Category: City of Los Angeles

Covid-19 Drive-Up Testing in the San Fernando Valley (Video)

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Hello Community Members and Valley Residents,

Anyone who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms can be tested for free at any one of 3 test sites set up in the San Fernando Valley.

Please see the link below to a LA City video on COVID-19 Mobile Drive-Up Testing. The video was customized for Our Valley Community by videographer Mark Hovater. Yesterday, Mark went to the only 3 locations for the San Fernando Valley (locations and addresses of each testing site are shown on the video). Please check out the video. It’s an easy process to get tested if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. Stay safe & well!

Watch the video here.

We also wanted to share with you a few PSAs that Supervisor Barger filmed with Araksya Karapetyan. The PSAs are in English and Armenian (see below).

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What You Need to Know About the Angeleno Card

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Info can be found at https://hcidla2.lacity.org/family-source-centers

With support from the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, the Angeleno Card provides financial assistance for in-need households via no-fee prepaid cards provided by Mastercard’s City Possible network in amounts determined according to the following table:

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Government Resources for Relief Due to COVID-19

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FEDERAL UPDATE:

  • Friday afternoon, President Trump signed the CARES Act – a $2 trillion economic rescue package that will provide relief to many groups affected by the coronavirus. This plan will offer assistance to tens of millions of American households affected by the coronavirus by providing stimulus payments to individuals, expanded unemployment coverage, student loan changes, different retirement account rules and more. To learn more, click here.

STATE UPDATE:

  • Information about state information and resources for residents seeking financial assistance due to COVID-19 here.
  • On Tuesday, Governor Newsom announced many financial institutions will provide relief for a vast majority of Californians during the COVID-19 crisis in the form of a 90-day grace period for mortgage payments and more. To learn more, click here.

COUNTY UPDATE:

CITY UPDATE:
  • Information about city resources for residents seeking help due to COVID-19 here.
  • Emergency eviction moratorium extended to April 19, 2020.
  • 8 rec centers are up and running as temporary shelter for unhoused residents. 5 more estimated to come online by the end of the weekend. Hope of the Valley is the nonprofit partner helping to operate the Granada Hills and Northridge Park Recreation Center, which are both
  • Coronavirus.lacity.org/getconnected – for information about free and low-cost internet connections for all Angelenos.
  • Coronavirus.lacity.org/medicalworker – if you are a medical worker and you’d like to volunteer to support the COVID-19 response.
  • Coronavirus.lacity.org/laprotects – if you want to partner with the City to make more protective gear for first responders and essential workers.
  • Corona-virus.la – to see if you are eligible for COVID-19 testing.
SCHOOLS: 
  • 60 Grab N Go centers are open across the district. LAUSD students may pick up 2 meals daily per student. Visit lausd.net for more information, or call the following phone hotlines:
    • For families: (213) 443-1300
    • For school leaders: (213) 241-2000
    • For employees: (213) 241-2700
BUSINESS AND EMPLOYEE RESOURCES

Mayor Garcetti Issues “Safer at Home” Emergency Order to Los Angeles

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Mayor Garcetti issues “Safer at Home” emergency order – ordering all residents of the City of L.A. to stay inside their residences and immediately limit all non-essential movement. Coronavirus.LACity.org

El alcalde Garcetti anuncia la orden de emergencia “Más Protegidos en Casa”, ordenando a todos los residentes de la Ciudad de Los Ángeles que permanezcan dentro de sus residencias y limiten de inmediato las actividades que no son esenciales. Coronavirus.LACity.org

Census 2020 – Are You Ready To Be Counted?

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Census 2020 is around the corner. The results will determine not only our representation in Congress, but how more than $115 billion is spent every year on California schools, healthcare, housing, transportation, and other vital programs in our neighborhoods.

But we won’t get an accurate count in 2020 unless everyone participates.

Your 2020 Census invitation should arrive in your mailbox this month. To submit your responses online please use the user ID included in your mailing and submit responses at census.lacity.org.

