Jen Ezpeleta

Three Beach Cities set new COVID case records

Three Beach Cities set new COVID case records

    Record one-week increases in COVID-19 cases were reported by all three Beach Cities for the week ending Tuesday, Dec. 20. Hermosa reported 66 new cases and also recorded a record one-day high of 15 new cases on Dec. 15. Manhattan reported 63 new cases last week. Redondo reported 147 news cases last week […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

BeachLife brings another kind of music to the holidays

BeachLife brings another kind of music to the holidays

by Richard Foss Last May’s much-anticipated, second annual BeachLife Festival was canceled, but the organization behind it has been busy with a project more relevant to our times. Instead of entertaining residents, they’re helping them with a program that gets gift cards to people who can use some help. It’s called Operation Smiles, and it’s […]

 Dan Smith

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

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

Recent surge in COVID-19 cases has made December site’s busiest month to date

By Dan Smith, BCHD 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 […]

 Kevin Cody

There is light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel is long, says Torrance Memorial COVID expert

There is light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel is long, says Torrance Memorial COVID expert

“There is light at the end of the tunnel. But we’re in the tunnel and the tunnel is long.” — Dr. David Rand, TMMC infectious disease specialist.

 Jen Ezpeleta

Redondo’s off-year elections draw crowded fields for council, schools

by Donald Morrison Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand will face three challengers in the March 2 city election. The election will also see Redondo Beach residents voting to fill three council seats, the city attorney’s position and three vacant seats on the Redondo Beach Unified School District Board of Education. Unlike neighboring cities, Redondo did […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Stay at home order prompts reduced Street sweeping fines

by Dan Blackburn Residents will get a “holiday present” from Redondo Beach city officials after council members decided Tuesday during their last meeting of the year to reduce fines for parking violations issued on street-cleaning days. The new policy will start Monday and end December 31. Stay-at-home orders by state and county health officials prompted […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Friendship Campus imagines the ‘unimaginable’

Friendship Campus imagines the ‘unimaginable’

Rabbi Mintz’s Friendship Foundation breaks new ground for special needs students

  by Rachel Reeves Twelve years ago, Rabbi Yossi Mintz had a dream.  Mintz, the founder and director of the Jewish Community Center Chabad of the South Bay, envisioned a state-of-the-art facility where cutting-edge research, technology, and expertise would help people with special needs carve pathways into society.  Statistics pointed to a need for this […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

All Ball Sports: Clippers’s risky double down, USC, UCLA coaches both win. So do Rams, Chargers

All Ball Sports: Clippers’s risky double down, USC, UCLA coaches both win. So do Rams, Chargers

by Paul Teetor What should you do if you place a big, two-part bet that not only turns up snake eyes but also causes you to be mocked and humiliated by your peers and costs you your head coach? Well, if you’re the Clippers moneybags owner Steve Ballmer you double down on the same bet […]

 Kevin Cody

Vaccinations at Providence Little Company of Mary ‘a major moment for humanity’

Vaccinations at Providence Little Company of Mary ‘a major moment for humanity’

Nurse Lailani Divina stood up after being vaccinated said to fellow nurse Shaddae Johnson-Ball, “A major moment for humanity.”

 Kevin Cody

Too soon to celebrate vaccinations, Providence Little Company Intensive Care Physician Hakim warns

Too soon to celebrate vaccinations, Providence Little Company Intensive Care Physician Hakim warns

“Now, we’re in ‘the fog of war.’ We want to focus on care, but we’re being crushed by waves of patients.”

 Rachel Reeves

Redondo delays campus classes until Jan. 4

Redondo delays  campus classes until Jan. 4

by Rachel Reeves The Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD) has postponed the planned reopening of some classrooms from next week to Jan. 4. The district received a TK-2 waiver — an exemption that allows students in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, first, and second grades to return to in-person learning — from the L.A. County Department […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Surfing with Santa through four, surf stoked decades

Surfing with Santa through  four, surf stoked decades

by Jefferson Graham In 1978, retired lifeguard Paul Mattheson brought the cartoon character Surfing Santa to life by paddling out at the Hermosa Beach pier in a wool Santa Suit. When the suit got wet, he almost drowned. The following year, Body Glove made Santa a red and white, neoprene wetsuit, which Matthies surfed in […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Sandbox: An inconvenient truth

by Anthony Ward Higgins I am writing because I believe firm action to stop Manhattan Beach from allowing takeout diners to subvert the county Covid health orders and undermine public safety during a raging pandemic (“Manhattan Beach to allow outdoor dining for to-go orders,” ERNews). Manhattan Beach is among the growing number of cities that […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

ALL BALL: Sports Rams, Goff ride the schizophrenic see-saw, again

ALL BALL: Sports Rams, Goff ride the schizophrenic see-saw, again

  by Paul Teetor The split-personality Rams did it again. But this time it was the good Rams that showed up and pounded the Arizona Cardinals 38-28. The win not only knocked the Cardinals out of playoff contention for all practical purposes with a 6-6 record, but lifted the Rams back into first place in […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Outdoor dining ban ‘arbitrary,’ judge says in Pyrrhic victory for restaurants

Outdoor dining ban ‘arbitrary,’ judge says in Pyrrhic victory for restaurants

by Donald Morrison Local restaurateurs received a win Tuesday morning when a Los Angeles County Supreme Court judge ruled against the County’s outdoor dining ban, calling it “arbitrary,” and questioning why the County hadn’t presented evidence to justify the closings.  “By failing to weigh the benefits of an outdoor dining restriction against its costs, the […]