VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS)4th Virtual Master Plan 2022 Townhall Thursday, October 28, 2021

VAGLAHS Hosts Master Plan 2022-2027Virtual Townhall
Thank you for your interest in the Master Plan 2022, and a special thank you to those who took the time to attend the Master Plan 2022 Townhall meetings on August 19, September 9, and September 30. Meeting slide decks and video recordings can be accessed at any time via the following link: https://westladraftmasterplan.org/documentation/public-meetings

As many of you are already aware, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) West Los Angeles (West LA) Campus Draft Master Plan (DMP) was developed in 2015 with significant participation and collaboration from you, our stakeholders. At the time, VA received more than 1,000 public comments on the preliminary draft. These comments were carefully considered during the development of the Draft Master Plan, which was signed by the Secretary of VA and adopted in 2016.

The DMP contemplated a revision or revisiting every three to five years to account for the changing needs of the Veteran population that the West LA Campus serves. Now, leading up to the fifth anniversary of the DMP, VA is working to solidify the DMP with the Master Plan 2022.

The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is pleased to invite you to participate in the fourth Virtual Master Plan 2022 Townhall, which will be held via WebEx on Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. PDT. During this session, we will present the draft of the Master Plan 2022, field any questions, as well as invite additional feedback from you.

Please click the following link to join the meeting when it is time: https://veteransaffairs.webex.com/veteransaffairs/j.php?MTID=m3ff509f08e7891b4e1dbfce77211740a

Your involvement and feedback are critical components of the Master Plan 2022. We invite you to keep up with our progress and to leave feedback via the following link: https://westladraftmasterplan.org/p/masterplanupdate.

Thank you for joining this meeting and partnering with us to ensure that the West LA Campus is the best possible community and medical services provider to the Veterans we are honored to serve.

Respectfully,

Robert McKenrick
Deputy Medical Center Director
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System –VAGLAHS
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U.S. Representative Ted Lieu: Annual Conversations with Veterans Event on Sunday, November 7 from 2 PM to 4 PM Facebook Live

Honoring our community’s veterans

I hope join Rep. Lieu in honoring our community’s veterans at his annual Conversations with Veterans Event on Sunday, November 7 from 2 PM to 4 PM on Facebook Live. [Above] is a flyer.  Feel free to distribute.

Eight to ten veterans will join the Congressman and tell a story about something they experienced which serving in the military.  There are a wide range of stories from inspirational and funny to, scary and sad. The idea is to acknowledge what the veteran experienced and show our appreciation to our veterans for their experiences while serving our country.

DATE:  Sunday, Nov. 7 , 2021

LOCATION:  Facebook.com/RepTedLieu
Event time:  2 PM to 4 PM 

Thank you for helping us show our veterans how much we care about them.

Janet Turner

Field Supervisor

Office of Congressman Ted W. Lieu

1645 Corinth Avenue, Sutie 101

Los Angeles, CA 90025

Janet.Turner@mail.house.gov

Office: 323-651-1040

Cell: 310-496-9896 – use this one – working remotely

San Vicente “Veterans Row” Update

Representing District 3

From the West / Metro LA District Director – October 12, 2021

The encampment near the West LA Veterans Administration known as “Veterans Row” is receiving intensive outreach in the weeks to come in order to ensure that all veterans are provided interim and permanent housing options by November 1.

We are able to bring additional resources to this effort thanks to a new public-private partnership. 

As of the beginning of this month, approximately 50 people, most of them veterans, lived at this encampment. Since the beginning of this month more than a dozen housing placements have been achieved already.

This effort is led by the LA Homeless Services Authority in partnership with the LA County Sheriff’s Department HOST team, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA),several local nonprofit service providers, and LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office. As veterans themselves, the HOST deputies are uniquely qualified to build trusting relationships with the veterans in this encampment.

In accordance with best practices, the effort focuses on connecting encampment residents to services and housing, making use of VA resources as well as services and housing available to non-veterans. If you have any questions, we’ll do our best to answer or connect to LAHSA and other partners to ensure that you have the latest information. Thanks!

