As we’re all transitioning into a very different way of life for the time being, I wanted to reach out to my District Four family and let you all know that my team is here for you. I know that things have been changing rapidly, and I’m working to get the most updated information out to you as quickly as possible. if you have any questions or concerns about the information you’re hearing, you can reach out to my office and we will help wherever we can.
Safer at Home Order in Los Angeles and Across California
Tonight, the Mayor and Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer announced stronger “Safer at Home” orders, instructing Angelenos to stay at home for all but essential services. This announcement orders the closure of nonessential stores, playgrounds, and bans on gatherings of 10 or more people, effective at 11:59PM on Thursday, March 19th. Shortly after, Governor Newsom ordered all Californians to stay home except for essential purposes. This makes California the first state to impose that strict a mandate on all residents.
Some things you can do:
- Take a walk outside
- Shop for essential items at the grocery store
- Order take-out or delivery
- Commute to jobs deemed essential
Here’s what you can’t do:
- Attend gatherings of ten or more people
- Dine in at a restaurant
- Bring your children to a playground
- Go to a mall or shopping center
- Keep a non-essential retail business open
Retail businesses that are exempt from this order include grocery stores, gas stations, banks, post offices, laundromats, home-based care centers, and more. Read the full list of exemptions in the order.
Please know that these orders are made after consultation with public health officials, and are only made with the intention of keeping our fellow Angelenos safe. I know this is not an easy time, but I am more than confident that we will meet this moment and get through it together.
Team Ryu Updates
In addition to introducing nine pieces of legislation this week to support working families and our most vulnerable Angelenos and increase testing capacity, Team Ryu has been working around the clock to get food and supplies out to vulnerable Angelenos. This week our team packaged hundreds of meals at the Los Angeles Food Bank and at Project Angel Food. These organizations are so important to thousands of Angelenos, and they need our help now more than ever.
More Updates >From the City
Mayor Eric Garcetti, in partnership with City Council, has announced that Los Angeles will add 1,600 emergency beds in thirteen City recreation centers by the end of this week, and will scale up to dozens more in the upcoming days with 6,000 beds provided by the American Red Cross. We’ve learned today that District Four’s very own Pan Pacific Park will be one of the first sites to open. In order to fill the beds, the City, the County, LAHSA and other partners will work together to identify individuals in the homeless population are most at risk.
The Mayor has also announced an $11 million economic relief package for small businesses, which was approved by City Council this week. The Economic and Workforce Development Department will provide $11 million in no-fee microloans of $5,000 to $20,000.
LAHSA Deploying Hundreds of Sanitation Stations
To better protect our unhoused neighbors, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) has deployed more than 300 hand washing stations across the county. The LAHSA team is working on a map to show where the stations are located.
The LAHSA team has also secured more than 900 Winter Shelter beds countywide that will continue 24-hours until September 2020. LAHSA is partnering with the city to create Low Barrier Congregate shelters bringing on 6,000 beds across 42 Park and Recreation centers.
Water and Power: Here to Stay
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has made a series of announcements to help ease any community concerns:
Meals for Seniors
Our senior neighbors, who are some of the most vulnerable members of our community, have been at the forefront of my mind. The Los Angeles Department of Aging is committed to continuing to provide low-income seniors with pickup meals from designated meal sites. Since older adults over the age of 65 are known to be at a greater risk of suffering severe outcomes from COVID-19, we are asking that seniors send a caregiver, friend or family member to pick up their meals. A complete list of meal sites can be found here.
Additionally, many stores are offering special hours for seniors to shop before the general public.
If You Are Looking for Help
Jewish Free Loan offers no-fee and interest-free loans to cover lost wages, child care costs, small business losses and more. Loans can be dispersed in a matter of days. Apply online
The Los Angeles Food Bank provides food distribution through a network of local pantries. Find your local food pantry here.
If You Can Help
I’m so grateful to all the members of our community who have reached out looking for ways to help your neighbors in need. Only if you are able, here is a partial list of local organizations that you can donate to:
- Mayor’s Crisis Fund
- Los Angeles Food Bank
- United Way Pandemic Relief Fund
- California Community Foundation Response Fund
- Big Sunday
- Project Angel Food
- Center in Hollywood
- A Place Called Home
- My Friend’s Place
We are here and working for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and my team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-473-7004.