COVID-19

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach City Council okays new rules to help restaurants, retail survive pandemic

Hermosa Beach City Council okays new rules to help restaurants, retail survive pandemic

by Ryan McDonald Restaurants in Hermosa Beach may soon be able to reopen with tables in streets and parking lots, and retailers will be able to hold their longest-ever sidewalk sale, thanks to a series of measures approved by the City Council Tuesday. The action is intended to help Hermosa businesses survive the economic downturn […]

 Kevin Cody

Lundquist Institute HIV/AIDS researcher refocuses on COVID-19, in search of treatment

Lundquist Institute HIV/AIDS researcher refocuses on COVID-19, in search of treatment

Lundquist Institute’s Dr. Eric Daar studied HIV/Aids for nearly three decades. Now, at the request of the National Institute of Health, he is conducting clinical trials in search of a treatment for COVID-19

 Kevin Cody

Governor Newsom approves retail reopening, statewide. Manhattan Beach, Supervisor Hahn had urged action

Governor Newsom approves retail reopening, statewide. Manhattan Beach, Supervisor Hahn had urged action

“Just heard back from @CAgovernor @GavinNewsom. All retail stores, statewide, will now be able to reopen for in-store shopping.” Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn Tweet Monday afternoon.

 Kevin Cody

Peninsula, Hermosa Beach, LA superintendents assail governor’s school reopening plan, masks would cost millions of dollars daily

Peninsula, Hermosa Beach, LA  superintendents assail governor’s school reopening plan, masks would cost millions of dollars daily

State and Los Angeles County “proposed regulations” for reopening schools in the fall have been assailed as “unattainable and unrealistic” in a letter signed by 10 Los Angeles area school superintendents. The letter was “spearheaded” by Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss, according to Palos Verdes School Board member Suzanne Seymour. 

 Ryan McDonald

The Strand to reopen in Hermosa Beach

The Strand to reopen in Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach will reopen The Strand at 6 a.m. Saturday morning, on the beginning of Memorial Day weekend, lifting a two-month closure put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In a special Thursday night meeting, the City Council voted 4-1 to reopen to reopen the beachside path, a decision […]

 Jefferson Graham

Some Manhattan Beach retailers reopen

by Jefferson Graham Manhattan Beach small businesses are back open again. At least, some of them.  This is despite the California stay-at-home order that ordered small businesses to close their doors, except for curbside delivery. Thursday, the Manhattan Beach City Council voted 5-0 to request the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors  allow Manhattan retailers […]

 Dan Smith

BCHD To Conduct Virtual Board Meetings Due to COVID-19

BCHD To Conduct Virtual Board Meetings Due to COVID-19

Three meetings on tap between now and end of June

By Dan Smith, BCHD The Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) Board of Directors will conduct its upcoming public meetings virtually to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining BCHD programs and services. The next regular board meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, Wednesday, June 17 and Wednesday, June 24. This comes […]

 Ryan McDonald

Rate of new coronavirus cases may be starting to decline, county says

Rate of new coronavirus cases may be starting to decline, county says

by Ryan McDonald The coronavirus is spreading slowly enough to allow further relaxation of the restrictions put in place to battle it, Los Angeles County officials said Wednesday, and to begin to reopen sectors of the economy struggling to survive.    The average number of people infected by a person with an active case of COVID-19, […]

 Mark McDermott

Hahn seeks Governor’s approval for local businesses to reopen, secures bike path reopening; Manhattan City Council approves opening businesses

by Mark McDermott Supervisor Janice Hahn responded to the Manhattan Beach City Council’s request to help local businesses reopen by this weekend with a letter to Mayor Richard Montgomery last night in which she expressed a willingness to intervene:  “I too have become increasingly concerned with the stringent guidelines for businesses outlined in the Safer […]

 Ryan McDonald

Summer beach camps in coronavirus impact zone

Summer beach camps in coronavirus impact zone

by Ryan McDonald This time of year, Tommy Ostendorf’s phone is usually ringing off the hook. Ostendorf is the owner of Beach Sports, a summer beach camp with locations throughout the South Bay. He starts getting calls about early bird bookings in March and April, and then around Memorial Day things really start to ramp […]

 Mark McDermott

As Manhattan Businesses rally to open, Council tries to help

As Manhattan Businesses rally to open, Council tries to help

  by Mark McDermott  Something occurred Tuesday afternoon in downtown Manhattan Beach that hasn’t happened in two months. A group of people gathered.  More than 100 people attended a protest aimed at gaining support from City Council to allow businesses to reopen throughout the city. The protest, organized by local Realtor and former council candidate […]

 Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach Wine Auction takes varietal bids virtual

Manhattan Beach Wine Auction takes varietal bids virtual

In past years, the Manhattan Wine auction has been held at the Manhattan Beach Country Club and raised over $1 million. This year, the auction will be streamed, the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation hopes the results will be the same, or better. 

 Dan Smith

Community Services Teams Offers Assistance for Beach Cities Residents

Community Services Teams Offers Assistance for Beach Cities Residents

Care Managers from BCHD serve as the community’s 'health safety net' for Beach Cities residents of all ages

By Ali Steward, BCHD “We’re here to help.” Beach Cities Health District’s Community Services department doesn’t have an official tagline, but if it did, that altruistic mantra would be an appropriate contender. This team of helping professionals serves as the community’s health safety net for Beach Cities residents of all ages. In the era of […]

 Dan Smith

Dear Class of 2020

Dear Class of 2020

COVID-19 Leads to Creativity, New Rituals for this year's Grads

By Kerianne Lawson, Chief Programs Officer, Beach Cities Health District Dear Class of 2020, Spring has always been an optimistic time for high school seniors. Rituals, rites of passage and celebrations give us the opportunity to honor where we’ve come from before moving on to our next adventure.  But how do we do that this […]

 Dan Smith

USC, L.A. County COVID-19 Antibody Tests Conducted at Performing Arts Center

USC, L.A. County COVID-19 Antibody Tests Conducted at Performing Arts Center

By Dan Smith, BCHD The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center served as a test site for a team from the Keck School of Medicine at USC and L.A. County public health officials, who conducted drive-thru antibody testing this past Friday and Saturday as part of a COVID-19 Serosurveillance Study. 125 individuals were tested at the […]

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