Westside Bulletin: News from the Mayor’s Rep – 5.24.2021

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti – Vaccination Updates

Here are some of the latest updates on important news for our community. 

Included in this week’s Westside Bulletin: City Budget Updates, COVID-19 Updates, Low-Rise Housing Challenge Winners, Purple Line Extension Update, Hire LA’s Youth, Naturalization Virtual Fair, Business Relief, and Community Events


Last week, the City Council unanimously approved the $11.2 billion City Budget for the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year that focuses on reopening our city, improving our neighborhoods, and fulfilling long-delayed promises of equity and justice. This new budget includes significant funding for solutions to homelessness, responses to increases in crime, expanding neighborhood sanitation efforts, improvements to our parks, enhancing our urban forest, repaving our streets, and fighting climate change. It also includes resources to help small businesses, renters, seniors, and parents with young children.The 2021-22 City Budget reflects the beginnings of economic recovery following a challenging year of devastating losses due to the pandemic. 

Here are some new expenditures that build upon the remarkable programs from Mayor Garcetti’s Justice Budget:

  • Adding $5M to Basic Income Guaranteed: LA Economic Assistance Program (BIG: LEAP) for a total of $29M.
  • $10M for the expansion of the Senior Meals Program, in partnership with restaurants in disadvantaged communities.
  • $25M for Business Assistance Programs in Disadvantaged Communities with $5M specifically set aside for the implementation of the JEDI (Jobs and Economic Development Incentive) Zones and Good Food Zones Programs.
  • $30M to fund the expansion of solar energy, energy storage and EV charging stations at City facilities.
  • $10M for Utility Assistance Debt Relief.
  • $10M set aside for Child Care Business Assistance.
  • $20M for the operation of eight childcare centers in disadvantaged communities.
  • $75M for deferred maintenance at Recreation and Parks facilities.

In the next week, there will be more details about the budget. To learn more, please visit https://cao.lacity.org/Budget/index.htm


Last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the next phase of the City’s vaccination program, transitioning from the mass vaccination model to a mobile-first strategy designed to bring vaccines directly and conveniently to L.A.’s hardest-hit communities. The City’s vaccination program is expected to transition entirely to mobile clinics by August 1. Now, the City will expand the number of mobile units and deploy more agile teams based on community assessments that determine areas with high vulnerability and low vaccination rates. Mobile units will also focus on high traffic locations and special events to meet communities where they are and make it even easier to get vaccinated. This new phase focuses on three primary components:

  • Expanding the mobile program with more agile teams 
  • A partnership with Toyota will allow the City to add new van-based mobile vaccination teams that will help reach more neighborhoods and can be deployed to high traffic locations and special events.
  • Amplifying strategic deployment
  • Building on the existing MOVE model, the Mayor’s Office and the Los Angeles Fire Department will continue to operate in areas with high vulnerability and low vaccine rates, while developing weekly strategic deployment plans that focus on high traffic locations and special events, in collaboration with community groups. 
  • Expanding access and incentives
  • Mobile clinics will offer more evening and weekend vaccination options, in convenient locations, while working with local partners to provide vaccination incentives.

Scaling down the mass vaccination sites will happen gradually, and these centers will remain open to the public over the next two months. On June 19, the mass vaccination site at Pierce College will close permanently, followed by Los Angeles Southwest College on June 26. 

Here are the facts you need to know:

·  ELIGIBLE NOW: All Angelenos 12 and older are eligible to receive their vaccine at City sites. Eligible Angelenos can pre-register for a vaccination or find the nearest location. Please note that only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for those 12 years and older, while the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for those 18 years and older.

·  ‘MOVE’ MOBILE VACCINE PROGRAM: We’re still vaccinating Angelenos in our hardest-hit neighborhoods through our MOVE vaccination program. Since launching this initiative, we’ve delivered over 113,842 doses to Angelenos, with over 90% given to people of color. These sites are offering the vaccine Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. appointment-free. These mobile sites visit new areas of our city weekly. You can find the latest information plus locations and hours on our website.

·  BY THE NUMBERS: The City of Los Angeles has administered 1,310,996 vaccine doses at our City-run vaccination sites and mobile clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and fire stations. Since last Monday, our centers have provided 39,268 life-saving vaccinations.

·  VACCINATION SITES: More than 755 locations are currently vaccinating people in L.A. County. Remember to bring proof of age to the site. While appointments are not required, you can still pre-register for your vaccine ahead of time by contacting the County’s Call Center –– open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. –– at (833) 540-0473.

·  NOTIFY LA: As we continue expanding our vaccination efforts, it’s important to get the latest news. You can sign up for Notify LA to receive text alerts from the City about vaccine rollout, locations, and more.

·  STAY INFORMED: As we continue expanding our vaccination efforts, it’s important to get the latest news.

o    You can sign up for Notify LA to receive text alerts from the City about vaccine rollout, locations, and more.

o    Sign up for email updates from the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

o    Tell your friends and family to sign up for this VaxFacts newsletter or follow us at @MayorOfLA on Twitter.

