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As our city responds to the spread of coronavirus, we will be providing periodic email bulletins, summarizing and sharing important news and information.
Dear Friends,
 
State officials announced yesterday new guidelines for reopening in California that could soon allow gyms, bars, and professional sports venues to begin safely welcoming people back to their facilities. These businesses are not yet open and must first receive approval from the County Department of Public Health before they are allowed to reopen. 
 
As we reopen it is essential that people continue going to get tested for exposure to COVID-19. What makes COVID-19 so dangerous is that it is often highly contagious before symptoms begin to present. This means that people can easily spread the disease extensively before it ever occurs to them to get tested. The best way to combat this is going to get a free test offered by the City of Los Angeles periodically and whenever you think there is a chance you have been exposed, so you will know if you should be quarantined to prevent spreading the virus further. 
 
The city offers testing free of charge to all Angelenos, regardless of whether they have symptoms of the respiratory disease. Appointments are available at coronavirus.lacity.org/testing or by calling 213-978-1028. Dozens more sites are available across the county, with varying eligibility requirements. Visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ for a full list. 
 
Every time openings are announced, it is an encouraging sign, but if we do not follow physical distancing rules and wear a mask in public as advised, we risk another spike in new COVID-19 cases and deaths, and our path back may start to reverse. Let’s do our part to keep the forward momentum going by observing safety guidelines and getting tested. 
 
Thank you for your patience and partnership.
 
Take good care, 

MIKE BONIN
Councilmember, 11th District 
P.S. Even though many City facilities - including my offices - will be physically closed to the public, my staff and I remain at work and available to serve you. If you want to reach us, please call 213-444-3508. It is a new central number that allows you to reach us even when my staff is telecommuting. You can also email us, and you can call 311 to request basic city services. We are committed to continuing throughout this public health crisis the work we do every day to help solve problems in our neighborhood.
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Updates: A Summary of Recent COVID-19 News and Announcements 

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…/.
Please remember to check out https://11thdistrict.com/news/coronavirus-updates-see-the-latest-information/ for up-to-date resources available to students, seniors, renters, homeowners, small businesses, workers and others in Los Angeles during this crisis. 
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USEFUL LINKS

For the most accurate and current information, please visit:
 

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:
http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/



City of Los Angeles: 
https://corona-virus.la/
 
Mayor Garcetti's update from Friday, June 5.

Reminders - Resources Available 


Support and resources are available. Check out the infographics below for more information. 

















MUTUAL AID GROUPS

As this COVID-19 crisis continues, neighbors are helping neighbors through mutual aid networks — groups of people who volunteer to make grocery runs, food deliveries, pharmacy pick-ups and more — all while following proper public health protocols.

Here on the Westside, Westside Friends are connecting volunteers with people in need. The Senior Support Coalition is offering no-cost services to local seniors. And Ground Game- Los Angeles is launching a mutual aid network in neighborhoods around the city. If you would like to volunteer, or if you need the assistance of any sort, you can find out more about the great groups of neighbors at this link.

Project Mask LA has also started mobilizing sewers to assemble non-medical facemasks to help Angelenos prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you need a mask or are interested in helping produce them, contact Project Mask LA on Facebook

We are in this together -- and we will get through this together, neighbor to neighbor.

Learn more in the video at https://11thdistrict.com/covid-mutual-aid/.
A great way to show support for your community during the Safer at Home order is to enjoy delicious offerings from local restaurants. While social distancing requirements and Safer at Home guidelines include a ban on dine-in service orders, restaurants are allowed to provide pick-up and delivery service. And many are!
 
I want to promote these establishments and to make sure neighbors are aware that they are open. Can you please help us compile a list of the restaurants in your neighborhood that are open for takeout or delivery, so we can help spread the word?
 
Please click here to tell us more about your local restaurants.
Support Our Small Businesses: The Bombay Frankie Company
Support Our Small Businesses: Veganics Catering in Mar Vista 
Support Our Small Businesses: The New Townhouse in Westchester/Ladera
Support Our Small Businesses: Cantalini's Salenro Beach in Playa del Rey
Mike Bonin - Support Small Business: Quiadaiyn
Support Our Small Businesses: Quiadaiyn
Support Our Small Businesses: Proud Bird in Westchester
Support Our Small Businesses: Primo's Donuts
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