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The following update was received from the Councilman Cedillo's office. it is a reprint of his online newsletter. The fonts may look a little "wonky" but all the information is there and the links the various resources should work.
Overall, it is very positive. There are numerous public and private funds available to apply for, in order to ease economic hardship in these times.
As we continue to face this Coronavirus together and changes are occurring rapidly in a crisis nobody has experienced. I want to make sure you get the facts and stay informed about what the Mayor and Councilmember Cedillo are doing to help keep us safe and minimize the stress and financial burden with the priority to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.
We know people are scared, frustrated, and upset. We must remain united and helpful to each other especially to our most vulnerable.
1) Mayor Garcetti's every night will provide a daily briefing at 5:15pm until further notice. You can watch his announcement on his Facebook page, LA City Ch 35, or on news outlets.
2) Visit frequently the City of LA dedicated website on Coronavirus updates at https://corona-virus.la/
3) Sign up for Councilmember Cedillo's newsletter at http://www.gilcedillo.com/newsletter_sign_up
4) Sign up to receive email, text, and or telephone updates from Notify LA at https://emergency.lacity.org/notifyla
5) LA County Departmentof Public Health will provide updated health info and facts at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/
6) State of CA will provide updated info and facts on response and relief efforts at www.covid19.ca.gov
COVID-19 Testing Available from the City of L.A.
Testing is now open to all LA County residents at several locations in Los Angeles. We now can provide same day and next day appointments. We continue working to expand testing as quickly as possible to provide this service to all Angelenos who need it.
These tests are strictly limited to people who complete the online screening and are assigned an appointment.
To learn more about new COVID-19 testing available and to see if you're eligible go to http://Coronavirus.LACity.org/Testing
This week the IRS launched a new tool to help you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers. This tool is for filers and non filers who want to track the status of payment.
To use this new tool, visit: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments
U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau announced it is extending self response to Oct. 31. It is seeking Congress approval to provide them with authority to deliver data to the President on April 30, 2021 and to States no later than July 31, 2021. Here is the link to the press release
For more information, visit 2020census.gov.
The Governor announced California is working with Oregon and Washington, the Western States Pact on a plan as to when and how to ease restrictions and reopen local businesses.
A broadly described plan includes steps his administration expects to take in the weeks and months ahead to protect the public and gauge how long California’s stay-at-home order should remain in place. The framework suggest the state must meet a high bar before beginning to undo the order, including:
— Developing the ability to closely monitor and track potential cases;
— Preventing high-risk people from becoming infected;
— Preparing hospitals to handle surges;
— Identifying needed medicines and other therapeutics;
— Ensuring schools, businesses and child-care facilities can support social distancing;
— Developing guidelines for when to ask Californians to stay home again if necessary.
The CA Legislative Analyst Office recently released a report outlining four possible actions the state could take to expand assistance to unemployed workers.
The Los Angeles County Health Officer has extended the Safer at Home Order Revised Order (04.10.20) through May 15, 2020. The Health Officer Order will be publicly noticed, as required, by posting on Public Health’s website, posted at the Hall of Administration, provided to members of the public upon request, and disseminated via email.
Revised provisions include that Essential Businesses must implement a social distancing protocol by April 15th, including a requirement to provide employees with a cloth face covering to wear while performing duties that involve contact with others.
WDACS launched the Critical Delivery Service Program, which will deliver food and other vital necessities to older adults, dependent adults, and individuals with disabilities who are unable to leave their homes due to COVID-19. All items for delivery must be paid in advance through the store’s/market’s website. This delivery service is free anywhere in Los Angeles County, 7 days a week. Scheduling can be done in advance (from 2 weeks up to 24 hours), on a one-time or reoccurring basis. In some situations, same day deliveries can be scheduled. Individuals can utilize this service up to 4 times per month. To request delivery services, individuals can call (888) 863-7411 (Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm) or email email@example.com. See attached flyer.
LA Superior Court Announces Relief Temporary relief includes a 90-day grace period on all traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets as well as a streamlined system for release of driver’s license holds. Attached is the full news release.
The Mayor announced L.A. Emergency Child Care Connection, an initiative coordinated with the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles and the Department of Recreation and Parks, with three main components:
The Mayor announced Small Business Assistance: Providing small businesses technical support they need to apply for federal loans and assistance; These are competitive loans so we need to do better than other parts of the country; LA Cares Corps will help apply for the loans, which one is best, and how they apply at the City, State, and County level.
For more info, please visit: coronavirus.lacity.org/CARESCORPS
Census Phone Banking Operations -- WE NEED VOLUNTEERS
Due to COVID-19, the City had to cancel our canvassing operation to help encourage Angelenos to complete their form, however we have another way for you to help with Census 2020 outreach from home! You are invited to become a part of Mayor Garcetti’s Census 2020 Volunteer Phone Banking Team. Sign up at bit.ly/censusphonebank!
The phone banking team will ask community leaders like yourself to make calls to other Angelenos across the city to encourage them to respond to the Census, answer their questions about how to respond, and also check to make sure they are aware of the resources available to help during the COVID-19 crisis.
Signing up is easy and you can make the calls on your own time, any day between 10am-7pm. All volunteers will receive a $5 VISA gift card.
Follow these steps to sign up:
The Mayor announced a new report issued by Loyola Marymount University, Center for the Study of LA about COVID 19. The Center conducted a survey of Los Angeles County residents to assess how the pandemic has impacted them. Residents were asked about the government's response, their understanding of the coronavirus and the measures to take to limit its spread, and the emotional and economic impact it has had on them.
Read the full report here: https://academics.lmu.edu/studyla/projectsandstudies/covid-19publicopinionsurvey/
The Mayor announced a new RAPID MOBILE TESTING TEAM: From now until until this crisis ends, the City will deploy a rapid response testing team to facilities who house the elderly, chronically ill or debilitated; nursing homes; skilled nursing and assisted living facilities; respiratory hospitals; where there is a symptomatic resident or confirmed COVID-19 employees or residents at the facility, we will send people to test.
The Mayor announced new OVERFLOW TRASH PICK UP FOR FREE: Temporarily offer free extra collection in those black or blue bins on your regularly scheduled collection days: HERE'S HOW: Meet the drivers at the curb, after they empty the bin, you can add more to it and they will empty that as well; Effective til Safer at Home order is lifted; Bulky items can be reported at 1-800-773-2489 or call 311.The City of Los Angeles needs your help to receive housing and community development federal grant funds to address social and economic concerns facing lower income residents, and assistance to respond to the impact of COVID-19. Please help us spread the word about the community surveys and complete the survey online. See attached flyer.
LAUSD and the Red Cross continue to operate Grab and Go Food Centers in the communities they serve. These centers will be open on weekdays from 7 am to 10 am. Each child can take home two nutritious meals. Locations of the centers can be found here. This is meant to support students who are on lunch programs and would otherwise not have a meal.
LAUSD launched a phone hotline for students and families to call and speak with mental health counselors. The hotline number is (213) 241-3840, and it is open 6am-6pm on weekdays
Meals for Seniors
Meals for Seniors in 90031, 90065, and 90042 zip codes
- MAOF will be delivering packaged and frozen meals to older adults at home
- See flyers for information
Lincoln Heights Area Food Banks
All assistance is by appointment only. Quantity and days of services vary. Contact the organization for more information.
- Healing Urban Barrios
See attached flyer for details
- LA Boys and Girls Club
See attached flyer for details
MAOF Countywide Food Bank
All assistance is by appointment only(323) 278-3628 Quantity and days of services vary. Contact the organization for more information.
See flyer for details
Countywide Food Bank Locator:
Faith & Community Empowerment (FACE) SBA Webinar
COVID-19 Federal Assistance & Loan Forgiveness Programs for Churches and Nonprofits information in two seminars - one in English and the other for Korean language speakers. A Microsoft Teams webinar link will be sent to you after you register.
Friday, April 17 at 8:30 AM (Seminar will be in Korean Language)
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/102635028132
Friday, April 17 at 11 AM (English)
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/102634241780
LA Chamber of Commerce
The LA Chamber of Commerce has launched a series of weekly webinars where they will walk you through the challenging landscape of resources, tools and solutions to help your business during this challenging crisis. These are free webinars but you do need to register.
For more information and to RSVP:
Jewish Free Loan Association This amazing non profit offers interest-free loans on a non-sectarian basis to individuals and families whose needs are urgent and who may not qualify through normal financial channels. Interest-free loans, instead of charity, fill an important gap in our social system by promoting self-sufficiency with dignity.
United States Bartenders Guild
This organization is offering loans to bartenders and their families who may be out of work. Visit: https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
This California based organization is offering grants for the following:
(1) Diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19), or a caregiver for an immediate family member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or quarantined with a doctor’s note
(2) Restaurant closed and out of work 3 weeks or more and no unemployment benefits
Children of Restaurant Employees
CORE is is offering funds to restaurant workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have children at home.