Did you know…

  • Los Angeles County is the hardest-to-count in the country.
  • It is estimated that the City of Los Angeles receives billions every year in federal funding.
  • Census data helps drive funding for programs like Medi-Cal, Title 1 grants, Special Education grants, SNAP (food stamps), Head Start, the repair and construction of highways, bridges, roads, and more.
  • For the first time since obtaining statehood in 1850, California missed an opportunity to gain a seat in Congress after the 2010 Census by an estimated 13,000 individuals.

California & City of Los Angeles Declare Coronavirus Official Emergency

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A declaration of a state of emergency is a preparedness measure. It authorizes government agencies to mobilize resources quickly to respond to any noted threat. For this reason, while there are still only a few known active coronavirus cases in California, Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti have declared an official state of emergency for both the State of California and the City of Los Angeles, to allocate the resources necessary to preparing for and preventing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Please visit these links to learn what the City of Los Angeles is doing with regard to coronavirus, and to read the declarations from the Mayor and the Governor.

Penalties have increased for illegal dumping

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Penalties have increased for illegal dumping. Dumping waste, materials, packaging, and equipment on L.A. streets, sidewalks, and alleys or in public bins is a crime and is subject to increased fines or criminal prosecution.
The City is cracking down on those who trash our sidewalks and streets. Penalties for violations under City and/or State law are punishable from a $200 fine up to as much as $25,000 and/or jail time.
Surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the City. Footage from these and private business cameras is being used as evidence in pursuing criminal cases against illegal dumpers.
Undercover and uniformed officers have been deployed in an effort to catch illegal dumping in real-time.
Citizen Reporting: the MyLA311 app has been updated to make it easier for witnesses of illegal dumping with evidence or first-hand information to report it to the City for investigation.
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New Vote Centers Open This Weekend, But Most Angelenos Have No Idea

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From https://laist.com/latest/post/20200221/vote-centers-primary-election-polling-places

Election “Day” is so 2016. Californians have been voting by mail since the beginning of this month, and in L.A. and Orange Counties, voting in-person starts Saturday morning, when the first round of centralized “vote centers” will open.

Let’s recap the changes for WHERE to vote:

  • Most neighborhood polling places are going away, so your old voting spot may no longer be there. Instead, you’ll probably have to travel a bit farther to a new vote center.

The first group of these centers is open for 11 days beginning this weekend. The rest open on Feb. 29th, through election day.

  • You can go to any location in the county where you’re registered — and you don’t need to bring a mail-in ballot to surrender if you decide to vote in-person.

HOW to vote is also different in 2020:

  • In L.A. County, most in-person voters will use a new ballot marking machine that prints a paper ballot. If you’d rather vote on paper at your kitchen table, you have until Tuesday, Feb. 25 to request a vote-by-mail ballot.

WILL THESE CHANGES LEAVE SOME VOTERS BEHIND?

New research is painting a troubling picture about whether Angelenos know about the new vote centers, spelled out in a 2016 law called the Voter’s Choice Act.

On Thursday, the USC Price-Schwarzenegger Institute published results from its California Issues Poll showing just over 37% of likely voters in the 15 counties implementing Voter’s Choice Act changes in 2020 were aware that where and how to cast ballots was changing.

In Los Angeles, 62.2% either didn’t know about the changes or couldn’t answer the question. In contrast, over half of respondents (51%) in Orange County knew about the changes.

GO DEEPER:

Draft EIR Report on the City’s Sidewalk Repair Program is Now Available for Public Comment

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The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the City’s Sidewalk Repair Program is now available for public review and comment.  The comment period closes on February 24, 2020.

The report is available on the City’s website at this link: https://sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-impact-report.  As one can imagine, this is a very large report but it is posted online in sections so you should be able to review or download it in pieces.

In addition, hard copies of the report are available at three public libraries in Council District 12.  These are:

Granada Hills Library at 10640 Petit Ave., Granada Hills (map)
Mid Valley Regional Library at 16244 Nordhoff St., North Hills (map)
Chatsworth Branch Library at 21052 Devonshire St., Chatsworth (map).

