Coronavirus Updates from Cm. Bonin - Update 5/23/20 - Beach Bike Path & Parking Lots Open + More

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May 23, 2020

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

5/23/20

Dear Friends,
 
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy, safe, and enjoying this Memorial Day weekend. As we celebrate and remember the sacrifices of those who have served and fallen in the line of duty this weekend, we are continuing to make progress on the long road to reopening Los Angeles safely.
 
Yesterday, Mayor Eric Garcetti and officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced further openings and further relaxing of Safer at Home orders — including some beach amenities and additional businesses. Some highlights:
 
Beach Bike Path - The beach bike path is open again! A week ago, the county allowed walking, running, swimming, and surfing, and I am grateful they heeded the call from me and others to allow cycling as well.
 
Beach Parking Lots - Reports of parking lots at LA area beaches being open have been greatly exaggerated. Here’s the deal:
 
The County has opened to partial capacity lots at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey, Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades, and Zuma Beach in Malibu, but it has NOT opened the beach parking lots it operates in Venice at Rose Avenue, Venice Boulevard, or Washington Boulevard. The City has opened the parking lots it operates in Venice, on Venice Boulevard between Dell and Pacific avenues, and the lots at Rose Avenue & Main Street, and at Windward Avenue & Pacific Avenues. Some privately operated lots are open as well.  Parking lots at beaches in Santa Monica remain closed.
 
(Remember - At this time, the beach is open for active recreation only. Leave the umbrellas, coolers, and canopies at home. These items are not permitted at this time. Also - wear a mask! Face coverings are required when out of the water and around other people. And please practice safe physical distancing. Stay at least six feet away from other people who are not in your household.)
 
Trails
 - Trails are managed by a variety of different entities — cities, the county, state, and the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority. A comprehensive list of which trails - and which trail parking lots - are open can be found at https://trails.lacounty.gov/Alert/4142/trail-reopening-information
 
Businesses at Malls
 - County public health officials also announced Friday that the revised Safer at Home order would allow indoor malls to open for curbside service. Shopping malls are being encouraged to create clearly-marked curbside or outside pickup points that maintain physical distance with visual cues or other measures, and have purchased goods available there or available through home delivery. Retailers located within a mall may take orders and deliver goods to the public outside of the mall from these marked locations.
 
These openings are 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.
 
Thank you for your patience and partnership.
 
Take good care, 

MIKE BONIN
Councilmember, 11th District 

5/16/20 

Mayor Garcetti’s Mandatory Mask Order
 
A few days ago, Mayor Garcetti announced that all Angelenos are required to wear face coverings when outside of their home. Especially as people return to work and outdoor recreation, face coverings will help stop the spread of the virus, and wearing them in public creates a layer of protection. A face covering is not a substitute for other critical measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, however, and people are still encouraged to stay home as much as possible, wash hands frequently, and practice safe physical distancing of keeping at least six feet between you and anyone you don’t live with when away from home.
 
The Mayor’s order exempts young children who are at risk of suffocation and people with certain disabilities from being required to wear a face covering, but everyone else should make or purchase cloth face coverings to wear over their mouths and noses. Face coverings should be cleaned after each use. Please remember that medical grade and N95 masks are reserved for those who need them most and have the highest risk of infection, including medical professionals and healthcare workers.

Beaches are Open (kinda) 

LA’s beaches opened Wednesday. (Well, partially, for some uses, and under certain circumstances.)
 
Surfers, swimmers, runners, and walkers can return to LA beaches and enjoy the water and sand, effective today, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches & Harbors. But sunbathing and hanging out at the beach are still off-limits.
 
Piers and beach parking lots will remain closed, and beachgoers are asked to practice social distancing and to wear masks when they are not in the water. This is part of the next phase of eased Safer at Home orders being announced by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
 
This covers county and state beaches, such as Dockweiler and Will Rogers, as well as City of Los Angeles beaches, such as Venice Beach. This reopening is partial and subject to change or reversal.
 
