COVID-19 News

Councilmember Koretz is committed to providing the resources and information necessary to address the needs of our Council District 5 communities during this unprecedented time. In uncertain times like these, we are working around the clock to bring you local resources, and help minimize the impacts to our businesses, schools, workers, and health. 

Our office will continue to highlight resources daily through our newsletter and encourage you to sign up here. Below you will find a resource guide to help you navigate through the different services being offered throughout the City and CD 5. 

Index:

Questions about COVID-19

Safer at Home Order

Housing Resources

Resources for Small Businesses

Information for Workers

Educational Resources

Restaurants in CD 5

Grocery Stores & Delivery Services

Medication Pick Up 

How you can help

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Questions about COVID-19:

For all of the most up-to-date information on Coronavirus/ COVID-19, continue to check back at the following official websites: 

Call 2-1-1 L.A. County at any time for emergency preparedness information and other referral services. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. 

Resources for Pet Owners from Best Friends Animal Society including free veterinary access app, the American Veterinary Association fact sheet, a bilingual pet preparedness plan, downloadable community kindness cards, and other helpful pet-related information can be found at: https://resources.bestfriends.org/article/pets-and-covid-19-what-you-need-know

COVID-19 Newsletters from Councilmember Paul Koretz

September 18, 2020: Newsletter and CD 5 Community Updates from Councilmember Koretz

September 10, 2020: Urgent Call- Census 2020 Deadline is Fast Approaching

September 5, 2020: Labor Day, Extreme Heat, COVID-19 and Community Updates from Councilmember Koretz (CD 5)

August 28, 2020: Your Feedback Request on Melrose Project; Other CD5 Updates

August 22, 2020: Important Legislative Updates from Councilmember Koretz (CD 5)

August 14, 2020: Newsletter and Community Updates from Councilmember Koretz (CD 5)

August 10, 2020: Help Needed! Legislature considering nine BAD planning bills. 

August 5, 2020: Letter from Councilmember Koretz

August 1, 2020: Newsletter and Community Updates from Councilmember Koretz (CD 5)

July 24, 2020: Newsletter and Community Updates from Councilmember Koretz (CD 5)

July 20, 2020: Newsletter and Community Updates from Councilmember Koretz (CD 5)

July 16, 2020: Renters Relief Program Application Due Tomorrow 

July 3, 2020: July 4th Weekend Information & Updates from Councilmember Koretz (CD 5)

June 28, 2020: Newsletter and COVID-19 Updates from Councilmember Koretz (CD 5)

June 22, 2020: Newsletter and COVID-10 Updates from Councilmember Koretz (CD 5)

June 14, 2020: Newsletter/ Budget Hearing on Monday, June 15 from Councilmember Koretz (CD 5)

May 31, 2020: Urgent Update on City Curfew Time and Other Issues

May 30, 2020: Urgent Update on Demonstration in Fairfax District

May 27, 2020: COVID-19 Update: Good News or Bad News? Its up to all of us...

May 26, 2020: Newsletter and COVID-19 Updates from Councilmember Koretz (CD 5)

May 23, 2020: COVID-19 Information and Resources for Older Angelenos

May 17, 2020: COVID-19 Information and Resources for Older Angelenos 

May 9, 2020: Important COVID-19 Updates from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD 5)

May 3, 2020: COVID-19 Information and Resources for Older Angelenos 

April 30: Important COVID-19 Updates from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD 5) 

April 23, 2020: Important COVID-19 Updates from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD 5) 

April 16, 2020: Important COVID-19 Updates from Councilmember Paul Korez (CD 5)

April 13, 2020: Important COVID-19 Updates from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD 5)

April 9, 2020: Important COVID-19 Updates from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD 5)

April 3, 2020: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Eviction Regulations, Rent Freeze, and Related Issues for Angeleno Tenants and Landlords During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic

April 1, 2020: Important COVID-19 Updates from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD 5)

March 30, 2020: Important COVID-19 Updates from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD 5)

March 29, 2020: COVID-19: Important Updates and Information from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD 5)

March 27, 2020: COVID-19: Important Updates and Information from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5)

March 26, 2020COVID-19: Important Updates and Information from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5)

March 23, 2020: Important Updates and Information from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5)

March 22, 2020: Important COVID-19 Updates from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5)

March 19, 2020: Important Updates and Information from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5)

March 19, 2020: Focus on Small Businesses Impacted by Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 17, 2020: Important Updates on Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Important Update on COVID-19

March 15, 2020: Latest Updates and Responses to COVID-19

March 12, 2020: An important message from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5)

Warning

Safer at Home Order

As of March 20, 2020, the City and County of Los Angeles have issued a "Safer at Home" order, closing non-essential retail business, banning gatherings of any size outside of a home, and ordering Angelenos to stay at home with some exceptions. 

