“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.
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   
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 [email protected] by June 15th. For anyone else needing rent relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic, help remains available at HousingIsKey.com.
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   
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: [email protected]

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