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July 17, 2021   

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Urgent COVID-19 Update - Get Vaccinated and Wear Masks Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

Due to increased COVID-19 transmission, LA County has issued a new Health Order effective as of 11:59 PM on Saturday, July 17, 2021, requiring masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.   It continues to urge everyone, especially those who are not or cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 to continue to exercise caution and good judgment as community transmission of COVID-19 has rapidly increased from low to substantial transmission in one month.

According to LA County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis, “We expect to keep masking requirements in place until we begin to see improvements in our community transmission of COVID-19. But waiting for us to be at high community transmission level before making a change would be too late. Masking indoors must again become a normal practice by all, regardless of vaccination status, so that we can stop the trends and level of transmission we are currently seeing. We continue to urge all eligible residents to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves and their family and friends. Becoming fully vaccinated against COVID-19 remains the best protective action that people can take if they are eligible for it. Although not at 100%, it significantly reduces the risk of infection and, for the small number of people that get infected, it reduces the risk of hospitalization and death once you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”

As you can see in the chart below, nearly all of the new COVID-19 infections (including the variants) were contracted by those who are unvaccinated. According to the LA County Department of Health, about 89% of people who tested positive for the Delta variant in L.A. County in June were either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated; that percentage is about the same for the Alpha and Gamma variants and all other strains combined.

And now, anyone 12 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated against COVID-19. To find a vaccination site near you, to make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much more, please visit www.VaccinateLACounty.com (for English users) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (for Spanish users).  If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment, connecting to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or scheduling a home visit if you are homebound. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

Councilmember Koretz & Mayor Garcetti Break Ground on New Permanent Supportive Housing for Seniors and Veterans

On July 6th, Councilmember Koretz and staff were proud to be joined by Mayor Garcetti, The Weingart Center Association, and JP Morgan Chase to announce the upcoming construction of a 51-unit, five-story permanent supportive housing development for Seniors and Senior Veterans who are experiencing homelessness. The development, located at 11010 Santa Monica Boulevard, will provide 50 affordable studio units and one on-site management unit. This pet-friendly development will come with a host of amenities including a rooftop deck and security.  Comprehensive wrap-around services, which are tailored to residents’ needs, will include case management, medical and psychiatric treatment services, client plan development, group meetings, and more.  

“I'm especially proud of this project,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz.  “Not only is it the first HHH project to break ground in my district, but it is also the first HHH project that was approved in the entire City to take on the challenge of substantially reducing per-unit construction costs back down to the $3-400,000 range that we promised the voters in 2016. The development is also near the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center which can provide support for these residents, members of two high-need at-risk populations common among the unhoused in the West Los Angeles area. I'm grateful to all involved for their commitment to making it happen."  

Watch LA This week video news coverage of the event here.

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The 2021-2029 Housing Element and Safety Element Update Webinar Is Now Online - Comments Still Welcome

A recording of the webinar is available here that includes information about the state-mandated requirements of the Housing Element, a chapter by chapter review of the Draft Housing Element including Site Selection, Constraints, and proposed Goals, Objectives, Plans, Policies and Programs as well as a review of the features of the Safety Element Update and targeted amendments to the Health and Wellness Element. 

If you were not able to download the presentation slides during the webinar and would like a copy or have any questions or comments about the Housing Element update, please email housingelement@lacity.org. Housing Element comments will be accepted until September 9th, after which additional comments may be submitted by email to the City Planning Commission at cpc@lacity.org (Case Numbers: CPC-2020-1365-GPA). Please direct questions regarding the Safety Element Update and Plan for a Healthy LA amendments to ourla2040@lacity.org

If you would like to receive project updates, please be sure to sign up for Housing Element email updates or General Plan email updates.  Your contributions to this effort are valuable and appreciated.

Opportunities to Inform Draft Ridgeline Ordinance & Process Updates

Because of community concerns raised about the Protected Ridgeline ordinance, Councilmember Koretz’s staff has requested the Department of City Planning to delay scheduling the item for consideration by the City Planning Commission until after a revised Draft Ordinance, which takes into account these concerns, has been completed to the Councilmember’s and the community’s satisfaction. 

