Dear Friends,

I hope you and those close to you are staying healthy during the current health emergency.  

This evening, Mayor Garcetti issued a “Safer at Home” emergency order requiring all residents of the City of Los Angeles to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely essential.  This urgent action is to limit the spread of COVID-19 and save lives in our communities. The order is currently set to begin tonight and to remain in place until April 19th (subject to extension), Workers of impacted businesses will have an additional 24 hours to comply.  Residents will still be able to go for walks and shop for groceries and pick up medicine.  It does not mean restrictions from going outside and it does not mean isolation.  All first responders, public health workers, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, law enforcement personnel, and others working for emergency services providers are categorically exempt from this order.  Please be sure to visit https://corona-virus.la/faq to learn about the order and how to comply.

What a bittersweet time to offer everyone a Happy and Sweet Norooz (aka Nowruz) - Persian New Year!  I know all of our Iranian friends and community members are as disappointed as I am that this year’s various public Nowruz festivities are canceled due to the threats from Coronavirus (COVID-19).  One of the most wonderful things about Nowruz is that it is a celebration of spring - full of beautiful flowers and delicious food. Spring is a time of new beginnings.  

Not only is it disappointing to cancel the celebrations, but the isolation that comes with social distancing can have a daunting impact.  This is just the latest in so many social, school and community events that are being canceled to keep us all safer. However, it is from the troubled times that often we find the best in ourselves and in others.  Consider picking up the phone and connecting with a loved one or look for new ways to serve your community. 

Please remember to check on your senior friends, family, and neighbors, and make sure they have the supplies they need.  Remember, no matter your age or how healthy you feel, even if you currently have no symptoms, you could be a carrier. Everyone needs to adhere to the highest safety levels of hygiene and social distancing.  Please do not volunteer in person if you feel under the weather or if you belong to the vulnerable portion of the population that could get sick.

However, practicing social distancing doesn’t need to mean you have to stop your service to the community.  In addition to calls for volunteer time and in-kind donations, there are increasing requests for goods and services.    

Please consider looking below for ways you can help give food, blood, and other community services. In particular, food banks and blood banks are at low levels, so anything you can do to help will be greatly appreciated. 

Sincerely,

Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District



Ways to Help Your Community

One way to stay safer while helping your community is to order delivery and take out from local establishments. Postmates on-demand delivery service is currently offering Small Business Fee Relief for local businesses including $20 million in marketing and waiving fees.  Part of their give back to local restaurants includes helping restaurants service the community .  Postmates Helps Donate Leftover Food: Merchants are now able to donate leftover meals and food to local food banks through a notification on their tablets. By pressing a button on the Postmates app, a courier will pick up the leftover items and take them over to participating food banks and shelters.  Food banks and shelters can join the program or be nominated at http://foodfight.postmates.com

Nonprofit Delivery Fulfillment: Postmates has also rolled out a platform for nonprofits to deliver supplies or food items through the Postmates fleet. Nonprofit partners can sign up at https://partner.postmates.com/welcome-api and enter their organization as "Special" and "Disaster Relief."  

Project Angel Food is a nonprofit based in Los Angeles that prepares and delivers healthy meals to feed people impacted by serious illness. Project Angel Food is ramping up their services in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and have ordered 20,000 shelf stable emergency packages for their clients. Volunteers are desperately needed to prepare and deliver meals from their central facility to homebound individuals in communities across the greater Los Angeles region.  

The American Red Cross is partnered with Los Angeles Unified School District to help feed students while schools are closed.  Volunteers are needed. Click here for more information and to sign up as a volunteer.  

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood.  Watch this video on the safety and need for blood donations.  Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon.  More information is available here: https://www.redcross.org/local/california/los-angeles.html

 
L.A. Works, Los Angeles-based volunteer action center that creates and implements community service projects, wants you to know that if you want to volunteer from home there are also plenty of ways to help out!  Check out their virtual volunteering and social connection project webpage that allow you to serve remotely. L.A. Works is also compiling a opportunities on their website.  If you know of nonprofits that are not getting enough help, LA Works can help. 


United Way of Greater Los Angeles provides housing, education, and economic opportunities to those impacted by poverty and homelessness. They’ve just launched their Pandemic Relief Fund to support L.A. County’s unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, as well as the large number of working families, students and other low-income individuals at imminent risk of homelessness and hardship due to the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.


CD5 Featured Delivery and Takeout Locations

The Original Farmers Market is proud to continue its 86 years of service to the community.  Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, new hours for the immediate future are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  The Market’s bars have been closed and all Market dining tables and chairs have been removed. The Market’s restaurants remain open for take-out and delivery service. Grocery locations are stocked with fresh food and ready to serve the community.  The merchants of The Original Farmers Market are pleased to continue to serve as a resource for the community through this evolving situation. For shoppers who prefer to shop from home, they can order a variety of grocery and prepared meals delivered through our grocery delivery partner mercato.com

- Du-par’s Bakery                                      - Farm Boy Produce            
- Farm Fresh Produce                              - Farmers Market Poultry    
- Huntington's Meats & Sausages        - Kaylin and Hobb’s Pickles
- Magee’s House of Nuts                        - Magic Nut and Candy Company
- Marconda's Meats                                  - Marconda’s Puritan Poultry
- Michelina Bakery                                    - Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market
- Monsieur Marcel Seafood Market        - T&Y Bakery

Featured Encino Restaurants Currently Open for Take Out /Delivery:

Lusy’s Mediterranean Café – Open Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m., Closed on Sundays - (818) 849-5653

Maria’s Italian Kitchen, Encino – Open daily 11:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. (818) 783-2920

The Stand, Encino – Open daily 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (818) 788-2700

Viktor Benes Continental Bakery (in Gelson’s Market Encino) – Open daily 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., (818) 783-4844


 
Prescription Delivery Available
Call your local pharmacy to find out if they have the capability to ship prescriptions to your home.  Some of the larger pharmacy chain stores offer deliver through an app or by phone.  Pharmacies in CD5 offering delivery include:
 
Picwood Pharmacy, 2370 Westwood Blvd., Westwood,  (310) 475-6006/  Manager’s Cell (310) 435-5934.  Picwood has generously offered to fill prescriptions outside of business hours in case of emergency and they will deliver to nearby customers.

Walgreens, 16100 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA, Phone: 818-788-6951

CVS ,17320 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA, Phone: 818-995-0071

CVS, 16461 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, Phone: 818-986-2117

CVS, 10889 Wellworth Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024, Phone: 310-474-2154

CVS, 1001 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024,  Phone: 310-209-9141

CVS 5985 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035,  Phone: 323-965-9161



For all of the most up-to-date information on Coronavirus/ COVID-19, continue to check back at the following official websites: 

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

City of Los Angeles 

Los Angeles Unified School District

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Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

 

This message was sent to  by:

Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz
200 N. Spring Street, Rm. 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7005