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Dear <<First Name>>,

Local businesses continue to face challenges related to COVID-19  - whether it’s catching up with utilities, back rent or covering payroll costs.

Having managed small businesses before my time in public service, I understand these issues acutely and I'm always looking for ways to help further.

I’m happy to share that the Los Angeles Economic Workforce and Development Department has launched an $8.5 million microenterprise recovery grant program that will provide grants of $15,000 to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 in the City of Los Angeles. 

The program builds on my own work during the pandemic to shore up struggling businesses. The 13th District was the *only council district to create a small business assistance program* during the height of the pandemic. 

We ultimately helped 179 businesses keep their doors open and Angelenos employed.

Here’s what you need to know about eligibility, which includes the following:

✅The business is a for-profit business located in the City of Los Angeles
✅ Annual revenue cannot exceed $1 million
✅ The business was in existence before March 1, 2020
✅ The business must have five (5) or fewer employees on their payroll, including the owner(s)

Applicants have until Friday, April 15, at 11:59pm to apply. If you need technical assistance, you can contact your local business source center for support with the application process, eligibility and submission.
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As always, you can also contact my team by calling (213) 207-3015. We’re here to help and at your service!

With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL
 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

O'Farrell participates in Midnight Stroll outreach to LGBTQ+ unhoused [mynewsLA]

LA council supports ballot measure fighting plastic pollution [LA Daily News]

LA Councilmen introduce motion to expand City's Adaptive Sports programming [mynewsLA]

Hollywood Forever Cemetery is named an L.A. historic-cultural monument [LA Times]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

WILSHIRE CENTER - The Council District 13 Clean Team was back at it this week in Wilshire Center, creating a better pedestrian experience for local residents. Just one example includes Ardmore Avenue and Council Street, where illegally dumped furniture, in addition to palm fronds, were removed. If you know of a parkway in need of service, please contact our team at (213) 207-3015.

HELPING OUR HOMELESS LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY

13TH DISTRICT - Last Friday, Councilmember O'Farrell joined the Midnight Stroll to help assemble care packages for LGBTQ+ individuals experiencing homelessness. Launched in 2017 by Councilmember O'Farrell, LAPD, APAIT and the City's Transgender Advisory Council, the Midnight Stroll is an innovative program which addresses the needs of our unsheltered LGBTQ+ community. The Midnight Stroll has also made a HUGE difference. In 2021 alone, they distributed over 800 food bags and provided winter relief to more than 180 people experiencing homelessness. This work continues with urgency.

SUPPORTING AAPI-OWNED BUSINESSES

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN - Our AAPI businesses aren't just the backbone of the local economy but an integral part of the 13th District's culture. This includes restaurants like Woon, which we helped support with a small business grant during the pandemic. At its core Woon is a family operation, rooted in owner Keegan Fong's vision to create a space where he could share the recipes that brought him comfort growing up - those of his mother, Julie Fong (known affectionately as Mama Fong). Having opened just before the pandemic, we’re thankful that Woon has persevered and continues to be a haven for home-spun comfort food, including pork belly baos and Shanghai style noodles. Please do your part and remember to support our small, local businesses like Woon. They are what make our neighborhoods special.

ENDING PLASTIC POLLUTION

CITY HALL - Phasing out single-use plastics is a critical component in our work to protect the environment and create a Greener LA. We took a huge step forward on Tuesday when Councilmember O'Farrell helped lead a unanimous City Council vote in support of the California Reduction Regulations Initiative, which will be placed on the ballot this November and address the harm of plastic pollution by reducing single-use plastic packaging. This statewide initiative builds on Councilmember O'Farrell's own work in Los Angeles, which includes leading the City Council's passage of a straws-on-request ordinance and phasing out single-use plastics at City facilities. 

MARCH 31: TRANSGENDER JOB FAIR

LOS ANGELES - On *Thursday, March 31, from 10am to 12pm*, the Transgender Advisory Council and LA Civil Rights will host a virtual Trans and Non-Binary Job Fair to match local employers with trans and non-binary workers. Prospective trans employees can register for the training at bit.ly/TACJobFair. If you have questions, please email Eden Luna at eluna@lalgbtcenter.org or Mark Pampanin at mark.pampanin@lacity.org.

CELEBRATING FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA

HEART OF HOLLYWOOD - Starting our week by welcoming Francis Ford Coppola to the Hollywood Walk of Fame was an offer we couldn't refuse. Put simply, there is cinema before Francis Ford Coppola and there is cinema after Francis Ford Coppola. His work is legendary: the acclaimed, Oscar-winning Godfather trilogy, the psychological thriller The Conversation, and his disturbing portrayal of the Vietnam War in Apocalypse Now - just to name a few. For this and so much more, we thank him and congratulate him on yet another incredible achievement!

OBSERVING CESAR CHAVEZ DAY

CITY HALL -  In observance of Cesar Chavez Day, our offices will be closed on Monday, March 28. We will resume normal operations on Tuesday, March 29. Have a restful and safe holiday!

UPCOMING CALENDAR

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