This past week marked one year since Los Angeles declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19. The tremendous rippling devastation that the pandemic has caused will be felt for years to come both economically and emotionally. And we are not yet out of the woods. While the City and County are moving toward further reopening, it is essential that we continue to get every single person vaccinated who is eligible at every stage while working to safely open our businesses and school in a safe and systematic manner.
This weekend I was happy to join Councilmember Bonin, LAUSD Vice President Nick Melvoin, and health experts Marisa Glucoft from Children's Hospital and Dr. Eloisa Gonzalez from LA County Public Health Dept. today to discuss safe steps to the coming reopening of LAUSD schools. Thank you to the Mar Vista Community Council for hosting this important panel discussion. I am supportive of the return of students to schools in a safe and responsible way, which will have a tremendously positive impact on their academic and mental wellbeing.
And don't forget to Spring forward tonight at 2:00 a.m. for Daylight Savings time by setting your clocks ahead one hour.
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District
LAPD West LA Division Captain Note to the Community
Captain Jonathan Tom from West LA division would like to notify the residents of West LA that the LAPD is diligently preparing for different reactions to the trial for Minneapolis Police Department Officer Chauvin that started this week. Please read his letter here.
COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
Starting this Monday, March 15th, Californians aged 16-64 with high-risk health conditions or disabilities are eligible for vaccination. You can find a full list of qualifying conditions at cdph.ca.gov.
Throughout the spring, as vaccine supply increases and the statewide vaccinator network grows, you will be able to schedule an appointment through California’s MyTurn, in two ways:
Firstly, on-line at myturn.ca.gov. The MyTurn website is accessible to people with disabilities and in eight languages: English, Spanish, simplified and traditional Chinese, Arabic, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Korean.
Secondly, you can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255
Metro Sepulveda Transit Corridor to Be Addressed at March 25 Board Meeting
Recently, Metro released its recommendation for two private sector teams to conduct Pre-Development work to advance the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project. The Metro Board is scheduled to vote on the staff recommendation on March 25th. Please learn more about Metro's recommendations on Metro’s blog The Source and follow the links to read the board report and for the presentation which has the routes.
Free Groceries & Meals for Families
Culver-Palms Y is offering a Grab & Go pick up for healthy meals from 9-11am every Tuesday & Thursday for Children 1-18 years provided by Nutritious Life. This program is open to all in the community and families can drive on thru for a healthy breakfast and/or lunch for the children. The Collins Katz Family YMCA is located at 1466 S Westgate Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90025.
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/ Bel Air) and through email email@example.com. 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: