(UPDATED: May 28, 2020 4:15 p.m.)
Please see the following information related to the evolving COVID-19 emergency as it pertains to Bellflower.
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Watch for symptoms: Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
FEVER - COUGH - SHORTNESS OF BREATH
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Effective March 16, 2020, all City Facilities will be closed to the public until further notice. Physical appointments for services will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in a way that maintains social distancing standards. City Hall staff are available by appointments. Please call the department to set-up.
City Activities and Events
Effective March 16, 2020, all non-essential public community events and group activities were postponed or canceled in order to limit the risk of exposing staff and the public to COVID-19.
ROADMAP TO RECOVERY
The current Health Officer Order replaces the previous Health Officer Order and allows for retailers and manufacturers, select recreational facilities, and beaches to reopen. Retailers remain closed to public entry and beaches are open for active recreation only. Retail businesses, manufacturing and logistic businesses are required to prepare, implement and post their plan for adhering to directives including distancing and infection control practices that protect both employees and customers. Employees who can work from home should be doing so, and any staff who are in a group at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19, like older adults and people with underlying health conditions, should be assigned work that can be done from home, if possible. All employees need to be given a written copy of the protocol for keeping them safe while working. Everyone must follow distancing and infection control protocols, stay at least six feet apart and wear a clean cloth face covering that securely covers both your nose and mouth when in contact with other people not in your household.
LA County Sheriff’s Department
In order to be better prepared for every contingency, all LASD vacations have been canceled for a period of weeks. Various personnel have been shifted from current positions to the patrol function so as to be available for more visible street level service. Less serious crime reports (e.g. property) will be written via phone conversations rather than deploying a deputy/CSO out into private party residences. The non-emergency phone number for Lakewood Station remains at (562) 623-3500. Sheriff’s personnel working at the Substation can still be reached at (562) 925-0124. For an emergency call 9-1-1.
City Public Safety Department
The Bellflower Sheriff Substation (16615 Bellflower Blvd.) will remain closed to the public from March 16th until further notice. Both City and County personnel will be working inside to meet public needs via telephone, e-mail, fax, texting, etc. Individuals can still conduct business at the Substation in-person on a limited basis by appointment only. Community Service Officers (CSOs) will still perform parking enforcement duties throughout the city. Street sweeping enforcement is continuing as well per posted signage.
Parking citations and permits may be paid on-line, by mail, via phone, or in-person by appointment only. Late penalties and other considerations may be relaxed with cause in order to be responsive to the difficulty of the times. Anyone who has questions or concerns about a parking citation should call the Substation at (562) 925-0124. Staff working there can take your concern under review.
Tickets can be paid online:
Reports can be filed on line at: http://shq.lasdnews.net/shq/SORTS/sorts_intro.aspx
Parking Permits can be obtained online at: https://bfparking.getapermit.net/Security/SignIn.aspx
Meals on Wheels - Operated by Human Services Association (HSA) for registered participants. Registration is currently being accepted for new participants. Pick up reservations are also being accepted for those that normally dine at the congregate meals sites. For more information, please call (562) 806-5400, ext. 218.
Food Banks / Resources
If you need food during this time please use the link below to find a food bank near you.
Los Angeles County is committed to preventing hunger and ensuring access to food for all residents. The County is currently mobilizing a Countywide response to hunger by coordinating public agencies, nonprofits, and volunteers to provide meals to anyone in need during the weeks and months to come.
Starting today, LA County residents can visit the County COVID-19 website's food portal to receive or provide support at this critical time.
Individuals or Families in Need Can:
Providers/Nonprofits in Need Can:
Ways LA County Residents Can Help:
For more information on program sign-up information, maps, and frequently asked questions — visit the County COVID-19 website's food portal.
Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Theaters, Entertainment Centers and Fitness Centers
All bars, clubs, theaters, entertainment centers and fitness centers are ordered to be closed by LA County Department of Public Health until further notice. Restaurants will be permitted to serve takeout or delivery food only. Grocery stores will remain open. If you are able to, please continue supporting the small businesses in our community during this difficult time. Here are some ways you can help local businesses survive this crisis: buying gift cards, shopping local, taking advantage of discounts and ordering in.
