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LA Traffic Deaths Stay High: Officials Plead ‘Stop Texting’

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As L.A. traffic deaths stay high, officials plead with drivers to stop texting

LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times) — Advocates staging a “die-in” on the steps of L.A. City Hall in December to protest a lack of progress on the city’s goal of eliminating traffic deaths on city streets by 2025.

In the fourth full year of a program designed to eliminate traffic fatalities on Los Angeles streets, the number of people killed in car crashes stayed stubbornly high, early data show.

Last year, 244 people were killed in traffic collisions on city streets, a decrease of 0.8% compared to 2018, according to preliminary figures from the city. The victims included 134 people who were walking and `19 people biking.

The data may change slightly with additional analysis, officials said. But the early figures suggest another year […]

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Los Angeles City Council Meetings Cancelled, Surprising Activists

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Los Angeles City Council Chambers (credit: Mr. Littlehand/Flickr)

by Patrick Range McDonald, Housing is a Human Right

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez (pictured) has cancelled council meetings for the rest of March, surprising activists seeking critical relief measures to help vulnerable residents. Activists are now urging Martinez to hold an emergency meeting to pass such protections as a rent freeze and mortgage suspension.

“It’s extremely disappointing and, frankly, an abdication of responsibility for the City Council to go dark with millions of Angelenos confronting a pandemic,” says Housing Is A Human Right Director René Christian Moya. “April 1st is coming. Rents and mortgages will be due. Our City Council should work round the clock to ensure income stability, housing. and peace of mind for all.”

Los Angeles City Council Meetings Cancelled, Surprising Activists

Martinez claims the reason for the sudden cancellation is that the City Council is not yet ready to hold remote meetings, according to the Los Angeles Times. That, in itself, is alarming — the second largest city in the nation is facing a pandemic, but the Los Angeles City Council hasn’t figured out how to hold remote meetings. And the council won’t figure it out, apparently, for weeks.

So far, in Los Angeles County, according to the county public health department, there have been 662 confirmed coronavirus cases and 11 deaths. In L.A., confirmed cases have been found in, among other neighborhoods, Brentwood (31), the Melrose area, (26), Hollywood (19), North Hollywood (10), and Sherman Oaks (10).

Healthy LA Coalition, a citywide coalition of more than 150 organizations, has been pressing the Los Angeles City Council to quickly approve protections, including rent forgiveness and mortgage suspension, a moratorium on evictions, a rent freeze, emergency rental assistance, homeowner assistance, and other items.

“As COVID-19 triggers a national state of emergency, and a statewide call to stay home and stay sheltered, many Angelenos are forced to put their health on the line simply to keep a roof over their heads,” the coalition wrote in a statement. “In this precarious time, it’s crucial that [City Council members’] next actions be bold, decisive, and for the good of our most vulnerable friends and neighbors.”

Healthy LA Coalition is distributing a petition for the public to sign, calling for the swift passage of its legislative proposals.

“Our own health depends on the health of the person next to us, and the person next to them,” the coalition wrote. “Ensuring every Angeleno’s access to the space, resources, and health services they need is how we take care of each other. Our local governments’ actions must reflect this essential truth and rise to the scale of this enormous challenge. This is not the time for half-steps or hesitation. Now is the moment to protect the most vulnerable. When we do that, we protect everyone.”

Patrick Range McDonald was a longtime staff writer at L.A. Weekly, where he won numerous awards. He’s now an advocacy journalist for Housing Is A Human Right.

(Reprinted with permission)

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WeHo Updates on Renter Hardships and Eviction Moratorium

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City’s Eviction Moratorium Urgency Ordinance Applies to Nonpayment Eviction Notices and Unlawful Detainer Actions Served or Filed on or After March 16, 2020; Ordinance Will Remain in Effect for 60 Days and May Be Extended

WEST HOLLYWOOD – The City of West Hollywood is making every effort to respond to community needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency and Safer at Home Los Angeles County Order. The City of West Hollywood approved an Urgency Ordinance on Monday, March 16 that protects renters with a temporary moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent during the current state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This Ordinance applies to nonpayment eviction notices served or filed on or after March 16, 2020 and remains in effect for 60 days, unless extended. There will be no evictions for lack of rent if due to COVID-19 financial impact.

