Coronavirus Updates from Cm. Bonin: Info for Students, Seniors, Small Businesses, & More

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March 19, 2020

As our city responds to the spread of coronavirus, we will be providing periodic email bulletins, summarizing and sharing important news and information.

Today's bulletin includes more information on testing now available for high-risk individuals, the Mayor's Safer at Home order, as well as a lot of resources available to seniors, students, renters, homeowners, and small businesses
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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
Thank you for your partnership as we work together to get through this crisis. 

Take good care,

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 

Coronavirus: What You Need to Know about L.A.'s Eviction Moratorium:
The city's eviction and foreclosure moratorium also applies to commercial properties. Click the link above to learn more.