The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused disruption to everyday life unlike anything we have seen before. Communities across the United States are doing what they can to protect our families and seniors.
Our highest priority has always been the health and safety of all Angelenos. To prevent the spread of the virus and reduce the impact at home, I will be limiting public access to my District Office effective immediately and until further notice. This was not a decision that was made lightly but was done out of precaution for CD 9 constituents and Team Price during this public health crisis. In these trying times, my staff will continue to be available to address constituents' concerns via phone at (323) 846-2651 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. You can also email me at Councilmember.Price@lacity.org.
It is of the most importance for us to remain calm, exercise patience, stay prepared and educate ourselves on ways to stay safe and informed. Remember to keep areas cleaned, washing your hands regularly and stay home when sick. As a community, let us all all be mindful of the actions we take to protect our health and the health of others so we can come out of this crisis a stronger and more united front.
Please continue reading below for other valuable information for you and your loved ones as we all come together to respond to the crisis.
Stay well and healthy, and take care of each other,
What Angelenos Need to Know
Mayor Eric Garcetti made the decision on March 12 to close Los Angeles City Hall to non-city employees due to coronavirus concerns. To further protect the health of the public, he took these additional steps:
- Postponement or cancellation of all non-essential public community events or group activities with 50 or more participants, or that require close contact between vulnerable individuals.
- A ban on all events or conferences on City-owned properties that are anticipated to attract more than 50 people.
- Development of plans to stagger entry for visitors in public buildings to no more than 50 at a time.
- Transit locations and similar facilities, including LAX and the Port of Los Angeles, as well as all City shelters, are exempt from this requirement at this time.
- Ensuring that hand-washing and sanitizing stations are available in City-owned public buildings, and that extra steps are taken to clean facilities regularly and thoroughly.
On March 15, Mayor Garcetti issued an emergency order that includes the temporary closures of the following:
- Bars and nightclubs that do not serve food.
- Movie theaters and entertainment venues.
- Bowling alleys and arcades.
- Gyms and fitness centers.
- All restaurants will be prohibited from serving food to dine-in customers, but may continue to prepare and offer food via delivery service or take-out.
- Houses of worship are urged to limit large gatherings on their premises and to explore and implement ways to practice their respective faiths while observing social distancing practices.
City Council Meetings
In an effort to enact social distancing and minimize exposure, Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez made the decision to limit the number of public meetings held at City Hall. City Council meetings will meet only on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. during the month of March (March 17, 24 and 31) and council committee meetings have all been cancelled for the remainder of the month.
- The Council District 9 monthly community cleanup for March has been canceled.
- Operations of the weekly Farmers Market held on Thursdays will be temporarily halted until further notice.
- All Los Angeles Public library locations are closed through March 31. Librarians will continue providing assistance through telephone reference (213) 228-7272; the web-based service, Ask A Librarian, will be available at www.lapl.org/ask-a-librarian.
- All recreation centers will be closed. All recreation and cultural programming at all facilities will be canceled. This includes all recreational and cultural activities, indoor and outdoor sports leagues, aquatics classes, instructional courses and group sessions.
- All Senior Citizen Centers will be closed. Dining centers for older adults will be contacting participants to provide information regarding meal distribution at the dining centers beginning March 16. Older adults can contact the centers they participate at directly or reach the LA City Department of Aging at (213) 482-7252 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for more information regarding meal services.
- The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will continue to deliver reliable water and electric service and is deferring disconnections for non-payment through the remainder of March. Visit www.ladwp.com for more information. Impacted customers can request a payment plan online or make arrangements by calling customer care at (800) DIAL-DWP (800-342-5397).
- So Cal Gas does not anticipate any service disruptions at this time. The company is not suspending service or disconnecting customers until further notice. Customers in need of assistance can call (800) 427-2200. For more information, visit https://socalgas.com/coronavirus.
In Need of Help
- LAUSD is opening 40 Family Resource Centers beginning Wednesday, March 18 to provide meals, a safe environment and additional services to accommodate families. The following centers are available in CD 9: Manual Arts High School, Jefferson High School and LA Academy.
- If you are experiencing a financial hardship due to the coronavirus, you may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. Visit the Employment Development Department for more information.
It is important that you keep up to date with the most current and accurate information to protect your health and the health of others. Here are some resources:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- Sign up for the City's NotifyLA system to get updates on COVID-19 response and prevention in the City of Los Angeles.
Report Illegal Practices
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer , LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs and LA County Counsel have created the Joint Coronavirus Task Force to stop illegal and dangerous practices including price gouging, scams and misinformation.
- If you or anyone you know has fallen victim to price gouging or a coronavirus consumer scam, file a complaint with the Office of the City Attorney by calling (213) 978-8340 or visit www.lacityattorney.org