Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, December 12, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 12, 2020 

12/11/2020 3:30pm 

LOS ANGELE COUNTY* 12/11/20 12/04/20 

 Total Cases 501,635 430,583 

Deaths 8,199 7,842 


STATS BY CITY Population Cases Deaths 

 (12/04/2020 stats in parenthesis)


Pasadena 14,1371 4,536 (3875) 138 (135)

Uninc- East Pasadena 6,403117 (117) 2 (2)

City of Arcadia 57,754985 (877)40 (40)

Uninc. - Arcadia7.981184 (161) 3 (3)

City of Bradbury 1,06930 (27) 0 (0)

City of Duarte 22,016957 (857) 37 (37)

Uninc.- Duarte4,428383 (338) 4 (4)

City of Monrovia 38,800 1305 (1189) 41 (41)

Uninc - Monrovia 3,881142 (111)0 (0)

City of Sierra Madre 10,989 175 (141)5 (4)

City of So.Pasadena 26,053516 (451)28 (27)

Uninc.- Altadena 43,260 1278 (1116) 22 (21)

La County Testing as of 12/11/20: 4,021,359 (3,837,543 )

Positivity Rate (No. of persons positive out of total persons tested)

as 12/11/20: 12.0 % (10.5) Nationally recommended Positivity Level: 5%



There is still time for income qualified individuals and families to apply for up to $200 to help pay 
their gas bills

LOS ANGELES, Calif. Dec. 10, 2020— As families are staying safe at home, Southern California 
Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is encouraging its eligible customers to apply for the Gas Assistance Fund, a 
program that helps income-qualified customers pay their natural gas bill with a one-time grant of 
up to $200 per household. So far this year, SoCalGas' Gas Assistance Fund received over $370,000 
and benefitted more than 3,400 households, including elderly, people with disabilities, and low-income 
families in need. In response to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 
SoCalGas has donated an additional $200,000 to the fund to support hundreds more people this 
year. Since 1983, SoCalGas shareholders, customers, and employees have contributed over $23 million 
to the Gas Assistance Fund, helping more than 225,000 individuals and families.

“Natural gas is one of the most affordable utility bills, but in a year unlike any other, we recognize 
that many of our customers need an extra hand,” said Gillian Wright, senior vice president and chief 
customer officer for SoCalGas. “With COVID-19 cases increasing once again, our customers are 
spending more time at home, but they can rest assured that the natural gas service they use to cook 
meals and stay warm will be reliable. We are grateful to our shareholders, customers and employees 
that have contribut-ed to the fund this year, which has allowed us to support many families in need.”

The Fund, administered by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles (United Way), helps low-income 
indi-viduals and families in need pay their natural gas bills so they can cook, have hot water and 
heat their homes. United Way partners with nearly 80 nonprofit organizations throughout SoCalGas' 
service territory to distribute the grants. Those who wish to apply for a grant may do so by 
filling out an application with a participating United Way partner agency. The Gas Assistance Fund 
is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and eligible customers are able to apply until the funds 
are depleted. For a list of partner agencies, income guidelines, and additional program information, 
click here.

“We’ll all be safer at home through this dangerous pandemic winter, but for our region’s most vulnerable 
families, keeping warm can be a strain on a tight budget,” said Elise Buik, President and 
CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “We are proud to partner with SoCalGas to help our 
neighbors with utility bills and give them one less financial burden this holiday season.”

In light of the economic hardship facing many customers, SoCalGas has suspended service

disconnections for our residential and small business customers. That means customers will not 
have their natural gas service turned off if they are unable to pay. In addition to the Gas Assistance 
Fund, SoCalGas offers other programs and services that can help customers manage home energy 
costs. Click here to learn more.

Since March, SoCalGas has donated more than $3.2 million to nonprofit organizations for COVID-
19 re-covery efforts, including supporting the region's workforce, feeding the hungry, providing 
bill assistance to customers, and more. The company has provided COVID-19 relief grants to more 
than 200 nonprofit organizations throughout its service territory during this time.


COVID-19 UPDATE 12/11/2020


Please Stay Home and Follow the Safety Guidance

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has reported 
more than 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County. We 
have reported 100,000 new cases since November 30, when L.A County reached 
400,000 COVID-19 cases.

To date, Public Health identified 501,635 positive cases of COVID-19 across all 
areas of L.A. County and a total of 8,199 deaths. Upon further investigation, 97 
cases reported earlier were not L.A. County residents.

There are 3,624 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 23% of these 
people are in the ICU. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 continues 
to exceed all-time highs every day since December 1 and has increased 
nearly every day since November 1. The number of people hospitalized has increased 
twofold in just 15 days.

The impact of the Thanksgiving surge of cases on top of already rising cases is 
creating extraordinary stress on our healthcare system. When we see increases in 
cases, we see increases in hospitalizations about two weeks later.

