Safer at Home
As you have probably heard, the Safer at Home Emergency Order is extended through May 15 and we are all to wear masks when doing business out in public, as are employees, LAPD and others. DPH Social Distancing Protocol describes actions for each essential business to take according to County Public Health.
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DWP reminds us that our drinking water supply undergoes rigorous testing and treatment before it reaches your tap. Your tap water is safe to drink and there is no need to buy expensive bottled water.
Drive Through Testing
L.A. County residents with COVID-19 symptoms may now receive free testing, though priority will still be given to those with underlying health challenges or over 65. For more information about eligibility and to sign up for an appointment, visit Coronavirus.LACity.org/Testing. Drive through testing is available by appointment in the Valley at Hansen Dam, Northridge Medical Center and Warner Center. Check out this video explaining what to expect.
Where’s your stimulus check?
If you qualify for an economic impact payment, the federal government is neck-deep in the process of depositing the first stimulus checks of up to $1,200 into the bank accounts of eligible US residents, beginning with people who have direct deposit set up with the IRS. Millions of people qualify for the payment, so when you receive the money could take time.
If you’re eligible, you can track the status of your check at any time through an online portal on the IRS website called Get My Payment. Use these step-by-step instructions on how to use the online tracking tool.
Property Tax Penalties
Homeowners who were unable to pay their 2nd half property taxes by April 10th due to COVID-19 can apply to the LA County Collector to have any penalties waived. For complete information go to: https://ttc.lacounty.gov/
City Budget Cuts
The Los Angeles Times reports that because city tax revenue is down, we will likely see budget cuts, ” Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is preparing to release his proposed 2020-21 budget next week, has begun looking at the possibility of pay cuts and furloughs for city workers who don’t work in the police and fire departments, one city official said. During his coronavirus briefing Wednesday, the mayor said he and the city’s budget analysts are working to protect as many core services as possible.”
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
The California Labor Secretary announces that they are preparing their system to not only respond to the huge surge in unemployment claims but to the benefits for gig economy workers in her update letter.
Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment(LASAN) has partnered with YMCA to provide additional hygiene facilities to people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 emergency. LASAN will provide showers, bathrooms and locker rooms at the Mid Valley Family YMCA in CD2 and eight other YMCA facilities across the city. All participants will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before accessing the facilities. Call the LASAN Customer Care Center at 800-773-2489 for details.
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