Mark McDermott

Craft beer crisis: LA County’s zigzagging regulations threaten to kill the South Bay brewery industry

Craft beer crisis: LA County’s zigzagging regulations threaten to kill the South Bay brewery industry

  by Mark McDermott  On June 29, when Governor Gavin Newsom announced that many businesses that had previously been allowed to reopen would once again face restrictions or closures due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, he likened the process of reopening California to a dimmer switch. The idea was meant to convey that the […]

 Mark McDermott

LA County vs. craft beer: A call for recognition

LA County vs. craft beer: A call for recognition

  Strand Brewing’s 10,000 square foot brewery, with its 20-foot high ceilings in Torrance is ideal for social distancing customers, but Los Angeles County is not allowing breweries to serve customers. Photo by JP Cordero   by Joel Elliott    Los Angeles County craft beer will not die from COVID-19. But a second, more deadly […]

 Mark McDermott

The pandemic in the ICU: An Intensive Care Unit under siege in the time of novel coronavirus 

The pandemic in the ICU:  An Intensive Care Unit under siege in the time of novel coronavirus 

  by Mark McDermott  On March 15, a 50-year-old man who’d been feverish and coughing for the previous 10 days arrived at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center’s emergency department. His wife dropped him off at the entrance and by the time she’d parked, hospital workers had already taken the ailing man inside.  Doctors […]

 Jefferson Graham

Remember Manhattan Beach life before coronavirus? We do. Fondly.

Remember Manhattan Beach life before coronavirus? We do. Fondly.

By Jefferson Graham Miss seeing the ocean and her waves as much as we do?  Walking on Ocean Avenue in Manhattan Beach, through the alley ways of the city just isn’t the same thing as getting to be on the Strand, right?  But in these days of social distancing, we’ve got to do what we’ve […]