National Domestic Workers Alliance
This organization has set up a fund for in-home care workers, nannies and house cleaners. Visit: https://domesticworkers.org/coronavirus-care-fund
Financial Relief for Los Angeles Artists
Community Partners aim to provide relief to the spectrum of LA-based performing artists who were financially affected by the disruption of COVID-10. Round-one of this emergency grant relief opportunity is open to performing artists and small ensembles in dance, music, and theater who cancelled performances, shows or concerts due to the virus, that were within the City of Los Angeles and open to the general public.
Apply by Friday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m at https://culturela.org/grants-and-calls/aer-fund/
The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs developed a list of resources for arts education, arts experiences, and creative activities to engage in during this period of physical distancing.
LA Theater Works Setting the Stage for Learning
LATW brings free audio recordings of important stage plays to middle and high schools around the world, harnessing the power of professional theatre to deepen students’ understanding of complex literature and subject content.
AT-HOME LEARNING RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS AFFECTED BY COVID-19:
For educators experiencing distance and online learning, LATW is offering an expanded collection of 25 education titles listed below. Enroll today! We will send a link to enable you and your students free streaming access, along with an introductory educator guide for how to use our recordings in remote learning settings and in your classrooms.
A Message from LA County Department of Mental Health
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supports the well being of everyone in LA County. When you hear, read, or watch the news about an outbreak of an infectious disease, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress—even when the outbreak affects people far from where you live and you are at low or no risk of getting sick. These signs of stress are normal and may be more likely in people with loved ones in parts of the world affected by the outbreak. During an infectious disease outbreak, care for your own physical and mental health and reach out in kindness to others.
For more information: https://dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information/
LACDMH’s 24/7 Access Line at (800) 854-7771 is also available to provide mental health support, resources and referrals.
Hygiene Services and Shelter to Homeless Community
Together with the Mayor and the LA Homeless Services Authority we deployed across the City a total of 120 portable toilets and 306 hand washing stations to help people experiencing homelessness wash their hands regularly. We are aggressively trying to secure more stations and bathrooms but the demand across the world is making this a challenge.In addition, we increased our mobile shower program from 5 to 7 days and our mobile laundry program from 2 to 5 locations to help increase hygiene services across Council District 1.Under the emergency disaster declaration the city opened 20 recreation centers providing 851 beds (avg 95% occupancy) to move homeless people indoors. Under guidance from the LA County Department of Public Health all sites will have admission and operation requirements to uphold the goal of minimizing the spread of the virus. Our goal with the LA County Department of Public Health is to open more recreation centers next week as shelters.We have been advised it is safer for homeless people to live indoors in a place where they have bathrooms and showers, and where shelter operators watch to see if they exhibit symptoms of the virus and need medical attention, than it is to have them wandering outside, unable to wash their hands.The LA Homeless Services Authority will create a by-name-list of unsheltered individuals who are over the age of 55, have an acute underlying health condition, or are otherwise highly vulnerable. These individuals will be prioritized for placement into new shelter beds. Our outreach teams know who falls into these priority categories and will also receive recommendations from non profit homeless agencies, LAPD, LAFD, and other agencies who on a regular basis interact with the homeless community. Project Room ( LA County, LAHSA and City of LA allocated $39.3 million in state emergency homeless funding)
Discussions continued this week between Federal Court Judge Carter and LA County and LA City on the need for additional recreation centers, motel/hotel rooms, hand washing stations, and portable toilets. The City and County continue Federal court appearances and discussing with Judge Carter on our efforts to move homeless indoors and provide hygiene services. Now more than ever, we need everyone's support and understanding on our actions to move people at risk who voluntarily agree to come indoors. Share this information with others. Please let me know if you have questions or have a resource to share.
The Office of Councilmember Cedillo is here to help.
Stay safe and be well!
Deputy District Director Office of
Los Angeles City Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo
Council District 1District Office
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The following update was received from the Mayor's office after his call with faith leaders today.
The email has been copy/pasted directly, there are some parts that we have highlighted that apply specifically to our church and Christianity, in general.
Thank you to all who were able to join today's call with Mayor Garcetti and Faith Leaders. For those who did not receive an invitation or were not able to listen-in, I have compiled notes with critical information for you to share broadly. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. As you know, our office has been inundated with emails and calls -- making it almost impossible to respond to every inquiry in a timely manner. So, please read through these notes and visit corona-virus.la for the most up-to-date information.
