The City of Rancho Palos Verdes continues to monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County and would like to share the following updates with the community:
PVPUSD Schools Closed Until Further Notice
Following announcements from Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond that school districts will likely remain closed for the entire school year, as well as a recommendation from Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District has closed all schools until further notice.
Read the announcement from Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss at https://www.pvpusd.net/apps/news/article/1204835
The Palos Verdes Peninsula has joined communities across the country in an ongoing show of support for frontline health care workers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every night at 7 p.m., step outside to celebrate these workers and say “thank you” with a clap and a cheer.
RPVtv’s City Talk Goes Virtual
In the latest edition of RPVtv’s “City Talk” host Liz Brown Swanson has a virtual conversation with Mayor John Cruikshank and City Manager Ara Mihranian about the City’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The episode will air daily on Cox 33/Frontier FiOS 38 and can be viewed on RPVtv's YouTube channel at youtu.be/-axmlYPKahI
A Message from Mayor John Cruikshank and Mayor Pro Tem Eric Alegria
Take a moment to watch a PSA from RPV Mayor John Cruikshank and Mayor Pro Tem Eric Alegria about what you can do and what the City is doing to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Watch the PSA on RPVtv’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPhqT4PI4WI
LA County WDACS to launch $500,000 Employer Assistance Grant Fund
Today, the Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS), with support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, announced that the LA County Employer Assistance Grant Fund will be launched on Wed., April 8. The LA County Employer Assistance Grant Fund will provide a total of $500,000 to local businesses. Individual businesses may be awarded up to $10,000 based on demonstrated need. Approximately 25% of awards will be reserved for social enterprises that demonstrate a need and ability to serve vulnerable populations. Applications will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis, and will close once 150 applications are received.
A webinar to guide businesses on the application process will be held Tuesday, April 7 at 1:30 p.m. at: bit.ly/2V5ZD9L
The application site will open on Wednesday, April 8, at 8 a.m. at workforce.lacounty.gov
In order to qualify to apply for the Employer Assistance Grant Fund, the business must:
- Be a for-profit corporation, partnership, or non-profit with a for-profit activity in Los Angeles County. Social enterprises and non-profit (501(c)3) firms qualify.
- Application review priority will be given to businesses in the unincorporated areas of LA County: http://planning.lacounty.gov/znet
- Have between 2 and 50 full-time employees. (Note: Applicants that serve high barrier and/or vulnerable populations may exclude transitional employees from this count).
- Have less than $2,000,000 in gross receipts or annual revenue
- Demonstrate significant economic hardship as a result of COVID-19. (Businesses that have demonstrated evidence of a loss of revenue of at least 20% will have met the burden of demonstrating significant economic hardship)
- Have been established at least one quarter prior to March 4, 2020 (on or before December 4, 2019)
- Be able to produce tax returns
Funding is not guaranteed. Factors that will be considered when determining grant awards will include (1) impact of the COVID-19 crisis; (2) best use/highest impact; (3) years in business operation; (4) number of employees impacted; and (5) ability to leverage alternate funds. Compliance with the grant will be monitored for three years.
Grant funding may be used for the following:
- Mortgage payments
- Bridge funding to other lending or financial resources (e.g. SBA Payroll Protection)
- Working capital costs
- Utility expenses
- Other debt obligations incurred before the covered period
Funds cannot be used to satisfy any outstanding tax liens, legal judgements, any lobbying activities, employee payroll, or fringe benefit expenses.
Drive-Up Mobile COVID-19 Testing
Drive-up mobile testing for COVID-19 is available in L.A. County, including at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach. To find out if you're eligible and to make an appointment, visit lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
Drive-up mobile testing is by appointment only. Walk-up appointments are not available.
For the moment, these tests are strictly limited to residents of Los Angeles County who are in the most high-risk categories and most vulnerable.
Individuals eligible for testing at this time include:
- Those with symptoms who are 65 and older
- Those with symptoms who have underlying chronic health conditions
- Those who are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period due to a confirmed COVID-19 exposure (with more than 7 days of quarantine remaining)
Learn more: covid19.lacounty.gov/testing
Palos Verdes Medical Group is now offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing for Peninsula residents.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or may have been exposed, please call PVMG at 310-544-6858. You will be scheduled for a Telehealth visit with one of the providers. If testing is recommended, patients will be offered COVID-19 testing at new drive-thru site on the fourth (top) floor of the Promenade on the Peninsula mall.
Testing is by appointment only and open to both PVMG patients and community members. Call PVMG at 310-544-6858 for any questions or to schedule a Telehealth visit.
As of April 6, there are 6,360 known cases of novel coronavirus across Los Angeles County, including the South Bay, so the public should not think one location is safer than another and everyone should be aware and practice social distancing, also known as physical distancing. The total includes 33 cases in Rancho Palos Verdes, 25 in Palos Verdes Estates and eight in Rolling Hills Estates. Countywide, 147 people have died.
To date, the City is aware of the death of one resident who contracted the novel coronavirus. We extend our deepest condolences to the resident’s family and ask for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time.
Belmont Village on Crestridge Road is included on the county’s list of long-term care facilities with at least one resident who developed symptoms while in the facility and tested positive for COVID-19.
For a list of cases broken down by city and age group, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/locations.htm
It’s important to note that the total number of confirmed cases that the Department of Public Health shares every day reflects a moment in time and may not include cases confirmed by commercial labs that have not yet been shared with the Department of Public Health. A commercial lab may share a positive result with a physician before the health department.
Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending the public wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
For more information and frequently asked questions, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
For the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s guidance on cloth face coverings, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/GuidanceClothFaceCoverings.pdf
Remember, our best community and individual defense against COVID-19 is washing our hands frequently, avoiding touching our eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, avoiding being around sick people and practicing physical distancing, especially by staying at home. Face coverings are not a replacement for these other evidence-based measures; they are just an additional tool that may be used to protect us from exposure to COVID-19 when used properly.
Please Remember: Toilets Are Not Trash Cans
The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California remind the public that during times like this when toilet paper is in short supply and there are many creative solutions out there, toilets are not trash cans. Only the 3 p’s — pee, poo, and (toilet) paper — belong in the toilet. Flushable wipes, paper towels, baby wipes, and facial tissue go in the trash! Let’s all do our part to keep our sewers and septic tanks from clogging and resulting in other unintended health conditions.
Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection, Other Events Postponed
In compliance with the “Safer at Home” Order, Los Angeles County Public Works has postponed various types of events on a temporary basis throughout the county.
The following events have been postponed:
- Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection
- Smart Gardening Workshops
- Mattress Collection
- Mulch and Compost Events
- Annual Clean-up Collection
We encourage residents to do their part to “flatten the curve” on COVID-19 by staying home. We appreciate the public’s participation in keeping our communities clean and environment healthy. Please remember to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink! We are all in this together!
Visit CleanLA.com for updates as they become available.
RPV City Council to Consider Helping Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19
On April 7, the RPV City Council will consider creating local small business relief programs such as business license tax (BLT) relief, online fundraising for local businesses, and direct loan programs. A staff report on this item is available at: https://rpv.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=5&event_id=1662&meta_id=81211
You can watch the live virtual meeting at 7 p.m. streamed on the City website, rpvca.gov, or televised on RPVtv Cox 33/Frontier FiOS 38. To submit a public comment or participate in the virtual meeting, visit rpvca.gov/participate
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Rancho Palos Verdes City Council, commission and committee meetings are going virtual.
City Council and Planning Commission meetings will be conducted at their normal times using the Zoom video conference platform. These meetings will also be live-streamed on the City website at rpvca.gov and televised on RPVtv Cox 33/Frontier FiOS 38. Visit rpvca.gov/participate for information on how to participate in public comment.
Civic Center Advisory Committee, Emergency Preparedness Committee, Finance Advisory Committee, Infrastructure Management Advisory (IMAC) Committee, Traffic Safety Committee meetings will be conducted at their normal times using the Zoom video conference platform. To watch and/or participate in public comment, complete a form at rpvca.gov/participate to receive an email with further instructions.
All City Council, commission and committee meeting agendas are available at http://rpvca.gov/772/City-Meeting-Video-and-Agendas
If you require a disability-related modification or accommodation to participate in a meeting, please contact the City at least 48 hours prior to the meeting via email at email@example.com
Reminder: Parks, Beaches and Nature Preserve CLOSED
To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, all City parks, beaches, community centers, amenities and trails are CLOSED until further notice
. All park buildings, playgrounds, parking lots, restrooms, game courts, and fields are closed. All park programming has been canceled until further notice.
This includes all recreational activities, indoor and outdoor sports leagues, instructional courses, and group sessions/private events.
For a full list of closures, read a press release at: bit.ly/2UexWwo
County Beaches and Hiking Trails CLOSED
As part of the “Safer at Home” Public Health Officer Order, county officials have closed all public beaches, trails, trailheads, piers, public beach parking lots, bike paths on the beach, and beach access points countywide through at least April 19. Persons may continue to use currently open and publicly available park space, not prohibited by the order, for passive recreational activities, but must practice social distancing.Please note that parks, beaches and open space areas in Rancho Palos Verdes, including the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, are CLOSED.
