COVID-19 Update: $1M Grant Fund to Assist Renters

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Friends,

During our virtual City Council meeting today, my colleagues and I adopted significant worker and tenant relief protections for Angelenos who are impacted by COVID-19:
  • Approved Funding for Renters Relief Grant Program - Through Council action, I moved $1 million from my office’s discretionary account into the City’s Renters Relief Grant Program to assist renters in the 13th District struggling to pay their rent due to the pandemic.
  • Notifying Renters and Landlords of their Housing Rights - Council approved my citywide policy initiative which directs the Housing + Community Investment Department (HCID) to notify by mail all rental property owners and their tenants of housing rights and responsibilities during the COVID-19 local emergency period.
  • 'Bringing Back Hollywood' -  Introduced policy that creates a “Bringing Back Hollywood” Task Force, reports on best practices for on location filming and safety protocols for filming at city facilities once we ease into opening sectors of the economy following the COVID-19 emergency orders.
  • Protecting Workers with ‘Right-of-Recall’ - Voted in support of a citywide ordinance designed to assist those who have become unemployed as a result of COVID-19. This ordinance allows employees with seniority to have first right of rehire, with five days to respond. Employers will be able to notify former employees through writing, email and text messages when work is available again. This ordinance protects Angelenos in hotels, airports, commercial properties, and entertainment venues.
  • Historic Filipinotown Eastern Gateway Project - Introduced motion to appropriate $452,000 toward the Historic Filipinotown Eastern Gateway Project. The monument will serve as an official welcome to this cultural neighborhood in the 13th District, along the 1st Street Bridge at Glendale Blvd.
  • Allesandro Median Project - Introduced a motion to appropriate $30,000 to the Street Services Fund for the Allesandro Median Beautification Project, with an additional $673,000 in funding to be adopted by the City Council by July 1.
  • Commemorating 50 years of LGBT Pride in Los Angeles - Introduced a motion to fund the design and installation of a commemorative plaque to mark the 50th anniversary of the first LGBT Pride Parade at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and McCadden Pl in the 13th District.

The City Council will return to session on Tuesday, May 5 where we will continue to take the necessary action to protect our fellow Angelenos.

Please stay safe,


MITCH O’FARRELL

 

UPDATE: TESTING NOW OPEN TO ALL

LOS ANGELES - Mayor Garcetti announced today that COVID-19 testing will now be open to all Angelenos, regardless of whether there are signs of symptoms. Additionally, same or next day testing appointments are now available at locations across the city.

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RELIEF FOR RENTERS

LOS ANGELES - Renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are protected from eviction. The City Council recently adopted policy that includes: barring landlords from evicting residential and commercial tenants who are unable to pay rent due to and during the emergency period; barring no-fault evictions during the local emergency period; halting Ellis Act evictions for 60 days after the emergency order is lifted; and, waiving late fees and allowing residential tenants to pay back their rent for up to 12 months, or 3 months for commercial tenants, after the emergency order is lifted.

RENTER PROTECTIONS FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY COVID-19
 

DENIM DAY

LOS ANGELES - Over 20 years ago, Peace Over Violence launched "Denim Day" to support survivors of sexual violence and sexual assault. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have provided consent. We show our solidarity for survivors by wearing denim on this day to raise awareness about sexual violence and assault.
 

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN - Brooklyn Bagel Bakery, located at 2223 Beverly Blvd, is open for takeout and delivery! This family-owned small business sells a range of classic homemade bagels! When going out to grab a meal, consider supporting a mom-and-pop like Brooklyn Bagel Bakery!

WEBSITE: BROOKLYN BAGEL BAKERY

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'CORONASAURUS' COMES TO HOLLYWOOD

HOLLYWOOD - The Tyrannosaurus Rex above the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum at Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave has turned into the "Coronasaurus" Rex, reminding all Angelenos to "RAWrsh your hands" as we continue to slow the spread of the virus.
 

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COUNTY
 
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Daily Updates on COVID-19
 
LA Homeless Services Authority Response to COVID-19 

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