Westside Bulletin: News from the Mayor’s Rep – 8.9.2021

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti – 8.9.2021

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

Included in this week’s Westside Bulletin: COVID-19 Updates; Updates on City’s Tenant Protections; Updates from LA Metro; Angeleno Connectivity Trust; Updates from LADWP; Updates from Rec & Parks; City of LA Redistricting Commission Hearings; L.A. Optimized Accelerator Academy; No Place for Hate Training Series; DCA Cultural Grants; Job Opportunities


Under Mayor Garcetti’s updated Safer L.A. Public Order, all Angelenos working in the City of Los Angeles, no matter the size of their employer, are now afforded four hours of paid time-off for each shot, and if there is a need for time off due to any ill effects from the vaccination, employers are to provide up to eight hours recovery time which can be split up as needed.  This was an amendment to the Mayor’s Order for Supplemental Paid-Time Off for Sick Leave Due to COVID-19 to ensure our most vulnerable communities, and Angelenos who are juggling work, school, and childcare during this pandemic are afforded the protections they deserve to keep their families safe.

Angelenos can get vaccinated free of charge at any of more than 800 vaccination sites across L.A. County and many sites are open until 8 p.m. so that everyone — no matter their schedule — can get the vaccine. Find a site near you by visiting Coronavirus.LACity.org/GetVaccinatedAppointments are not required but if you’d like to register for your vaccine ahead of time or need help, you can reach out to the County’s Call Center between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. daily at (833) 540-0473Remember to bring proof of age to the site.


Join the Housing + Community Investment Department at an upcoming webinar to discuss the City’s “COVID-19 Residential Tenant Protections.” This webinar will provide an overview of the City’s current tenant protections, and an update to the State of California COVID-19 eviction protections. The webinar will also include a brief overview of the City’s newly adopted Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance, and a summary of the legal services that will be provided by the new COVID-19 Eviction Defense Program (EDP). Sessions will be via Zoom. Register to attend.

AUGUST 2021 – English AUGUST 2021 – Spanish

3:00 PM, Tuesday, August 10 3:00 PM, Tuesday August 17

Sign up here to be notified when the Emergency Renters Assistance Program (ERAP) application reopens. You can check the status of an existing application here. Application processing including payments has begun for approved applications. For already submitted applications, processing and payments will continue through the end of December 2021. This dashboard provides data on applications and other information regarding the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and is updated weekly.


Metro is conducting an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed 1-405 Sepulveda Pass ExpressLanes project. They are exploring ways to improve traffic flow and increase vehicle pass on the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass, which could include adding a dynamically-priced high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane–like the ones on the 110 and 10 Freeways–and/or converting the existing carpool (HOV) lane to a HOT lane. Your feedback is needed on the project alternatives and to identify issues that may need to be addressed.  Please submit comments here or join a virtual meeting.

  • Saturday, August 14, 2021, 10am–12pm
  • ID: 948 4124 4717 | Passcode: 807271 | Call-in: 213-338-8477
  • Register here
  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 6– 8pm
  • ID: 926 0660 7560 | Passcode: 114859 | Call-in: 213-338-8477
  • Register here
  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • ID: 964 9534 8721 | Passcode: 059906 | Call-in: 213-338-8477
  • Register here


ACT or Angeleno Connectivity Trust is a program that provides free WiFi hotspots for eligible K-12 students in LA. It provides 100 GB per year of free Internet access for K-12 students for five years. Eligibility includes foster youth, students with a disability, students experiencing housing insecurity and any other at-risk students. To learn more, visit lamayor.org/connectivity.


The LADWP 2020-2021 Briefing Book is now available. Published annually since 2013, the Briefing Book highlights LADWP’s accomplishments, operations, programs and policies. This year’s publication includes a financial summary covering the past four fiscal years. The publication serves as a communication tool to build customer confidence and share LADWP’s successes as the department executes its mission, goals and objectives.


The Department of Recreation and Parks is proud to introduce the new Adaptive Youth Sports Program. What are Adaptive Sports? These are sports programs that have been adapted/modified to offer sport opportunities for participants with disabilities.  We are working in collaboration with LA28 and our Universal Play Program (YSP) to create a successful Adaptive Youth Sports Program for children between 5 years – 17 years of age. We will be programming Adaptive Youth Sports Classes, Clinics and Events at sites across the City of Los Angeles and we need your help. We invite you to participate in this survey so that we may better serve you and all of our communities.  


The Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission (LACCRC) has developed a calendar for Public Hearings that will provide residents across our vast and diverse City the opportunity to talk about their “communities of interest”, a fundamental component of drawing new Council District boundaries.

A public hearing for Council District 10 will be held on Saturday, August 28th at 10:00am via Zoom.

Citywide public hearing will be held on Saturday, September 11th at 10:00am via Zoom.

To RSVP, please send an email to redistricting.lacity@lacity.org or register here. For more information, go to http://redistricting2021.lacity.org/LACCRC


The L.A. Optimized Accelerator Academy provides businesses e-commerce growth and marketing support through its educational programming with the collaboration of corporate donors, non-profit partners, and subject-matter experts. The Accelerator Academy is made possible in partnership with the University of Southern California (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy Center for Economic Development. ALL businesses are welcome to join us for this monthly free webinar every FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTHRegistration is required.


LA Civil Rights, in partnership with city agencies and community partners, is launching the No Place for Hate Training Series to share information and resources on hate crimes, including knowing your rights, bystander intervention training, and in-language reporting tools. Trainings will take place on the last Tuesday of every month from June through October. Click here to sign up for virtual trainings

If you or someone you know is a victim of a hate crime or incident, please report them by calling 211, 311, or 911. If you are an ally looking to help, click here for additional resources.


The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is now accepting applications for its Cultural Grants Program. DCA supports creative projects that reflect the core values of inclusion, diversity, equity, excellence, and access. Nonprofit organizations and festival producers offering free and/or low-cost cultural events taking place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 can apply. 

For more information, please visit: https://culturela.org/grants/cultural-grant-program-org/.  

  • Deadline to apply is August 27, 2021
  • Applicants will receive notification of results in May/June 2022
  • Applicants receive legal contract and/or panel feedback in July 2022

For instructions to register for DCA Cultural Grants Program webinars and workshops, please visit: 



Join the LA Conservation Corps

If you’re between the ages of 18-25, you can join the LA Conservation Corps. The LACC can help you earn your high school diploma, get career certifications, explore job opportunities, and identify the career pathway that is right for you through their paid job training program. Click here to learn more.

LADOT Crossing Guard Applications Open

Applications are now open for the City’s Crossing Guard Program. Crossing guards are a valuable engineering and education resource, and they enhance the safety of students, specifically those walking and cycling in school zones. For additional information and an application click 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. brad.fingard@lacity.org


Scheduling Requests: mayor.scheduling@lacity.org

Certificates:  mayor.certificate@lacity.org

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

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