BUSD Announcement / Correspondence
Bellflower Unified School District (BUSD) provided a web update on May 15, 2020. Due to the Public Health Officer’s Safer at Home Order, BUSD is currently working on virtual celebrations and other types of acknowledgements for their graduating students. The Middle and Elementary Schools have also been working on virtual celebrations of their promoting classes.
Families will be receiving information in the next few weeks regarding the close out of the school year and on how students may return items or get personal belongings that may still be at the school.
The Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH) did not give new orders on schools reopening. The school start date of August 13, 2020 has not changed and if this changes, families will be notified as soon as information is available. The Governor is proposing a 25% cut to the budgetand if that comes to fruition, it will impact how we approach the opening once definitive orders are spelled out.
Regardless of the challenge, whether it be in classrooms, virtually, or a combination of both, BUSD will provide education and support to our students in the fall. BUSD website: https://www.busd.k12.ca.us
“Good morning BUSD parents, this is Superintendent Tracy McSparren, we know that the school closures have created a challenging situation for all of us. We investigated the option of providing meals and are unable to do so safely for our students and staff. Due to low participation in the past we have not been approved as a summer meal provider, which allows schools to offer food service during extended breaks. Please contact your local cities for resources and or authorized centers for summer meals. The Federal government is considering a proposal to increase SNAP funding that could go directly to families that qualify for free and reduced lunch. We have been working to get them to focus on increasing SNAP resources for families. Contact your representatives at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials to encourage them to increase SNAP immediately. BUSD is not requiring teachers to generate work during this time. There is no way to ensure equitable instructional programs or access for all students. We encourage you to spend this time with your students in a productive manner, some ideas are: teaching them to cook, check oil in the car, sew on a button, chipping in on spring cleaning, doing laundry, balancing a budget or writing a check, pick a topic and learn together, learn to play your child’s favorite video game, use their technology talents to make videos on Instagram to share with family members outside of home. Be creative. Most importantly, is the health and safety of our students, families and staff. Please practice social distancing, avoid highly populated areas, wash your hands often, and find ways to enjoy the gift of time with your loved ones. Stay safe and healthy! You are receiving this email because of your relationship with Bellflower Unified School District…Bellflower Unified School District | 16703 S. Clark Ave., Bellflower, CA 90706 | (562) 866-9011”
YMCA Grab and Go Meals are being distributed on weekdays from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Bellflower Unified Nutrition Center. Drive North on Woodruff to Somerset then head East toward McNab. Then take McNab South to Ron Yary Way and head West. If everyone follows this pattern it will prevent traffic back up onto Alondra Blvd.
Parks & Recreation
The Department of Parks & Recreation has developed a new Virtual Recreation and Resource Center for the community online that includes fun, education, and valuable resources.
All City events, rental permits, recreation classes, programming and the Farmer's Market are cancelled through at least April 15, 2020. Participants were all notified. This included individual facility reservations at facilities where large groups may gather. At this time, outdoor, open space areas of parks that are not gated or locked are not resticted, but the public should be complying with social distancing recommendations ordered by the state. All playgrounds are now closed.
UPDATE ISSUED MAY 9, 2020: Hiking trails in LA County are now open. You may walk/run/cycle in your neighborhood park/trail for fresh air and exercise. Stay *at least* 6 feet away from others when you leave home and be sure to wear a face covering in the parking lot or trailhead area. This affects the Bellflower Bike Trail, Zinn Park Trail and Riverview Park trails.
Greater Bellflower Little League’s season has been suspended at least through May 11, 2020. For more information call (562) 529-2334.
For Los Cerritos YMCA programming and operations updates, please call (562) 925-1292.
Staff is available at each facility during regular business hours. Necessary in-person meetings can be scheduled via appointment, but no new rental reservations (indoor or outdoor) are being accepted until further notice. To contact the Parks and Recreation department call: (562) 804-1424 ext. 2268.
Local Transportation Services
Bellflower’s fixed route and Dial-A-Ride transportation services are operating as scheduled as for now. For more information call (562) 865-7433.
Trash collection will continue normal operations.
The Public Works Department can be reached at (562) 804-1424, ext. 2259.
