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  • County to Open COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments for 65+

    January 20, 2021

    Los Angeles County is opening up COVID-19 Appointments for residents 65 and older.

    Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis signed an executive order on Monday, January 18, making COVID-19 vaccine appointments available to residents aged 65 and older. Adults 65+ can visit the county’s website this afternoon to make an appointment as early as tomorrow, January 20.

    Please be patient if there are no available appointments when you first visit the county’s website. Appointments are continually being added and more vaccination sites are scheduled to open in the coming weeks.

    If you do not have internet access to sign up for an appointment, you may call the county’s call center at 833-540-0473.

    Tips to make your vaccine appointment:
    • Check the county’s website early in the morning as it seems like appointments are released sometime during the night, or check periodically throughout the day.
    • Appointments are continually being added, so be vigilant, especially if you are hoping to get vaccinated at a specific location.
    • You do not need to go back to the same location to receive your second dose. Just make sure you are receiving the same type of vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).
    • Some locations have phone numbers to call if you have specific questions about disability parking or any other needs. You should make the appointment and confirm it, then call to see if you can get your questions answered.

    Tips for vaccination locations:
    • The closest county megapod is The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305.
    • Crenshaw Clinic: Parking is not available on W 79th (it is blocked off). Drive up Normandie and park on the street (Vermont has testing site traffic, this location is doing testing and vaccinations).
    • Dodger Stadium: This is a drive through location, where you remain in your vehicle. There are usually lots of appointments available here.

    To sign up, visit the website at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/hcwsignup/.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Hall Tonight

    January 19, 2020

    Get the latest updates on the COVID-19 Vaccine today Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 6:00-7:30 pm.

    Tonight’s panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Hector Flores, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at White Memorial Medical Center featuring Dr. Eloisa Gonzalez, Director of Cardiovascular and School Health, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Dr. Paul Simon, Chief Science Officer, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and Dr. Seira Kurian, Director of the Division of Medical Affairs, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

    You can watch on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

    Ask a question at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfucmnbtYdZ9Kg6V__ZsEORr_TkCrxBv1fsJqZ_HfJAGMwhUQ/viewform.

  • Alert South Bay: Joint Information Center Weekly Message on COVID-19 Threat – Key Messages

    January 16, 2021


    The COVID-19 vaccine is a messenger (mRNA) vaccine. MRNA vaccines are not a new concept and have been around for the past 25 years. However, this is the first time they have been mass-produced in a vaccine. They are 100% synthesized, meaning there is no embryonic tissue or monkey DNA in the vaccine itself and does NOT contain a live virus. MRNA vaccines are very unstable, thus needing to be stored at very low temperatures and is metabolized quickly leaving the body within 24-hrs. Here is what science tells us:
    • There is NO live virus in the vaccine: The vaccine contains a small blueprint for a tiny piece of the virus. Your cells recognize this and start to make antibodies.
    • There are NO preservatives in the vaccine.
    • You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
    • MRNA vaccines DO NOT change your DNA.
    • Research on mRNA vaccines have shown they are extremely effective and very safe.
    • The side effects reported in those who have received the vaccine are consistent with other vaccines.
    • If you have had COVID-19 in the past, you are still encouraged to get the vaccine when offered. You need to be 14-days post positive PCR test, and symptoms have resolved before receiving it.

    Please remember that you still must continue to wear a mask and physically distance even if you have received the vaccine until we have more transmissibility information. You also need to make sure you schedule an appointment to receive your 2nd dose. The first round only provides roughly 50% immunity 10-14 days after the first dose and 94-95% immunity 10-14 days after the 2nd dose.

    It’s also important to remember that reaching herd immunity with any virus has never been achieved without a vaccine.


