Virus and the Valley: Continue to Combat COVID-19

June 16, 2020

June 16, 2020

As we continue to combat COVID-19, we are staying busy in the Golden State.

According to health experts, we have successfully flattened the curve so far. In the last few weeks, testing capacity has increased, positivity rates have dropped, and the spread rate of COVID-19 remains stable. After Memorial Day and the recent protests, officials continue to monitor what is happening on a local level because, although we are experiencing the excitement of so much re-opening, the virus is still very much out there. While I am confident that we are better prepared now more than ever, we must not let our guard down, and I’m pleased that our collective leadership remains focused on the health and steady recovery of California’s future.

In this edition of V&TV, you will get an update on case numbers, details on what the film and television industry is doing to get back to business, and new resources on free lunches for kids, and online summer school options.

As always, I welcome your comments and questions via this link

Bob Hertzberg

HEALTH AND SAFETY

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY CASE NUMBERS
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed 12,455 cases of COVID-19 in the San Fernando Valley. That is an additional 951 cases since last reported on Thursday. The three neighborhoods in the Valley with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 are Panorama City (1031), Sylmar (1017), and Pacoima (996). Visit the Public Health website for the latest update.

JOBS AND ECONOMY

FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION TO RESUME
Los Angeles film and television production can reopen after studios implement required County of Los Angeles protocols. Several entertainment unions jointly announced measures to protect workers in each of the various categories. The unions’ protocols point to testing and social distancing as key protective measures.

Special areas of concern relate to actors, who cannot wear masks or distance while performing. Productions are not expected to resume in full until July or August.

VALLEY LIFE

VALLEY MALLS AND STORES BEGINNING TO REOPEN
After months of pandemic-related closures, San Fernando Valley shopping malls and stores are slowly beginning to reopen. According to the LA County Department of Public Health, to resume in-person business, retail establishments must implement strict social distancing protocols, including operating at 50% capacity. The following retailers are currently available;

  • Westfield Topanga & The Village in Canoga Park (specialized hours)
  • The Glendale Galleria (Mon-Sat: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • The Northridge Fashion Center (Mon-Sat: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Universal City Walk (12 p.m. - 8 p.m.; free parking)

FREE YOUTH LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY
Beginning today, customers ages 18 and younger can visit a participating LA County library and pick up a free nutritious meal.

Lunch is available for no-contact pickup on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. There are no restrictions on family income. Visit the LA County Library website for locations and more details.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER PROGRAMS
LAUSD is offering free “Summer of Learning” online programs for families of TK-12 students. Among the offerings are self-paced options for all students. The district is also offering a specialized “Summer of STEM” program, as well as specific age group programs for elementary school, middle school, and high school students. Most programs begin June 24, and conclude at the end of July. Registration is still open for prospective students.

This marks the first time that LAUSD has offered universal summer school. The district will also offer its summer programs for students with special needs, and pupils who need course credits.

SAN FERNANDO AWARDS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS TO 10 STUDENTS
For the fifth year in a row, the City of San Fernando has awarded 10 students a college scholarship to help them achieve their higher education goals. The San Fernando’s Education Commission awarded a total of $5,000 in scholarships. 

The awards varied from $250, $500, or $1000 for each winner. Eligible students are those who live, attend school, or have parents who live within the City of San Fernando, and attend high school, community college, or an undergraduate program.

Among the awards is the “Pahola Mascorro Memorial - Why Not You?” scholarship that is offered to provide encouragement to students with a high school GPA lower than 3.0. The award helps support students who may not fit the traditional idea of “academic success”, but still are motivated to succeed in their future endeavors. The recipients of this award for 2020 were Jonathan Posadas and Eric Rodriguez from Vaughn International Studies Academy in Pacoima.

Congratulations to all of the award winners.

FREE VIRTUAL YOUTH CHORUS CONCERT
San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus’ Madrid Theatre Spring Sing concert goes virtual on June 28. Event attendees can register for the free concert through Eventbrite. The event is for the whole family and supported in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

REMEMBER, WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER
We have revised these updates to focus on issues important to the San Fernando Valley during the COVID-19 outbreak: health and safety, jobs and the economy, and Valley life. We appreciate your feedback. If you have a specific question or concern, please click here to send an email or call my office at (818) 901-5588. And please connect with me on Facebook and Twitter as my office continues to provide more information regarding the coronavirus pandemic.