May Day in Los Angeles

City Hall
Friends:

May Day has particular resonance in 2020. As we collectively navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize that our workers are not simply on the front lines of our current emergency.  They are on the front lines of our daily lives, bringing stability and resilience to our communities with dignity.

Because we must help hard working families now more than ever, my colleagues and I have passed the strongest legal framework to keep renters housed and avoid evictions.  I helped ensure that Los Angeles also has a unique one-year allowance to repay rent, after the emergency declaration ends. The protection amounts to a zero-interest loan, for all tenants that were impacted by COVID-19.  And, just recently, I created a $1M fund that will provide grants to help cover rent for residents in my district. I am working with Council President Nury Martinez and our Housing + Community Investment Department to expand this subsidy program to help more renters who qualify.

Together with my colleagues on the City Council, and in partnership with Mayor Garcetti, we have improved the lives of working families by raising the minimum wage, banning the box, mandating supplemental paid sick leave, and creating the Office of Wage Standards so workers have immediate access to enforcement  by the City when there is need.

My support for workers includes small business owners as well.  Many of the beautiful communities are hubs of cuisine and culture from all over the world: Little Armenia, Koreatown, Thai Town, Historic Filipinotown.  Each of these communities are home to restaurants and businesses owned mostly by immigrants or children of immigrants.  My “Open for Business” initiative streamlined permitting, reduced redundant barriers, and allowed many of these community-serving institutions to thrive.

It is a privilege to represent the most diverse district in the most diverse City in the world.  I reaffirm my commitment to fight for working Angelenos from all backgrounds or countries of origin, in partnership with you and the many community-based organizations that call the 13th District and the City their home.  

During this pandemic and always — please stay safe,


MITCH O’FARRELL
 

PEDESTRIAN REFUGE ISLAND INSTALLED


EAST HOLLYWOOD - Councilmember O'Farrell coordinated with the city's Department of Transportation (LADOT) to install a new pedestrian refuge island on Virginia Ave and Western Ave. The pedestrian refuge island is an improvement to the existing marked crosswalk at this intersection as it now includes new ADA-compliant curbs and landing pads.
 

PARTICIPATE IN THE 2020 CENSUS


LOS ANGELES - Participating in the 2020 Census is critically important. This population count, conducted once every 10 years, helps generate federal funding for programs like Medi-Cal, Title 1 funding, SNAP (food stamps), and the repair and construction of highways, bridges, roads, and more.

SUBMIT 2020 CENSUS
 

SOCIAL DISTANCING AT THE LA RIVER


ELYSIAN VALLEY - LADOT is advising all users of the LA River Shared Path to stay safe! Please adhere to all CDC guidelines and wear face coverings and practice good physical distancing of at least six feet while enjoying this recreational amenity. And please remember, taking these precautions could help save lives.
 

SILVER LAKE YOUTH PERFORM VIRTUALLY


SILVER LAKE - Students and instructors at the Silver Lake Conservatory of Music got creative to keep this musical community going during the Stay at Home emergency orders. The group performed virtually a version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," a song about isolation. The virtual performance has been covered by Good Morning America, Broadway World, and Spectrum 1 News, among others!

WATCH: SILVER LAKE CHOIR VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE
 

MORE CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

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