Vacúnate Ya, Los Ángeles/Get Vaccinated, L.A.

Last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a bilingual public service announcement campaign to encourage vaccination among Latino communities in Los Angeles, featuring artists Angélica María, Danny Trejo, Pepe Aguilar, Ángela Aguilar, and Leonardo Aguilar. Titled Vacúnate Ya, Los Ángeles / Get Vaccinated, L.A., this effort is focused on ramping up vaccination rates, reaching residents deeply impacted by COVID-19, and helping Los Angeles move closer to the end of the pandemic. Vacúnate Ya, Los Angeles and Get Vaccinated, L.A. will air on local news networks and appear on social media platforms, thanks to donated air time. The first 30-second Spanish language PSA will be broadcast starting this week on Telemundo 52 Los Angeles/KVEA, Univision Los Angeles KMEX Ch. 34, and EstrellaTV’s Los Angeles flagship station KRCA-62. The English PSA will air next week on FOX’s local stations KTTV and KCOP.

Eds. The ¡Vacúnate Ya, Los Ángeles! PSA can be viewed here. Lea este comunicado de prensa en español aquí.

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA began accepting applications for Funeral Assistance on Monday, April 12, 2021. Call 844-684-6333 to get a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application completed with help from FEMA’s representatives. Multilingual services will be available. There is no deadline to apply. More information will be available on this page.


Last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the winners of Low-Rise: Housing Ideas for Los Angeles, an international, first-of-its-kind design challenge to produce appealing, accessible visions of new housing options to boost the City’s housing stock in areas zoned for single-family housing and low-rise apartments. Together, the designs offer a compelling, achievable vision for how Los Angeles can add more housing in single-family and low-rise neighborhoods — areas that make up more than 80 percent of residential land in the city. At the same time, the entries offer new paths to homeownership, protect against displacement, and take measurable steps to reverse the damaging environmental impact of sprawl.

Winners were selected in each of the following categories: 

·  Fourplex, which imagines four units on a lot covering 7,500 square feet; 

·  Subdivision, a freestanding duplex on a 50-foot-by-50-foot parcel; 

·  Corners, with six to ten units spread across two newly combined residential parcels; 

·  (Re)Distribution, which asked entrants to reimagine famous single-family houses, by architects including Frank Gehry, Frank Lloyd Wright and R.M. Schindler, as fourplexes. 

A fact sheet will the names of the winning teams and other details can be found here, with downloadable renderings here.


 Mayor Eric Garcetti today broke ground on a 2.5-mile subway extension of the Purple Line (Metro’s D Line) from Century City to Westwood, which will ease congestion and improve access to the Westside from Downtown Los Angeles. Scheduled for completion in 2027, Section 3 of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project is part of a larger three-phase, 8.9-mile, seven-station project that will extend the Purple Line from the current terminus at Wilshire/Western to the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center (VA) just west of the 405 Freeway. The 2.5-mile stretch will connect to the final station of the Purple Line Section 2 in Century City, and include one station at Westwood Village and another at the VA.

Metro is now actively building all three sections of the subway extension, which are planned to open in 2024, 2025 and 2027, respectively. The first section between Wilshire/Western and Beverly Hills is nearly 70 percent complete, and the Section 2 extension is now nearly 45 percent complete. Metro has established a $3.6 billion budget for the Section 3 project, applying a $1.3 billion federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that will be delivered through a Full Funding Grant Agreement with the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program. The grant is a stand-alone agreement with no required loans. More than $2 billion for the project will come from the half-cent sales tax increases generated by Measures R and M, local measures approved by voters in 2008 and 2016. 


Mayor Garcetti joined City Attorney Mike Feuer, Councilmember Paul Koretz, public safety officials, and interfaith and community leaders to call for non-violence and unity after recent hate crimes in LA. “Los Angeles stands against antisemitism,” said L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. “We stand against the ideas that Jews should be singled out and attacked because of who they are. It mirrors what we have done too many times together, when we have stood up against Islamophobia or racism.”


This year, Hire LA’s Youth is offering virtual and in-person jobs for young people, between the ages of 14 and 24, who live in the City of Los Angeles and meet the eligibility criteria. All COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed at in-person job sites. The program will help youth prepare for a summer or year round job. The program will also help youth write their resumes, practice interviews and learn how to manage the money they will be earning. Applications are available here.


Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) are collaborating to bring a Naturalization Virtual Fair to your community to help eligible immigrant Angelenos learn more about applying for naturalization and becoming a U.S. citizen. We want to encourage our eligible Angelenos to apply for citizenship as soon as possible. The waiting period for someone to become a citizen once the application is filed can be lengthy, it is best to start now! Citizenship is also the best protection against deportation . 

Angelenos that want to participate in the Naturalization Virtual Fair must sign up using this link or call CARECEN at (213) 814-5248 to set up a virtual screening appointment with CARECEN. After the screening, individuals who qualify to become citizens will receive a free, legal consultation with CARECEN to start their naturalization application on Saturday, June 5, 2021 between the hours of 9am-2pm. Assistance with fee waiver applications will also be available and all services provided by CARECEN in this effort are free of charge. 

