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April 13, 2020   

Dear Friends,

Here in Council District 5, my staff and I are compiling the latest and most up-to-date information to help our residents impacted by COVID-19. Each day brings forth new findings, orders, and guidelines in response to the situation at hand.  Below you will find some additional resources to help residents and businesses through this trying time. Remember you can continue to visit my COVID-19 webpage for updates or visit the links below for more information. Also, please continue to support local businesses by ordering takeout, curbside takeout, and/or delivery, and by purchasing gift cards for future purchases. Together we can persevere through these challenging times, with unity and support for one another.

Food Pick Up Zones for Restaurants & Businesses
LADOT is helping restaurants and food establishments by providing food pick-up parking zones free-of-charge to businesses. If approved, LADOT will install temporary food pick-up parking zones within three business days after the application is approved. To apply for a pick-up parking zone visit: ladot.lacity.org/coronavirus/apply-temporary-food-pick-parking. If you have questions, email ladot.foodpickupzone@lacity.org.

In addition to processing requests from restaurants for temporary pick up and delivery parking zones LADOT field crews are being deployed to perform emergency service work therefore limiting service requests to urgent issues related to the COVID-19 crisis and other safety concerns. Starting tomorrow, LADOT’s website will temporarily be redirected to this page, which includes a COVID-specific service request form for requests including passenger loading zones near healthcare facilities, temporary no parking signs at grocery stores and restaurants with drive-thru windows, and traffic crashes.This page also allows for requests for essential services including missing traffic signs and lane markings, as well as bus stop issues. While new requests are limited to these categories, LADOT will continue to process all existing service requests. 

recycLA Services for Businesses
As part of the City’s Safer At Home orders, as well as state-issued stay-at-home directives, many businesses throughout the City of Los Angeles are currently closed. While active businesses are required to maintain waste and recycling services according to the Los Angeles Municipal Code, businesses may adjust their recycLA service level. In addition, businesses that have closed can request to have their service suspended or reduced.  Businesses can reach out to the 24-hour LA Sanitation Customer Care Center at 1-800-773-2489 to request a change in services.   

To help employers and workers hard-hit by this crisis, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced L.A. CARES Corps, a partnership between the City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles to help small businesses apply for federal loans. The program offers an informative website — where business owners can obtain a clear explanation of the two emergency loan programs and directly access loan applications. The call-in center can be reached at (833)-238-4450, where business owners can get help from loan counselors trained in completing S.B.A. applications. For businesses that are not eligible for an S.B.A. loan, there is information on how to apply for the City’s Small Business Emergency Loan or obtain assistance through a Business Source Center.

CPUC & SoCal Gas CARE Program
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is working to help consumers manage their energy bills and usage.

Amongst the utility companies, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) rolled out a new CARE program last week offering a 20% discount on monthly natural gas bills for customers who have become recently unemployed or who are currently facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. To apply please visit: California Alternate Rates for Energy CARE

The CPUC is working on additional actions to help reduce the impacts of increased residential demand on energy during the summer months including the possibility of additional bill credits and changes to the overall rate structures.

Here are simple, no-cost energy changes that can help save Californians energy consumption during this time:

  • On cooler days, set thermostats to 68 or lower during the day/62 at night

  • Unplug unused devices and/or turn off power strips

  • Open blinds/curtains on sunny days to avoid using too many lights

  • Wait to use the dishwasher when it’s full

  • Turn down screen brightness and use eco-mode features on work from home and entertainment devices

Amendments to Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Among other things, the FFCRA amends the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by providing Public Health Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and FMLA Public Health Emergency Leave (FMLA+) for employees for certain coronavirus or COVID-19 related reasons.

Effective April 1, 2020, employers are required to post a notice of the FFCRA requirements. To the right is a posting notice that can be printed out and used to meet posting requirements. Employers may also satisfy the posting requirement by emailing the notice to employees and/or posting it on an employee portal.  

