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-Animal Control -Coronavirus Numbers -Corrections and Rehabilitation Dept. Exec. Order
-Emergency Order 1: Facilities Closure, Evictions, Price Gouging -Coronavirus Test**
-Frequently Asked Questions -Moratorium on Evictions
-Emergency Order 2: Update and change of Emergency Order 1 -FAQ for Coronavirus Test -Places of Worship
-Emergency Order 3: Cancellation of non-essential events & programs -FAQ for Immigrants -Retail Stores
-Food Resources  
-Facilities & Programs -Hair Salons/Barber Shops OTHER
-Homelessness Resources -Pets -Anxiety Workbook (English)
-Meetings -Scam Alert -Hand Washing
-Parking -Self Quarantine and Self-isolation Orders(3/27/20) -Housing Concerns: Rent
-Response to Coronavirus
-Restaurants -Traffic & Non-Traffic Infractions 90 Day Relief -Illness due to Coronavirus
-Trash Collection / Collecion de basura   Libro de Ejercicios para la Ansiedad por Coronavirus
-Vulnerable People Assistance
    -Mortgage, Evictions
  -Schools & School Lunch
    -Small Businesses Assistance
    -Physical Distancing
    -Utilities
    -Worker Assistance

 


City Response:

  • On March 16, 2020 Hawaiian Gardens City Council declared a state of emergency. The City Council also passed a Resolution authorizing the use of City reserve funds during the local emergency. The decisions follow a local emergency declaration from Los Angeles County and increasingly detailed recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), the California Governor’s Office, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the federal government. Another factor in the Council’s decisions was the temporary closing of The Gardens Casino this past weekend. Nearly 70 percent of the City’s General Fund budget comes from Gardens Casino revenues.
  • COVID-19 Emergency Order #1. The City of Hawaiian Gardens issued an emergency order in response to the COVID-19 crisis on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The stipulations of the order include the closure of City facilities, suspending the issuance of parking citations for street sweeping, and late penalties for City fines, setting price-gouging protections and placing a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions related to the COVID-19 crisis. Read entire order here.
  • COVID-19 Emergency Order #2: This order issued on April 2, 2020 serves to clarify certain items in EO#1. Read the entire order here.
  • COVID-19 Emergency Order #3: This order is regarding cancellation of non-essential events & programs for 2020. Read the entire order here.
  • For questions about how the City is responding to coronavirus, call (562) 420-2641 ext. 225. (Se habla español)

City Parking:

  • Please help us keep our City clean by moving your car for the street sweeper. We will not be ticketing this week, but we will resume ticketing on June 4, 2020, to keep our streets clean and safely maintained.
  • Ayúdenos a mantener nuestra ciudad limpia con moviendo su automóvil para la barrendera. No estaremos dando multas esta semana, pero empezaremos de nuevo el 4 de junio, 2020 para mantener nuestras calles limpias y mantenidas.

Facilities & Programs:

OPEN:

PUBLIC SAFETY: Police and fire services are operating as normal

TRASH PICK & STREET SWEEPING: Operating Normal Schedule

CLOSED

CITY HALL: Closed to the general public. Essential services are being provided. See list HERE or call (562) 420-2641

ALL CITY RECREATION FACILITIES

ALL CITY PROGRAMMING:

  • Includes youth and adult sports, scholarship programs, after-school programs, and more.
  • Seniors who are preregistered to receive meals: please pick up your 5 meals for the week on Tuesdays between 10AM and 12PM at the Mary Rodriguez Senior Center.  For more information please call the Human Services Association at (562) 806-5400.

City Meetings

During the health emergency, necessary meetings will be held using physical distancing as well as videoconferencing technology and will be available to the public through the City cable channel and livestreamed via the City website. Check agendas for instructions on how to participate during public comment sections.


Restaurants

In-person dining in restaurants

  • Physical distancing measures will be in place.
  • Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Patrons feeling unwell should not eat at a restaurant.
  • Outdoor seating and curbside pickup are prioritized.
  • Reservations will be encouraged.
  • Customers will be asked to wait for their table in their cars or outside the restaurant to prevent crowds from gathering.
  • Diners must wear cloth face coverings when not eating.
  • Bar areas will be closed.
  • Occupancy capacity will be limited to 60% for the next three weeks.

For the detailed protocol visit Here

Many local restaurants are open for takeout and delivery! We have compiled a list for our residents HERE.