If you know folks who may be interested in participating in the Naturalization Virtual Fair, please have them sign up through this link or call CARECEN at (213) 814-5248 by Monday, May 24, 2021. All information will be kept confidential. Here is the link to the google form: tinyurl.com/CITIZENSHIPLOSANGELES 



PPP Extended:

President Joe Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law on March 30, extending the Paycheck Protection Program an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant:

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Application opened Thursday, April 8, 2021. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Please click here for more information, and to apply.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. More information is available here.

Free PPE for Small Businesses

The PPE Unite™ program is a joint effort to give small business owners and their employees access to much-needed personal protective gear. This public and private partnership program creates access to PPE, promotes PPE use, and provides additional resources for businesses. We need to work together to safely reopen our local economy for the health of our businesses and the general public. Get your 30 day supply of free Personal Protective Equipment to keep your business compliant and employees safe. Sign up now to get PPE while supplies last.


L.A. Optimized

LA Optimized provides individualized tech support to help small businesses adapt to the digital marketplace. The program helps businesses create or optimize websites, increase online sales, create business listings, and access branding and marketing help.

Open For Business

Open For Business is designed to support local restaurants and stimulate economic activity in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Open For Business provides Los Angeles restaurants commission-free digital ordering tools to expand contactless options for customers, as well as access to an over $1 million marketing budget to incentivize customers to order.

BusinessSource Centers

Technical assistance for COVID-19-related business loans and grants. Click here for more information.


Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness Webinar

Monday, May 24th from 7pm-8pm

Join the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelssness to hear from Dr. Jonathan Sherin, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, who will discuss pathways to addressing issues related to mental illness among unhoused Angelenos. Register here.



HCIDLA: COVID-19 Renter Protections


INFO: LA Represents


VACCINATIONS: Vaccine Appointments

TESTING: Free COVID-19 Testing




LADOT: Payment Relief Options

Please forward this along to anyone who may find it useful. As always, if you have questions about anything mentioned in this email––or if the Mayor’s Office can help you with something else––please don’t hesitate to be in touch.



Mayor Eric GarcettiBrad Fingard
West Area Representative & Citywide Interfaith Liaison
Mayor’s Office of Legislative & External Affairs
p. (213) 309-2116 | e. [email protected]


Scheduling Requests: [email protected]

Certificates:  [email protected]

Website:  lamayor.org

If this issue is a public safety matter, please use one of the following numbers to contact first responders and other City personnel:

·  General City Services: 3-1-1

·  LA Dept. of Mental Health (including mental health emergency): 800-854-7771

·  To assist with outreach services for people experiencing homelessness: LA HOP or 2-1-1

·  Center for Conflict Resolution: 818-705-1090

·  CA Coalition Against Sexual Assault: 661-327-1091

·  National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233

·  Parking enforcement (blocked driveway, parking violation, etc): 213-485-4184

·  Traffic control (signal light out): 213-485-4184

·  Dept. of Water & Power: 800-342-5397

·  Police non-emergency: 877-ASK-LAPD (877-275-5273)

·  Immediate life threatening emergency: 9-1-1

Low-Rise: Housing Ideas for Los Angeles

Results Fact Sheet

May 17, 2021

The Low-Rise design challenge was organized by the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Chief Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles, Christopher Hawthorne, and was free to enter. It received a total of 380 submissions from around the world, responding to a brief with four categories: Corners, Fourplex, (Re)Distribution, and Subdivision.

Details on the categories, as well as the community-engagement listening sessions that were required viewing for all entrants, can be found at www.lowrise.la. The website also includes a list of jury members and other information.

Of the 12 winners of first-, second-, and third-place awards, seven are from Southern California (with six of twelve from the City of Los Angeles specifically); two from New York City; two from the UK; and one from Austin, TX.

Each of the four first-place winners will receive a cash award of $10,000. Each of the four second-place winners will receive a cash award of $3500. Each of the four third-place winners will receive a cash award of $1500. Total prize money is $60,000.

An additional 23 submissions received Honorable Mention citations. Of these, 11 were from teams with members from Southern California. In all 35 entries, or 9 percent of total submissions, were selected to receive an award or Honorable Mention recognition. Of those, 18 — or more than half — were from Southern California teams.

Support for Low-Rise: Housing Ideas for Los Angeles was provided by the James Irvine Foundation, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Citi, and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. Other partners include the L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design and the Los Angeles chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council. The challenge is part of a larger research effort into new paths to homeownership and affordability led by the Mayor’s Office in collaboration with the Urban Institute and other partners.

What are the next steps for Low-Rise? We will organize a series of re-engagement sessions to get feedback on the winning designs from our community partners and other groups, including architects, planners, and affordable-housing developers, over the next several months. We will then work with our colleagues at City Hall to incorporate the most compelling and feasible ideas from the design challenge into updates to our affordable-housing, zoning, and land-use policies. More broadly, our hope is that these winning designs, with their focus on community amenity and self-determination, will set the stage for a more productive and less polarized conversation about the future of our low-rise neighborhoods.


