“Our city, faith-based community, local businesses and government institutions are all helping to bring relief to those affected by this COVID-19 shutdown,” said Councilmember Haidar Awad, Candidate for Mayor. “While still more relief is being debated, here are some things we hope will help.”
Here are a few resources to help through this difficult period. You can find more information at COVID19.haidarhawthorne.com.
Local supermarkets will remain open with special morning hours for Seniors. While restaurants cannot open their dining rooms, many Hawthorne restaurants will offer takeout and delivery (since this will vary, please call each restaurant to check).
Hawthorne parking enforcement during street sweeping is suspended but critical incidents of illegal parking (blocking driveways, double parking, etc.) will still be enforced.
“So many of our residents are renters and are unable to work during this ‘shelter at home’ order,” said Councilmember Awad, “so I’ve worked with my colleagues to establish a moratorium on evictions when renters are unable to pay rent if they are unable to work or their business is closed.” The ordinance does not relieve you of owing rent or the landlord’s ability to collect it at a later date.
Last week, Hawthorne, Weisburn, and Centinela Valley Union School Districts closed their campuses and offices through the end of the scheduled spring break. However, that may change due to the Governor’s order. Check their websites for current information. You can find links to them at COVID19.haidarhawthorne.com. Many of our schools are providing “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch for children. See the flyer in this newspaper for times and locations.
Del Aire Baptist Church will hold Food Distributions. You can call them at (310) 676-8352.
St. Margaret’s Center in Lenox has a food pantry open from Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and again from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. They are located at 10217 S Inglewood Avenue in Lennox. In addition, they need volunteers to help distribute food. You can call them at (310) 672-2208
Our Hawthorne Library will remain closed until March 31, 2020 but may be extended. If you have a library card, you can use their website to borrow digital books, audio books, and movies as well as magazines. lacountylibrary.org
Both the California and Federal Tax Filing deadlines have been extended to July 15, 2020, extending time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.
“My friend State Controller Betty Yee was ahead of the Treasury department on an extension,” said Councilmember Awad, “when she extended California filing to June 15th. But her order said it would be pushed further if the IRS granted a longer relief period…and they just did.”
Our tap water is safe from coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our state regulated safeguards to protect water quality already in place are effective to keep water safe from viruses, including COVID-19.
There should be no interruption of service for both gas and electricity. Southern California Edison and SoCalGas (877) 238-0092