Recent Council Action to Address COVID-19

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Friends:

During yesterday’s City Council meeting, we addressed a variety of policy initiatives in this time of COVID-19 and protests demanding justice.

Here are a few items from yesterday’s Council session:
  • Reducing Fees for Sidewalk Vendors - Approved a motion I co-introduced that requests the City Attorney prepare and present a draft ordinance to extend the effective period of the reduced Sidewalk and Park Vending Trust Fund permit fee of $291 until July 1, 2021, or when the city’s Safer at Home order is lifted.
  • Bringing Back Hollywood - Approval of motion I introduced to create a “Bringing Back Hollywood” Task Force. This task force reports on best practices for on location filming, and safety protocols for filming at city facilities as we open sectors of the economy following the COVID-19 emergency order.
  • Reforming Police Training - In light of the murder of George Floyd by a police officer, I co-introduced a resolution to designate the City’s official support for AB 1196 which seeks to eliminate carotid restraints. The bill's author, Assemblymember Gibson, states that “the bill specifically and clearly prohibits a law enforcement agency from authorizing the use of a carotid restraint.”
  • Justice for Policing Act - I signed on to a Council resolution in support of HR 7120 (Bass) which would establish a national standard for the operation of police departments; mandate data collection on police encounters; reprogram existing funds to invest in transformative community-based policing programs; and streamline federal law to prosecute civil rights violations, use of excessive force, and establish independent prosecutors for police investigations.


The City Council will return to session on Tuesday, June 16 where we will continue to take the necessary action to protect our fellow Angelenos.

Kind regards,


MITCH O'FARRELL 

 

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ELYSIAN VALLEY - The Council District 13 Clean Team removed bulky items and a pile of fallen branches on Blimp St near Lowe St. This work helped to beautify the area for neighbors. If you see an area that needs attention, please call the Echo Park District Office at (213) 207-3015.
 

ENTERING NEW STAGE OF RECOVERY

LOS ANGELES COUNTY - On Wednesday, the County of Los Angeles, with approval from the Department of Public Health, announced that we will enter into a new phase on the Roadmap to Recovery. Gyms, day camps, and museums can reopen beginning Friday, June 12 with proper safeguards in place.

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FREE PRODUCE GIVEAWAY

EAST HOLLYWOOD - Councilmember O'Farrell is partnering with the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council and Rick's Produce to provide boxes of fresh fruits, vegetables, and eggs to local residents. The next produce giveaway will be held on Sunday, June 14th from 11 am - 1 pm at 755 N. Virgil Avenue.
 
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TOC SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY LOANS

LOS ANGELES - Due to the adverse economic impacts to small businesses brought on by COVID-19, the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) has launched the  Transit Oriented Communities Small Business Recovery Loan Program funded by LA Metro. Eligible Los Angeles County small businesses located within a ¼-mile of a major transit stop could receive up to $20,000 in loan funds to cover operating expenses. The loan application is now open, and will close June 19th at 5pm.

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SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS IN CD 13

ECHO PARK - Restaurants in the 13th District are beginning to re-open for dine-in service and could use your support! VanillaBlack Coffee, a Black-owned coffee shop at1825 Sunset Blvd, has been receiving overwhelming support from community members following the solidarity marches in recent weeks. This coffee shop offers a variety of drinks including lattes, cappuccinos, and iced teas! View the menu here.

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