Supporting Firefighters and First Responders

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Director General Louis Huang and, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas present Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby with 35,000 surgical masks at Fire Station 58. Photo by Aurelia Ventura/Board of Supervisors

As wildfires continue to burn, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Director General Louis Huang of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles presented 35,000 surgical masks to the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD). A gift from Taiwan, the masks will be distributed countywide to firefighters, lifeguards and other first responders.

Photo by Aurelia Ventura/Board of Supervisors

“Our firefighters have been essential workers – essential heroes – long before COVID-19 broke out, and many are on the front lines right now, risking their lives to protect people and property from some of the most extreme wildfires we’ve experienced in recent history,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said.

“At the same time, firefighters are in our own neighborhoods, responding to emergencies closer to home,” he added. “This donation of 35,000 masks will reinforce their safety gear, making our first responders even better equipped to continue their heroic work.”

“I am proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and LA County Fire Chief Osby as we truly exemplify the power behind the meaning of ‘Taiwan Can Help” and Stronger Together!’,” Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Director General Louis Huang said. “Taiwan will stand in solidarity with the U.S. until we resurge from this dire time, stronger than ever before.”

Photo by Aurelia Ventura/Board of Supervisors

“We greatly appreciate Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Director General Louis Huang, and Taiwan for this generous gift of 35,000 surgical masks,” said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby.  “This gift provides another layer of safety for our firefighters and lifeguards who are on the front lines.”

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has spent the last several weeks distributing masks to essential workers and the vulnerable populations they serve. The list includes medical workers, grocery workers, homeless services providers, public defenders and more.

Photo by Aurelia Ventura/Board of Supervisors

25,000 Masks for Homeless Service Providers and Shelters

Continuing to strengthen protections for Los Angeles County’s most vulnerable populations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, in partnership with Moldex, donated 25,000 masks to homeless service providers.

The mask giveaway took place at Upward Bound House’s Family Emergency Shelter in Culver City, a former motel that has been repurposed as an emergency shelter for families who had been living on the streets, in vehicles, and other unsustainable living situations. Governor Gavin Newsom is seeking to take this model – converting motels and hotels into affordable housing for the homeless – statewide with an initiative called Homekey.

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) Housing for Health Division received 22,000 of the masks to distribute to homeless service providers countywide. The remaining 3,000 masks went to Upward Bound House, a nonprofit that helps current and formerly homeless families with children achieve self-sufficiency and stability by providing them with permanent housing, supportive services and advocacy – with a focus on preventing them from falling back into homelessness.

“We support Upward Bound House and the many other homeless service providers that pound the pavement each and every day to ensure that no man, woman or child ever has to call the streets of Los Angeles County their home,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “This work is hard enough without a pandemic. With this donation of 3,000 masks, Upward Bound House’s caring and dedicated staff can safely continue to help families get a roof over their heads and get back on their feet. Upward Bound House’s clients, meanwhile, can use the masks to stay healthy as they navigate the road to recovery.”

“Like all families in LA, the families we serve are deeply concerned about their health and safety,” Upward Bound House CEO Christine Mirasy-Glasco said. “These masks will help our families protect themselves from the pandemic and continue to focus on their goal of living independent, healthy lives. The masks will also be provided to staff, volunteers and visitors to ensure that Upward Bound House maintains a safe working environment for all.”

“Moldex is pleased during these challenging times to be able to support the worthy efforts of Supervisor Thomas and our neighbors at Upward Bound,” said Mark Magidson, President of Moldex-Metric, Inc., which donated the masks.

In addition to the donation of 22,000 masks, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas recently gave DHS Housing for Health a $575,000 grant to purchase partitions, air flow devices, and other protective equipment to ensure safe physical distancing and prevent the spread of infection at homeless shelters and interim housing  within Los Angeles County’s Second District, protecting the health and safety of both residents and staff.

DHS Housing for Health Division’s Program Manager for Policy and Planning, Sally Malone, said “Personal protective equipment is a crucial requirement for our homeless service provider partners who work directly with people experiencing homelessness to secure housing and provide supportive services.”

“The Housing for Health program, which funds housing and service providers throughout Los Angeles County, is so grateful for this donation of PPE which will enable our partners to continue their work with people experiencing homelessness in the safest, most effective way possible during the COVID-19 crisis,” she added. “Access to PPE is vital to the staff, participants and the operations of homeless service provider agencies, such as Upward Bound House.”

Over the last several months, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has been working with Operation USA, Servicon and Moldex to distribute 150,000 masks throughout LA County’s Second District, whose residents have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The masks have been distributed to thousands of local residents, as well as essential workers such as health care providers, grocery store workers, public defenders, and now homeless services providers.

Since its inception in 1990, Upward Bound House has placed around 1,400 families in permanent housing, including 2,600 children. It currently serves more than 400 families a year through programs on the Westside and in South Los Angeles. Their programs include a “rapid rehousing” program that helps families transition from shelters into their own apartments as quickly as possible. There are also eight residential housing programs, of which two are for pregnant and/or parenting youth ages 18-24.

With the pandemic exacerbating the already profound struggles of homeless families, Upward Bound House responded by providing food, basic household items, masks and other protective gear. Its caring and dedicated staff also installed reliable high-speed internet at all shelter facilities so that children can continue their education through distance learning. They have also increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing routines at all their residential sites.

Created in 2013, DHS Housing for Health focuses on creating permanent supportive housing opportunities and providing clinical services for chronically homeless patients within the DHS system of care. With their complex medical and behavioral conditions, these patients tend to be frequent users of emergency healthcare and public safety resources, including the jail system.

DHS Housing for Health oversees and funds several homeless service programs, including more than 300 street outreach workers within Multi-Disciplinary Teams working with unsheltered individuals across the County, recuperative care and stabilization interim housing, board and care placements, access to social security benefits, and permanent housing opportunities.

Stay Housed LA

This week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors launched Stay Housed L.A. County, a countywide initiative to provide legal assistance and support for tenants facing eviction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The launch included the release of StayHousedLA.org, a website connecting tenants with useful information about their rights, workshops for residents who need legal assistance, and other support. Stay Housed L.A. County is a partnership between the County of Los Angeles, legal aid groups and community-based organizations to provide emergency support to tenants in need.

Virtual Know Your Rights workshops will also be offered by participating community organizations to provide L.A. County residents with critical information about permanent and emergency tenant protections that can help tenants facing eviction or other challenges related to their rental housing. Community organizations will provide targeted ongoing support to help tenants with case management support.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had unprecedented and devastating impacts on far too many hard-working individuals and families across the County of Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “During this time – the last thing Angelenos should be worried about is losing their home. That is why we are standing up Stay Housed L.A. County.”

“L.A. County, along with a number of cities, the state, and the federal government have all passed protections for tenants facing eviction due to the pandemic,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who authored the motion authorizing the creation of Stay Housed L.A. County. “These protections only work, however, when people know their rights and can take advantage of the legal protections. That’s the mission of Stay Housed L.A. County: To provide the information and legal representation people need to keep from getting kicked out of their homes while we weather this very challenging time.”

“Eviction can be an incredibly devastating event that families never recover from,” said Rafael Carbajal, Acting Director of Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs. “It’s so much greater than individuals losing their homes. Stay Housed L.A. County represents the County’s enhanced efforts to stem an eviction crisis and our commitment to working with community partners to help our tenants preserve healthy and stable households in L.A. County. I applaud the Board of Supervisors’ leadership in this ground-breaking initiative and hope to see our most vulnerable renters take advantage of this most critical public service.”

“Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles is a proud member of the Renter’s Right to Counsel – LA, and we believe that Stay Housed L.A. County is an excellent first step to getting eviction prevention and defense representation to all Angelenos who need it,” said LAFLA Executive Director Silvia Argueta. “LAFLA is pleased to be working with our partners including Bet Tzedek, Community Legal Aid SoCal, Housing Rights Center, Inner City Law Center, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, Public Counsel, BASTA Universal!, and Eviction Defense Network, as well as tenant organizations.”