Corners Category

First Place:

  • Vonn Weisenberger (Brooklyn, NY)

Team Members:

  • Vonn Weisenberger

Second Place:

  • Studio TAAP (Austin, TX)

Team Members:

  • Amaya Lucas
  • Anna Lake-Smith
  • Patrick Till
  • Trent Tunks

Third Place:

  • Kevin Daly Architects (Los Angeles, CA)

Team Members:

  • Kevin Daly
  • Ciro Dimson
  • Jeff Rauch
  • Courtney Gibbs
  • Connor Verteramo

Honorable Mention: 1+1+ Architects (Chicago, IL), for its proposal’s critique of existing land-use approaches in Los Angeles and its calls to reorient zoning “from a focus on transactions to kinship” and to address “the scale of the anthropocene itself”; Built for NELA (Los Angeles, CA), for the proposal’s deep familiarity with its context, emphasis on new models of multigenerational living, and thoughtful ideas to promote stability and self-determination in communities of color; Ignacio Espigares and VIQ architecture (Jersey City, NJ), for flexibility at the level of residential units, turning a low-rise community into a “canvas painted by its inhabitants, giving them a sense of identity”; LowDO + KDI + Positive Energy (Austin, TX and Los Angeles, CA), for a focus on multi-unit housing that finds “new ways to bring people together” and brings “balance to a technology-saturated world”; Neighbourhood/Morris + Company (Kent, UK), for updating the bungalow-court typology to include a productive communal garden, private outdoor spaces for each unit, and lively public space at the street corner; PIE Design Collective (Los Angeles, CA), for an emphasis on community outreach and cooperative housing models and use of existing architecture to guard against displacement in Venice; RADAR, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA), for its proposal’s ingenuity about financing models, phasing, and streamlined approvals and careful analysis of its site and the surrounding Pacoima neighborhood; and Ericka Song and Justin Oh (New York, NY), for proposing a “generative landscape” weaving among compact and well-designed housing units while producing food, collecting rainwater, and providing shade.

Fourplex Category

First Place:

  • Omgivning and Studio-MLA (Los Angeles, CA)

Team members:

  • Albert Escobar (Omgivning)
  • Shahr Razi (Omgivning)
  • Taylor Carlin (Omgivning)
  • Amy Kaplin (Studio-MLA)
  • Ian Miller (Studio-MLA)

Second Place: 

  • Bestor Architecture (Los Angeles, CA)

Team members:

  • Bestor Architecture
  • SALT Landscape Architects
  • ARUP

Third Place:

  • Danielian Associates and Urban Arena (Irvine, CA)

Team members:

  • Danielian Associates and Urban Arena

Honorable Mention: Lever Architecture and Urbanworks (Portland, OR), for creative thinking about parking, modular construction, and maximizing shaded outdoor space; Damian Madigan and Alysia Bennett (Adelaide, Australia), for a thoughtful balance of individual autonomy and collective care and  focus on a financing and design model that can be applied to existing housing stock as well as ground-up construction; Riley Projects (Los Angeles, CA), for an elegant update of the bungalow-court typology to suit the needs of 21st-century Los Angeles, as well as an emphasis on inclusiveness and universal design; Shin Shin (Santa Monica, CA), for a thoughtful deployment of unconditioned and semi-enclosed spaces to make residential units more flexible, livable, and cost-effective, especially for multi-generational households; and TOLO Architecture (Los Angeles, CA), for a careful analysis of the needs of and obstacles facing younger renters in Los Angeles and arrangement of interior and exterior spaces to maximize privacy and autonomy for residents.

(Re)Distribution Category

First Place: 

  • Arts and Creatives Designs Ltd (Banstead, UK)

Team Members:

  • Sonda Mvula
  • Lola Tartakover
  • Chandni Rakhra
  • Sameera S. Rauf
  • Verity Roweth

Second Place: 

  • Henry Aldridge (Kent, UK)


  • Henry Aldridge

Third Place: 

  • ROART (New York, NY)

Team Members:

  • Ran Oron
  • Tara Hagan
  • Ajin Ryu
  • Danny Hudson
  • Jeff Evans

Honorable Mention: Anna Richter (Hamburg, Germany), for the use of technology in service of a communitarian approach to rethinking the Schindler House; ARCHDUX (Jawaharnagar, India), for proposing contextual yet thoroughly contemporary additions to the South Seas House; Cal Poly LA Metro: Erica David (Los Angeles, CA), for the sharpness of the proposal’s analysis of Frank Gehry’s Schnabel House and its neighborhood context in service of a plan that stays true to the house’s basic ethos without seeking to preserve it in amber; Kendall Mann and Xile Zhang (Los Angeles, CA), for the layered approach of its call to reimagine Irving Gill’s late Dodge House as a series of “cooperative residences rooted in engagement and care,” reached by ramps in place of stairs, and surrounded by fruit and vegetable gardens as well as new public park space; offTOP & RALX (Los Angeles, CA), for the strength of its narrative’s critique of colonialism in Los Angeles architecture and its ideas for advancing “the development of a Black aesthetic in architecture” by remaking the Hollyhock House without a shred of nostalgia; and Twin Projects (Chicago, IL), for its nuanced proposal to reimagine the original design for sleeping baskets at the Schindler House “using the ancient Persian concept of the Badgir, or wind-catcher.”