Here's what you CAN do:

  • Take a walk outside

  • Shop for essential items at the grocery store or pharmacy

  • Order take-out or delivery

  • Commute to jobs deemed essential

Here's what you CAN'T do:

  • Attend gatherings of ten or more people

  • Dine in at a restaurant

  • Bring your children to a playground

  • Go to a mall or shopping center

  • Keep a non-essential retail business open

  • Travel for vacation

During this time, Angelenos are ordered to stay in their homes as much as possible, especially those over 65 years of age.  We are doing this because it's the most effective way to flatten the curve, keep our healthcare system from being overloaded, and save lives. 

Read the entire City Safer at Home Order here.

 

LADOT To Extend Limited Relaxed Parking Enforcement

As of July 1, 2020:

Following a motion passed by the Los Angeles City Council, LADOT Parking Enforcement will extend current relaxed parking enforcement categories set to expire on July 6 to support Los Angeles residents as they stay safer at home.

LADOT has also extended the deadline for payment on existing parking fines. While residents are encouraged to pay any existing fines if they are able, there will be no increase in fines for failure to pay.

While certain parking regulations are relaxed, others remain enforced to ensure that emergency services and other city functions continue operation. See the list below for full details regarding enforcement:

LADOT has RELAXED enforcement for the following categories:

  • Residential street sweeping
  • Expired registration on a vehicle
  • Overnight/Oversize parking districts
  • Peak/rush hour and gridlock zone parking restrictions
  • No ticket/tow for abandoned vehicles and oversized/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 for failure to pay
  • Extended grace period for people dropping off or picking up
  • Immediate extensions on all deadlines for payments.
  • 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 limit 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

More information about LADOT's response is available at ladot.lacity.org/coronavirus.

Housing

Housing Resources

  • The City of Los Angeles has tenant protections in place to help prevent the displacement of its residents that are renters. To assist tenants to collaborate with their landlords, HCIDLA is providing a fact sheet and a sample notification form to assist in notifying your landlord of delays in paying your rent during this emergency order period. The COVID-19 Eviction Protections Fact Sheet can also assist landlords to provide such notice to all tenants as required by Ordinance No. 186585. Click here to view the COVID-19 Eviction Protection Fact Sheet

  • With the COVID-19 Eviction Protections in place, many tenants and landlords have questions. HCIDLA's hotline will be operational this coming weekend: Saturday and Sunday: 10 AM to 3 PM. Weekday hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Some landlords have been attempting to take advantage of this crisis to make illegal demands of their tenants, and some tenants have tried to avoid paying rent when the Eviction Protection Ordinance does not warrant doing so. If you’re faced with what you think might be inappropriate behavior, you should call HCIDLA at (866) 557-7368. More information can be found at: hcidla.lacity.org/covid-19-eviction-moratorium

  • The City has set up a fund to accept donations that will be immediately deployed to pay for rental assistance, meals, supplies and other necessities.  Learn more at https://mayorsfundla.org/covid19/
  • As part of his Executive Order, the Mayor mandated a moratorium on evictions due to non-payment of rent due to the coronavirus epidemic.
  • DWP and the Gas Company have announced they will not turn off service for nonpayment of bills.
  • The City and County are working to expand Meals on Wheels delivery to those most vulnerable

Business

    Resources for Small Businesses

    To help businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the City in partnership with the County of LA has created L.A. Cares Corps program, a virtual service to help business owners which loans to apply for, whether it be city, county, state or federal ones. Visit http://Coronavirus.LACity.org/CARESCorps or call (833) 238-4450 for assistance with SBA applications.​

    As part of the program, which was approved by the Los Angeles City Council, the Economic and Workforce Development Department will provide $11 million in no-fee microloans of $5,000 to $20,000 — which may be used to cover working capital. Since cash flow is critical at this unprecedented time, the program will offer relaxed underwriting with no credit score minimum, a generous allowance to meet debt service, and a 100% Loan to Value ratio. The interest rate can either be 0% for a term of six months to one year, or 3% to 5% for a term of up to five years.

    •  To apply for a microloan or view the toolkit, please visit lamayor.org/loan.

    Federal emergency funds are available for small businesses across the country that are affected by the spread of Coronavirus. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. 

    The Los Angeles Small Business Development Center has created a COVID-19 Response Guide

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    Information for Workers

    If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim

    If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim

    If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim

    For those whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19, this website enables unemployed or underemployed Angelenos to find and apply to job opportunities across all industries, so they can start working right NOW.

    Money

    Taxes

    The deadline to file and pay federal income tax has been extended to July 15, 2020.

    Visit COVID-19 Extensions to file and pay for more information.