    Starting Tuesday, January 19, five super vaccination sites will come online to assist LA County in completing vaccinations for those in Tier 1A. Tier 1A is for healthcare workers and others that are on the frontlines. LA County has approximately 500,000 healthcare workers who need to be vaccinated before moving to Tier 1B. Here are the five super vaccination sites currently ONLY open to healthcare and frontline workers:
    • Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768
    • The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305
    • California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330
    • LA County Office of Education, 12830 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
    • Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
    Los Angeles County will not begin vaccinating people aged 65 and older until vaccinations for healthcare workers have been completed and more vaccine is received from the State. Local pharmacies are offering appointments for healthcare workers only. You can sign-up to receive the vaccine newsletter from the LA County Department of Public Health by clicking here.


    The following prioritization is from the California COVID-19 Vaccine Plan.

    Phase 1B: Vaccine is not yet available to persons listed in Phase 1B.

    It is estimated that vaccination will begin for those in Phase 1B in early February. Everyone in this phase should have been offered at least one dose of vaccine by late March.

    1B Tier 1
    • Persons 65 years and older
    • Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors:
    o Education
    o Childcare
    o Emergency services
    o Food and agriculture
    1B Tier 2

    Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors:
    • Transportation and logistics
    • Industrial, commercial, residential, and sheltering facilities and services
    • Critical manufacturing
    • Congregate settings with outbreak risk: incarcerated and homeless
    Phase 1C: Vaccine is not yet available to persons listed in Phase 1C.

    It is estimated that vaccination will begin for those in Phase 1C in March. Everyone in this phase should have been offered at least one vaccine dose by late April/early May.
    • Persons 50-64 years old
    • People 16-49 years of age and have an underlying health condition or disability increase their risk of severe COVID-19.
    • Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors:
    o Water and wastewater
    o Defense
    o Energy
    o Chemical and hazardous materials
    o Communications and IT
    o Financial services
    o Government operations / community-based essential functions
    Phase 2 (Proposed): Vaccine is not yet available to persons listed in Phase 2.

    It is estimated that vaccination will begin for those in Phase 2 by mid-May or early June.
    • Persons 16-49 years old without high-risk medical conditions

  • El Segundo New Website Feature – Report an Issue

    January 15, 2021

    The City of El Segundo is pleased to announce the official launch of a reporting function called Report an Issue on the City’s website.

    Report an Issue allows residents and staff a convenient way to submit service requests for a variety of concerns such as reporting a pothole, fallen tree, or an abandoned vehicle.

    All requests for service will be routed to the appropriate City employee to address and close out the ticket once the issue has been resolved.

    Report an Issue can be accessed on the City homepage at http://www.elsegundo.org/reportanissue.

  • Volunteer Opportunities at South Coast Botanic Garden

    January 14, 2021

    New volunteer opportunities are now available at the South Coast Botanic Garden!

    GLOW may be over, but there is a new, ongoing volunteer opportunity at the Garden! They are looking for people to join the Green Team to help maintain the 87 acres by planting, watering and weeding various areas.

    The Green Team will have shifts Tuesday throughThursday and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

    Sign up for a shift or learn more at https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/volunteering/.

  • Mid-Week Music with Andy & Renee

    January 13, 2021

    Everyone is invited to join Andy & Renee for a little Mid-Week Music tonight, January 13 at 7 p.m. via YouTube.

    Join them tonight for some much need music! Make requests from their list of over 470 songs. See the list at https://www.andyandrenee.com/docs/A-and-R-Song-List-5.6.20.pdf, and send your requests to andyhillmusic@hotmail.com before the show.

    See you later!

    To watch, click on the YouTube link at https://youtu.be/EhajAV1eyT8.

  • California Business Relief Programs

    January 12, 2021

    California has increased support for small businesses in the face of this crisis by providing grants, hiring tax credits, automatic sales tax extensions, and access to capital.

    You may be able to receive a California Small business COVID-19 Relief Grant, a Small Business Hiring Tax Credit, Sales Tax Relief, or other support. Applications for the Relief Grant are due on 1/13 and the Hiring Tax Credit are due on 1/15, so please apply today. Follow the links below to learn more and see if you are eligible:

    • Apply for the Main Street Small Business Tax Credit at https://www.ftb.ca.gov/file/business/credits/small-business-hiring-credit.html
    • Apply for the California Rebuilding Fund at https://www.connect2capital.com/p/californiarebuildingfund/
    • Information about state sales tax relief at https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/11/30/governor-newsom-announces-immediate-assistance-for-businesses-impacted-by-covid-19-including-temporary-tax-relief-and-500-million-in-grants/
    • A Complete List of Programs to Support California Businesses at https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Small-Business-Fact-Sheet-9.9.20.pdf

  • South Coast Botanic Garden is Hiring!

