May 20, 2020
Table of Contents
  • Safer at Home Updates
  • Nuevos Avisos: Mas Seguro en El Hogar
  • Free Testing
  • Children and Vaccinations
  • Emergency Child Care Connection
  • Relaxed Parking Rules Extended
  • Apply for a Slow Street
  • Veterans Crisis Line
  • LAUSD Resources
  • LA Public Library Online Resources
  • Learning Resources from PBS SoCal
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program
  • Approved Farmers Markets
  • California Disaster Relief for Immigrants
  • My Health LA
  • Senior Meal Emergency Response Program
  • Job Portal
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Help with Landlords
  • Fraud and Scam Protection
  • Citywide Closures
  • Contacting Federal Agencies
  • Contacting City Departments
  • Health Resources
Safer at Home Updates
As of yesterday there were 1,183 new cases in Los Angeles County for a total of 39,573 total cases. The City of Los Angeles had 480 new cases for a total of 19,020 cases. There were also 76 deaths for a total of 1,913. This was the second largest day for deaths in the County - anyone who thinks we are out of the woods, we are not.

The County of Los Angeles has the capacity to test 21,000 people daily. So far, nearly 400,000 people have been tested.

As of yesterday, all pet grooming and training businesses can be open. Customers will need to drop their pets off outside without physically entering the space. Pet grooming and training inside retail businesses can open with the same protocols. Mobile pet services are allowed to operate with proper social distancing in place. Car washes are also allowed to reopen. All businesses opening must follow County protocol.

In Los Angeles County a total of 3,500 rooms have been designated for this program. Although state-wide only half of the hotel rooms in this program are being used, in Los Angles County these rooms are at a high occupancy.

We have made great strides in fighting the virus the past 2 months and we must continue our efforts in order to avoid any set backs. 

To learn more, including about the public health indicators that will drive decision-making about when to loosen or tighten restrictions over the coming year, see the  Safer L.A. website

Nuevos Avisos: Mas Seguro en El Hogar
Hasta ayer había 1,183 casos nuevos en el condado de Los Ángeles para un total de 39,573 casos. La ciudad de Los Ángeles tuvo 480 casos nuevos para un total de 19,020 casos. También hubo 76 muertes para un total de 1,913. Este fue el segundo día más grande de fallecimientos en el Condado: cualquiera que piense que estamos fuera de peligro, no lo estamos.

El condado de Los Ángeles tiene la capacidad de evaluar a 21,000 personas diariamente. Hasta ahora, se han realizado pruebas a casi 400,000 personas.

A partir de ayer, todos los negocios de aseo y entrenamiento de mascotas pueden estar abiertos. Los clientes deberán dejar a sus mascotas afuera sin ingresar físicamente al espacio. El aseo y entrenamiento de mascotas dentro de las empresas minoristas pueden abrirse con los mismos protocolos. Los servicios móviles para mascotas pueden operar con un distanciamiento social adecuado. Los lavados de autos también pueden reabrir. Todas las empresas que abran deben seguir el protocolo del condado.

En el condado de Los Ángeles se han designado un total de 3,500 habitaciones para este programa. Aunque en todo el estado solo se están utilizando la mitad de las habitaciones de hotel en este programa, en el condado de Los Ángeles estas habitaciones tienen una alta ocupación.

Para obtener más información, incluso sobre los indicadores de salud pública que impulsarán la toma de decisiones sobre cuándo aflojar o endurecer las restricciones durante el próximo año, consulte el sitio web  SaferLA .

Free Testing
Free COVID-19 testing is available for L.A. County residents. Whether or not you’re experiencing symptoms, you can get a test. Testing is vital to limiting the spread of the virus. This choice could save a life.

Make an appointment at: .

Las pruebas de COVID-19 están disponibles gratis para todos los residentes del Condado de L.A. Aunque no tenga síntomas, puede hacerse una prueba. Las pruebas son importantes para reducir la propagación del virus y salvar vidas.

Haga una cita en: .
Children and Vaccinations
The statewide Stay-at-Home order has helped slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it has also resulted in some children missing their recommended vaccines.

In California and across the U.S., recent data show troubling decreases in childhood vaccination, leaving many children unprotected. In comparison to April 2019, in April 2020, the number of shots given to children 0 through 18 years old in California decreased by more than 40 percent.