    School

    Educational Resources

    All 60 Grab and Go Food Centers operated by Los Angeles Unified will be open on Friday, March 20th. While the Governor and Mayor have both issued “Stay at Home” orders, they stated that they expect essential services like food centers to remain open. To find a Grab and Go Food Center near you visit: https://achieve.lausd.net/resources

    The locations in or close to Council District 5 include:

    • Mulholland Middle School, 17120 Vanowen St, Lake Balboa, CA 91406

    • Palms Middle School, 10860 Woodbine St, Los Angeles, CA 90034

    • For a complete list of free online learning resources, please visit: bit.ly/LAFreeEdSites

    • To download an Instructional Continuity for Students with Disabilities PDF please click here

     LAUSD Family Hotline: 213-443-1300

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    Restaurants in CD 5

    Below we have included businesses that are open for take-out or delivery throughout the Fifth Council District. Click on each neighborhood to view a list of participating businesses and please consider supporting small businesses. If you have a business you would like us to list please email over operating hours and contact information to paul.koretz@lacity.org

    Century City

    Bel Air/ Benedict Canyon

    Encino

    Fairfax District

    Original Farmer’s Market

    Palms/ Mar Vista

    Pico Robertson

    Westwood Village

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    Grocery Stores & Delivery Services

    The following grocery stores have accommodated their operating hours to accommodate our older adults population. Please see the participating stores below. 

    Costco- 8am-9am Tuesday & Thursdays

    Gelsons- 7am-8am 

    Northgate Market- 7am- 8am 

    Super A Foods- 7am-8 am

    Vallarta Supermarkets- 7am-8am

    Whole Foods 7am-8am

    Target 7am-8am on Wednesdays

    Albertsons- 7am-8am Tuesdays & Thursdays

    Stater Bros.- 7:45 am- 8am

    Smart & Final- 7:30am-8am

    Vons- 7am-9am

    Pavilions-7am- 9am

    Walmart- One Hour Before Opening Tuesdays

    Ralphs- 7am-8am

    Shop and have your groceries delivered to you by: https://www.instacart.com/

    Medicine Kit

    Medication Pick Up and Delivery

    Call your local pharmacy to find out if they have the capability to ship prescriptions to your home.  Some of the larger pharmacy chain stores offer delivery through an app or by phone. Pharmacies in CD5 offering delivery include:

    Picwood Pharmacy, 2370 Westwood Blvd., Westwood,  (310) 475-6006/ Manager’s Cell (310) 435-5934. Picwood has generously offered to fill prescriptions outside of business hours in case of emergency and they will deliver to nearby customers.

    Walgreens, 16100 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA, Phone: 818-788-6951

    CVS ,17320 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA, Phone: 818-995-0071

    CVS, 16461 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, Phone: 818-986-2117

    CVS, 10889 Wellworth Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024, Phone: 310-474-2154

    CVS, 1001 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024,  Phone: 310-209-9141

    CVS 5985 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035,  Phone: 323-965-9161

    Helping Hand

    How you can help

     

    L.A. Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund: the COVID-19 Crisis Fund will support critical needs identified by the City as it responds to the pandemic. The Mayor’s Fund, a 501c3, can quickly take in and disburse funds and is uniquely aligned with the City.

    The Mayor of Los Angeles has identified the following key priority areas:

    • Support for Families and Small Businesses
    • Relief for Healthcare Workers
    • Critical Healthcare Equipment
    • Services for Our Unhoused Neighbors

    For more information on how to donate contact the Mayor’s Help Desk at 213-978-1028 or visit https://mayorsfundla.org/covid19/

    L.A. Works, Los Angeles-based volunteer action center that creates and implements community service projects, wants you to know that if you want to volunteer from home there are also plenty of ways to help out!  Check out their virtual volunteering and social connection project webpage that allow you to serve remotely. L.A. Works is also compiling a list of opportunities on their website.  If you know of nonprofits that are not getting enough help, LA Works can help. 

    Project Angel Food is a nonprofit based in Los Angeles that prepares and delivers healthy meals to feed people impacted by serious illness. Project Angel Food is ramping up their services in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and have ordered 20,000 shelf stable emergency packages for their clients. Volunteers are desperately needed to prepare and deliver meals from their central facility to homebound individuals in communities across the greater Los Angeles region.  

    The American Red Cross is partnered with Los Angeles Unified School District to help feed students while schools are closed.  Volunteers are needed. Click here for more information and to sign up as a volunteer.  

    The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood.  Watch this video on the safety and need for blood donations.  Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon.  More information is available here: https://www.redcross.org/local/california/los-angeles.html

    United Way of Greater Los Angeles provides housing, education, and economic opportunities to those impacted by poverty and homelessness. They’ve just launched their Pandemic Relief Fund to support L.A. County’s unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, as well as the large number of working families, students and other low-income individuals at imminent risk of homelessness and hardship due to the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.