Safer at home

March 27, 2020

Mayor Garcetti has extended the Safer at Home order as of March 26: Closure of all outdoor sports amenities — including skate parks, tennis courts, baseball fields, and basketball courts. Parks still remain open for walking or running; however, when at a park for any reason, Angelenos must maintain a distance of at least six feet between individuals at all times. Restrooms accessible to the outdoors will remain open during regular operating hours.

County Order As of March 27: The County has closed beaches, beach bike paths, bathrooms, piers, promenades and trails.

March 19, 2020

We are reaching out with news you can use about resources available to you during this pandemic. First of all, with the recent Safer At Home Order we urge you to stay home and continue to follow a Social Distancing strategy as a way to save lives as explained in this entertaining Public Service Announcement. The life you save may be your own or your grandparent’s.

Max & Mel Brooks

Credible Information Sources

Senior Meals

Senior Centers are closed. Current older adult participants will be contacted and provided information regarding meal distribution at the dining centers beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Home delivered meals will continue to be delivered as usual.

Packaged or frozen foods will be distributed for pickup at regular meal sites. Department of Aging is currently working with partners to provide a home delivery service for the meals previously served at dining centers.

Please send a caregiver, friend or family member under age 65 to pick up your meals, as the Governor’s Office has asked those ages 65+ to isolate themselves at home to prevent coronavirus exposure. Our local center is Valley Storefront Senior Center, 12821 Victory Blvd or Simpson Apartments Senior Center, 7541 Simpson Ave.

For more information regarding meal services, older adults can contact the centers they participate at directly or reach the Los Angeles Department of Aging at 213-482-7252. The Department of Aging is reachable Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Fridays from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

LAUSD Meals

LAUSD has opened Grab & Go Food Centers starting yesterday. The locations will be staffed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Each child can take home two nutritious meals. The center in our area is: Roy Romer Middle School, 6501 Laurel Canyon or Byrd Middle School, 8501 Arleta Ave. More Info.
Sign up to volunteer to distribute food.

Homeless Shelters

LAHSA has announced that the winter shelter program has been extended. Hope of the Valley, 11076 Norris Ave, Pacoima will be open until September 30. The Mayor announced that 6,000 beds from the Red Cross will be set up in Recreation Centers to house the homeless with the first wave available this week.

Small Business

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the different steps the City will take to help small businesses. $11 million is available to small businesses affected by the coronavirus with an Emergency Microloan Program.

Help for small business

LAPD

  • Closure of all their front desk and walk-up services
  • 50% of their detectives will be deployed uniformed to patrol assignments
  • Instead of coming into your local police station please call or email Noho@lapd.online

Parking Enforcement

  • LADOT is only relaxing enforcement of street sweeping restrictions in residential areas and around closed schools (to help during meal pick up)
  • Citations issued on 3/16 (one day before the Mayor’s announcement) that meet these criteria will be immediately waived
  • Through 3/31, LADOT will not ticket and tow abandoned vehicles or oversized vehicle overnight parking fines
  • LADOT will continue enforcing parking restrictions that prioritize health, safety, and emergency access — including colored curbs, street sweeping around encampments, peak-hour restrictions, and repaving and slurry operations.

Digital Library Card

While all of LA County Library locations are currently closed, and in an effort to make access to all of the Library’s digital resources more easily available to LA County residents, including those who do not currently have a library card, LA County Library is offering a temporary digital card, valid for 90 days. To sign up for a temporary digital card, LA county residents can visit: https://lacountylibrary.org/library-cards/

The digital card provides users access to all of the Library’s digital offerings, including eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, TV, homework help, online classes, and more.

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