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Dear Friend:
 
For too many Americans, Memorial Day has become a day for barbecuing and beach trips - a day to shop for mattresses and appliances.  This year, our commitment to staying safer at home gives us an opportunity to focus on the real purpose of Memorial Day:  to remember and to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country so that all of us, and others throughout the world, might live in freedom.

Through their sacrifice they remind us of the extraordinary potential of ordinary Americans.  They remind us of the principles for which our country stands, and they remind us of the courage and commitment necessary to maintain those principles.  They remind us of both the blessings we enjoy, and the cost we must bear, as citizens of the last best hope of earth. 
In This Issue
As we grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we can draw inspiration from the countless examples of America overcoming immense challenges throughout our history.  In every case, ordinary Americans joined together and made personal sacrifices to support one another and pursue the interests of the country in times of crisis.  No example of that spirit is more worthy of our remembrance than the ultimate sacrifice made by so many  men and women of our Armed Forces in service to our country.  

The Boy Scouts of America is inviting all Angelenos to participate in a virtual remembrance ceremony for our fallen heroes. It involves the simple act of joining in unison at 3:00 pm to face an American flag with solemnity and play, sing, hum or listen to Taps, and leaving an online message of remembrance for one who has sacrificed (for more information, please visit  bsa-la.org/memorial-day) . I hope you'll take a moment to join the Scouts in this simple gesture of appreciation to those who have given us so much at such great cost.
Very truly yours, 

Paul Krekorian
Los Angeles City Councilmember, Second District
We Are Here to Serve You

My office, like all City of Los Angeles offices, is following recommended protocols such as social distancing and working remotely to slow the spread of the coronavirus. That said, my staff and I are working hard every day to address this crisis and we are always readily available to help with your questions, concerns, and needs during this difficult period. We can be reached by phone at 213-473-7002 and 818-755-7676, and through email  councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org . Since we are experiencing a higher-than-normal volume of calls, feel free to email the staff member you wish to contact. The accompanying link contains those addresses: www.paulkrekorian.org/staff.
TOP STORY
Connecting with Seniors

Our community's seniors have experienced extraordinary events during their lifetimes.  Their strength has been forged by the Second World War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the great turmoil and divisiveness of the 1960s. In each case, their character and courage helped our country overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges and emerge even stronger.  We owe them a great debt of gratitude.

Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a more dramatic impact on this generation than any other.  They have endured the worst health impacts; many basic needs like shopping and congregate senior meal service has been disrupted because of their heightened Safer At Home concerns; and, their retirement security has been endangered due to the devastation of the stock market. Some seniors, isolated and afraid, are uncertain where their next meal is coming from, or how to get access to essential services.

This week, Councilmember Krekorian sponsored a virtual Senior Resource Forum to help seniors navigate these issues.  The virtual forum included special guest Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, who represents much of the East San Fernando Valley and also serves as Chair of the Assembly's Aging and Long Term Care Committee.  Experts from both the City and County departments of aging also participated in the one-hour conversation, which is available on Facebook (video link here). For links to information about senior resources, please visit,   www.paulkrekorian.org/seniorresources .
Councilmember Krekorian's Committee to Renew 
Budget Discussions in June

As chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, Councilmember Krekorian is overseeing an extraordinary city budget process that reflects the extraordinary fiscal crisis now confronting all levels of governments.
  
In each of the previous eight years that Councilmember Krekorian has served as Chair, the Budget & Finance Committee has spent most of April and May pouring over the Mayor's budget proposal, devoting weeks of daily public hearings in which committee members question every department head, challenge every revenue assumption and propose hundreds of potential changes in expenditures.  This year, the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic prevented such hearings from taking place on the normal schedule.  Moreover, the massive economic disruption caused by the pandemic, together with a drastic decline in city revenues, has created a level of uncertainty so great that the normal process could never suffice.  

Accordingly, the entire budget, and all motions relating to it, have been referred back to the Committee for further in-depth consideration throughout June and beyond.  The Budget and Finance Committee will continue its work throughout the fiscal year, with full knowledge that the City's financial circumstances are likely to continue to change dramatically.  The Committee and the Council will constantly need to reassess changed circumstances forthrightly and with discipline in order to maintain the basic city services that the people of Los Angeles depend upon.
CITY HIGHLIGHTS
  Slow Streets LA Program Debuts

Councilmember Krekorian announced that the Department of Transportation and StreetsLA have launched an important program to make our communities more healthy and livable. The Slow Streets LA program allows neighborhoods to apply for through-traffic restrictions to create spaces where residents can bike, walk, or play in their neighborhoods more safely. Streets will not be completely closed, but will be restricted to local access for residents, guests, delivery and emergency vehicles. Enhanced signage will encourage slower traffic speeds.