With sincere appreciation,

Fernando

Fernando R. Morales

District Director, West/Metro LA

O: 310.231.1170

C: 213.379.2807

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VAGLAHS Announces First Tiny Shelters Delivered to VA West LA Campus for Homeless Veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         
October 12, 2021          

LOS ANGELES – On Wednesday, October 6, three tiny shelters were delivered to the VA’s West Los Angeles campus and placed on asphalt pavement recently installed in anticipation of their arrival.  The shelters came fully equipped and ready for occupancy, complete with a bed and mattress, fire life safety equipment, and air conditioning and heating.

The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is currently transitioning a portion of its current Care, Treatment and Rehabilitative Services (CTRS) initiative from tenting to tiny shelters.  Asphalt pavement has been installed to support up to 60-70 tiny shelters for Veterans who are experiencing homelessness. The area, which is bordered by San Vicente Boulevard to the southwest and Wilshire Boulevard to the southeast, is the current site of the CTRS initiative, a low-barrier-to-entry outreach program that provides homeless Veteran participants a safe, clean, designated tented living area and regular access to medical care, behavioral health services, and housing services on campus.

“VA would like to thank non-profit organizations AyZar Outreach and Inner-City Law Center for their partnership in bringing these tiny shelters to West Los Angeles campus.  The tiny shelters are an important addition to the CTRS initiative,” said Dr. Steven Braverman, Director, VAGLAHS.

The Community Engagement and Reintegration Service (CERS), which oversees this initiative and all other programming for homeless Veterans in the Greater Los Angeles area, is implementing policies to assign interested Veterans experiencing homelessness to these shelters. VA is concurrently working with partners to secure the delivery of additional shelters over the coming days.

“AyZar Outreach is committed to serving those in need and is very pleased to be part of this important initiative to provide homeless Veterans another stable, clean, and comfortable living option on the VA WLA Campus.  Our sincere hope is that the shelters will provide its occupants a stable launching pad from which to begin their journey to health and fulfillment,” said Shirin Zarkesh, Founder and CEO, AyZar Outreach.

If you know a homeless or at-risk Veteran who could use VA services, call the WLA Campus Welcome Center at (310) 268-3269.  Veterans in crisis should call 1 (800) 273-8255 and press 1.

For any media queries, please contact the VAGLAHS Office of Public Affairs at (310) 268-3340 or at VHAGLAPublicAffairs@va.gov.  Media interested in covering the story of the tiny shelters may call to arrange for a tour and interview with a VA employee who works with our CTRS initiative.

ABOUT VAGLAHS: VAGLAHS is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering services to Veterans residing in Southern California.  VAGLAHS consists of two ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and eight community-based outpatient clinics.  VAGLAHS serves Veterans residing throughout five counties: Kern, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.  There are approximately 1.4 million Veterans in the VAGLAHS service area.  For more information, call (310) 268-3340 or visit us at www.losangeles.va.gov.  Veterans in need can call the VA hotline toll-free at 877-4-AID-VET.    

ABOUT AYZAR OUTREACH: AyZar Outreach is a California non-profit organization with a mission to help level the playing field for those in need and positively impact deserving lives in ways that wield lasting impact.  For more information about AyZar Outreach, visit ayzaroutreach.org.

ABOUT INNER CITY LAW CENTER: Inner City Law Center (ICLC) is a non-profit poverty-law firm serving the poorest and most vulnerable residents of Los Angeles.  ICLC is committed to fighting for justice for individuals experiencing homelessness, low-income tenants, working-poor families, immigrants, people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabilities, and homeless Veterans.  The only legal services provider located in Skid Row, ICLC advocates for equitable housing policies and provides legal services to prevent and end homelessness.  For more information about ICLC, visit innercitylaw.org.

