KEEPING NEIGHBORHOODS SAFE - BUDGET COMMITTEE TO MEET MONDAY
How do we keep our neighborhoods safe? As we reprioritize our city budget in the middle of a public health crisis, a deep recession, and massive civil unrest, that question is going to spark a heated debate at City Hall.
In the middle of a public health crisis and civil unrest, a budget that increases police spending while cutting everything else hardens and deepens the racial and economic divides and inequities in Los Angeles. It is a bad idea to use police officers as first responders to homelessness, mental illness, or directing traffic. We can spend money more wisely and appropriately on hiring social workers, mental health professionals, community-based goodwill ambassadors, and more traffic control personnel.
Mike is fighting to fix a budget that threatens public safety by cutting money for neighborhood police patrols, emergency preparedness, and other necessary services -- in order to pay for huge raises for officers and other city employees. We should delay the raises and cut police overtime to preserve funding for public safety programs and other crucial things on the chopping block — street and sidewalk repair, parks and libraries, senior meal programs, small business support, youth programs, affordable housing, and renter’s assistance.
The Budget & Finance committee begins budget deliberations on Monday, and Mike will fight for these changes.
Read more in the message Mike sent to neighbors this week at https://bit.ly/MB-SafeLA. The audio for Monday’s meeting will be broadcast live on the internet at www.lacity.org/government/follow-meetings/council-committee-meetings. The live audio can also be heard at: (213) 621-CITY (Metro), (818) 904-9450 (Valley), (310) 471-CITY (Westside) and (310) 547-CITY (San Pedro Area).
TRANSIT-ORIENTED COMMUNITIES SMALL BUSINESS GRANT
LA Metro and the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) are offering loans to eligible small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. The Transit-Oriented Communities Small Business Recovery Loan Program will provide loans of up to $20,000 for small businesses that are located within quarter-mile of major transit stops in Los Angeles and meet certain other requirements. You can find out more here. The link has information on the program requirements and includes a mapping tool so you can determine if you are in an eligible zone.
LACDA started accepting applications on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 12 PM and will continue to accept applications until Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 5 PM. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the application requirements and prepare materials in advance of the opening of the application window on June 4, 2020.
Please direct any questions about the loan program to the Los Angeles County Development Authority at TOCloans@lacda.org or (626) 943-3818.
CORONAVIRUS COMMUNITY DATA UPDATE
Every day, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health releases updated data tracking the spread of COVID-19 cases throughout the region.
Westside Cases by Community (as of Friday, June 6):
- West Los Angeles - 90
- Westchester - 88
- Mar Vista - 88
- Brentwood - 85
- Del Rey - 84
- Venice - 68
- Pacific Palisades - 61
- Playa Vista - 32
- Marina Peninsula - 15
- Palisades Highlands - 4
- Playa del Rey - 3
- Mandeville Canyon - 2
See the data dashboard at http://dashboard.publichealth.lacounty.gov/covid19_surveillance_dashboard/.
MAYOR SIGNS ORDINANCE TO LIMIT FOOD DELIVERY FEES
Mayor Garcetti this week approved action taken by the City Council to cap app delivery fees for restaurants at 15 percent of the total transaction. The legislation, offered by a series of Mike’s colleagues including Mitch O’Farrell, Curren Price, Jr. and Paul Krekorian makes it “unlawful for a third-party food delivery service to charge a restaurant ... more than 15 percent of the purchase price of such online order during the local public health emergency related to COVID-19.”
The legislation also caps non-delivery fees from those same apps — including fees for pickup and takeout at restaurants — at five percent of the total order. The new law further mandates that 100 percent of all tips given within the app must be given to the driver who actually distributes the food, and cannot be kept by the app companies themselves. The law will sunset 90 days after restaurant dining rooms are allowed to reopen.
COMMITTEE APPROVES ANTI-GENTRIFICATION LEGISLATION
With the COVID-10 pandemic throwing people into financial ruin, we need to act to prevent speculators from gobbling up properties, displacing residents, and gentrifying neighborhoods. Earlier this week, the City Council’s Housing Committee approved Mike’s proposal to create an anti-displacement fund to help owners of ten or fewer residential units pay their mortgages during the economic crisis, in exchange for agreeing not to raise rents or evict tenants.
The legislation, which Mike introduced with Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson
and Councilmember Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
, is part of Mike’s broader #HomesGuaranteeLA
platform— a variety of strategies to keep people in their homes and make sure everyone has a home.
The legislation will next be heard by the new council committee created to determine how to spend federal stimulus money.
COUNCIL APPROVES MIKE’S MOTION TO SUPPORT FITNESS INDUSTRY
The City Council approved Mike’s proposal this week to help get the fitness industry -- and the rest of us-- back in shape as we reopen more of our society under new public health guidelines. You can read more at https://mynewsla.com/…/l-a-council-seeks-easier-way-for-f…/…
APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR OUTDOOR DINING PROGRAM
We are making progress in our efforts to support small businesses as we begin to safely reopen restaurants in Los Angeles.
As we emerge from Safer at Home orders, we are still going to need to follow physical distancing rules for a while. Many things that we used to do indoors might need to expand outdoors, and that means we need to do a better job managing and sharing our public spaces. An effort Mike helped launch called “LA Al Fresco” streamlines the permitting process to allow restaurants to use sidewalks and private parking lots to space out dining service.
Nearly 400 applications have already been approved to allow restaurants throughout LA to use outdoor space for dining in phase one of the program. Phase two of the program will include street vendors, and will also look at creating small “parklets” to expand the space local restaurants need to operate safely.
We need to cut the red tape and think differently to help small businesses survive this pandemic-fueled recession, and Mike is encouraged to see progress on these efforts.
Find out more at https://11thdistrict.com/…/covid-small-business-support-id…/