Here is a quick summary:

  • What is Open:
    • Beaches, including the water and sand (for active use only)
    • Beach restrooms
  • What Remains Closed:
    • The sand (for passive uses like sunbathing)
    • Piers, concessions, boardwalks, bike paths, volleyball courts
    • Beach parking lots
  • What is Allowed:
    • Surfing, Swimming, Running, Walking
    • Individuals and families/household members
  • What is Prohibited:
    • Sunbathing, chairs, canopies, coolers, grills
    • Gatherings of any size, group sports, youth camps, 
  • What is Required:
    • Physical distancing of 6 feet
    • Wearing a mask at all times - except when in the water
  • Venice’s Ocean Front Walk remains closed, except for access to restrooms and to essential businesses and businesses allowed limited operations during Phase 2 of Safer at Home. 
  • Beach bathrooms remain open 24 hours at Horizon Avenue and Rose Avenue. City beach restrooms at Washington Boulevard, Venice Boulevard, 17th Street and Brooks Avenue are open 6:15 AM to 10:30 PM.
Mike asks County Public Health Department to Open Beach Bike Path and Parking Lots at Beaches and Trails
 
Mike wrote a letter to County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer on Friday, urging her to reopen beach pike paths, and parking lots at beaches and trails, in order to support and create consistency with the recently relaxed public health directives.
 
Angelenos are frustrated and cannot understand why it is permissible to walk at the beach, run at the beach, surf at the beach, swim at the beach, but not cycle at the beach. Our coastal bicycle path, which runs from Pacific Palisades to Torrance, provides an opportunity for people to get exercise and fresh air, and allows for easier physical distancing than the comparatively narrow hiking trails that have been opened to the public.
 
Additionally, while people have generally welcomed the reopening of both beaches and trails, they are confused that parking lots remain closed.  If the intention of this was to disincentivize the use of beaches or trails, it has not worked. Beachgoers and hikers are instead parking on narrow and congested coastal and hillside streets, creating and exacerbating issues with physical distancing, and causing alarm about potential exposure to COVID-19 in the neighborhoods where people are parking.
 
In his letter on Friday, Mike strongly urged Dr. Ferrer to consider the unintended consequences of opening beaches and trails for active use while leaving parking lots and the beach bike path closed and asked that she recommend reopening the beach bike path and parking lots at beaches and trails immediately.
 
Family-Friendly Streets Are Here!  
 
Family-friendly streets have arrived! 
 
Starting yesterday on select streets in Del Rey and West LA, kids who were cooped up in cramped apartments got a little more space to play, seniors got a little more room to walk, and exercise enthusiasts got a little more space to jog or cycle.
 
It’s part of a new program, available citywide, to calm vehicle traffic on neighborhood 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 are first in line for the new program due to the continued advocacy and organizing of neighborhood leaders, who consistently voiced the concerns that residents were finding it difficult to maintain the proper distance from others on narrow congested sidewalks, and were feeling unsafe walking on the street amid speeding cars and construction trucks.
 
The program, dubbed "Slow Streets L.A.," allows for “active use” only, prohibiting individuals from gathering, barbecuing, or playing games that involve physical contact of any kind. Participants are expected to keep six feet apart at all times and required to wear face-coverings while engaging in active recreation. 
 
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…
 
Supporting Our Small Businesses: Telephone Town Hall
 
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the lifeblood of our neighborhoods – and they are hurting. 
 
On Thursday evening, Mike hosted a special telephone town hall on small business issues, bringing together a series of experts to offer advice and guidance to small business owners on the Westside. Experts on the panel included: 
  • Terri Billups, Assistant District Director, Economic Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, Los Angeles District Office,
  • Carolyn Hull, General Manager, City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, and
  • Billy Chun, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. 

If you missed it, you can listen and learn more at https://11thdistrict.com/covid-19-small-business-town-hall/.
 
Supporting Our Small Businesses: Resources
 
During Thursday's telephone town hall event focused on small businesses, panelists offered helpful advice, as well as a series of resources to support business owners during this difficult time. In addition to offering their email addresses (listed below), panelists suggested business owners check out the following links to find out more about the support and resources available. 

