July 7, 2020

THE LINCOLN STAR

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Update From The City Of Los Angeles Department Of Recreation & Parks On Operational Changes In Response To Covid-19

DATE: March 14, 2020CONTACT: Ashley Rodriguez EMAIL: ashley.rodriguez@lacity.orgPHONE: 213-265-2831

As the situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) is providing an update on changes to programming, events and facility usage. RAP will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, program participants, park guests, team members, and community. RAP is working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) and City leaders to ensure parks and the community receive credible information and guidance during this challenging time.

Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with guidance from State and local health officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19, RAP is implementing following changes effective as of March 13, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. through April 4, 2020

  • All recreation centers will be closed. All recreation and cultural programming at all facilities will be canceled. This includes all recreational and cultural activities, indoor and outdoor sports leagues, aquatics classes, instructional courses, and group sessions. EXCEPTION: Access to census stations will be permitted, but there shall be no more than 50 people at a time in the facility.
  • All Senior Citizen Centers will be closed. Dining centers for older adults will be contacting participants to provide information regarding meal distribution at the dining centers beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Home delivered meals will continue to be delivered. Older adults can contact the centers they participate at directly or reach the LA City Department of Aging at 213- 482-7252. The Department of Aging is reachable Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for more information regarding meal services.
  • Outdoor park space and amenities will remain open during regular park hours.
  • Restrooms accessible to the outdoors will remain open during regular operating hours
  • The Griffith Observatory will be closed as well as Travel Town, Train Rides, Pony Rides and the Merry Go Round.
  • The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Sherman Oaks Castle and the EXPO Center will be closed
  • All aquatics facilities will be closed.
  • Golf courses will remain open but subject to change.
  • All events and permits of 50 people or more at all RAP sites or locations are canceled.
  • New reservations for facilities or permits at RAP locations will be temporarily suspended

“We know many members of our community rely on our programs and sites as crucial community resources,” said Mike Shull, General Manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks. “Therefore, we appreciate your support and understanding as we adapt to this evolving health emergency and work to keep your safety at our forefront. We will continue to assess daily operations and consult with local health officials.”

RAP encourages people to visit the LA County’s Public Health website for information and guidance, available in multiple languages, on COVID-19: http:// publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus

For more information about Department of Recreation and Parks events, activities, services, programs, and facilities, go to www.laparks.org, or call 311, or (213) 202-2700.

Community Police Advisory Board of Hollenb

By Mark Overstreet, Co-Chairperson CPAB of Hollenbec

The Community Police Advisory Board of Hollenbeck (CPAB) has cancelled their public meetings at the Hollenbeck Community Police Station until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. But that hasn’t stopped the CPAB from meeting via phone conferences with Capt. Stablie, Sergeant Galvan, and Neighborhood Prosecutor Cynthia Gonzalez. Captain Stabile stated that overall crime is down except for burglary, grand theft auto, shots fired, and shooting victims. Robbery is down by 27.7%, rape is down 7.1%, theft is down 20.4%, aggravated assaults are down 4.2% and BTFV is down 8.7% compared to year to date of 2019.

Captain Stabile also informed the Board that gang activity is up and that it is the reason for the increase in shooting victims. The Hollenbeck Police Station is open but urges residents to call into the station for information as the station’s doors are locked so that the coronavirus will not be brought into the building. The phone number to the front desk is; 323-342-4100. The pandemic has not had an impact on the deployment of officers and no officers at the Hollenbeck Station have been infected. The Hollenbeck Station has an internet web site; Hollenbeck Community Police Station where you can view the crime statistics for the past three months. Daily news regarding major activities are also included  along  with a telephone directory of the station’s personnel, and crime mapping. Crime Mapping shows exactly where various crimes have happened within Los Angeles and surrounding communities.

CPAB Co-Chairperson, Mark Overstreet urged the Board members to get the information that the Captain and Neighborhood Prosecutor provides out to the public. CPAB is a way to provide community members with an opportunity to provide information and advice to the local police and to take information from the police department back to the community.

To learn more about how you can participate in the CPAB, contact Sgt.II Galva at 323-342-4125 or 25093@lapd.online. You can also speak with your local Senior Lead Officer.

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