Today was Cesar Chavez Day, a federal holiday to honor the history and legacy of the fearless and selfless work of the labor leader and community organizer who died in 1993. His work continues to be carried out by so many others, like my friend Delores Huerta, who co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez. Many of those in the labor movement have spent decades peacefully fighting for the rights of all workers in the tireless spirit of service.
During today’s COVID-19 crisis, American workers - those in the public workforce or those working from home; whether they or their loved ones are facing furlough and layoffs; or whether they were unemployed already - everyone is worried about making ends meet now and in the future.
That is why I am pleased that Mayor Garcetti announced he will sign an ordinance passed by the Los Angeles City Council on Friday codifying the City’s emergency eviction moratorium for residential and commercial tenants.
Building on the Mayor’s previous directive, the new measure gives eligible residential tenants 12 months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any missed rent. Commercial tenants will have three months to pay back their rent.
In addition, my amendment to waive all late fees and interest was included in the final legislation. We want to make sure that those who really can’t pay do not slip through the cracks. This applies to all renters regardless of immigration status. More information is available at the City of Los Angeles website.
Also, late this afternoon Mayor Garcetti announced a freeze of all rents in rent-stabilized units in Los Angeles. Under the new order, tenants occupying these units will not be subject to any new rent increase through 60 days after the expiration of the local emergency period.
Resources for Workers
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.
If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim.
For those whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19, this website enables unemployed or underemployed Angelenos to find and apply for job opportunities across all industries, so they can start working right NOW.
If you receive an eviction notice for non-payment of rent due to coronavirus, please contact the Housing + Community Investment Department (HCID). A hotline has been set up to assist those who have been economically impacted by the pandemic. The HCIDLA hotline hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. That number is 1-866-557-7368.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
LA City Job Portal
In the midst of a health crisis that also has dire implications for the economy, it's more important than ever to have access to active job sites. Mayor Eric Garcetti has launched the LA Job Portal, an up-to-date list of companies with immediate job openings here: lajobportal.com.
The California Retailers Association
The California Retailers Association (CRA) has assembled a list of retailers that are hiring immediately. For more information, please contact the listed retailers directly: CVS, Walmart, Amazon. If the CRA team can be of assistance on specific issues facing your company, please do not hesitate to reach out. For an updated list of relevant communications on the COVID-19 issue, including state, national or local business resources, please visit calretailers.com/covid19/.
Medical Workers Urgently Needed
The City of Los Angeles has a need for medical professionals, including those who are retired, to support a surge in medical cases across Los Angeles due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has therefore called on medical professionals to lend a hand, paid or pro bono. Already, more than 3,000 have joined this cause, and if you want to work or volunteer, please sign up for the news City of L.A. Emergency Medical Corps by completing this form. If you are selected for consideration, verification of your training may be required.
COVID-19 Emergency Funding Available
For Performing Artists and Ensembles in Dance, Music and Theaters
The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and Community Partners aim to provide relief to this spectrum of LA-based performing artists who were financially affected by this disruption through round-one of this emergency grant relief opportunity. This emergency relief grant is open to performing artists and small ensembles in dance, music, and theater who planned performances, shows, or concerts within the City of Los Angeles and open to the general public that had to be later canceled due to COVID-19. For a complete list of eligibility requirements, instructions on the application process, and the timeline for application and approvals, please visit https://culturela.org/grants-and-calls/aer-fund/. The deadline to submit your application (one per person, event, and venue) is Friday, May 1, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.
The Los Angeles Press Club announced the establishment of an Emergency Fund for Southern California journalists. The fund is made possible through a grant from HFPA, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The fund is immediately open for applications, recognizing the hardship put on journalists through the Coronavirus pandemic and/or the changing media landscape. Applicants do not need to be members of the Los Angeles Press Club nor HFPA but need to reside in Southern California. The application form is available on the L.A. Press Club website and the distribution of funds will start in April.
Also. the Los Angeles Press Club is hoping to make this a permanent emergency fund. All donations are fully tax-deductible. To contribute to the fund, click here.
CD5 Restaurant Survey
Please continue to support local businesses by ordering takeout and/or delivery, and by purchasing gift cards for future purchases. Another way you can help is to tell us about your favorite eateries and restaurants so that we can help promote their services and give residents better access to local food options. We are grateful for your continued support of our neighborhood establishments.
CD 5 Featured Restaurant of the Day is brought to you highly recommended from our restaurant survey.
The Vegan Joint, located at 10438 National Blvd., is well known to the community for their fresh spring rolls, dumplings, and pumpkin curry. Offering pickup and free delivery (within 3 miles, minimum $15), the Vegan Joint's healthier vegan cuisine is available by ordering online at www.theveganjoint.com or call (310) 559-1357.
Let's continue to support one another and our local businesses.
Honoring Los Angeles Doing Good
Adam Rider, Founder of Flatten the Curve NGO, has secured thousands of gallons of disinfectant and disinfectant towels and delivered them to local LAPD divisions and LAFD firehouses. I am so grateful for Adam’s amazing efforts in serving our first responders. Flatten the Curve is a wonderful example of the Angeleno spirit. Keep up the impressive momentum of service!
Team Koretz to the Rescue
A special thank you to everyone who has been working so hard to donate towels to our special towel brigade. Both the Cheviot Hills and Westwood Recreation Center have filled their supply closets and are no longer in need of supplies at this time.
Every one of those donations have been met with the utmost gratitude. KCAL-9 featured Lisa Waltz and all who contributed to her "Towel Brigade" answering our call.
My Policy Director Jeff Ebenstein also helped coordinate a towel donation for our Recreation and Park centers that have been converted to temporary shelters. Thank you to the Hotel Bonaventure General Manager Ken Pilgrim, dedicated staff member Calvin Ma, and the LA Hotel Association for your donation. Also, gratitude to Martin from Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks for your help facilitating.
This weekend my Field Deputy, Angel Izard, volunteered with Urban Partners Los Angeles to help distribute groceries to our food insufficient neighbors.
Urban Partners LA has been serving Los Angeles for more than 23 years. They are an essential resource as we fight the COVID-19 crisis.
Every Saturday, doors are open from 7am to noon for food distribution. They also deliver groceries to vulnerable seniors. They are in need of volunteers. Shifts are 6am-9am, and 9am-noon. Sign up to volunteer here: https://urbanpartnersla.org/volunteer/
Or by email: UrbanPartnersLA@gmail.com
Here to Serve
My office, like all City of Los Angeles offices, is following recommended protocols such as social distancing and working remotely to slow the spread of the coronavirus. That said, my staff and I are always readily available to help with your questions, concerns, and needs during this difficult period. We can be reached by phone at 213-473-7005 and 323-866-1828 and through email firstname.lastname@example.org. Since we are experiencing a higher-than-normal volume of calls, feel free to email the staff member you wish to contact directly. The accompanying link contains those e-mail addresses.
I know these are really confusing times and that new information is changing quickly, so please continue to check and verify official information through these credible resources:
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District