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 the painful reality of 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 5 at 8 pm):
- West Los Angeles - 400
- Westchester - 310
- Del Rey - 279
- Mar Vista - 256
- Brentwood - 220
- Venice - 218
- Playa Vista - 106
- Pacific Palisades - 100
- Marina Peninsula - 27
- Playa del Rey - 20
- Palisades Highlands - 19
- 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.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is vital to know who has the disease, make sure they are able to quarantine, and make sure they are provided treatment. In recent weeks, the demand for free public testing has far outpaced the available supply of tests, and people are finding it difficult to make an appointment at the city and county testing locations.
The County of Los Angeles is strongly encouraging those who have access or means to contact their primary care physician or healthcare center for a test. For those who do not have adequate health coverage or cannot afford the test, free public testing is still available, but it is limited to those displaying symptoms, those who have been exposed, or those who are at high-risk.
The VA in West LA is hosting a testing site, and more sites are available across the county, with varying eligibility requirements. Visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/
for a full list. 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/
MIKE PARTNERING WITH WRAC FOR PUBLIC HEALTH TOWN HALL
Mike is partnering with the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) to host an informational town hall on August 19 with Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer. Dr. Ferrer will offer updates and information about COVID-19 and will additionally answer questions from neighbors in the virtual forum. Find out more and save the date in the flyer above.
RESPONDING TO CALLS FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
MIKE HOSTING TOWN HALL ON REIMAGINING PUBLIC SAFETY
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, civic discourse in Los Angeles has been centered around talk of reimagining public safety. Many people have asked, “what does that really mean and how does it keep neighborhoods safe?”
You can find out this coming Monday at 7 pm on August 10, first-hand, from the community organizers who have been calling for ways to provide for public safety, public health, and emergency response through alternatives to policing.
Mike is hosting an online event with the Healthy LA coalition and LA Voice that will be moderated by former CNN anchor Carol Costello and will feature representatives from Black Lives Matter - LA and People’s Budget LA, who will share their vision and answer your questions.
RSVP at https://bit.ly/CD11ReimagineSafety
to receive a link to the event.
RESPONDING TO THE ECONOMIC CRISIS
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.
SUMMER NIGHT LIGHTS GRAB AND GO
The City of Los Angeles' Summer Night Lights program will look different this year, as the pandemic has forced the program to change from in-person activities to virtual programming. Even though programming will be virtual, Summer Night Lights is still offering "Grab and Go" meals to families participating in the program.
"Grab and Go" meals will be available to all Summer Night Lights participants at sites throughout LA, including Penmar Recreation Center in Venice. You can apply to receive food and family bundles at selected sites this summer and find out more about the program at https://GRYD.formstack.com/forms/2020snlgrabngo
SUPPORT LOCAL RESTAURANTS - DINE AL FRESCO!
With new COVID-19 cases spiking and Governor Newsom ordering a halt to indoor dining at restaurants, many of our local restaurants are just barely surviving. You can support them by ordering food for takeout, delivery, and — in many cases — outdoor dining offered through the LA Al Fresco program.
The program supports local restaurants by offering temporary permits for outdoor dining on sidewalks, private parking lots, and streets. More than 100 Westside restaurants are already participating in the program. Check out a full list of Westside restaurants participating in the program at https://11thdistrict.com/AlFresco/
SERVICES, SUPPORT, AND OTHER UPDATES
JUDGE HEARS UPDATE ON HOMELESSNESS PROJECTS
Judge David O. Carter summoned Mike and other local officials to a special court hearing this Friday in City Council chambers about homelessness in Los Angeles, specifically to query them on their plans to house and shelter people living on the street.
While the City of Los Angeles is pursuing potentially thousands of pallet shelters - essentially tiny homes in sanctioned campgrounds - Mike also wants to move even more swiftly, housing people immediately. In his presentation to Judge Carter, Mike proposed that we use an "Encampment to Homes" approach, and move people directly into housing through rapid rehousing vouchers, master leasing of apartment buildings, long-term leases with hotels, and shared housing. Many of the projects Mike briefed the Judge on were featured in Mike's recent video series, detailing 10 of the things he has proposed to help end homelessness in Los Angeles.
Mike and his colleagues will provide an update to the Judge in six weeks to discuss progress toward reducing encampments by getting people into housing.
Read more about the hearing in the Los Angeles Times coverage.
COUNCIL APPROVES MIKE’S CALL FOR COMMISSION ON LIVED EXPERIENCE WITH HOMELESSNESS
The city council unanimously voted in support of Mike’s proposal to create a city commission of people with lived experience with homelessness at this week’s meeting.
If we want to implement successful programs, if we want to approve effective policies, if we really want to make any significant progress on this crisis, we need to hear directly, systematically, and substantively from people who are or recently were unhoused.
Creating an official city “commission on lived experience with homelessness” is number 10 on Mike’s list of ten things he is fighting for to end homelessness in Los Angeles. Find out more at http://11thdistrict.com/10things.
COUNCIL ENDORSES STATE BILL TO STOP EVICTIONS
The city council voted unanimously this week to endorse AB1436, legislation currently being considered by the California State Legislature that will help stop evictions and foreclosures. With a tsunami of evictions looming, David Chiu's bill is urgent and necessary.
The bill would make it illegal to evict a renter for nonpayment of rent accrued during the COVID-19 emergency and 90 days afterward. After the moratorium period, landlords are encouraged to accept rent repayment agreements instead of filing evictions. The legislation also would prevent rent debt accrued due to COVID-19 from negatively affecting a tenant’s credit score. AB1436 has also been amended to include mortgage forbearance provisions for property owners.
