Government Resources for Relief Due to COVID-19

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FEDERAL UPDATE: Friday afternoon, President Trump signed the CARES Act - a $2 trillion economic rescue package that will provide relief to many groups affected by the coronavirus. This plan will offer assistance to tens of millions of American households affected by the coronavirus by providing stimulus payments to individuals, expanded unemployment coverage, student loan changes, differe...
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Lake Balboa Senior Lead Officers Begin Actions to Help Check up on Older Patients

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The COVID-19 coronavirus appears to have serious health implications for the elderly who are at the highest risk of dying from coronavirus and a syndrome called acute respiratory distress. Experts have recommended aggressive precautions for our elderly including actions to limit face-to-face exposure. LAPD has issued a list of new guidelines and equipment to officers for dealing with the COVID-19...
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Mayor Garcetti Issues “Safer at Home” Emergency Order to Los Angeles

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Mayor Garcetti issues "Safer at Home" emergency order - ordering all residents of the City of L.A. to stay inside their residences and immediately limit all non-essential movement. Coronavirus.LACity.org El alcalde Garcetti anuncia la orden de emergencia "Más Protegidos en Casa", ordenando a todos los residentes de la Ciudad de Los Ángeles que permanezcan dentro de sus residencias y limiten de ...
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CA Senator Hertzberg: “Virus and the Valley: We’re in this Together”

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March 17, 2020 Neighbors and Friends, These are challenging days, and there will be more ahead. We're doing all we can to help the nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers on the front lines of this crisis. At the same time, I want to make sure that everyone in the San Fernando Valley gets the information and support they need. I'm especially concerned about our seniors and others who are ...
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Census 2020 – Are You Ready To Be Counted?

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Census 2020 is around the corner. The results will determine not only our representation in Congress, but how more than $115 billion is spent every year on California schools, healthcare, housing, transportation, and other vital programs in our neighborhoods. But we won’t get an accurate count in 2020 unless everyone participates. Your 2020 Census invitation should arrive in your mailbox this mo...
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California & City of Los Angeles Declare Coronavirus Official Emergency

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A declaration of a state of emergency is a preparedness measure. It authorizes government agencies to mobilize resources quickly to respond to any noted threat. For this reason, while there are still only a few known active coronavirus cases in California, Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti have declared an official state of emergency for both the State of California and the City of Los Angeles, t...
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Penalties have increased for illegal dumping

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Penalties have increased for illegal dumping. Dumping waste, materials, packaging, and equipment on L.A. streets, sidewalks, and alleys or in public bins is a crime and is subject to increased fines or criminal prosecution. The City is cracking down on those who trash our sidewalks and streets. Penalties for violations under City and/or State law are punishable from a $200 fine up to as much as...
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Collect $3,000 — Free — To Retrofit Your Home

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When a big earthquake hits your area, your house might fly off its foundation and collapse if: It’s wood–framed Built before 1980 Has a crawl space and/or a cripple wall It’s never been retrofitted before The good news is that this year the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) is offering as much as $3,000 each to 4,400 California homeowners to help pay for retrofitting their pla...
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New Vote Centers Open This Weekend, But Most Angelenos Have No Idea

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From https://laist.com/latest/post/20200221/vote-centers-primary-election-polling-places Election “Day” is so 2016. Californians have been voting by mail since the beginning of this month, and in L.A. and Orange Counties, voting in-person starts Saturday morning, when the first round of centralized “vote centers” will open. Let’s recap the changes for WHERE to vote: Most neighborhood po...
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Important Upcoming Board of Airport Commissioners Meeting – Feb 6

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THE FEBRUARY 6, 2020 BOAC MEETING MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE IN YEARS FOR ANYONE AFFECTED NEGATIVELY BY AIRCRAFT NOISE THE BOARD OF AIRPORT COMMISSIONERS (BOAC) IS PLANNING TO CONSIDER THE MOTION THAT WAS APPROVED BY THE VNY CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR A VOLUNTARY NIGHTTIME FLIGHT CURFEW AT VAN NUYS AIRPORT. IF YOU CAN COME TO THE MEETING AND SPEAK OUT FOR THE CURFEW, YOU CAN HELP THE CIT...
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Be Prepared for the Coronavirus

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Flu season is bad enough as it is, but now there's a new deadly viral outbreak traveling the globe. There have now been over 2,000 confirmed cases in China and it has now spread to the United States with a growing list of states confirming infections. Although the chance of widespread contamination in the U.S. is low, it is important to understand the nature of coronavirus and how you can preve...
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LAUSD Board District 3 Candidate Forum February 15

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Why are our local LAUSD schools rated so low? Why are there so many charter schools? Why are so many parents sending their children to private schools? What needs to be fixed? Who can fix it? Where does the lottery money go? The seven Directors on the LAUSD Board of Directors are the head of LAUSD, NOT THE MAYOR. (boe.lausd.net) Your property values are partially determined by the local ...
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Draft EIR Report on the City’s Sidewalk Repair Program is Now Available for Public Comment

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The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the City's Sidewalk Repair Program is now available for public review and comment.  The comment period closes on February 24, 2020. The report is available on the City's website at this link: https://sidewalks.lacity.org/environmental-impact-report.  As one can imagine, this is a very large report but it is posted online in sections so you should ...
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New Interactive Map Shows Homelessness and Housing Across LA County

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Los Angeles County now has an interactive map allowing you to view the distribution of the County's current homeless population, as well as sites where shelter or supportive housing already exists or is under development. Info on population numbers and density is drawn from the January 2019 Countywide Homeless Count. New info and capabilities will continue to be added to this map tool, which just ...
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Surviving an Active Shooter Training Class at West Valley LAPD on January 8, 2020

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With more than 3 weeks remaining in 2019, the U.S. has already surpassed 2018’s total for mass shootings. A total of more than 370 mass shooting incidents have occurred as of November 14th. The recent November 14th shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita marked the 44th shooting incident at a school. Of the 44 shooting incidents in schools, 32 of them were at facilities serving Kinderga...
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LA Gets Serious About Sepulveda Pass Toll Lanes

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The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will vote on funding a study for the proposed $27 million Phase 1 Sepulveda Pass ExpressLanes Drivers with means may soon be able to bypass the famous bottleneck that is the Sepulveda Pass. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will vote Thursday on whether to fund a study examining the merits of charging people to use its...
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Airbnb Launches Anonymous Complaint Portal

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You think that your neighbor is an Airbnb host and you and your neighbors have a complaint. As the City and short term rental platforms finalize regulations, be aware that Airbnb has established a link to their Anonymous Neighbor Complaint portal. While many people who use short term rental platforms are responsible hosts, it's vital that you report issues so Airbnb can help to resolve them. Wheth...
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North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit Project Moves Forward with Board Approval

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The North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit Project will Move Forward into Environmental Review Thank you to all who attended Thursday’s Board meeting and provided feedback. Metro’s Board of Directors received and filed staff’s recommendation to begin the environmental review for the project. The feedback received at the meeting will continue to help shape the project. If you were unable t...
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Dept of City Planning is Holding Info Sessions on LA’s New Home-Sharing Ordinance

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From the Los Angeles Department of City Planning: The City Council adopted the Home-Sharing Ordinance (CF 14-1635-S2) in December of 2018. To prevent the wholesale conversion of homes into rental properties, the legislation establishes a regulatory framework to restrict short-term rentals to one’s primary residence. The Home-Sharing Ordinance requires hosts who wish to engage in short-term re...
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