Deane Dana Friendship Park and the South Coast Botanic Garden are partially closed.
To read the order addendum, visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/HOO_BeachesandTrails_3.27.20_FINAL.pdf
For a list of school, library, transit and other local closures, visit the Closure Information
page on the City’s coronavirus webpage.
Open for Business
Need a list of Peninsula restaurants that are serving takeout and delivery? Or updated grocery store hours? Check out the Open for Business
tab on the City’s coronavirus webpage. If you would like to add your business to this page or provide updated information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Protective Equipment Needed
Want to help our nurses, doctors and health care workers? If you want to donate/know of businesses that may be able to help with personal protective equipment, such as surgical masks, N95 face masks, face shields and other supplies, email email@example.com
To find out how you can support local hospitals, visit the How You Can Help page on the City’s coronavirus webpage.
Local Volunteer Match
PVPUSD School Board Member Linda Reid is coordinating a volunteer effort to match up senior citizens needing errand/grocery/meal help in PV with volunteers. PVPUSD students, parents, and alums unexpectedly home from college will assist! Any older residents may email Member Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org to be matched up with a local volunteer during this difficult isolating time.
For 28 years, residents and Block Captains have worked together through RPV Neighborhood Watch to build safe and cohesive neighborhoods. Working cooperatively between neighbors and law enforcement has resulted in supportive neighbors who help each other when necessary. Those residents or blocks who are not yet a part of Neighborhood Watch can contact Gail Lorenzen at email@example.com.
Please consider checking on your older neighbors or those with underlying health conditions. There are ways to let people know you care while keeping a safe distance (e.g., a phone call, a text, a note under their door to make sure they have everything they need). Self-isolation doesn’t need to mean loneliness. Lomita Sheriff’s Station deputies are available to provide a “welfare check” for seniors. Residents are encouraged to call the station’s non-emergency number at 310-539-1661 if they are aware of seniors who are at risk or may need attention. We are all in this together.
California Health Corps
Health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join the new California Health Corps.
Interested medical and health care professionals are encouraged to visit healthcorps.ca.gov for more information and to register for the California Health Corps.
Medical doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, behavioral health scientists, pharmacists, EMTs, medical and administrative assistants, as well as certified nursing assistants are encouraged to step up and meet this moment to help California respond to the outbreak.
Make a Donation
Los Angeles County officials encourage members of the public who want to help those in the community experiencing hardships to make monetary contributions to reputable non-profit organizations or relief funds supporting COVID-19 disaster efforts. Find a list of organizations and relief funds on the How You Can Help page on the City’s coronavirus webpage.
City Hall Closed
As a reminder, to reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19, through at least April 19, City Hall and park buildings are closed to the public, and all recreational activities, classes and events at City facilities have been canceled. The City will primarily be providing essential city services that are necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our community and City employees. To facilitate these measures, all non-essential staff will be working remotely. Inquiries will be reviewed daily and will be responded to on a case-by-case basis. Please note that our response to your inquiry could be delayed.
Community Development Department applications and permit requests may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-emergency service requests may be submitted at http://www.rpvca.gov/FormCenter/NonEmergency-Customer-Service-Requests-3/NonEmergency-Customer-Service-Requests-43.
Public Works service requests may be submitted at https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/6d13530e7ca84edbb5c4e022bdc54da8.
Please visit the appropriate department page on the City website for a list of phone numbers and email addresses to accommodate your needs:
Recreation, Parks & Open Space
Overall Staff Directory
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus
California Department of Public Health: cdph.ca.gov/covid19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): cdc.gov/COVID19
World Health Organization: who.int/coronavirus
California Governor’s Office: covid19.ca.gov
County of Los Angeles: lacounty.gov/covid19
L.A. County residents can also call 2-1-1
FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control: https://www.fema.gov/Coronavirus-Rumor-Control
Sign up for “Notify Me” city listervs at rpvca.gov/notify
Be sure to also follow the City on Nextdoor, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Sign up for emergency alerts from Alert SouthBay by:
- Texting “alertsb” to 888-777, which returns a link to register for Everbridge (for COVID-19-related alerts, text the keyword "cv19rpv")
- Registering online at alertsouthbay.com
- Downloading the free Everbridge app on an iOS or Android device from the App Store or Google Play. Select “Find an organization or subscription” and search “alertsb”
Sign up for emergency alerts from Alert LA County at https://lacounty.gov/emergency/alert-la/
The City Council is committed to keeping you informed on this ever-changing situation, and thanks you for your cooperation and support. The City reminds all residents that closures and cancellations announced by the City and other agencies and institutions are being implemented because public health officials advise that social distancing is the best and most effective tool to slow the spread of coronavirus.