In two weeks, there could be over 7,300 daily hospitalizations for COVID-19, and 
over 1,600 patients in the ICU. This is alarming given that there are only 2,100 
adult ICU beds across County hospitals and many of these beds are essential for 
patients that need intensive care for other illness including trauma, cardiac surgeries, 
serious infections, and cancer treatments.

“These numbers are overwhelming. The grief that our community continues to 
experience cannot be comprehended, and my deepest sympathies go out to everyone 
who is mourning,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public 
Health. “We cannot undo what has already been done and collectively, we are going 
to pay a very high price for the actions we took in the past. What we can do 
and what everyone across the county needs to do right now is to stay at home as 
much as possible, and limit going out to what is essential: work, school, childcare, 
exercise and obtaining necessary goods and services. The best way to protect our 
essential workers, including healthcare workers, who have to serve and be with 
others, is to always follow the rules when you are with or around those not in 
your family: we need everyone to wear a face covering and keep physical distance 
from anyone they do not live with. Make the choice today and every day through 
December that you will protect yourself, you will protect your friends and loved 
ones, and you will protect the friends and loved ones of other people. Our actions 
prevent terrible suffering and save lives." 

Testing results are available for more than 4,060,000 individuals with 12% of all 
people testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 14.4%.

The Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap 
to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect 
yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website,


 Assemblymember Chris Holden introduced 
legislation Friday to extend, AB 102, and expand, 
AB 103, dual enrollment opportunities for 
California students. Specifically, AB 102 would 
eliminate the 2027 sunset date for College and 
Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnerships, 
while AB 103 increase access to dual enrollment 
opportunities for students in juvenile court 

 “Dual enrollment increases the number of 
college graduates, reduces time and money spent 
for college, and helps close the achievement 
gap,” said Holden. “Making dual enrollment 
permanent means more school districts will 
be able to invest in creating these partnership 
agreements that benefit their students and 
prepare them for college.”

 Dual and concurrent enrollment provides 
high school students access to college-level 
coursework. In some cases, students earn both 
high school and college credit for the same 
course depending on approval from local school 
and community college governing boards. 
Assemblymember Holden first established the 
College and Career Access Pathways program in 
2015 (AB 288) and has since passed numerous 
bills to increase and expand dual enrollment 
opportunities through these partnerships.

 According to an October 2018 Career 
Ladders study, students who participate in dual 
enrollment at a community college during high 
school are more likely to graduate and enter 
college and more likely to complete a certificate, 
degree, or transfer. A key finding was that 
students most underrepresented in community 
colleges often 
benefit the 

 AB 103 
would allow 
court schools, 
through the 
county offices 
of education, 
to participate 
in College 
and Career Access Pathways partnerships in 
the same way local school districts do. Students 
in juvenile court schools experience high rates 
of educational instability, and are likely to be 
behind in credits. As the quality of court school 
education varies widely, many students express 
that they feel disengaged from school, or that 
they are constantly repeating material that they 
have already covered. Increasing educational 
opportunities, like dual enrollment, for students 
in juvenile hall could provide a turning point 
that leads to academic success and future 

 “Despite the high aspirations of youth in 
the juvenile justice system for postsecondary 
educational attainment, the system fails to 
support access to college,” said Assemblymember 
Chris Holden. “AB 103 provides an opportunity 
for a uniquely vulnerable population to make 
academic progress and jump-start their college 


This year has been an unimaginable year that brought on many unexpected challenges. During 
this time, your City staff have continued to serve you as swiftly and safely as possible using innovative 
and creative ways to ensure services were minimally interrupted.

To allow for time to celebrate the holiday season, the Monrovia City Council has approved limiting 
non-essential services from December 28, 2020, through January 1, 2021. All City facilities 
will re-sume normal hours of operation on Monday, January 4, 2021.

The City would still continue to provide emergency response and essential services. Additionally, 
staff will still be available to assist you in a limited manner.


Athens Services will observe the holidays on Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1, 2021. 
If your regularly rescheduled trash day is Friday, please be advised that it will be scheduled for 
pickup on Saturday for these two weeks.

In addition, as we look to prepare for the holidays, we wanted to inform residents that curbside 
Christmas Tree recycling will be available from December 26, 2020, through January 16, 2021.

To recycle your Christmas Tree, be sure to: 

• Place your tree curbside on your regularly scheduled trash collection day.

• Remove all ornaments, tinsel, plastic bags, nails, lights and plastic or metal stands need
to be removed.

To properly dispose of your Christmas lights, you may place them in your trash bin. We ask for 
the light strings to be cut in half to prevent tangling. As a reminder, fluorescent lightbulbs are 
prohibited from trash disposal. 

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