COVID-19 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. The numbers highlight how this disease is spreading in Los Angeles, demonstrating demographic disparities in who is getting sick with COVID, and showing that the disease is hitting the lower-income and working-class communities hardest. Updated community data can be found below.
Westside Cases by Community (as of August 20 at 8 pm):
- West Los Angeles - 446
- Westchester - 353
- Del Rey - 307
- Mar Vista - 272
- Venice - 256
- Brentwood - 247
- Playa Vista - 116
- Pacific Palisades - 109
- Marina Peninsula - 30
- Playa del Rey - 25
- Palisades Highlands - 21
- Mandeville Canyon - 18
See the data dashboard at http://dashboard.publichealth.lacounty.gov/covid19_surveillance_dashboard/.
Wearing a mask correctly can help significantly reduce COVID-19 transmission, and studies are now showing that wearing a mask also helps offer some protection from getting infected.
Your mask isn’t effective, however, unless it’s covering your nose and mouth. It isn’t effective if it’s in your pocket or sitting at home. It is only effective when it is always worn while you are outside of your home and near people not in your family.
Free COVID-19 testing is available to ALL Los Angeles residents!
Residents are encouraged to visit one of the more than 100 county and city-funded sites (including drive-thru and mobile pop up sites) located throughout the County of Los Angeles to get a free test, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.
Register for a test at a location near you using the interactive map or directory at the link below.
Appointments are available at coronavirus.lacity.org/testing or by calling 213-978-1028.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CONTACT TRACING
Contact tracing is when health workers notify you that you’ve been in contact with an infected person, and you should also get tested. Public health departments have used contact tracing for decades to fight infectious diseases.
In California, our contact tracing program is called California Connected.
Under this program, health workers will talk to those who have tested positive. They’ll alert anyone they may have exposed, keeping names confidential. They’ll check symptoms, offer testing, and discuss next steps like self-isolation and medical care.
By finding spread patterns quickly, we slow infection and help avoid outbreaks. This lets California keep healthcare needs below capacity and safely reopen businesses.
You can find out more about California Connected at https://covid19.ca.gov/contact-tracing/.
VENICE FAMILY CLINIC CONTINUES EXTRAORDINARY WORK DURING PANDEMIC
The Venice Family Clinic has been doing extraordinary work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organization recently released its COVID-19 response impact report, highlighting everything the Venice Family Clinic has done to care for people experiencing homelessness and others in need on the Westside.
Venice Family Clinic’s report details the organization's efforts to implement a telehealth program, add four new homeless service locations in Los Angeles, provide medical care and testing at temporary shelters on the Westside, and to offer dedicated medical services to young people.
You can read the full report at the link below https://venicefamilyclinic.org/…/an-extraordinary-response…/
Venice Family Clinic provides comprehensive health care to families and individuals. The clinic is open Monday - Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Give them a call at (310) 392-8636.
HOW TO REPORT PUBLIC HEALTH VIOLATIONS AT BUSINESSES
Have you visited a restaurant or business that's not following proper safety protocols such as socially distant spaces, not requiring face masks, or poor cleaning procedures? You can report violations by calling 311 or visiting coronavirus.lacity.org/violation.
It takes everyone doing their part to stop the spread of this pandemic. If you see a business not complying with safety guidelines, please help protect our neighborhoods by reporting the business to the city.
“BACK” TO SCHOOL
LOS ANGELES UNIFIED STUDENTS RETURN TO REMOTE LEARNING
School started this week for hundreds of thousands of students in the region, and although learning environments look different for students, parents, and teachers, support is available for students and families as they adapt to virtual learning.
Los Angeles Unified School District is offering an array of resources to support students and families while instruction must be remote, including Grab and Go meals and supplemental learning materials (more information and links to those resources below).
The district has also announced that they are developing a program that will provide regular COVID-19 testing and contact tracing to school staff, students and their families, which will help get students back in school sooner and safer.
Thank you to all of the teachers, administrators and support staff who are making this challenging return to school as good as possible, and congratulations to the students starting new adventures this week!
SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES HAVING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES
Many families on the Westside reported technical difficulties as they attempted to log-in to remote instruction for the first time in the new school year. LAUSD School Boardmember Nick Melvoin has set up a network of support to assist with questions about technology, learning, and other resources. Check out the list of resources below.
NEW HOURS FOR LAUSD GRAB AND GO MEAL DISTRIBUTION
Los Angeles Unified will continue to provide nutritious meals to students and community members who need them while students are learning in virtual classrooms, and thanks to a change in the operating hours, students and families will now have ample time to pick up their meals and eat before online classes begin.
LAUSD's Grab & Go Food Centers are now staffed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m
. Two meals are provided per person. Los Angeles Unified students and their parents should bring their meal barcode card (available at their school) or barcode (sent by mail) to get scanned for meal pickups. Each student has a separate bar code. Adults do not need a barcode to pick up meals.
If you have any questions concerning your student's account, please email email@example.com. For additional information and menus, please visit LAUSD Food Services
RESPONDING TO THE ECONOMIC CRISIS
L.A. CONNECTED OFFERS SUPPORT FOR HARDEST HIT BY CRISIS
The City of LA is offering Angelenos who have been hardest hit by the pandemic resources and support.
With the help of the city’s Economic and Workforce Development Department, L.A. Connected will provide residents with access to financial resources such as Economic Impact Payments, Unemployment insurance, income tax credits, banking resources, and more.
Find out more at http://ow.ly/TT9M50AZK2Q
HIRE LA’S YOUTH OFFERING JOBS TO YOUNG PEOPLE
Hire LA's Youth is a city effort offering virtual and in-person jobs for young people, between the ages of 14 and 24, who live in the City of Los Angeles and meet the eligibility criteria. All COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at in-person job sites.
The program will help young people prepare for a summer or year-round job, including writing a resume, practice interviews, and learning how to manage the money they earn.
2020 is a unique year for Hire LA’s Youth, but the program continues and is stronger than ever because the City of Los Angeles knows that opening the door to a job is life-changing for any young person, especially those facing economic and social challenges.
Find out more at https://hirelayouth.com/
LOANS AVAILABLE FOR LA BUSINESSES
In light of the sweeping impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our small business community, the City of Los Angeles has responded to support our local, community businesses. The newly established Small Business Emergency Microloan Program now provides financing needed to strengthen small business enterprises in this time of acute need that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
To apply, visit https://ewddlacity.com/index.php/microloan-program
and register through the city’s secure log-in system.
JOBS PORTAL OPEN
Los Angeles is offering an online job portal for residents who have been impacted by COVID-19.
The L.A. Job Portal enables residents to apply to job opportunities across all industries throughout the county. Jobs are being posted on a regular basis and cater to a wide variety of skill sets.
Please visit https://jobs.lajobsportal.org/
to find out more and start applying.
SUPPORT LOCAL RESTAURANTS - DINE AL FRESCO!
Mayor Garcetti announced yesterday that nearly 1,500 restaurants in LA have started safely serving customers outdoors so far and that he was extending the program that offers free outdoor dining permits to restaurants through the end of 2020.
Nearly 200 Westside restaurants are already participating in the program. Check out an updated list of Westside restaurants participating in the program at https://11thdistrict.com/AlFresco/
METRO OFFERING BIKE SHARE DISCOUNTS
Metro Bike Share is offering discounts throughout August to help neighbors get around Los Angeles.
Metro’s LA Relief Program is offering both “30-Minute Ride” “24-Hour Access” passes at reduced rates, as well as the “30-day” pass for just $10. These big discounts are intended to help make Metro’s bike-share service more accessible for neighbors. Thank you, Metro for helping people get around town.
To get your reduced cost pass, visit metro.net/bikeshare
and enter the preferred pass promo code listed on the site.
DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS OFFERING SUPPORT FOR ARTISTS
A new City of Los Angeles program is providing emergency artist relief funds to artists who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The payments are designed to support artists and performers, especially those who have had difficulty accessing traditional unemployment or other relief funds due to the nature of their work—and support the creation of new public art for the city.
Artists can find out more and apply at https://culturela.org/programs-and-initiatives/arts-resources-during-covid-19-2/
SERVICES, SUPPORT, AND OTHER UPDATES
Protecting and expanding our urban forest is imperative. Trees fight climate change. Trees beautify our neighborhoods. Trees provide vital shade cover to people when they are outdoors.
As we work to increase the number of trees in Los Angeles, we need to be far more aggressive in protecting existing trees. This week, the City Council directed public works staff to develop a Landmark Trees Program to designate and protect trees identified as landmark trees, and to work with environmentalists and community groups to strengthen and expand the applicability of our protected tree ordinance — which needs to be much tougher.
Mike was glad to co-sponsor the protected tree action with Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield, and he is very happy to support the proposal from Blumenfield and Councilmember Herb J. Wesson, Jr. regarding landmark trees.
NATIONWIDE COLLABORATION FOR A GREEN NEW DEAL
A #GreenNewDeal gives us the chance to create a just and equitable economy, and Mike was honored to join local leaders and advocates from across the country over the weekend on a virtual panel to talk about how to create jobs by transitioning to a sustainable economy.
The panel Mike participated on was part of a virtual convening titled “Reimagining the Economy,” which was hosted by Local Progress and featured Odessa Kelley of Stand UP Nashville and worker rights attorney Terri Gerstein.
Collaboration and conversations like these will help municipalities throughout the country make the changes that are necessary to protect our planet for future generations and can offer a huge boost for the economy.
METRO SEPULVEDA PASS PROJECT MAKING PROGRESS
We are continuing to make progress to provide fast, reliable, and safe transportation solutions to Los Angeles residents.
This Wednesday, Metro Los Angeles Planning and Programming Committee advanced Metro staff’s recommendation to approve an environmental contract for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project - an important step in the process toward bringing this game-changing project to the Westside.
The Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project will connect the San Fernando Valley to the Westside, and is a key component of Mike’s #WestsideFastForward initiative to improve how we get around LA.
Learn more about the project here: https://www.metro.net/projects/sepulvedacorridor/.
PACIFIC PALISADES FARMERS MARKET RETURNING AUGUST 30
The Pacific Palisades Farmers Market will return on Sunday, August 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to California Certified Farmers Markets Director of Coordination & Development Melissa Farwell. The market, which was operating at Palisades Charter High School, will reopen in the Village area and will now operate on Swarthmore Ave, and continue down Antioch, past Sunset.
Once reopened, the Pacific Palisades Farmers market will be extended to ensure there is ample space for physical distancing. Neighbors will be able to shop at both the north end of the market on Swarthmore Avenue and cross over Sunset Boulevard to enjoy the south end of the market on Antioch Street.
BEAT THE HEAT
A heatwave has hit LA, and there are steps you can take to stay safe and cool!
The heat can become dangerous, especially for children, pets, people who work outside, and people with certain health conditions. Staying safe in high heat is important. Follow these simple tips to stay cool:
- Drink plenty of cool water! Stay hydrated.
- Wear loose, light-colored clothing that will keep you cool. Wear sunscreen and a hat for protection.
- Check on neighbors who might be vulnerable to the heat, especially those without air conditioning.
- Never leave children or pets in a car - not even for one minute. Temperatures inside a car can quickly skyrocket to deadly levels.
- If you work or play outside, take frequent breaks to hydrate and cool off in the shade.
- Don't forget your pets! Keep pets indoors if possible. If kept outside, give them plenty of water and shade to rest in.
- Symptoms of heat-related illness include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention.
Find out more about staying safe as it heats up at https://emergency.lacity.org/heat.
PARKS - WHAT’S OPEN, WHAT’S NOT?
The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks manages many of our open spaces in LA and has provided a list of public areas that are open and closed to the public, and canceled events while we work to avoid gathering in crowds during the pandemic.
