Re-Opening Los Angeles

MAY 29, 2020

INTRODUCING THE CD12 BUSINESS RESILIENCY SUPPORT TEAMWith restaurants, barbershops, and hair salons now able to reopen in Los Angeles, there are many questions about what reopening looks like and what kind of compliance is necessary. I am pleased to announce the launch of the new CD12 Business Resiliency Support Team to help businesses in CD12 navigate the multitude of governmental guidelines regarding the reopening of their businesses. We will help businesses understand the guidelines issued by the state, county, and city in order to help businesses in our district open quickly, efficiently, and most importantly, safely. If you are a business and you need assistance, call my office at 818-882-1212.

As our economy reopens, let’s remember that now is not the time to ease up on safety measures like wearing face coverings and social distancing. We need to continue to take the necessary precautions and adhere to the guidance from public health officials so we don’t experience a surge in COVID-19 cases as we continue down the path to recovery. Let’s do what we must to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, and know that through it all, I will continue to voice the needs and concerns of our district so we can get through COVID-19 together.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
THIS WEEK IN COUNCIL

  • Rent Relief Proposal for Angelenos – Earlier this week I joined Council President Nury Martinez to announce a proposal for a $100-million rent relief program. These funds would come from the $694-million the city is receiving from the federal government coronavirus relief package. This program will provide a temporary rent subsidy for tenants who live in the City of L.A. and are unable to pay rent due to COVID-19 related issues. Eligible tenants are those whose household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income, which is $83,500 for a family of four. The rent subsidy will be paid directly to the tenant’s landlord on the tenant’s behalf. An application will soon be available at HCIDLA.LACITY.ORG.
  • Self-Service Storage Protections – Council approved the emergency ordinance that now provides temporary protections for occupants of self-service storage facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Occupants are now able to defer the payment of rent during the declared local emergency period by giving written notice to the owner of the facility, within seven days of when rent is due. That written notice must explain that the occupant is unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to COVID-19. The occupant will have three months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay the deferred rent and no late fee shall be imposed.
  • Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Small Businesses – Council voted to approve a motion that requests the Planning Department and City Attorney to draft an emergency ordinance that eliminates financial and regulatory burdens on small businesses affected by the COVID-19 local emergency declaration. The ordinance will extend all expiring conditional use permits (CUP) for a period of 12 months after the expiration of the COVID-19 local emergency, unless LAPD or the respective Council office provides the Planning Department with a written statement of reasons why the CUP should not be renewed. The ordinance will also suspend any condition requiring a property owner or business to provide off-site valet parking, for a period of six months after the expiration of the COVID-19 emergency declaration.

ADDITIONAL UPDATESSTATE

  • Earlier today, Governor Newsom announced that Los Angeles County is approved to reopen restaurants for in-person dining. Barbershops and hair salons may also reopen. Businesses must first implement distancing and infection control protocols that provide safety for employees, customers, and our most vulnerable residents before reopening.
  • The state is developing a framework and guidelines for gyms to be able to reopen, which should be available by mid-June.
  • Licenses for drivers who are 70+ years that expire in June or July 2020 will be extended for 120 days.
  • Expiring drivers licenses for drivers 69 years and younger are now valid through July 2020.

EDUCATION

  • L.A. County Office of Education released a framework for reopening schools in the 2020-21 academic year during the pandemic. For more information, CLICK HERE.
  • LAUSD issued this statement on reopening schools: CLICK HERE.
For the City’s Business Reopening Toolkit click here
For the County’s Business Reopening Protocols click here
COMMUNITY UPDATES
Metro’s North Valley Bus Rapid Transit Update

This week I sent a letter to Metro CEO Phil Washington asking that Metro redirect funds for the proposed North Valley Bus Rapid Transit project (NVBRT). As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, all government agencies need to be more efficient with scarce tax dollars. The NVBRT is one project that is not ready to move forward. The community and I expressed serious concerns about the proposed routes and the lack of public engagement. As a result of COVID-19, public meetings have either been canceled or delayed, and staff has opted to accept community input online. However, online meetings and comment gathering are a poor substitute for proactive and extensive community engagement that is needed on major transportation projects such as this.

Our community needs more and better public transportation options, but we need to make sure that all stakeholders have the opportunity to be part of the process and discussion. Without these public meetings and ample opportunity for public input, the process fails to adequately assess the impact of the project on the very residents it is being created to serve.

CD12 COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT
CD12 Resident Steps into Action to Help Our Hungry

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we have all been inspired by stories of everyday heroes. Today I’d like to tell you about one such person who has stepped up to help some of our most vulnerable residents. Meet Jennifer Jenks. Jennifer was born and raised in CD12 and lives in Granada Hills with her family. She is the proud owner of L.O.S.T. Foods, a full-service in-home and event catering company. When the pandemic hit, Jennifer was unable to work as events and gatherings she would typically cater were not allowed, so she decided to put her skills to work in service to others. To date, she has provided over 1,600 meals to the Hope of the Valley operated recreation center shelters in Northridge and Granada Hills as well as the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. Generous donations from community members and the Giving From The Heart Foundation have enabled her to continue to provide amazing, gourmet meals to our community’s most in need. When asked why she does this she answered, “I started cooking for the shelter because as a chef, I hate to see people hungry.” Jennifer Jenks is one reason why I am so proud to represent this district. The generosity of our residents truly knows no bounds. Thank you Jen, for your generous spirit!

