Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called Friday for the creation of CARES Corps, a proposed federally funded initiative to strengthen the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and help with economic recovery.
“Cities and local communities are where we’re doing the most effective work to stop the spread of this virus and save lives,” Garcetti said. “Like the Peace Corps and Teacher Corps before it, CARES Corps would put the power, resources and reach of the federal government into solving a generational challenge that impacts the lives of every American.”
Garcetti and co-authors of the CARES Corps, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Dr. Mark McClennan, director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University, wrote an op-ed for CNN laying out the proposal in detail.
The authors call for the CARES Corps to be built on three elements: equipping public health professionals to increase the national coronavirus testing system, addressing budget shortfalls in cities to prevent “dramatic” reductions in vital services and uniting government officials with local workers and businesses to address unemployment insurance, job training and loan programs.
The L.A. Cares Corps, a city-county partnership designed to assist small businesses weather the pandemic while the Safer at Home orders are in place, has already been established.
More details on the city’s pandemic actions and emergency laws can be found at coronavirus.lacity.org and at more information on L.A. Cares Corps is at dpw.lacity.org/blog/la-cares-corps.
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