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.
For all of the most up-to-date information on Coronavirus/ COVID-19, continue to check back at the following official websites:
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health - http://ph.lacounty.gov
Los Angeles Unified School District - https://achieve.lausd.net
Sign up for emergency notifications from the City of LA at NotifyLA.com
Text your zip code to the number 888777 to receive emergency text alerts
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority - https://www.lahsa.org/
Visit the Los Angeles County website: http://lacounty.gov/covid19
Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/
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
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
- 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.
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/
- 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
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
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
Walmart- One Hour Before Opening Tuesdays
Shop and have your groceries delivered to you by: https://www.instacart.com/
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
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.