Neighborhood councils, residents' associations, business associations, schools, churches and local nonprofits can apply for a Slow Street designation of a local neighborhood street.  The link to the Slow Streets LA application is here.  
NEIGHBORHOOD HEROES
Studio City Youth Makes Equipment for Health Care Providers 
Clockwise from top left: Jared Hasen-Klein working on the face shields project. Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park medical staff. Eric Gever (left), founder of SoCal Makers COVID-19 Response and Boeing engineer, with Nuzzy Sykes, a high school student and volunteer. Protective face shields in construction. I Photo Credit: Jared Hasen-Klein and SoCal COVID Response

At the beginning of January, Jared Hasen-Klein of Studio City had a highly-coveted internship in Washington with a member of Congress.
 
By March, Jared, a junior political science major at Cal Poly Pomona, had returned home, part of the mass exodus of students around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Jared had originally been drawn to government out of a desire "to help people as much as possible." During the crisis, he has seized an opportunity to put that feeling into practice.
 
Jared is part of a team of volunteers - 150 and counting - who have devoted much of their so-called free time to creating shields that provide extra facial protection to health care workers. The SoCal Makers COVID-19 Response Team has so far created more than 11,500 shields and other personal protective equipment.
 
The project has been funded primarily by individual contributors on Go Fund Me.
 
Jared's personal printer is operating 12-15 hours per day, creating the visors for the clear plastic, 3-D devices.
 
Jared likens this effort to starting a successful non-profit from nothing, which gives him a great sense of pride. "All that dedication and skill is being transferred into this project."
 
For more information, please go to:  socalcovidresponse.com.
CENSUS 2020
Completing the Census is Vital to our Community's Future   

The Census is more than a population count, it's an opportunity to shape our community's future. Please help ensure a complete and accurate count, visit the Census link here to respond:  2020census.gov .

Are you curious about how many people in your community are responding to the 2020 Census? Stay up to date with a map of self-response rates from across the United States. Start here:   lahub.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View...   
PHOTOS AROUND TOWN
CD2 COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS
CALLING ALL CD2 RESTAURANTS

Councilmember Krekorian is supporting CD2 restaurants during this extremely difficult time. Any restaurants that are open and offering "grab-and-go" or delivery services, are urged to contact Councilmember Krekorian's office. Direct message Councilmember Krekorian on Instagram @paulkrekorian or emailpaul.krekorian@lacity.org . Your business will be featured on Councilmember Krekorian's Instagram.


2020 ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION
Deadline to Submit: May 30th

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students who reside in California's 29th Congressional district. The winning piece of art from each Congressional district is displayed in an eleven-month exhibit in the Cannon tunnel that leads into the U.S. Capitol, alongside the winning artwork from other congressional districts across the nation. All artwork must be submitted to the Office of Congressman Tony Cárdenas located at 9612 Van Nuys Blvd. Suite 201, Panorama City, CA 91402. For complete submission requirements and details, please visit www.cardenas.house.gov/art.
GROCERY GRAB & GO: Victory Outreach North Hollywood
Saturday, June 20, 12 pm
6215 Laurel Canyon Blvd. 
North Hollywood, 91606

Victory Outreach North Hollywood is hosting another Grocery Grab & Go, for the first 200 people/families. CDC safety guidelines will be followed. For more information, please visit  www.vonorthhollywood.org.
STUDIO CITY FARMERS MARKET: ADOPT A HEALTHCARE WORKER AND FIRST RESPONDER

The Studio City Farmers Market is honoring our front line heroes by donating tote bags filled with non-perishable Farmers Market food to them. Bags will be filled with items such as nut butter, cheese, olive oil, tortillas, nuts, dried fruit, bread, jam, coffee, tea, soap, and more. They will be donated to our heroes at local hospitals, fire stations and throughout the city. To adopt a healthcare worker or first responder go to  www.studiocityfarmersmarket.com.
SIDEWALK REPAIR PROGRAM: Draft EIR Public Review Period Extension
Public Comment Period until May 31

