Fireworks may be sidelined this year, but patriotic live and virtual festivities still are planned in & around Los Angeles County.
Independence Day celebrations will look decidedly different this year, as COVID-19 concerns spurred cancellations of most July 4th parades, carnivals, and fireworks extravaganzas throughout Greater Los Angeles and statewide.
More events are canceled then proceeding, to be sure. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health nixed live fireworks shows throughout the county — leaving the closest confirmed display in Rancho Cucamonga, plus a smattering set to go off in Riverside, Orange and San Diego counties.
But the patriotic spirit will go on in the L.A. area as several communities are getting creative with home-decorating contests, aerial flyovers, online activities or virtual fireworks, and concerts.
Scroll through the list, and see what’s going on near you. Stay safe, and have a Happy Fourth of July.
Due to the pandemic, counties or cities may adjust or cancel events at the last minute, so double-check with organizers.
Supervisor Kuehl will be hosting a virtual town hall this Saturday, May 16 at 11 am with Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the Director of the County’s Department of Public Health, to answer your questions about LA County’s experience with the virus and the planned rollout for reopening businesses, services and recreation. The event will be live-streamed on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sjkuehl/ and if you have a question, you are encouraged to post it starting at 10:45 am Saturday morning.
As you know, the COVID19 pandemic is continuing to threaten our health as well as our economy. After a careful assessment of our local County conditions and adhering to Governor Newsom’s guidelines, the LA County Department of Public Health has begun to permit certain businesses and public places to reopen. It is of utmost important that businesses and members of the public follow this important public health guidance.
If you can’t join us for the virtual town hall, please stay up-to-date on how to protect your health and the health of your loved ones and your community. The following links may be helpful:
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.
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.
Information about county resources for residents seeking help due to COVID-19 here.
LA Metro buses and trains are running on a reduced schedule. Latest schedule here. Passengers are asked to board/exit buses from the rear doors only.
Metrolink schedule and service reduced. Latest schedule here.
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
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.
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.
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.
Los Angeles County now has an interactive map allowing you to view the distribution of the County’s current homeless population, as well as sites where shelter or supportive housing already exists or is under development. Info on population numbers and density is drawn from the January 2019 Countywide Homeless Count. New info and capabilities will continue to be added to this map tool, which just launched Dec 12.
Mobile users in LA County now have the ability to send text messages to 9-1-1, giving hearing and speech impaired residents, or those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, and making noise could put their life in jeopardy, a potentially lifesaving option. Read more »
Did you see someone experiencing homelessness who needs help? Notice a homeless neighbor who seems to be struggling with their physical and/or mental health? You can help them by filling out an outreach request at www.la-hop.org or by dialing 2-1-1 and reporting any specific concerns you may have regarding the person’s well-being.
LA-HOP (Homeless Outreach Program) is a service designed to assist people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County with outreach services. Calling LA-HOP will dispatch a homeless services outreach team to the area. Homeless individuals or others may call the line when seeking help for themselves or others. This program is funded by Measure H, the County of Los Angeles special sales tax increase passed by the voters in 2017 that specifically funds services, shelter, and permanent rental subsidies for people experiencing homelessness.
211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health, human services and social services in LA County. The 2-1-1 phone line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time. If you are calling from outside Los Angeles County or cannot directly dial 2-1-1, call (800) 339-6993.
Call and Email L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger TODAY!
It’s time for Supervisor Barger to do more, and call on Gov. Jerry Brown to shut down Aliso Canyon before he leaves office. CALL her TODAY! (213) 974-5555
Supervisor Barger has agreed that:
Aliso Canyon is not safe
Residents are too sick
AND we don’t need it for energy reliability.
She worked to keep Aliso Canyon closed to gas injections when Governor Brown push to open it. Now we need her to make a final stand in Brown’s last year. Call on Governor Brown to use his authority to shut down Aliso Canyon now, not in ten years!
Demand: We want Supervisor Barger to pass a resolution like LAUSD did to call on Gov. Jerry Brown to #ShutItALLDown!
Save Porter Ranch Monthly Meeting Wednesday, February 7, 7-9pm
Are you sick of all the latest leaks? Want to do more to help us shut down Aliso Canyon? Join us at the next Save Porter Ranch monthly meeting to get more involved with our campaigns to shut down Aliso Canyon, get a health study, Dr. Nordella’s study, and more.
Mark your calendars for the first Wednesday of every month for the Save Porter Ranch monthly meeting.
And please bring your checkbook, cash or credit card so you can donate to SPR! Ask your neighbors to help even if they can’t be at the meeting.
What:Save Porter Ranch Monthly Meeting When: Wednesday, February 7, 7:00-900pm, social/food from 7:00-7:30, meeting from 7:30-9:00pm Where:9666 Lemona Ave, North Hills, CA Bring: small dish of food to share, notebook, pen
IF YOU ARE SICK OR SMELL GAS, take these steps to report it!
Call 1-800-CUT-SMOG or 1-800-288-7664 and report odors to the South Coast Air Quality Management District
Six Southland counties were named disaster areas following damaging floods.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom today declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and five other California counties because of damage from last weekend’s rainstorms.
In the declaration, Newsom wrote that the storms caused flash flooding and mudslides that damaged public and private facilities, forced the evacuation of residents and prompted the opening of emergency shelters.
He pointed in particular to the collapse of Interstate 10 about 50 miles west of the Arizona state line in Riverside County.
He took the action for Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, Imperial, Kern and San Bernardino counties because Gov. Jerry Brown is out of the country.
The lieutenant governor also ordered Caltrans to seek emergency funding from the Federal Highway Administration to pay for road repairs.
The candidates are out there, stumping for votes, inundating inboxes, taking to Twitter and Facebook to spread their messages.
No, we’re not talking about a certain upcoming mayoral election—although, like that contest, the outcome of this one could have ramifications for the future of Los Angeles.
This hotly-contested race is called MyLA2050, and the candidates, all 279 of them, are vying for a piece of a $1 million pot that aims to underwrite 10 of the best ideas for changing life here for the better.
It’s crowdsourcing with a conscience. And to scroll through the entries is to peer into the idealistic, entrepreneurial, only-in-L.A. psyche of a metropolis in transition.