Safer at Home Directive: Guidance for Faith Organizations
Q: Is there any effort in getting services such as instacart or other delivery options to have specific windows of time to fulfill orders from our elderly, handicapped, etc so that those people who are most in need are receiving food in a timely manner?
A: The City of Los Angeles Department of Aging and the Mayor's office are engaging additional partners to mobilize an emergency food delivery program to assist more of L.A.’s most vulnerable seniors. The plan is to have 5 meals delivered twice each week. The meals can be frozen and heated up in their microwaveable containers. Seniors must sign up or have someone sign them up for this service. Additionally, there are many non-profit partners providing delivery services… including St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels and the Valley InterCommunity Council. Please see the attachments for details and contact information for these resources.
Q:How can churches use their empty facilities and parking lots as an asset in response to COVID-19?
A: The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is gathering and vetting all donations. You can send an email to the Emergency Operations Center at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will send you a survey. Complete the survey and a member of our team will follow up.
Q: How many were COVID19 positive, and how many sadly have died. Can you also post statistics about the number of people who have recovered from Coronavirus?
A: Yesterday, in L.A. County, there were 550 new cases, bringing the total to 6910—a 9 percent increase since Monday. Also, in the City of L.A. there were 279 new cases, bringing the total to 3130—a 9 percent increase since Monday. Sadly, we learned of 22 new deaths countywide, bringing the total to 169. Our numbers of deaths are doubling every 4 days—a rate that remains steady. The Mayor's office is working with our County partners to track how many people have recovered from the virus. We do not have those statistics but as soon as we get them, our office will begin informing the public.
Q: Is the National Guard being deployed? If so when?
A: The National Guard has not been mobilized to L.A.—though there are movements of troops around the State to support humanitarian efforts. At this point, the City has asked the National Guard to help support our testing sites and expects to ask the Military Reserve for medical units and supplies to deal with hospital overflow. If and when the National Guard or military units are deployed to the streets of L.A., our office will notify the City.
Q: In these two weeks where we expect to see a peak in positive COVID-19 cases, what is being done to assist the most vulnerable in our city?
A: We’ve been warned that this week will be our hardest yet. Nobody is immune. This disease—and especially the way it kills—is hitting folks with preexisting conditions like diabetes, obesity, and other conditions already disproportionately found in poorer communities, and communities of color, the hardest. Based on initial data, this virus is disproportionately killing African Americans. We need every community to know that you are Safer at Home. With this in mind we have done a few things to assist the most vulnerable:
We have made it easy to give now and in the future.
(Yes, we are finally moving into 2020 with our online giving opportunity).
Once you click the button below, you have the opportunity to make a one-time gift or set up a recurring monthly donation.
You do NOT need a Paypal account, gifts can be made via debit cards.
Click the Button Below to be Taken to a Secure Page
Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity.
Sorry about the live feed challenges last week.
This week we have Children's Sunday School by Mrs. Denise and the message for Sunday already recorded and ready to view.
We are going to have Adult Sunday School, live with Zoom meetings, Pastor Harvey will send the links out to all to participate.
Check back on this page on Sunday morning for the videos for children's Sunday School and the main church message.
Children's Sunday School - by Mrs. Denise
Hear the Word of God and Obey It!
Please scroll down and view the following videos, feel free to gather your family around and sing along. The first video isn't a song, but it puts context to the first song.
Even though we are not together physically, we CAN (and should), worship God as best we can.
Denise and I are praying for you during this time.
Please feel free to use the "comments" section below. We'd love to hear from you!
This is the true story of the author of "It Is Well"
And NOW the song: "It is Well" There are MANY versions online, but check out this compilation of MANY people as one! Praise God!
And during this crazy time in the world and the USA, let us remember to NOT put our hope in any government, preacher, or anything other than the person of Jesus Christ!
I always feel weird about finances and asking for money for our church.
But the reality is, that our church needs money to continue to serve the community. In these times, it is easier than ever to give.
You can make an online donation by clicking the big blue button below.
The button will open up another page and take you to our SECURE Paypal site.
YOU DO NOT NEED A Paypal account to donate. You may give as a guest.
You may make a "one" time donation, gift, or if you would like to set up recurring donations according to your budget and God's leading, you have the opportunity to do that also.
You do NOT need a credit card, a debit card is fine. Thank you for your support!
Casting Crowns "Voice of Truth" has GREAT lyrics about what is TRUE and how the Holy Spirit is working within us!