Subdivision Category

First Place:

  • Green Alley Housing (Los Angeles, CA)

Team Members:

  • Louisa Van Leer, Louisa Van Leer Architecture
  • Antonio Castillo, Urban Planner
  • Garen Yolles, Urban Planner
  • Aang Castillo, Cal Poly Pomona, College of Environmental Design, Dept. of Architecture
  • Galin Aghkyan, Cal Poly Pomona, College of Environmental Design, Dept. of Architecture
  • Don Chavez, Cal Poly Pomona, College of Environmental Design, Dept. of Landscape Architecture

Second Place:

  • Omgivning and Studio-MLA (Los Angeles, CA)

Team members:

  • Karin Liljegren (Omgivning)
  • Albert Escobar (Omgivning)
  • Dawn Dyer (Studio-MLA)

Third Place:

  • Elaine Kwong and Kristy Kwong (Los Angeles, CA)

Team Members:

  • Elaine Kwong (Architectural Designer and Urban Designer)
  • Kristy Kwong (Sustainability Engineer and Building Performance Specialist)

Honorable Mention: Joanna Grant, Jimenez Lai, Kyoung Eun Park, Kevin Pazik and Tanvi Rao of Bureau Spectacular (Los Angeles, CA), for the strength of their ideas for rethinking city codes and protocols and applying design pre-approval programs to multifamily projects; KEAZU (Providence, RI), for its proposal’s use of modular, movable features to give residents more control and agency, as well as design elements that appeal to “the people who are already in the community” and not solely “the people contractors are trying to attract”; Plataforma AR (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), for its proposal’s thoughtful balance of well-designed interior space with generous green space, especially the public-minded “green laneway” at the back of the lot; and Georgi Todorov and Petya Petrova (Chicago, IL), for exploring in depth the argument that the Subdivision category, while taking on fewer units per site than the other categories, has the potential to produce housing solutions for Los Angeles with wide impact.

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 R. Morales

District Director, West/Metro LA

O: 310.231.1170

C: 213.379.2807


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

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 [email protected].  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.

Community Awareness Safety Tips from Brentwood Community Council & South Brentwood Residents Association

Due to a recent increase in break-ins and mail theft in South Brentwood, BCC & SBRA wanted to make sure that all residents had a handy guide on

1. How to handle break-ins and mail theft if you experience them

2. Provide information on what organizations to reach out to with regard to homelessness in the area.

Also, please register your bike(s) on bikeindex.org to aid in them being returned to you if they are located after being stolen

Pfizer Vaccine Booster Dose Available to Eligible LA County Residents – COVID-19 Newsletter Issue 6

