COVID-19 Update: Advocating for the LGBTQ+ Community and Commercial Tenants

City Hall
Friend,

This week in Council, I introduced two resolutions in support of state legislation to protect businesses and COVID-19 patients in Los Angeles. 

I am calling on my colleagues to support California State Senate Bill 939 (Wiener), which would prohibit the eviction of a tenant of commercial property, including a business or nonprofit organization, during the state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor on March 4, 2020.

Physical distancing and shelter-in-place orders has the potential to permanently close businesses of all kinds, including nonprofits that we all depend on. This state bill will help protect these tenants, and goes a step further to legally modify commercial leases, including terminating the lease without liability. The bill also gives commercial and nonprofits certainty that they will not be evicted due to events caused by this public health epidemic.

In the second resolution, I am calling on my colleagues to support California State Senate Bill 932 (Wiener) to require the State Department of Public Health and each local health officer to address needs related to sexual orientation and gender identity of individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19.  A recent forum on health inequities revealed the need to increase accessibility of data by race, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation to improve access to care.

Several minority communities are adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in various ways. As we prepare to celebrate LGBTQ Heritage month, this state bill is a timely reminder that representation in our public health agencies is vitally important to prevent any form of discrimination, in any community, anywhere across the state. 

Both resolutions will now be heard in the Rules and Elections Committee in the coming days, and then brought to the full City Council for a vote.

The COVID-19 pandemic has inadvertently highlighted issues that had previously been overlooked. We are a better society when no one is left behind, especially in these stressful, uncertain times.

Stay safe,


MITCH O’FARRELL
 

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ELYSIAN VALLEY - A first peek at construction of the steel superstructure that will span the Taylor Yard Pedestrian Bridge! Project managers say the structure is getting ready to be installed in July, with a completion date of late 2020. This multi-million dollar improvement will safely connect Elysian Valley residents to the Rio de Los Angeles State Park located across the LA River.
 

LAUSD GRAB & GO FOOD CENTERS


LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Unified School District is offering free nutritious meals for children at over 60 Grab & Go Food Centers located throughout the city. This service operates on weekdays between the hours of 8:00am - 11:00am.

LAUSD GRAB & GO FOOD CENTER LOCATIONS
 

CALLING ALL LGBTQ+ STORYTELLERS


LOS ANGELES - Councilmember O'Farrell is accepting entries from LGBTQ+ community members, partners, and allies for ‘Pride & Pandemic.’ The series will feature essays and other forms of literary storytelling to share personal experiences of survival during the AIDS epidemic, which began in the 1980's, and how it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic we are living through today. Please send your essay to LGBTRSVP@lacity.org with "Pride Month Writing Submission" in the subject line. The deadline to submit is Friday, June 5.
 

YOU'RE INVITED:STREETSLA TREE SUMMIT


LOS ANGELES - StreetsLA is hosting its 2nd Annual Tree Summit on Friday, May 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  This Zoom webinar will feature a panel of urban forestry experts to discuss trees on private property, parks, open space, and streets while sharing and learning from surrounding communities. If you would like to attend, please click on the link below to register and feel free to share with interested community members.

REGISTER
 

FREE ONLINE LIBRARY RESOURCES


LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Public Library is reminding Angelenos of the free online resources available. This includes homework help, digital books, music, movies and more. A Los Angeles Public Library card is needed to utilize the service. Those who need a library card can sign up for one here.

THE LIBRARY AT HOME
 

COVID-19 NEWS AND INFORMATION

CITY

City of Los Angeles Official Website Dedicated to Coronavirus News and Info
 
FAQ: COVID-19 Eviction Protections 

City Attorney: Consumer Alerts Related to Coronavirus

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Response to Coronavirus

 
Sign Up for NotifyLA - Receive Emergency Alerts

Department of Cultural Affairs Emergency Arts Funding

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

Assistance for Seniors
 
LA SCHOOLS
 
Los Angeles Unified School District Info for Parents and Students
 
Los Angeles City College Classes