The Ordinance, which is being designed to enhance hillside communities, is only in the first stage of the legislative process.  All interested constituents are encouraged to continue to email both CD5 Senior Planner Daniel Skolnick at daniel.skolnick@lacity.org  and the Planning Department at planning.ridgelines@lacity.org with any questions or recommendations. Community comments will continue to be added to the official case file (Case No. CPC-2021-3001-CA) for consideration by the Planning staff, the Commission, and the City Council. Again, please be assured that the process will not be moving forward until the revisions are in place.      

In addition, our office is organizing an advisory committee of hillside design professionals to work together on revisions to the Draft Ridgeline Protection Ordinance. If you are a licensed architect or engineer with hillside development experience, please consider joining this new hillside advisory committee that is tentatively scheduled to begin meeting in mid-August on a bi-weekly basis.  

Together we can conserve the natural beauty of our remaining ridgelines, and strike a balance in both the built and natural environment.   

Councilmembers Koretz, Krekorian and Raman Request FAA and Burbank Airport Address Recommendations to Reduce Noise

The Southern San Fernando Valley has seen a dramatic increase in noise disturbances over the last few years due to changes in the flight patterns at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY). Regulating air traffic, flight paths, and airport operations is, of course, exclusively within the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, not the city. Nevertheless, City Councilmembers Koretz, Krekorian and Raman have sent a letter to the FAA and Hollywood Burbank Airport stating that they will continue to take any and all steps necessary to influence the Federal Government to implement effective and fair solutions to preserve the quality of life for all Valley and Santa Monica Mountain residents. 

One of those steps was their rigorous advocacy of the Southern San Fernando Valley Noise Task Force, which was established by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority (the agency that governs BUR). The Task Force included representatives of Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena, together with three Members of Congress and both of California’s United States Senators. After eight public hearings, this diverse group of elected officials made over a dozen recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well as the leaders of BUR and VNY, that would improve the noise situation. However, because of the lack of action by the FAA, the Councilmembers have gone on record saying that they believe the FAA has utterly failed to respond in any meaningful way to the Task Force’s carefully considered recommendations. It is imperative that our Congressional Delegation act assertively and immediately to hold the FAA accountable and demand effective action to reduce noise impacts to our constituents. 

Please click here to learn more about the Task Force recommendations as well as details about three active lawsuits in which the City of Los Angeles is currently engaged against the FAA involving BUR and/or VNY, and a fourth involving Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) that deals with similar issues.  

The next Board Meeting of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority (BGPAA is on Monday, July 19th @ 9AM. They will be considering the following agenda item: "FAA Southern California Metroplex Noise and Community Impact." If you would like to participate and voice your concerns, please dial into the meeting at 818-862-3332 to be put into the queue to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Sidewalk and Transit Amenities Program (STAP) Demonstrations

In preparation for a new and updated Sidewalk and Transit Amenities Program (STAP), StreetsLA will give the general public the opportunity to see and give feedback on proposed new bus shelters and technology features.

The Department is hosting public demonstrations from the top two potential contractors from July 19 to July 30. Please join one of these demonstrations where you will be able to provide feedback on the features you would like to see.  This feedback will be used to negotiate with the winning contractor on the features to incorporate into the next generation of bus shelters so that the City of Los Angeles has shelters that are customized and designed for the needs of Angelinos.  Please watch this video to learn more about the bus shelter program.

(From Noon to 10:00 PM Everyday)

July 19-20 -  North Hollywood Red Line Station (on Lankershim)
July 21-22 -  Los Angeles City Hall on Main Street 
July 23-24 -  West Valley - 19040 Vanowen Street, Reseda 
July 25-26 -  West Los Angeles - 1645 Corinth Avenue, West LA
July 27-28 -  South LA - 8475 South Vermont Avenue 
July 29-30 -  San Pedro - 638 South Beacon Street

NORMS in Encino is Hiring

Los Angeles landmark restaurant NORMS is reopening their Encino location (16573 Ventura Blvd) very soon and they are hiring new team members. You can apply today and start training as early as the next day! To learn more or apply, please visit NORMS.com/careers  or stop by in person and speak to a manager anytime between 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (7 days a week). 

Please forward this information to anyone you know who may be looking for immediate employment.


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