VAGLAHS Now Offering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Doses ~September 27, 2021

VA Greater Los Angeles (GLA) Healthcare System is now offering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shots under Emergency Use Authorization. This decision follows the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and CDC recommendation for a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

In order to receive a booster dose, you must have received the Pfizer vaccine and it must be at least six months after you completed your vaccine series. Per the CDC’s recommendations, GLA is offering booster shots to the following groups:People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccinePeople aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccinePeople aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, based on their individual benefits and riskPeople aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, based on their individual benefits and risksVeterans’ spouses, caregivers and CHAMPVA recipients under the authority of the SAVE LIVES Act, may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine as supply and capacity permitsBooster vaccines are available at all of GLA’s medical facilities during scheduled vaccine clinic hours. Those who aren’t part of the first two groups listed, must schedule an appointment by calling 310-268-4900. GLA has the ability to administer booster doses at the West Los Angeles (WLA) campus on a walk in basis; our other sites will accommodate walk-ins as vaccine supply allows. If you belong to one of the groups listed and do not receive care at WLA, please call 310-268-4900 to schedule an appointment at the GLA medical facility closest to you in order to ensure timely receipt of your booster vaccine.

Please email VHAGLAPublicAffairs@va.gov if you have any questions.

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U.S. Congressional Representative Ted Lieu: Happy 4th of July 7.1.21

U.S. Representative Ted Lieu
From my family to yours, I wish you a happy and healthy 4th of July holiday!Image
We’ve made incredible progress on vaccinations but our community still needs to remain vigilant about the ongoing pandemic. This week, due to increased circulation of the Delta variant in Los Angeles County, public health officials recommended that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places as a precaution. It’s important that we all follow the guidance of public health professionals to keep our community safe. For more information on the LA County Department of Public Health’s recommendation, please click here.Image
This week in Congress, the House voted to advance the INVEST in America Act, a bold, five-year, $715 billion surface transportation reauthorization and water infrastructure bill that will create good-paying jobs, support American workers, and tackle the climate crisis – all while rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. I’m glad that six of the Member Designated Projects I submitted to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for CA-33 were included in this legislation, which, if signed into law, will result in $20 million in funding for key infrastructure projects in our district.

I’m also pleased that, this week, the House passed my bill, the Inspector General (IG) Protection Act, as part of a larger IG reform package. Inspectors General are crucial to rooting out fraud, waste, and abuse in our government. However, the work of IGs has been hindered by persistent vacancies and underfunded budgets, particularly under the former Administration. The former President also tried to circumvent IGs. My bill helps address these issues by requiring that Congress be notified before a personnel change is made, and that the President report to Congress if an IG hasn’t been nominated to fill a vacancy after 210 days.

Finally, I voted to pass H. Res. 503, which will establish a select committee to investigate the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, report on the facts and findings, and make recommendations to prevent similar domestic terrorist attacks. January 6th was one of the darkest days in our nation’s history. Nobody should forget or try to whitewash what happened that day. I support a January 6th Committee because we need to defend our democracy by investigating how such an egregious act of domestic terrorism happened at the Capitol. The American people deserve to know the truth.

REMINDER: Please renew your passport at least six months before it is set to expire. The State Department is processing an unprecedented number of passport applications and renewals. If you plan to travel abroad, please ensure your passport is up to date. To renew, please visit travel.state.gov.Video
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Get Vaccinated!
Please get vaccinated if you haven’t already. Everyone age 12 and older who lives or works in LA County is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please check VaccinateLACounty.com for updated information on walk-in vaccinations or to book an appointment ahead of time. To find a vaccination site near you, please visit corona-virus.la/VaxSites. Minors must be accompanied by an adult and bring a signed consent form to receive the Pfizer vaccine. If you have a disability or do not have access to the internet and need assistance making your vaccination appointment, you can contact the County’s Call Center –– open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. –– at (833) 540-0473. You can also call this number if you or a family member need to be vaccinated at home. 
Want to stay informed about vaccine rollout, locations, and more? 
You can sign up for email updates from the LA County Department of Public Health here.  
Additional Resources
As temperatures rise, it’s important to stay cool to beat the heat. To find your local LA County cooling center, please click here
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Need to apply for a new passport? USPS is holding a passport acceptance fair at the Pacific Palisades Post Office tomorrow, July 2nd and Saturday, July 3rd. To renew your passport, please click hereImage 
If you require assistance in contacting EDD regarding a pending unemployment claim or the processing of your benefits, you may contact your California state legislators to seek assistance. To find your state legislators, please visit findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.
As the 4th of July holiday approaches, the USDA is reminding people to stay safe. Please follow the latest CDC guidelines and remember your food safety practices, such as cooking food to proper temperatures and refrigerating promptly.Applications for the California COVID-19 rent relief program have been simplified to help residents access rent relief more easily. Now, fewer documents are required and you can apply regardless of your citizenship status. Please visit HousingIsKey.com or call 833-430-2122 to learn more and apply.
California and LA County’s eviction moratoriums for tenants who’ve been impacted by COVID-19 has been extended through September 30th, 2021. To speak with a rent counselor or to receive more information, please call 833-223-RENT, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The West LA VA is offering walk-in vaccinations veterans of ALL ages and their spouses or caregivers. Please call 310-268-4900 for information about walk-in times and locations. If you need someone to talk to, please call the LA County Department of Mental Health hotline at 800-854-7771 or text “LA” to 741741.If you are in need of food assistance; housing relief; information about COVID-19; and more, please call 2-1-1 or visit 211la.org.
For more information, please visit my website at lieu.house.gov and follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. I look forward to updating you again soon. Happy 4th of July! Stay safe. 

Sincerely, 

Ted W. Lieu  
Member of Congress
Washington, DC
403 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3976

Los Angeles Office
1645 Corinth Ave., Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (323) 651-1040

Manhattan Beach Office
1600 Rosecrans Ave., 4th Floor
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: (310) 321-7664

U.S. Congressional Representative Ted Lieu: California is open! What to know and news from Congressman Lieu ~ 6.17.21

California is open! I’m pleased that after 15 months of restrictions and closures due to COVID-19, our state is back. With over 40 million vaccines administered statewide, we are on our way to returning to normal. I am deeply grateful to every frontline worker, first responder, and health care professional for their sacrifices in the fight against this virus. We wouldn’t be here without you.

This week was bittersweet. As we celebrated the achievement of reopening our state, we also hit a tragic milestone of 600,000 American deaths due to COVID-19. This is a brutal reminder that we continue to lose lives to this terrible disease. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a loved one due to COVID-19. As we make progress in the fight against COVID, we must never forget those we’ve lost and their families.

As you begin to resume normal activities, please continue to follow LA County’s guidelines to stay safe and healthy. In compliance with state guidelines, all businesses and activities may return to usual operations. Schools and institutions of higher education can resume full-time, in person classes. For more information, please view the county’s updated Health Officer Order
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In LA County, masks are no longer required for fully vaccinated individuals, except in the following settings where masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status:On public transitIndoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settingsHealth care settingsState and local correctional facilities and detention centersHomeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers
If you are not fully vaccinated, you are still required to wear a mask in indoor public settings and businesses. For more information on new masking requirements, including guidance for businesses and venue operators on how to implement these requirements, please click here
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Throughout the pandemic, parents and caregivers have sacrificed so much to care for their loved ones at home. They cannot go back to work unless they know their loved ones are safe and cared for. Last week, I hosted a virtual roundtable with representatives from SEIU, AARP California, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance on the importance of investing in the Care Economy. I appreciated their meaningful insights on the challenges facing the caregiving workforce and look forward to advancing President Biden’s American Jobs Plan in Congress to create jobs and raise wages and benefits for essential home care workers. 
Get Vaccinated!If you haven’t already, please get vaccinated to help our community recover. Everyone age 12 and older who lives or works in LA County is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please check VaccinateLACounty.com for updated information on walk-in vaccinations or to book an appointment ahead of time. To find a vaccination site near you, please visit corona-virus.la/VaxSites.If you have a disability or do not have access to the internet and need assistance making your vaccination appointment, you can contact the County’s Call Center –– open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. –– at (833) 540-0473. You can also call this number if you or a family member need to be vaccinated at home. 

Additional Resources
Are you planning to travel? Before you book a flight abroad, it is critical that you check your passport to make sure it’s current and won’t expire within 6 months of your trip. Many countries do not allow people to visit if their passport will expire in fewer than six months. To renew your passport, please click here

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Many Californians have applied for unemployment claims with the State of California’s Employment Development Department (EDD). If you require assistance in contacting EDD regarding a pending unemployment claim or the processing of your benefits, you may contact your California state legislators to seek assistance. To find your state legislators, please visit findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

The West LA VA is offering walk-in vaccinations veterans of ALL ages and their spouses or caregivers. Please call (310) 268-4900 for information about walk-in times and locations.  Looking for employment? UPS is hiring in the Los Angeles Area! If you lost your job due to COVID-19, UPS jobs offer an opportunity to launch a new career. If interested, please apply at upsjobs.com.

If you need someone to talk to, please call the LA County Department of Mental Health hotline at (800) 854-7771 or text “LA” to 741741.

If you are in need of food assistance; housing relief; information about COVID-19; and more, please call 2-1-1 or visit 211la.org.

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep our community safe. For more information, please visit my website at lieu.house.gov and follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Stay safe. 

Sincerely, 

Ted W. Lieu  
Member of Congress
Washington, DC
403 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3976
Los Angeles Office
1645 Corinth Ave., Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (323) 651-1040
Manhattan Beach Office
1600 Rosecrans Ave., 4th Floor
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: (310) 321-7664

“Kuehl Happenings”- Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s Weekly eMail Newsletter: L.A. County Supervisory District 3 – 5.29.21

Last week, I shared the sad news of the loss of the Third District’s own Col. Dick Littlestone — a hero on battlefields abroad who never stopped fighting for his fellow service members after returning home. Below is a link to a video chronicling his amazing and determined fight to build the West LA VA Columbarium, so that more veterans could rest in peace and honor right here in LA. 
 
WatchCol. Dick Littlestone’s Battle at Home
 
This Memorial Day weekend, let us take time to remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. We honor their memory and are eternally grateful for their service.
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COVID-19 UPDATE
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As of this week, more than 9.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to people across LA County!  This means that half of our County residents 16 and over and 72% of seniors 65 and older are fully vaccinated. Happily, and, no doubt, relatedly, cases and deaths are going down, bringing reduced fear, grief, and hardship, and much more hope for our communities who have endured so much under the burden of this virus. 
 
This is really great progress, but what’s bugging me is this: is LA really a 50/50, wishy-washy kind of place? No! Los Angeles is a full-throttle, everyone-at-the-table, “let’s do this!” kind of place. So let’s pump those numbers up, hey?
 
Your one-stop-shop for vaccination info and appointments is VaccinateLACounty.com, so, if you haven’t done it yet, make your appointment there today, and get your family and friends to do it too!8.5.7   
WDACS HOME SAFE
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Over the past few years, homelessness among seniors has grown alarmingly. For elderly adults, I can’t think of a worse situation than to be pushed out of your home in the middle of a pandemic that has disproportionately killed seniors.  With a constantly growing aging population in LA County, our safety net for seniors, in particular, needs to be stronger. Part of the answer? Home Safe from LA County’s Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services.  
 
Through Home Safe, older adults may qualify to receive rent relief and assistance with: 
 
?Security deposits
?️Essential furnishings
?⚖Legal fees
?Past due bills & more 
 
Have questions? Call 213-610-1589 or email apshomesafe@wdacs.lacounty.gov by June 15th. For anyone else needing rent relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic, help remains available at HousingIsKey.com.
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BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE 
The COVID-19 pandemic brought LA County’s digital divide to everyone’s attention. This kind of inequity threatens to slow down our recovery efforts unless we seriously deliver on our commitment to bridge the divide. 
 
