Dan Smith

COVID-19 Test Site Moves to BCHD Campus Starting Monday

COVID-19 Test Site Moves to BCHD Campus Starting Monday

More than 17,000 County residents were tested at Galleria location

By Dan Smith, BCHD The Los Angeles County COVID-19 Test Site at the South Bay Galleria will relocate next week to the campus of Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) at 514 North Prospect Avenue in Redondo Beach. The site’s final day at the Galleria was Friday, with testing at the new location beginning Monday, June […]

 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, […]

 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 […]

 Ryan McDonald

South Bay beaches to reopen May 13

South Bay beaches to reopen May 13

by Ryan McDonald Beaches in the South Bay and the rest of Los Angeles County will reopen for certain activities Wednesday, more than six weeks after they were closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Beaches countywide will be open from dawn to dusk, but will be limited to “active recreation,” said Public […]

 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 […]

 Brad Jacobson

Surfing in the South Bay with Matt Pagan

Surfing in the South Bay with Matt Pagan

by Brad Jacobson Matt Pagan and I have chased swells across the South Bay region of Los Angeles for the past 6+ years. He’s an incredible surfer with one of those smiles that light up a room. I’ve never seen him get negative or act like he’s having a bad day. I’m sure he’s had […]

 Dan Smith

Community Teams to Make Galleria a County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Test Facility

Community Teams to Make Galleria a County COVID-19 Drive-Thru Test Facility

L.A. County, Redondo Beach, Providence Little Company of Mary and Beach Cities Health District Bring COVID-19 Testing to the South Bay

By Dan Smith, BCHD The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has been busy opening more than 30 COVID-19 testing sites throughout the county, including the first site in the South Bay at the Galleria in Redondo Beach. The Galleria location has administered more than 4,200 tests since it opened April 3. The drive-up […]

 Ryan McDonald

Good medicine: South Bay’s civic spirit remains healthy amid coronavirus pandemic

Good medicine: South Bay’s civic spirit remains healthy amid coronavirus pandemic

by Ryan McDonald About half way through the band Zeal’s Sunday afternoon set, a man in a white surgical gown, his face obscured by a respirator mask, threaded his way between an amplifier stack and a drum kit to apply some disinfectant. His feet were wrapped in sanitary plastic, and he walked with the deliberate […]

 Judy Rae

Best of the Beach 2020

Best of the Beach 2020

As determined by ballots cast online
at EasyReaderNews.com

 Brad Jacobson

Surfers in the South Bay rejoice over a pumping long January swell

Surfers in the South Bay rejoice over a pumping long January swell

The surf swell that hit the South Bay in late January brought an almost week long run of waves. This is the story of that swell in this episode of Swell Stories produced by Civic Couch. This swell had a combination of waves from bombing beach break closeout barrels to long shouldered waves perfect for […]

 Ryan McDonald

Metro eyes analysis of Green Line extension in South Bay

Metro eyes analysis of Green Line extension in South Bay

by Ryan McDonald Southern California transit officials will consider a contract worth more than $30,000,000 to plan for an extension of the Green Line, a major expansion of rail transit into the South Bay. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority at its Thursday meeting will vote on whether to award a contract to STV Incorporated, a consulting […]

 Kevin Cody

Chill air stokes Ratopia Classic surfers, raises funds for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma research

Chill air stokes Ratopia Classic surfers, raises funds for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma research

by Mike Purpus The 15th Annual Ratopia Surf Classic was held in freezing cold offshore winds with fast peeling, 3-foot waves in front of the Torrance Beach Snack Bar. Contest director Nick Weber welcomed the big turnout by singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” He should be singing for all the Dodger games.  Jenna Newburn helps […]

 Ryan McDonald

Take two waves and call me in the morning: International Surf Therapy Organization brings ocean healing into the mainstream

Take two waves and call me in the morning: International Surf Therapy Organization brings ocean healing into the mainstream

by Ryan McDonald Carly Rogers was told there was “no way” she would be able to pull it off. Jamie Marshall was told, “I don’t know what you’re going to do here.” And Joel Pilgrim was told that he was “just a surfer who wants to get paid to go surfing.” The last one wasn’t […]

 Brad Jacobson

Finally waves in the South Bay? It’s true. A fun surf swell hit in early September

Finally waves in the South Bay? It’s true. A fun surf swell hit in early September

Please excuse us for getting so excited but it’s been a while since we’ve seen waves over waist high here in the South Bay. The South Bay surf community had something to dust off their surfboards for, waist to occasionally over head waves. Surfers include: Luca Luhrsen, Alex Fry, Chris Wells, Colin Weinberg, Luke Petty […]