California has reached more than 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases, and we are seeing a surge in Los Angeles, specifically pockets in City District 6. As the holidays approach, please stay home and refrain from unnecessary travel and large gatherings. We need to collectively do our part to keep our neighbors, our families and our City healthy. We are determined to see our way through this: Get your flu shot. Wear a mask. Keep your immune system up. Wash your hands. Stay safe. Maintain 6ft distance.
Pruebas gratis de COVID-19 siguen siendo disponible para todos los residentes de Los Ángeles. Las pruebas son solamente dado por cita, pero hay prioridad para personas que han sido expuestos al virus o para personas con síntomas como fiebre, tos o con dificultades respirando.
Visita https://corona-virus.la/covid-19-testing para más information o para hacer una cita.
COVID-19 infections continue to disproportionately impact Black, Brown and low-income-communities with Latinos dying at twice the rate of our White Angelenos. We want to keep everyone safe and healthy, but we need to do more, particularly to assist Spanish-speaking immigrant families. They need testing access and resources that specifically target them.
For Council District 6 and the Northeast San Fernando Valley, Panorama City is getting a new ongoing testing site at the old Montgomery Ward parking lot.
Infecciones de COVID-19 siguen impactando desproporcionadamente a comunidades de color de bajos recursos. Latinos están muriendo dos veces más que la población blanca en Los Angeles. Queremos mantener a todos sanos y salvos, pero necesitamos hacer mas para ayudar a familias inmigrantes que solamente hablan español. Ellos necesitan acceso a pruebas y recursos que son específicamente para ellos.
Para el distrito 6 del concilio y el noreste parte del Valle de San Fernando, Panorama City recibirá un nuevo sitio de pruebas en el estacionamiento del previo de Montgomery Ward.
LA County COVID-19 Testing Information
Click here to view all LA County and LA City COVID-19 Testing informaiton.
Drive-Up Testing Sites
14665 Roscoe Blvd, Panorama City, CA 91402
5903 N. Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406
Center for Family Health & Education 8727 Van Nuys Blvd., Panorama City, CA 91402 1-888-511-9660
(Next to the Zev Yaroslavsky Family Support Center) 7515 Van Nuys Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91405 1-818-627-3000
11798 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace, CA 91342\
(entrance on Osborne St.)
10945 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606
Rite-Aid North Hollywood 11350 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606
DPH - Pacoima Health Center 13300 Van Nuys Boulevard, Pacoima, CA 91331 1-818-896-1903
CVS - Reseda 7400 Reseda Blvd., Reseda, CA 91335
CVS - San Fernando 1204 San Fernando Road, San Fernando, CA 91340
Rite-Aid Sylmar 13803 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342
CVS - Winnetka 19701 Vanowen St., Winnetka, CA 91306
Walk-Up Testing Sites
Comprehensive Community Health Centers, Inc. North Hollywood 12157 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606 1-818-755-8000
Comprehensive Community Health Centers, Inc. Sunland 8316 Foothill Blvd., Sunland, CA 91040 1-818-273-8800
Important City Council Emergency Legislation
Council President Nury Martinez chaired the second teleconference City Council meeting with the addition of masks for those participating at City Hall.
Legislation introduced at the City Council:
The Los Angeles City Council took decisive actions to increase existing protections for workers and renters and continue to put our Families First.
Giving Tenants the Right to Sue Bad Landlord
Our Families First LA City Council said NO to landlords who intimidate and threaten renters by violating our Eviction Moratorium during this pandemic by adopting my amendment to allow tenants a Right of Action to sue those landlords who egregiously and maliciously violate any of the City of LA’s eviction protections.
Tenants can be awarded up to $10,000 per offense and those over 65 or disabled can be awarded an additional $5,000. Landlords will have 15 days to cure, or correct their actions, before the right of action moves forward.
We also approved my amending language outlawing landlords from coercing tenants to hand over any government relief aid like stimulus funds to pay for rent or face eviction.
Additionally, we approved required notices from landlords to tenants informing them of their rights must now be Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department language thanks to an amendment by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield.
