Grants for LA Businesses

The second round of financial assistance for small businesses in Los Angeles is now open! To apply, click here.

The City of Los Angeles allocated American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to provide grants to eligible microenterprises and small businesses in need of economic support due to business interruptions or business closures suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Comeback Checks Program will provide $5,000 grants to approximately 5,000 businesses in the City of Los Angeles. Grant recipients will be selected through a weighted lottery process, with final award recommendations based on the availability of funds, program guidelines, submission of all required information, and supporting documentation.

Grant funds may only be used for allowable costs incurred on or after March 3, 2021.


There are three business types that are eligible for the Comeback Checks grant program. They include:

1. Microenterprises:
small businesses with five (5) employees or less, including the owner(s), with less than $100 thousand in annual gross revenue

2. Small Businesses:
businesses with less than $1 million in annual gross revenue

3. Small to Medium Businesses:
businesses with have yearly gross revenues between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 in the most recent tax return

Update from Supervisor Kuehl

We hope the below information is helpful to you:

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thumbnail of Update from office of Supervisor Kuehl Week of November 15th, 2021

The NAMI WLA Crisis Counseling Program

The National Alliance on Mental Illness WLA Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) warm line was recently opened as a part of the FEMA and CalMHSA response to COVID-19, connecting callers to English and Spanish speaking counselors who will listen with compassion and without judgement, refer callers to supportive resources, and empower individuals to become advocates for their own mental health.

Wi-Fi for Students

The Youth Hot Spot Program is an extraordinary initiative providing 100GB per year of free internet service for the next five years for up to 18,000 students in Los Angeles who are struggling to stay connected online to classes and essential support services.

You can request one through the Angeleno Connectivity Trust (ACT) Program. The hotspot is free, and there’s no financial obligation.

For information on our other hot spot program, Tech2Go, you may use the following link:

California Citizens Redistricting Commission: Public Comment Opportunities at August 12 Meeting

From California Citizens Redistricting Commission

It’s L.A. County’s turn again at the next Community of Interest (COI) meeting, Thursday, August 12.

We appreciate all the input received thus far. Through your input, you help us draw the picture you want to see in the future. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard from the people who make up the vibrant communities of 

  • Central L.A. 
  • South L.A.
  • East L.A. 
  • West L.A.
  • Gateway Cities
  • South Bay 

We understand redistricting can be confusing, especially because cities and counties are also holding their own meetings. But we’re all affected by our congressional and state representation. Where the lines are drawn can make the difference on whether your community gets funding for transportation improvements, whether your area gets more parks, whether environmental justice concerns are addressed, if housing equity is improved, and so much more.

At this meeting, we’ll also be providing translation in Armenian, Spanish, Farsi and Khmer.

Slots have been filling up fast. People can reserve their time to speak here:

You can also submit input via the online COI tool, or by emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Communities of Interest (COI) Input Meeting Thursday, August 12, 3p-7p
To give public comment please call:
(877)853-5247 Code: 912 4902 1623
(press *9 to get in queue)

Watch live:

To give COI input, simply:

  1. Begin with your county or city.
  2. Mention the street names and significant locations in your neighborhood to help us identify the parameters of your community.
  3. What are your shared interests?
  4. What brings you together?
  5. What is important to your community?
  6. Are there nearby areas you want to be in a district with?
  7. Nearby areas you don’t want to be in a district with? Why or why not?
  8. Has your community come together to advocate for important services, better schools, roads, or health centers in your neighborhood?

Reserve your time by 5 p.m. today to speak at 7/30 L.A. County redistricting meeting

COI meetings are where people can share their input on how they want the lines drawn for Congressional districts, Senate districts, State Assembly districts and Board of Equalization districts. You know your neighborhoods the best and we need to hear from you.

L.A. County is my area and the next meeting date is Friday, July 30. Want to reserve your time slot to speak? Do it by 5 p.m. today here:

Flyers are attached with a full schedule of meetings and how to participate in a meeting. You can also submit input via the online COI tool, or by emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required.

 Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or share my contact info with anyone who may be interested in this info.

L.A. County Communities of Interest (COI) Input Meetings

Friday, July 30, 4p-8p

Thursday, August 12, 3p-7p

To give public comment please call:

(877)853-5247 Code: 912 4902 1623

(press *9 to get in queue)

Watch live:

To give COI input, simply:

  1. Begin with your county or city.
  2. Mention the street names and significant locations in your neighborhood to help us identify the parameters of your community.
  3. What are your shared interests?
  4. What brings you together?
  5. What is important to your community?
  6. Are there nearby areas you want to be in a district with?
  7. Nearby areas you don’t want to be in a district with? Why or why not?
  8. Has your community come together to advocate for important services, better schools, roads, or health centers in your neighborhood?

Central Area Updates — July 2021

Mayor Eric Garcetti Launches Second Phase of NextGen Bus Plan

On June 28th, Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the second phase of the Metro NextGen Bus Plan, an ambitious strategy to boost ridership through faster, more reliable, and more frequent service as riders return to the system. The second phase brings hundreds of new bus trips, with a focus on additional mid-day bus service. It also streamlines eight Metro Rapid Lines with local transit operators, increases annual revenue service hours from 5.6 million to 6.5 million, and resumes front-door boarding after only allowing rear door boarding during the pandemic. 

Furthermore, Mayor Garcetti unveiled the plan’s newest dedicated bus lane. Once complete, it will run along a 1.7-mile segment of Alvarado Street between 7th Street and Sunset Boulevard, adding a bus priority lane in the peak direction from Monday through Friday during the morning and evening rush hours. After the third and final phase of the plan is implemented, there will be an overall increase in riders as residents will have easier access to buses. Additional information on the NextGen Bus Plan and upcoming public meetings can be found at

Summer Lunch Program

The pandemic has exacerbated and revealed that many families with children have no consistent access to nutritious and wholesome meals, which has contributed to rising rates of obesity, as well as creating serious food insecurity. The Department of Parks and Recreation is stepping up again with its Summer Lunch Program. Children and youth ages 18 and under can receive a “grab and go” nutritious lunch and snack at 34 different locations. Learn more and find locations here.

July 2021 Community Relations Updates

Crenshaw/LAX Pin Contest Extended

High school students are encouraged to create artwork celebrating the unique character of their neighborhood and connection to the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. The submission deadline has been extended. The artwork may be used to inspire the design of commemorative pins. Full details are available online.

Purple Line Extension

The project is hosting a series of meetings this month. City of Beverly Hills update meeting is July 7, from 12pm to 1pm. Each of these meetings use this recurring Zoom webinar link. Section 3 will host a presentation twice to discuss specific construction activities for the Westwood/UCLA Station. These meetings will take place July 14, from 12pm to 1pm and 6pm to 7pm. Each of these meetings use this recurring Zoom webinar link.

Public Safety Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee’s next meeting will be July 7, 2021, at 5pm. There’s no registration required to attend the meeting, and can be accessed here.

Regional Connector 

The Regional Connector Construction Relations team will provide an update on July 15, 2021 at 12pm to 1pm.  The meeting will be held online, via zoom using this link.  

Division 20 Construction Project

The Community Relations team will provide an update on construction activities on July 15, from 3:00pm to 3:30pm, and the meeting can be accessed online.

Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project 

The Community Relations team will present an update on July 29, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. There’s no registration required to attend the meeting, and can be accessed here.

Programing Updates:

Small Businesses Seeking to Work With Metro

MetroConnect is one part of Metro’s commitment to support small businesses in Los Angeles County. Workshops on how to do business with Metro are held monthly. More information is available here

Metro Service Council Meetings

Councils advise on planning and implementation of service within their area; make policy recommendations to the Metro Board; participate in quarterly meetings with the Metro Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Deputy CEO and management staff. Meetings are hosted online.

Seeking Bus Operators

Metro relies on an extensive team of bus operators to carry out our mission every day. We are currently looking to hire more than 500 bus operators. If you are 21 years old or older and interested in a career in transportation, consider applying today.

