The Los Angeles Unified School District’s spring recess will be upon us in approximately one month and it is hard to believe that our students have yet to set foot in their classrooms this year. We know that returning students to in-person learning will have an enormously positive impact on their social, emotional and academic well-being. While the distribution of vaccines to teachers and staff has begun. We want to help LAUSD hit their goal of returning preschool and elementary students to the classroom by April 9th, and if not by then, as soon as possible.
One in three families spend over 20 percent of their income on child care, and the cost has outpaced most in-state college tuition. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the childcare crisis for working families. Universal child care is needed to provide equitable economic recovery from the pandemic in underserved communities.
That's why, this week, I was proud to join my colleagues Coucilwomen Monica Rodriguez, Nury Martinez and Nithya Raman in introducing a motion directing the Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID) to report on state funding available for childcare and develop a plan for the Department to pursue additional resources child care access in all of our neighborhoods.
On March 1, three additional sectors become eligible to receive vaccinations: education and childcare, food and agriculture, and emergency services and first responders. The County is working with these sectors and other partners to finalize vaccination strategies that offer multiple sites where eligible workers can get vaccinated. In LA County, there are approximately 691,000 people in the education and childcare sector, 145,000 people in the emergency services and law enforcement, and 470,000 people in the food and agriculture sector that still need to get the vaccine. Please visit VaccinateLACounty.com to learn more about eligibility and to make an appointment.
The spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles is currently at Red (Extreme) Threat Level so please continue to stay safe in public by wearing a face covering and safe distancing.
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District
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FROM THE DESK OF KELLY GONEZ
President, LA Board of Education
Next week, LA Unified is resuming targeted in-person activities for our youngest learners, students with disabilities, foster youth, and students experiencing homelessness. We are excited to safely welcome students back to campus for tutoring, assessments, childcare, and athletic conditioning and appreciate our staff who will provide these critical services.
Vaccinations are a critical step as we look towards a broader reopening. LA Unified last week opened its first vaccination site at Roybal Learning Center. We are now providing vaccines for employees 65 and older and those working at our COVID-19 testing facilities. This marks a new chapter in our efforts to ensure our community’s safety. We are eager to offer vaccinations to additional employees as public health orders expand the categories of those who are eligible. To serve our East San Fernando Valley employees, the County recently approved us to open a vaccination site at Panorama High School, which we will operate as we receive our allotment of the vaccine.
As Governor Newsom and the State Legislature negotiate additional recovery measures, we are ardently advocating for the prioritization of educators and public schools in any plans, especially those serving families who have been most impacted by COVID. We know that the only path to a full recovery is one in which our school staff and families are protected from the virus. There have been some promising developments, but we must remain vigilant for the wellbeing of the communities we serve.
View the Superintendent Austin Beutner latest updates by visiting the District website here.
Sweeping Changes - Street to Be Swept Every Other Week
Starting on Monday, March 1, StreetsLA will modify its street sweeping operations while launching a new system where residents can register for notification of when their street will be swept. With the financial crisis spawned by the COVID-19 pandemic, StreetsLA is losing staff due to retirements and a Citywide hiring freeze. This necessitates a reduction in the frequency of street sweeping: routes in the City that had received weekly sweeping will now be swept biweekly--that is, every other week.
In order to assist residents with this change, StreetsLA has created the “Street Sweeping Near Me” notification system. At the StreetsLA website, anyone can explore the map of sweeping routes across the City and sign up for email notification about when their street will be swept. Notifications will be sent 24 and 48 hours before StreetsLA will be sweeping that route which will give residents the opportunity to move their vehicle prior to the posted sweeping time and avoid being ticketed. Additionally, it is important that residents move their vehicles during street sweeping to allow our sweepers access to the curb where debris collects.
The Street Sweeping Near Me system allows users to input one or more addresses or to use an interactive map to identify multiple routes of interest, so they can receive notifications about all of their regular parking locations.
We still encourage all residents to be mindful of street signage to avoid being ticketed. which will happen if they are parked in restricted areas on days when street cleaning is scheduled. For more information about parking and parking enforcement,please visit the LA Department of Transportation's parking information pages.
