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COVID-19 Update 5-3-20

Posted on 05/03/20

NoHo Neighborhood Council

  • Good evening everyone,
    Remember  some businesses will be reopening with modifications. No business that is allowed to open HAS to open. This is just if they are ready to do so. Continue to report any non-essential business not allowed to be operating to our complaint portal. Updates are as follows:
    • Mayor signs into law a City Council Ordinance to extend the rental increase freeze to one year after this crisis ends. This rent increase freeze only applies to units under the Rent Stabilization Ordinance. Text RSO to 1-855-880-7368 to find out if your place of residence falls under an RSO. 
    • Mayor signs into law a City Council Ordinance to prohibit landlords from using coercion intimidation, or fraud to get their renters' stimulus checks and to provide tenants with a private "Right of Action" if their landlord has violated any of the protections the City has extended during this emergency period. 
    • All landlords are now required to provide our "Protections Notice" every time a tenant contact them about their rental agreement during this period. The notice must be provided in the language predominately used by the tenant and it's available at the HCID website.  
    • Griffith Observatory/Runyon Canyon will remain closed. 
    • Some parking lots at popular trails will be closed to reduce crowds.
    • If your business isn’t essential you must be closed or continue working from home.
    • DWP Updates: DWP will not shut off service for non-payment for the rest of this year. If you can pay your bill, you should, as payments help us provide reliable services across our City. All ratepayers will repay their bills down the line.   
  • The Mayor announced the appointment of Capri Maddox to Chief of COVID Response Equity: She’ll work on strategies to help more low-income residents and communities of color access available testing and get medical care when they need it - for COVID-19 symptoms and other life-threatening illnesses. She’ll also work with partners to identify where the impact of the pandemic is unequal and build new strategies to protect people and prevent illness
  • Hand sanitizers at bus stops: The City in, partnership with JCDecaux, installed 300 touch-free hand sanitizing dispensers at the highest-use stops throughout every council district in our city. Anyone who absolutely has to hop on a bus can do so in the safest possible environment. 
  • May Rent: Remember, if you or someone you know cannot pay this month's rent, all you are legally obligated to do is notify your landlord before rent is due or 7 days max after your rent is due. If you receive a notice to quit, contact/file a complaint with HCID
  • Number of positive cases in the East SFV attached. 
  • The Mayor announced a partnership with LA Compact as a resource for students: Launched a page on Compact's website where any student in the class of 2020 can fill out a simple form describing their question, problem, or concern. Within 48 hours of submitting the form-depending on the information they provide- a counselor from their accepted college, high school, or a non-profit partner will be in touch to help them navigate this process. 
  • RENTER NOTICES - The Council approved to instruct the Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID) to notify by mail all residential rental property owners and tenants in the database of their housing rights and responsibilities during the COVID-19 local emergency period. The Council also approved to amend the Temporary Protection of Tenants During COVID-19 Pandemic ordinance so as to require landlords to use HCID's tenant notice form.   
  • Padlocking illegal cannabusinesses-Council approved to create a process for the City to padlock, barricade, or fence properties where unlicensed commercial cannabis business activity occurs. We understand that if licensed non-essential businesses have to be closed during this time, we cannot let unlicensed shops continue to operate, now or ever.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently expanded their list of COVID-19 symptoms experienced by those testing positive for COVID-19. In light of new guidance, LA County residents are asked to pay close attention to these symptoms:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle Pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • FREE COVID-19 TESTING NOW OPEN TO ALL RESIDENTS, WITH OR WITHOUT SYMPTOMS:  Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that L.A. will be the first big city in America to offer wide-scale, free COVID-19 testing to all residents, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms of the virus. The testing will be open to any resident of Los Angeles County, with tests administered at eight locations inside the City of Los Angeles. Use our online portal to get an appointment.
  • "Project Safe Haven" COVID-19 Emergency Shelter and Support Services for Domestic Violence Victims: This program will secure safe housing for up to 900 survivors of domestic abuse during this difficult time. We've put together a DV resource page, visit here. Other resources attached below (English/Spanish)
  • Mayor signs into law both a "Right of Recall" and a "Worker Retention" ordinance: Will ensure workers in the hardest-hit industries who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 are FIRST IN LINE to get their jobs back once re-hiring begins. 
  • The County of Los Angeles wants to help county residents and business owners better navigate local resources and has launched a new Disaster Help Center to support a wider range of business owners and workers adversely affected by the COVID-19 health emergency.
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined yesterday the state’s plan to reopen the economy in four stages.
    • Stage 1: Improving testing and tracing, procuring personal protective equipment, and ensuring hospital surge capacity.
    • Stage 2: Opening, with adaptations, school and child care facilities, and lower-risk workplaces like retail stores, manufacturers, and offices. Park and trail restrictions will also be loosened.
    • Stage 3: Opening higher-risk workplaces, like gyms, nail and hair salons, movie theaters, sports without live audiences, and churches.
    • Stage 4: End of the stay-at-home order; reopen highest-risk workplaces, like concerts, convention centers, and live-audience sports
  • Donations needed: Upcoming Cinco de Mayo Food Drive in Sylmar is in need of some donations. Consider donating if you are able to. POC: Rene or Marcos (818) 723-0875 OR coordinate with me and I will pick up from you. Flyer attached. 
  • The Mayor announced  all the data he has at his disposal on COVID-19 will now be available to the public. To continue with his commitment to transparency all data and key metrics will be posted and accessible on this link.
  • In order to address the many myths that are going around. The Mayor launched a webpage to dispel misinformation. 