Details on how to submit comments are available at this link:
https://sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-review-process

If you have any questions on how to submit comments, please send an email to [email protected].

The City will also be holding seven public meetings to discuss the EIR and receive public input.  The two meetings closest to Granada Hills are here:

Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library
7771 W Foothill Blvd., Tujunga, CA 92042 (map)
January 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Reseda Recreation Center
18411 W Victory Blvd., Reseda, CA 91335 (map)
February 6, 2020 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Trash Pick-up Moved Forward by One Day Starting December 25th

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🚨 HOLIDAY SERVICE REMINDER 🚨 – Due to the holiday, LA Sanitation offices will be closed on Wednesday December 25th. There will be no bin collection service on Christmas Day. If your collection day is normally on Wednesday, your bins will be serviced Thursday. If your collection day is Thursday, your bins will be serviced Friday. If your bins are usually serviced on Friday, collection will be pushed to Saturday. Sanitation will resume their standard collection schedule on Monday – December, 30th and Tuesday – December, 31st.

In addition, your bin collection services may be impacted during heavy rain, if it’s deemed too dangerous to attempt collections on your street/neighborhood. Collections will be completed as soon as streets are dry enough and safe to travel. Thanks for your patience! Please visit their website at www.lacitysan.org/holidayschedule for information about other holidays. Although the LA Sanitation offices will be closed on December 25th, their Customer Care Center is available to assist you twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-800-773-2489. Also, Marketing will have limited access to their social accounts during the holidays. Please call their call center with any questions you may have about their programs and services. We wish you a safe, healthy, and sustainable holiday season!

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LADWP Turf Replacement Program – Free Workshops and $3 per Square Foot Rebate

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LADWP customers interested in transforming their lawns to drought-tolerant landscaping have a free resource in the form of hands-on workshops offered by LADWP’s Turf Replacement Program.  The free workshops tach customers how to remove turf, grade soil for capturing rainwater, and the step-by-step process to create sustainable landscapes in their own yards.

LADWP’s residential customers are now eligible to receive $3 per square foot rebate for up to 5,000 square feet of turf removed (up to a potential $15,000 in rebates!).

For more information on attending or hosting a Workshop, visit www.lawnbegonedwp.com.  For rebate and incentive details, please visit www.ladwp.com/landscaping.

California Evacuates 100K People as Wildfire Ravages Parts of Los Angeles

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California officials evacuated roughly 100,000 people from their homes as a wildfire plows through the northern edge of Los Angeles, authorities said Friday.

The fire has burned more than 25 homes and 23,000 residences are ordered to evacuate, officials said. The fire began Thursday night and went on for over 7 square miles as of early Friday, Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said, according to The Associated Press.

Ten percent of the fire has been contained, AP noted. The evacuations came as the state’s public utility company began shutting off power to prevent sparking a wildfire.

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) cut off the power to 513,000 northern California homes and businesses Wednesday, with thousands more set to lose power. Additionally, California’s wind-swept terrain and dry grass is a tinderbox.

The Woolsey Fire was one of two wildfires that burned through Ventura County and Los Angeles County in 2018. The two blazes scorched tens of thousands of acres, reports that year show. More than 80 people were killed in the Camp Fire, which ripped through the northern part of the state at approximately the same time as Woolsey.

July 4th Guide to Fireworks & Parades – 2019

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Your complete listings of times and locations of Independence Day fun throughout the San Fernando Valley.

Looking for Independence Day celebrations in your area? Find an event near you, don your red, white and blue, and Happy Fourth of July 2019!

Not all events occur on Thursday, July 4. Double-check with event organizers to confirm times and locations in case activities were updated or changed since posted.

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Sign Up Today for the Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair 2019

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A Fun and Free Family Event that Just Might Save Your Life, Your Pet’s Life, or the Life of a Loved One

Saturday, October 12, 2019

9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Northridge Fashion Center—Pacific Theaters Parking Lot
(9400 Shirley Ave., south of Plummer St.)

