Mayor Peggy Lemons’ Weekly Update for November 18, 2020
Greetings Paramount. As we start prepping for the holidays, I encourage everyone to take steps to keep your families safe. You can find a story about the current surge with tips from County Public Health at paramountcity.com.
We have a very active Neighborhood Watch program in town. Neighborhood Watch is the best crime prevention tool you can participate in, where residents come to know their neighbors, look out for each other’s welfare and property, and report suspicious activities. Now, with COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, we have taken Neighborhood Watch virtual. The next meeting will be this evening at 6:00 p.m. Tonight’s topic is Internet safety for youth, with guest speakers from the Sheriff’s Department Human Trafficking Task Force. To watch, go to https://zoom.us or dial 1.669.900.9128, then enter the meeting ID of 935 9957 0326 and the passcode of 732048. We hope you will tune in. Eventually, we’ll be back in our neighborhoods!
TIP OF THE WEEK: L.A. County’s new #HereForTheHolidays food drive is teaming with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to help 100,000 vulnerable families through New Year’s Day. It’s easy for people who want to help feed their neighbors, too. By visiting covid19.lacounty.gov/holiday-food-resources you can donate goods, time, or money to assist households experiencing food insecurity. L.A. County workers have already distributed nearly 3,000 tons of food at more than 50 drive-through events throughout the region. But now your help is needed to feed our most at-risk communities.
Following our successful Halloween Home Decorating Contest, the City will hold a similar one for exterior holiday home decorations. Judging will be based on curb appeal, creativity, the use of space and lights, and overall presentation. Applications must be received at City Hall by mail, dropped off in person, or sent by email no later than Nov. 30 at 5:30pm. You can find a copy of the application in the news section at paramountcity.com. Scoring will take place the week of Dec. 6. There will be three winners who will each receive a $100 gift certificate, a lawn sign, and City recognition.
Visit www.paramountcity.com/COVID-19 for the latest numbers and information on resources.
Residents who want a COVID-19 test should call their primary care provider. For those without a doctor, free County sites are available. Make an appointment at covid19.lacounty.gov/testing or by calling 211.
Bellflower City Hall, 16600 Civic Center Dr.; Downey - Rancho South Campus, 12840 Dahlia Ave.; South Gate Park, 4900 Southern Ave.; Compton, St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, 2115 N. Wilmington Ave.; Compton, Gonzales Park, OptumServe, 1101 W. Cressey St. You can also find free sites in Long Beach open to Paramount residents at longbeach.gov/health/diseases-and-condition/information-on/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/.