If you’d like to contribute to Jen’s efforts, you can contact her at lostfoods1@gmail.com.

Upcoming Community Blood Drives
RED CROSS – Appointments: www.redcrossblood.org
June 3 | 9 – 3PM | Our Lady of Lourdes | 18400 Kinzie St, Northridge | Code: OurLadyofLourdesNR
June 9 | 8 – 2PM | Shepherd Church North Parking Lot | Code: ShepherdChurchUCLA HEALTH – Appointments: uclahealth.org/gotblood
June 18 | 8 – 12:30PM | NV Family YMCA | Gym | 11336 Corbin Ave, Porter Ranch | Code: YMCA-PR
CD12 Small Business Relief Fund
Funds are still available help qualified small businesses in CD12 with interest-free loans. Additionally, businesses will receive ongoing support, including assistance restructuring lease obligations, credit assessments, and a review of operational plans. To apply, go to CD12.org. Questions can be directed to Ron Rubine at Ron.Rubine@lacity.org.
Mental Health Resources
LAUSD student resources click here.
LAUSD Mental Health Hotline: 213-241-3840
LA County Department of Mental Health click here.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) click here.
NAMI-San Fernando Valley resources click here.
Friendship Line (for older adults & individuals with disabilities): 888-670-1360
2020 Census
Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. To take the Census, click here.
Do You Sew? We Need You!
The Granada Hills Rotary Club needs your help! The club, through an initiative spearheaded by member Laine Caspi, has been sewing mask adapters for hospital workers. These adapters help alleviate ear pain, which hospital workers experience from excessive mask use. If you have a sewing machine, spare material, and would like to help, contact Laine at laine@paratusinsurance.com.
Free COVID-19 Testing
Keep informed on the latest coronavirus updates:

COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Senior (+ High-Risk Individuals) Resources

  • Everytable Meal Delivery (Wilkinson Senior Center/Valley InterCommunity Council): 7 meals from Everytable delivered on Thursdays. Call 818-882-1212 for more information.
  • ONEgeneration: 818-705-2345 for grocery shopping assistance. Drive-thru food bank every Tuesday at 11AM for seniors 60+. For senior transportation services (65+) call 818-708-6614.
  • L.A. County Critical Delivery Service Program for older adults and individuals with disabilities who are unable to leave their homes. Items must be pre-paid and ready for pickup. Call 888-863-7411 between 8AM and 5PM. Monday thru Friday. Clients may utilize this service up to four times or 40 miles per month, whichever comes first.

Student Food Assistance

  • Free meals for LAUSD students. Click here or call (213) 443-1300.
  • Mental health hotline to help LAUSD students and families. Call 213-241-3840 for a consultation, support and referrals, weekdays 6 am to 6 pm.
  • LAPD Devonshire PALS – meals for LAUSD students Monday thru Friday, 9AM to 11AM at 8721 Wilbur Ave., Northridge.
  • Free meals to ALL students under the age of 18 at select schools. Click here.

Food Pantries

  • SFV Rescue Mission drive-thru food pantry at Northridge Fashion Center by appointment only. Click here to sign up.
  • Freedom Church drive-thru food pantry at 9200 Owensmouth Ave, Chatsworth, Wednesdays from 12 to 2PM. First come first serve.
  • Fish of West Valley Food Pantry at the Congregational Church of Chatsworth open Saturdays from 12 to 5PM at 20440 Lassen Street, Chatsworth.
  • SOVA Community Food & Resource Program at 16439 Vanowen St, Van Nuys. Open Sundays from 9AM to noon and Monday thru Friday from 10AM to 1:30PM.
  • LA Regional Food Bank – to find a food bank near you, click here.
  • Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND) – food distribution on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 to 11AM at 10641 N. San Fernando Road, Pacoima. Call 818-897-2443.
  • North Valley Caring Services – info about food pantry and other services here.
CD12 NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS
Contact the Neighborhood Councils directly to find out about their meeting schedule during the COVID-19 emergency.

Chatsworth Neighborhood Council  – 1st Wednesday @6:30PM
Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council – 1st Tuesday @6:30PM
Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council – 1st Thursday @6:30PM
North Hills West Neighborhood Council  – 3rd Thursday @7PM
Northridge East Neighborhood Council  – 3rd Wednesday @7PM
Northridge South Neighborhood Council – 4th Thursday @7PM
Northridge West Neighborhood Council – 2nd Tuesday @6:15PM
Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council – 2nd Wednesday @6:15PM
Reseda Neighborhood Council – 3rd Monday @7PM
West Hills Neighborhood Council – 1st Thursday @7PM