Opportunity to Support Local Businesses: LA City + Ritual + PayPal Partnership

From Angie Aramayo, Central Area Representative for Mayor Eric Garcetti:

Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles are partnering with Ritual and PayPal to launch Open For Business — a collaboration to help small businesses across L.A. move to contactless transactions, implement touchless payments, and increase their online orders.

Ritual’s Ritual ONE product offers restaurants, food and beverage businesses, and other businesses interested in providing takeout, pickup, dine-in, and/or delivery the ability to have an online order portal (on an existing website or not), drive online sales in their websites, develop branded menus, grow customer loyalty, integrate ordering to their social media channels, participate in automated marketing programs, and benefit from QR codes that link to online menus and allows for contactless customer engagement. In addition, with Ritual, businesses can use their own staff to make deliveries or use delivery platforms that require flat fees that are paid directly by consumers and not by businesses.

With COVID-19 remaining a threat to L.A.’s  economy and communities, this strategic partnership will help local small businesses maximize their profits leading up to the holidays and keep their doors open while ensuring their employees and customers are healthy and safe. Through this effort, Ritual will provide their services to City of Los Angeles businesses at no cost through the end of the year. This includes waiving set-up, monthly subscription, and credit card processing fees. Businesses are able to opt out at any time without penalty.

Additionally, starting Monday, November 2nd, PayPal is contributing $1 million to support restaurants by offering customers who order from Ritual restaurants and check out with Paypal or Venmo a discount while reimbursing restaurants the full price of the order. 

To further assist businesses with the most need for assistance, this partnership will be extending the free monthly subscription to 250 Los Angeles City Businesses. As a community partner, please let us know if you know of businesses with a greater need for this specific support. You can nominate businesses in this short survey.

To learn more about this opportunity, please visit: www.ritual.co/partners/losangeles or https://corona-virus.la/resources. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns. 

Call for Volunteers – Barbers & Hairstylists Needed

The East Hollywood Neighborhood Council is seeking barber and hairstylist volunteers for a “Help Our Unhoused Neighbors” Free Haircut Drive on Tuesday, October 27 from 9am-3pm.

If interested, please contact Kevin at (310) 867-3184.

Child Care for Essential & Low-Income Workers

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the City of Los Angeles have dedicated part of their CARES Act funding to provide child care services (vouchers) for essential workers and low-income working parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles (CCALA) and its partner agencies will distribute these funds to eligible essential workers.

Los Angeles CARES Child Care Application

Free Distance Tutoring for Grades 1-6

Who Is Your Neighborhood, a non-profits arts and education collective in the LACC area, is offering free tutoring this fall for children in grades 1-6, though no students will be turned away during the service hours. Elderly and disabled neighbors are also welcome to join during service hours, especially for arts education.

Families do need to register, and spots are filling up fast. Programming starts Monday, September 28th. To find out more and to sign up, please call Jimmy at (323) 497-6001.

Central Area Updates and Eviction Protection

Please find a letter that provides clarity on what the State eviction protections are vs the City of LA tenant protections.

COVID-19 Updates

Effective 9/2/20, Hair Salons and Barbershops can reopen immediately, operating at 25% occupancy for indoor services.  Employees and Customers must continue to comply with physical distancing and face covering requirements, among other L.A. County public health protocols. 

Starting 9/14/20, L.A. County schools can offer on-campus services for small, stable, cohorts of K-12 students who need learning support (e.g., students with IEPs, ESL, or specialized learning needs).  Schools must meet the criteria laid out by the County public health protocols, and keep students in cohorts of 12 or fewer students. L.A. County will NOT offer a school waiver program for elementary schools until later this Fall when additional guidance can be available.

COVID-19 Threat Level:


Mobile Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing Locations

The Los Angeles City Mobile Testing Group is bringing COVID-19 testing to communities throughout the City for people who are unable to drive to a testing site. Testing is walk up only. Appointment isn’t necessary. 

Please be sure to bring your insurance information. If you don’t have insurance, bring your Driver’s License or another form of identification. There is no cost to patients for any test, whether or not you have insurance.

Upcoming Pop-Up Testing Events: 

September 4 – CARECEN Day Labor Center, 629 S. Union Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 8am – 2pm

September 4 – Los Angeles Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 8am – 2pm

September 5 – Liberty Park, 3700 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, 9am – 3pm

September 5 – L.A. Downtown Medical Center, 1711 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 8am – 2pm

September 12 – Valley Plaza Recreation Center, 12240 Archwood St., North Hollywood, CA 91606, 8am – 2pm

September 19 – Ardmore Recreation Center (i.e., Seoul International Park), 3250 San Marino St., Los Angeles, CA 90006, 8am – 2pm

September 26 – Sepulveda Recreation Center, 8825 Kester Ave., Panorama City, CA 91402, 8am – 2pm

September 26 – Pacoima Senior Center, 11300 Glenoaks Blvd., #1622, Pacoima, CA 91331, 8am – 2pm

Cooling Centers

Cooling centers will be open from 12pm-8pm on September 4 – September 7, 2020. Patrons are encouraged to call ahead to check availability- COVID-19 social distancing requirements have resulted in reduced capacity at the sites.  All centers will operate following LA County Public Health’s Guidelines for Cooling Center Operations.

  1. Lafayette Recreation Center | 625 S Lafayette Park Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90057 | (213) 384-0562
  2. Canoga Park Senior Center |  7326 Jordan Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303   |  (818) 340-2633
  3. Lake View Terrace Recreation Center |  11075 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342  | (818) 899-8087
  4. South LA Sports Activity Center | 7020 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90003 | (323) 758-8716
  5. Normandale Recreation Center | 22400 South Halldale Ave., Torrance, CA 90501 | (310) 328-3689

Formation of the LGBTQ+ Alliance of Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils

The formation committee of the LGBTQ+ Alliance of Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils is reaching out to Neighborhood Councils to partner together, asking each NC to appoint 2 representative to the Alliance.

The Alliance works to achieve visibility, safety, equality, racial justice, and representation for Angelenos identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and all others across the gender and sexuality spectrum by serving as a bridge between LGBTQ+ stakeholders, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council system and the City of Los Angeles.

Draft Purpose Statement

Apply for the Mayor’s Youth Council 2020-21

The application for the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) 2020-21 is now available. Please go to https://www.lamayor.org/MYC to access the application and recommendation form.

The MYC is a virtual academic year program for Los Angeles high school students to promote civic engagement and inspire the next generation of civic leaders. The Youth Council empowers members to advocate for causes relevant to Angeleno youth by giving them a voice in City Hall.

Mayor’s Youth Council Eligibility Requirements

  1. Students must live in the City of Los Angeles
  2. Students must currently be enrolled in high school
  3. Students must complete sections 1 to 6 of the application
  4. Complete the MYC Application
  5. Have two recommendation forms submitted on the applicant’s behalf.

Mayor’s Youth Council Participant Expectations

  1. Students will stay informed on issues affecting youth in their area.
  2. Students will actively participate during Youth Council meetings.
  3. Students will engage their communities around current events and citywide policies.
  4. Students will only be allowed ONE excused absence. Please see program dates below.

The Mayor’s Youth Council will meet every 2nd & 4th Wednesday from October 2020 – May 2021. Dates are subject to change.

Application deadline is Wednesday September 30, 2020