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February 5, 2020   

Dear Friends,

Don't be a Super Bowl Super Spreader!

LA County went from fewer than 2,000 cases a day to almost 20,000 after people gathered during Christmas and New Years. That number has dropped dramatically in recent days. 

We can continue to knock down the virus, or we can jolt it back to life with thousands of Super Spreader Super Bowl parties across the City. 

Our local teams, the Rams and Chargers aren't even in the Super Bowl this year.  So are you still dying to attend a big Super Bowl party?  You could be.

This year, to be safe, please order your refreshments/treats curbside, takeout, or delivery and hold your Super Bowl party only with members of your own household or host/attend your party online.

The revised Los Angeles County Health Officer Order, issued on Friday, is a detailed blueprint for everyone, businesses, and individuals, to ensure we see a continued downward trend in the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

As new COVID-19 information continues to roll in, the conflicting orders from County, State, and CDC can be very frustrating. Keep reading below for the most up-to-date COVID-19 updates.

Sincerely,
Signature of Paul Koretz
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District



In the News
LEGISLATIVE NEWS

FROM THE DESK OF JEFF EBENSTEIN
DIRECTOR OF POLICY & LEGISLATION

LA to Establish an Emergency, Temporary Ordinance of $5 Hazard Pay for Grocery Workers

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, grocery workers in the City of Los Angeles have continued to report to work and serve their communities, despite the ongoing hazards and danger of being exposed to the novel coronavirus. The number of COVID-19 clusters within the grocery industry in the City of Los Angeles continues to rise significantly. The health threat that these grocery workers face cannot be overstated -- recent studies before the current surge show grocery workers to be five times more likely to test positive.

Because of the work of these essential grocery workers, families throughout the City have had access to the food they need during this pandemic. However, the pandemic is far from over and with increased infection rates, the health threats that grocery workers face are even greater now than when this crisis began.

These essential workers are continuously interacting with the public at checkout lines, at deli counters, and working to restock items like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and other essentials that households desperately need. Furthermore, these workers are staying inside with large crowds every day under ventilation systems that could be spreading COVID-19. Consequently, this puts these essential grocery workers in a position where they must live with the daily fear of not only contracting the virus but also bringing it home to their families.

Moreover, they cannot choose to work from home - they must go into work to do their jobs, which involves substantial interaction with customers and other members of their staff. Nevertheless, workers are still doing their best to protect public health by wearing masks, social distancing, and constantly wiping down cash registers, food conveyor belts, and shopping carts.

Councilmember Koretz co-introduced a motion with Council President Martinez and Councilmembers Price and O’Farrell which passed City Council Tuesday asking for the following: Prepare and present an Ordinance that will provide all hourly, non-managerial employees at grocery and drug retail stores in the City of Los Angeles with 300 or more employees nationally and 10 or more employees on-site, with a total of five dollars per hour premium hazard pay in addition to their base wage.  The definition of “employer” for food and drug retail should mirror that of the City’s COVID Worker Protection Ordinance and also include retail stores with 85,000 square feet or more that dedicate 10 percent of floor sales to grocery or drug retail.

 

COVID-19 UPDATES


Public Health's www.VaccinateLACounty.com website connects residents eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations with appointment registration links and much more.

Although vaccines remain very limited, nearly 300 locations are currently vaccinating people in L.A. County, and as more doses become available in the coming months, more sites and providers will administer shots. As appointments become available, residents with internet access are urged to use the website to sign up. For those without access to a computer or the internet or with disabilities, a call center is open to help schedule appointments at 833-540-0473, daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

You are encouraged to visit the LA County Public Health website for the most up-to-date information including Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, and Recovery Dashboard. Additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Continue to do your part to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid crowds
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
  • Wash your hands often

Even after receiving the vaccine, please continue to use preventative measures for the following reasons:

  • The vaccine is 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 illness. Although this is a high level of protection for a vaccine, it still means that 1 in 20 people who get the vaccine will not be protected.
  • It’s not known yet how well the vaccine stops the actual virus from being spread. Although getting the vaccine stops the disease from making you feel sick, you might still be able to spread it to others.
  • It takes up to 2 weeks after the last dose to get the best protection.

Restaurants, breweries, and wineries are now open for outdoor dining. Read the full Reopening Protocol, click here. It is imperative that businesses follow all directives to keep employees and customers safe.

If you see a business not following these directives, you may report it to Environmental Health.

To report a COVID-19 related complaint online, please click here, or you can call the Customer Call Center at (888) 700-9995 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



AVOIDING VACCINE FRAUD AND SCAMS

It’s important to be on the lookout for vaccination scams. Red flags include messages suggesting that vaccination is required by law, ads from unofficial sources on social media, and offers to jump the vaccine line by paying a fee. Remember: no legitimate source will ever try to sell you the vaccine –– online, over the phone, or in person. Unfortunately, seniors are most likely to be targeted by scammers often posing as government officials or Medicare/Insurance companies. If you are contacted by anyone asking for your information, please ignore them. Please remember that no one from Medicare or the Health Department will contact you; and always check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.

To report vaccine fraud, call the California Senior Medicare Patrol at 855-613-7080.

Learn more at www.ftc.gov/coronavirus/scams



Cedars-Sinai / Department of Aging COVID-19 Conversation:

Cedars-Sinai brings together trusted community leaders with clinical experts to talk about COVID-19 vaccines in this series of virtual conversations. This session is designed for older adults and their families to discuss COVID-19 vaccines, address safety concerns, and answer questions you may have.