Panelists' Contact Information: 

  • Terri Billups, Assistant District Director, Economic Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, Los Angeles District Office
  • Billy Chun, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti 

Resources: 

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5/10/20 

UpdatesA Summary of Recent COVID-19 News and Announcements 

Seniors Meal Program - Sign Up Today

  • The city is delivering packaged and frozen meals to seniors who are homebound as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and I want to make sure you know where to sign up if you are eligible. 
  • The Emergency Senior Meals Response program is open to seniors 65 and older who live in the city and are not enrolled in other food delivery programs like Meals on Wheels or CalFresh. Seniors between 60 and 64 with underlying health conditions might also qualify. 
  • You can check to see if you are eligible and sign up by calling the Emergency Senior Meals Response Hotline at (213) 263-5226. The hotline is open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • You can also find more information and enroll by clicking here


Steps Toward Recovery 

  • As of last Friday, the City and County of Los Angeles have entered Stage II and are beginning the process of slow and gradual adjustments to the Safer at Home order. Physical distancing, face coverings, and other safety measures will remain in place and are even more important. 
    • A gradual approach is necessary to safely navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to slowly taper restrictions so we can avoid a surge of new COVID-19 cases that could overwhelm our healthcare and other systems. This strategy will be slow, deliberate, coordinated, and driven by data and public health criteria.
    • The first stage — where Los Angeles has been over the last several months — is crisis management mode, which has the goal of saving as many lives as possible.
    • The second stage aims to transition Angelenos back to a “new reality,” with a slow and gradual change to some restrictions, while always ensuring that there are adequate safety measures in place.
    • In the third and fourth stages, the City will transition to a state of monitoring and aim to lift additional restrictions. In the fifth and final stage, the City will be fully reopened and turn its attention to reimagining itself in a post-COVID-19 period.
    • Stages ultimately become less restrictive as they progress. Key milestones must be reached before the City can transition to the next stage of recovery.

Safer at Home Reminders 
  • This virus is still as dangerous –– and Angelenos need to adjust to a new reality, even with some changes. Physical distancing and wearing face coverings in public, and limiting non-essential activities and gatherings must continue.

Phase 2 Begins 
  • Effective last Friday, May 8, these businesses are allowed to offer online/phone orders and curbside pickup. These are difficult times for our whole city. As we get through this tough time, we encourage you to support our local businesses for your essential needs.

What's Open? 
  • Wondering what open and what’s closed under the Safer at Home order, under the new rules that went into effect this weekend? Check out the image above. Remember to follow physical distancing guidelines and wear a mask. 

Tips for Hiking Safely 
  • If you are golfing or visiting a public trail, you need to wear a face-covering from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave and stay at least six feet away from those who don’t live with you. Please follow all of the safety measures in the graphic above.

Updated Health Data 
  • 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 Saturday, May 9): 
      • Westchester - 76  
      • Brentwood - 68
      • Mar Vista - 62
      • West Los Angeles - 61
      • Del Rey - 58
      • Venice - 52 
      • Pacific Palisades - 39
      • Playa Vista - 20
      • Marina Peninsula - 9
      • Palisades Highlands - 3
      • Playa del Rey - 1
      • Mandeville Canyon - 1 
    • See the data dashboard at http://dashboard.publichealth.lacounty.gov/covid19_surveillance_dashboard/.

Small Business Town Hall - May 14
  • Mike will host his next telephone town hall on Thursday, May 14. The town hall will focus on providing information to small business owners who are struggling during this crisis. 
    • In order to make sure this event helps connect you with the information business owners need the most, we have created a quick survey to gather questions from the owners and operators of businesses on the Westside. 
    • If you own or operate a business or know someone who does, please complete the brief survey at https://bit.ly/MB-BizSurvey
    • If you are interested in participating in the town hall, you can click here to RSVP for the May 14 event.

A Smarter Housing Policy 
  • This economic crisis is threatening to throw millions of people into poverty, homelessness, or fiscal catastrophe. It doesn’t have to be that way. We can make housing policy that works for our people and our neighborhoods.
    • As part of a broader push for smarter housing policy, Mike is calling for:
      • creating housing affordable for average working Angelenos, such as nurses, teachers, retail workers, supermarket employees, gig workers, and others;
      • creating an "anti-displacement fund" to help homeowners and renters stay afloat, and not lose their homes;
      • the city to purchase hotels for use as long-term homeless housing, to get people off the streets and significantly reduce neighborhood encampments.  
    • Learn more here.

