South Bay Weekend Guide

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The South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide offers comprehensive coverage of the greater South Bay area.

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South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

April 2, 2020

Earlier this week, President Trump extended the federal social distancing guidelines through April 30. Whether or not local governments will comply, or alter their own guidelines, is anyone’s guess at this point, but it’s safe to say Easter and Passover events will be called off {sigh}. The other big news this week is the closure of all county beaches. While I haven’t left the house in almost two weeks, there were hordes of people frolicking on the beach. Really??? I read a great quote the other day that truly puts our current situation into perspective, “Your grandparents were called to war. You’re being called to sit on a couch.” It seems that’s just too much to ask of a covidiot.

Anyway, this isn’t going to end as soon as we all hoped it would, so we have to cope the best we can. Exercise will help; being in the sun and getting a little vitamin D will help; communicating with friends and family will help (Facetime! Zoom! Houseparty! Skype!); keeping a routine will help; Netflix and chill will help; starting a new hobby or working on an old one will help; a fancy, home-cooked brunch and Bloody Mary will help; tuning in to religious services online will help; playing your favorite music and dancing like no one is watching will help; and yes, even cleaning and organizing your home will help (I’m going to have the mother of all yard sales when this is over!). I’d like to hear your coping methods. If you’d like to share, just reply to this email!

The South Bay Show podcast will continue to keep the phones lines open for community members to share information and we encourage everyone to tune in for the latest local news. Last week, we learned that Manhattan Beach restaurant, FishBar, transformed into a grocery store. Working with their food service contractors, they’re able to provide necessities to the community while keeping the staff employed…. how cool is that?!? Rob Ruebens of R6 Distillery in El Segundo called in to tell us they’re ramping up with funds from a GoFundMe page to make much-needed hand sanitizer for local first responders. Redondo Beach Council Member Christian Horvath called in with updates on the closure of the Esplanade, bike path, pier and more. This is our South Bay at work, so if you want to stay informed of the latest developments, you had better tune in! If you have information you’d like to share, call in to the show at 714-242-5288 every Thursday morning between 8 and 9 a.m. and we’ll get you on the air!

The following are South Bay city websites offering information and updates on operations and procedures regarding COVID-19. A few links have recently been updated.
• El Segundo:
• Gardena:
• Hawthorne:
• Hermosa Beach:
• Lawndale:
• Lomita:
• Manhattan Beach:
• Palos Verdes Estates:
• Rancho Palos Verdes:
• Redondo Beach:
• Rolling Hills Estates:
• Torrance:

Update of Chambers of Commerce sites supporting local restaurants and businesses:
• El Segundo – Gundo to Go
• Hermosa Beach – HB Directory
• Lomita – Lomita Eats
• Manhattan Beach – Meals 2 Go MB
• Redondo – Redondo To Go
• Torrance – Torrance Strong
If you’re aware of other programs like these, please let me know so I can share!

Redondo Pier Closure Clarification – Redondo Pier has limited access for take-out/to-go food orders ONLY beginning Friday, March 27 through Friday, April 24, 2020. There is limited, short-term (15-minute) parking near Kincaid’s. Please call your order in ahead, maintain 6-feet distance while picking-up your order and enjoy your food at home.

On a sad note…. Local photographer/artist, Robi Hutas, passed away this week. John Post gave me permission to share his thoughts and a photo of Robi at

Pandemic, schmandemic….. Lomita has tons of great local businesses and now you can vote for them at Best of Lomita 2020. To cast your ballot, just vote for at least 10 businesses in Lomita in any category and submit your ballot at the end. To vote, visit

Since life as we know it has come to a screeching halt, I’m debating whether or not to continue publishing this Weekend Guide for the time being. It certainly isn’t essential, and I believe we’ve already provided the most useful links and information available to date. During the first few weeks we were bombarded with press releases, but things have calmed considerably and now everyone is hunkering down for the long haul. Should we decide to suspend publication, we’ll continue to post all information we receive concerning the COVID19 pandemic to the Daily Blog page, along with virtual and live stream events being posted to the Special Events page. So, if you don’t receive this Weekend Guide over the next several weeks, be sure to check the website for updates….. and know we’ll resume distribution once we’re clear of this crisis.

Stay well, be safe and take care. #SouthBayStrong