To place your order, visit the website at https://www.bettolinokitchen.com/menu/.
April 6, 2020
Ragin Cajun is bringing back their famous Deep-Fried Turkey Dinners for Easter Sunday this year!
Not only will you be enjoying a FABULOUS meal, you’ll also be supporting a small, local, family business! Turkeys are 12 to 14 pounds and will serve 8 to 10 people.
A deep-fried turkey is $99. A turkey dinner with all the sides is $185. Pick-up only. Hey! It doesn’t get any easier than that!
Call 310-540-7403 to place your order. Orders must be received by Friday, April 10.
Ragin Cajun is located at 525 South Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach.
April 5, 2020
A message from the Torrance Chamber of Commerce….
The Torrance Area Chamber of Chamber is a convener of communities, catalyst of action, and champion of business. With such difficult times sprung upon the Torrance area, and all businesses within it, the only way to react was with immediate action. We hope that you see how important each business is to us. You are all on our minds. Furthermore, we believe our actions have spoken even louder than these words.
As everyone adjusts to this new reality together, we see ways that the Torrance business area has truly embodied what it looks like to be a tight-knit community. Businesses, and the individuals within those businesses, have bonded closer than ever before – supporting one another in many tangible ways. It is times like this that show what a city is made of and, we can say without a doubt, Torrance has shown its true colors of strength and grit.
However, a story means more when it comes from the mouth of the one that lived through it. We implore you to take a moment to write out your story so we can highlight you, your business, or your employees. Whether the story is about giving back in this time of crisis, a way someone has helped you, or even an encouraging word – we want to hear about it. By sharing your story, we can all find strength and encouragement as we work through this uncharted territory. Bring awareness to one another, share and gather resources to help one another, like we always do.
Everyone (not just TACC Members) is invited to share their story. Send it to Donna at email@example.com.
April 5, 2020
Redondo Beach Patch.com has a new page to let the community know which businesses are open.
Patch will publicize this list on an ongoing basis over the next several weeks, to let customers near you know the status of local businesses. Please feel free to share the link to this form to other business owners in town.
Local Patch readers who want to know what’s open in town can access the directory here.
(I haven’t been able to find this page on the other local Patch.com pages. If you have the links for them, please forward!)
April 4, 2020
Palos Verdes Art Center has issued a Call for Videos.
The team at PVAC is expanding their online presence with virtual exhibitions and e-blasts to members and friends. Theys would like to involve you, too.
PVAC will periodically post videos on their website that they receive from members and the community at large. This is an open outlet for creativity, so let your artistic visions flow and submit videos of any length and genre, be it dance, spoken word, animation, etc.
Don’t have a video? PVAC staff will be glad to help you make one.
Options for Submitting Videos
High production quality is not imperative. PVAC is searching for content to share with the community. Videos may be as simple as those created on one’s cell phone. For ideas and/or assistance, please contact Aaron through his email provided below.
1. Provide direct link to video already posted online
c. Other websites, etc.
2. Upload med-sized files (MP4 or MOV)
3. Submit photos (JPG or PDF) & audio files (MP3 or WAV)
c. Via Email
4. Submit script dialog & brief storyboard (DOC); set a time for teleconference discussion
a. Via Email
Send all email inquiries and materials to Aaron Sheppard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for contributing to our online art program!
April 4, 2020
• Safer at Home Directive Still in Effect: With warm weather forecasted or Los Angeles, please remember the Safer At Home directives are still in effect including the closure of all beaches, parks, and trails in Los Angeles County. Please be aware that “behavioral fatigue” may set in, especially when it’s tempting to go outside. Help stem the spread of COVID-19 by remaining in your homes, unless it is absolutely necessary to leave in order to perform an essential function.
• Palos Verdes Estates Bluff Area Closure: The Palos Verdes Estates Bluff Areas will be closed starting April 4, 2020 at 7:30am between the roadway and cliff along Paseo Del Mar.
• Updated Infection Timeline: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) has revised the time period that a patient with COVID-19 is considered infectious to begin 48 hours before symptom onset (updated from the first day of symptom onset). This is based on new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
• Infected Party Notification Requirement: The recent Health Officer orders have been revised to require that individuals with presumed or confirmed COVID-19 notify all persons with whom they had close contact beginning 48 hours before their symptom onset.
• Face Covering Guidance: The CA Department of Public Health and the CDC recently indicated that wearing face coverings while out in public may help reduce the frequency of asymptomatic transmissions, particularly by those who do not yet know they are infected. They are therefore recommending that people use non-medical face coverings when completing essential tasks outside of the home. The LACDPH requests that residents wear homemade face coverings to protect the supply of medical facemasks for hospital workers and those in essential fields.The LACDPH emphasizes that whether you wear a face covering or not, it is extremely important to follow social distancing guidelines. Face coverings may increase risk if users reduce their use of strong defenses, such as physical distancing and frequent hand swashing, when using face coverings.
April 4, 2020
This information was sent to me from Bonnie Barchichat of Senior Comedy Afternoons. Just because we’re all stuck at home, doesn’t mean we can’t travel to places near and far! Thanks, Bonnie!
Monterey Bay Acquarium http://www.montereybayaquarium.org
Griffith Observatory http://www.griffithobservatory.org
LA Opera https://www.laopera.org/
Aquarium of the Pacific’s Aquarium Online Academy http://www.aquariumofpacific.org
National Gallery of Art – Washington DC https://www.nga.gov/
Musee D’Orsay- Paris https://m.musee-orsay.fr/en/home.html
The Guggenheim – NYC https://www.guggenheim.org/
April 3, 2020
The City of Lomita has developed a stand alone website dedicated to COVID-19, which is continually updated as new information develops.