“In these unprecedented times we need unprecedented solutions,” said Shane Murphy Goldsmith, President and CEO of the Liberty Hill Foundation. “Stay Housed L.A. County is a first-of-its-kind collaborative effort between tenant organizers, legal service providers, and the County to keep tenants in their homes and off the streets. We are proud to partner with trusted, community-based organizations to reach and educate hundreds of thousands of tenants about their rights and, as well as connect them to legal services to help renters exercise their rights.”

Participating community-based organizations include: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Communities for a Better Environment, Coalition for Economic Survival, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Eastside LEADS, Inquilinos Unidos, Los Angeles Center for Community Law and Action, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN), Los Angeles Tenants Union, and Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE).

According to a UCLA study, about 365,000 L.A. County residents are at risk of evictions due to the COVID-19 economic recession. The Board of Supervisors extended the Los Angeles County Temporary Eviction Moratorium through Sept. 30, which instituted temporary tenant protections related to COVID-19 countywide, excluding jurisdictions that have enacted their own protections.

Stay Housed L.A. County serves as an important resource for tenants who are facing housing uncertainty — including bilingual residents and those with undocumented status — about their rights and who need legal support navigating their interactions with their landlord and the legal system. When tenants have legal representation, a family’s chance of avoiding homelessness due to eviction increases by over 70 percent.

Stay Housed L.A. County is a partnership between community organizations, legal service providers, and the L.A. County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs that offers L.A. County renters information about their rights and legal assistance to a limited number of tenants to help prevent evictions and keep people in their homes. For more information visit stayhousedla.org.

The Los Angeles County Rent Stabilization Program oversees and enforces the County’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance and Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Ordinance, supports the Rental Housing Oversight Commission, administers the County’s Expanded Eviction Defense Program, and oversees the County’s Eviction Moratorium.

Below is the full recording of the virtual press conference hosted September 14, 2020.

Celebrating Essential Workers on Labor Day

Today we celebrate Labor Day. Workers have always been, and continue to be, the unsung heroes of our society. In this difficult moment they have been especially important helping us all adjust to this new normal in so many ways.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we conceptualize what is essential work and who are essential workers. Now more than ever, we must protect our workers. I encourage you to show your appreciation today for the workers in your communities. With deep appreciation and sincere gratitude, I say thank you to all our workers on this Labor Day.

Drive-In Movie Nights

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is hosting Drive-In at the Park, a series of FREE movie nights kicking off with a sold out screening of Cool Runnings at Exposition Park on September 5, 2020.  Register now for upcoming screenings here: http://ticketfairy.com/rsvp

Complimentary sliders, candy and popcorn will be provided.

Space is Limited so select your date and RSVP! One ticket per vehicle and walk ups are not permitted.

Presented by Supervisor Mark Ridley – Thomas, Chevrolet and OZO.

All events are curated in an infrastructure of socially distanced culture to keep our guests and community safe and healthy.

LOCATIONS & DATES

SOLD OUT: September 5 – Cool Runnings
Exposition Park
3998 Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Green Parking Lot

SOLD OUT: September 26 – Sister Act
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall
4020 Marlton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008
(Cinemark Theatre upper parking deck)

October 2 – Remember The Titans
Kenneth Hahn Park

October 3 – Moana
Magic Johnson Park

905 E El Segundo Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90059

ATTENTION

For the Health and Safety of our customers and employees we kindly ask you to follow the following Covid-19 guidelines while attending Movies in the Park.

  • Vehicles must be parked 6 feet from each other.
  • You must view the movie from inside your vehicle.
  • When outside your vehicle you must wear a mask
  • When outside your vehicle you must practice social distancing of 6 feet.
  • Restrooms will run at 50% capacity.
  • We want to thank you for following these guidelines and allowing Movies in the Park to operate. If you do not follow the guidelines you will be asked to leave without refund.

Register here: http://ticketfairy.com/rsvp