Support Click Pico 

Pick Pico is an annual street fair in CD 5, which focuses on supporting local businesses, schools, nonprofits and artists. Sadly, the event had to be cancelled this year. The Westside Neighborhood Council has worked hard to create this new venue of support by creating Click Pico, a virtual Pick Pico, designed to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local businesses are offering specials and discounts that can only be found on their website.

Mention Click Pico when ordering: https://clickpico.com/

Operation Blue Heart 

Operation Blue Heart consists of a cadre of volunteers, mostly Los Angeles Police Officers assigned to Wilshire Area. These personnel have volunteered their off-duty time to assist those members of the Wilshire community who may be in need of a little extra help during this time of crisis. Today we spotlight Sergeant Mankey who is a friend and community partner to our office and who has truly served our City and residents beyond the lines of law enforcement. Thank you to LAPD Wilshire Division for your call to action and selflessly offering your time to protect the health of residents who are at higher risk due to age or medical conditions. Operation Blue Heart is serving the neighborhoods listed below. If you need their assistance, you can email your request to opblueh07@gmail.com

  • Arlington Heights Brookside Park

  • Carthay Circle Country Club Park

  • Fairfax Greater Wilshire

  • Hancock Park Larchmont Village

  • Little Ethiopia Melrose

  • Mid-City Mid-Wilshire

  • Miracle Mile Park La Brea

  • South Carthay Wellington Square

  • Wilshire Center Wilshire Vista

  • Windsor Square

To view a coverage clip by NBC click here

Free Delivery Services to Older Adults

If you need groceries, household items, or other necessities delivered, the Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services is providing free delivery services to older adults and those with disabilities who can’t leave their home due to COVID-19. See below for more information, or contact 888-863-7411

Final Goodbye to Stan’s Donuts

It is on a sad note that iconic and beloved Stan's Donuts, inextricably linked with Westwood Village, has baked its last donut and closed its doors permanently last week after being a staple of Westwood Village for 55 years. Stan's Donuts had an incredibly unique array of donuts featuring his decadent Chocolate Banana Donuts and Chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Donuts, just to name a few. A frequent hangout place to generations of UCLA students including the Councilmember and his UCLA friends when he was there in the late 70’s. Stan's really rocketed to fame when Forbes Magazine listed them as "The Top Donut'' in America which put them on the map generating substantial business nationally and internationally. In May of 2014, Councilman Paul Koretz and Mayor Eric Garcetti honored Stan's Donuts with a Plaque for being a "Monumental Business in Los Angeles''. Most notably, some of the many customers that enjoyed Stan's donuts were Elizabeth Taylor, Steve McQueen, Tom Cruise, Nobel Prize winner Louis Ignarro from U.C.L.A., Mayor Garcetti for whom owner Stan Berman renamed his apple fritter "The Garcetti", and Huell Howser for whom Stan renamed his chocolate peanut butter donut "The Huell". Stan’s heartfelt note left on the door states “It is with a sad heart that I inform you that I have made the decision to close my doors and today will be the last day I will be making donuts. Unfortunately COVID-19 made the decision happen sooner, but I hope that you will remember how our donuts made you smile for many years to come.”

Political Consultant Chuck Levin, Councilmember Koretz, actress Alexandra Paul and Daisy Simard celebrate Stan’s Donuts on their 50th anniversary.

A Farewell To Stan Berman From CD5        

Stan, You were part of Westwood folklore
We're sad to see you close the door

Through thick and thin you were always there
And served up heaven with unequaled flair

They came from the East and came from the West
To buy your stellar donuts, voted the best

The aroma of your donuts was anything but mild
Just the smell of them could drive one wild

Your unique cheese donuts, pretzel donuts, and chocolate peanut butter donuts just to name a few
Were made to perfection as only you could do

Any customer visiting your place
Always left with a smile on their face

And now to our surprise, you wish to leave
It's something too hard to believe

So now that you're done
Who could replace you?
The answer is no one

Westwood won't be the same
Without hearing your name

You're leaving on top
You're the cream of the crop

So good luck Stan, with whatever you do
Just know that we'll all be missing you

And like the great baseball legend
You truly are "Stan The Man"!   

Written by Greg Erlich 

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 paul.koretz@lacity.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:

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Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District


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