Graffiti Hotline: (562) 920-5533
City of Bellflower’s business license application, renewal and balance due payments can be submitted and processed:
Through the Website: https://businesslicense.bellflower.org/
Completed business license application form, renewal notice, or balance due letter with payment can be mailed to the address above. Please make the check payable to the City of Bellflower. Business license staff will reach out to the business owner using the information provided on the application form or renewal notice if additional information is required.
For questions regarding a business license renewal or balance due letter, please call (562) 804-1424 ext. 2231. For questions regarding the business license application, please call (562) 804-1424 ext. 2008 or 2273. City staff is reachable over the phone during the City’s normal business hours.
Physical appointments for service will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in a way that maintains social distancing standards. Please call (562) 804-1424 ext. 2006.
Building inspection appointments for service will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in a way that maintains social distancing standards. For appointments please call (562) 804-1424 ext. 2230 (this is an automated recording that provides instructions on how to request an inspection and leave a message).
City Clerk's Office
Access to Public Records
To view the Bellflower Municipal Code, visit: http://qcode.us/codes/bellflower/.To view readily available public records such as agenda materials, resolutions, and ordinances, visit the City Records Archive here: https://archive.bellflower.org/weblink/Browse.aspx?cr=1.
Request public records not found in the City Records Archive, submit a Public Records Request Form or an email with a detailed description of the records sought to email@example.com. City records will be searched and a response provided to you within 10 calendar days. L.A. County records such as birth, death, or marriage certificates, contact the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder’s Office at: https://www.lavote.net/home/records.
City Council Meetings
City Council Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall, excluding legal holidays and the fourth Mondays in July and December. For the most current information regarding City Council Meetings, contact the City Clerk's Office at (562) 804-1424, ext. 2271, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit:https://www.bellflower.org/council/city_council_meetings/default.asp.
Bellflower Brakensiek Library
All Los Angeles County Library locations will be closed through March 31, 2020. Statement from the County: “The health and wellness of our staff and customers is our main concern and we did not make this decision lightly. Based on recommendations by LA County Department of Public Health to limit the number of people in a public building, we feel this decision is the best step to help curtail further spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
Due dates for borrowed materials will automatically be extended, no late fines will be assessed, and customers can return materials when the Library reopens. Customers can contact their local library Monday – Friday, 9 am – 6 pm for information, services, and resources during the closure.
Library COVID-19 info: https://lacountylibrary.org/coronavirus/
Bellflower Library Website: https://lacountylibrary.org/clifton-m-brakensiek-library/
SEAACA’s Animal Control
In response to growing concerns surrounding Novel Coronavirus, SEAACA’s Care Center will be closed to the members of the public effective, March 19, 2020. This decision was not taken lightly and numerous factors were considered. SEAACA will proceed with modified operations and appointment based services in order to continue assisting the community with reuniting lost pets with their owners and finding new homes for adoptable pets.
Updated modifications in operations will be implemented until further notice. Website: www.seaaca.org
Emergency Resources for Small Businesses
For information related to your small business you can visit the county website.
Are COVID-19 fears costing you money? Protect yourself from price gouging during the COVID-19 emergency be reporting it to LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs at (800) 593-8222 for investigation. They can help you avoid scams and understand your consumers rights.
Telephone #: (800) 593-8222 Website: https://dcba.lacounty.gov/coronavirus/
To report price gouging businesses call or visit the website below:
Telephone #: (800) 952-5225 Website: https://oag.ca.gov/contact/consumer-complaint-against-business-or-company
Californians are protected from illegal price gouging on housing, gas, food, and other essentials. If you experience gouging, submit a complaint to the Attorney General of California Xavier Becerra at http://oag.ca.gov/report or by calling (800) 952-5225.
Unemployment Insurance, Disability and Paid Family leave Benefits
The California Employment Department provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California. If you can’t work, are being required to work less, or are unable to work due to your child(ren)’s school shut downs due to COVID-19, visit https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm for more information.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), is now available (April 28, 2020), for self employed, independent contactors, and for those who may not qualify for traditional EDD unemployment benefits. To learn more visit https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.htm
You do not have to be diagnosed with COVID-19 to take a paid sick day. You may be able to use Paid Sick Leave (PSL) for prevention if you or your family member have been exposed to COVID-19. Retaliation for lawful use of PSL is prohibited.
