Vaccine Updates For The Valley
There has been a lot of information circulating about vaccine availability and eligibility. It is important to know that starting today - April 1, California residents who are 50 years and older can begin to book an appointment with the City of L.A. vaccine resource page or the State’s MyTurn website. Two weeks from now, (April 15), all adults in California will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
We are expecting millions more shots to become available in the next month. It is crucial that everyone waits their turn, but also be ready to meet the moment when their time arrives. If you are not sure about when that will be, and want to receive friendly reminders as your window approaches, you can sign up with help from Notify LA. Through this exclusive program, you will get targeted text updates about new appointment availability for communities with high cases of COVID-19. Our numbers are going down, but the Valley still has a long way to go. Staying informed and inoculated are just a couple of ways we can do our part in the ongoing fight against the coronavirus.
As you will read in this newsletter, there are a few more websites to visit in order to receive notification about receiving your vaccination. There is also an important update about local parking enforcement, a schedule for the reopening of some museums and other local attractions, and even a brand new addition to my series on Hertzberg Heroes. Daily life might still be tough, but we are getting through this difficult time and preparing for better days ahead. Do not forget, you can always connect with me through Facebook, Twitter, and via email to keep me up-to-date on virtual events, opportunities to safely volunteer, or even to just let me know how you are doing. When we stay in touch, it means we are all moving forward together. Let’s keep going.
Stay safe and be well,
HEALTH AND SAFETY
VACCINATION ROLL OUT DECREASES SPREAD
With only an additional 590 new cases of COVID-19 identified this week, the ongoing decrease continues to be a great sign for the San Fernando Valley. Efforts to lessen cases in all the severely affected communities are working, resulting in an average 27% decrease in cases this month. Since the pandemic began one year ago, a total of 212,710 total cases of coronavirus have been accounted for in the Valley.
VACCINES FOR VETERANS NOW AVAILABLE
Vaccines are now open to veterans of all ages, who are eligible for VA healthcare and enrolled with the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Veterans are encouraged to call the vaccine appointment line at (310) 268-4900 or visit the VA’s website to schedule an appointment.
INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES MAY ACCESS VACCINE THROUGH “EXPRESS LANE”
The Mayor’s Office has established an “express lane” to help those who are disabled and may be having trouble getting to their vaccination appointment. A new express lane has opened up at Dodger Stadium that will assist customers of Access Services, the agency that provides transportation to Angelenos with disabilities. Access riders can book their appointment (pending availability), and get a round-trip ride to Dodger Stadium. Call (626) 532-1616 today to get connected.
JOBS AND ECONOMY
NEW GRANT: KEEP OUR SHOPS ON THE BLOCK
The L.A. County Dept. of Consumer and Business Affairs is offering additional financial support for personal care and retail businesses that are still being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You have from April 5-11 to apply for a $10,000 grant that can to help your establishment. Certain requirements do apply, so be sure to read the flyer above to make sure you can qualify. Visit LACOVIDFUND.org to learn more, and be sure to contact my office if you need assistance.
SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESTARTS LOCAL PARKING ENFORCEMENT
Residents should be aware that starting today, April 1, that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Parking Enforcement Detail will start writing up tickets again for all parking violations. This includes street sweeping, expired registration, as well as towing vehicles that have been warned via a “Red Tag” or any other vehicle in violation of the parking law of the state of California, and the County of Los Angeles.
During the pandemic, LASD had temporarily suspended giving out citations and related fines, but officers will be back in action this week. To find out more about what parking rules are subject to fines, visit the LASD website. If you have already received a ticket, you can either pay online (with a $2.25 transaction fee) or take care of it through the mail.
NEWEST HERTZBERG HEROES - EXCEPTIONAL MINDS
There are so many organizations that are doing more to support specific communities in the Valley. Exceptional Minds is one of those places, and I am proud to spotlight their efforts in as part of my Hertzberg’s Heroes series.
Based in Sherman Oaks, Exceptional Minds offers a unique program for students with autism who want to launch their careers as artists and animation creators by providing both instructional training and preparation for work at major studios in the entertainment industry.
For nearly 10 years, Exceptional Minds has opened its doors to mentor students with autism. As a nonprofit organization, its dedication and personalized attention to its students is remarkable. The instructors not only provide a full animation curriculum, they are also the only autism organization that incorporates education with integrated behavioral training that will serve these students when they are on the job. You can read more about the work they do, and sign up for future classes for yourself of a loved one when you visit my latest post on Medium.com.
NEW NORTHRIDGE HOMELESS CENTERS HONORS THE LATE ALEX TREBEK
The newly converted Northridge Skateland is soon to be a fully functioning center that helps unhoused community members find shelter and care. Organizers have recently decided to name the new facility after its main benefactor, former Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. Through his family’s foundation, Trebek donated $500,000 to the nonprofit.
The Trebek Center is roughly 23,000 square-feet with 107 beds planned to be installed, and will be operated by the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission. The Trebek Center will serve as the first interim-housing facility for adults in our district. Alex Trebek died last year at the age of 80 after a long, noble fight against pancreatic cancer.
REOPENING OF L.A. MUSEUMS AND POPULAR ATTRACTIONS
As coronavirus numbers continue to drop and the City is moving into safer tiers, museums and popular attractions are gearing up to reopen. Soon we will be able to enjoy the California Science Center, LACMA, Aquarium of the Pacific, and many more L.A.-based museums and attractions. All updated health guidelines will be enforced, and visitor capacities will be monitored for everyone’s collective safety. If you want to know what places are becoming available for a visit, check out this list provided by LAMag.com.
FREE FRUIT TREE GIVEAWAY FOR LADWP CUSTOMERS
Later this month, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) customers will be able to receive a variety of fruit and shade trees for free. This giveaway is on Saturday, April 10, in Arleta, and Free Trees L.A. and City Plants are offering this service. Visit this website to receive additional information, and be sure to register in advance to help get what kind of trees you need.
REMEMBER, WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER
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