Mayor Garcetti Celebrates $25 Million Investment for Zero Emission Transportation Infrastructure and Technology

On June 29th, Mayor Eric Garcetti celebrated a $25 million investment in the Wilmington and City of Long Beach area for Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure to help meet the zero emission transportation targets laid out in his Green New Deal and the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). The $25 million grant comes from a $200 million commitment from Electrify America’s California ZEV Investment program, a subsidiary of Volkswagen. The grant will help fund fast-charging technology, renewable energy storage, energy management infrastructure, and public charging depots. The investment plan was heard and received unanimous support by the California Air Resources Board at their June 24th Board Meeting.

The San Pedro Bay Ports, the nation’s busiest port complex, currently serves a fleet of more than 18,000 drayage trucks. The shift to zero-emission technologies at the Port is a result of Los Angeles’ bold commitments in the Clean Air Action Plan, including a pledge to obtain 100% zero-emission cargo handling equipment by 2030 and see 100% zero-emission trucks coming into and out of the port by 2035.

Mayor Garcetti Celebrates New Leadership at Three City Departments

On June 30th, Mayor Eric Garcetti celebrated the confirmation of three new department leaders: Barbara Romero as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (LASAN), Abigail Marquez as the first General Manager of the Community Investment for Families Department (CIFD), and Lisa Salazar as Interim Executive Director of the Youth Development Department (YDD).

As Executive Director of LASAN, Romero will oversee the operations of essential public service programs such as waste collection, wastewater treatment, public right-of-way management, and the implementation of new green infrastructure. She will replace acting General Manager Traci Minamide on July 5, 2021.

As General Manager of CIFD, Marquez will work closely with the Mayor and City Council to establish poverty-reduction goals for the City and play an active role in implementing homelessness prevention programs. Also, Marquez will oversee the implementation of L.A.’s Guaranteed Basic Income pilot and implement the Children’s Savings Account program, OpportunityLA, which will support 35,000 first-graders annually across the region.

Effective July 1st, Salazar will serve as Interim Executive Director of the Youth Development Department (YDD), where she will oversee a new department that will coordinate with City departments, regional agencies, community organizations, and youth leaders to develop a long-term citywide youth development strategic plan. Furthermore, she will monitor the use of resources allocated toward young Angelenos, serve as the central information hub on youth services in the City, and help elevate the voices of youth in local government and City operations.

Worker’s Rights: StepForward LA

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs collaborated with Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (LIJC) students to create an informational flyer about immigrant workers’ rights in the City of Los Angeles. The flyer reminds constituents that if they work in the City of Los Angeles, it is important to know that they have rights and protections, regardless of their immigration status. Find the flyer in English and Spanish below.

For more information about worker’s rights, please visit:

July 6 LA Optimized Accelerator Academy

Join us for the launch of LA Optimized Accelerator Academy on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. It is the perfect place to gain expert advice on marketing and growing your business in the digital marketplace. There will be live Q&A sessions featuring Facebook + Instagram, Google, and Yelp. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

DCR Still Needs Your Help to SPARK a Conversation Around Cannabis in the Community

On April 20, 2021, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) launched SPARK, a multifaceted community and stakeholder engagement program that allows community members and stakeholders to share input with DCR. Generally broken down into five key phases, the program is currently in the Collecting Feedback phase.

Since the launch of SPARK, DCR has been engaging with members of the community through a variety of methods, including virtual events, written feedback, surveys and other resources, all of which can be accessed in the SPARK Virtual Meeting Room. To start the SPARK initiative, DCR hosted eight (8) SPARK Sessions which focused on different topics including licensing and regulation, the Social Equity Program, corporate social responsibility, and community impact. 

Although the SPARK Sessions have ended, DCR still needs your help to better advise the City of Los Angeles on cannabis laws, policies and programs. DCR has added two NEW SPARK SURVEYS to the Virtual Meeting Room alongside the two current SPARK Surveys. These NEW surveys focus on Licensing, Regulation, and the Social Equity Program or Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Impact. These SPARK Surveys and the two original surveys will now be available through Friday, July 16, 2021. 