Neighbors using city parks should always practice physical distancing and are required to wear face coverings to protect themselves and others.
Visit laparks.org/covid-19 to find out more.
Los Angeles has fallen behind, but you can help make sure we get the representation and resources we deserve. As of last week, only about 60% of Angelenos have completed the Census 2020 questionnaire - below national, state, and county response rate.
Our lower response rate means that when policymakers decide how to invest in communities, or how many representatives each community should have, the City of Los Angeles will receive less than we should. You can change that by completing the census and making sure your friends and family members have as well.
#BeCounted today by visiting http://census.lacity.org.
READY YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS FOR AN EMERGENCY
Resources are available to help ensure your neighborhood is prepared in the event of an emergency.
Ready Your LA Neighborhood (RYLAN) is a service offered by the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department that empowers and provides resources for neighbors to organize and properly prepare for emergencies such as wildfires or earthquakes.
The neighborhood-driven program works to engage neighbors with emergency prep resources and materials that they can use to develop an emergency response plan of action. The RYLAN team offers training for resident leaders and a ton of emergency prep resources that can be used to save lives and reduce damage.
In response to the pandemic, the RYLAN team is offering a "do-it-yourself" and a virtual, team-led workshop option for neighborhood groups to participate and get the tools needed to prepare their community.
If you would like to learn more about the program and set up a training session for your neighborhood, please visit https://emergency.lacity.org/request-reimagined-rylan-works….
SLOW STREETS APPLICATIONS OPEN
Neighborhoods throughout LA are signing up for a program Mike helped create to calm vehicle traffic on local streets so residents have more room to get fresh air while abiding by public health advice to stay at home and to maintain physical distancing. On certain streets in the participating neighborhoods, LADOT is posting signs and temporary barriers to slow traffic, making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Del Rey and West LA/Sawtelle were the first in line for the new program when it launched in May, and applications are open for other neighborhoods that want to participate.
If you would like your neighborhood to join the family-friendly streets program, see the application form LADOT at http://ladot.lacity.org/…/apply-slow-street-your-neighborho…
FIRE DANGER VERY HIGH
The Los Angeles Fire Department reported that the Wildfire Danger Rating for the City of Los Angeles was VERY HIGH for most of the days in the past week, and the need for extreme caution will likely continue into next week.
Those of you in high fire risk zones, please be vigilant and please be prepared. Review the LAFD's Ready, Set, Go protocols at https://www.lafd.org/ready-set-go.
Sign up for NotifyLA at https://bit.ly/3aGnDYm
PARKING RESTRICTION RELAXATION EXTENDED
As public health officials advise us to stay at home as much as possible, the City of LA has extended our limited relaxed parking regulations through October 1st. Full details below:
Relaxed enforcement is extended for the following categories:
- Residential street sweeping
- Expired registration
- Overnight/Oversize parking districts
- Peak/rush hour and gridlock zone parking restrictions
- Ticket/tow for oversized/overnight parking
Enforcement continues for:
- Metered parking
- Time limits within preferential parking districts for vehicles without a valid or recently-expired permit
- Posted time limit zones in residential and commercial areas
- All posted Temporary No-Parking signs
- Blocking emergency access areas
- Colored curb zones
- Parking restrictions for City-owned lots
In addition to these steps, Angelenos will not face parking fine increases when failing to pay a ticket. Residents will also be given extended grace periods for residential and commercial drop off or pick up; granted extensions on all deadlines for payments; and offered temporary permits that can be printed at home for those who have renewed their permit but will not receive the new hangtag before their current permit expires.
Vehicles displaying recently expired permits within preferential parking districts will have a two-week grace period following the expiration to renew.
On October 1, parking enforcement will begin again, with the exception of street sweeping enforcement, which will resume at a later date.
SAFE CENTERS OPEN FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS DISPOSAL
Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment's SAFE centers are open to help neighbors safely and properly dispose of hazardous household items - for free!