Click here to register: https://www.valleydisasterfair.com/registration/index.php

  • Exhibits
  • Demonstrations
  • Displays
  • Speakers
  • Special Events
  • Bloodmobile
  • Pet Preparedness
  • Free Parking
  • Free Admission
  • Free Lunch*

It’s All Free!

Complimentary Family Emergency Preparedness (EP) Starter Kit* for registered families attending the Fair. One kit per registered family. (While supplies last.)

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LA’s Green New Deal Launched This Week

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled LA’s Green New Deal this week – a series of practical steps toward creating a more sustainable Los Angeles by the year 2050. The Green New Deal LA will also serve as a global model for upholding the terms outlined in the Paris Agreement in a way that contributes significantly to equitable local economic growth. Points include:

  1. Creation of 400,000 new green jobs by 2050. Since taking office, Mayor Garcetti has already helped create over 35,000 of these new green jobs.
  2. 100% renewable energy by 2045 – LA will move away from our current dependency on natural gas power by not re-powering three coastal power plants and instead investing those funds in our grid. The process of moving LA toward a carbon-neutral future will underwrite 45,000 jobs by 2022.
  3. 100% wastewater recycling – and local sourcing of at least 70% of water used in the City – by 2035
  4. zero waste future, beginning with eliminating all single-use straws and styrofoam containers by 2028, and culminating in no trash being sent to landfills by 2050
  5. Plant 90,000 trees on LA’s streets in the next three years, which will help beautify the city; clean the air; renew our urban forest; and create 2,000 local jobs.
  6. zero carbon buildings mandate, to ensure every public and private building in the City is emissions-free by 2050. The process of achieving this will also support 175,000 jobs locally.

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Get Free Trees from City Plants + Read Their Urban Forestry Report

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It’s easy to be green thanks to the work of organizations like City Plants, a non-profit running a public-private partnership between the City of LA and six other non-profit organizations. Together they work with Neighborhood Councils, community groups, residents, and businesses to coordinate tree planting and care throughout LA.

Spring is the perfect time to plant a tree and City Plants offers free trees for your street and yard – order your free trees today!

Speaking of trees, are you curious about Los Angeles’ urban forest policies and management? Check out the recently released City Plants and Dudek report, “First Step Toward an Urban Forest Management Plan for the City of Los Angeles” to learn about the steps needed to achieve a sustainable and equitable urban forest.

A Bridge Home: FAQ for LA’s Temporary Homeless Housing Initiative

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Mayor Garcetti’s temporary homeless housing initiative – called A Bridge Home – has begun rolling out across LA, with the first site already open in the historic city center district near El Pueblo.

Many Neighborhood Councils have been fielding questions and concerns from their stakeholders about the impact this program will have on their community. The Mayor’s office has created the following FAQ, to answer the most commonly-asked questions about A Bridge Home.

Please feel free to share this information with your neighbors. If you’d like to download or share a printable version of this FAQ, here’s the link to do so: http://tiny.cc/BridgeHomeFAQ

FAQ in Spanish: https://www.lamayor.org/bridge-home-spanish

FAQ in Korean: https://www.lamayor.org/bridge-home-korean

To learn more about A Bridge Home, please visit LAMayor.org/bridge-home

FAQ: ANSWERS ABOUT BRIDGE HOUSING FROM THE MAYOR’S OFFICE

Why was my neighborhood selected for bridge housing?
If we’re going to end homelessness, we need to create solutions in every community — which is why the Mayor’s budget funds temporary emergency housing in all 15 Council Districts. Each temporary emergency housing site will be selected based on its proximity to dense homeless encampments. These sites are specifically designed to serve the homeless population that already lives in your community, and will help clean up encampments in your neighborhood. Every Council District that builds temporary emergency housing will receive additional sanitation and LAPD HOPE Team funds to restore spaces that were previously encampment sites into safe, clean, public passageways.

Who is going to live in the new housing?
The City is deploying teams of outreach workers to engage homeless Angelenos who live around the A Bridge Home site to ensure that people moving into the temporary emergency housing are already residents of the neighborhood. The only qualification for people to move in is their proximity to the site. Each site is specifically designed to support the needs of the population nearby — whether they are women, men, or senior citizens. Everyone will have their housing needs assessed as they come on-site, and their case manager will work with them to move them into a more permanent solution.