Masks Required on Metro 
  • Starting tomorrow (May 11), Metro will require riders to wear face coverings when on buses or trains. This policy brings the regional transit agency in line with DASH, Commuter Express, and LAnow buses, which started requiring face coverings last week. 

Childcare for Essential Workers
  • Connections for Children is offering assistance to essential workers who need help paying for child care or need child care. 

Domestic Violence Resources 
  • With safer at home orders in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence victims are more vulnerable than ever while sheltering in place with their abuser. There are services and resources available for those in need. 
    • Dial 2-1-1 any time to get connected with services and support in your area
    • Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-978-3600, or Dial 9-1-1. Law enforcement is still responding to domestic violence and sexual assault calls, and Emergency Protective Orders are still being issued
    • Emergency Funds to Support Local COVID-19 Response: The Office of Emergency Services (OES) has announced $5.3 million dollars in emergency response funds intended to support the needs associated with providing safety and services for victims of interpersonal violence – domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and child abuse during COVID-19. 
      • The Request for Applications is now available to all California 501(c)(3) organizations that provide Domestic Violence victim services. 
      • The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence will host two informational webinars for local agencies to learn more about the funds and application process. Please see more details on the webpage at cpedv.org/covid-19-emergency-funding.

Legal Assistance for Angelenos 
  • The City has launched “L.A. Represents” - a pro bono initiative to provide legal services to people suffering from legal issues at this time by supporting: vulnerable renters, survivors of domestic violence, debt, and bankruptcy challenges. 
    • “L.A. Represents” will bring together a coalition of law firms, bar associations, and legal aid organizations that have agreed to enhance their existing pro bono commitments to provide COVID-19-related legal services.
    • L.A. Represents will also build a new support system for small businesses devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, overseen by volunteers and advocates at Bet Tzedek Legal Services. 
    • Now, small businesses least likely to have access to effective legal services can receive pro bono assistance as they confront new workplace regulations, renegotiate commercial leases, apply for government relief programs, and navigate compliance with emergency health and safety orders. 
    • Angelenos needing assistance and legal professionals interested in joining the partnership can find detailed information at coronavirus.lacity.org/LARepresents.

Mental Health Awareness Month 
  • May is Mental Health Awareness month. 
    • Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. 
    • During May, the National Alliance of Mental Issues (NAMI) joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health, fighting stigma, providing support, educating the public and advocating for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
    • Especially with the stress and strain of the current crisis, this Mental Health Awareness Month is an important opportunity to pay special attention to our psychological health. 
    • Visit the CDC’s website to learn more about resources and tips for coping with stress during the crisis.

Free COVID-19 Testing Available 
  • Anyone in Los Angeles, regardless of symptoms or ability to pay, now has access to a free coronavirus test.
    • The testing program — which began with one Los Angeles Fire Department-staffed location, and has grown to eight sites within the City and 34 across the region — has grown dramatically in just over one month. Thanks to partnerships with Los Angeles County and the nonprofit emergency response organization CORE, the program has already completed about 140,000 tests since March 20.
    • There is no restriction by age or medical condition to be eligible for a test.
    • Please visit https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs to sign up for a test today.

Assistance Available for Renters 
  • Mayor Garcetti announced last week that unemployment in Los Angeles has reached 24%. People are struggling. 
    • Citing the enormous economic upheaval being caused by the COVID-19 crisis and necessary Safer at Home orders, Mike has announced the launch of a proactive outreach program in April that is offering advice and support to tenants on the Westside who are unable to pay rent while being forced to stay home.
      • Mike's initiative kicked off with a telephone town hall event focused specifically on helping renters. You can hear the full town hall at https://11thdistrict.com/covid-renter-resources/.
      • Also as part of the “Know Your Rights” initiative, Mike's office began proactively texting, emailing and calling thousands of renters on the Westside district to ask if they need help, and to offer to answer any questions or connect them with resources.
      • In the first week of outreach alone, Mike’s office has made proactive contact with more than 22,000 renters through text and email messages.
    • Mike Know Your Rights initiative additionally includes a new page on our website, https://11thdistrict.com/covid-renter-resources/, which includes links and information about resources available to renters during the COVID-19 crisis.

