A few days ago Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an emergency order that will take effect tomorrow, April 10, requiring workers providing non-medical essential services to wear face coverings while at work. The order also requires customers at grocery stores and many other essential businesses to wear face coverings — adding a layer of protection for Angelenos in halting the spread of COVID-19. Non-medical essential businesses will be allowed to refuse service to customers who do not wear face coverings.
As we approach the weekend, I encourage you all to limit your trips outside as much as possible. In advance, I thank you for continuing to comply with the“Safer at Home” emergency order that only allows residents to leave their residences for the most essential activities — including critical tasks such as securing food and health, safety and medical necessities, as well as caring for children, elder adults, family, friends, and people with disabilities. Your social distance practices are helping save lives and we know that the face-covering mask efforts have been successful in countries like the Czech Republic. In the Czech Republic, mandatory mask use whenever outside the home has dramatically reduced the spread of the virus compared to countries without those regulations. I introduced a council motion to require masks to be worn at all times outside the home. Subsequently, Mayor Garcetti ordered masks to be worn by all employees and customers of essential businesses. This deals with many of the circumstances we envisioned, but not all.
Finally, Mayor Garcetti also has announced that all City parks will be entirely closed to the public on Sunday (Easter Sunday) to encourage individuals and families to stay safe on a day when they might otherwise normally want to be outside. It is important that everyone cooperate with this closure as we collectively work hard to flatten the infection curve in Los Angeles city and county.
COVID-19 Evictions Protections Fact Sheet
The City of Los Angeles has tenant protections in place to help prevent the displacement of its residents that are renters. To assist tenants to collaborate with their landlords, HCIDLA is providing a fact sheet and a sample notification form to assist in notifying your landlord of delays in paying your rent during this emergency order period.
The COVID-19 Eviction Protections Fact Sheet can also assist landlords to provide such notice to all tenants as required by Ordinance No. 186585.
Click here to view the COVID-19 Eviction Protection Fact Sheet
HCIDLA Hotline Weekend Hours
With the COVID-19 Eviction Protections in place, many tenants and landlords have questions. HCIDLA's hotline will be operational this coming weekend: Saturday and Sunday: 10 AM to 3 PM. Weekday hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Some landlords have been attempting to take advantage of this crisis to make illegal demands of their tenants, and some tenants have tried to avoid paying rent when the Eviction Protection Ordinance does not warrant doing so. If you’re faced with what you think might be inappropriate behavior, you should call HCIDLA at (866) 557-7368. More information can be found at: hcidla.lacity.org/covid-19-eviction-moratorium
COVID-19 Free Testing Available to LA City & County Residents
The City of LA in partnership with LA County has expanded FREE testing eligibility to all L.A. County residents experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Same or next day testing appointments will be prioritized to residents over 65 or who have underlying health conditions. Each person we reach could mean lives saved. To register for testing visit: https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
Protect Our Environment, Keep Our City Clean
A message from LA Sanitation & Environment: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many are using disposable wipes, masks, and gloves for protection. However, we still need to protect our environment. We are seeing gloves and litter around the City: sidewalks, streets, parking lots, and storm drains. Please discard properly and help us protect our City and the environment.
Update on Brush Clearance from LAFD
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) has issued new brush clearance timelines for property owners within the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ). The start of the annual Brush Clearance Season has tentatively been pushed to June 1, 2020. The Brush Clearance Units will continue to assess the public health situation and evaluate the need to further adjust the date, if necessary.
Properties that are not in compliance by June 1 will be subject to the $29 brush inspection fee and violation notices. Once brush clearance inspections begin, LAFD inspectors will be practicing social distancing and refraining from in-person meetings until further notice. For property owners who receive Fire/Life Safety Brush Notice Violations at the time of the physical inspection, due dates for correcting the violations will be extended from 15 days to 45 days from the date of the initial inspection. For LAFD updates please continue to visit: BRUSH
Lane Closures on Wilshire Blvd.
In the coming weeks expect partial and full lane closures of Wilshire Blvd. at Beverly Dr. due to construction activities related to the Wilshire/Rodeo Metro Station. Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills will be fully closed for construction of the Purple Line Subway Extension between Beverly Dr. and Crescent Dr. For more information on street closures and bus detours visit: https://www.metro.net/projects/notices/notice_purpleline2_103118/
A Way to Say Thank You
While most of us are social distancing, healthcare workers are putting their lives at risk to keep us safe. Here is one way to express your gratitude to our UCLA healthcare workers who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Write them a thank you letter or card and invite your children to participate. You can address them to a general or specific group of healthcare staff and send all thank-you letters via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can bring a smile to our healthcare workers and staff by sharing your appreciation for their service during these challenging times.
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, 323-866-1828 (West LA), or 818-971-3088 (Encino) and through email email@example.com. 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