Along with the SPARK Surveys, the SPARK COMMENT BOX will be available through Friday, July 16, 2021. The SPARK Comment Box allows anyone to provide feedback on ‘all things cannabis’ in the community. Community participation is vital to responsible and equitable development and implementation of cannabis policy in the City of Los Angeles. 

Enter the SPARK Virtual Meeting Room from the DCR website, take a SPARK Survey, leave a comment in the SPARK Comment Box, or watch past SPARK Sessions.

Cal Voices providing help for stress and anxiety due to COVID-19

Cal Voices is offering a free service to provide non-clinical emotional and crisis support for anyone struggling due to COVID-19. There is a telephone “warm line” that people can call if they are struggling due to COVID-19, as well as a link to our Live Chat feature where people can talk to Peer Crisis Counselors by chat.

Cal Voices line: 916-288-8535

The Cal Voices’s CCP is a program of the larger CalHOPE CCP. CalHOPE is California’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters. Our services are part of a larger FEMA project for COVID-19.Cal Voices’s CCP is a part of a network of organizations and individuals that are being trained to provide virtual support to Californians experiencing stress, anxiety, and/or trauma because of COVID-19. Peer Crisis Counselors assist individuals and communities in recovering from the effects of COVID-19 by assisting Californians in understanding their current situation and reactions, mitigating stress, developing coping strategies, providing emotional support, and encouraging linkages to resources and longer term supportive services.

Central Area Newsletter – April 2021

City Sites Open Vaccinations to Angelenos 16 and Up

Mayor Garcetti announced that the City has opened up vaccinations to Angelenos age 16 and older. LA County residents can now start making appointments for this week on the City’s online portal. This eligibility expansion comes as the City grows its vaccination infrastructure and assumes operations at the Cal State LA site.  

In addition to Cal State LA, the City will deliver Pfizer and Moderna doses across its permanent locations and mobile clinics through the MOVE program. All sites will be open from Tuesday through Saturday between 8am and 4pm. First dose appointments are available online at dose patients should have received notifications with their appointment details recently by text/or email. Patients should note that the date stamped on the CDC vaccination cards received after their first dose is not an appointment confirmation. Instead, everyone should use the appointment details provided by Carbon Health.

LA County Residents Can Now Access FEMA Funeral Expense Relief

LA County residents are able apply for financial help for funeral expenses through the FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program. Individuals can apply for FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance by calling (844) 684-6333 or (800) 462-7585 (TTY) for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. There is no deadline to apply.
Individuals can call Monday through Friday, from 6 AM to 6 PM PST. Translators will be available to assist callers who do not speak English. To be eligible for funeral assistance, LA County residents must meet the following conditions established by FEMA:

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the US territories and the District of Columbia 
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19
  • The applicant must be a US citizen, non-citizen national, or a qualified non-citizen who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.

There are no residential or legal status requirements regarding the deceased person. To get more information about this program, please visit

2021 Emergency Rental Assistance Application Open Until April 30

The City of Los Angeles’ Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) is now accepting applications for the City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) until 11:59 PM on April 30, 2021. The City’s 2021 ERAPis for LA renters and rental property owners, and will be administered by HCIDLA. 
ELIGIBILITYEligible tenants are those whose household income is at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI). Households must meet the following program requirements to qualify for renters assistance:             

  1. Residents of the City of Los Angeles, regardless of immigration status. 
  2. One or more adults within the household have experienced unemployment or a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. The household income is at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI). Priority will be given to households with incomes at or below 30% of AMI.

You may verify your eligibility at Emergency Renters Assistance Program (

2021 State of the City Live Broadcast

Join Mayor Eric Garcetti live on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 5:15 PM for the virtual 2021 State of the City! You can watch the live broadcast on Channel 35 and @MayorOfLA on Twitter and Facebook