 COVID-19 NewsletterIssue 6October 5, 2021
Pfizer Vaccine Booster Dose Available to Eligible LA County Residents 
Eligible Los Angeles County residents can now begin receiving their booster doses at any of the hundreds of sites offering the Pfizer vaccine.  Los Angeles County residents eligible for a booster dose of Pfizer include the following groups of people who received the second of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine series at least 6 months ago and are either:  People aged 65 years or older Residents of long-term care facilities Are 50-64 and have an underlying medical condition or are at increased risk due to social inequity (including that of communities of color) People aged 18 to 64 years with underlying medical conditions People aged 18 to 64 years with high institutional or occupational risk, including healthcare workers, first responders, teachers and day care staff, grocery workers, and workers in homeless shelters or prisons, among others 
Residents who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will need to wait until the FDA reviews the data and determines the need for and safety of boosters for these vaccines.  Residents wanting a booster will need to bring proof they received two previous Pfizer doses, which for most people will be in the form of the white vaccination card, or a photo of the white card, or a digital record of your two doses. At many sites, residents may be asked to sign an attestation form indicating they meet the criteria to receive the Pfizer booster. 
Those not yet vaccinated can make an appointment to get vaccinated by going to MyTurn. Eligible residents who completed their two-dose Pfizer vaccine series at least six months ago can also make an appointment for their boosters by using the MyTurn system or by making an appointment at a pharmacy or clinic that offers Pfizer vaccinations.  If you need a ride to get your vaccination, you can reach out to the Public Health call center at 1-833-540-0473 and you will be connected to free transportation. Information about the COVID-19 vaccines, vaccination site map and many other resources can be out found at www.vaccinatelacounty.com or www.vacunatelosangeles.com  
Business Toolkit for Ensuring Safety and Compliance with Health Officer Orders Available Now
Public Health has created one-stop resource for all LA County businesses to learn how they can prevent COVID-19 surges through vaccination verification. The resources and materials include an overview on how to verify vaccination or a negative test, signs to post in your business, and other resources, including How to Host a Mobile Clinic at your business for employees or patrons and guidance for Mega Events. Visit this webpage at www.LACBizHOOToolkit.com.  
Resources for Parents & GuardiansClick here to see resources for parents and guardians of children who are in Early Care and Education (ECE) programs such as child care centers, family child care homes, and preschools, as well as children in Transitional Kindergarten to 12th Grade (TK-12) schools.  This page includes the up to date Protocols for Youth Sports and gives exposure management plan guidance for organized after school programs including youth sports.  Parents and Guardians can also find COVID-19 Vaccine Facts for Teens and For Parents. All helpful guides are available in multiple languages and easily downloaded for shareability.  noelani
Checkout our Public Health Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Last week, Dr. Barbara Ferrer hosted an online townhall last week to answer your questions about boosters, COVID-19 vaccines for children, and how to keep our businesses and schools open. Click on the image below to watch the full town hall or jump to some of the most frequently asked questions.  
Quick Links to your frequently asked Questions!
If I recovered from Covid but I didn’t get the Vaccine, am I still allowed to go into a bar?  
Does the booster shot mean that Pfizer isn’t as good as other vaccine brands?  
Why is there no information on the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines having boosters? 
Do I really need the booster dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine? I am in my 60’s and I have had COVID-19 and received the vaccine? 
What is the difference between a third dose and a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine?  
How long does the virus stay in your body? I am worried about getting vaccinated because I recently recovered from COVID-19. 
When the vaccine is approved for ages 5-11, can my child get it at their school, and can I be there with them for the appointment? 
My school district isn’t mandating vaccines? Why aren’t all schools mandating vaccines and what can I do to help? Is it safe for Children with asthma to get the COVID-19 vaccine?  
How long will the vaccine mandates last? Is the mask mandate or requirement of masks going away anytime soon? 
I am nervous about carrying my vaccination card with me. What are my other options when providing my vaccination status? 
Do gyms now have to require proof of vaccination?
Is asking people to provide their vaccination status a HIPAA violation? 
Additional Resources
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has developed a wide array of documents, guidance documents, and resources for the workers, businesses, partners, and the general public on a variety of topics related to COVID-19, including: COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Community Resources 
Information for the Public  Masks Travel Reducing Risk Public Settings Sick? Workers’ Rights Pamphlet 
Best Practices for Businesses Food and Beverage Indoor Fitness 

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 [email protected] if you have any questions.

Find us at Facebook.com/LosAngelesVA and Twitter.com/LosAngelesVA.

Free Buses & Trains for L.A. Students

Great news for Westside families! This week I helped lead an effort to secure free, unlimited transit passes for K-14 students in Los Angeles County.

Working with Supervisor Holly Mitchell and Mayor Eric Garcetti, we led the board of LA Metro in the groundbreaking action, which will benefit more than 750,000 students across Los Angeles. Beginning in October, it will apply to all LAUSD students, students in 40 other school districts, and most community college students.   
Here’s how it will work: if you have a student enrolled in LAUSD, they’ll be given a TAP card at school, along with instructions to create a corresponding account online, and… that’s it. No complicated verification processes, no weeks of waiting for approval. (For participating non-LAUSD districts, check with your school administrator for signup process.) Plus, it’s not just Metro: Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, and Culver CityBus are in as well, ensuring seamless Westside fareless transit for students, no matter their route.

There are so many benefits to making Metro fareless for students. Educationally, it removes mobility as a barrier to student success. It will also untap unquantifiable benefits in personal growth, as these students will now be able to use Metro to get to parks, museums, lessons, and jobs without a second thought. And it doesn’t just improve their lives today, it makes them safer tomorrow: increasing use of public transportation gets cars off the road and helps prevent pollution and climate change.

To find out more about the program, click here. To check if your school district is participating, click here.

Warm regards,

Pedestrian Improvements for Palisades Schoolgoers
Pacific Palisades parents and students have safer walks to and from school, thanks to improvements near Corpus Christi School. The neighborhood now boasts more effective stop signs and curb extensions.  
Bulky Items Removed in SawtelleA team coordinated by Mike’s office removed a pile of illegally dumped items in Sawtelle this past week. If you would like to report bulky items for pickup, download the MyLA311 app, which makes it easy to do so.  
Council Unanimously Supports Housing NowMike has often been a lonely legislative voice calling for faster, urgent, more cost-effective solutions to homelessness, but this past week the City Council unanimously approved a quick and nimble solution he has been championing for years.

The council approved the Housing Now legislation, co-introduced by Mike and his colleagues Councilmembers Mark Ridley-Thomas and Curren Price. It will build on successful models that get people off the streets and out of encampments quickly and permanently. We need quick action with tangible results to address homelessness. With the Venice Beach Encampments to Homes effort, we showed that with real, dedicated resources we can move people out of encampments, indoors, and on a path to permanent housing. #HousingNow Is how we do that all around LA.