See Mike's Vision for a Better LA 
  • During the last recession, families lost their homes, real estate speculators gobbled up residential neighborhoods, and homelessness spiked. Mike doesn’t want to let that happen again. 
    • As we navigate our current crisis, we need to build the foundation of a Los Angeles where no one loses their home, and everyone has a home. 
    • We can emerge from this crisis as a city where our seniors don’t fear eviction, where our kids can afford to live in the neighborhood where they grew up, where no one fears losing their home or property, and where no one is forced to lay their head on the pavement each night. 
    • Click here to watch a video Mike released this week about how we can use federal funds to create a Homes Guarantee for LA.

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5/2/20 

Dear Friends,

We’ve got a long road ahead, and we need to walk it together.
 
Mayor Garcetti, Governor Newsom, and LA County Public Health officials have all indicated that they may be easing some of the Safer at Home restrictions in the near future, but changes are likely to be small, gradual, and tentative.
 
The Mayor said he would like to see a two-week trend of declining coronavirus-related deaths and hospital admissions before relaxing restrictions, in cooperation with public health officials. Until there is a vaccine, significantly more testing, and effective systems for contact tracing, the foreseeable future is likely to include masks and restrictions on physical distancing.
 
This is going to be tough on all of us, but also necessary for the health of us all.
 
As I have been saying since the beginning of this pandemic, the economic and social impacts of this crisis are going to be profound and extremely painful. I am going to remain focused on mitigating that pain and trying to transform the broken and inequitable systems that make that pain worse and disproportionate. I am going to keep fighting to make sure that renters and mortgage holders do not lose their homes, that workers are protected, that small businesses can survive, that seniors and children are not forgotten, and that the unhoused are finally housed. And I am going to continue to support, celebrate, and lift up all of the mutual aid efforts and groups of neighbors helping neighbors get Los Angeles through this crisis.
 
I am inspired by you and by your resilience. Working together, we will get through this and we will make a stronger and a better Los Angeles.

Take good care. 

UpdatesA Summary of Recent COVID-19 News and Announcements 

  • The Department of Transportation has expanded the number of intersections in LA where walk signals come up automatically (so pedestrians do not need to press a button before crossing).  
    • Nearly 900 intersections in LA now have automatic walk signals, including more than two-dozen intersections near hospitals. 
 
  • The City’s Streets LA team has doubled the frequency of cleaning at transit locations and has added sanitizer dispensers to many locations.  
  
  • Beaches and trails in Los Angeles remain closed this weekend to protect public health and safety. 
 
  • Citing enormous economic upheaval being caused by the COVID-19 crisis and necessary Safer at Home orders, Mike announced the launch of a proactive outreach program last week that is offering advice and support to tenants on the Westside who are unable to pay rent while being forced to stay home.
    • Mike's initiative kicked off with a telephone town hall event last Thursday evening, focused specifically on helping renters. You can hear the full town hall at https://11thdistrict.com/covid-renter-resources/.
    • Also as part of the “Know Your Rights” initiative, Bonin’s office began proactively texting, emailing and calling thousands of renters on the Westside district to ask if they need help, and to offer to answer any questions or connect them with resources.
      • In the past week alone, Mike’s office has made proactive contact with more than 22,000 renters through text and email messages.
 
  • During the last recession, families lost their homes, real estate speculators gobbled up residential neighborhoods, and homelessness spiked. Mike doesn’t want to let that happen again. 
    • As we navigate our current crisis, we need to build the foundation of a Los Angeles where no one loses their home, and everyone has a home. 
    • We can emerge from this crisis as a city where our seniors don’t fear eviction, where our kids can afford to live in the neighborhood where they grew up, where no one fears losing their home or property, and where no one is forced to lay their head on the pavement each night. 
    • Click here to watch a video Mike released this week about how we can use federal funds to create a Homes Guarantee for LA.
 
  • May is Mental Health Awareness month 
    • Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. 
    • During May, the National Alliance of Mental Issues (NAMI) joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health, fighting stigma, providing support, educating the public and advocating for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
    • Especially with the stress and strain of the current crisis, this Mental Health Awareness Month is an important opportunity to pay special attention to our psychological health. 
    • Visit the CDC’s website to learn more about resources and tips for coping with stress during the crisis. 
 
