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The Los Angeles Blade & East Los Angeles Community College host Spanish language Monkeypox Town Hall

Expert panel will discuss the ongoing monkeypox crisis, the inequities of the healthcare system, healthcare access, vaccination efforts, treatment, prevention and advocacy

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MONTEREY PARK –  Monkeypox cases increased in Los Angeles County more than 10-fold in the 2 months since the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles Blade, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the City of West Hollywood presented a Community Town Hall to alert residents to the emerging threat. 

Though the numbers have recently shown improvement, a myriad of issues have emerged, none more urgent than the fact that LGBTQ+ Black and Latino communities have borne the brunt of yet another public health emergency, repeating a pattern that has been seen previously in the HIV/AIDS and the Covid-19 pandemics.  Of LA County’s more than 1900 Monkeypox cases, more than 52 percent have been among Latino men who have sex with men.

In late July, the CDC working with local and state health officials had identified 180,000 at-risk individuals in LA County and devised a plan to make vaccines available to them. The LA County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) initially was able to vaccinate at County-operated clinic locations and once adequately supplied was able to engage additional community resources and private healthcare foundations and providers. According to the LACDPH Monkeypox Dashboard, as of September 14, 52,137 first doses have been administered

The Blade alongside over a dozen community partners are hosting an urgent and timely special Monkeypox Community Town Hall to answer questions and provide medical and needed information by a panel of experts on Thursday, September 22 from  6 PM – 8:30PM (PT), on the campus of the East Los Angeles Community College and simultaneously via a variety of digital social media platforms.

This Town hall is a much-needed opportunity to create new urgency about the need to be vaccinated, a unified approach to containment and more direct discussions about prevention.  The panelists include medical experts, highly respected doctors with LADPH and respected members of the LGBTQ+ community and local healthcare related agencies that deliver medical care to the community.

Los Angeles Blade Publisher Troy Masters says “the monkeypox epidemic is not over and we have a lot of work to do to ensure our affected communities take action to prevent transmission and embrace vaccination. This town hall will help focus attention on transmission and the unique needs of the latino community ensure prevention and vaccination messages successfully reach every segment of our at risk  community.”

It is critical to continue hosting monkeypox informative sessions in multiple languages — this is especially important given Latino residents have the highest cases of any community in LA County. There is still a lot of misinformation out there regarding monkeypox and I am committed to doing everything I can to protect our most impacted residents from the discrimination and stigma that this virus may bring,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, representing the First District.

WHAT: Latino Monkeypox Town Hall  – Monterey Park, CA

WHEN: Thursday 22 September, 2022 at  6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (PT)

WHERE: East LA Community College (F5 Multi-Purpose Room)

1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754

FREE PARKING: P3 is the parking structure for this event and it is located on Avenida Cesar Chavez at Schoolside Street 

WHO: Panelists include Public Health experts, medical persons, prevention experts, East LA focused healthcare providers, LGBTQ+ community clinic representatives and community advocates among others. They are:

  1. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: Alicia H. Chang, MD, MS
  2. Latino Coalition for a Healthy California: Dr.Jeffrey Reynoso, Executive director 
  3. Trans Latina Coalition:  Alexandra Magallon, Coordinator of Policy and Community Engagement
  4. Jeffrey King, Executive Director In The Meantime Men’s Group
  5. AIDS Healthcare Foundation: Pedro Prieto, Senior Program Manager Mobile Testing 
  6. St. John’s Community Health: Mario Chavez, Director of Government Affairs and Community Relations
  7. ViaCare: Alexis Loya, LGBTQ Programs Manager.
  8. AltaMed Health Services: Dr. Sherrill R. Brown, MD, Medical Director, Infection Prevention 
  9. Clinica Bienestar: Mayra A. Hernandez, ACSW, MSW (she/ella), Clinic Manager
  10. Wall Las Memorias: Jesus Leija Casas, Health Educator and Outreach worker

For Updates Related to the Monkeypox Town Hall;

