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Dear <<First Name>>,

With another rise in COVID-19 cases, we’re not letting up with our support of struggling small businesses. 

Small businesses located in Los Angeles can now apply to Round 2 of the City’s Small Business Rental Assistance Program

The initiative will award grants of up to $15,000 or six months of back-rent, whichever is less, to businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Having worked at and managed small businesses prior to my career in public service, I understand firsthand the challenges facing our local business community. This is why I was the only Councilmember to create a small business grant program during the pandemic, which ultimately helped 179 businesses keep their doors open and workers employed. 

Here’s what you need to know about eligibility: 

✅ Businesses that submitted a Round 1 application and *have NOT* been contacted by the City of L.A. processing team as of July 1, 2022, failed to meet program eligibility. Unless your business circumstances have changed (e.g. BTRC is now in good standing), please do not submit a Round 2 application. 
✅ Must be a for-profit business and located within Los Angeles City boundaries
✅ Must be operating from a commercial location (home-based businesses are not eligible)
✅ Must have actively been in business on or before March 1, 2020
✅ Annual revenue cannot exceed $5 million

Again, the application period is currently open and closes this coming Wednesday, July 20, at 11:59PM
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If you have questions, please contact the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Department or my team at (213) 207-3015. 

We’re here to help!

MITCH O'FARRELL
DRAGON BOATS RETURN TO ECHO PARK LAKE!
ECHO PARK LAKE - Team Mitch had a fantastic weekend welcoming the Lotus Festival back to Echo Park Lake after a three year hiatus due to the pandemic. Honoring the people and culture of India, the festival reflected the very best of Los Angeles - its culture, diversity and pride. A big thank you to Lotus Festival Inc., as well as the Department of Recreation and Parks, for running a seamless event and bringing joy to the community. We'll see you next year!
CONSERVING WATER HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER
LOS ANGELES - Angelenos are stepping up like never before to respond to our historic drought. Here’s just one example - in June 2022, Angelenos used 9% less water than June 2021. It’s also never been easier to save water. In addition to ongoing education and outreach about water conservation, Angelenos have access to nearly 20 water-saving rebates from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. It’s a great way to save money on your monthly water bills and includes items like *FREE high efficiency shower heads.* Visit bit.ly/ladwpshowerhead to learn more!
CONTINUING OUR SUMMER FOOD DISTRIBUTION
EAST HOLLYWOOD - On Friday, Team Mitch held its third weekly food distribution for food insecure households in partnership with the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund. Having faced food insecurity as a child, Mitch understands firsthand the struggle that many Angelenos are experiencing as we collectively deal with new COVID-19 variants, as well as higher costs of living. If you are facing food insecurity or know of someone who is, please call (213) 480-1052 or text (213) 805-8012. We’re here to help. No one should ever have to choose between keeping food on the table and a roof over their head. 
JULY 20: HEART OF HOLLYWOOD COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
HOLLYWOOD - Please join the first public workshop on Wednesday, July 20th at 5:30pm for the Heart of Hollywood Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Study which could fund infrastructure and community projects, including those envisioned in the Walk of Fame Master Plan and proposed Hollywood Community Plan update. Potential infrastructure improvements may include affordable housing, enhanced streetscape projects, parks and public spaces, improved transit, upgraded water and sewer systems, and more! RSVP now and attend the workshop. Participants will be automatically entered into a raffle drawing for a chance to win a cool prize!
 
RSVP
LET'S REOPEN ST. VINCENT HOSPITAL
WESTLAKE - For more than two years, St. Vincent Medical Center - a nearly 400 bed facility - has sat empty while the hospital's owner, multi-billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong - Los Angeles' richest resident - has refused to come to the table to discuss its reuse as an acute care facility for people experiencing homelessness. This is in spite of repeated attempts by Mitch to meet with Dr. Soon-Shiong. If you believe St. Vincent should reopen immediately and be put into service to address the greatest crisis of our time, please sign our petition. There are too many lives at stake.  
 
JOIN OUR CALL AND SIGN THE PETITION

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