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L.A. announces website for residents struggling financially due to the coronavirus, but it goes down almost immediately
by: Erika Martin
Posted: Mar 20, 2020 / 04:48 PM PDT / Updated: Mar 20, 2020 / 08:49 PM PDT

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a new city website to help Angelenos whose finances have taken a hit from the coronavirus during his daily briefing Friday, but within an hour the page became inaccessible.
The website, www.lajobsportal.org, offered links to companies hiring locally, food banks in the area and other information related to changes Angelenos face after the mayor on Thursday ordered the closure all non-essential businesses and told residents to stay at home. Garcetti mayor described the website as a "one-stop shop for out-of-work Angelenos."
The page now displays an error message that the "account has been suspended." Garcetti's office did not immediately respond to an emailed request for information on the technical issue.
Garcetti on Friday sought to reassure residents about the path ahead, emphasizing that the move to restrict people's movements was made "with a heavy heart but a very clear mind."
"Our focus has to be on helping each other, and helping each other means maintaining the capacity that is so fragile in our hospitals and clinics for those who are truly, critically in need," he said.
The mayor reiterated that there's no need to stock up on food and household items because grocery stores, hardware stores and pharmacies will remain open.
"There's no need to stock up for a year. Just buy what you would for a normal week, please," he said.
More than 70 million Americans are under similar orders after the governors of Connecticut, Illinois and New York following California Gov. Gavin Newsom in telling residents to stay at home.
As of Friday there are 139 coronavirus cases within L.A., nearly half the 292 countywide, according to health officials, who expect the number to keep climbing over the next few months.
On Thursday, Garcetti announced the closure of all businesses deemed non-essential and told residents to stay at home as much as possible. The order was soon followed by a similar statewide directive from Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Garcetti used his address Wednesday to respond to concerns about the city's homeless population amid the outbreak, pledging to convert 42 recreation centers across the city into temporary housing for 6,000 people. He also said the city would stop requiring encampments and tents to be taken down during the day.
In Tuesday's briefing Garcetti focused on financial relief the city is offering businesses, and in Monday's he announced a suspension of street-sweeping tickets.
(Tweet 2/2) This is not a lockdown, but I want to be clear: the only time you should leave your home is for essential activities.

More info: https://t.co/nJG4DqY3lx pic.twitter.com/WoY1tznd1K
- Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) March 20, 2020
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