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From the Mayor's Desk City of Lancaster COVID-19 Update for July 8, 2020
Dear Lancaster Community,

Fear and anxiety about the coronavirus, isolation, and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.

It is important that we take care of our mental health. Everybody reacts differently to stress which is why it is important to know the facts and learn about healthy ways to cope.

Visit the following link for crisis resources, health care providers, or treatments that can provide you or someone you love with immediate help: https://bit.ly/2Z5ajZw

City of Lancaster’s Downtown Cooling Center is Open from Friday, July 10 through Tuesday, July 14
Lancaster, CA – In response to the upcoming heatwave, the City of Lancaster’s downtown Cooling Center, located at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), will be open Friday, July 10 through Tuesday, July 14. The City encourages residents to always take proper precautions in order to remain healthy during the intense hot weather.

Located at 665 W. Lancaster Blvd in MOAH’s first floor Hernando and Fran Marroquin room, the City’s Cooling Center is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Face coverings and social distancing are required at the Cooling Center.

While the elderly and small children are most susceptible to heat, it is important for everyone to protect themselves from the sun and heat. With temperatures often in the triple digits, Antelope Valley residents are urged to put into practice these helpful recommendations:

#BuildWithUs!
We are happy to announce our #BuildWithUs Campaign! Please help us continue to build homes for our U.S. Veterans.

We are currently installing all of the Undergrounds, fire hydrants, and curb and gutter within our 56 Home Palmdale Veteran Enriched Neighborhood®. We are aiming for foundations in August and framing to begin in September.

We Need your Help!
Any amount you can donate will help move us forward, and better the lives of Veterans and their families. You can make a difference today!
#BuildWithUs

City to Host Parks Make Life Better Month Kids Poppy Coloring Contest
PALMDALE – In celebration of July being Parks Make Life Better Month, the City of Palmdale’s parks and recreation department is inviting Palmdale artists ages 12 and under to participate in a poppy coloring contest.

“We miss seeing our littlest community members around town at community events and involved in our recreational programs,” said Palmdale’s Recreation Coordinator Rachel Serrano. “That is why we are reaching out and asking for their help with an important project. Since we cannot see their smiling faces, we hope to collect as many colorful poppies as we can to brighten up our offices.” 

The contest is open to children ages 12 and under, who live in the City of Palmdale. One winner will be selected from each age group, including ages 5 and under, ages 6-7, ages 8-10, and ages 11-12.

City of Palmdale to Present General Plan Alternatives Through Virtual Meetings
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale will host virtual presentations and solicit input on the City’s land-use alternatives as part of the General Plan Update process.

The Palmdale General Plan Update will serve as a 25-year guide for growth and development and will provide guidance for land use, economic growth, open space, conservation, affordable housing and employment.

Beginning Wednesday, July 15, a virtual workshop tool showing the alternatives will be available for the public’s review and comment. The virtual workshop may be accessed 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and features similar resources offered at an in-person meeting, including project materials and engagement activities.

The public is also invited to participate in a live online presentation with City staff and the project team on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 9:30 am to 11 am. Participants will be able to ask questions and provide comments on the land-use alternatives on the live platform. The registration link is available on the project website at Palmdale2045.org.

LISC LA, the County and City of Los Angeles Opens Round 1 of LA COVID Regional Recovery Fund Grant Program
Los Angeles, California – LISC LA has partnered with the County and City of Los Angeles along with other philanthropic partners to oversee and manage the new LA COVID-19 Regional Recovery Fund. The regional Fund will create a much-needed new wave of relief and recovery tools for small businesses, non-profits providing essential services, immigrant-owned enterprises and the most vulnerable Angelenos impacted by COVID-19. Round 1 of the first phase of the program, a $3 million grant fund for microenterprises, small businesses and nonprofits, is now open for applications here from July 6 to July 10. There will be 6 rounds for grants at $5,000 to $15,000, with finalists notified after each round.

"LISC LA is proud to be selected as a fund administrator to help lead this economic recovery initiative that includes administering loans, grants, technical assistance, and other resources to local entities throughout the LA region," says Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, LISC LA Executive Director.

“Small businesses and organizations in low-income and underserved communities cannot wait any longer for relief and recovery efforts during these difficult times,” says Tunua Thrash-Ntuk. “LISC has a long history of garnering and deploying grant and loan capital for disaster relief. We are prepared to respond to the unexpected economic crisis at hand with the deployment of the LA COVID-19 Regional Recovery Fund, as well as raising more grant dollars, creating more loan opportunities, developing new products, and reallocating staff to meet this urgent situation.”

Filing Period for 2020 Palmdale City Council Election Opens July 13
PALMDALE - The City of Palmdale’s City Clerk’s Office has announced that a General Municipal Election, consolidated with the Los Angeles County Statewide General Election, will be held on Nov. 3, 2020, for the office of Mayor and two City Council seats.

The Mayor’s seat is a citywide election for a full term of two years. The two City Council seats are four-year terms and will be for District One and District Two.

Council District One is generally located in the southern portion of the City. Council District Two is generally located in the western portion of the City. For full details of the boundaries, please refer to the district map on the City of Palmdale’s Elections webpage at www.cityofpalmdale.org.

The filing period for residents interested in running for office will open Monday, July 13, and close Friday, Aug. 7 at 5 pm.

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