🎅❄️🌲 Happy Holidays 🌲 ❄️🎅
from the
Atwater Village Neighborhood Council
December 21, 2021 View as Webpage
Upcoming Meetings
AVNC Special Public Safety Committee Meeting Via Zoom
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 @ 1:00 PM
Recent AVNC Board Actions
A Message from the County of LA
As of December 15th, masks must be worn in all indoor public settings throughout California, regardless of vaccination until 1/15. With the rise of COVID-19 cases & growing concern of Omicron, masks are essential & provide an extra layer of protection against the spread of COVID.

Public Health would like to remind residents that getting vaccinated or boosted remains critical as holiday traveling and gatherings begin.

Additionally, all residents across LA County should continue: 
  • Getting tested to help reduce the spread, especially if you traveled for the holidays, have had a possible exposure or have symptoms
  • Adhering to masking requirements when indoors or at large outdoor mega events, regardless of vaccination status

Residents are also reminded that they are legally required to be isolated if they have a positive COVID test result and that vaccinated close contacts with symptoms and unvaccinated close contacts need to be quarantined.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and are recommended for everyone 5 years old and older to help protect against COVID-19. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status. Appointments are not needed at all Public Health vaccination sites and many community sites where first, second, and third doses are available.

To find a vaccination site near you, or to make an appointment, please visit, VaccinateLACounty.com (English) or VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish).
If you need assistance, you can also call 1-833-540-0473 for help:
  • Finding an appointment
  • Connect to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or 
  • Schedule a home visit if you are homebound. 

For more information regarding COVID-19 in LA County you can also visit the Public Health website at publichealth.lacounty.gov
Update on Metro Fares
Metro fares have been suspended since March 2020 but are restarting on Monday January 10, 2022. Low-income riders can apply for discounted fares through the Low Income Fare is Easy (LIFE) Program - Learn more at www.metro.net/riding/life.

Discounted fare programs also exist for college/vocational students - more info at metro.net/riding/fares/collegevocational/
Community News from LADWP
Last month, our Board of Commissioners announced the most comprehensive effort in the city’s history to help hundreds of thousands of customers that have been financially strained as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is particularly happy news this holiday season.

An expected $300 million will be used to help over 250,000 qualifying customers reduce their utility debt. We've also streamlined our Low-Income Discount Assistance Program, now known as EZ-SAVE. Take advantage of these programs today and keep your holidays merry and bright.

Be Water Efficient, L.A.
In response to the State’s announcement of an initial 0% allocation of water from the State Water Project (SWP), we are urging customers to take immediate action to reduce their water use.

Since 2009, we have remained at Phase 2 of the Water Conservation Ordinance which limits outdoor watering to three days a week, along with other prohibited uses of water. If conditions become more severe, we may take further steps to mandate conservation, including further limiting outdoor watering. Let's save, L.A.!
Career Opportunities with the LADWP
The City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility company in the United States, promotes a diverse and inclusive workforce. 

They currently have upcoming job openings for a Lab Technician and Water Utility Worker.

The application due date for both jobs is December 30, 2021.
Emergency Housing Voucher Program:
Rent Your Available Units
Calling all property owners! Do you have available units to rent? You may be eligible to receive up to $5,000!

Received an Eviction Notice? We Can Help
Are you a renter? Have you received an eviction notice? Our rent counselors are here to answer your questions and guide you through the process to stay housed. 

Call (800) 593-8222 or visit rent.lacounty.gov for more info. 
Learn how we've helped LA County residents here (video)
Links and Helpful Information
Resources to make cities more resilient
From water supply to climate action, the County’s Chief Sustainability Office has just issued this handy toolkit so local cities can address our most pressing quality of life issues. We’ve got a host of resources to help local leaders make their cities more resilient, from model ordinances and scientific guidance to funding resources and partnership opportunities. 

And- if you haven't already- check out the LA County Vulnerability Assessment to find which L.A. County neighborhoods will be hardest hit by severe climate impacts by 2050.
Help the City Help Our Neighborhood
Use the MyLA311 app to report potholes, graffiti and street light problems! 

City information and services are just a few taps away. Use the app to quickly and easily request the City's most popular services, including graffiti removal, pothole repair, and bulky-item pickup. Other features include access to the City Services knowledge base, map of nearby City facilities, City Social Media feeds, and more. https://www.lacity.org/myla311
Let us know if you find the information in this newsletter helpful. We'd love to hear from you.