Eviction and Tenant/Landlord disputes
The City has received inquiries regarding the eviction of tenants during the COVID-19 emergency. The following orders from the Governor of the State of California contains some information regarding tenant evictions, and there may be other and additional orders that may be issued by governmental entities (the City of Bellflower has not issued any orders regarding evictions): https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3.16.20-Executive-Order.pdf and
Additionally, California Penal Code §396(f) may provide relevant information depending on your individual circumstances:http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=396&lawCode=PEN
There may be additional information available for landlords through the California Apartments Association https://caanet.org/local/los-angeles/ and for tenants through the Western Center on Law and poverty https://wclp.org/
The City is providing all of the above links as they are a matter of public information. Nothing in this information should be construed as, nor is intended to be, legal advice. This is simply information regarding the topic. Tenants and landlords should consult their own legal counsel regarding their unique situations.
The National Disaster Distress Helpline offers 24/7 confidential emotional support for those who have experienced a disaster and may be experiencing distress, including responders, rescue & relief workers. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
Website: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline Telephone: 1-800-985-5990 Text: text TalkWithUs to 66746
Various Utilities Offering Assistance Due to COVID-19
SoCalGas Announces Suspension of Service Disconnections as Part of Company’s COVID-19 Response. Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced a suspension of service disconnections to any customers who are having a hard time paying their bill. This policy will remain in effect until further notice. Customers are encouraged to call 1-877-238-0092 to speak with a representative about their bill. SoCalGas customer service is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
SCE Responds to COVID-19 Emergency, Suspends Service Disconnections - Southern California Edison (SCE) announced that it is suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees, effective immediately, for residential and business customers impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Details on these programs are available at http://sce.com/billhelp or by calling 1-800-950-2356.
Verizon Will Help Residents and Small Businesses Disrupted by Impact of COVID-19 by Waiving Late Fees and Keeping Customers Connected - Verizon announced for the next 60 days it will waive late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus. In addition, the company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the Coronavirus.
Starting Monday, March 16, the Charter Communications-owned company will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with children in grades K-12 or in college who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Families can call (844) 488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Water System Information
Please note that there are four (4) separate water companies that provide water to residents and businesses in Bellflower. Please check your latest water bill statement in order to identify which water company provides service to your home or business. Information for each of these water companies is listed below.
Bellflower Municipal Water System
The offices for the Bellflower Municipal Water are currently closed to the public until further notice during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City would like to remind MWS customers that payments can be made via U.S. postal delivery or payment can be made through the 24-hour dropbox at the MWS office. The office is located at 10016 Flower Street, directly across from the LA County Courthouse Building. Payments can only be made by check or money order at this time. During this national emergency, the City of Bellflower will temporarily suspend non-emergency turnoffs and late fees. Additionally, all MWS customers should know that the water the City provides remains safe as COVID-19 has no impact on water supply coming from the tap. For any questions, please call the City of Bellflower at (562) 804-1424.
Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water Company
For the health and safety of our stockholders and staff, BSMWC will be closed to walk-in customers until further notice during the COVID-19 emergency. BSMWC would like to remind customers that payments can be made at home online at www.bsmwc.com, with check or money order at our dropbox which is located outside of our office, or by calling (844) 793-3989. BSMWC will temporarily suspend late fees and turn offs during the office closure. BSMWC would like to remind our stakeholders that the water we provide remains safe. COVID-19 has no impact on the quality or supply of your tap. For more information, please call (562) 866-9980 or visit www.bsmwc.com
Bellflower Home Garden Water Company
For Bellflower Home Garden Water Company customers, please contact the office for any questions related to water service and payments. The office number is (562) 531-8586.
Liberty Utilities Water Company
For Liberty Utilities Water Company customers, please contact the customer service line at (800) 727-5987 or visit their website at www.libertyutilities.com
For the best and latest information on COVID-19, always check with trusted sources:
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
California Department of Public Health https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
World Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
L.A. County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs https://dcba.lacounty.gov/
LA County Public Health Notice
Mobile food vending is allowed in the City of Bellflower with a valid Sidewalk Vendor Permit from the City and a Public Health Permit from the LA County Health Department. Currently, the City of Bellflower does not have any authorized food vendors. For more information: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/eh/SSE/MFVIC/index.htm
Social Media Info
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