Unfortunately, it seems as though this year is starting with a huge Omicron surge to as many as 43,712 cases in a day, the highest daily total of the entire pandemic. It is testing all that we have learned about protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19. Most importantly, it is well established that everyone eligible needs to have up-to-date vaccinations (and boosters). The chances of having a serious case and hospitalizations are considerably higher for those who remain unvaccinated. This includes staying up with flu vaccines, as well. In fact, the first "flurona" positive case has been detected in Los Angeles, ie., Covid-19 and influenza at the same time.
Moreover, we still need to use best quality masks available to prevent
against LA’s rising Omicron and flu counts. Also, get up-to-date info on where to get a COVID test and make an appointment at: https://covid19.LAcounty.gov/testing/. Test kits are now available via mail for those who have been exposed or are showing symptoms. Learn more about how to order kits here.
A growing number of public facilities are closing and/or returning to remote communication due to the Omicron surge. This includes, the Los Angeles City Council that has returned to virtual meetings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during January as we assess the latest coronavirus surge. The public will still be able to listen and participate virtually, as well. Also, the Los Angeles Public Library has begun temporarily reducing operating hours. Be sure to check your local branch for updated hours. Please learn more at: http://lapl.me/Kg5OCTi
Finally, as we roll up our sleeves and focus on our goals for 2022, I invite you to take a few minutes to join me in looking back at some of the policy, cultural, and community highlights of 2021 in the City of Los Angeles and the Fifth Council District from public safety and community support to affordable housing and climate change.
Thank you Maria Hall-Brown and LA CityView35 for helping to put together this 2021 Year-In-Review video.
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District
Free Services from the LA EWDD Worksource Centers
The Economic & Workforce Development Department oversees the city’s WorkSource Centers, which are located all throughout LA.
The WorkSource Centers act as personal employment agencies-helping adults, dislocated workers, veterans, the unhoused, and the re-entry population transition back into employment.
The WorkSource Centers also offer a variety of FREE services to local businesses and entrepreneurs- such as layoff assistance, customized recruitment services, and pre-employment training to build qualified employees for your business!
To learn more and to find your local WorkSource Center, please visit: bit.ly/EWDDWorkSource or on their WorkSource Locations Map
First-Come, First-Serve Rebates for Sewer Repairs Available from LASAN
If you pay sewer service charges to the City of Los Angeles, you may qualify for LASAN’s Sewer Lateral Rebate Program.
What’s a sewer lateral? It connects your home or business to the City’s mainline sewer system, which is usually under the street outside.
Many LA property owners are unaware that maintenance of their sewer lateral is their responsibility, so this program is an opportunity to receive support. Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t delay - check your eligibility now and learn more about these rebates at www.LACitySan.org/SLrebates.
Program flyers and FAQs are available for download on that webpage, as well.
Metro Wants Your Feedback
Metro is requesting feedback as they develop their annual budget for the Fiscal Year of 2023. As Los Angeles continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Metro wants to make sure the budget reflects the needs and preferences of customers, riders, and the people of Los Angeles.
Please click this link to access the 10-minute survey.
Improving Sidewalk Safety in CD5
In December of 2016, the City of Los Angeles launched Safe Sidewalks LA, a 30-year, $1.4 billion program to make sidewalks accessible to everyone. The City of Los Angeles is committed to repairing sidewalks and improving accessibility. However, this is a large undertaking that will take time, effort and resources. Click here to learn more about need and funding, prioritization of repairs, and submitting a request. Thank you to the Bureau of Engineering for repairing two more streets in the Fifth Council District!
LA County Makes Home Testing Available via Mail
The LA County Home Test Collection program is offering free, at-home COVID nasal swab test kits via mail to all LA county residents who have COVID-19 symptoms or think they were exposed. Please sign up to have a test kit delivered to your home address at http://covid19.lacounty.gov/hometest
Here to Serve
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 (City Hall), 323-866-1828 (West LA), or 818-971-3088 (Hillsides / Canyons) 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.
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: