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July 16, 2020   

Renters Relief Program Application is Due Tommorrow

To assist LA’s tenants and landlords affected by the current COVID-19 health pandemic, and prevent displacement of renters, the citywide Emergency Rental Assistance Subsidy Program has allocated $103,000,000 to provide a rent subsidy to Los Angeles City renters impacted by the COVID-19 health pandemic. The application period for this program is open online 24/7 through tomorrow, Friday, July 17 at 11:59pm. The program is anticipated to assist 50,000 Los Angeles households. The selected tenants will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per month to cover their monthly lease rent, with a maximum of $2,000 per household. Applicants are highly encouraged to verify if they meet eligibility criteria and apply online at https://hcidla.lacity.org/. Tenants who do not have access to a computer or need help in another language can call (844) 944- 1868 from 8am-10 pm.

Los Angeles Public Library Offering Curbside Pickup & Drop Off

The City of Los Angeles has launched “Library To Go,” opening 18 Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) branches for curbside pickup and dropoff across the city to accommodate contactless book borrowing and return.

With Library To Go, patrons will be able to pick up materials they requested, but were unable to collect when LAPL closed in March due to COVID-19. 

They will also be able to place new holds using the online catalog and pick up books and other materials at one of 18 branches in neighborhoods across Los Angeles, including: 

  • Central Library
  • Fairfax Branch
  • Los Feliz Branch
  • Northridge Branch
  • Sherman Oaks Branch
  • Studio City Branch
  • Westwood Branch

Once materials have been reserved online, Angelenos will receive an email or telephone call with instructions on scheduling an appointment for pickup. When collecting library materials from tables located outside the libraries, patrons will be required to wear masks and wait in a physically-distanced holding area. All materials will be isolated for 72 hours before being returned to shelves or being reissued, as recommended by public health experts.

With 73 branches of the LAPL closed to the public, staff will be available to answer questions from the public here or visit the Library To Go website for more information including a complete list of participating libraries.

Westwood Gets New Traffic Signals

Thank you to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation for installing our new traffic signal lights on Westwood Blvd at Missouri Avenue ensuring safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in Westwood.

Meet Your Senior Lead Officer

What and who is my Senior Lead Officer (SLO)? In CD 5, they are our valued community partners responsible for monitoring crime trends and working with our office, the Community-Police Advisory Boards as well as acting liaisons with detectives to stay informed of reports made to LAPD and special problems within their area. Today we’d like to highlight a few of our SLOs in Council District 5 and recognize their partnership and service.

Meet Senior Lead Officer Christopher Baker, West Los Angeles 8A13 Basic Car. Officer Baker covers the areas of Century City, Rancho Park and Cheviot Hills. He comes with over a decade of police experience. His expertise is centered on Narcotics and Community Relations. He can be reached by email at 39796@lapd.online.
Meet Senior Lead Officer Ricardo Ballesteros, West Los Angeles 8A35 Basic Car. Officer Ballesteros covers the West LA area west of Fox Hills Drive and Overland, south of Santa Monica Blvd., east of the San Diego Fwy, and north of the I-10. He can be reached by email at 33652@lapd.online.

LA City Parks Mobile Recreation Program Needs Your Help

LA City Parks Mobile Recreation Program is a finalist for the 2020 My LA2050 Grant Challenge and has a chance to win $100K by public voting.

The Mobile Recreation Program plans to bring a variety of outdoor activities to communities in need. Themed programs ranging from Olympic and Paralympic sports to skateboarding and creative activities will be provided to enhance the lives of the youth and adults that participate.

LA2050 is a community-guided initiative driving and tracking progress toward a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles. The My LA2050 Grants Challenge is an open call for ideas to make LA the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live. https://challenge.la2050.org/about/ 

Public voting is open through Monday, July 20 at 5 pm (PT). Click here to vote.

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