A link to complete information is available on the City of West Hollywood’s website at www.weho.org/coronavirus by clicking Renter Resources. Additional details about housing information and resources are available at www.weho.org/rent and questions about rental assistance may be directed to the City of West Hollywood’s Social Services Division at (323) 848-6510.

The following is what affected tenants must do to be covered under the Ordinance:

  • Notify landlords in writing within 30 days of the rental due date of inability to pay rent. Notification “in writing” includes email or text communications to a landlord or the landlord’s representative with whom the tenant has previously corresponded by email or text. Any medical or financial information provided to the landlord shall be held in confidence, and only used for evaluating the tenant’s claim.
  • State the ways in which they have been financially impacted, this can include:
    • Caring for myself or family member who is sick with COVID-19
    • Lay-off, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from business closure or other economic or employer impacts of COVID-19
    • Compliance with a recommendation from a government health authority to stay home, self- quarantine, or avoid congregating with others during the state of emergency
    • Extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses
    • Child care needs arising from school closures related to COVID-19
  • Provide documentation, which can include:
    • COVID-19 positive test result documentation
    • Letter, email, or texts related to lay-off, loss of hours or other income reduction
    • Health authority communication about recommendation to stay home, self-quarantine, etc.
    • Medical bills
    • Receipts/invoices of child-care costs

The following is information for landlords about affected tenants covered under the Ordinance:

Landlords are not allowed to evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent if the tenant demonstrates inability to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19. A landlord who has been notified of lost income and inability to pay full rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19 — and has been provided with documentation in writing within 30 days after the date that rent is due seek to evict for nonpayment of rent. A template of a letter for tenants to notify residents is available at: https://www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=44086

The Ordinance does not relieve the tenant from eventually paying the rent; rent will be due within six months after the expiration of the local emergency. The landlord may not charge a late fee on the rent. The ordinance is intended to be narrow and no other legal remedies available to the landlord are affected.

The following community organizations assist community members with housing resources in the City of West Hollywood:

Limited Rental Assistance

  • Aid for AIDS (Alliance for Housing & Healing) (323) 656-1107 — Provides financial assistance to persons living with HIV/AIDS to pay for rent, utilities and pharmaceuticals. The Alliance for Housing and Healing Aging in Place Program provides supplemental rental assistance to all older adults residing in the City of West Hollywood who are experiencing a rent burden.
  • National Council of Jewish Women (323) 852-7036 — Provides non-sectarian and non-gender-specific rental assistance to West Hollywood residents. Leave a message and your call will be returned.

Free or Low-Cost Legal Resources

  • Bet Tzedek Legal Services Legal Services | (323) 549-5841 | www.bettzedek.org
    Legal Aid including representation in evictions court. Call for an appointment.
  • Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) — For legal support, please e-mail contactCES@earthlink.net. In the email provide your name, phone number, address, whether your unit is rent stabilized or not, and a short summary of the issue. A representative will call you. Weekly Tenant Rights Clinics in Plummer Park are closed until further notice
  • Eviction Defense Network (213) 385-8112 | www.evictiondefensenetwork.org
    Representation for LA County tenants facing eviction as long as they seek assistance at least one week before the trial. Fees are based on a sliding scale, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association — Lawyer Referral and Info Service (213) 243-1525 | www.lacba.org

This referral service is a nonprofit public service that allows members of the public to find a qualified attorney and get general information about common legal issues. There is no cost to access information through the service and there is no fee to get a referral to an attorney.

·       Disability Rights California | (800) 776-5746 | http://www.disabilityrightsca.org — Advocates, educates, investigates, and litigates to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities.

·       Housing Rights Center | (800) 477-5977 | http://www.hrc-la.org — Their mission is to actively support and promote fair housing through education, advocacy and litigation, to the end that all persons have the opportunity to secure the housing they desire and can afford without discrimination.