The plan directs city staff to work with the County to expand one of the most successful homeless solutions — the Flexible Housing Subsidy program, which provides rent subsidies and master leased units to house people quickly, with needed services. The county has pioneered the approach with Housing for Health, which has been incredibly effective in that arena for just shy a of a decade, placing more than 14,000 people in long-term housing with an over 92% retention rate – particularly impressive given that this program was built to support some of the most extreme cases, including repeat emergency room visitors. 

Mike has been pushing for the City to partner with with the County on this program since 2015. It is smart, effective, cost-effective – likely less expensive than shelters, tiny homes, or other interventions – and fast, allowing people to get off the streets almost as quickly as they say yes, and get access to services that help with any significant health, mental health and other needs.

Following the council vote, city staff will begin negotiating with LA County to enter into the program in an effort to rapidly house 10,000 people. Reimagining Public Safety: Mental Health ResponseIn order to improve public safety and emergency response to people experiencing mental health episodes, the City is piloting a new program that will deploy teams of trained mental health staffers to mental health emergencies, much like the celebrated CAHOOTS program in Oregon.

Under the program, specialized teams comprised of a Clinical Driver, a Peer Support Specialist, and a Licensed Psychiatric Technician that will be on call 24/7. These teams will operate out of LAFD stations, and one of the five stations in the pilot is Fire Station 59 in West LA, which will serve the Westside.The type of program was a key element of the “reimagining public safety” discussions that followed the murder of George Floyd. Mental health experts and law enforcement officials agreed he first response to a mental health crisis should be people with specific training and an ability to de-escalate situations.

More details on the program and its launch date coming soon.     
Real Stories of Encampments to Homes: Jimmy
Jimmy’s ardent love for fashion and music is only outweighed by his desire to give back and work with the homeless community. After growing up in foster care, he found himself homeless and living in a tent on Venice Beach. He looks back upon his hardship and experience as lessons that enable him to work with the unhoused population. The stability and resources provided by moving indoors through the Encampments to Homes program has allowed him the freedom to see his future in a hopeful and positive light. Thanks to St. Joseph’s Center and LAHSA for their continued hard work.
Housing – how much, what kind, and where we build (or don’t build) – touches just about every aspect of our lives here in Los Angeles, and particularly on the Westside. Every eight years, Los Angeles revises what’s known as the Housing Element, a legally required planning document that guides the next eight years of planning in the city. Currently, city planners are finalizing the 2021-2028 Housing Element, the most recent revision of which is available online. To learn more about “The Plan to House Los Angeles,” click here 
Assistance for Renters AvailableThe City of Los Angeles is partnering with the State of California to allow Angelenos to access additional state and federal rental assistance funds. Under a new framework, the State will be responsible for processing applications and distributing relief funds for Angelenos. Eligible LA renters and landlords can apply for emergency assistance at HousingIsKey.com or by calling 833-430-2122. Additional information is also available at HCIDLA.lacity.org.
HAWK at Venice and Shell Nearing CompletionThe intersection of Venice Boulevard and Shell Avenue is getting a lot safer for pedestrians, thanks to sophisticated new crosswalk improvements.HAWK beacons – High-Intensity Activated Crosswalks – emit multiple flashing red lights that send motorists an unmistakable signal that they need to slow to a stop and allow pedestrians to pass. They also feature significantly more effective signage and pavement markings. The new beacon in Venice is slated for activation in the coming week.  
Safer Streets in Mar VistaWestside Fast Forward continues to deliver safety, efficiency and mobility. This week, Mar Vista got a new left-turn signal activated at Inglewood and Washington Boulevards. The signal will create a better traffic flow for drivers, safer crossing for pedestrians, and ease of mind for everybody. Thanks to LADOT, as always, for the great work!
People Mover Progressing
As seen above, the automated people mover – an elevated tram – at LAX is starting to take shape. It will make getting in and out of LAX signficiantly easier, and it is just one part of a series of projects that will improve the passenger experience, and reduce traffic congestion and pollution.   
Universal Fareless Transit in LA?
With the launch of fareless passes for K-14 students, LA Metro has taken a major step, but Mike and some of his colleagues are continuing to push for the big picture item: an entirely fare-free transit system for everyone in Los Angeles County.

At this week’s Metro meeting, the board approved Supervisor Holly Mitchell’s motion to enhance the agency’s low-income fare program, simplifying the application process and attempting to double enrollment. It is a vital action for LA Metro, given that 70% of passengers are low-income and transit-dependent. (The median income of a Metro passenger is $18,000 per year.)Mike and Supervisor Mitchell are laying the groundwork for a universal fare free transit system, which is the fastest and most impactful way to make serious progress on improving ridership, mobility, equity, and efficiency – all deeply held Metro goals – and fighting climate change. 

To apply for the low-income fare program, click here. But please note that the application is going to get a lot simpler in the next few weeks, as a result of the board action.     
California Climate Action WeekIt is California Climate Action Week.

