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July 20, 2020   

LA COVID Grant Application Window Now Open for Los Angeles Small Businesses, Micro-Entrepreneurs and Non-profits

The Los Angeles Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund will deploy $3 million in grants available at $5,000 or $15,000 to micro-entrepreneurs,  small businesses, and non-profit organizations. There are 6 total rounds, with finalists notified after each round.  The Round 2 application period is open through July 24th.

Small businesses and non-profit organizations are eligible for $15,000 grants, and micro-entrepreneurs are eligible for $5,000 grants. 

Visit lacovidfund.org/grants for eligibility requirements and to apply online.

Councilmember Koretz appoints Eliot Cohen to VNY Airport Citizens Advisory Council

Headshot of Eliot Cohen, appointed to Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory CouncilCouncilmember Koretz has appointed Eliot Cohen to replace Gerald Silver on the Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory Council (VNYCAC). Mr. Silver has admirably represented Council District Five on the VNYCAC for more than two decades. We are sad to see him go, and we wish he and his wife Myrna the best. 

Brooklyn-born Eliot Cohen grew up in Queens, NY where he attended Fordham University. After college, he worked as a photographer and helped organize seminars. For more than 35 years he’s worked as a financial advisor at major-tier investment firms. 

Mr. Cohen moved into Encino in 2003 and began his community service 12 years ago by joining the Encino Neighborhood Council, where he currently serves as Planning and Land Use Chair. His advocacy caught the attention of Gerald Silver who asked Mr. Cohen to serve on the board of Homeowners of Encino., where he is now President of Homeowners of Encino.

He and his wife Julie raised 4 daughters and 4 dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, wine tasting, and hiking with his wife.

Councilmember Koretz and his staff look forward to working with Mr. Cohen in this capacity, and we welcome him to the Van Nuys Citizens Advisory Council. 

Metro Bike Share Annual Survey

Woman walks LA Metro Bike Share along beachMetro Bike Share needs your feedback on how they’re doing and what they can be doing better. Complete a brief survey to make your voice heard and for a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card!  Everyone can participate in the survey, even if you have never used Metro Bike Share before. The survey is open until July 31, 2020.

Big Blue Bus Seeking Community Feedback

Help Big Blue Bus Keep You Moving Safely with online surveyThe Big Blue Bus is seeking community input to better address customer needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help the Big Blue Bus keep moving safely through its many major corridors that include Council District 5.  Big Blue Bus riders are invited to fill out a brief survey about how COVID-19 has affected your travels on Big Blue Bus and to provide feedback on the precautions Big Blue Bus has undertaken so far (and will continue to provide) to ensure customer and bus operators’ safety. The survey closes on Friday, July 31 at 5:00 p.m. Responses will be kept confidential.

SFV Council of Governments Mobility Workshop

Invitation Flyer for SFVCOG Online Zoom Mobility WorkshopThe San Fernando Valley Council of Governments (SFCOG) invites you to participate in a virtual mobility workshop to explore and understand regional mobility, and to help determine priorities in the region.

Register to join the July 30, 2020 online workshop, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., to gain insights from an expert panel of speakers and to provide direct feedback.All attendees will be invited to participate in small breakout sessions and provide feedback on SFVCOG's transportation priorities. 

More information can be found at http://sfvcog.org/mobility-workshop-2020-part-ii/

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.

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Los Angeles, CA 90012
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