A recent LAEDC Pathways for Economic Resiliency report found that, across large portions of Los Angeles County, about 20% of the population have no reliable access to the internet. In today’s world, so much of our day to day is online, and unreliable access means getting left behind in critical areas like education, finances, healthcare and career. 
 
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched the Emergency Broadband Benefit program to assist households struggling to connect with reliable, high-speed internet. Eligible households are now invited to apply to receive a discount of up to $50 per month, as well as a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a device from participating providers. I urge anyone eligible to take advantage of this opportunity and apply for federal assistance, because it won’t be around for much longer. 
 
For more information, click here. 8.6.0   
TAKE A HIKE! 
LA is famous for urban sprawl, but, honestly, a day spent walking through some beautiful natural settings is just a few miles away. You just have to know where to look!
 
Whether you are looking for an intense workout or a low-key dog-friendly stroll, loving the ocean or craving mountain views, hankering for horseback riding or some eagle-eyed birdwatching, LA County has over 550 miles of stunning public trails uniquely suited for your perfect day. 
 
Trails LA County is a partnership led by the LA County Department of Parks and Recreation in collaboration with the National Park Service, California State Parks, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the Mountains Restoration Trust and the Catalina Island Conservancy. The goal is simple: make it easy and convenient for people to find the exact trail that fits their desired outdoor recreation so that everyone can enjoy the beauty and grandeur of LA County’s open spaces. 
 
Plan your next hike at trails.lacounty.gov!  8.6.0  
Have a happy and safe weekend!


 

This is Neo, a stunning 5-year-old Siberian husky and our newest transfer.     

Neo seems mellow, walks nicely on leash, knows basic commands and takes treats gently. He is very attentive, affectionate and loves belly rubs! His ideal forever home would require older kids (middle school and up) and other calm dogs.

If you would like to meet this sweet boy send an email to: castaic@animalcare.lacounty.gov.

 
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U.S. Congressional Representative Ted Lieu: VACCINE UPDATE 5.14.21

U.S. Representative Ted Lieu
This was an encouraging week in the fight against COVID-19. The CDC announced that they are no longer recommending that fully vaccinated people need to wear masks – whether inside or outside – except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Although the CDC made this recommendation, it’s critical that LA County residents adhere to local guidance to keep our community safe. Los Angeles County is currently reviewing the new recommendations in order to make adjustments to its public health guidance. In the interim, please note that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask when indoors around other fully vaccinated people, or outside in uncrowded areas. For more information from LA Public Health, please click here.

Los Angeles County is making great progress in administering the COVID-19 vaccine. If we continue with our increased vaccination rate, the county could reach herd immunity by mid- to late July. However, this will only happen if people continue to get vaccinated. If you haven’t already, please get vaccinated to help our community recover. Also, please encourage the people you know to get the vaccine. The more people vaccinated, the faster we can get back to normal.

More great news! Everyone age 12 and older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in LA County. Children ages 12-17 are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. If you have children of these ages in your household, please help them sign up for a vaccine. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is also holding a Vaccine Virtual Town Hall for parents who have questions about vaccinating children. To submit your question, please click here. The virtual town hall will be held on Tuesday, May 18th at 6 p.m on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook at @lapublichealth.Image
While we get shots in arms, the American Rescue Plan is providing much-needed financial relief to American families and businesses. Thanks to this comprehensive stimulus and relief package, eligible American families will receive up to $300/month, per child as part of the advanced monthly Child Tax Credit payments. If you haven’t already filed your 2020 tax return, please make sure to do so before Monday, May 17th to ensure your family starts getting payments as soon as possible. This relief could benefit the families of 7.8 million children in California, helping lift 553,000 children out of poverty.Image 
HELP IS HERE for California
The American Rescue Plan provides a total of $350 billion in emergency state and local funding to help communities across the United States recover. I’m pleased that the state of California will receive $43 billion to support healthy communities, struggling businesses, hard-hit families, and frontline workers. More locally, Los Angeles County will receive a total of $1,949,978,847 to support COVID response and relief efforts. 