    January 11, 2021

    The South Coast Botanic Garden is hiring!

    They are looking for a Manager of Finance and Accounting to assist with the Garden’s accounting and financial activities. This is a great opportunity for a nonprofit financial/accounting professional who thrives in a busy workplace.

    Sound like something you’d be interested in? Learn more about the position and the prerequisites at https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Job-Description-Manager-of-Finance-and-Accounting-01-08-2021.pdf.

    Position is full-time. Must be available weekdays, some weekday evenings, some holidays, and some weekends. Salary is commensurate with experience. We provide compensation with full benefits including medical, paid time off and retirement plan.

    To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to hr@southcoastbotanicgarden.org. No calls please.

  • Torrance Hometown Heroes Military Banner Recognition Program Now Accepting Applications

    January 8, 2021

    The Torrance Hometown Heroes Military Banner Recognition Program recognizes the community’s men and women in uniform who are currently serving in the Armed Forces, veterans who have served in the past, or veterans of the past who are now deceased.

    The 2021 application period is now open. Applications for the 2021 program are available online and on some public counters, including City Hall and City libraries. Applications for the 2021 program will be accepted until February 5 2021.

    Please contact contact the City Manager’s office at (310) 618-5880 with questions about the program.

    To download the application, visit https://www.torranceca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument?id=61836.

  • Breakwall Surf Footage

    January 6, 2020

    While there’s still not much to celebrate this New Year, at least here in the South Bay, we get to experience some incredible surf at Breakwall!

    This will make you smile!

    Fabulous drone footage courtesy of Klein Creative Media.

  • Riviera Village Spotlight: Village Runner

    January 5, 2021

    The Village Runner, located in Riviera Village for over 30 years, offers footwear, apparel, accessories, tools, and more for walkers, runners, and elite runners.

    Mike Ward purchased The Village Runner in 1992 with a little help from his friends and family. At the time, Mike was an employee of the store. Today, it is a Riviera Village staple not only for its longevity, but the people who work there, the community it has built, their events, its philanthropy and the young people the store has impacted. Join Mike and store manager, Darren for a few minutes as they talk store history, philosophy, products, and people.

    Village Runner
    255 Avenida Del Norte
    Redondo Beach, CA 90277

  • Tickets on Sale Now for Wild & Scenic Film Festival

    January 2, 2021

    he Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy presents the virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Sunday, January 17 online.

    The Wild & Scenic Film Festival started in 1983 and is now the largest film festival of its kind in the United States. W&SFF partners internationally to present “On Tour” festivals by engaging hosts who jointly raise awareness of preservation issues in nature.

    The Conservancy is proud to present an exciting selection of adventurous and inspirational films about nature. With beautiful cinematography and some remarkable individuals, the passion is contagious.

    There are six films shown over 90 minutes with an exclusive presentation by filmmaker Mitch Dion. There are also restaurant meal packages to go and a silent auction.

    Tickets go on sale January 1st and are $30 pre-sale and $40 day of event.

    For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://pvplc.org/event/test-2020-11-08/2021-01-17/.

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!

    January 1, 2021


    Thank goodness 2020 has finally ended…. I don’t think any of us could take too much more of it.

    Here’s to getting back to living!


  • Good Riddance 2020!

    December 31, 2020

    FINALLY, 2020 IS OVER! How many ways can we say so long, farewell, don’t let the door hit you on the way out? Not enough, as far as I’m concerned.

    We’re about to be done with that long, dark, fear-riddled year. No doubt there will be another surge due to the holidays, but those vaccines are making their way to a CVS near you!

    While I don’t believe there will be any large-scale events scheduled over the next five or six months, I’m confident that by the time summer rolls around, we’ll see the return of many of our treasured, local traditions.

    So, here’s to the year that wasn’t… GOOD RIDDANCE, 2020!

  • Rancho Caninos Dog Park

    December 30, 2020

    I was unaware of this dog park and I bet some of you were too….

    Rancho Caninos Dog Park is a half-acre, temporary facility located within Point Vicente Park / Civic Center adjacent to the tennis court. It is separated into small and large dog areas and has a cedar chip surface. The city was graciously granted permission by the Ruth Family to use the swinging heart cattle brand for the park logo, which is historically significant to Rancho Palos Verdes.

    The park has shaded areas, seating, water faucets and bowls for dogs, a restroom and hand wash station and adjacent parking. The park is also ADA accessible. The facility will be unstaffed and rules are posted. Please remember that dogs must be leashed when outside of the facility. Please send any comments or thoughts to the Recreation and Parks Department by email or by calling 310-544-5260.

    Dog Park Rules
    -Members of the public entering the dog park are using it at their own risk. The city is not responsible for injuries to people and dogs or illnesses dogs may -contract from other dogs.
    -Dog park hours are 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset.
    -Dog owners are limited to a maximum of 2 dogs inside the dog park area.
    -Dog owners must clean up after their dog(s).
    -All dogs must wear a current license and vaccination tags.
    -Dogs are only allowed in the area that is designated for their size.
    -Dogs must never be left unattended.
    -Aggressive dogs and female dogs in heat are not allowed.
    -Dogs must remain on leash at all times coming to and from the enclosed dog park area.
    -Leashed dogs are not permitted within the dog park.
    -Adults must accompany children under the age of 14.
    -Owners must stop their dog(s) from digging. Any holes created must be filled by the owner of the dog(s).
    -Unauthorized pieces of equipment, obstacles or apparatus are not allowed in the dog park.
    -No food or glass containers are allowed in the dog park.
    -The city reserves the right to eject anyone from the dog park at any time for failing to comply with these rules or any other applicable rules pertaining to the use of city parks.

    For additional information, visit the website at http://www.rpvca.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Rancho-Caninos-Dog-Park-15.

    Rancho Caninos Dog Park is located at 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

  • Small Business Grant Opportunities

    December 29, 2020

    The State of California has a new Grant Opportunity available for small businesses.

    To learn eligibility requirements and get your documents ready, visit the website at https://careliefgrant.com/.

    The application opens on Wednesday, December 30 and closes on Friday, January 8.

    If you have questions about this grant, the SBDC Network is hosting free webinars in multiple languages to provide you with answers and help you prepare to apply next week.

    RSVP for these webinars at https://fullerton.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DNMLHwM5SSehzRxAKkSFZA.

  • Christmas Eve 2020

    December 24, 2020

    Christmas Eve is here and NORAD is on the job keeping track of Santa’s whereabouts.

    Make sure everyone is tucked into bed early tonight….and don’t forget to hang your stockings and leave the chimney flue open!

    Merry Christmas to all….. and to all a good night!

    To keep track of Santa’s travel’s, visit the NORAD website at https://www.noradsanta.org/.

  • COVID-19 Test Site at BCHD Campus Surpasses 100,000 Tests

    December 23, 2020

    The Los Angeles County COVID-19 drive-thru test site at the Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) campus will administer its 100,000th test today, the site’s 259th
    day of operation.

    The Redondo Beach site was set up in April at the South Bay Galleria, before relocating to BCHD in early June when the Galleria re-opened for shoppers. A team comprised of Los Angeles County Fire and Lifeguard personnel, Redondo Beach Police, Providence Little Company of Mary nurses and BCHD staff worked together to provide testing for more than 17,000 L.A. County residents at the Galleria location from April 3 to June 5, a total of 64 days.

    BCHD took over operations when the site moved to the Prospect Avenue campus June 8. Employees from BCHD’s AdventurePlex and Center for Health & Fitness, facilities that are temporarily closed due to the pandemic, make up the bulk of the test site team with assistance from BCHD administrative staff
    and volunteers.