And the CityCouncilvoted to expand on the Mayor’s rent freeze for RSO units by extending that freeze until 12 months after the emergency ends.
We still need federal financial assistance to help all our good landlords keep their properties and tenants to stay in their homes for Rent Relief, but in the meantime, the CityCouncilaction protects against bad behavior.
WORKERS RETENTION AND RECALL PROTECTIONS
The Los Angeles City Council approved two ordinances this week that I championed to help working-class maids, janitors, security guards and maintenance workers. The ordinances were based on amending language submitted by me and Councilmember Bob Blumenfield to protect workers in hotels, airports, commercial buildings and performance venues by giving them the opportunity to return to their jobs, with seniority intact, should those jobs return following massive terminations throughout the City due to COVID-19.
A second ordinance would also require larger businesses and corporations to retain employees when businesses are sold – which is an issue whenever corporations sell hotels, for example, to one another and look to shed working-class employees and their salaries.
Both ordinances protect workers who often are forced to reapply and start at entry-level positions, regardless of how many years of service they have.
In the City of Los Angeles, you should not have to work your entire life to pull yourself and your families out of poverty into a good life, only to have it snatched from your hands in a second, during a pandemic, or otherwise. I fought to enact these ordinances because we need to honor and protect maids, janitors and security guards and other working-class Angelenos whose labor matters. This important vote tells them they are not dispensable, something to be tossed away. Their work, their jobs and their seniority matters and the City Council and the City of Los Angeles will protect them.
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EMERGENCY RENTERS RELIEF PROGRAM
And the City Council voted to revive my Emergency Renters Relief Program via an ordinance this week to assist low-income renters, including our working-poor immigrants, who have limited means to pay back rent. While the LA City Eviction Moratorium protects ALL renters affected by COVID-19, low-income renters living paycheck to paycheck will struggle more than anyone to pay rent as the economy recovers.
I earlier pledged $1 million from my discretionary funds. Los Angeles City Council President Emeritus Herb J. Wesson, Jr. pledged $150,000 and Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell pledged an additional $1 million. Councilmember Bob Blumenfield committed another $150,000 this week. This $2.3 million is seed money, and the City will now work on identifying federal dollars, as well as private donations, to make this a robust program to help people, including those who are not receiving a cent of federal aid because of their immigration status.
PROTECTING RSO RENTAL UNITS
The City Council also recently voted to approve its own RSO (rent-controlled) units rent freeze ordinance, which strengthened the Mayor's previous rent freeze. RSO units are apartments built before October 1978, and are the only units the City of Los Angeles has authority over. They also represent well more than 75% of the City’s rental units. By law, rent on RSO units cannot be raised more than about 4% annually. The City Council voted to freeze rents on RSO units until a year after the City’s emergency declaration ends.
AND DID YOU KNOW?
The remaining 25% of the City’s rental market is dominated by units 15-years or older. On January 1, 2020 those units were required by state law, The Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (AB1482), to revert rent back to March 15, 2019 rates, plus an allowable increase of 5% plus cost of living, so 8% total, and cannot be raised again for a full year.
According to the City’s Housing Department, in 2020, approximately 96% of multi-family rental units are covered by either the City’s RSO-protected or AB1482-protected units.
FEDERAL & STATE ACTION & FUNDING
The City Council also recently voted to approve a number of resolutions calling for state and federal funds and policies for City of Los Angeles residents overburdened by the pandemic, in particular renters and property and homeowners – much of which is overseen by the state and federal government. The full City Council supports mortgage forgiveness for landlords that also give their renters rent forgiveness or any program that provides funding to keep both solvent.
Protection for Tenants During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Council approved a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions during the pandemic, and through an amending motion introduced by Councilmember Herb Wesson and seconded my Councilmember O’Farrell and me, we extended the rent payback period in place under the Mayor’s directive from six months to 12 months. We also eliminated late fees and arbitrary just cause evictions such as taking in another tenant, or having a pet during the pandemic. We also included small business protections for those leasing space, while exempting multinational and large corporations from applying for this moratorium protection.
