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A Message to the Community From Mayor Peggy Lemons

Post Date:04/21/2020

As we live through these challenging times, the City wants to thank all of our residents who have been staying “Safer at Home” and following social distancing and other guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The City, also, expresses its heartfelt wishes of support to those in our community, and their families, who have contracted the coronavirus. We trust that everyone affected is on their way toward a full recovery, if they haven’t already reached it.

As your Mayor, I want you to know that the City has been doing everything possible to maintain a sense of normalcy amid the pandemic. Our employees continue to provide the community with essential services and we have produced a steady stream of public information through our website and social media outlets.

Below is a list of some of the City’s efforts over the last month:

  • Masks – Free distribution of 30,000 cloth masks to residents.
  • Delinquent Water Accounts – Suspended delinquent fees and water-service shut-offs for failure to pay a water bill. 
  • Street Sweeping – Suspended street sweeping citations.
  • For our seniors – home delivery of meals; welfare checks by phone; pharmacy pickups; at-home birthday celebrations.
  • STAR afterschool program – Making wellness calls to 1,200 families to see how the students are doing, let them know they are missed.
  • Rental Assistance – Persuaded the County to reallocate funds and expand existing grant-funded assistance program to help residents unable to pay rent due to COVID-19.
  • Unemployment Services – Promoted local workforce board’s efforts to help residents filing for unemployment and essential businesses in need of workers.
  • Public Information – Created COVID-19 Webpage on paramountcity.com with a wealth of information and resources, updated daily.
  • City COVID-19 Hotline – Created dedicated English/Spanish hotline, seven days a week. (562) 220-2242.
  • Electronic Message Boards – Rented and placed four of these on major boulevards with a new message each week with COVID-19 reminders.
  • Local Resource Sharing Page – Connecting businesses who can provide a useful product or service with residents.
  • Public Safety – Deputies conduct patrol checks of grocery stores, banks, Home Depot, distribution centers to insure safety of residents.
  • Grocery Worker “Thank You” – Large Thank You posters signed by the City Council and City Staff given to grocery store employees expressing appreciation for helping our community. 
  • Local Restaurants – Sending e-mails with an attached video informing restaurants selling groceries about County rules. 

We are all in this together. We will get through it and come out the other side as the same strong, vibrant community we have always been. Be safe, and thank you again for helping to overcome COVID-19.

Remember, too, that the City is here for you, and can be reached at (562) 220-2000 or by email at paramountcity.com/how-do-i/contact.

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