    “From the outset of this pandemic, one of our primary goals has been to ensure that COVID-19 testing was easily accessible to Beach Cities residents, and we thank L.A. County, the City of Redondo Beach and Providence Little Company of Mary for being great partners in achieving that goal,” said BCHD CEO Tom Bakaly. “We recognize the importance of COVID-19 tests and I am very proud of the way our employees and volunteers have stepped up during this time to serve our community.” The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has made the BCHD test site busier than ever, averaging more than 700 tests per day this week. For comparison, the site did not have a 600-test day until mid-November and surpassed 700 tests in a day for the first time December 8.

    The tests used at the BCHD site are nasal PCR swabs, which residents self-administer in the comfort of their own vehicle. The samples are sent to Fulgent Laboratories, which provides results within 1-3 days. People with positive test results are contacted by contact tracers provided by the Health District.

    “PCR testing remains one of the foundations of our fight against the pandemic, along with social distancing, face coverings and lots of hand washing,” said William Kim, M.D., Chief Medical Advisor for BCHD. “Of the tests available to establish if someone has been infected, the PCR platform being used at BCHD is one of the gold standard tests available. It’s important to get a test with high specificity and sensitivity, that is, few false positives and false negatives. This is the platform we are proud to be offering our community.”

    L.A. County residents can schedule a free COVID-19 test appointment by visiting the County website at covid19.lacounty.gov/testing. Appointments fill up quickly, so residents are encouraged to continue to check the site for availability at the Redondo Beach location or make an appointment at another LA County site.

    The BCHD testing location is expected to operate until at least Spring of 2021.

    Throughout the pandemic, BCHD has provided a number of services to Beach Cities residents including meal deliveries and errand running for older adults and adults with disabilities; raising funds to help income-qualified residents with household items and needs; providing information via their Assistance,
    Information & Referral line (310-374-3426, ext. 256); providing updated information at http://www.bchd.org/covidupdates on the virus and related Health Officer Orders from the L.A. County Department of Public Health; coordinating with area Chambers of Commerce on the “Safe in the South Bay” program; and offering free virtual fitness and mindfulness classes online. For information about any of these services, visit http://www.bchd.org.

  • Light Up the Beach Cities Winners Announced

    December 22, 2020

    The Oceanographic Teaching Stations, Inc. (OTS), the non-profit that manages and operates the Roundhouse Aquarium, concluded its first-ever holiday decorating contest, Light Up the Beach Cities, a fitting celebration to an extraordinary year.

    Sponsored by Edison International, Light Up the Beach Cities attracted 18 residential, business and vehicle entries mainly from Manhattan Beach and neighboring Hermosa Beach. Entries from Encino as well as Long Beach were also received. 120 votes were received to determine the winners. The winners of Light Up the Beach Cities are listed below:

    Best Overall
    300-400 Block of 19th Street, Manhattan Beach

    Jingle Jangle Wheels
    1st Place: Kramer Family
    2nd Place: Giaconi Family

    Let It Sparkle
    1st Place: Hatlie Family
    2nd Place: Haney Family

    Merry and Bright Business
    1st Place: Neptunian Woman’s Club
    2nd Place: Gum Tree

    Magical Winterland
    1st Place: Barber Family
    2nd Place: 17th Street Neighborhood, Manhattan Beach

    Holly Jolly Residence
    1st Place: Gialketsis Family
    2nd Place: Velarde Family

    Holiday Whimsy
    1st Place: Arriaga Family
    2nd Place: McKinnon Family

    Photos of the winning entries may be viewed at http://www.roundhouseaquarium.org/lightupbeachcities.

    “Congratulations to the winners, and we thank all members of the community, our sponsor Edison International, our board of directors, and community partners who joined in the fun and supported our efforts to bring the community together to safely celebrate this holiday season,” said Grace Adams, OTS executive director. “Proceeds from this community event will support the Roundhouse’s ocean science education programs as well as the daily care of the animals in the aquarium. We hope to be able to continue and expand our education programs on ocean science into 2021 and beyond. We certainly hope to welcome everyone back to the Roundhouse once restrictions are lifted, but until then we are ready to continue serving students and our community through our distance learning initiatives,” she added.