April, 2, 2020: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released new guidelines allowing restaurants in LA County to sell groceries as part of their delivery, take-out, and curbside delivery services. More information can be found HERE


ABC Unified Schools

Closures:

As of April 2, 2020, ABCUSD school campuses will remain closed for the rest of the school year. However classes will still be in session. This decision was made based on both Governor Newsom and Los Angeles County directives for residents to stay at home. Both of these orders are aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Lunch (Effective April 6 – June 10, 2020):

Due to the recent recommendations from Governor Newsom and State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond, the ABCUSD is making changes to the meal delivery service. Beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020, the ABC Unified School District Nutrition Services Department will refine our meal “grab-and-go” program to ten sites. Meals will be offered via curb-side pick up at the following location:

The following ten sites will serve meals:

Furgeson Elementary Artesia High
Hawaiian Elementary Cerritos High
Melbourne Elementary Gahr High
Niemes Elementary Whitney High
Haskell Middle District Office Central Kitchen
12255 Cuesta Drive, Cerritos

Any child in the community 18 years old or under may pick up a meal at any of the ten locations serving meals. Meal pick-up time will be Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.  Meals will not be served on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Children will pick up a meal bag that has two breakfasts and two lunches on Monday, and three breakfasts and three lunches on Wednesday. The child must be present to pick up a meal bag, which is limited to one meal bag per child.  All meals are free.

For the full notice from ABCUSD, visit their website.

Remember students that FREE access to City WiFi is available for your use. Check locations here.


Housing Concerns: Rent, Mortgage, Evictions

The city of Hawaiian Gardens has implemented a temporary moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent by residential and commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. More information is available HERE.

Los Angeles County launched a new Emergency Rental Assistance Program for income-eligible renters and mom-and-pop landlords in unincorporated areas of LA County. Those eligible for this program must be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. unemployment, reduction in hours or pay, extra out-of-pocket expense, etc.) to receive emergency rental assistance of up to $1,000 per month, for three months, to: 1) Pay rent, 2) Meet mortgage obligations on rental properties, and/or 3) Reduce rental payment delinquency in arrears. Program applications must be received by May 31, 2020. To apply, visit WEBSITE  or dial 2-1-1.

The Housing Rights Center Counselors will remain available to provide information on housing rights and receive housing discrimination complaints by phone and email. HRC’s Case Analysts will continue to investigate Fair Housing complaints. HRC is also assisting tenants who are elderly or at high risk of infection in postponing non-urgent landlord entries in their homes while the government recommended self-isolation of persons 65 years of age and older to try to insulate them from infection is in effect. More information is available HERE.


What to do if you or a family member becomes ill

If you or a family member becomes ill, please call your doctor for advice about treatment and testing. The city does not provide testing services. If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call PHONE NUMBER (ex. 2-1-1 for the Los Angeles County Department of Health’s information line.)
For the most up-to-date information on health recommendations, please visit the CDC website, the California Department of Public Health website, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website.


Physical Distancing

Our individual and community choices right now will determine how our hospitals are able to handle this virus. Per the Los Angeles County Department of Health, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit remain prohibited. Beaches, trails and trailheads and non-essential businesses remain closed. It is critical that everyone continue to take these actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.


Help for Workers:

Workers in California may be eligible for benefits due to illness from COVID-19. For more information on disability insurance, paid family leave, unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, and workers’ compensation, please visit the California Department of Labor’s website.


Help for Small Businesses:

A helpful Newsletter prepared by the City on sources for assistance can be found HERE

All levels of government are working to support our small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

For information about loans from the federal Small Business Association, please visit the SBA’s page.

For information about assistance from California, visit the Employment Development Department’s website.

Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program to avoid layoffs, receive advice from the Rapid Response center, and/or request a 60-day extension to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes.

Information about assistance available from the County of Los Angeles can be found here

The Los Angeles County Employer Assistance Grant Fund will is available for local businesses. Click here for their website.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has created the Small Business Recovery Loan Program, administered by the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA)


Help for Vulnerable Populations:

California recommends that all seniors over the age of 65 and those with chronic conditions stay in their homes. If you are at risk, stay home! If you need anything, reach out to your family or neighbors.

-If you are self quarantined and have any concerns or do not have anyone to assist you, please call the City at 562-420-2641. If it’s an emergency, dial 911.

-Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services launched a free delivery program for older adults and individuals with disabilities. This Countywide program, called Critical Delivery Service, will deliver groceries, household items, and other vital necessities to individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Items may be delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no cost to the client.
No application process is required; however, items must be pre-paid and ready for pickup.
Deliveries may be scheduled by calling 1-888-863-7411 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Clients may utilize this service up to four times or 40 miles per month, whichever comes first. Read more

-LA County will be offering a first-in-the nation meal delivery service starting on Monday, May 11th. LA County will provide three home-delivered meals a day to qualifying older adults & adults over 60 who are high-risk as determined by the CDC. This effort aims to assist those in need of home delivered meals and to help get our local restaurant, hospitality and transportation community back to work. 

To be eligible for this program, individuals:

  • must meet age requirements
  • are unable to prepare or obtain meals and
  • are not currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs

See a full list of requirementsTo apply, dial 2-1-1.


Help from Utilities:

Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on April 2, 2020 that will restrict water shutoffs to homes and small businesses while the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Executive Order can be seen HERE.

Below is summary of the electricity bill relief measures available to our customers at this time. The one-stop shop for customers to take advantage of these measures is the SCE bill payment assistance call center at 800-655-4555. While customers can get more information from cleanpoweralliance.org and sce.com/safety/coronavirus, sign-ups for payment plans and applications for grant assistance are not available via SCE’s or CPA’s website but must be done through the SCE call center. See below for the pertinent details: 

  1. For customers economically impacted by Covid-19 fallout, a variety of flexible payment plans are available. Via SCE’s call center, customers can self-identify as being impacted and be put on a payment plan that covers both the CPA side and the SCE side of the bill. Customers do not have to signup separately with CPA and these payment plans are not limited to low-income customers but to anyone who needs it.
  2. Low income customers – i.e. those who are on CARE rates – are eligible for up to $100 of grant assistance to pay their bills. SCE administers this program and CPA’s CARE customers are eligible. Customers should call SCE to request this assistance.
  3. Also suspended are eligibility checks to sign up for CARE. So if a customer is newly eligible or is just learning about the program, signing up for CARE has been further streamlined and those customers are eligible for a 30% bill discount going forward. This application may be completed online at https://www.sce.com/apps/iqp
  4. Disconnections for non-payment of bills have been suspended and late-payment fees have been waived. This is automatic, applies to both CPA and SCE charges, and customers do not have to do have to do anything to receive this protection. This protection does not mean that charges are waived, only the penalties are suspended, so we highly encourage customers who are having trouble paying their bills to take advantage of the payment plans and financial assistance being offered.

 CPA customers should also be aware that their April bill will include a $30 California Climate Credit netted against their usage. Funding for this credit comes from revenues generated by the State’s Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade program.


Animal Control

By order of the Chair of the Board of Supervisors for the County of Los Angeles, all County facilities will be closed to the public beginning March 16, 2020 until further notice. This includes DACC’s seven animal care centers. DACC officers will continue to respond to emergency calls for service including dangerous dogs, sick or injured animals, police assistance, removal of dead animals, and animal cruelty investigations. You may contact (562) 940-6898. Pet owners considering surrendering their pets should delay doing so, if possible. If this is not possible, please call your local animal care center for direction. DACC is not accepting healthy stray cats at this time.

People who find or lose a pet should download https://shadowapp.com to reunite lost pets with  their families.

View the full message from the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) here.

 


Pets

The love between a human and their pet is unlike any other. If you are a pet owner, you know this well. In an effort to keep LA County residents and their pets healthy, we bring you the latest on what we know about COVID-19 and its effect on pets:

There is no current evidence indicating that pets can transmit COVID-19 to humans or other pets. However, we urge you to treat your pet as you would another member of your family. If you are feeling sick, keep them away. See if another family member or friend can care for your pet while you’re healing. And if you’re not sick, keep your pet away from non-household humans and animals, as a precaution.

It is possible (but rare) for dogs to be infected by COVID-19. Studies show that if they are infected, COVID-19 does not cause them to get sick. 

Cats are more easily infected by COVID-19, than dogs, and they seem to get mildly sick. The virus which causes COVID-19 enters a human’s “ACE2” receptor cells. Thus far, studies have shown that a cat’s ACE2 receptor cells are similar to that of humans – while a dog’s ACE2 cells are only about 70% similar. 

If you are not sick, practice good hygiene by washing your hands before & after handling your pet. Do not let your pet lick your face and hands, kiss them on the face or share food with them.

Owners of service animals: wear a face mask/covering and avoid hugging & kissing your pet.

For more information on how to stay safe during COVID-19, visit LA County Website