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Parks Closed

Safer at Home: Face Masks Required

The latest order calls for us to be Safer at Home through May 15th.

As of Friday, April 10, face masks will be required when you are out interacting with any business. If you are not wearing one, they can refuse to serve you.

Required face coverings are not medical-grade masks or N95 respirators, but rather, fabric coverings, such as scarves and bandanas.

You should also know there have been reports that people without masks are being fined $1,000 in some counties.

Metro also recommends that all transit riders wear face coverings and/or masks on our buses and trains. Please note that face coverings and masks do not replace other public health hygiene practices. Everyone is asked to continue limiting travel to only essential trips, maintain physical distance from others, wash hands frequently, and use other good hygiene practices.

Mayor’s Order

To support the Safer at Home Order, the Mayor has closed all parks on Easter Sunday, April 12.

Parks Closed

COVID-19 Testing

The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the County of Los Angeles, is providing access to free COVID-19 testing to Los Angeles County residents.

At this time, testing is limited in Los Angeles to people with symptoms, or people who have been prevented from working because of contact with someone who has been infected

Please note that same or next day testing appointments are prioritized for individuals over 65, or who have underlying chronic health conditions.

Schedule a test

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Lost Job

Governor Gavin Newsom announced that starting this Sunday, CA workers who are receiving unemployment benefits will receive an extra $600 on top of their weekly amount, as part of the new Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) initiated by the CARES Act. The first payment is going out Sunday and the higher benefits will last four months.

One-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic: https://onwardca.org/

For those whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19, this website enables unemployed or underemployed Angelenos to find and apply to job opportunities across all industries, so they can start working right NOW. https://lajobsportal.org/

CVS is holding virtual recruiting:

cvs recruiting

Eviction Moratorium

Get the Eviction Protection Fact Sheet

Stress Reduction

These are trying times for everyone. If you need some ideas on stress reduction and self care, the CDC offers these.

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body.
    • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
    • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
    • Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
    • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others.

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others:

  • Call 911
  • Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

Federal Stimulus Package

To create a safety net for those whose jobs and businesses are affected by the pandemic, the stimulus will provide one-time payments to taxpayers. The stimulus will provide a one-time payment of $1,200 to qualifying adults with no annual income or incomes not exceeding $75,000 per year. A one-time payment of up to $2,400 will be provided to joint-filers with an annual income totaling less than $150,000. Families will also receive an additional $500 per child. You must file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 to receive this payment.

FAQs

Help for Businesses

The Mayor just announced that LA CARES Corps is a partnership between the City and County of LA to provide small businesses with the help they need to apply for federal loans under the CARES Act.

More information 

Excess Trash

Sanitation logoSingle Family Homes & Trash Pick Up: To address the added trash and recycling items as we are staying at home the City will temporarily offer free extra collection on the black and blue bins during your regularly scheduled collection day. If you have extra bags that don’t fit in your bins, meet the truck outside and once your bin is emptied, refill it while they are still there and they will collect it again. Starts Monday.

All of our SAFE Centers will be closed until further notice. Please do not place household hazardous waste (HHW) in any of your bins. HHW should be stored until SAFE Centers reopen. E-waste may be scheduled for curbside collection by calling 1-800-773-2489 or by using the MyLA311 app.

Slow Internet

It Isn’t Just You — The Internet Is Actually Super-Slow Lately: According to a new report by Broadband Now, a consumer advocate website that compares U.S. internet service providers (ISPs), many cities are experiencing internet slowdowns during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Out of the country’s 200 most populous cities, 88 “have experienced some degree of network degradation over the past week compared to the 10 weeks prior,” according to the report.

To cope with the onslaught of streamers, YouTube announced it will default to standard, rather than high, definition for users worldwide. Facebook and Netflix have also decided to cut the overall quality of their streams while the pandemic continues, for the same reason.

Volunteer for the Census

Be Counted

We invite you to become a part of Mayor Garcetti’s Census 2020 Volunteer Phone Banking Team. Sign up at bit.ly/censusphonebank!

The phone banking team will ask community leaders like yourself to make calls to other Angelenos across the city to encourage them to respond to the Census, answer their questions about how to respond, and also check to make sure they are aware of the resources available to help during the COVID-19 crisis.

Diversion

Adopt a pet: Are you practicing Safer at Home all alone? Running out of things to stay entertained? Maybe you need a furry buddy to keep you company. While we have a long list of folks who want to foster some animals, you can jump that line if you wish to adopt! Visit LA Animal Services or call 888-452-7381

Black College Expo will be live online April 17, 10am-2pm, Free tickets while supplies last.

Dogs at workShout out to UNNC for sharing this funny story of a person who created an account highlight his dogs and others working from home. Enjoy a good laugh and send in your own images: @dogsworkingfromhome. The story was highlighted in Southern Living Magazine.

