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Dear <<First Name>>,

As we continue to grapple with the Omicron variant, many Angelenos are rightfully concerned about their inability to pay rent due to lost wages from illness. 

I want you to rest assured that the City of Los Angeles’ eviction protections related to COVID-19 are still in place

I know what it’s like to fear losing one’s home. As a kid growing up in a working class household, my family moved ten times by the time I was 12 - and we experienced eviction.

The instability from my childhood informs my approach in protecting Los Angeles’ most vulnerable residents from eviction. And when the pandemic hit in 2020, I knew that getting the City’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium right was critically important to help keep Angelenos in their homes.

In Los Angeles, the City Council unanimously approved the nation’s strongest moratorium on residential evictions, which will remain in place until one year after the City Council lifts its emergency order or May 2023, whichever is earlier.

We also continue to closely monitor the conditions for the emergency order.

The City’s policies protect tenants in the following ways: 

✅Tenants cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent due to the pandemic; for example, from lost income related to a job loss or infection.
✅Tenants cannot be evicted for unauthorized occupants, pets or nuisance reasons.
✅ No owner shall charge interest or a late fee on rent not paid due to COVID-19.
✅No fault evictions are also prohibited. 

These robust protections have been part of my ongoing work to help our most vulnerable Angelenos, including the creation of the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction Defense Program and the nation’s largest rental assistance program.

I have always worked to protect our most vulnerable residents - and I always will.

Be safe and well, 
 

MITCH O'FARRELL

 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

Los Angeles takes major step toward banning new oil and gas drilling [NBC4

Los Angeles City Council advances 100% affordable housing development [NBC4]

O'Farrell welcomes new constituents [Beverly Press]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

GREATER WILSHIRE - This week, the Council District 13 Clean Team targeted illegal dumping and conducted litter abatement across Greater Wilshire. This included Gramercy Place and Clinton Street, where they removed discarded Christmas trees. If you know of an area in need of service, please contact our team at (213) 207-3015.

TAKING A BIG STAND AGAINST BIG OIL

CITY HALL - On Wednesday, Councilmember O'Farrell and his colleagues sent a clear message to Big Oil: the City of Los Angeles will no longer approve oil and gas drilling. If we’re going to combat the climate crisis and protect our planet against its worst impacts, then we must take immediate action. At the local level, that means transitioning away from oil and gas extraction sites, which harm our environment and endanger public health. Thank you to Stand-L.A. for changing the way we think about oil extraction in Los Angeles. Thank you, too, to every Angeleno who has demanded the City take action at the local level to address the climate emergency. We hear you and, together, we’re marching toward a Greener L.A.

AT YOUR SERVICE IN EAST HOLLYWOOD

EAST HOLLYWOOD - Team Mitch made a big difference this past weekend on Barton Avenue in East Hollywood, where we repaired a stretch of sidewalk that was creating accessibility issues for local residents. These repairs were made as part of our Priority Sidewalk Repair Program, which was created using district funds to directly help you and your neighbors. Thank you StreetsLA for your incredible partnership. We are always at your service and ready to help!

COUNCILMEMBER ON A NEW CORNER

GLASSELL PARK - We spent another great Saturday morning welcoming new residents to the 13th District at Councilmember O'Farrell's 78th Councilmember in Your Corner along the Verdugo Village corridor in Glassell Park. In partnership with LA Sanitation and Environment and volunteers, we removed illegal dumping from an alleyway, conducted weed abatement and brought city services to people’s doorsteps. Thank you to everyone who came out to make a difference.

WELCOMING NEW BUSINESSES TO THE 13TH!

VERDUGO VILLAGE - Team Mitch is continuing its tour of local businesses that now call the 13th District home, like Polka Polish Cuisine. Owned and operated by Mike Budney, Polka has been keeping locals fed since 1994 with their homemade pierogis, stews and sausages. Please continue to support 13th District businesses like Polka, which are the backbone of our local economy.

APPLY: SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

LOS ANGELES - Applications are now open for Round 3 of the $25 million “Comeback Checks” COVID-19 financial recovery program. $5,000 grants are available for 5,000 small businesses located and operated within the City of Los Angeles. Applications are due by February 7, 2022. Click the link below for more information.
APPLY

AT YOUR SERVICE: PHOTO OF THE WEEK

LARCHMONT VILLAGE - Team Mitch is at your service and mission focused on constituent services - big and small. This week, in response to constituent and business concerns regarding temporary parking restrictions along Larchmont Boulevard related to recently completed building renovations, our team successfully worked with the storefront's owner to remove the scaffolding and restrictions. The result frees up spaces for customers to patronize this historic corridor. Have a service request? Please contact our team at (213) 207-3015.

COUNCIL DISTRiCT 13 RESOURCES

REDISTRICTING SURVEY

SURVEY: Welcome to the 13th District

RENTER PROTECTIONS

LAHD: COVID-19 Renter Protections

FREE LEGAL SERVICES

INFO: LA Represents

COVID-19

VACCINATIONS: Vaccine Appointments

SIGN UP: Free COVID-19 Testing

HOMELESS SERVICES

SHELTERS: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Support
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