    For additional information, contact Grace at grace@roundhouseaquarium.org or call 310-938-2682.

  • Manhattan Village Update

    December 19, 2020

    Situated in one of the nation’s wealthiest beach communities, Manhattan Village is a 44-acre, 573,000-square-foot mixed use center serving Los Angeles County’s affluent South Bay and Silicon Beach tech startup areas. At the heart of the redevelopment is a 60,000+-square-foot expansion of curated open-air retail and restaurant space, adjacent to a fully renovated enclosed shopping center with an already strong tenant mix.

    The $250 million redevelopment of the 44-acre, 573,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor mixed-use retail experience began roughly two years ago and is set to open in the coming months as COVID regulations permit.

    A new full-service, upscale Macy’s replaced the previous two locations, becoming one consolidated 168,000-square-foot store.

    When complete, the new Manhattan Village will be a 648,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor dining and shopping experience introducing modern luxury and coastal-chic, while embracing the allure and hometown feel of the West Coast lifestyle. The center is already home to several of the region’s top retailers, including; Apple, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Macy’s, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, Tommy Bahama and Kiehl’s.

    The project is being developed in phases and is slated for full completion in 2021.

    For additional information, visit the website at https://www.shopmanhattanvillage.com/.

  • The Strand House Giving Away 1,000 Free Holiday Meals to Furloughed Restaurant Industry Workers

    December 18, 2020

    On Wednesday, December 23 and Thursday, December 24, 1,000 families will receive free holiday meals to take home and enjoy with their loved ones. The meals, offered to out of work South Bay Los Angeles restaurant employees, will be provided by the owner partners at The Strand House, the highly-acclaimed restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

    The hospitality industry is one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, and, as a result of the most recent outdoor dining shutdowns, restaurants were forced to again layoff hard working people again over the holidays.

    “My generous owner partners put together the funds needed to provide 1,000 deserving families with a beautiful family meal that will not only make their holidays a little brighter, but will also lift our teams’ spirits,” said Michael Zislis, a partner in The Strand House.

    The packaged “to go” family meals will serve four to six people and will include oven roasted turkey breast served with house-made gravy; old fashioned cornbread stuffing; buttery mashed potatoes; garlicky green beans; a winter salad with dried cranberries, pecans, feta cheese and a sherry shallot vinaigrette; and holiday bread pudding with cinnamon, caramelized apples, citrus soaked cranberries, and a whiskey butterscotch sauce.

    To receive a meal, anyone who worked for a restaurant in the South Bay Los Angeles cities of Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, El Segundo & Playa Del Rey in 2020 and was laid off or had their employment terminated as a result of the pandemic, can email their most recent pay stub to holidaymeals@thestrandhousemb.com. The first 1,000 people to send in emails will be provided with a date and time to pick up their meals.

    The drive thru pickup at The Strand House will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on December 23 and 24.

    The Strand House is located at 117 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

  • CDPH Launches “Mothers” Advertising Campaign Urging Families to Stay Home during Holidays

    December 17, 2020

    With COVID-19 cases rising at an alarming pace and ICU beds at or nearing capacity statewide, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today launched the “Mothers” advertising campaign featuring real California moms urging people to stay home this holiday season.

    The mothers in this campaign advocate that the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to stay at home, wear a mask, wash your hands, and physically distance. This Christmas, staying apart will keep us together.

    The campaign’s goal is to encourage Californians to pause plans to gather with extended family and friends for the holidays, and shine a light on the catastrophic effect family gatherings can have as COVID-19 continues to spread. Beloved family traditions can continue with video-call present opening or online cookie baking.