It is recommended that parents contact their child’s doctor if they have any concerns about visiting the office. Most providers have additional safety measures in place to protect patients when visiting the clinic, such as separating sick and well children. Some clinics offer curbside clinics, where you can get care in or near your car. If your child’s healthcare provider is currently limiting well visits or vaccinations, ask about plans to catch your child up on vaccinations.

Immunizations are also recommended for pregnant women to protect the mother and newborn infant. Check with your prenatal care provider about the timing of prenatal immunizations.

For those who are out of work or without health insurance, it's important to know you can still get your child vaccinated.

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program offers free vaccines to families who cannot afford to pay for their children’s vaccines (through 19 years of age). Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if they are a VFC provider.
Emergency Child Care Connection
L.A. Emergency Child Care Connection  offers child care resources and services to City of L.A. emergency responders, including LAPD officers and sworn members of LAFD, the Port of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles World Airports as well as staff from our sanitation and personnel departments charged with protecting public health -- to help protect their families while they protect all Angelenos in this emergency.   Click here to learn more .
Relaxed Parking Rules Extended
Consistent with extended "Stay at Home" orders, certain parking regulations will remain relaxed until at least June 1, 2020. While some parking regulations are relaxed at this time, others remain enforced. 

LADOT has relaxed enforcement for the following categories:
  • Residential street sweeping
  • Expired registration on a vehicle
  • Peak/rush hour and gridlock zone parking restrictions
  • No ticket/tow for abandoned vehicles and overnight parking
  • Vehicles displaying recently expired permits within preferential parking districts will have a two-week grace period following the expiration to renew

In addition:
  • No parking fine increases until after June 1
  • Extended grace period for people dropping off or picking up
  • Immediate extensions on all deadlines for payments until June 1
  • LADOT will supply a temporary, print-at-home permit to residents within a preferential parking district who have renewed their permit but will not receive the new hangtag before their current permit expires

Enforcement continues for:
  • Metered parking
  • Time limits within preferential parking districts for vehicles without a valid or recently-expired permit
  • Posted time limits zones in residential and commercial areas
  • All posted Temporary No-Parking signs
  • No blocking emergency access (alleyways, fire hydrants, etc.)
  • Colored curb zones
  • Parking restrictions for City-owned lots
Apply for a Slow Street
The City of Los Angeles has announced a new program allowing local residents to gain access to more space for recreation activities in their neighborhoods, while protecting Angelenos from overcrowding on sidewalks and promoting social distancing. 

Veterans Crisis Line
The Veteran Crisis Line provides confidential 24/7 support to veterans, service members, National Guard and National Reserve personnel, and the friends and family of military personnel.

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, text 838255, or   visit their website  for more information.
LAUSD Resources
LAUExtendedSD offers several resources for teachers, students, families, and staff during the COVID-19 crisis. Please  visit their website  for a full list of services, or call the District’s hotline numbers: 

  • Information for families: (213) 443-1300
  • Information for employees: (213) 241-2700

Counselors and mental health professionals are available to LAUSD students and families. To connect with a counselor, please call (213) 241-3840 . The hotline is open weekdays from 6 AM. to 6 PM.
LA Public Library Online Resources

The  Los Angeles Public Library  has millions of books, audiobooks, DVDs and other resources available for public use –– and is hosting daily  storytimes
Learning Resources from PBS SoCal
PBS SoCal and KCET are offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to California’s state curriculum requirements. Please  visit their website for more information .
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Approved Farmers Markets
StreetsLA is taking critical steps to ensure the health and safety of Angelenos during the COVID-19 public health crisis while keeping essential services in our city moving. For details regarding services provided by StreetsLA, including authorized farmers markets, during the COVID-19 crises,  please visit the website .
California Disaster Relief for Immigrants
DRAI is a one-time, state-funded disaster relief assistance program for undocumented immigrants impacted by COVID-19. The program will provide $500 in direct assistance to those who qualify, and a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household. 

To qualify, individuals must be able to provide information that they: 
1) Are an undocumented adult (18 yrs. of age or older); 
2) Are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance such as the CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and, 
3) Have experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. 

Eligible individuals who live in Los Angeles County can apply starting on Monday, May 18, 2020 through the following nonprofit organizations: 

As of May 18, you may contact these organizations for more information about the application process and the verification documents required. Note that they will NOT assist individuals prior to May 18.  Please note that this program is not being administered by the City of Los Angeles; if you have any questions, please contact one of the organizations listed above. 

My Health LA
My Health LA is a no-cost health care program for people who live in Los Angeles County. MHLA is free to individuals and families who do not have and cannot get health insurance, such as Full-Scope Medi-Cal. 

Health care services are provided by non-profit clinics called “Community Partners.” There are over 200 Community Partner clinics in My Health LA. If interested, please review the following videos:

English video : (2 min 44 sec)
Spanish  video (3 min 12 sec)
Senior Meal Emergency Response Program
The Safer at Home Order provided restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our most vulnerable populations safe in their residences. But without easy access to food, there has been a growing number of food-insecure seniors throughout Los Angeles, who are at higher risk for developing serious complications from a COVID-19 illness.  
The hospitality and restaurant industries have also been hard hit by the crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought travel to a standstill, causing job and revenue losses as hotel kitchens and restaurants are temporarily restricted from serving food in their premises. Both of these industries employ thousands of workers in L.A. across income levels and immigration statuses. These workers represent additional populations made vulnerable during this pandemic.
The Senior Meal Emergency Response Program supports both seniors and hard-hit hospitality and restaurant industries in the City of Los Angeles.
The program provides home-delivered and healthy meals to seniors by partnering with Everytable, an L.A.-based social enterprise and restaurant chain, and the Hospitality Training Academy, an L.A.-based workforce development program founded in partnership with the labor union UNITE HERE Local 11. HTA trains low-income and marginalized communities in L.A. for careers in the hospitality industry. 
I am a senior, and I am in need of meals during this crisis. How do I apply?
Seniors who qualify for this program may be eligible to receive up to 10 home-delivered meals per week during the COVID-19 crisis. 
To find out whether you are eligible to participate, you can:
·         Fill out the questionnaire by click  here .  
·         Call (213) 263-5226 and another City staff member will assist you. 
I am a restaurant, and I would like to prepare meals. How do I apply?
Restaurants who qualify for this program may be eligible to prepare meals for seniors during the COVID-19 crisis.
To find out whether your restaurant is eligible to participate, fill out the questionnaire by clicking on this   link .
Guidelines for meal preparation, packaging, labeling, and transport are available  here .
Due to the expected level of response and interest in this program, please allow for at least 72 hours to receive confirmation that your restaurant is eligible to participate. You may not receive a response if you are not eligible or there is not sufficient demand.

Job Portal
The City has launched  for those whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19.

This website helps unemployed or underemployed Angelenos find and apply to job opportunities across industries, and connects them to a repository of additional resources such as emergency assistance and healthcare.
Volunteer Opportunities
To find ways to help in this crisis, visit  VolunteerLA   to search for opportunities by cause (for example, “hunger” or “senior services”), frequency and type of service, location, and more via our new Nonprofit Directory.

Here are some other things you can do –– so long as you are healthy, not a member of a vulnerable population, and meet all advised public health requirements:

  • Donate to food banks and volunteer to ensure our most vulnerable populations are still able to provide for their families. Much needed items include canned goods, peanut butter, toilet paper, antibacterial cleansers, and financial contributions.
  • Volunteer with the American Red Cross to help distribute meals to students affected by school closures or as a volunteer blood donor to address the current blood shortage. 
  • You can also join the virtual blood drive campaign, #LetsDonateBloodLA, and learn about the safety measures being practiced from the California Surgeon General here. 
  • Do neighbor check-ins: Offer to pick up groceries or medications for those who aren't able to and stay connected by calling your neighbors, friends, and loved ones who might appreciate human connection despite physical distancing. 
  • Consider virtual volunteer opportunities with organizations like L.A. Works.
  • Check-in with your local homebound meal delivery programs: Many of these programs are scaling up to support the increased need and need volunteers. Find a location near you and call to ask if they need assistance.
  • Volunteer with CORE Response to support the COVID-19 testing program.
Help with Landlords
If you are facing eviction, or if your landlord has questions on the emergency order, please contact the Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID) hotline at (866) 557-7368, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can find more information on tenants' rights during this emergency on the  HCID website .

Fraud and Scam Protection
The Department of Justice is remaining vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the crisis. Find out how you can protect yourself and helpful resources on DOJ’s Coronavirus Fraud Prevention  website .