If you have any questions, please contact the City’s 3-1-1 Call Center by dialing 311 on your phone, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. or by using themyla311 app. For information about parking and parking enforcement,please visit the LA Department of Transportation's parking information pages.
Accepting Nominations for The 2021 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award
The Office of Historic Preservation invites you to submit a nomination for an individual, project, or organization whose work exemplifies the best in cultural heritage stewardship, bringing to light places, buildings, cultural traditions, and stories. Let’s celebrate our rich heritage, together!
Please visit the Governor's Historic Preservation Awards page to download nomination forms and instructions. Nomination Deadline: May 7, 2021
Established in 1986, the Governor's Historic Preservation Awards are presented annually under the sponsorship of the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and California State Parks to projects, individuals, and organizations whose contributions demonstrate significant achievements in preserving the heritage of California.
2019 Award Recipient - Beverly Fairfax Historic District
The 2019 award recipient was the Beverly Fairfax Historic District in Council District 5, an architecturally and culturally significant grouping of 463 residential resources in the Beverly Fairfax neighborhood of central Los Angeles. Developed between 1924 and 1949, Beverly Fairfax predominantly contains two-story, multi-family residences designed in Period Revival styles, retaining a high level of integrity; 79% of the district’s buildings contribute to its historical significance. The neighborhood is significant as an early Jewish enclave within Los Angeles. By 1940, at least two-thirds of the District’s population was Jewish, including first-generation Americans, long-time Los Angeles residents, and Holocaust survivors for whom Beverly Fairfax provided a safe community in which to rebuild their lives. An active Jewish community continues and thrives in the neighborhood today. The 2019 National Register nomination was the result of a strong, united grassroots effort by Beverly Fairfax residents and property owners to document, preserve, and gain recognition for the cherished architectural and cultural heritage of their community.
California Arts Grants Available
The California Arts Council announced the opening of its 2021 grant season. You can now apply for their six streamlined funding opportunities for 2021, prioritizing relief and recovery for California’s creative artists and businesses impacted by COVID-19 — including new general operating relief for organizations and direct fellowship funding for individual artists. To learn more please click here.
Reminder: Westside Safety & Preparedness Virtual Fair - March 7
Pre-registration is required for the March 7th Westside Safety and Preparedness Fair Virtual Event occurring from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are interested, please RSVP by clicking here. The fair schedule, as well as a link to join the event, will be emailed to everyone registered a few days before the event.
Supported by contributions from local businesses, government offices, and preparedness and safety oriented organizations, more than 1,000 community members are expected to attend to learn essential safety and preparedness information including demonstrations of potentially life-saving skills, all of which will help attendees learn how to prepare for, survive, and thrive after a major earthquake or other disaster. Attendees will be provided with tips about how best to protect themselves, their homes, their vehicles and bikes from crime, how to detect and avoid scams, how to act in an active shooter situation, and more.
Councilmember Koretz is proud to join the Westside Neighborhood Council, the West Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and Palms Neighborhood Council as co-sponsors of the upcoming March 7th virtual Westside Safety and Preparedness Fair that will have presentations from Los Angeles Fire Department, West Los Angeles Police, UCLA Epidemiologist, Earthquake Specialist, and LAFD Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), among others, to help the community learn how to prepare and stay safe.
Culver-Palms YMCA Groceries-to-Go
To support families who may be facing food insecurity, the Culver-Palms YMCA is providing a Groceries-to-Go drive through every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The YMCA is providing each family with a bag of fresh produce and a bag of pantry staples. Anyone is able to drive through and pick up groceries, with no ID or reservations needed. The Culver-Palms YMCA will also soon be adding Grab-N-Go breakfast and lunch items for students under the age of 18 up to twice a week.
If you or anyone you know would like to take advantage of these resources, you can visit the YMCA at 4500 Sepulveda Boulevard, Culver City. You can also learn more on their website ymcaLA.org/FEEDLA.
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 (Bel Air/ Encino) and through email firstname.lastname@example.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.
Also, for those constituents who may not know how to reach a particular department or agency or know whom to contact but still can’t get through or get a return phone call, please feel free to reach out to our office and one of our staff will be happy to help you with those issues and concerns.
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