Kids can enjoy Stuck at Home Science in fun activities streamed Monday -Friday through the Science Center at 10am.

On Easter Sunday, April 12,  10am our time Italian tenor and global music icon Andrea Bocelli will give a solo performance at the historic Duomo, the cathedral of Milan, Italy.

There will be no audience present, and strictly no access for the public (in compliance with government regulations on Covid-19), but the concert will be exclusively streamed live globally on the Andrea Bocelli’s YouTube channel, uniting the world in the face of a global pandemic.

Boredom can inspire great adventures. Read about a man who broke out of a POW camp during World War II to climb Mt. Kenya.

Paul Krekorian in front of Bridge Home Site

Van Nuys Bridge Home Construction Begins

February 28, 2020

This week, construction began on the Van Nuys temporary housing site, located at 7700 Van Nuys Boulevard. This structure will house 100 individuals experiencing homelessness in the Van Nuys area. It is at one of the Valley’s most connected Transit Hubs, with access to buses and trains, near the LA County Social services building.

The A Bridge Home project is slated to open in June. At that time council district 2 will have 185 beds available to serve the homeless.

This news follows the public launch last week of the first homeless navigation center in Los Angeles, located on Sherman Way in North Hollywood.

Councilmember Krekorian is grateful to neighbors in the surrounding community for working with our office on the Van Nuys site. With their support he was able to secure the location, which when completed will provide additional sanitation and police services.

The homeless crisis is real and pervasive, but it is not unsolvable. In CD2, there is real progress in pursuit of that end.

See the video announcement

Safe Parking Logo

Councilmember Ryu Proposes Safe Parking Lot on Oxnard Street

Los Angeles – On February 7, 2020 at the City Council meeting in Van Nuys City Hall, Councilmember Ryu introduced a motion to explore options for a safe parking program at a parking lot on Oxnard Street west of Sepulveda Boulevard. Safe Parking lots allow Angelenos who are experiencing homelessness and living in their cars and RVs a safe place to park overnight with access to bathrooms, services and outreach.

“Solving homelessness takes more than just one kind of solution –  we need bridge housing, permanent supportive housing, services and safe parking,” Councilmember Ryu said. “That’s why Council District Four is tied for first in the number of Bridge Home projects, it’s why we have seven different homeless housing and resource centers open or underway, and it’s why I’m calling for the eighth one today: Safe Parking on Oxnard Street.”

The motion introduced today seeks a feasibility study for Safe Parking at the lot, located at 15380 Oxnard Street on the Sherman Oaks-Van Nuys border. The parking lot, which is more than 20,000 square feet in size, is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and under a long-term lease to the City of Los Angeles.

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VNNC Vision 2020: Grow and Flourish

VNNC Swearing In2019 began a new chapter for the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council as we held an election, thanked outgoing members for their service and swore in new members in June. We have had a change in leadership, electing new officers and new committee chairs have stepped up. Everyone is working on learning how to work together and be mindful of how Neighborhood Councils are to function.

Our focus is to give stakeholders the opportunity to consider and make their voice heard on a few key issues each meeting, allowing the Board to then vote on sending a Community Impact Statement to City Council which is the official way we are able to represent our constituents.

Bridge Housing structureTopics we have heard and weighed in on include:

  • Supported a call to LADWP to adopt a 100% real, clean energy by 2030 scenario as part of its ongoing 100% Renewable Study
  • Supported completing an Environmental Impact Study for the Bus Rapid Transit in North San Fernando Valley
  • Supported Permanent Supportive Housing at 14142 W Vanowen with 64 units in a currently vacant lot
  • Supported a Vacancy Tax as a strategy to increase the amount of homes available to rent.
    Supported Medicare for All
  • Bridge Housing for 7700-7798 Van Nuys Blvd

Our committees are up and running and an easy way for you to plug in and make a difference. From Beautification to Planning and Land Use, we have something for everyone. Check them out here: https://vnnc.org/board/committees/

Van Nuys High School Cheerleader held high“My 2020 Vision is to support Van Nuys to grow and flourish, making it a safer place to live and a shining example of success and resilience,” shares VNNC President Sam Woolf.

All of our meetings are open to the public and present you will an opportunity to share in our public exchange of ideas so that we might collectively make our Van Nuys voice heard! Join us second Wednesdays at 7pm at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys. For more information please contact info@VNNC.org.

Santa with two children and toys

Donate a Toy at Our December Meeting

The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council invites you to bring a new unwrapped toy for newborns to age 10 worth at least $10 to our meeting on Wednesday, December 11. A toy bin will be provided at the meeting! Toys collected will helps support pediatric patients at our Van Nuys Pediatric Health Center!

About NEVHC – NEVHC is one of the nation’s largest community health centers providing care for the uninsured and medically underserved residents in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. Our young patients are some of the most vulnerable residents of our community.

Toy Drive