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

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 […]

 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 […]

 Dan Smith

During COVID-19, BCHD To Provide Emergency Grants for Health Initiatives

BCHD Board OKs special fund to provide assistance; Applications can be submitted starting Monday

By Dan Smith, BCHD The Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) Board of Directors approved a new emergency grant allocation fund of $100,000 to assist disaster relief health initiatives in the Beach Cities during COVID-19 and in the future. The move, which passed by a 5-0 vote, was taken during a special board meeting held Wednesday, […]

 Kevin Cody

Reflections on The National Day of Prayer with Pastor Dan, King’s Harbor, Redondo Beach

Reflections on The National Day of Prayer with Pastor Dan, King’s Harbor, Redondo Beach

South Bay residents invited to participate in National Day of Prayer.

 Dan Smith

Creativity Brings Connection during Physical Distancing

Creativity Brings Connection during Physical Distancing

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Kerianne Lawson, Chief Programs Officer, Beach Cities Health District May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when the mental health community works to engage the public to reduce the stigma related to mental illness and remind people “you are not alone.” In 2020, these words carry more meaning as the world battles COVID-19 […]

 Kevin Cody

Redondo Beach Mayor Brand urges AES power plant protest by May 11

Redondo Beach Mayor Brand urges AES power plant protest by May 11

Local elected officials, led by Redondo Mayor Bill Brand, urge opposition to extending the AES power plant’s lifetime

 Kevin Cody

The Mask Man of Redondo Beach

The Mask Man of Redondo Beach

“It is  important to make sure everyone looks great while protecting themselves,” says Fernando Adames, maker of custom protective masks.

 Kevin Cody

Today is the day BeachLife in Redondo Beach was to grow up

Today is the day BeachLife in Redondo Beach was to grow up

Today is the day that would mark BeachLife becoming a second year phenomenon, defining what a boutique curated festival could be. BeachLife Festival, and Redondo Beach would be known nationally after today for being a city filled with music and culture.

 Dan Smith

L.A. County Update: Expanded List of COVID-19 Symptoms, Testing Eligibility

L.A. County Update: Expanded List of COVID-19 Symptoms, Testing Eligibility

The County of Los Angeles has been regularly updating its resources related to COVID-19. Here’s the latest information from the County: Expanded List of COVID-19 Symptoms The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently expanded their list of COVID-19 symptoms experienced by those testing positive for COVID-19. In light of new guidance, LA County residents […]

 Ryan McDonald

Nine deaths in the Beach Cities from COVID-19 so far

Nine deaths in the Beach Cities from COVID-19 so far

by Ryan McDonald Nine people in the Beach Cities have died from COVID-19, according to newly released data from county health authorities.  This week, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health began releasing a breakdown of death, infection and testing information, revealing for the first time how many people in particular cities and neighborhoods have […]

 Dan Smith

L.A. County Opens COVID-19 Testing to All Residents

L.A. County Opens COVID-19 Testing to All Residents

All residents - symptomatic or not - are now eligible for COVID-19 diagnostic tests

By Dan Smith, BCHD Testing eligibility requirements have been updated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday. This means all Los Angeles County residents can now book a same- or next-day appointment for a free, diagnostic COVID-19 test at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach or […]

 Jefferson Graham

BeachLife musicians to stream ‘real good for free’ on Friday May 1 and Cinco de Mayo

BeachLife musicians to stream ‘real good for free’ on Friday May 1 and Cinco de Mayo

BeachLife 2020 musicians will stream online, for free on Friday May 1 at 5 p.m. and on Cinco de Mayo, (Tuesday, May 5) at 5 p.m. Pennywise’s Jim Lindberg will perform during the May 1 stream and host the Cinco de Mayo stream.

 David Mendez

Toasting at the end of the line: Neighbors gather to remember ‘party on two legs’

Toasting at the end of the line: Neighbors gather to remember ‘party on two legs’

by David Mendez Two Saturdays ago, as the sun set and strains of a guitar faded away, a woman called out to her neighbors. “Let’s raise a glass to Bob Kelley,” she said, toasting to the memory of the neighborhood’s favorite man from Wildomar.  Kelley’s daughter Linda Ruby smiled. In a socially-distanced twist on their […]

 Dan Smith

BCHD To Keep AdventurePlex and Center for Health & Fitness Closed Through May

BCHD To Keep AdventurePlex and Center for Health & Fitness Closed Through May

Health District CEO says physical distancing is working; urges residents to comply with Safer at Home Order to keep slowing COVID-19

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) Chief Executive Tom Bakaly announced today that the health district’s two public-facing facilities, the Center for Health & Fitness in Redondo Beach and AdventurePlex in Manhattan Beach, will remain closed until at least May 31 in a continued effort to slow the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The […]