Recap: Emergency City Council Session

Posted on 03/28/2020
City Hall
Friends:

The City Council met for 11 hours during an emergency session on Friday to follow up on our proposed ordinances that will provide relief to all Los Angeles residents in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis.  

We need to weather this storm and adopt plans of action that keep everyone housed as long as the pandemic lasts --and well beyond--  as the economy recovers and people return to work. I will continue to push at the state and federal level to pair rent and mortgage forgiveness for stressed tenants and property owners. We must do everything in our power to ensure everyone stays in their homes without fear of displacement. 

Here are some of the protections we approved:

Protection for Residential and Commercial Tenants During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Approved a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions, as well as late fees, until the emergency declaration is lifted. I seconded a motion that will allow residential tenants to have up to one year following the expiration of the emergency order to repay any back rent due; commercial tenants will have three months. 
  • My colleagues also approved an amendment that I introduced which excludes eviction protections for commercial properties leased by large corporations, multinational or publicly traded companies.
  • The City Attorney’s Office and the Housing+Community Investment Department  will report in the coming days on the recommendations to create a citywide rental assistance fund for tenants that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. 

Protection for Workers and Paid Sick Leave

  • Safeguards to include: employer-provided sanitary cleaners; access to coronavirus testing at no expense to workers; also allows workers to address childcare and family needs arising from the emergency orders. 
  • Requires employers with 500 or more employees to provide 80 hours of COVID-19-related paid leave. Businesses with fewer than 500 employees will be eligible for federal stimulus funds to provide paid sick leave.

Priority Shopping

  • Retail food stores must dedicate one hour of customer access exclusively to the elderly and the disabled.

The Council acted with a sense of urgency on these items to help all Angelenos, and sent them directly to the Mayor to sign into law.  We will have another emergency meeting in the coming days to continue this conversation and vote on further protections for those at risk, including how we can further assist our undocumented friends, neighbors, co-workers, and families.  

The $2.2 trillion federal relief package, combined with help from the City, will put food on the table and help keep people housed, employed, and offer assistance to those unemployed or underemployed. For more information and a FAQ on how the federal stimulus impacts you, please see this story in the New York Times.

Please take care this weekend.


MITCH O’FARRELL

 

EMERGENCY SHELTER OPENS IN CD 13


HOLLYWOOD - The Mayor announced a major initiative to ensure our homeless population receives necessary shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic, and ordered the temporary conversion of some of our Recreation and Parks facilities to provide emergency shelter. One of those locations is now open at the Hollywood Recreation Center (1122 Cole Ave). These shelters follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for safe social distancing, and will include the appropriate number of round-the-clock staff. Walk up service is available, space permitting, as long as the client arrives before 5 p.m.
 

MERCY ARRIVES AT PORT OF LA


LOS ANGELES - The USNS Mercy --the world's largest hospital ship-- has arrived at the Port of Los Angeles as part of the coronavirus response. This ship consists of 800 medical staffers, 1,000 hospital beds, and 12 operating rooms. The ship will provide much needed medical assistance during this public health crisis as it seeks to free up regional hospital beds for those who have tested positive for COVID-19.

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COVID-LA TESTING NOW 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.

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NEW HCIDLA WEEKEND HOURS



LOS ANGELES - The City's Housing + Community Investment Department will host weekend hours to assist Angelenos who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Those with questions about the Mayor's Eviction Moratorium Emergency Order can call a hotline where operators will be available to assist tenants and landlords. Hotline hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am - 3:00pm. The hotline phone number is 1-866-557-7368.

FAQ: EVICTION MORATORIUM
 

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE


SILVER LAKE - The Council District 13 Clean Team picked up trash and removed overgrown weeds along Sunset Blvd at Silver Lake Blvd. This work helped spruce up the neighborhood! If you see an area that needs attention, please call our Echo Park District Office at 213-207-3015.
 

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL RESTAURANTS!


ECHO PARK - The Larchmont Bungalow is open for take out! If possible, please be sure to help your local small business owners. They are the backbone of our local economy!

LARCHMONTH BUNGALOW MENU
 

MORE CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

CITY

City of Los Angeles Official Website Dedicated to Coronavirus News and Info
 
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Response to Coronavirus
 
Sign Up for NotifyLA - Receive Emergency Alerts
 
COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium

Department of Cultural Affairs Emergency Arts Funding
 
COUNTY
 
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Daily Updates on COVID-19
 
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Response to COVID-19
 
LA SCHOOLS
 
Los Angeles Unified School District Info for Parents and Students
 
Los Angeles City College Classes