by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Avenue outdoor dining experiment is over. The city on Tuesday afternoon issued a brief statement saying the closure of two downtown city blocks that allowed restaurants to expand outdoor dining to the street would end later that afternoon.  Mayor Suzanne Hadley, who was an ardent proponent of the street closure…

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The Skechers Restaurant COVID relief fund has raised $680,000 and disbursed 28 grants to restaurants in downtown and north Manhattan Beach. But Skechers president Michael Greenberg hopes that this is only the beginning of the effort.  Greenberg, who headquartered his company in Manhattan Beach three decades ago after making the city his adoptive hometown, last…

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by Anita Sircar, MD, MPH  EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Sircar is an infectious disease specialist who spent the last two decades working internationally, including work with the Center for Disease Control fighting Ebola in Africa. She works at three area hospitals, including Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, and at a clinic. At…

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  On Christmas Day, the doctors, nurses, and technicians in the ICU at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center tried to inject a little cheer into their workplace. They held a staff potluck, but the ICU was so busy the food went largely untouched. Seven patients passed away from COVID-19 that day.   “We were…

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    The City of Manhattan Beach’s attempt to help local restaurants by repurposing outdoor dining decks into city-controlled, public seating has come under direct fire from Los Angeles County Health Officer Muntu Davis.  Davis sent a letter to City Manager Bruce Moe that said the city’s repurposing of the dining decks “violates both the…

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The week before Thanksgiving, public health experts throughout California not only implored people to forgo family gatherings but provided data points and projections showing what might happen were that advice ignored. In Los Angeles County, forecasts from three respected public health institutions — Johns Hopkins University, UCLA, and UCSD —  each projected an unprecedented spike…

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  The Manhattan Beach Unified School District intends to welcome some of its youngest students back to part-time, in-person learning on December 8. But many teachers, concerned that parents are not following COVID-19 public health protocols, may not return to classrooms until after the holidays.  Superintendent Mike Matthews in his weekly “Monday Message” email last…

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