BEAT THE HEAT
Summer months bring fun, sun, and heat! Sometimes, 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.
ARE YOU READY FOR AN EARTHQUAKE?
A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook LA last week, offering us all a reminder that we need to be prepared for earthquakes.
The City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department is your resource to learn more about the communication systems in place to alert residents in the event of an emergency, including the SHAKE ALERT LA app that notifies residents about 4.5 magnitude or greater earthquakes.
Learn more at Shake Alert LA and more at https://emergency.lacity.org/
Los Angeles has fallen behind, but you can help make sure we get the representation and resources we deserve. As of last week, only slightly more than half 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.
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 SAFETY ON THE WESTSIDE
The weather is warming up, and brush fires in parts of Northern Los Angeles County in recent weeks underscore how important it is that we remain vigilant to protect our neighborhoods from brush fires.
There are simple precautions neighbors can take to make sure we are all prepared for an emergency. Please visit www.11thdistrict.com/be-prepared to learn more and please follow the guidance on the site and share it with your neighbors.
PARKING RESTRICTION RELAXATION EXTENDED
Mayor Garcetti has instructed LADOT to extend relaxed parking enforcement, which was due to expire at the end of July through August 16. In mid-August, LADOT will reevaluate resuming enforcement for certain parking regulations that had been relaxed during the City’s Safer at Home orders, including:
- Residential street sweeping
- Peak/Rush Hour and Anti-Gridlock zone restrictions
- Abandoned vehicles (72-hour rule)
- Expired registrations
- Loading zones (white curb) resume 10-minute grace period.
- "No Overnight/Oversized Vehicle" parking zones are relaxed.
- Vehicles with recently expired Preferential Parking Permits will not be cited
- The payment due date for existing citations will be extended until 8/1/2020.
- Late payment penalties on existing citations will be delayed until 8/1/2020.
Individuals who can document that they are unemployed are eligible to have late penalties waived (unemployment waiver) if they pay the base citation by the end of the 2020 calendar year. Individuals interested in an "unemployment waiver" should contact LADOT's customer care hotline at (866) 561-9742.
Neighbors with financial hardship are eligible for a payment plan - just contact 866-561-9742. More information about LADOT's coronavirus response is available at ladot.lacity.org/coronavirus.
SAFE CENTERS OPEN FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS DISPOSAL
Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment's S.A.F.E 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.
POTHOLE REPAIR IN DEL REY
The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services was hard at work on the Westside this week, as a crew spent time in the Del Rey neighborhood, repairing the roadway and giving neighbors a smoother, safer ride.
Crews focused their work on 2 locations on Inglewood Boulevard in Del Rey, patching potholes and cracks in the street.
Thanks to the Bureau of Street Services for #GettingThingsDone on the Westside!
PROGRESS AT GAME-CHANGING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AT LAX
We are making progress at LAX on major projects that will improve the way people get to and move around the airport, as well as reduce traffic and air pollution for those living nearby.
The Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) includes a new Automated People Mover to take passengers from the Metro Crenshaw Line to terminals, a new Consolidated Rental Car Facility to improve and organize how cars are rented at the airport, and a new Intermodal Transportation Facility, which will connect passengers arriving to or departing the airport by bus or shuttle with the automated people mover so they can reach terminals.
Crews recently completed an important phase of work on the new on the Automated People Mover, which you can see along 96th Street and across both 96th and 98th Streets. The new Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility and Intermodal Transportation Facility-West are also taking shape, as crews continue to pour concrete and complete construction of the two new buildings.
Stay up to date with these projects at https://www.flylax.com/…/lax-traf…/airport-construction-map…
NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS
PITCHING IN WITH FOOD CYCLE LA
Mike was glad to spend some time with great people who are providing food to families in Venice that need it.
Blanca Martinez and Martina Zem and their team are doing great work with Venice Food Drive, a partnership with FoodCycle LA. Blanca is in charge of the parent center at Westminster Elementary School and has been working as a volunteer with Food Cycle LA since March, holding a food distribution in her parents' backyard and driveway every Monday and Saturday.
She started the food distribution at school and then moved it to the family home when schools closed down. Martina is a staff member for Food Cycle LA.
She spends many days a week organizing volunteers who are collecting food waste from local restaurants and grocery stores, to then be sent to food distribution sites.
Together with their team, they are helping people weather this storm.
MIKE JOINS H.E.L.P.E.R. FOUNDATION TO DELIVER FOOD
Mike joined the Helper Foundation volunteers and neighbors this week to deliver bags of food filled with fresh bread, veggies, sandwiches, and dry goods donated by FoodCycle LA and Trader Joes to community members in the Oakwood area of Venice.
The H.E.L.P.E.R. Foundation is an excellent organization that provides the resources and guidance to help struggling youth and community members of all ages make the transition from negative, anti-social behavior to a positive, value-centered alternative.
Thanks to H.E.L.P.E.R. for supporting neighbors on the Westside.
VILLAGE FOR VETS
Village For Vets has launched a COVID-19 Response Fund to meet the needs of homeless veterans living on the Westside during the pandemic.
The organization provides three meals a day, seven days a week to veterans staying at the VA Campus, and has partnered with Food Forward and Westside Food Bank to deliver food boxes that include fresh produce and more for food-insecure veterans living throughout Los Angeles.
Find out more about Village for Vets team at villageforvets.org.