Traditionally, I would be happy to alert you about the myriad of Memorial Day events and outdoor activities happening throughout the Los Angeles area. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed public events at the Los Angeles National Cemetery and throughout Los Angeles. This weekend will also bring a heatwave, so please consider staying at home and staying cool. And though it will be tempting to spend time outside with friends and family, please remember that the COVID-19 emergency is far from over. Please continue to wear a mask every time you leave your home or come within close proximity of people outside of your household.
Remember: Beaches are still only open for active recreation, like swimming, surfing, running, walking, and now biking along the beach. Sunbathing, group sports, and gathering of any kind remain prohibited. Do not meet up with anyone who lives outside your household.
On this Memorial Day, please take a moment to remember those who died and who served in the American Armed Forces. As Americans, we are touched by people in our own lives -- friends, family members and ancestors -- who gave their lives to defend the rights that we cherish and fight to preserve. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice for the lives of others.
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CDC FINALLY RELEASES GUIDELINES FOR COMMUNITY RE-OPENING
After several weeks of political ping-pong in Washington, DC, the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have released a comprehensive set of guidelines to help communities and the businesses and institutions in them re-open in a safe manner as the COVID-19 emergency continues.
While everyone is eager to enjoy the spring weather and reconstruct the economy, taking careful precautions should be a prerequisite for gradually opening our community up to business and other activities. Maintaining social distancing, washing your hands several times a day, and wearing a mask whenever you’re outside your home and around other people are fundamentals which are likely to remain so for the time being.
For guidance from the CDC, please visit the agency’s web page.
Small Business & Student Loans Available
Are you struggling to make ends meet due to COVID-19? Mayor Garcetti has instructed the Economic and Workforce Development Department to relax some requirements to make it easier for companies to receive funding through an $11 million economic relief program rolled out in March. He also directed the department to prioritize loan applications that were previously denied so they can be reassessed based on the new eligibility standards; and to also add capacity to the team charged with processing the loans, so that money can get to companies more quickly. Detailed information about the program can be found at lamayor.org/loan.
COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund, Round Two for Artists and Small Ensembles
COVID-19 has had an unanticipated impact on Los Angeles artists and small arts groups who had planned public performances, only to have those events canceled in a city-wide effort to slow the spread of the virus. 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 Two of this emergency grant relief opportunity. Application Deadline June 1, 2020 - 12am.
Apply online at https://culturela.org/grants-and-calls/aer-fund/ by June 1 at 12:00 a.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Small Business Microloans Available through JFLA
Also, the Jewish Free Loan Association is offering Los Angeles residents up to $3000 for an Emergency loan, $18,000 for Small Business loans, and $3,500-$10,000 for Student Loans. Apply today at http://JFLA.org
LAANE is Hiring!
As Angelenos look hopefully toward recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles Alliance for A New Economy, LAANE, is preparing for the long road and hard work ahead.
To that end, LAANE is seeking a digital organizer, a worker organizer, and two community organizers to join our retail, energy, and water campaigns. Visit laane.org/working-at-laane to learn more about job availability.
Relaxed Parking Extended
The City’s relaxed parking enforcement is being extended to June 1, 2020. Some regular parking tickets will still be issued and the City is prioritizing tickets for parked cars that are blocking emergency services or curbside pickup zones for newly reopened businesses.
LADOT has RELAXED enforcement for the following categories:
- Residential street sweeping;
- Expired registration on a vehicle;
- Peak/rush hour and gridlock zone parking restrictions;
- No ticket/tow for abandoned vehicles and overnight parking;
- Vehicles displaying recently expired permits within preferential parking districts will have a two-week grace period following the expiration to renew;
- No parking fine increases until after June 1;
- Extended grace period for people dropping off or picking up;
- Immediate extensions on all deadlines for payments until June 1;
- LADOT will supply a temporary, print-at-home permit to residents within a preferential parking district who have renewed their permit but will not receive the new hangtag before their current permit expires.
Enforcement CONTINUES for:
- Metered parking;
- Time limits within preferential parking districts for vehicles without a valid or recently-expired permit;
- Posted time limits zones in residential and commercial areas;
- All posted Temporary No-Parking signs;
- No blocking emergency access (alleyways, fire hydrants, etc.)
- Colored curb zones;
- Parking restrictions for City-owned lots;
Learn more at the LADOT website here.
Contactless Food Drive Tomorrow (Sunday, 5/24)
Councilmember Koretz is proud to be a sponsor of the City of Angels Food Drive - Sunday May 24 - Contactless Drop Off, co-hosted by Encino Little League and Caring Counts. Please bring unopened, nonperishable food to 5120 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino, CA 91426 on Sunday, May 24, from 9am-1pm. If you are worried about the risk of leaving your home, the food drive will have contactless drop-offs and all participants on location will strictly maintain social distancing protocols to keep you safe and healthy.