If you receive an eviction notice, contact the City’s Housing Department (HCIDLA) and inform your landlord immediately that you are an Affected Tenant as a result of COVID-19 and protected by the City’s ordinance.
Si used recibe una orden de desalojo, contacté al Departamento de Vivienda de Los Ángeles (HCIDLA) y avísale a su propietario que es un inquilino afectado por causa del coronavirus y que están protegidos bajo la ley.
File a complaint with the Los Angeles Housing & Community Development Department (HCIDLA) at hcidla.lacity.org/File-a-Complaint or by calling (866) 557-RENT or (866) 557-7368 between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.
Para presentar una queja, contacte al Departamento de Vivienda de Los Ángeles y Comunidad para el Desarrollo (HCIDLA) llamando al (866) 557-ALQUILER o a (866) 557-7368, de lunes - viernes entre las horas de 8:30 a.m. a 4:30 p.m., y sábado y domingo, de 10 a.m a 3 p.m.
For more information on L.A.’s Eviction Moratorium. Para más información de la moratoria de desalojo de Los Ángeles, por favor visite a: https://hcidla.lacity.org/covid-19-eviction-moratorium.
For a list of Housing Legal Assistance Providers. Para una lista de asistencia legal para asuntos de vivienda: https://tinyurl.com/legalassistanceforhousing
Face Coverings Required in Los Angeles
This week, Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an Executive Order requiring face coverings for all Angelenos outside your home. He also announced new limited reopening guidelines for certain businesses, beaches, and parks with specific limitations.Click here to learn more about the new guidelines for Los Angeles.
Face coverings are not a substitute for other critical measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 — most importantly, staying home as much as possible, washing hands frequently, and practicing safe physical distancing of at least 6 feet in all settings.
What type of face covering should I wear?
All Angelenos, except for young children and people with certain disabilities, should make or purchase cloth face coverings to wear over their mouths and noses. Face coverings should be cleaned after each use.
Medical grade and N95 masks are reserved for those who need them most and have the highest risk of infection, including medical professionals and healthcare workers.
Where can I find a face covering?
You can make your own cloth face covering with a bandana, scarf, or piece of cloth. You can follow instructions available online from trusted sources, like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
COVID-19 testing is now available to all LA City residents. Testing is by appointment only and is being provided by the city in partnership with Los Angeles County.
According to Mayor Eric Garcetti, priority for the same - or next day - testing will still be given to people with symptoms, such as a fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Mandatory Paid Leave
My motion was approved via ordinance to do what the $2.2 billion congressional aid bill did not, require large-scale businesses and corporations with 500 or more employees provide their workers with 80 hours of COVID-19-related paid leave.
Priority Shopping for Seniors
Council voted to mandate retail food stores dedicate one hour of customer access exclusively to the elderly and the disabled. While some stores already practice this, now all stores in the City of Los Angeles must make accommodations for vulnerable populations during COVID-19.
A Message from LADWP: We will NOT Disconnect Water & Power Services during COVID-19
To help customers get through any financial hardships that may occur as a result of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, LADWP has deferred disconnections for non-payment during this crisis. Customers who receive a disconnect notice should disregard the letter and not panic. While letters may still be sent out as our systems catch up with this emergency, the City will not shut off water or power to residents of Los Angeles during the local emergency.
LADWP also offers extended and flexible payment plans. Any customer experiencing a financial hardship can request a payment plan online at www.ladwp.com > My Account. LADWP is also working to restore water and power service to a small number of residential customers whose services were disconnected within the last 30 days due to non-payment.
If customers are able to pay their utility bill, they should continue to do so. But our first concern is to make sure that all Angelenos have the essentials they need to get through this crisis.
Para ayudar a nuestros clientes a superar cualquier dificultad financiera que pueda ocurrir como resultado de la pandemia de Coronavirus/COVID-19, LADWP ha descontinuado las desconexiones de servicio por falta de pago durante esta crisis. Los clientes que reciban una notificación de desconexión deben ignorar la carta y no entrar en pánico. Las notificaciones todavía pueden ser enviadas mientras nuestros sistemas de cobro se pongan al día con esta emergencia, pero la ciudad no cortará el agua ni la energía a los residentes de Los Ángeles durante la emergencia local.