In addition, Governor Newsom unveiled this week the California Comeback Plan, a $100 billion comprehensive economic recovery plan to help the state emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. The plan provides Golden State Stimulus Checks of at least $600 for two-thirds of Californians and billions for rental relief and to cover overdue water and electricity bills. The package also invests in tackling homelessness with $12 billion to create 46,000 new housing units and expand key programs like Project Homekey – seeking to end family homelessness within 5 years. I applaud Governor Newsom for prioritizing solutions to homelessness in the CA Comeback plan and for this comprehensive approach to helping Californians build back stronger than before.  
Get Vaccinated!
Los Angeles County has now administered over 8.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please view the information below to see what percentage of your community has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Help your community get to 100% by getting vaccinated and encouraging others to do the same.Image
Everyone age 12 and older who lives or works in LA County is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please check VaccinateLACounty.com for updated information on walk-in vaccinations. You can also book an appointment for a vaccine ahead of time by going to VaccinateLACounty.com or Coronavirus.LACity.org/VaxAppointment.

If you have a disability or do not have access to the internet and need assistance making your vaccination appointment, you can contact the County’s Call Center –– open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. –– at (833) 540-0473. The vaccine is free to all people and immigration status and insurance are not required. 

NEW: You can text your ZIP code to 438829 (GETVAX) in English or 822862 (VACUNA) in Spanish to receive 3 locations near you with available vaccines, as well as contact information for those sites. If you’d rather go online, you can visit Vaccines.gov to find available vaccines near you. If you’d like to get this information over the phone, you can call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline at 1 (800) 232-0233. 
Additional Resources
• Do you need help getting to a vaccination site? Please call the Department of Public Health Vaccine Call Center at 833-540-0473 for assistance.In addition to gaining protection against COVID-19, you could receive special deals at grocery stores, sports games, and more by getting your vaccine.
• Please click here to learn about some of the incentives businesses are offering to make it easier and more fun to get vaccinated.
• Discrimination and harassment stemming from fears surrounding COVID-19 in schools is wrong and must be stopped. This kind of treatment can have devastating effects on students and their families. Please click here for a resource for families and actions you can take if you believe a student has been treated unfairly.
• If you are out of work or have had your hours reduced, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. For questions about unemployment insurance, please go to edd.ca.gov or contact your state legislator for assistance.
• To check on the status of your stimulus check, please visit irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.
• Covered California opened a new special enrollment period to allow Californians to benefit from lower health insurance premiums available through the American Rescue Plan. Click here to enroll in health care coverage.
• For CDC guidance on travel for fully vaccinated people, please click here. If you plan to travel, please remember to renew your passport at least 6 months in advance.
The West LA VA is now offering walk-in vaccinations veterans of ALL ages and their spouses or caregivers. Please call (310) 268-4900 for information about walk-in times and locations.  
• For updated data on COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California and LA County, please go to update.covid19.ca.gov and publichealth.lacounty.gov.CDC’s guidance for coping with stress and anxiety during a pandemic.
• If you need someone to talk to, please call the LA County Department of Mental Health hotline at (800) 854-7771 or text “LA” to 741741.
• Opt-in to receive notifications if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19.If you are in need of food assistance; housing relief; information about COVID-19; and more, please call 2-1-1 or visit 211la.org.
• Learn about vaccine misinformation and how to avoid vaccine scams.How COVID-19 vaccines work (CDC).For additional updates on vaccines and COVID-19, please follow me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.
I look forward to updating you again soon. Stay safe. 

Sincerely, 

Ted W. Lieu  
Member of Congress
Washington, DC
403 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3976
Los Angeles Office
1645 Corinth Ave., Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (323) 651-1040
Manhattan Beach Office
1600 Rosecrans Ave., 4th Floor
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: (310) 321-7664