Food Giveaway
Harbor Neighborhood Relief Fund
The Cal Fresh Program
Town Hall on San Pedro Schools
4/23/20 Updates from the Mayor's Office
  • LA Protects Business Ambassadors: Ambassadors will go out to essential businesses, such as those manufacturing cloth face coverings. They will focus on physical distancing at workstations, disinfection protocols and ensuring that the county’s physical distancing protocol is complete. Ambassadors will also document any company they think should be referred to the city’s office of wages and standards and workers safety issues that should be raised with CAL/OSHA.
  • Office Of Wage Standards (OWS) - The Office of Wage Standards enforces the City’s Minimum Wage Ordinance and investigates minimum wage complaints. Anyone who is aware of a city business that is not adhering to wage laws can submit a complaint online at https://wagesla.lacity.org/ or by calling (844) 924-3752. It is completely safe for anyone to submit a complaint -- OWS does not look into anyone's immigration status as part of their investigations.
  • Testing for First Responders and Critical Workers/Updates:There are now 34 testing locations across LA County!! 
  • Capacity to test 12,200 people
  • Testing available to all critical workers that are on the front lines, with or WITHOUT symptoms. This includes our first responders, health care professionals, grocery store workers, and critical government personnel. Workers should contact their employers on how to get priority testing.
  • Rapid Mobile Testing Teams: We now have 3 mobiles teams providing hundreds of tests at elder care, nursing homes, and assisting living facilities.
  • Mental Health: More than 50% of LA County residents are reaching out to the crisis text line of 741-741 and are turning to therapy and mental health resources. Coping with the stress of the coronavirus crisis can be a challenge. There is no shame in reaching out.  
  • LA County Mental Health ACCESS Center, call 800-854-7771
  • LAUSD hotline, call 2113-241-3840
  • To speak to a crisis counselor, text 741-741 
  • Resources are also available on coronavirus.lacity.org/resources
  • Harbor & Watts Bulletin: A compiled list of some resources it relates to coronavirus in CD15 communities. For any additional information, please visit http://coronavirus.lacity.org/, a one-stop shop for everything coronavirus in the city of LA.
  • Spanish Briefing Calls: Thursday, 4/23 a 2pm. Call in: 1-315-757-0338. PIN: 705 568 630‬#.



Friday's Harbor & Watts Community Briefing Information:
Google Hangout
Friday, April 24
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM
Call In: 1 631-591-6800‬ 
PIN: ‪‪573 305 571‬#
Reminder: Briefing calls will only be hosted on Fridays.

Other Government Updates
  • LA City Council - Yesterday, the City Council met and voted on a number of items. Below is a summary of the highlights.
  • Right Of Recall And Worker Retention: Yesterday, the Council provided direction to the City Attorney to develop ordinances to establish a Right of Recall and Worker Retention protections to workers laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Price Gouging And Hoarding - The Council approved an ordinance that makes price gouging and hoarding medical supplies for the purposes of reselling illegal.
  • Emergency Rental Relief Program:  Council approved the creation of an Emergency Rental Assistance Subsidy (ERAS). ERAS will be available to tenants citywide with incomes at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI), depending on household size. The rent subsidy would be a grant paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the tenant for up to 50% of the monthly rent, with a maximum of $1,000 per month for up to three months through the expiration of the declaration of emergency, with a maximum grant of $3,000 per household. More to come on this.
  • Traffic And Safety At Food Pantries: Following a tragic event in CM Rodrigez’s district, the council approved to instruct LAPD and LADOT to develop general traffic operational guidelines that can improve safety at food pantry locations.

  • Councilmember Joe Buscaino
  • LA County Federation Food Back Distribution Day: On Friday, April 24th from 9:00Am- 12:00 PM, Councilman Joe Buscaino in partnership with the LA County Federation of Labor and the LA Food Bank will host a food distribution day in Wilmington for 2,000 families. The event will take place at the Harbor Sports Complex, adjacent to LA Harbor College, in the parking lot. They are in need of 40 volunteers to help us make this event a success. Please note that all volunteers are asked to arrive between 7:30AM and 8:00AM and remain until noon. To volunteer, please contact Fernando Navarete at fernando.navarrete@lacity.org. (See flyer at the top of this newsletter).
  • Senior Meal Delivery: If you are a Senior or a person with a disability that prevents you from leaving your home, Councilmember Buscaino is hosting a limited meal delivery program for the residents of Wilmington, Watts, Harbor Gateway, Harbor City, and San Pedro. Fill out this form or call the CD15 Harbor District office and get assistance: 310-732-4515. Filling out the form does not guarantee a meal. 

  • LA County
  • County Board of Supervisors Daily Briefings every day at 1:00pm until further notice. You can watch the County briefing on the County Channel, Facebook, or on local news stations. 
  • Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (LA County Parks) launched "Parks From Home," a virtual recreation center to provide free access to fitness and instructional classes for the public to enjoy from home during the COVID-19 crisis. The free online programming includes videos of LA County Parks staff teaching recreation, sports, arts, and specialty courses, plus virtual tours of trails, gardens, and popular attractions throughout Los Angeles County. New video content will be added regularly and announced via social media @lacountyparks.
  • Parks From Home webpage: http://parks.lacounty.gov/virtual
  • LA County Parks on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/lacountyparks

  • Assemblymember Gipson: Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In: Physical distancing helps combat COVID-19, but it also can create a sense of isolation in people. Seniors and other vulnerable Californians are especially susceptible. This campaign is designed to ease that isolation. Learn how you can help. For additional COVID-19 information, please visit Assemblymember Mike Gipson’s special COVID-19 web portal.


Superior Court Info - Payment of Fines/Fees
Resources for Seniors and Vulnerable Angelenos
Metro's Virtual Meetings
Grant Update
Given the uncertainty and capacity of some of our local organizations during this time, HCBF is releasing a  final  extension of the grant deadline - to  Friday, May 15th at 4pm.
 
This will not significantly change the timeline for grant presentations or awards. Those who have already submitted a LOI may amend their submission at any time, up until the deadline. More information will be released regarding the presentations and if they will occur in person, via video conference, or video submission. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow any state guidelines for in person meetings. 
 
News from the Sanitation Dept.
Census Deadline Extended
The deadline has been extended so you can still fill it out and be counted if you haven't yet done so.
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