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October 14, 2020   

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow brings several deadlines that we wanted to make sure you were aware of -- it is the last day to participate in the Census, parking enforcement will resume, and it is the annual Great Shake Out. In addition, the LA COVID-19 Child Care Provider Grant Program application opens tomorrow for only seven days. So please check out these friendly reminders below.

While we know the tremendous loss and turbulent year we have all faced, the Lakers' 17th championship title has brought joy and a beaming light for Los Angeles and Laker Nation. As a City, we can rejoice in this win dedicated to the memory of legendary Laker Kobe Bryant and his talented daughter Gigi.

Congratulations to our very own Los Angeles Lakers!

Signature of Paul Koretz
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District

Parking Enforcement to Resume Tomorrow, October 15th

Tomorrow, October 15th, LADOT Parking Enforcement and Traffic control will RESUME parking enforcement and impounding of vehicles in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, where applicable, for the following categories:

  • Residential street sweeping;
  • Expired registration on a vehicle;
  • Overnight/Oversize parking districts;
  • Peak/rush hour and gridlock zone parking restrictions;
  • Ticket/tow for abandoned vehicles (72-hour rule); and,
  • Vehicles displaying recently expired permits within preferential parking districts.

LADOT will DELAY impounding vehicles used for dwelling pending a report back to Council in 30-60 days. Additionally, LADOT will DELAY the booting and impounding of scofflaw vehicles until January 1, 2021.

Enforcement is ONGOING for all the following categories:

  • Metered parking;
  • Time limits within preferential parking districts for vehicles without a valid or recently-expired permit;
  • Posted time limit zones in residential and commercial areas;
  • All posted Temporary No-Parking signs;
  • No blocking emergency access (alleyways, fire hydrants, etc.);
  • Colored curb zones; and,
  • Parking restrictions for City-owned lots.

At the instruction of Mayor Eric Garcetti, the department has also launched new economic relief measures to assist low-income Angelenos through a new program that allows discounts for citation payments that are made early. This program supplements others created by the department to assist Angelenos in need, including:

  • Community Assistance Parking Program (CAPP): LADOT offers the CAPP for individuals experiencing homelessness that allows them to pay their parking citations through volunteer community service or enrollment in a homeless service program. As of June 30th, LADOT has assisted 1,070 participants to complete 14,238 community service hours for a total of $559,783 worth of citations converted to community service.
  • Low-Income Payment Plans: LADOT worked with the State Legislature to shape legislation that created or modified payment plans for the indigent and eligible low-income motorists. Depending on the existing payment plan, the City may waive all late fees for eligible motorists and allow up to 18 months to pay off the base citation fines.
  • The citation amnesty program grants a one-time opportunity for those with citations over three years old to have all late fees waived with the opportunity to pay the base citation amount(s) over a period of time thereby clearing DMV holds, tax intercepts, and/or tow orders.
  • The unemployment citation amnesty program assists those who lost their job during the pandemic by allowing them to have late fees waived and to pay only the base citation amount over a period of time.

For a comprehensive list of parking regulations affected by the resumption of parking enforcement — and for more information on LADOT’s assistance programs — please click here.

Last Chance to Fill Out Census 2020

Time is running out to complete the 2020 Census. Our City and your neighborhood relies on your participation in accounting for accurate health-care, education, housing and economic development funding.

Fill out the 2020Census TODAY at My2020Census.gov

The Census Bureau has announced that it will end self response this Thursday, October 15th, specifically:

  • The internet self response website will close at 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST) on October 15th. (This means that Angelenos will have an opportunity to respond to the census online through 2:59 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on October 16.)
  • Phone response will be available for its regularly scheduled time through October 15th from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). (This means that Angelenos will be able to respond by phone through 11:00 p.m. PST on October 15th.)
  • Paper responses must be postmarked by October 15th.
  • Non-response Follow-up census takers will continue resolving non-responding addresses through the end of the day on October 15th.

The U.S. Census Bureau is currently updating 2020Census.gov, Census.gov, as well as all external and internal guidance to reflect the schedule update.

We urge you to please reach out to as many people as you can to let them know they need to respond to the census today.

LA COVID-19 Child Care Provider Grant Program Opens for One Week

Children's class roomThe City of Los Angeles COVID-19 Child Care Provider Grant Program application period is scheduled to open on Thursday, October 15th, and to close on Thursday, October 22nd.

The Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) is administering this program on behalf of the City, in partnership with the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF). The program will provide $10 million in grants to licensed childcare providers that can be used to cover items such as employee payroll (including sick time) and working capital expenses.

Additional details:

  • There will be one round of grants.
  • To be eligible, licensed providers must have budgets less than $5M and must not be Head Start or Early Head Start programs.
  • Grants available up to:
    • $10,000 for Family Child Care
    • $25,000 for Small Centers (up to 60 slots)
    • $40,000 for Large Centers (61+ slots)
  • Funds may be used for:
    • Employee payroll
    • Payroll for employee sick time
    • Working capital to continue operations
    • Payment of outstanding business expenses
    • Adaptive business practices needed to remain open
    • Other expenses related to your typical program operations

If you need (virtual) assistance filling out applications, six of the City’s BusinessSource Centers are designated to provide technical assistance, including the East LA, Harbor, Hollywood, South Valley, North Valley, and West Valley Centers.

Please visit https://ewddlacity.com/index.php/lachildcaregrant for more information or to find the nearest center.

The City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department encourages everyone to participate in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 15th at 10:15 a.m. by practicing the life saving “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” earthquake safety procedure.

Whether you are reporting to your work location or telecommuting, it takes as little as one minute! To be best prepared for the next earthquake, consider reviewing your work and home emergency procedures with colleagues and your families.

Ten Key Benefits of Participating in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills:

• Know how to protect yourselves in the workplace or at home

• Minimize incorrect, unsafe and potentially harmful actions during shaking

• Learn steps to lessen property damage

• Help save lives and reduce injuries

• Increase your businesses’ ability to survive a significant earthquake

• Learn how to recover and resume normal business operations more promptly

• Receive guidelines, updates, and reminders on sound emergency practices to increase your resiliency

• Protect your homes and families to be able to return to work faster

• Position your company as a role model for disaster preparedness in the community and your industry, possibly increasing market share

• Gain peace of mind as you become more prepared

Get more information at http://www.ShakeOut.org. Need ideas on what to do? Visit the “How To Participate” section for your region, review the drill manuals and other materials, and then share your drill plan with employees, customers, and vendors. For preparedness assistance and ideas, visit https://emergency.lacity.org/get-prepared.

Be sure to take pictures and use social media to highlight your efforts (Tag @ReadyLA and use the following hashtags: #ReadyLA; #ShakeOut)!


This message was sent to  by:

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