Due to the current COVID-19 emergency, the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) public review and comment period has been further extended until May 31. The City of Los Angeles has prepared a EIR to evaluate the potential environmental effects of the proposed Sidewalk Repair Program that addresses the manner in which sidewalk repair projects are undertaken. The City is requesting input on the Draft EIR from public agencies, residents, and other interested project stakeholders. The Draft EIR is available online at sidewalks.lacity.org/. Submit comments online at: sidewalks.lacity.commentinput.com/.
NEIGHBORS HELPING  NEIGHBORS
SCOUTS ON THE RUN: Boy Scouts of America Western Los Angeles County Council 
Friday, May 22 to Friday, May 29 

Join the  Western Los Angeles County Council for the first  Scouts on the Run,  a virtual 5k which allows Scouts, youth, and families to participate whether they run on a treadmill, jog around the neighborhood, or walk around the block. Just make sure you follow social distancing guidelines.   Register here , download your racing bib ,  run your race between May 22 nd  and May 29 th , then share your finish time on the link in the confirmation email highlighted portion  by May 31st . Winners of the race will be announced on June 2 nd . For more information, visit bsa-la.org/scouts-on-the-run. 
The Guide to Volunteer Opportunities in Los Angeles

For locals and visitors alike, Los Angeles offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities for anyone interested in donating their time and skills to local organizations. From social services and food banks to cultural institutions and animal shelters, there's a volunteer opportunity that's just right for you here.
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR CALL FOR CALIFORNIA VOLUNTEERS

Every Californian can safely help their community during these difficult times. Volunteer opportunities such as delivering meals, donating to a shelter or food bank, supporting nonprofits, wellness checks and many are available. For a more details, please visit serve.ca.gov.
LAWORKS

To volunteer remotely and help make protective masks or do research for creating care packages, please visit the LA Works Virtual Volunteering. To help fight social isolation and get connected to the TeleSocial, please visit the Social Connection page. To navigate to all pages and for complete information visit, www.laworks.com/social-caring.
CITY OF LA EMERGENCY CORPS - COVID-19

The City of Los Angeles has a need for medical professionals to support a surge in medical cases across Los Angeles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a medical professional and would like to offer support (pro bono or paid) in response to COVID-19, please complete the form here. If you are selected for consideration, verification of your training may be required.
COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES
COVID-19: Keeping Los Angeles Safe

Mayor Eric Garcetti's " Safer at Home" Emergency Order calls on Angelenos to stay in their residences and limit all activities outside their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary for essential tasks. Some adjustments to the "Safer at Home" order have started - read more about a Safer L.A.

RENTER PROTECTIONS

The City has issued a temporary moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent for tenants who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rent increases on occupied rental units that are also subject to the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). An emergency ordinance enacted by the Council on March 27 - one of the strongest of its kind in the country - expands protections for tenants during the local emergency in response to COVID-19. For more information, please visit:  https://hcidla2.lacity.org/covid-19-renter-protections.
LA CITY COVID-19 COLLEGE CONNECTION

The City of LA is partnering with LA Compact to support students with a counselor from their accepted college, high school, or a nonprofit partner to help navigate high school students in transitioning to college during the COVID-19 emergency. More information at: Coronavirus.LACity.org/CollegeConnect
LA COUNTY RESOURCE & REFERRAL AGENCIES: CHILD CARE, PREGNANT WOMEN & SINGLE MOTHERS

LA County is helping essential workers during the COVID-19 emergency find child care that fits their families needs. Call (888) 922-4453 or visit www.ccala.net/connect-to-child-care/. Just enter your zip code and you will be directed to your local R&R agency to begin the enhanced child care referral process.  Pregnant women and single mothers may be experiencing particular food insecurity and hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. In LA County, there are several programs and services that help families who have been affected by recent events.  For more information, please visit https://tinyurl.com/yb8kdwwc .
BUSINESS & WORKER RESOURCES
Businesses Toolkit
LA CITY SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY MICROLOAN PROGRAM AND SMALL BUSINESS RESILIENCE TOOLKIT

To strengthen small business enterprises that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak,  businesses that meet the criteria may apply online for a City of LA Small Business Emergency Microloan (click this link) . Please read through the information provided here prior to submitting the application, as well as utilize the Small Business Resilience Toolkit For more information, email  EmergencyLoans@lacity.org or call 213-744-7130.
LA CITY JOBS PORTAL

In the midst of a health crisis that also has dire implications for the economy, it's more important than ever to have access to active job sites.  Mayor Eric Garcetti  has launched the LA Job Portal, an up-to-date list of companies with immediate job openings here:  lajobportal.com.
CITY OF LA WORKER PROTECTION ORDER 

The Worker Protection Order protects workers and customers at many critical non-medical businesses. Remember to continue to implement physical distancing, wear face coverings, wash your hands and take all precautionary measures to help save lives. For more information, please visit Coronavirus.LACity.org/WorkerProtectionOrder.

ARTS RESOURCES
CD2 ARTS COVID-19 RESOURCES

The office of Councilmember Krekorian has compiled a comprehensive list of resources to support artists and arts organizations, including information on loans, emergency relief funds and more:  paulkrekorian.org/arts_resources_covid_19
LADCA COVID-19 ARTS EMERGENCY FUND 

Due to restrictions resulting from the onset of COVID-19, a number of planned arts projects were abruptly cancelled.  The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and Community Partners aim to provide relief to LA-based performing artists who were financially affected by this disruption.  The Department is making available an emergency relief grant to performing artists and small ensembles in dance, music, and theater who planned performances, shows, or concerts within the City of Los Angeles and open to the general public that had to be later canceled due to COVID-19.  For more information, please visit https://culturela.org/grants-and-calls/aer-fund/.
SENIORS RESOURCES
COVID-19 Senior Resources

For a list of some of the excellent resources available to seniors during the coronavirus emergency, please visit  www.paulkrekorian.org/seniorresources

To learn more about additional resources for seniors, please also contact the  Los Angeles Department of Aging  at Age.Webinfo@lacity.org or 213. 482-7252.


LA COUNTY SENIOR RESOURCES GUIDE

The City and County have put together a guide with resources for seniors including social programs and mental health support. The City of Los Angeles Department of Aging is also just a phone call away for anyone who needs more information or has questions about services for seniors, call (213) 482-7252, Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm. Social isolation is a bigger problem than ever in the face of this crisis so seniors and caregivers should not hesitate to reach out. For more information, please visit  https://tinyurl.com/y9joqfw3.
HOMELESSNESS RESOURCES
NORTH HOLLYWOOD NAVIGATION CENTER
Drop In Services: 
Monday to Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday 8 am to 1 pm
11839 Sherman Way
North Hollywood, 91605

The Navigation Center offers a safe and dignified place for individuals experiencing homelessness to take care of everyday needs and access short-term services. Case managers are available to connect participants to community resources, free storage is offered and hygiene services are provided. For more information, visit   www.hopeofthevalley.org or call (818) 392-0020.




NORTH HOLLYWOOD INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY
Food Distribution Hours: Mondays and Fridays 7:30 am to 11:00 am
4390 Colfax Ave.
Studio City, 91604

The North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry provides distribution of packaged and canned food, bread and cake, and sometimes fresh produce to those in need.  Each bag provides enough food for several days. Please note for drive-thru cars must enter the Church parking lot via Colfax Avenue and follow the arrows.No ID is required. For more information, call (818) 760-3575.
LASAN AND YMCA HYGIENE FACILITIES 
Monday through Friday, 9 am to 2 pm
9 YMCA facilities, including: 
Mid Valley Family YMCA
6901 Lennox Ave
Van Nuys, 91405

Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) has partnered with YMCA to provide additional hygiene facilities to people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 emergency. LASAN will provide showers, bathrooms and locker rooms at the Mid Valley Family YMCA in CD2 and eight other YMCA facilities across the city. All participants will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before accessing the facilities. Please see the attached flyers for complete details or or call the LASAN Customer Care Center at 800-773-2489.
NOHO REC CENTER EMERGENCY SHELTER
11430 Chandler Blvd
North Hollywood, 91601

In partnership with Hope of the Valley, the North Hollywood Recreation Center Emergency Shelter provides 36 beds, health screenings, shower facilities, storage space and three meals daily. For more information, call  (818) 763-7651.
HOPE OF THE VALLEY WINTER SHELTER
7 days a week, from 6 pm to 8 am 

Hope of the Valley's  Pacoima  Winter Shelter program provides 120 beds of Emergency Shelter during the coldest winter months in the San Fernando Valley. Food, beds, clothing and other essential services are provided on a nightly basis.  In addition, Case Management, Medical Care, Mental Health Counseling, and other support services are also provided nightly. Walk-ins are not permitted, please arrive at the listed pick-up locations to access the shelter.  If you or someone you know is in need of a place to stay at night, please call the Winter Shelter hotline at (818) 687-8744. The shelter has been extended to September 30.