Visit www.losangelesblade.com/monkeypox Follow @losangelesblade on Twitter and Facebook; Subscribe to Email Alerts at [email protected] The Los Angeles Blade has partnered with more than a dozen local community, LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS non-profit groups to host the Special Town Hall: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, California Community Foundation, St. John’s Community Health, ViaCare, Bienestar, LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Los Angeles Community Colleges District, East Los Angeles Community College, Wall La Memorias, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California,JYNNEOS (the preventive vaccine from Bavarian Nordic), California Libraries, Ariadne Getty Foundation, Equality California, APLA, Grindr, [email protected] Coalition, APAIT, Latino Equality Alliance,  In The Meantime Men’s Group, the Los Angeles Times, Telemundo 52, Adalante Magazine, are among the sponsors.

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LA Blade Monkeypox Town Hall (Video)

This Town hall was a much-needed opportunity to create new urgency about the need to be vaccinated & more direct discussions about prevention

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Blade & East Los Angeles Community College hosted a Spanish language Monkeypox Town Hall Thursday evening on the campus located at1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, in Monterey Park.  About 120 people attended the event in person with another 750+ people who livestreamed the broadcast.

In addition around 30 people were inoculated.

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Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative virtual listening sessions

Homelessness is a result of decades of failed policies, economic factors, and racism, making it more complex than any one entity can solve

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative is holding a series of community listening sessions to strengthen strategies for addressing and preventing homelessness. We value your leadership on this issue and would like to hear from you.

We will conduct listening sessions in each of the Service Planning Areas (SPA) of the County. Additional sessions will be held for people with lived experience, and for representatives of cities and Councils of Government. 

During these listening sessions, we will present a New Framework to End Homelessness in Los Angeles County and solicit feedback from diverse stakeholders to ensure our accelerated implementation of this framework is responsive to the unique needs and priorities of communities countywide.

We’d like to hear from as many voices as possible; therefore, we ask that you participate in one SPA listening session that best meets your interests. All meetings will take place virtually on Zoom.

Please register now using one of the registration links below to ensure your voice is heard.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Service Planning Area (SPA)Date and TimeZoom Links
1 Antelope ValleyWed, October 19th, 3:00-4:30pmClick to register
2 San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys Wed, September 28th, 3:00-4:30pmClick to register 
3 San Gabriel ValleyWed, October 12th, 9:00-10:30amClick to register
4 Metro LAThurs, October 13th, 12:00-1:30pmClick to register 
5 West LAThurs, October 20th, 1:00-2:30pmClick to register 
6 South LAFri, October 14th, 10:00-11:30amClick to register 
7 East LAThurs, October 6th, 1:00-2:30pmClick to register 
8 South Bay/HarborWed, September 28th, 10:00-11:30amClick to register 

If you are unable to attend your SPA listening session, you may participate in another SPA session. Please stay up-to-date on developments by visiting our website and signing up for our newsletter.

Homelessness is a result of decades of failed policies, economic factors, and racism, making it more complex than any one entity can solve alone. Your input is vital to expanding and enhancing urgently needed solutions. With your support, we hope to ensure that everyone who lives in Los Angeles County can have a place to call home.

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September 20 is National Voter Registration Day

Voter Registration Deadline is Monday, October 24; All Registered Voters will Receive Vote-by-Mail Ballots

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – The City of West Hollywood reminds community members that each vote counts and your voice matters in the upcoming General Municipal Election in November.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. The deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 24, 2022. This year, September 20 is recognized as National Voter Registration Day and organizations across the nation will be participating in a coordinated effort to get eligible citizens registered to vote.

National Voter Registration Day is recognized across the United States and uses the strength of volunteers, organizations, and businesses to spread the word about the importance of preparing for Election Day by registering to vote.

West Hollywood residents ages 16 or 17 may pre-register to vote on the California Secretary of State website at https://registertovote.ca.gov/. The City of West Hollywood encourages community members to check voter registration status at https://www.lavote.gov/vrstatus or at https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/.

While Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022, there are many ways to vote early. Postal mail-in and ballot-drop-off voting will begin on Monday, October 10, 2022. Many LA County Vote Centers will begin operating on Saturday, October 29, 2022.