The Federal Trade Commission has also established a  website  with helpful information to help consumers avoid coronavirus-related scams.

Citywide Closures
In order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the City has ordered temporary closures of the following sites:

  • Los Angeles City Hall - temporarily closed to non-City employees.

  • Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Facilities - all facilities, parking lots, playgrounds, and programming will be closed until further notice. Restrooms will remain open.

  • Los Angeles City and County Public Libraries - temporarily closed until further notice.

  • Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs - all events and facilities (including Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock) will be closed until further notice.

  • Los Angeles Unified School District - schools are closed until through the summer.

Contacting Federal Agencies is cataloging all U.S. government activities related to coronavirus. From actions on health and safety to travel, immigration, and transportation to education, find pertinent actions  here
Each Federal Agency has also established a dedicated coronavirus website, where you can find important information and guidance. They include: 
  • Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Department of Education (DoED)
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of State (DOS)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Commerce (DOC)
  • Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Department of the Treasury (USDT)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
  • Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)

Contacting City Departments

Office of the Mayor : click here
  • Updates on City initiatives
  • The latest facts and figures

Los Angeles Unified School District: click here
  • Updated resources for students and families

Department of Transportation: click here  
  • LADOT Adjust Signals to Slow Excessive Speeding
  • Parking Rules Update: Preferential Parking Districts
  • Apply for Temporary Food Pick-up Parking
  • Changes to Transit Services
  • LADOT Transitions to Automatic Walk Signal Cycles

Housing + Community Investment Department: click here
  • Renter Protections Q&A with HCIDLA: click here
  • What You Need to Know Regarding Renter Protections: click here

Port of Los Angeles : click here

Department of Aging: click here
  • Updated Resources for Seniors and Other Vulnerable Angelenos: click here

Department on Disability: click here

Department of Public Works: click here  
Most critical services continue to be provided on a daily basis:
  • Utility companies continue to construct and maintain their systems in city streets
  • Street sweepers keep their routes and work around parked vehicles
  • Trees are being trimmed
  • Streets are being resurfaced and sidewalks repaired for safe passage

Bureau of Street Services: click here
  • Public counters are currently closed, please call for assistance.
  • Tree Related Permits: 213-847-3077 
  • Street Use/Sidewalk Vending Permits: 213-847-6000

Bureau of Engineering: click here  
Most services may be conducted online.
  • Please visit here to apply online and/or for contact information for individual offices.
  • Permits that can be applied for online include the following: A-Permits, B-Permits, E-Permits, R-Permits, S-Permits, U-Permits, Highway Dedication and Hillside Referral Forms.

Los Angeles Sanitation: click here
  • Temporarily offer free extra collection. Once your bin is emptied, you can refill it while our team is there, and they'll collect it again. This new service is free of charge to residents. It starts on Monday, April 13, and lasts until the Safer at Home order is lifted.
  • If you have any questions, call our Sanitation Department's 24-hour customer care center at 1-800-773-2489 or dial 3-1-1.

Animal Services:  click here
  • Fostering and adoption services are still in effect.
Recreation and Parks: click here  

Department of Cultural Affairs

Los Angeles Zoo: click here
  • L.A. Zoo immediately set protocols in place for animals

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power: click here
  • DWP is focused on the work most necessary to keep the power and water flowing to homes and businesses.
  • With the link provided link, you will be able to find information regarding essential work, customer support, scams, safe drinking water, safer at home tips, help for small businesses, and resources to help you stay connected.

Los Angeles Public Library: click here  
  • Central Library and the 72 branch libraries are closed until further notice.
  • During this time, no late fines will be assessed for overdue items, and patrons can return materials when libraries reopen with no penalty.
  • Ask a Librarian: click here
  • Digital Services: click here

Planning: click here  
  • City Planning is supporting the economic growth of Los Angeles by providing employment opportunities for its communities through building, construction, and other services that staff provide residents and small businesses alike.
  • Updated Appeal Filing Procedures; Updated Procedures on Public Hearings for Projects
  • Public Order Governing the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages
  • Modified Operations at the Development Services Centers

LA CityView: click here
  • Tune in to keep up with all things City related and more! 

Health Resources
The following resources are a great sources of up-to-date information on the coronavirus and how it might affect day-to-day life:

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