"How to Discern Truth from Error"
Continuing in our Tough Questions
Christian Answers sermon series
Again, Denise and I will be available from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm for prayer.
Call Harvey at 323-316-7131
Call Denise at 323-316-7132
So, again, join us ONLINE for church this Sunday! You will be blessed.
Free Movie Event!
Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7 p.m.
This fun, family movie was released late, last year.
It features great animation, music, singing and a heartwarming story of love and friendship.
Come and enjoy with your family on our "Big Screen".
We provide free snacks at the movie.
(Due to our licensing agreement, we MAY show the movie for free to the public, but cannot advertise the name of the movie, however click the button above and we will text you a reminder.)
Free Movie Event!
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7 p.m.
Come experience the REST of the story of "The Torrance Tornado", Louis Zamperini. Zamperini's harrowing and true story of being lost at sea, "rescued" by the Japanese during World War II, and struggles and survival in a Japanese POW camp was vividly portrayed in "Unbroken", a major theatrical release a few years ago.
This is the second half of the Zamperini story. In this movie, we will join Zamperini as he battles with the demons of his past from the POW camp, and learn how he was able to overcome his challenges as he returned to America and tried to resume his athletic career and live a normal life.
Due to some of the violent nature of this movie it is rated PG-13, so parents be cautioned.
We provide free snacks at the movie. Come join us.
See the trailer below.
Free Movie Event!
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 7 p.m.
WARNING - We need to let you all know, that there are some scary scenes in this movie as it takes place during a civil war. There is also an attack on a minor child (that takes place off screen). But, both the war scenes and the attack are essential to telling the true story. My wife, Denise, and I attended the pre-screening of this movie back in June of 2018.
It is VERY well written and the producers (one of who is the main character in the movie) did a great job of packing several seemingly unrelated events into a great movie that tells the TRUE story of 3 families, their trials and God's providential throughout their ordeal. I can't really tell you too much more without giving away essential plot elements.
We provide free snacks at the movie. Come join us.
See the trailer below.
Free Movie Event!
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7 p.m.
This IS a family friendly movie - Rated G
We provide free snacks at the movie. Come join us.
See the trailer below.
If you are able to, please bring an unwrapped NEW toy for a child that we will donate to the North East Los Angeles Police Department for their annual Christmas Toy Giveaway.
Open Letter from Chris Auto...
Dearest Chris Auto Customer,
I wouldn't normally do this, but I NEED your help. And, no, my email account was not hacked. LOL.
This Saturday, October 13th, 2018 - from 9am-1pm we will be closing shop for the day to host our annual community service event. It will take place at the
Los Angeles Police Museum
6045 York Blvd
Los Angeles, 90042.
I need your help in spreading the word to whomever you may know. ALL services performed there are FREE with NO OBLIGATION. The flyer is enclosed.
4 years ago we wanted to serve our community somehow. Yes, there were ideas flying around like food drives and what not, but that's not what we specialized in. The idea came while driving down York Blvd. as we started noticing cars that weren't properly maintained. People let their cars go, out of fear of going to a mechanic to get up-sold or ripped off. So, we came up with the idea to host an annual event where people could come without fear, to have their cars visually inspected, and ask our mechanics questions. We'd then send them home with a written report that listed any potential problems or conditions, if any, we found during the checkups. Whether they fixed it themselves, took it to their mechanics, or came to us, it gave them information they needed to make an easy cheap fix before it could potentially turn into a big expensive repair.
We found, in that same year, a car seat organization that was nationally known, who was vigorous in their car seat inspections. They had never teamed up with an auto shop before to do this type of event, but were excited to do so. They are passionate about what they do. This is the organization that trains the CHP to do car seat inspections/installations! They've been doing checkups with us as well for the past 4 years, and has made this event that much more special. Each year, we are so honored to have them with us.
All these services are safety driven and are FREE at our event THIS SATURDAY. We'd like to help all we can get, to make it worth closing down shop for the day. Hankook Tires has graciously donated a voucher for a free set of tires to be given to any random participant of the event, and New York Life will be there making photo/fingerprinting ID cards for children FREE of charge! This is good to have in the awful event that our children go missing. While outer appearances change as they get older, fingerprints NEVER do! This ID card is so important to have.
Will you please help us spread the word? You can forward this email to whomever or verbally let people know. You can use the file to upload the image to your instagram, Twitter, facebook, or whatever social media account too if you wish. We'd greatly appreciate your help in this effort.
Thank you! Here's to another great event! We'd also like to thank you for being the best part of Chris' Auto Service! We truly do appreciate you.