LADWP también ofrece planes de pago extendidos y flexibles. Cualquier cliente que tenga dificultades financieras puede solicitar un plan de pago en línea en www.ladwp.com > Mi Cuenta. LADWP también está trabajando para restaurar el servicio de agua y la energía a un pequeño número de clientes residenciales cuyos servicios se desconectaron en los últimos 30 días debido a la falta de pago.
Si los clientes pueden pagar su factura de servicios públicos, deben seguir haciéndolo. Pero nuestra primera preocupación es asegurarnos de que todos los Angelenos tengan lo esencial que necesitan para superar esta crisis.
IMPORTANT REMINDER:If you are feeling sick call your healthcare provider
During this COVID-19 crisis, if you're feeling ill, please follow Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's recommendations!
If you need information on how to sign up for a test,or to determine if you are eligible to be tested,please visit the City of Los Angeles’ coronavirus site here.
Durante esta crisis de COVID-19, si te sientes enfermo, por favor sigue las recomendaciones del Departamento de Salud Público del Condado de Los Ángeles.
Please see the guidelines below for the prevention of the COVID-19 virus and practice these precautions at home and at work:
People who are elderly, pregnant, or have a weak immune system, or other medical problems, are at higher risk of more serious illness or complications.
It is recommended that you monitor your symptoms closely and seek medical care early if your symptoms get worse.
Most people with respiratory infections like colds, the flu, and coronavirusdisease (COVID-19) will have mild illness and can get better with appropriate home care and without the need to see a provider.
Contact your local health provider in obtaining extra necessary medication to have in case of an outbreak. If you can’t do so, then people are advised to mail-order for medications.
Have enough household items and groceries so that people can be prepared to stay at home for a long period of time.
Take preventive actions like washing your hands as often as people can for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
Limit close contact with people who are sick.If soap and water are not available to use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
To the most extent avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places such as rails, elevator buttons, door handles. If you need to touch something then it is advised to do it with a piece of tissue or clothing.
Avoid touching your face, nose and eyes.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue and clean your hands immediately. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
Clean and disinfect home for frequently touched places like the bathroom, sink, doorknobs, light switches, and cell phones.
Stay home when you are sick. Stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or symptoms of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
Be on alert for the symptoms and emergency warning signs fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
For adults, some emergency signs are: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face.
If you are sick, stay home and call your doctor. Tell them you may have COVID-19. This will help take care of you and protect other people from getting infected.
Small Business Resources
Los Angeles City Small Business Emergency Microloan Program
In light of the sweeping impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our small business community, the City of Los Angeles has established the Small Business Emergency Microloan Program now provides financing needed to strengthen small business enterprises in this time of acute need that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please go to the City and County of Los Angeles business assistance site,LA CARES CORPS,for more information on any federal business program.
Additional Federal Aid
On March 27, 2020, Congress passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus Act (CARES Act), which provides $2.2 trillion in direct spending for individuals, businesses, and state and federal agencies to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. For an overview of the Act, please review the attached summary from the LAHSA Team.
Part of the CARES Act includes the Small Business Association’s (SBA) “Paycheck Protection Program”, a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020. See details on these assistance programs below.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): Emergency loan program for non-profits and for-profit entities with 500 or fewer employees.
The maximum loan is $10 million. Loans are available through June 30, 2020.
Loans amount eligible for maintaining payroll for 8 weeks and other expenses, such as rent/mortgage payments and utilities. If employers maintain their payroll, loans will be forgiven.
Mid-Size Loan Program: For non-profits and entities with 500 to 10,000 employees which provides quick, low cost, government-guaranteed credit through their local lender or financial institution.
Expanded Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) & Emergency Grants: Low-interest loans of up to $2 million that are available to entities with 500 or fewer employees to pay for expenses that would have been met had the disaster not occurred, including payroll and other operating expenses. individuals who operate under a sole proprietorship or as an independent contractor and self-employed individuals are also eligible.
Grants are available from January 31, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
Non-profits principally engaged in teaching, instructing, counseling, or indoctrinating religion or religious beliefs, whether in a religious or secular setting or primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities are not eligible to receive an EIDL.
Small Business Debt Relief Program: Not eligible for PPP loans. Is eligible for 7(a) and 504 loans, as well as the Microloan Program, which provides loans up to $50,000 to help small businesses and certain non-profit childcare centers to start up and expand.
50% credit for wages paid to furloughed or reduced-hour employees: Available for certain tax-exempt organizations that have been forced to fully or partially suspend operations, or that have seen a significant drop in revenue.
How to apply
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.
The application form is available on the Treasury Department’s website.
The LA Regional Food Bank Needs Your Help
At our CD6 Grocery Giveaway, I saw firsthand the incredible commitment that Michael Flood and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank have in feeding those in need. With COVID-19, they are shattering records for food distribution and now, they are asking for our help before they run out of food. For those who can, please donate whatever you can to this amazing Los Angeles’ resource that has one goal: feed needy Angelenos.
La semana pasada, en nuestra despensa de alimentos en el distrito seis, vi de primera mano el increíble compromiso que Michael Flood y el Banco de Alimentos Regional de Los Ángeles tienen para alimentar a los necesitados. Con COVID-19, están rompiendo récords de distribución de alimentos y ahora, están pidiendo nuestra ayuda antes de que se les acabe la comida. Para aquellos que pueden, por favor donen lo que puedan a este increíble recurso de Los Ángeles que tiene un objetivo: alimentar a los angelinos que más lo necesitan.
Sometimes Home is NOT Safer
Don’t let the COVID-19 crisis cover up assault and abuse. For some, home is NOT safer. The advocates at Strength United are here to help anyone who is experiencing the following during this crisis:
🔹abuse 🔹child maltreatment 🔹domestic violence 🔹sexual assault 🔹feelings of isolation and depression
You are not alone! The SU Hotlines are open 24/7 in the San Fernando Valley (818) 886-0453.
No deje que la crisis de COVID-19 cubre el abuso y asalto. Para algunos, quedándose en casa no es más seguro. La gente de Strength United están aquí para ayudar a quien sea víctima de las siguientes cosas:
🔹abuso 🔹maltrató infantil 🔹violencia doméstica 🔹abuso sexual 🔹sentimientos de aislamiento y depresión
No están solos! La línea telefónica está disponible 24/7 en el valle de San Fernando (818) 886-0453.
Helping Feed LAUSD Families
I would like to thank all teachers, faculty, administrators, parents and volunteers who are working tirelessly to feed thousands of LAUSD families. Thank you also to all the companies and individuals who donated food to these children. Me gustaría agradecer a todos los maestros, profesores, administradores, padres, voluntarios y donantes que han estado asegurando que los niños de LAUSD se mantengan alimentados.
This is the best example of our local community coming together to help each other in a time of need. Este es el mejor ejemplo de nuestra comunidad uniéndose para ayudarse mutuamente durante estos momentos de necesidad.
LAUSD Grab & Go Meals are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the following locations in and around CD6 - Los Centros de Comida Para Llevar de LAUSD están disponibles de 7 a.m. a 11 a.m.:
Byrd Middle School
Fulton College Preparatory School
Panorama High School
Van Nuys High School
Mulholland Middle School
San Fernando High School
Sepulveda Middle School
NOTICE: Price Gouging is ILLEGAL
Price gouging people during a state of emergency like the one we are in right now is not only despicable behavior, it is ILLEGAL and punishable by law.
Price gouging is defined as charging more than 10% extra for essential items, goods or services during an emergency.
Report price gougers (individuals and companies) today!
Businesses and Employee Resources:
Sick or Quarantined - California law entitles you to at least three days of Paid Sick Leave, and Los Angeles requires employersto provide an additional three days.
If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.
The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are