Covid-19 has been dominating the news cycle over the past several weeks. This is an unprecedented situation that is fluid and changing rapidly. We would like to assure our residents that we are monitoring it closely, and along with our partner agencies around us, adjusting as necessary.
For updates, visit the website at https://lomitacoronavirus.info/.
April 3, 2020
Over the past several weeks, there has been an outpouring of altruism and support from #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors in the Beach Cities. Now more than ever is the time for us to come together and look out and care for one another, especially our vulnerable populations – older adults and those with underlying health conditions.
Governor Gavin Newsom urged Californians to check in on vulnerable neighbors with a call, text or physically-distanced door knock. One way to help our community is to drop off Kindness Cards to neighbors letting them know you’re here to help!
1. Print the Kindness Card at home: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
2. Cut the Kindness Cards (each sheet of paper has two cards)
3. Fill in your contact information and check the items you’re able to do
4. Drop the Kindness Card off to your neighbors or tape it to their front door
5. If your neighbor answers the door, remember to practice social distancing and remain 6 ft. away
When helping neighbors with errand assistance, use these guidelines and steps when dropping off groceries and supplies: View Neighbors Helping Neighbors Guidance Video
April 3, 2020
The Federal Government passed two measures in the last two weeks designed to aid those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Whether you are employed full time or part time, a gig worker, unemployed, or retired, you may be eligible for a stimulus payment.
Click here to use the calculator to see if you qualify for a stimulus payment.
April 3, 2020
There are two ways to get tested for COVID-19.
1) If a person develops symptoms of COVID-19 and has reason to believe they may have been exposed, they should call their health care provider or local health department before seeking care. If you don’t have a provider, call 2-1-1 for help finding a clinician near you.
2) The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) has established testing sites across LA County. Tests through LA County are free and strictly limited to residents of LA County who are in the most high-risk categories and most vulnerable.
LACDPH COVID-19 Testing at South Bay Galleria
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is the lead agency for the COVID-19 testing at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach. These tests are free of charge.
All tests at the South Bay Galleria will be by appointment only. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has established a website with the City of Los Angeles to schedule appointments.
For the moment, tests through LA County are strictly limited to residents of LA County who are in the most high-risk categories and most vulnerable.
To determine eligibility and schedule a COVID-19 test, visit the website at https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs.
April 3, 2020
A message from Adrienne Mohan, Executive Director of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy….
April 3, 2020
Whether you’re planning a visit to the South Coast Botanic Garden, or trying to stay connected to the Garden from a distance, listen to the latest What’s Blooming in the Garden program.
Garden volunteer Georgiann Keller walks listeners through the most recent Garden updates and, of course, the latest plants that have come alive with spring.
Georgiann describes the scene with vivid detail, and the information can help you make the most out of your next visit!
Listen to the program at https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/whats-blooming-in-the-garden-march-27/.
April 2, 2020
Alert South Bay wants to hear from you about your COVID-19 concerns. Please take a moment to complete a quick survey at the following link:
April 2, 2020
Yesterday, the Treasury Department released initial information for lenders and small businesses for the Paycheck Protection Program – the program that provides $349 billion in loans for small businesses, the self-employed, and independent contractors. These loans can be converted into grants based on an employer’s expenses.
Small business can begin applying for these loans this Friday, April 3, and the application is now available here.
To learn more, visit the Treasury Department website.
April 2, 2020
To help keep the community informed, the City of Hermosa Beach is providing daily updates featuring the latest news about COVID-19, related local updates, and how the City is working to meet the needs of the community and protect public health.
Please continue to follow public health experts’ recommendations to avoid spreading the coronavirus including frequent handwashing, avoiding others who are ill, keeping a safe distance from one another, and staying home if you are ill.
Public Health has issued the following guidance during this time of increased spread: If you are mildly sick, stay home for at least seven days or until 72 hours after being fever free, whichever is longer. Call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen. Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick.
Information regarding coronavirus is changing frequently, and the City will provide the latest information about COVID-19 and links to resources on its website. To stay informed, please sign up for Hermosa Beach eNotifications or public safety alerts.
April 1, 2020
Join the South Bay Chambers of Commerce and Senator Ben Allen for a COVID-19 & California Webinar Teleconference on Thursday April, 2 at 3:15 p.m.
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all parts of our lives. With extended business closures and the slowdown of our economy, what does it mean for the South Bay community? Senator Ben Allen will update members of the business community on the next steps and what the business community should expect.
This is a FREE event but you must register!
Register for this valuable discussion at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uZAtceqprT0vkRRs9480phePp1Hz2hHcvw.
April 1, 2020
This information is brought to you courtesy of the El Segundo Chamber of Commerce….
The COVID-19 Small Business Forum Series is now available. Valuable information is included on both the CARES Act and EIDL (SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan) for our small business community.
You are advised to contact your accounting resources, or Bixel Exchange is offering free one-on-one advising. Their contact information is included in the following link.
If you have questions or need additional assistance, please reach out to the El Segundo Chamber at email@example.com. We are here to offer assistance during these unprecedented times.
Click here to listen and view Powerpoints from March 31, 2020 COVID-19 Small Business Forum Webinar Series.