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Congratulations to My Friend Alex Padilla

From San Fernando High School to our nation’s Capitol. Congratulations to my friend Alex Padilla who was sworn in as California’s first Latino U.S. Senator. As a fellow San Fernando Tiger, I couldn’t be more proud.

It’s truly a historic moment for the State of California to welcome its first Latino U.S. Senator. I look forward to our continued work together to deliver resources to our community and fighting for equality for all.

From San Fernando High School to

We are here this morning at All Nations Church at Lake View Terrace for free food distributions. I’m proud to partner with County Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s office, the LA Regional Food Bank, and All Nations Church. It is important that we come together as a community to address the needs of those most affected during this pandemic. Walk-ups are not allowed and there are no eligibility requirements. Traffic safety is of the utmost importance, so take the 210 freeway north to the Osborne exit, then turn right and head east along Foothill Blvd, joining the line to enter the church property at 10000 Foothill Blvd. Food distributions end at 12 P.M.

We are here this morning at All

Empower and Invest in Women-Owned Businesses

The current economic deficit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting working women. Now more than ever, it’s important we empower and invest in women-owned businesses.

We all have an opportunity to support LA’s women-owned restaurants January 21 through January 30, 2021 during the RE:Her food festival. Launched on the anniversary of the groundbreaking Women’s March of 2017, the 10-day festival will include unique collaborations, thematic menus, and one-on-one conversations among female industry leaders.

Support restaurants by ordering takeout from one of the more than 100 restaurants participating in the virtual festival: https://www.regardingherfood.com/valley or https://issuu.com/regardingherfood/docs/re_her_food_festival_planner

RE: Her is a charitable organization for women-owned restaurants in Los Angeles created in response to the economic impact of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry. You can support their work by ordering a sweatshirt or making a donation to their non-profit at: regardingherfood.com

If you are a female restaurant owner in Los Angeles County join RE:Her at: https://www.regardingherfood.com/join

Individually we are powerful, but working together we are unstoppable!

The current economic deficit caused by

Need Cash for College?

From Assembly Member Luz Rivas’ Office:

Dear Students and Families of AD39,

Do you need Cash for College? It’s not too late! Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA – the financial aid application for immigrant students) now! Join the California Student Aid Commission for our FREE Cash for College Webinars! Learn about the FAFSA and CADAA application and get your questions answered via the Cash for College hotline! Please note that the webinar will be structured in the following way:
1. Financial Aid Applications Overview: ~40-60 minutes
2. Opportunity for attendees to call our toll-free number for assistance: 1.5 hours

Register for a webinar that works with your schedule here!

Please have the following documents available during the webinar:
• FSA ID (only for FAFSA filers and parent(s) or guardian(s) with a SSN), OR Dream Act Account (only for CADAA filers)
• Driver’s License (optional)
• Social Security Card (if you have one)
• Alien Registration Card (if you have one)
• ITIN (if you have one)
• List of colleges you are interested in to list on the application
• Most current bank statements
• Any records of untaxed income
• 2019 tax information (1040’s and W2’s) o This includes your parents’ tax information if you are a dependent student.
· Am I an independent or dependent student?

You will have an opportunity to ask questions via Q&A box (general questions only) or via our Cash for College hotline during and after the webinar. Please have your FSA ID or Dream Act Account completed and ready for the webinar so you can follow along and complete the application.
See you soon!

From Assembly Member Luz Rivas’ Office: Dear

COVID-19 Relief Grant Website is now LIVE!

📍IMPORTANT UPDATE!📍The #SmallBusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant website is now LIVE! However, applications will begin on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, through Friday, January 8, 2021. If you are a small business owner, like a small restaurant, or a nonprofit operator that has been impacted by #COVID19, you may be eligible to receive up to $25k in grant funding.

For more information, please visit: https://careliefgrant.com/

To stay updated on small business initiatives, please visit: https://business.ca.gov/osba-signup/

📍IMPORTANT UPDATE!📍The #SmallBusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant

Stay Safe this Holiday Season

Los Angeles has seen a surge in #COVID19 cases. The ICU capacity in Southern California is at 0%. This means our hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

Our holiday celebrations will need to be different this year to prevent the spread of a COVID-19. Please reconsider traveling or gathering outside of your household, and instead host virtual activities. This is a tough time to not celebrate with friends and families but we all have to do our part to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Los Angeles has seen a surge

Last Council District 7 Youth Council Meeting

This month, we had our last Council District 7 Youth Council meeting. The Youth Council was formed this year, as part of my continued effort to provide programs that equip youth with the skills needed to achieve their full potential. Twenty-three youth joined, representing each neighborhood across the 7th Council District.

This is a ten-month program where youth will identify neighborhood issues and work as a team to develop strategies and solutions. At the end of the program, they will present their ideas to local policymakers. Envisioning youth in a meaningful, visible, and advisory role remains a driving force in my work to achieve greater equity and public safety outcomes that better our quality of life in our neighborhoods.

This month, we had our last