All week, the California Volunteers Office has been sharing useful and actionable tips on greening our individual lives. Recently released data showed that as a state, there’s much more we can do to conserve water. There are detailed resources for planting treesdiversifying your energy consumption and productionreducing organic wastepreparing for and preventing wildfires, and conserving water – click through for these resources and chip in for a greener California.
Live Theater Lives in WestchesterChristopher Durang’s hilarious classic, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, is currently in production at the Westchester Playhouse, presented by the Kentwood Players. Head to kentwoodplayers.org for tickets and more information. 

At the Getty, In Focus: ProtestThe Getty’s powerful exhibit of protest photography is coming to a close on October 10. Featuring work from Dorothea Lange, Robert Mapplethorpe, John Simmons, Robert Flora, William James Warren, An-My Lê and Kris Graves.
Redistricting: Time to Make Your Voice Heard
Every ten years, following the results of the census, Los Angeles modifies the shape of its city council districts to maintain their balance. Right now, crucial decisions are being made about how representation works in Los Angeles, and it is time to weigh in. New draft maps have been released, and they will be discussed this week and throughout October before being presented to City Council, which must accept new boundaries by December. Here is exactly what happens between now and then:This Monday, September 27, the Redistricting Commission will meet to discuss the existing draft maps and the feedback they’ve received on them.This Thursday, September 30, the Commission will meet to adopt a draft map. On October 6, 9, 13, and 16, the Commission will present the draft map.On October 21, the Commission will adopt the final map.Finally, on October 28, the Commission will adopt its final report.The current map drafts under consideration by the Redistricting Commission are available here.

You can weigh in on the maps by giving comment at the meetings this Monday and Thursday (here’s the meeting schedule page), or by submitting written comment directly to the Commission here 
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CA Senator Ben Allen
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Councilmember Mike Bonin: Help for Renters ~ August 28, 2021

Councilmember Mike Bonin
Fighting to make sure people don’t lose their homes is one of my top priorities. If you are a tenant in Los Angeles and you are worried about how to make ends meet, help is on the way

This week, the City Council approved a new program that will expedite rent relief payments and expand the pool of tenants and landlords eligible for rent relief. Starting September 1, Los Angeles residents can apply online for rent relief payments via HousingIsKey.com, or phone the appointment call center at 833-687-0967.

If you have already applied for the city’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program but have not been approved, you may need to apply again via the Housing is Key website (If so, your application will be given expedited, priority status.) You can check the status of your application, and learn whether you will need to reapply, here. If you have been approved for rent relief through the city program, you can expect to receive the funds within approximately 6 weeks.

Eviction Protections
In the City of Los Angeles, the moratorium I fought for protects you from eviction during the state of emergency and for one year after it ends if your income has been impacted by COVID. Your landlord also cannot evict you for non-payment of rent for reasons related to the pandemic, or for unauthorized occupants, pets, or nuisances, such as increased noise. Landlords can’t charge interest or late fees on unpaid rent, and they can’t conduct “no fault” evictions, where you are forced to leave to make room for a resident manager or a relative of the property owner. To avail yourself of these protections, you must make sure you have declared you are impacted by COVIDThis form makes it very easy.

I wish this were a rent forgiveness program, but it’s not. You will still owe back-due rent when the pandemic is over, and if you can pay it now, you should. Tenant advocates strongly urge renters to pay at least 25% of their rent. That will allow you to take advantage of a state law that will convert the rental debt into consumer debt, which cannot be a cause for eviction later.

Because these protections are afforded by the city, they are not affected in any way by the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down the federal eviction moratorium.

Other Protections
At my urging, the Los Angeles City Council froze rents in rent-controlled units for the duration of the pandemic, and for one year after that. The City Council also just approved a new Tenant Anti-Harassment ordinance, which went into effect on August 6.

Resources for Tenants
There are plenty of resources available to help you navigate the maze of different rules and programs from different levels of government. Stay Housed LA is a great umbrella resource, with a good breakdown of the rules and information, as well as offering “Know Your Rights” workshops and assistance in filling out rental relief applications. Other great resources are the Coalition for Economic Survival and the Eviction Defense Network.

Resources for Homeowners and Landlords
There is relief for landlords and homeowners, too. Landlords who take part in the state Emergency Rental Assistance Program will now receive 100% of the rental debt owed to them, instead of the 80% previously arranged. If you are a previous participant of ERAP who agreed to forgive the remaining 20% of the outstanding balance, you can look forward to a check for that amount. For property owners with a mortgage, you can sign up here to be notified about the availability of federal mortgage assistance funds through the American Rescue Plan.

If you have any issues accessing the above programs, please contact my office: 213-444-3508.

Warm regards,

Councilmember, 11th District 
P.S. Even though many City facilities – including my offices – remain physically closed to the public, my staff and I are at work and available to serve you. If you want to reach us, please call 213-444-3508. It is a new central number that allows you to reach us even when my staff is telecommuting. You can also contact us, and you can call 311 to request basic city services. We are committed to continuing throughout this public health crisis the work we do every day to help solve problems in our neighborhood.