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: https://www.lapl.org/tech2go/mobile-hotspots

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: https://www.wedrawthelinesca.org/august_12_coi_input_meeting

You can also submit input via the online COI tool, DrawMyCACommunity.org 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: http://videossc.com/CRC/

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: https://www.wedrawthelinesca.org/july_30_coi_input_meeting

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, DrawMyCACommunity.org 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: http://videossc.com/CRC/

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 metro.net/projects/nextgen/

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: https://stepforward.lacity.org/workers_rights

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

https://www.calhopeconnect.org/

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 Coronavirus.LACity.org/VaxAppointment.Second 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 FEMA.gov

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 (lacity.org).

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

Assistance for Renters: Beginning Tuesday, March 30th

 Rhe second iteration of the City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Subsidy (ERAS) will open on Tuesday, March 30th.

Application Information

Administered by the Housing & Community Investment Department (HCID), ERAP provides federal and state emergency rental assistance funds to assist low-income renters who have been unable to pay their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both landlords and low-income renters living in the City of Los Angeles may apply, regardless of immigration status

From 8 am next Tuesday, March 30 through 11:59 pm on April 30, 2021, applications will be available in multiple languages at hcidla.lacity.org. There will also be phone support available in multiple languages, and TTY for persons with hearing or speech impairments. Please go to hcidla.lacity.org for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, renters must be :

  • Residents of the City of Los Angeles, regardless of immigration status. To verify that an address is in the City of Los Angeles go to neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org;
  • One or more adults within the household must have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship dues, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak; and
  • The household income must be at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI), with priority given to households with incomes below 30% AMI.  You can find information on 30% and 50% AMI incomes below.**

Attached is a flyer in English, Spanish, and Korean that summarizes the program. 

Red Tier Reopenings, Vaccination Eligibility Expansion and Small Business Stabilization Loan Program

Red Tier Reopenings

red tier reopening list

In a major milestone, Los Angeles County has met the State’s threshold to reopen key sectors and starting TODAY will permit a wide range of indoor operations to resume in sectors including: middle and high schools; restaurants; movie theaters; gyms; and museums, zoos and aquariums, all with safeguards in place.

In alignment with the State’s reopening framework, mandatory masking, distancing and infection control practices remain in place for every business and permitted activity, and certain sectors have additional safety modifications required or recommended.

The County’s Health Officer Orders and sector protocols have been updated to reflect the changes. 

This shift to less restrictions shows that efforts by residents to slow the spread of COVID-19 is working. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is urging people to continue taking infection control precautions to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in our communities.

People should continue to wear face coverings when in public, continue practicing physical distancing and avoiding crowds and large gatherings. Fully vaccinated people should also continue with these practices, with some exceptions, including the ability to visit with other fully vaccinated people, indoors, without masks, per new guidance.

Head over to our social media toolkit to find creative ways to share this important information with your community!

Vaccination Eligibility Expansion

vaccine eligibility expansion

Today, March 15th, people aged 16-64 who have underlying health conditions or disabilities are now eligible to receive vaccines, as their conditions put them at the highest risk of becoming very sick from COVID-19.

Persons who are newly eligible and qualify for a COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical condition should note that during registration for a vaccine appointment, they will be asked to state that they have a high-risk medical condition or disability.

To protect confidentially, they will not be asked to disclose the specific condition.

People getting vaccinated must provide documentation at all appointments with either a letter from a healthcare provider, a personal physician or an agency providing services or, if not available, the eligible person or their caretaker will be asked to sign an attestation.

All eligible persons will also need to provide identification (government ID not required) and proof that they live within LA County at their appointment.

For information about vaccine appointments in L.A. County and when your turn is coming up, to sign up for a vaccination newsletter, and much more, visit: VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish). Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

Small Business Stabilization Loan Program

Small Business Stabilization Loan Program

The Los Angeles County Development Authority has launched an affordable and flexible business loan program to support and help stabilize businesses in the region. Small Business Stabilization Loans range from $50,000 to $3 million, and can be used for working capital, equipment purchases, inventory, or refinancing of existing loans at higher interest rates.

The Small Business Stabilization Loan Program will accept applications through April 16, 2021, or until $20 million in funding requests is received, whichever occurs first.

The Program pairs the loan with technical assistance from partners that offer complementary online webinars, one-on-one financial consultations, application assistance, and an evaluation of a business’ readiness to submit an LACDA loan application. The final “How to apply for an LACDA loan” webinar, a pre-requisite for submitting a Small Business Stabilization Loan application, will be held on March 25, 2021, in English and Spanish.

To register for a webinar, or obtain more information on the requirements to apply for the Small Business Stabilization Loan Program, please visit BizStabilization.lacda.org, or call (626) 586-1550.

Incident Report

Today’s Incident Report is in the process of being finalized and will be posted on the Incident Report section of the County’s COVID-19 site when complete. Please note, that the reports are posted by date and can be accessed at covid19.lacounty.gov/incident-updates/.

COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide & Toolkit

Vaccine Eligibility: Child Care and Education Sector

 

Find shareable still graphics, animated graphics, and videos in our Social Media Toolkit. This toolkit is regularly updated & FREE to use!

Help us keep you and your community safe and informed during the COVID-19 health crisis by offering: 1) public safety alerts, 2) health guidance, and 3) resources to economic recovery in custom translated, shareable text, graphics and animations.

Access our our NEW Social Media Toolkit here!


Additional Information

The County of Los Angeles appreciates your continued partnership in responding to COVID-19 questions and needs of residents. For additional information, please visit: