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Updated on 8/12/20

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  • Webinar: COVID-19 and the Reopening of K-12 Schools - Register Now
  • Friendship with California More Important than Ever in Global Pandemic Fallout - Learn More
  • Has California ‘Bent the Curve’? Hospital Numbers Suggest Plateau of Summer Coronavirus Surge - Learn More
  • Amid Pandemic Chaos, California Legislators Fight for Major Health Care Bills - Learn More
  • Free 2020 Midyear Employment Law White Paper - Learn More
  • Still No Clear Compliance Path for Wildfire Smoke Regulation - Learn More
  • California’s Coronavirus Cases Jump as Counties Process Data Backlog - Learn More
  • Webinar Series: Leading in a New Reality: Understanding Police Reform - Register Now
  • Rural California Ranchers Deal with Uncertainty as Meatpacking Plants Struggle with COVID-19 - Learn More
  • Vote Nears on Resuming Eviction Proceedings in California - Learn More

Vote Nears on Resuming Eviction Proceedings in California

Eviction and foreclosure proceedings in California could resume Sept. 1, California’s chief justice announced Tuesday, putting pressure on the state Legislature to pass a law by the end of the month to prevent what many fear could be an “eviction tsunami” similar to the bursting of the housing bubble a decade ago. Learn More

Rural California Ranchers Deal with Uncertainty as Meatpacking Plants Struggle with COVID-19

...COVID-19 has caused massive disruptions to the beef industry, making this one of the most difficult years Azevedo remembers. Slaughterhouses started reporting cases of the virus just weeks into the pandemic. The numbers grew, quickly, and many plants closed or significantly slowed their operations. Learn More

Webinar Series: Leading in a New Reality: Understanding Police Reform

Free webinar held on August 13 from 2:00 p.m.–3 p.m.
"Since the police killing of George Floyd – and the killing of Breonna Taylor – two cases in a lengthy history of police killing unarmed Black men and women – there have been protests and a movement for reform to policing practices. LEAD and partner JONES are bringing together local leaders, Councilmember Monica Montgomery, Joshua Chanin, and Jerry Sanders. The discussion will break things down into a deeper understanding of the police reform movement, and discuss ways we can be involved." Register Now

California’s Coronavirus Cases Jump as Counties Process Data Backlog

As coronavirus hospitalizations continue to decline across California, counties reported more than 13,000 new cases Monday, a marked uptick as they began processing the thousands of lab reports that had been backlogged for more than a week within the state’s reporting system. Learn More

Still No Clear Compliance Path for Wildfire Smoke Regulation

In the midst of COVID-19, it is easy to forget the host of other regulations and obligations with which businesses must comply in California. As summer temperatures continue to be high and winds pick up, one regulation to keep an eye on is Cal/OSHA’s Wildfire Smoke Protection Emergency Regulation (Section 51.41.1) which (among other provisions) requires employers to have on hand for their employees, N95 respirators when the AQI for PM2.5 hits 150 – or close down. Learn More

Free 2020 Midyear Employment Law White Paper

As we chug along in one of recent history’s most interesting years (to put it mildly), much of the focus has been on the COVID-19 pandemic, but employers should also be aware of some non-COVID developments — including new discrimination and safety regulations, privacy enforcement, local minimum wage updates, and recent court decisions. Learn More

Amid Pandemic Chaos, California Legislators Fight for Major Health Care Bills

...SB-793 is an enormously controversial bill that would go beyond the recent federal ban on flavors in vape cartridges, which excludes menthol and tobacco flavors. This measure would ban the sale of most flavored tobacco products statewide, including menthol cigarettes, an idea that has died and been resurrected in many forms in both the Senate and Assembly. Learn More

Has California ‘Bent the Curve’? Hospital Numbers Suggest Plateau of Summer Coronavirus Surge

California may be bending the curve again in its coronavirus fight after a turbulent two months of rising rates, although once-burned officials remain shy about offering any boasts that the resilient virus is anywhere near tamed. Learn More

Friendship with California More Important than Ever in Global Pandemic Fallout

The following answers to questions posed by the California Chamber of Commerce are from Rana Sarkar, consul general of Canada, Northern California. Learn More

Webinar: COVID-19 and the Reopening of K-12 Schools

Join Us on Thursday, August 13, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. PST 

Schools are making decisions about reopening during the coronavirus pandemic, prompting questions from parents and employers about the impact this will have on health, safety, education, and our ability to get people back to work.

Dan Domenech from the American Association of School Administrators and Dr. Rainu Kaushal from Cornell Medicine will join us to answer your most pressing questions on the re-opening of K-12 schools across the United States.

We’ll discuss how schools are adapting to current challenges, what physical distancing and sanitization might look like, how schools are planning to keep students and teachers healthy, and what we can learn from other parts of the world that have reopened schools during the pandemic.

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Updated 8/10/20

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California Labor Commissioner Enforcing Food Sector Workers Emergency Paid Sick Leave Order

As previously reported, on April 16, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order (EO) N-51-20, providing supplemental paid sick leave to food sector workers along the retail food chain. It was designed to cover a gap for employees who weren’t covered by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) because an employer with more than 500 employees employed those workers. Learn More

CA Director of Public Health Resigns

...2. California redistricting commission complete
The final six Californians who will redraw the Golden State’s electoral map — defining its legislative and congressional districts for the next decade — were selected Friday by the eight other members of California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission. Learn More

In Executive Actions, Trump Extends Some Unemployment Benefits, Defers Payroll Taxes

At his Bedminster, N.J., golf resort on Saturday, President Trump signed four executive actions to provide economic relief amid the coronavirus pandemic. The actions amount to a stopgap measure, after failing to secure an agreement with Congress. Learn More

Webinar: Asian Development Bank programs and resources

GO-Biz, U.S Commercial Service and CalAsian Chamber of Commerce/Sacramento MBDA Export Center present a live webinar series to learn about Asian Development Bank programs and resources that will help businesses to bid and win global contracts across various industries. Click here, or the below image, to register for the series.

Recent Action by Governor Newsom

On August 4, Governor Newsom announced that he has signed tribal-state gaming compacts between the State of California and the Ione Band of Miwok Indians, the Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians, the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation and the Tule River Indian Tribe of California. The Governor has also concurred with the Department of the Interior’s decision to allow 40 acres in Tulare County to be placed in trust for the Tule River Indian Tribe of California, for the purpose of relocating the Tribe’s casino. Read more here.

The Importance of Coping with “COVID Fatigue”

A concerning new trend sweeping the country may be contributing to our County’s recent spike in cases. Feeling exasperated by the quarantine and shutdowns, many residents have begun to experience “COVID Fatigue” (or “Caution Fatigue”), leading them to neglect safety precautions. In such cases social distancing requirements are ignored, face coverings rejected, and social gatherings become more common, leading to a sharp uptick in COVID-19 infections.

Fatigue or not, relaxing safety guidelines leads to a vicious cycle whereby cases and hospitalizations can rise, and perhaps lead to more social restrictions.

“Certainly all of us can related to being exhausted by it all. We’re into five months of careful distancing and masks, and it can simply be draining,” said Dr. Veronica Kelley, director of the County’s Department of Behavioral Health. “But we simply can’t stop listening to health leaders and the science.”

What we can do, says Dr. Kelley, is focus on some lifestyle habits that can alleviate our stress in a healthy way. Following are some ideas that Dr. Kelley and many other health experts suggest can help.

Exercise

Exercise reduces the body's stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, and stimulates the production of endorphins – the mood-elevating hormone. Find a local, low-traffic path in your area to get started on a run or walk, or consider working out at home to let some adrenaline out of your system. If nothing else, at least step outside to get at least five minutes of sunshine and fresh air each day.