Will A Bridge Home bring homeless people into my neighborhood?
No. This temporary emergency housing is designed specifically to serve people who live in encampments in the community surrounding the site, who will be pre- identified during a period of outreach. The City is bringing in additional sanitation and enforcement services to ensure that the streets surrounding the sites remain safe and clean.

How are you deciding where to put the bridge housing?
The City is primarily looking at lots it already owns — that are at least 20,000 square feet in size and located near dense homeless encampments. But before a site is officially chosen, it is assessed by engineers to ensure that it’s an appropriate place to put temporary housing, and that it’s equipped with the necessary water, power, and sewage connections.

What will the sites look like?
Each council district is committed to creating a site that reflects the spirit and aesthetic of the neighborhood where it stands. They will be designed to incorporate the input of service providers, to
optimize access to services and create a comfortable community space that helps clients stabilize and get back on their feet. The structures themselves will be trailers or platformed spaces covered in canvas.

How long will they be open?
Three years.

What are the hours of operation for A Bridge Home sites?
The sites are operated 24 hours a day; 7 days a week, with staff and security on site at all times.

How long do you expect people to stay in the bridge housing?
Our goal is to move people out of the shelters and into more permanent housing as quickly as possible — meaning that beds could turn over as many as four times in a year. But how long someone stays in the temporary emergency housing is based on their need. The sites will be staffed with housing navigators, mental health professionals, and anti-addiction specialists who will help clients get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Will our neighborhood be less safe with this bridge housing?
No. All of the sites will be fully staffed with 24/7 on-site security, and City staff will closely monitor each site to help ensure safety and cleanliness. Our County partners are ramping up the deployment of outreach workers and supportive services to local homeless residents, to help them transition into the temporary emergency housing, and later into permanent homes. With the City’s additional funding for sanitation services, existing encampments will be converted into clean, safe public spaces for all residents to enjoy.

Are you going to have services on site?
Yes! The City and County have partnered to fund services for all residents of A Bridge Home sites that will help people move out of the temporary emergency housing and into permanent housing as quickly as possible. Each resident will have a case manager, as well as mental health, housing, and substance abuse support — not to mention three meals a day, storage, showers, restrooms, a place for pets, and 24/7 security.

Are residents of A Bridge Home sites required to be sober?
No. Entry to the site is determined by how close someone’s tent is to the site — not whether they’re sober. However, each site will be fully equipped with mental health and anti-addiction specialists who will help new residents start on the path to sobriety.

How are you going to make sure the encampments don’t come back?
The City is committed to making sure that the streets surrounding new A Bridge Home sites stay safe and clean. Homeless Angelenos will still be able to put up their tents between the hours of 9pm and 6am, but during the daytime, the City is establishing special enforcement zones to ensure that tents are taken down.

Are you criminalizing homelessness?
This effort is in no way intended to criminalize people who live on the streets. We cannot — and will not — arrest our way out of the homelessness crisis. People in desperate need of help should not be punished for their circumstances. The City’s priority is bringing people indoors — not issuing citations. However, if homeless residents choose not to take down their tents during the daytime, and receive citations as a result, the Mayor’s Office will connect them with the HEART program, which gives homeless Angelenos the option of doing community service or participating in substance abuse counseling in lieu of paying fines.

This doesn’t sound like a permanent solution. What about everyone who doesn’t get into A Bridge Home site?
Thanks to the voters of L.A., the City is getting to work building thousands of units of supportive housing for our most vulnerable homeless neighbors over the next decade. But people who are living on the streets tonight can’t wait for new housing to come online. They need help now. That’s why A Bridge Home is helping connect people to permanent solutions today.

How else can I help my homeless neighbors?
No one can do everything to solve homelessness, but everyone can do something. The most important thing you can do is say “yes” to supportive housing and bridge housing in your community, and help educate your neighbors about the critical importance of this work. You can also learn more about how you can help at LAMayor.org/HelpHomelessAngelenos

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