Residents can dispose of hazardous household items like paint, paint thinners, cleaners, and solvents, used oil, furniture polish, or unwanted electronic equipment, which are unsafe to put in your black bin or down the drain.
There are seven SAFE Center locations, including two on the Westside at the UCLA SAFE Center in West Los Angeles and the Hyperion Safe Center in Playa del Rey.
Residents are required to wear a mask, place their waste in the trunk of the car, and stay in their vehicles when at the center.
Visit lacitysan.org or call 800-773-2489 for more information.
METRO BUS SURVEY
Help improve Metro Los Angeles bus service!
In 2018, Metro began the process of reimagining our bus system to better meet the needs of current and future riders through the NextGen Bus Study. Now, in the next phase of the project, the goal of the NextGen Bus Plan is to implement a new bus network that is more relevant, reflective of, and convenient for the residents of LA County.
Metro is hosting a series of six virtual NextGen public meetings to receive community input on proposed service changes to Metro’s bus service. There will be a Westside-focused meeting on August 26 at 6 pm, which you can RSVP for at https://www.metro.net/projects/nextgen/events/.
LAX SAFETY SURVEY
LAX is asking for your help keeping air travel safe.
The airport is conducting an online “Travel Safely” survey to learn more about travelers' perceptions of health and safety while traveling through LAX.
Please take a moment to complete the short survey at the link below.
GETTING THINGS DONE - SIDEWALKS AND CURB RAMPS IN WEST LA
Thanks to the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services for completing work to improve pedestrian safety on the Westside this week!
Crews constructed sidewalk and access ramps on Gateway Boulevard (between Stoner Avenue and Granville Avenue) in West LA. The improvements help those with difficulty getting around, neighbors in wheelchairs, and families pushing strollers to more easily and safely get around the neighborhood.
Thanks, BSS for #GettingThingsDone.
Enjoy a great book or film from a local library!
Books and movies are available for pick up at select libraries and may be picked up by appointment Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4:30 pm. Libraries remain closed to the public, but the staff is available to answer questions by email or phone.
How “Library to Go” Works:
- Place new holds from our online catalog.
- If you had previous holds from before our closure, you should have already been contacted via email to cancel or confirm your interest in picking up those items.
- When you are notified that your holds are available, call to schedule a pickup appointment. Library staff will advise you on what to expect when picking up your materials.
- Please bring a face covering with you. You must use one while picking up your holds.
- Enjoy your items! Loans can be returned at any book drop of our pickup locations.
NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS
MIKE, CEDARS SINAI, HELPER FOUNDATION & PROJECT MASK HOST FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN VENICE
More than 200 families in the Oakwood neighborhood of Venice got boxes of food and personal protective supplies today, thanks to a new partnership between Mike, Cedars-Sinai, Helper Foundation, and Project Mask Los Angeles.
For the next three weeks, each Friday, community volunteers and Mike will host a drive-thru/walk-up food distribution event at the north side of Oakwood Park.
In addition to food, we will be providing masks donated by ProjectMaskLA. Neighbors are helping neighbors through this crisis, and Mike is grateful to Cedars for helping provide the resources to make this happen.
TACO TUESDAY DRIVE-THRU IN WESTCHESTER
Mike was glad to make a quick stop by the drive-thru Taco Tuesday in Westchester, benefiting the Westchester Mental Health Guild and Airport Marina Counseling Service — phenomenal community-based efforts to promote mental health and provide affordable mental health care in the LAX area and beyond.
Check them out at Westchestermhg.org and AMCShelps.com.
A CHILD’S DREAM BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT
Mike was honored to join A Child's Dream-CA for its annual back-to-school outreach event, distributing 800 backpacks full of school supplies to families with students at Mar Vista Gardens in Del Rey.
Mike was also glad to salute Cassandra Steptoe-Sampson, the organization's founder and driving force. She and volunteers handed out backpacks, school supplies, masks, sanitizer, snacks, and encouraged people to complete census forms and sign up for free wifi for the rest of the year from Starry Internet.