  • Graphic on Domestic Violence Resources attached
  • Artist Support COVID-19 Poster Design Money Contest: 11:11 A Creative Collective is providing assistance to local artists in the community that are experiencing hardships during this crisis. The art contest will give out over $1500 in cash prizes to help with rent, groceries, bills, etc. Info flyer attached.
  • Homeless people and stimulus checks: Homeless people can register an address with the IRS to receive their stimulus checks.  Please see the attached flyer for sharing.
  • We are short on donated blood. Here’s the Red Cross website link that provides a current list of blood drives bases on the zip code you enter. Upcoming drive happening on April 20th in North Hollywood (see flyer attached) 
  • LAUSD Announcements:
    • Schools will remain closed through summer
    • Amazon to send every high school student a pair of headphones  
    • Starting next week many district schools will begin implementing a more structured and uniform daily distance learning schedule, with subject periods and lunch breaks
    • Available Family Help Desk (COVID-19 hotline) at 213-443-1300: to help families with questions about school operations, technology, and other student-related matters
    • Available Mental Health Hotline for Students and Families at 213-241-3840: for a consultation, support & referrals
Don't forget the Mayor provides his daily briefing, M-F at 5:15 pm. You can watch it on Facebook, Channel 35 or 5. Continue to share with me the wonderful work you are doing in the community. I want to hear from you! Below are your updates from today:
  • The Mayor announced tonight that asymptomatic testing will now be expanded to construction workers. Front line workers can register for this priority testing HERE.
  • N95 Mask Partnership with Honeywell: The City will be purchasing 24 million N95 masks that will go to first responders and distributed at cost (79 cents each) to hospitals in need. The first 100k will be delivered in May. This initiative creates domestic production and jobs as they will be manufactured 6 hours away. 
  • Emergency Senior Meal Program Update: Our staff is currently working this week on contacting seniors that have applied to share the next steps.
  • Round Two of the Arts Emergency Relief Fund for Artists and Small Ensembles:  The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Community Partners aim to provide relief to this spectrum of LA-based performing artists who were financially affected by this disruption through Round Two of this emergency grant relief opportunity. This second round of emergency relief grant support is open for artists and small ensembles with scheduled programming that were:
    • 1) to take place between March 16 and June 30 within the City of Los Angeles 2) were to be open to the general public 3) were canceled due to COVID-19
    • Solo artists may request up to $400, and ensembles may request up to $1,200
    • Find all the eligibility requirements HERE
    • Fill out the application before the June 1st deadline. 
  • North Hollywood Grocery Grab and Go Event Saturday, May 2nd (Flyer attached)
  • Are you a community organization or service provider and in need of some cloth face masks for the individuals you serve? Let me know
  • Resources for Unbanked Angelenos: To strengthen our recovery, we have to connect anyone who qualifies for an Economic Impact Payment to these vital benefits as soon as possible. That begins with expanding the number of people who have safe and affordable bank accounts -- so they can receive their funds without any delay. You can open your own affordable bank or credit union account online now on our City Website to claim your stimulus money faster. You can also visit the site to see which partners are allowing you to cash your check as a non-account holder with zero fees. (Bank of America, Chase, and Union Bank). 
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Now Open: You can NOW apply for PUA if you are any of the following-unemployed business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, have a limited work history, or someone not usually eligible for regular state unemployment insurance benefits. Apply for PUA on the EDD website. In order to apply for PUA, you must log in or create an account. Due to high demand, you might need to try a few times.
  • From the Office of Assemblywoman Luz Rivas: She will be hosting an ALL Spanish virtual town hall focused on Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance, and everything EDD. Flyer in Spanish attached. 
  • Disaster Relief for Undocumented Californians to Launch in May: California's $75 million Disaster Relief Fund will support undocumented Californians impacted by COVID-19 who are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits and disaster relief due to their immigration status. Stay tuned for details. 
  • Governor Newsom said the state is exploring the possibility of the school year to start in late July or early August. 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I have had the absolute pleasure of being placed in the position of President of the NoHo Neighborhood Council Board for the past several years. I am proud to lead the 22 other elected board members who are also working to ensure the community is well informed.

In this time of uncertainty, I take it upon myself on behalf of the board, to provide you with important information directly from City Hall. 
We must work together as a community. 

Our lives have been changed momentarily and in some instances, for the rest of our lives. NoHo is one of the most social neighborhoods in our city and we beg you to, for the time being, practice safe social distancing while out for your essential needs. This virus is invisible to the naked eye and does not come with a warning. It is important that you and your loved ones follow the advice at LACITY.ORG.

A roommate is essential to the affordability of living in our community. Please take a few moments to have a discussion with them about social distancing while they are away on essential needs. 

This city continues to coordinate with state, county, and local leadership for as long as this emergency lasts. Our Mayor has been leading Los Angeles to provide accurate information each and every day for all Angelenos and his staff has been available to us, whenever needed. 
If you are in contact, personally, with a first responder, please send them a heart-felt thank you on behalf of our board and community members.

Finally, please rest assured that before this emergency began, our city had been preparing for emergencies of all types and providing free training to stakeholders to help in any type of emergency. 

While this was not a predicted emergency, if there is any city in the country prepared for any type of emergency it is US.

We are Los Angeles! 
We are all in this together.

Thank you, 
Paul Storiale
NoHo Neighborhood Council President

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