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:
Although City Hall is closed for the weekend (and closed to the public in person through at least May 15), the City Council and City staff are monitoring communications from various government agencies and the public and will continue to share information with residents. A webpage with coronavirus updates, resources and information on local closures is continuously being updated at rpvca.gov/coronavirus
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Senior Resource Guide
The Palos Verdes Peninsula cities and other community partners have compiled a helpful list of local resources supporting seniors and individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis. The guide is available to anyone who may be interested, whether for yourself or to pass along to a loved one or neighbor.
Download the Palos Verdes Peninsula Senior Resource Guide at: bit.ly/2wQtuLi
As of April 17, there are 11,391 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 physical distancing. The total includes 46 cases in Rancho Palos Verdes, 36 in Palos Verdes Estates and 12 in Rolling Hills Estates. Countywide, 495 people have died.
To date, the City is aware of the deaths of two residents who reportedly contracted the novel coronavirus. We extend our deepest condolences to the residents’ families and ask for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time.
In Rancho Palos Verdes, Belmont Village and a Pacific Sunrise Home are 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.
Same-Day COVID-19 Tests Now Available For All L.A. County Residents Showing COVID-19 Symptoms
Free, same-day tests are now available for all L.A. County residents who have symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
The following factors do not affect eligibility for a COVID-19 test:
- Immigration status
- Insurance status
- Underlying health issues
Health equity is central to Los Angeles County’s mission to build a network of free COVID-19 testing sites. There are currently 29 operational sites throughout the County. There are both drive-up and walk-up sites. To ensure the sites prioritize people who need it most, only people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are eligible for these testing services at this time.
Locally, there is a drive-up testing site at the South Bay Galleria (1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278)
Appointments are necessary. Here are the steps for getting a test appointment:
- Visit the website lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
- Answer a series of questions. The answers determine if you are eligible for an appointment.
- If you are eligible, you will receive an appointment confirmation number by email.
- Bring the confirmation number and photo ID to your appointment.
- People with no access to the Internet can dial 2-1-1 for help making an appointment.
- People without a car can be tested as long as they have an appointment. The sites can accommodate pedestrians.
- There are NO walk-up appointments available for people who do not register.
- For a full list of locations and answers to questions about testing, go to covid19.lacounty.gov.
Watch a helpful instructional video to prepare you to take the test at https://youtu.be/LikLtN8wuXI. Test results may take up to 3-4 days. Positive test results will be notified with a phone call. Negative test results will be notified by email.
For more information, visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing. To schedule a test, visit https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs.
PVP Chamber Virtual Town Hall Meeting
On April 16, Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor John Cruikshank and City Manager Ara Mihranian participated in a virtual town hall meeting for the business community hosted by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Rolling Hills Estates Mayor Velveth Schmitz and City Manager Greg Grammer also participated in the discussion regarding the local response to COVID-19.
Watch a recording of the meeting on YouTube at youtu.be/PoVf739MnTc
Expecting an Economic Impact Payment? Check Your Mail Often to Avoid Mail Theft
The IRS is committed to helping you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees.
See if you are eligible for an Economic Impact Payment at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center
If you are eligible, use an IRS guide to figure out which IRS tool you should use to get your payment at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/how-to-use-the-tools-on-irsgov-to-get-your-economic-impact-payment
Beware of Stimulus Payment Scams
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has shared the following tips to avoid stimulus payment scams.
1. The government will not ask you to pay any fees or up front charges to receive these benefits.
2. The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.
3. Remember, government agencies do not communicate through social media. Be wary of unsolicited messages.
4. Use ONLY the official IRS website to check on your payment https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments
For more information and updates related to LA County Sheriff’s Department and our services please visit https://lasd.org/covid19updates/
Late Payment Penalties for Property Tax Bills May be Canceled
Property owners affected by COVID-19 may have late penalties canceled if they were unable to pay their property taxes by April 10.
The Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office is accepting requests for penalty cancellation related to COVID-19 at ttc.lacounty.gov
If you have specific questions regarding requests for penalty cancellations, please review frequently asked questions at https://ttc.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-19%20Penalty%20Cancellation%20FAQs.pdf
Property owners unable to submit their request online must contact the TTC office at 213-974-2111 to complete their request.
L.A. County Expands Eviction Moratorium and Rent Freeze
The County of Los Angeles has expanded its temporary eviction moratorium to include all residential and commercial tenants in L.A. County (including those in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes) - with the exception of those who live (or conduct business) in cities with an eviction moratoria of their own.
L.A. County's moratorium includes a ban on evictions for:
- Nonpayment of rent, if the tenant can show they have been financially impacted by the health emergency
- No Fault reasons, such as owner/relative move-in or Ellis Act evictions
- Violations due to additional occupants, pets or nuisance related to COVID-19
The expanded rent freeze
, also approved this week, now prohibits owners of mobilehome parks in unincorporated areas of L.A. County from increasing the space rent for their tenants during the moratorium period.
Both expansions are retroactive from March 4 to May 31, 2020, unless extended.
If you're experiencing a landlord-tenant issue, please contact the L.A. County Disaster Help Center by:
The Disaster Help Center also provides expanded foreclosure protection assistance for landlords with 15 or fewer units. If you are a property owner facing financial difficulty, contact the Help Center to learn about available resources for your situation.
For frequently asked questions, visit covid19.lacounty.gov/tenants-and-landlords
Reminder: Parks, Beaches and Nature Preserve CLOSED
The City would like to remind residents that all City parks, beaches and open space areas, including the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, remain closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
City staff, Park Rangers and law enforcement are monitoring these areas.
These closures follow county and state guidance, along with similar closures by other cities, and were put in place March 23 after a weekend that saw a high volume of visitors despite the “Safer at Home” Order and physical distancing guidelines.
Please know that these closures are temporary. The more we all stay home except for essential needs and stick to walking in our neighborhoods, the sooner we will get through this and reopen the open space areas.
We’re all in this together, RPV. We will get through this together and resume our routines, but we need everyone to do their part to get us through sooner.
For a full list of closures, visit: bit.ly/2UexWwo
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.
How You Can Help
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 email@example.com to be matched up with a local volunteer during this difficult isolating time.
Find out other ways to help by visiting 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 May 15, 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
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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 physical distancing is the best and most effective tool to slow the spread of coronavirus.