Thursday, February 25, 2021
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Reservation NOT required - Join here: https://cedars-sinai.zoom.us/j/95418943675

Sonja L. Rosen, MD
Chief
Section of Geriatric Medicine,
Division of Internal Medicine
Department of Medicine
Cedars-Sinai

Laura Trejo, MSG, MPA
General Manager
Los Angeles Department of Aging


This session is brought to you in collaboration with:

For more information, contact Katrina Rosales at 310-423-9581 or email: katrina.rosales@cshs.org.

For more events: https://www.cedars-sinai.org/community/events.html

 

COMMUNITY UPDATES


Community Spotlight: Encino Volunteer Shelley Rivlin

Our LA City Department of Recreation and Parks works to enrich the lives of City residents by providing safe, welcoming parks and recreation facilities, and affordable, diverse recreation and human services activities for people of all ages to play, learn, build community and be good stewards of our environment. Within each community, our parks reflect its surrounding neighborhood characteristics and play a key role in the social, emotional, and physical well-being of all Angelenos.

Shelley Rivlin headshotThat is why Councilmember Koretz is pleased to announce that Encino resident Shelley Rivlin will be continuing her volunteer involvement on the City's Regional Volunteer Neighborhood Oversight Committee (RVNOC). The RVNOC provides oversight and planning for the City's Proposition K For Kids funds. Prop K is, a 1996 property assessment bond measure that is tasked with overseeing funds collected for the acquisition and development of parks and recreational facilities throughout the City.

To put it plainly, the RVNOC oversees how the funds are disbursed in the San Fernando Valley, which projects are worthy of funding, and how much money they receive.

Shelley is a one of a kind community volunteer and activist, and she continues to bring her talents and energy to the City. She is a retired LAUSD teacher and administrator and serves as a Co-Chair of the LAUSD Commission on Human Relations, and as Chair of their Housing Stability Task Force. She is also involved politically as a board member of the American Jewish Committee and is Chair Emeritus of its Public Policy Committee. She also finds time to serve as a member of the Anti-Defamation League’s Advocacy and Engagement Committee and somehow is also able to host regular Policy Salons with community partners.

Councilmember Koretz and staff are so thankful to Shelley for her partnership in helping us to ensure that recreational opportunities are available to our Valley residents, especially our young people. Shelley is a wonderful example of how civically-minded people can truly make a difference in our community. Thank you, Shelley!



CD5 Infrastructure On the Mend

One of the main jobs of City government is servicing and repairing infrastructure. This includes filling potholes, fixing sidewalks, and trimming trees. Councilmember Koretz and staff work hard to ensure CD5 gets its fair share of City resources. And even though so many City Services were held up due to COVID-19 and related budgetary issues, the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services was able to accomplish quite a bit this past year. A few of those highlights from 2020: 22,277 curb miles were swept, 12,544 cubic yards of debris were removed, 1870 potholes were repaired, 2572 trees were trimmed, 24,519 sq. ft. of sidewalks were installed, 829 sidewalks were repaired, 2,365 sq. feet of gutters were installed, 1,305 linear ft. of curbs were installed, and 54.6 lane miles were resurfaced. Thank you to the hard-working men and women of Streets LA for making CD5 a better place to live, work, and play.



Apply Now - CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant - Deadline Mon., Feb 8

Round 2 of the CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program applications are open but the deadline is fast approaching. Businesses and eligible non-profit organizations may qualify for grants between $5,000-$25,000 based on their eligible annual revenue. Time is running out.

The application period will close on Monday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m. Selection notifications will be sent out from February 11 through February 18. 

For more information to share with interested applicants, please visit: careliefgrant.com.


LA Animal Services Doggy Dialogue Webinar - Feb 6

Join LA Animal Services on Saturday, February 6th at 10 a.m. for a Doggy Dialogue session via Zoom where staff and volunteers can help answer your questions! To sign up, please visit laanimalservices.com and click "Events" in the menu. Once the calendar loads, click on the event for Doggy Dialogue and sign up using the form in the description.



Reminder: Webinar- Growing Vibrant LA Communities: Tree Canopy Equity – Green Streets & Green Jobs - February 9

We're kicking off 2021 with the next installment of the Growing Vibrant LA Communities web series, a free event designed to empower, educate, and connect Angelenos to our shared urban forest.

This next webinar will tackle the issue of urban tree equity. You'll have the chance to learn from LA's Urban Forest Equity Visiting Scholar, Dr. Vivek Shandas, and hear directly from youth working in the urban forestry and non-profit sector in Los Angeles.

Please RSVP here to join the Zoom webinar on Tuesday, February 9th at 10:00 a.m., and feel free to invite your family, neighbors, colleagues, and friends!



A Future in Green Jobs Webinar - February 11

Please click here to check out SoCal opportunities for green jobs, training, webinars, mentorship, volunteering, and more to help transform our region into a more sustainable place for all!

Join the webinar on February 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to hear from (and connect directly with) hiring companies in architecture, engineering, construction, planning, landscape, urban design, energy, consulting, and manufacturing sectors.

3:00 pm Job Fair
4:00 pm Program and Panels on the state of a sustainable workforce in 2021

Get to know how US Green Building Council-LA is your go-to for jobs and training as the workforce becomes more green & sustainable.

 

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