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President’s Message 4-3-20

Highland Park Neighbors,

We must remain resilient, we must stay strong, and we must remember we are all in this together. We will get through this and it will be because of each and everyone of you that is practicing social distancing, practicing good hygiene measures, and staying safer at home.

Last week, Councilmember Gil Cedillo provided our NC with cloth masks donated by the Garment workers which were then distributed to the three clinics in Highland Park (NECC, AVFHC, CCHC). Team Cedillo is going throughout the communities in CD1 distributing as many cloth masks as possible. However, if you cannot make or get a cloth mask, you can also wear a bandana or a scarf instead.

The Mayor announced this week that face coverings are now recommended when we are out in public. However, please use non-medical grade masks or facial coverings in order to allow our frontline healthcare workers to use the current supply of N95 masks and face shields.

We are up to eleven (11) confirmed cases of coronavirus this week in Highland Park. (Please click here for more detailed information.) People are getting tested and results are coming in. If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed please call 800-854-7771 or text “LA” to 741741 (LA County Hotline).

COVID-19 TESTING

The CDC has changed the period of exposure risk for COVID 19; if you test positive for COVID-19, you must notify everyone who has been around you at any time 2 DAYS before you became symptomatic to the present so that they can isolate themselves.

Testing is by appointment only at this time. Walk-up appointments are not available. COVID-19 testing is currently limited to the most vulnerable of LA County residents – those who are 65 and older and/or have underlying health conditions. To learn more about drive-up, mobile testing sites, visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/. To register and see if you are eligible for a test, click here.

SMALL BUSINESSES

Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon, LISC is offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. The new application deadline is April 4. The grants of up to $10,000 can help with rent & utilities, meeting payroll, paying outside debt to vendors, and operation costs. APPLY HERE

RENTAL & TENANT PROTECTIONS

Mayor Garcetti signed an ordinance on March 30, 2020 passed by City Council on March 27, 2020 to implement the Emergency Eviction Moratorium for commercial & residential rentals. Since language passed by Council is nearly identical to Mayor’s earlier order, Mayor will withdraw that order to avoid confusion. Council approved 12 months for residential tenants to pay rent owed and approved 3 months for commercial tenants.

The Housing + Community Investment Department (HCID) now has an eviction moratorium FAQ on their website.

CENSUS

COMPLETE YOUR CENSUS HERE — Safe, easy, and secure!

LADOT

LADOT will begin instituting temporary food pick-up parking zones near restaurants; new signs will be installed free of charge near food providers that apply and get approved for a sign.  People can apply for a sign here.

The City will set traffic lights to a late night schedule with more frequent red lights to slow drivers down.  There are a lot more people walking and biking so it’s important that drivers slow down.

LAUSD

LAUSD and the Red Cross will continue to operate the 60+ Grab and Go Food Centers. The updated hours are from 8am-11am. Locations of the centers can be found here. Our closest locations are Luther Burbank MS and Eagle Rock HS. Please visit their website for a list of resources you can use from home.

LAUSD launched a phone hotline for students and families to call and speak with mental health counselors. The hotline number is (213) 241-3840, and it is open 6am-6pm on weekdays

MEALS FOR SENIORS

Here is a map with detailed plans for each meal site. Please note that the info is updated frequently.

The County will also be offering meal delivery for seniors through their WDACS program. Click here to learn more. Deliveries are by appointment only.

RESOURCES

FindHelp.org is an incredible tool to help find resources by zip code.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND HHPNC WEBSITE

Our website is updated daily to ensure the most up to date information is available.

Instagram Facebook Twitter  We are also on NextDoor!

DAILY BRIEFINGS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AND IF OTHERWISE POSTED

Mayor Garcetti will be providing the City with briefings Sunday-Friday at 5:15pm until further notice. You can watch the Mayor’s briefing on Facebook.

The County Board of Supervisors are having daily briefings every day at now 1:00pm until further notice. You can watch the County briefing on the County Channel, Facebook, or on local news stations.

THANK YOU

I cannot express enough how thankful I am for all of our frontline and essential workers during this time. I found several examples online to print out THANK YOU signs and thought that was a great idea for us to do throughout our neighborhood. If you have some poster paper or anything to make a sign I encourage you all to do so.

 

Stephanie Maynetto-Jackson, President

Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council