    “We have lost more than 20,000 people in California to COVID-19 and are reporting record numbers of new cases again today, which makes every gathering more risky than ever before in this pandemic,” said Dr. Erica Pan, Acting State Public Health Officer. “Tragically, more than 20,000 families will have an empty seat at their holiday tables this year. As a mom and a daughter, I know how painful it will be to miss out on holiday celebrations, but the only way we can end this heartbreak is to protect one another by staying apart and finding alternative ways to show our love this year.”

    The campaign will run statewide in English and Spanish throughout December, with additional ads through January. Campaign components include TV, radio, social media and digital platform spots. The campaign has an equity focus as Californians from ethnic and racial minorities are at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19 because of social inequities.

    “The messages from these moms are clear and compelling,” said First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. “Our cherished extended family traditions can wait. This year, the most important gift we can give our loved ones is protection against COVID-19, and that means staying apart. The Governor, our children and I will be celebrating the upcoming holiday at home without extended family and friends, and we hope you will too. It’s too dangerous otherwise.”

    “For me, it’s loving people from a distance,” says Dawnita Flowers, a mother of two from Riverside, who is featured in the ads. “If I don’t see you it’s because I love you more.”

    The new campaign is made possible with $9 million in funding from Kaiser Permanente and is in partnership with The Center at Sierra Health Foundation. The concept was designed by Gallegos United, a California-based, Latino advertising agency. It was filmed with actual California mothers, in accordance with CDPH’s strict public health guidelines for filming. Under the state’s Regional Stay at Home Order, public service advertising is a permitted, critical infrastructure activity.

    To view the Mothers ads, English: https://youtu.be/Su-spLPHe5U; Spanish: https://youtu.be/tRzCHlTQt_4. The campaign website is LoveMeansStayingAway.org.

    For more tips about keeping yourself and your community safe over the holidays, go to https://covid19.ca.gov/holidays/.

  • New Grants Announced: Small Business Recovery Fund

    December 16, 2020

    Found/LA is offering grant support to local small businesses ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 depending on the size of the business.

    Eligible businesses can apply and learn more at https://www.foundla.org/covid-recovery-fund-for-small-businesses/

    Round 1 applications must be submitted by Sunday, December 20, 2020.

    The FOUND/LA Small Business Recovery Fund in partnership with Pacific Community Ventures and TMC Community Capital is a grant program to help protect small businesses across Los Angeles County.

  • Best of Manhattan 2020 Winners Announced Today

    December 13, 2020

    The Best of Manhattan 2020 winners will be announced later today!

    The top 3 finalists in each of the six categories are noted on the graphic below. The winners will be announced in an hour long show that will include the winners, holiday cheer, and a special tribute to First Responders!

    There are three ways you can tune in:

    MBCC Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWdFfjxLaS4_qMVN5ZVLNag?view_as=public

    Frontier Channel 35 (MB Residents)

    Online via the City of Manhattan Beach at http://manhattanbeach.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=568

  • Operation Smiles South Bay

    December 11, 2020

    BeachLife has launched Operation Smiles South Bay, a program designed to help those that need it the most — those that just need a smile.

    With corporate partners Subaru Pacific, Tito’s Vodka, Brown Foreman, and Beach Cities Health District, they’ve raised over $25,000 towards a campaign designed to make our local community smile and provided some much needed assistance to those that need it most.

    How’s it work?

    Gift cards will be purchased from local businesses, restaurants, small retailers and more, those that need some extra sales to get through the winter and are locally owned and operated. If you know anyone that fits this description and could use the help, please have them submit an application at https://airtable.com/shr0vRQgjp31rGSCx. In order to qualify, businesses need to be local to the South Bay, part of the Safer in the South Bay program, directly affected by COVID-19, and smaller in nature (we’re leaving that open ended).

    More importantly, those gift cards will be given away to those that need it the most. If you, or anyone you know, has recently been laid off, or is having a hard time with things right now and needs a little help with some extra money for food or a Christmas present, please submit your wish list at https://airtable.com/shrrQUmaAW362V8eB

    Feeling the holiday spirit? Donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/operation-smiles-south-bay.

  • El Segundo Holiday Activities

    December 9, 2020

    Although it is not the holiday season we imagined, let’s celebrate our friends, our families and the resilience of the El Segundo community.

