Updates, Links, and Resources from Mayor Garcetti

An important message from the Mayor’s Office:

Mayor Garcetti has held a number of press briefings providing updates on COVID-19 response effort. To watch the videos in English and Spanish please click here.

For accurate and timely updates, visit CDC.gov, PublicHealth.LACounty.gov, and LAMayor.org/Coronavirus. And don’t forget to sign up for NotifyLA, our city’s mass notification system.

Updates on COVID-19 from the City (in English and Spanish) click here

MAYOR GARCETTI RELAXES PARKING ENFORCEMENT AS PART OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today relaxed parking enforcement across the City as part of the emergency response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), putting a temporary halt to the issuance of several citations so that Angelenos can more effectively practice the safe social distancing necessary during the outbreak.

The order takes effect at midnight and includes the following:

Relaxed enforcement of street sweeping restrictions in residential areas
Relaxed enforcement around closed schools
Moratorium on ticketing and towing for abandoned vehicles and oversize vehicle overnight parking fines
Freeze on parking fine increases for the next 60 days
Extended grace period for people dropping off or picking up groceries and goods
Immediate extension on all deadlines for payment due until June 1

The relaxed enforcement will be in place until March 31 and is subject to extension. Enforcement will be maintained on operations that prioritize health, safety, and emergency access — including colored curbs, street sweeping around encampments, peak-hour restrictions, and repaving and slurry operations. It will also continue at metered spaces to encourage parking turnover for businesses and restaurants relying on takeout and deliveries.

LA Local Hire-
In an attempt to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, as well as to address the concerns of Application Sites, all in-person presentations of the LA Local Hire Orientation and Application Sessions will be temporarily paused.

In place of the in-person sessions, personnel staff is working on a video presentation that will be posted on the lalocalhire.lacity.org.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this recommendation, please email the staff at lalocalhire@lacity.org

Los Angeles Public Library Services
All public events, programming, meeting room bookings are canceled through March 31st. Also, all public computers will be unavailable during this time. You can read more about LAPL’s COVID-19 response here.

LADWP
To help our customers get through any financial hardships that may occur as a result of Coronavirus/COVID-19, LADWP offers extended payment plans. Any impacted customer can request a payment plan online at www.ladwp.com or can make arrangements by calling customer care at 1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397). We have also deferred disconnections for non-payment through the remainder of March at this time. Please click here for more information.

Public Transportation
Metro, Metrolink, and LADOT Transit are all closely monitoring the current situation. Each agency is vigorously cleaning buses, trains, stations, and facilities regularly and will continually review cleaning protocols to ensure they are up-to-date as the situation evolves. Agencies strongly encourage customers to protect themselves from illness.

For more information about Metro’s response, visit Metro’s website.
For more information about Metrolink’s response, visit Metrolink’s website.
For more information about LADOT Transit’s response (DASH, Commuter Express, Cityride, and LAnow), visit LADOT’s website.

LAHSA
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) as well as other City, County, and Federal Partners to develop and implement a coordinated COVID-19 response related to people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. This site here is designed to help providers and partners stay updated on resources and information.

City Services and General Guidance
● The City will continue to deliver the services Angelenos depend on. Sanitation, street cleaning, and other basic services all remain scheduled and operational.
● Our County health experts encourage people with tele-health options to take advantage of them.
● Be sure to sign up for NotifyLA for up-to-date information and guidance.

Food and Water
● There is plenty of food. Stores are restocking their shelves daily. Supply chains have not been interrupted and there is no need to “panic buy” and put unnecessary pressure on supermarkets.
● Our neighbors also have essential needs, and a rush in demand can cause unanticipated buying frenzies and unnecessary anxiety.
● You do not have to hoard water. If you live in the City of Los Angeles, LADWP water is safe, readily available, and even cleaner than what you can buy in a bottle. DWP will defer all water and power shut-offs for at least the next two weeks.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
As we undertake these efforts together, many Angelenos are eager to know what they can do to help. To answer this call, the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles has created the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. You can donate to this fund to help support families, provide critical services, and strengthen our emergency response.

Resources

Price Gouging
If you suspect a business of Price Gouging, please keep your receipts and call (800) 593-8222 to report it. Have the business name and address ready when you call.

Employment Development Department
Individuals should check the EDD website to get general guidance as to what programs are available and what situations may be applicable. If you have a case, you can contact your State Elected Official who can assist with your case and state-related issues.

Grab and Go Food Centers
The 40 Family Resource Centers will become a Grab and Go Food Centers, so on Wednesday, March 18th, together with the Red Cross, they will open a total of 60 Food Centers in the communities we serve. The centers will be open weekdays from 7 am to 10 am, and each child can take home two nutritious meals. Locations of the centers can be found at https://achieve.lausd.net/resources

Interest-Free Loan

The City is looking into assisting small businesses. In the meantime, I would like to refer you to the Jewish Free Loan Association to apply for interest-free loans for small businesses and individuals who are affected by the virus.

CA State Guidance Documents

https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm