Protections for Angelenos

City Hall
Friends:

People are in distress all over the district and across the city. Rents, mortgage payments, and bills are due. We must navigate the uncharted waters of this pandemic together, seeking ways at every level of government to keep people housed, and buildings from going into foreclosure which could potentially result in mass evictions.

Even before the pandemic struck, in Los Angeles more than 60 percent of renters were spending at least a third of their household income on rent each month. And now, with widespread layoffs in the workforce and businesses shuttering, those living with existing financial stresses in many cases are completely without any income.

My main objective is to keep people housed during the pandemic and after we begin recovering. I am beyond pleased that Mayor Garcetti has placed a temporary freeze on all Ellis Act evictions. [Source: Mayor Garcetti's Order] There is also hope that legislation pending at the state and federal level will reflect my intent and provide relief to all who are now in this frightening situation.

Also included in the Mayor’s order: an eviction moratorium in place for renters and commercial tenants for those affected by COVID-19. In addition, utility services will continue regardless of your ability to pay.

In addition to marshaling all resources to keep people housed where they are long term, here are some immediate priorities for renters and small business owners:
  • Extend utility cut-off prohibition beyond March, freeze utility bill increases, and eliminate late fees.
  • Stop landlords from charging any late fees to tenants if legally possible.
  • Contact our state and federal legislators to push government loan agencies to provide no interest repayment plans and debt forgiveness.

The City Council leadership is exploring ways to conduct meetings in a safe manner and in compliance with modified state requirements for public meetings during the coronavirus emergency. The previously scheduled dates of March 24th and 31st are on hold.

I am advocating for an additional City Council meeting as soon as possible so we can promptly adopt all local relief efforts and go on record supporting state and federal relief efforts that will help Angelenos in the immediate.

Los Angeles workers, families, and those hardest hit need immediate action, and I will be relentless and continue fighting for all of you. I will keep you posted on these priorities and all coronavirus related emergency measures on a daily basis.

Please be safe,


MITCH O’FARRELL

 

THANK YOU, LAUSD FOOD CENTERS!


HOLLYWOOD - Thank you to volunteers like Jennifer and Robert, and countless others who are providing meals at the LAUSD Grab and Go sites like this one at Bernstein High School in Hollywood. Providing nutritious meals to the entire community is essential to the health of our children, especially in light of the announcement that schools will remain closed until at least May 1st.
 

UPDATE: LAUSD GRAB & GO HOURS


LOS ANGELES - Updated hours for LAUSD Grab & Go Food Centers! Meals will now be served from 7:00am - 11:00am. Each student will be able to pick up two nutritious meals. The attached flyer has a list of the food centers in/near the 13th District.

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'SAFER AT HOME' EMERGENCY ORDER



LOS ANGELES - It is critical to reiterate the importance of taking the Mayor’s 'Safer at Home' order seriously. There have been reports of crowds hiking trails, canyons, and other places. This is why the Mayor has gone further in closing recreation activities at the Department of Recreation and Parks facilities and parking lots at city beaches. Stay home, and you’ll save lives.

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NEW COVID-19 TESTING AVAILABLE


LOS ANGELES - COVID-19 testing is now available and provided by the City. For the moment, these tests are strictly limited to residents of Los Angeles who are most at-risk. Please help spread the word so we can deliver much-needed tests to as many vulnerable Angelenos as possible.

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'MERCY' TO ARRIVE AT PORT OF LA


LOS ANGELES - The federal government is deploying the USNS Mercy --the world's largest hospital ship-- to the Port of Los Angeles as part of the coronavirus response. This ship, which has over 1,000 hospital beds, will provide the necessary medical care to Angelenos during this public health crisis.

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CD13 CONTACT INFO

Due to concerns related to the spread of COVID-19, our office will be closed the week of March 23. Our staff will be available by email. Please visit our website for staff contact information.