  • Anyone in Los Angeles, regardless of symptoms or ability to pay, now has access to a free coronavirus test.
    • The testing program — which began with one Los Angeles Fire Department-staffed location, and has grown to eight sites within the City and 34 across the region — has grown dramatically in just over one month. Thanks to partnerships with Los Angeles County and the nonprofit emergency response organization CORE, the program has already completed about 140,000 tests since March 20.
    • There is no restriction by age or medical condition to be eligible for a test.
    • Please visit https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs to sign up for a test today. 
 

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4/24/20 

Dear Friends,
 
In an effort to create new ways for constituents to connect with city government during Safer at Home orders, I am holding a series of virtual town halls to hear from and share information with residents of the 11th District.
 
This Thursday, I will host another telephone town hall event - this one focused on issues of concern to seniors during the crisis. I will be joined by a great panel of experts including Molly Davies, the Vice President, Elder Abuse Prevention and Ombudsman Services at WISE & Healthy AgingMaribel Marin, the Executive Director of 211 Los Angeles CountyPatricia Pérez, the State President of AARP California; and Laura Trejo, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging

Please click here to RSVP for the seniors telephone town hall

This is the third telephone town hall in our series of events, and we have held events in recent weeks with doctors and medical professionals, as well as with attorneys and experts on renters issues. These town halls are a great way to share important information that can help people during the crisis, and I am excited for our conversation about the support available to seniors during the Safer at Home order, as well as for future conversations focusing on small businesses, parents of small kids, and more. 
  
Thank you and take good care. 
 

  • Throughout the Westside, we are seeing inspiring examples of neighbors helping neighbors. 
    • The Venice High School Gondos went the extra mile to welcome back their students from spring break -- creating a video featuring faculty and staff sharing messages of support and love for students.
    • Sarah Fisk couldn't have anticipated that her recently-opened shop in Mar Vista, Morpheus, would have to close in response to the COVID-19 crisis. But when it did, she saw it as an opportunity to help her community. 
      • In recent weeks, Sarah has been using her swimwear-designing skills to produce and donate non-medical face masks to hospitals. She is making masks using tropical and creative prints, all inspired by the California lifestyle. So far, Sarah has donated 200 masks and she has a goal to make hundreds more. 
      • For donation inquiries, email Sarah at sarah@shopmorpheus.com. And despite her store's physical closure, you can support her online shop at www.shopmorpheus.com.
    • Since launching in late March, Westside Friends, the community support network launched by Mar Vista residents Annie Bickerton and Cristin Limhas recruited more than 400 volunteers to respond to dozens of requests from neighbors in need of support. 
      • They are delivering groceries, meals, and prescriptions, checking-in on folks, assisting non-profit organizations, training community members, and the team has also started a fund to help support the cost of groceries and supplies for neighbors in need.
      • If you can, help these extraordinary neighbors continue to serve by visiting https://www.westsidefriends.com/ to learn more about how you can support the effort.
      • If you or someone you know is in need of support. Give them a call at (213)785-2052 or email westsidefriendsla@gmail.com
    • The owners of Pizzana in Brentwood have set up a Go Fund Me campaign to provide meals to healthcare workers.
      • They are cooking and packaging delicious Pizzana meals for doctors, nurses, and emergency medical workers. So far they have raised $40,000 and delivered thousands of meals to local hospitals. 
      • If you would like to support their effort, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-us-support-our-emergency-me


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4/18/20
UpdatesA Summary of Recent COVID-19 News and Announcements 
The city is taking more steps to help slow the spread of COVID- 19.

  • On Thursday evening, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of the Telemedicine Program with LAFD. 
  • The program enables health care professionals to evaluate patients remotely using smartphone technology -- to reduce overcrowding in healthcare facilities and reduce the exposure of our essential healthcare workers to COVID-19.
  • The new program will allow people who are in quarantine and do not need immediate medical attention, to stay at home and still be evaluated effectively.
  • Learn more about the program and other updates at https://corona-virus.la/updates.

Metro is adjusting bus and train schedules to provide more efficient service for residents who have to make essential trips. 

  • Beginning this Sunday, April 19, all Metro buses and trains will run on a modified schedule every day of the week.
  • Buses and trains will run every 12 minutes between 6 am - 6 pm, and every 20 minutes at other times. The last train will leave at midnight.
  • Metro has also stepped up their efforts to ensure our buses and trains stay safe and clean - installing sanitation stations and sanitizer dispensers at major transit stops, increasing the cleaning schedule at major transit hubs, and requiring all riders to wear face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Find out more here. 

A Medical Relief Center is up and running at the L.A. Convention Center

  • The Medical Relief Center in the South Hall of the L.A. Convention Center is prepared to start accepting patients as needed.
  • As of mid-April, L.A.’s hospitals have been able to manage patient volume –– a sign that Angelenos’ efforts to stay home and practice physical distancing are helping to slow the spread of the virus. 
  • In the event that we do see a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Medical Relief Center is ready to absorb patients from hospitals.
  • The Center is opening with an initial 175 beds for patients who are COVID-negative. If the need arises, we are ready to both expand the number of available beds and shift to absorb patients who are COVID-positive in other areas of the Convention Center.
  • Partners in the Medical Relief Center include Cal OES and CAL FIRE, which helped secure a Federal Medical Station and are providing important services; the California National Guard, which helped deliver and set up the station; LAFD, which led the build-out and logistics; SmithGroup architecture firm, which provided renderings of the space pro bono; and the County, which offered crucial guidance along the way. 
Mayor Garcetti announces a new Emergency Senior Meals Response initiative this week
  • Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, the Department of Aging provided meals to 5,000 low-income seniors across the City -- often in dining halls at senior centers, which are now closed.
  • To help bridge the gap for seniors in need, the city has launched the Emergency Senior Meals Response with the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles.
  • Through a partnership with Everytable and Access Services, the Department of Aging and the Mayor’s Office will provide 10 meals a week to 7,280 new seniors. 
  • The City will also double the number of meals received by 5,000 seniors already enrolled in the Department of Aging’s meal delivery program.
  • To qualify for the program, you need to be 60 years or older, live in the City of Los Angeles, and not currently be enrolled in other meal programs (e.g., Meals on Wheels, CalFresh, etc.).
  • Seniors or their caregivers can sign up for the meal program by calling the Emergency Senior Meals Response Hotline at (213) 263-5226, Monday - Sunday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • You can also apply here.

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.

NEWS and UPDATES - Wednesday, April 15
Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled six key indicators yesterday that will guide when and how to modify the stay-at-home and other orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor noted that the progress in flattening the curve, increased preparedness of our health care delivery system and the effects of other COVID-19 interventions have yielded positive results. However, these actions have also impacted the economy, poverty and overall health care in California.

  • Any consideration of modifying the stay-at-home order must be done using a gradual, science-based and data-driven framework, and the Governor outlined his six indicators for modifying the stay at home order the state, including: 

    • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

    • The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and

    • The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;

    • The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges;

    • The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;

    • The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;

  • Check out the Governor's presentation here for more about our progress flattening the curve in California here and read the Governor's full press release here.

Mayor Garcetti announced yesterday that relaxed parking enforcement would remain in effect until at least May 15 so that Angelenos can more effectively practice the safe physical distancing necessary during this crisis.

  • The following relaxed parking rules are in effect:

    • Relaxed enforcement of street sweeping restrictions in residential areas

    • Relaxed enforcement around closed schools

    • Moratorium on ticketing and towing for abandoned vehicles and oversize vehicle overnight parking fines

    • Freeze on parking fine increases for the next 60 days

    • Extended grace period for people dropping off or picking up groceries and goods

    • Immediate extension on all deadlines for payment due until June 1

    • Moratorium on ticketing or towing for expired car registration

  • For questions about parking enforcement, call 3-1-1. You can also find the most up-to-date information on parking at http://ladot.lacity.org/coronavirus.

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced yesterday that there are now 14 nonessential businesses being prosecuted by the city for failure to observe the Safer at Home order to close temporarily. The businesses include seven smoke shops, a print shop, a massage spa, a beauty supply store, a car wash, a shoe store, an auto detailer, and an electronic store. According to the city attorney, a majority of the 1,400 businesses that LAPD has visited since the Safer at Home order began have been compliant, with 79 being referred to the city’s attorney’s office for misdemeanor violations. Feuer also announced that a task force is targeting those people or businesses that are price gouging, meaning increasing the price of an item by more than 10% of what it was the day before the emergency order went into effect. If you have information about businesses not complying with the Safer at Home order or price gouging, please use this complaint form

Metro is adjusting bus and train schedules to provide more efficient service for residents who have to make essential trips. Beginning this Sunday, April 19, all Metro buses and trains will run on a modified schedule every day of the week. Buses and trains will run every 12 minutes between 6 am - 6 pm, and every 20 minutes at other times. The last train will leave at midnight. Metro has also stepped up their efforts to ensure our buses and trains stay safe and clean - installing sanitation stations and sanitizer dispensers at major transit stops, increasing the cleaning schedule at major transit hubs, and requiring all riders to wear face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Find out more at https://thesource.metro.net/2020/04/14/schedule-change-for-metro-buses-and-trains-begins-sunday-april-19/?fbclid=IwAR


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UPDATE 3/23/20
Dear Friends,

 
Staying at home will save lives. 

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, we now have confirmed cases in every neighborhood of the Westside and over the weekend, the first Westside death related to the coronavirus was reported when we lost a neighbor from Del Rey. If we allow this virus to spread as aggressively as it likes, we will lose neighbors who could have been protected with the social distancing guidelines issued by Mayor Garcetti and Governor Newsom. 

Failure to adhere to social distancing at our parks and beaches puts lives at risk. I support Mayor Eric Garcetti's decision to close city golf courses, group sports facilities, and beach parking lots in Venice, and I applaud the decision by Santa Monica to close its beach lots and the decision by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to close its parks and trails. Please refer to the graphics below to see what activities are okay during the Safer at Home order, and what you should avoid in order to help keep your neighbors and your family safe. But more than that - please use your common sense. Don't go to crowded places where you will be within six-feet of people, and follow the tips and advice offered below about how to prevent the spread of the virus. 
 
As federal, state, county and city governments respond to this widening crisis, information is changing rapidly. We will do our best to keep you updated with the latest information. For more information about the City of Los Angeles’ response to the novel coronavirus crisis, please visit https://corona-virus.la/.
 
Thank you for your partnership as we work together to get through this crisis. 


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.


COVID-19 testing is available today provided by the City of Los Angeles. We're offering testing to Angelenos at highest risk first. Please help spread the word so we can deliver much-needed tests to as many vulnerable Angelenos as possible. Learn more and sign up for a test http://Mayor.LA/npY730qs3F2



Los Angeles Unified Opens 60 Grab & Go Food Centers


60 sites available for meal pickup

Due to recent developments in the global coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles Unified is opening Grab & Go Food Centers, giving families 60 sites where they can pick up food for their children.

We are following guidelines from public health experts and government partners who have called for increased social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.
 

Free Meals at Grab & Go Food Centers


Los Angeles Unified, in partnership with the Red Cross, will continue to provide nutritious meals to all students who need them during the temporary closure of schools. Our Grab & Go Food Centers have been open since Wednesday, March 18, and will be staffed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Each child can take home two nutritious meals.
 

To find the closest Grab & Go Food Center or learn more about the program, please see the map or check the list of centers on this page







Our small businesses are already taking a huge hit in this crisis. Mike was glad to see the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation promoting resources and services available to help our small businesses. If you know a small business owner, please make sure they see this helpful information -- and continue to shop local. Order food to be delivered from local restaurants, or purchase gift cards from your local shops to help them with cash flow during this very tough time.

Check out the LAEDC coronavirus resource page at https://laedc.org/coronavirus/. 

Coronavirus: What You Need to Know about L.A.'s Eviction Moratorium: 
https://hcidla.lacity.org/covid-19-eviction-moratorium
The city's eviction and foreclosure moratorium also applies to commercial properties. Click the link above to learn more. 

INFORMATION FOR WORKERS
INFORMATION FOR CONSUMERS 
INFORMATION FOR HOMEOWNERS 
INFORMATION FOR RENTERS 
INFORMATION FOR LADWP SERVICE 
INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
INFORMATION ABOUT TRANSIT 
& MORE 
FOUND HERE: 
https://mailchi.mp/cfd68eae0693/coronavirus-update-03232020?e=52514cacdc