The City of West Hollywood continues to urge community members to follow the LA County Department of Public Health’s Safer at Home Order, which went into effect Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The Order will remain in effect until April 19, 2020, and may be extended. The Order was issued concurrently with orders from Gov. Gavin Newsom calling upon all individuals living in the State of California to stay home in order to reduce transmission of coronavirus.

West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and is suspending all in-person transactions. All public City buildings and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.

The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.

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City of WeHo Statement on County and State ‘Stay at Home’ Orders

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is urging community members to immediately follow the LA County Department of Public Health’s Safer at Home Order, which goes into effect tonight, Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The Order will remain in effect until April 19, 2020, and may be extended. The Order was issued as Gov. Newsom additionally called upon all individuals living in the State of California to stay home in order to reduce transmission of coronavirus.

The City of West Hollywood is in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County; community members in West Hollywood should immediately follow the Order. The purpose of the Order is to further restrict and limit the gathering of persons and require the closure of malls, children’s playgrounds, and non-essential retail businesses in an effort to stem and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Grocery stores, restaurants offering delivery and pickup, pharmacies, and hardware stores will remain open. Details and information are in the Order, which is accessible at the Public Health website (PDF download) at: http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/lac/1070029_COVID-19_SaferAtHome_HealthOfficerOrder_20200319_Signed.pdf.

For additional information about coronavirus and tonight’s stay at home order from California Governor Gavin Newsom to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of  COVID-19, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.

“Our County public health officials and our state elected leaders, tonight, are delivering a simple and vitally important message: we are Safer at Home. By staying home, we will help to defeat coronavirus,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “In West Hollywood, we know a thing or two about overcoming what at first might seem impossible. Our City’s history is built on facing the big challenges and fighting for the rights and responsibilities of everyone in our community. Given these challenges, we give our best selves and with our determination, we put our hearts into everything we seek to accomplish. To face this new crisis, we must remind ourselves: home is where the heart is. We must take heed and stay home, when we can. Many of us will have to work in jobs that serve important needs in the community and we embrace this. Staying at home also doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a walk and get some take-out and pick up some groceries –- in fact, we must do these things and more. During the coming days and weeks ahead, I urge everyone in West Hollywood to lead with your hearts. Support our local businesses who provide take-out and delivery. Check on your elderly neighbors and make sure they are cared for and have food and medications they need. And, with great love in your hearts, please make every effort to use lots of social distance. Use jazz hands! Smile from six feet away! Talk and sing with your neighbors from open windows! We know there are overwhelming challenges ahead and I want acknowledge that and reassure everyone in West Hollywood that we are working quickly and diligently to prepare and post information on our City website about resources for economic hardship and for vital social services. We hear everyone’s needs and we’re working to address these as we all face this challenge. Please take care of yourselves and each other as we face this health crisis – with love and with the determination to do what we do best in West Hollywood: overcome and thrive.”

The City, earlier this week, proclaimed the existence of a local emergency in response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) public health emergency on Monday, March 16, 2020. All measures are in effect in order to “flatten the curve” and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Californians are encouraged to stay home, practice social distancing, and only leave your home for essential errands to grocery, hardware or pharmacies, to go to work at locations still operational, or for essential medical appointments.

The City has implemented an emergency management plan that ensures continuity of business operations while providing flexibility to many City employees to work remotely in order to ensure employee safety and respond to the family obligations of staff in balancing City business. West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and is suspending all in-person transactions. All public City buildings and facilities will be closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org. The City of West Hollywood is making every effort to respond to community needs while ensuring the highest degree of regard for public health safety.

The City of West Hollywood will post updates on its website at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.

To view essential-business City meetings, tune in to WeHoTV at:

For notifications by email, subscribe to the City’s E-Notifications at www.weho.org/email. Visit the City’s event and meetings calendar at www.weho.org/calendarand news archive at www.weho.org/news.

For updates and information about the current numbers of COVID-19 cases in the United States and in Los Angeles County, the spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information in multiple languages, please visit websites for:

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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