So please consider donating food items and other essential items to help our neighbors struggling during these difficult times. RSVP today at https://www.cityofangelsfooddrive.com/
Temporary Warehouse Space Needed
As the COVID crisis continues to affect us all, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission is facing a new challenge - storage! The mission would like to continue their pickups of clothing and household items, but with their thrift stores closed, they have no place to store it!If you or someone you know has warehouse space in the Valley that they would be willing to donate to for up to 60 days, please let the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission know. The only requirements are that the space be at least 5,000 square feet, and that there be a roll-up door so mission trucks have access. The mission would love to continue providing this service to our supporters all over the Valley, and hopefully with your help, we can. Please email all questions directly to the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission at email@example.com.
Thank You Blood & Platelet Heros
There is a severe shortage of blood due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to everyone who came out to volunteer and to donate blood at the Bel Air Beverly-Crest Neighborhood Council and UCLA Blood and Platelet Center community blood drive.
Community Blood Drives allow the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center to interact with community members while providing donors with a rewarding donation experience. In addition, blood drives provide UCLA patients with an adequate and safe supply of blood coming from donors within our communities.
Why It Matters: 1 donation can potentially save up to 3 lives. Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood or platelets.
(L to R: BABCNC President Robin Greenberg, Councilmember Koretz’s Field Deputy Jarrett Thompson, BABCNC board member Chuck Maginnis); R: Sixteen year old River Simard was proud to be a first time blood donor at the Bel Air Beverly Crest NC/ UCLA Blood & Platelet Center blood drive.
If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, please consider donating plasma.
If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, you may have antibodies in your plasma that attack the virus. Your donated plasma could be used for compassionate treatment or as part of a scientific trial to determine definitively if this treatment works. It could also be used to support research efforts such as making tests to check immunity to the virus.If you are interested in donating plasma, please click here to register for the intake survey. A study coordinator will contact you with further information about how you can help. Please note that we can only accept plasma donations after you have been completely well with no symptoms for at least 14 days.
Keeping Extra Eyes on Encino
Councilmember Koretz and his staff would like to give a special thank you to our ACS Patrol Team for expanding its patrol boundaries as part of their continued service and dedication to serve the Encino Community during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an essential services provider, ACS works to keep our families, homes, and businesses secure. With their strong relationships with residents and business owners in the neighborhoods that they patrol, they have helped Encino become a safer, more secure, and friendlier environment in which to live, work, play, and thrive.
Thank you LA Sanitation, Westside Friends, Katz & Collins YMCA
Thank you to the Los Angeles Department of Sanitation for providing us with 400 reusable bags for food delivery. This act of kindness took place because of the behind the scenes effort by Councilmember Koretz’s Field Deputies, Elizabeth Garcia and Angel Izard, who coordinated a pick-up and drop-off so that these bags could go directly to Westside Friends for their weekly food bank.
Westside Friends provides groceries to neighbors in need every Thursday out of the Katz & Collins YMCA. Folks can come directly to the site for pick-up, and volunteers deliver directly to people’s homes. Elizabeth and Angel have been helping them out as well and this week, they were able to provide diapers, as well.
To donate to Westside Friends, or to sign up to volunteer, or to request grocery assistance, please visit westsidefriends.com.
Petco Foundation to Match All Donations Up to $25,000 to LA Animal Services
Investment will help save more animal lives in Los Angeles through the COVID-19 crisis
Through June 30, all donations to LA Animal Services will be matched up to $25,000 by the Petco Foundation to help save twice as many pet lives.
“Donations made to the Animal Welfare Trust Fund (AWTF) are tax deductible and immediately begin helping the amazing animals in our care,’ said Brenda Barnette, LA Animal Services General Manager. “We are proud to have Petco Foundation’s support, and this match provides a great opportunity for our animal loving community to increase our lifesaving impact, both in our Centers and the community we serve.”
Consequently, the Petco Foundation matching grant will help LA Animal Services maintain its lifesaving work during these challenging times.
This grant is part of the Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives during the COVID-19 crisis by distributing $1M in product and cash donations and putting out a national call to implore animal lovers to take action to help save animal lives. This commitment follows the Petco Foundation’s recent distribution of more than $13M to animal welfare organizations nationwide.
“Animal welfare organizations are facing the business impacts of COVID-19, just like many other businesses during this crisis. But when your business is saving animal lives, the consequences of a business failure are devastating,” said Petco Foundation President, Susanne Kogut. “At the Petco Foundation, we will support our partner’s most critical needs during this time and help mobilize the public to take action to help save animal lives. We hope this matching grant support will help LA Animal Services do just that.”
Please consider donating to LA Animal Services and being a part of this incredible opportunity. To donate please click here and for more information, please visit: http://www.laanimalservices.com/donate. Donations to LA Animal Services AWTF from now through June 30 will be matched up to $25K.
Located on Melrose and La Brea, M CAFÉ, is currently open for takeout and delivery.
M Café uses the finest minimally-processed ingredients from local, organic, and/or sustainable sources and without red meat, poultry, refined sugars, dairy products, or eggs. They have helped our heroes by donating healthy food to our nurses and doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic. M Cafe is open for takeout/delivery/ pick up 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday.