Co-chair Selena Inouye
Co-chair Andrea Ambriz
established by the MVCC Board of Directors on 04/14/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime challenge facing our community. The main way we are combating this pandemic - social distancing - is helping to manage the demand for medical care and limiting the spread of this viral infection throughout our community.
The Neighborhood Council system and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment have never faced a crisis like the one we are currently facing. The ways our community has prepared in the past to respond to natural disasters and other emergency situations do not fit with our current situation. And the rules, laws, bylaws, and Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) that are in place that govern Neighborhood Councils have been impediments to taking action.
This situation is dynamic and changing. The advice, guidance, and orders from our public health and government officials are updated every day and evolving over time based on many factors.
All that said, there is a role for the Mar Vista Community Council to play in this situation.
On a teleconference call which took place on March 17, 2020 with DONE General Manager Rachel Beltran and Mayor Eric Garcetti, several key points were made about the role of Neighborhood Councils during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
continuing to serve their communities
amplifying the City’s messages regarding the pandemic and social distancing
helping to identify who is getting sick in the community and getting the message out that they should contact their medical provider, stay home unless otherwise instructed, self-treat and quarantine for 14 days
helping stakeholders address the economic concerns resulting from the closure of businesses due to the Stay at Home order, i.e. loss of income, inability to pay rent and utilities, etc.
figuring out new and innovative ways to help the community and encouraging stakeholders to help their neighbors, especially those at high risk for COVID-19
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