Category Archives: Public service announcement

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New Public Health Restrictions

Cases of COVID-19 in the City of Los Angeles are continuing to rise rapidly and new restrictions are in place to stop the spread of the virus.

Angelenos may not meet in person with others who do not live in their household.

Angelenos may only travel to and from essential and officially permitted activities. A list of such activities that are allowed is in the order, linked below.

The number of people allowed in certain businesses has been lowered, including at outdoor gyms, grocery stores, indoor malls, and personal care facilities.

Other new restrictions and the complete order can be found here: https://www.lamayor.org/COVID19Orders

To stay safe, and help reduce the spread of COVID-19:

Continue to wear a mask anytime you leave your home.

Get free testing, with results within 24 hours, at sites throughout the City: coronavirus.lacity.org/testing

Stay informed, visit: Coronavirus.LACity.org

En la Ciudad de Los Ángeles, los casos de COVID-19 siguen aumentando rápidamente y nuevas restricciones se están implementado para detener la propagación del virus.

Angelinos no deben reunirse con personas que no viven en su misma casa.

Angelinos solamente pueden viajar para actividades esenciales o oficialmente permitidas. La lista de tales actividades se encuentra en el sitio de internet.

El número de personas que se permiten en ciertos negocios ha bajado, incluyendo gimnasios, supermercados, centros comerciales bajo techo, y negocios de cuidado personal.

Otras nuevas restricciones y la orden completa están en el sitio de internet: https://www.lamayor.org/COVID19Orders

Para seguir seguros, y ayudar reducir la propagación del COVID-19:

Siga usando mascarilla cada vez que salga de su casa.

Hágase la prueba gratis, con resultados en 24 horas, en sitios por toda la cuidad: coronavirus.lacity.org/testing

Manténgase informado, visite: Coronavirus.LACity.org

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Utility Grant Program to Assist Low-Income Families During COVID-19

The Los Angeles City Council approved a program on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 championed by Council President Nury Martinez as Chair of the Ad-Hoc COVID-19 Recovery & Neighborhood Investment Committee to provide $50 million in federal CARES Act funding to assist struggling low-income Angelenos with utility costs.

The COVID-19 Utility Grant Program comes off of two motions introduced by Martinez and is a partnership with the Department of Water & Power (LADWP) and will prioritize those impacted by COVID-19 and already enrolled in the LADWP’s low-income assistance program. City of Los Angeles’ residents who are DWP customers making 50% Area Median Income (AMI) or lower will be eligible to receive $500 to assist with utility costs, including: gas service, cellular phone, Wi-Fi, and internet/cable services. The program will serve up to 100,000 households.
Applicants must be an LADWP residential customer with an online account in order to complete an online application during the program enrollment period of November 2 – 15, 2020.
While grants will be allocated via lottery, priority will be given to customers currently enrolled (as of November 1st) in one of four LADWP assistance programs: the Low-Income Discount Program; Lifeline Rate; Life Support Equipment Discount; or Physicians Certified Allowance Discount.
Please go to ladwp.com for general information. A Utility Grant Program Link will be available there soon.

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ABC Agents Will be out Enforcing Alcoholic Beverage Laws and Health Orders During Halloween

Sacramento – The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) today announced that agents will be working in communities throughout California to make this year’s Halloween as safe as possible by providing education about current health orders to help stop the spread of COVID -19 and by utilizing ABC education and enforcement programs.

Because of the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic, Californians are encouraged to review the State’s safety guidelines for Halloween and Día de Los Muertos released by the California Department of Public Health at COVID-19 Guidance for a Safer Halloween and Día de los Muertos Celebrations.

ABC agents will visit ABC licensed businesses to check on compliance with current health orders, and to reduce alcohol service to obviously intoxicated patrons and underage youth. Licensees need to make sure their employees are wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing measures.

The Department also advises anyone of legal drinking age to help reduce DUI’s by designating a non-drinking driver before travelling to a location where alcohol is sold.
“Too many Californians are killed or injured in alcohol-related crashes and incidents and hopefully education, prevention, and enforcement efforts will prevent those tragedies from occurring,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “ABC encourages everyone to discuss how to make Halloween celebrations as safe as possible.”

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), harmful and underage drinking remain significant problems in this country and on U.S. campuses despite collective efforts to address them. More information on prevention strategies can be found on NIAAA’s website or College Drinking.

ABC protects communities through education and by administering prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws. ABC licensees and their employees are encouraged to take ABC’s online LEAD training classes to help achieve higher compliance with alcoholic beverage laws. LEAD stands for Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs. You can now take the training online.

To learn more about ABC programs that help protect communities, prevent alcohol-related harm, and save lives visit. ABC Enforcement Programs or ABC Education Programs. ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

Funding for Halloween enforcement operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Central Lutheran Food Distribution Update

10/21/2019 – we began serving our neighbors experiencing poverty twice monthly with the LA Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry, thanks to a grant for 1.25 years’ operation expenses from the St. Stephens Fund of Bethlehem Lutheran Church-Granada Hills, CA.

3/23/2020 – When other providers in our area shut down their food distribution programs following Safer At Home orders, we continued as the only on-going LA Food Bank program in a 6-mile radius, and ESSENTIAL SERVICE-certified program.

5/4/2020 – we opened WEEKLY Food Distributions, with the help of a grant from LA County Supervisor Sheila Keuhl, plus adding the Drop-Off Food Program from LA Food Bank, and recruitment through Volunteermatch to replace those volunteers no longer able to help us (COVID issues of age, underling conditions, being restricted-access sheltered while experiencing homelessness, etc). We are committed to continue weekly distribution through this year’s end, at a minimum.

6/30/2020 – thanks to a grant from the Loving Our Neighbors fund of the SW California Synod of the ELCA, we purchased a freezer to allow us to receive more donations, and to keep split pallets of frozen food from LA Food Bank deliveries.

CENTRAL is committed to serving Food Distribution weekly through the end of 2020. In November we will be assessing the budget and staffing + volunteer needs for 2021 to decide if we can maintain this or a similar level of service for Van Nuys. The success of our Fund-raising for the Refrigerator will have a direct impact on whether we continue to serve weekly (the extra money needed to act now – to replace the fridge that was leaving – was taken from our on-going service budget).

We are the ONLY WALK-UP Food Distribution happening consistently in our area. Many others offer drive-up pop-up’s but the level of poverty in our community means most families don’t have a car to bring during the day to get food.