    The Rotary Club of El Segundo is hosting a Holiday House Decorating Contest to spread holiday cheer throughout the community. Show them how you celebrate by going to https://www.elsegundorecparks.org/programs-services/special-events/winter-2020-activities and entering through the link on the Winter Activities page. Rotary will be announcing the winners the weekend of December 19th. Good luck to all!!

    The Gazebo in Library Park has been decked out for the holidays in gingerbread house-themed spirit by library staff. A very special “Thank you” to Christopher Hentzen and his team for helping to hang the lights.

    From December 1 through December 15, kids can write a Letter to Santa and drop it off in his red mailbox on the Library to Go table outside the library, or in the box on the front desk of the Rec Park checkout building. Letters that include a return address will receive a personalized, handwritten response from Santa himself.

    Turn your heads to the Water Tower each night for a festive surprise! The holiday lights will run through December 31. Take a picture, and tag the City of El Segundo on social media and use #eswinter2020 and #visitelsegundo. We can’t wait to see your photos!

    What are your wishes for 2021? Visit the Wishing Tree in Library Park to write them down. The tree is located northeast of the gazebo and pens/tags are provided

  • Support the PVPLC & Adopt a Goat!

    December 8, 2020

    Support the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy with the Adopt a Goat program!

    Every year, a herd of goats is brought in to naturally mitigate invasive plant species – and they leave behind that all-important natural fertilizer!

    A herd of goats can clear one acre of land per day. You can help cover the cost of one goat with a $100 gift for one day or $500 for one week. Donors to the Adopt-a-Goat program will be invited to an exclusive photo session with the goats in the spring. If you are donating in honor or in memory of someone, please be sure to provide the appropriate name and mailing address (not an email address) so an acknowledgement card can be sent.

    For additional information, visit the website at https://pvplc.org/.

    Last year, I adopted a goat and got to visit with them! Too cute!

  • Order the Home for the Holidays Kit Today

    December 7, 2020

    The El Segundo Public Library is offering a virtual Home for the Holidays event on Thursday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m.

    This holiday celebration for all ages will include ornament making, caroling and other special, festive performances made available on Zoom.

    To participate, contact the library reference desk at (310) 524-2728, or email refdesk@elsegundo.org to receive the Zoom link and request a Holiday Cheer kit with goodies to be used during the event.

    Beginning Monday, December 7, at 10:00 a.m., participants can pick up their Holiday Cheer kits (while supplies last) through the Library to Go program. The kits include holiday greetings, crafts, a holiday song booklet, hot cocoa mix, cookies and everything you’ll need to join the festive virtual event.

    The public can request the Zoom link for the program and the Holiday Cheer kits by calling the reference desk at (310) 524-2728.

    The El Segundo Public Library looks forward to celebrating the holidays with you virtually this year and hopes to see you all back in-person as soon as it is safe to do so.

  • ESMoA Video Art + Film Festival Awards Ceremony

    December 6, 2020

    ESMoA brought the 2020 Video Art + Film Festival online for the first time and it was a success!

    Almost 900 viewers registered to attend the online screening and over 700 cast their votes!

    The following video is the Awards Ceremony….

  • Lomita Tree Lighting & Photo Backdrops for Holiday Pictures Available

    December 5, 2020

    Although COVID has forced the City of Lomita to cancel the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony this year, the City would like to make sure the community has a safe and fun way to ring in the holidays.

    Instead of gathering as we normally would to light our tree in front of City Hall, residents are invited to safely come to the City Hall front lawn where there are three separate holiday photo opportunities for families to take their holiday pictures! The festive and colorful light displays will be lit and available every evening now through January 4.

    Lomita Mayor Jim Gazeley and the Members of the City Council and Sheriff’s Department have put together a welcoming invitation to officially kick off the holiday tree lighting season. To view the video, visit https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=882129349191499.

    If you come out to take photos, be sure to share them using #LiftUpLomita and they will be included in stories and newsletters! Remember to continue to stay safe, social distance, wear a mask and have a happy holiday season!