Important Dates:

  • September 29, 2022: Official Voter Information Guides begin arriving in mailboxes.
  • October 10, 2022: County elections officials begin mailing each registered voter a Vote-by-Mail ballot.
  • October 10, 2022: Early voting sites and ballot drop-off locations are open. The Norwalk headquarters for the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk is available for early voting 29 days prior to every election. Voters can vote in-person or drop off a completed ballot at the Ballot Drop Box on the north side of the building facing Imperial Highway.
  • October 24, 2022: Last day to register to vote. To check your voter registration status visit MyVoterStatus
  • October 29, 2022: Conditional Voter Registration becomes available. Voters can “conditionally” register and vote a provisional ballot starting on this date up through Election Day, November 8, 2022.
  • November 8, 2022: Election Day – Vote Center hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Ballots must be in Ballot Drop Boxes by 8 p.m.; Vote-by-Mail ballots must be postmarked before midnight. Election results returns begin at 8 p.m.
  • November 15, 2022: Vote-by-Mail delivery deadline if postmarked on or before Election Day (November 8, 2022) and received within seven days (November 15, 2022).
  • December 8, 2022: Last day for County elections officials to certify results.

In California, you are eligible to register and vote if you are:

  • A United States citizen;
  • At least 18-years-old;
  • Registered where you currently reside;
  • Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony; and
  • Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court.

The City of West Hollywood encourages every eligible voter to have a vote plan with the following tips:

  • Check your voter registration status or register to vote at https://www.lavote.gov/vrstatus or call (800) 815-2666;
  • Decide how you would like to vote: Vote by Mail; Drop off a ballot at a Ballot Drop Box or a Vote Center; Vote in-person at a Vote Center;
  • Educate yourself about the issues and then vote as soon as you receive your ballot;
  • Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to vote or register to vote;
  • Assist those who need help with their mail-in ballot or offer to take a homebound senior to a Vote Center; and
  • Track your ballot. You can sign-up to receive personalized text messages, emails, and/or automated voice messages on your Vote-by-Mail ballot (whether sent by mail or dropped off at a Ballot Drop Box or Vote Center) by subscribing to Where’s My Ballot. This is a free service available to all registered voters that provides updated information about where your ballot is and when you can expect to receive it. Sign up to be notified of the status of your ballot at california.ballottrax.net/voter.

City of West Hollywood voters will receive complete ballot information by mail.

In addition to County items, City of West Hollywood voters will vote to fill three (3) West Hollywood City Council seats for four-year terms; a list of qualified candidates is available at www.weho.org/elections.

Below is more specific information about the various options available for voting:

Dropping a Ballot Off at a Ballot Drop Box or Vote Center

The City of West Hollywood has worked with LA County to establish three Ballot Drop Box locations in West Hollywood. These Ballot Drop Boxes are bright yellow and clearly marked. They feature safety and security features, such as 24-hour electronic monitoring. Locations are:

  • West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard

(Ballot Drop Box located behind City Hall, off of N. Sweetzer Avenue)

  • West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard

(Ballot Drop Box located on the west side of the street, in front of the library)

  • Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard

(Ballot Drop Box located in front of the Plummer Park Community Center)

Voting In-Person at a Vote Center

Traditional neighborhood “polling places” have been replaced in Los Angeles County by Vote Centers, which allow LA County residents (which includes West Hollywood residents) to vote at any Vote Center location beginning Saturday, October 29, 2022. All Los Angeles County voters will have 10 consecutive days as well as Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2022, to vote in-person at a Vote Center.

In the City of West Hollywood, there will be:

  1. A Vote Center at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. This Vote Center will be open from Saturday, October 29, 2022 through Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
  2. A Vote Center at the West Hollywood Aquatic and Recreation Center, located at 8750 El Tovar Place. This Vote Center will open from Saturday, November 5, 2022 through Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

During the early voting period, through Monday, November 7, 2022, Vote Centers will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Vote Centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For additional Vote Center locations and details, visit https://locator.lavote.gov/locations/vc

For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s City Clerk’s Office at (323) 848-6800, visit the City’s Elections page at www.weho.org/elections.

Call the California Secretary of State’s Voter Hotline toll-free at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).

For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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