Talking

Avoid repressing your discontent or unhappiness. Failure to communicate emotions can lead to feeling hopeless or a sense of losing control. Simply airing out your frustrations and discussing them with the right person can work to reduce the stress experienced during shutdown. It can be very helpful to be reminded we’re all in this together.

Be Mindful

Ground yourself in the present moment and mitigate the stress that often comes from projecting into the future or ruminating about the past. Take a few moments to meditate or sit quietly in a chair and focus on your breathing. No one is certain how long current conditions will last, but taking life day by day is a crucial step in taking control of your mental state.

Mindful Breathing

Something you can do throughout the day, anywhere you are, is some mindful breathing exercises whenever you’re feeling stressed. Inhale for a count of 4, hold it in for a count of 7, and exhale for a count of 8. This focuses your brain on breathing, and allows oxygen you take in to go to your brain and core organs, reinvigorating your ability to cope.

Yawn and Stretch

Even if you’re not particular tired, reset your brain by taking a conscious moment to stand up, yawn and stretch a little. If you’re busy worrying about all of life’s pressures, you need this sort of conscious stop to keep yourself from any catastrophic thinking.

Need Critical County Documents? ARC is Serving Residents Safely

As our community continues to fight the spread of COVID-19, the Assessor-Recorder-Clerk (ARC) is committed to providing services while keeping the public safe. While ARC offers most services by mail, email and phone, in-person appointments are now available for marriage license and ceremony services; birth, death, marriage certificate requests; document recording; and records research.

This new public service video from ARC shares all you need to know for a visit to ARC, including an easy-to-use new appointment system that allows for a contact-free check-in for Recorder-Clerk services.

Project Homekey Looks to Help Homeless with Housing

New program expands on Project Roomkey initiative, addressing public health concerns

San Bernardino County is submitting applications for grants to fund the purchase and rehabilitation of properties that will be converted into interim or permanent housing for many of our most vulnerable homeless residents.

The grants will be awarded under the state of California’s $600 million “Project Homekey initiative to help counties and cities secure housing for those at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19. The federal Coronavirus Aid Relief Fund is providing $550 million for the program, with the remaining $50 million coming from the State’s general fund. Approximately $60 million has been earmarked for five Southern California counties: San Bernardino, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, and Imperial. (Los Angeles and San Diego counties are being targeted separately.)

“This new program will build on the success of Project Roomkey, which provided temporary housing to our most vulnerable residents — not only protecting them, but also promoting public health by reducing spread of the virus in the community,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We are excited about the potential to offer a more long-term solution to this formidable challenge.”

The County is currently investigating suitable properties that it hopes to acquire and renovate, with a goal of securing permanent housing for up to 100 households in the first round of the initiative.

To be awarded a Project Homekey grant, the County must meet several requirements, including the development team’s experience and capacity to acquire and operate the properties, the ability to show how the project will serve target populations and address racial equities, and the extent to which the County can demonstrate the project’s favorable community impact.

Another critical requirement: the County must be able to actually disburse the funds by December 30, 2020. Fortunately, the program includes elements to help expedite the process. For example, hotel conversions are exempt from environmental review — a locally controlled process that could otherwise delay construction for two and a half years, according to a Legislative Analyst’s Office report.

“Homekey is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to massively expand housing for the homeless in California with federal stimulus funds,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “This unique opportunity requires us to move quickly, in close collaboration with our city and county partners, to protect the most vulnerable people in our state.”

The July 2020 U.S. Employment Report: Kinda Good News

As usual on the first Friday of the month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) published the employment report for the previous month, in this case the July 2020 employment and unemployment numbers. The good news is that the national unemployment rate continues to fall from its record setting level in April (14.7%) and now stands at 10.2%. It declined by almost one percentage point from the June number. The somewhat disappointing fact is that we did not continue to see decreases at a higher rate, which we had experienced from April to May (-1.4 percentage points) and May to June (-2.2 percentage points). The U.S. economy created 1.77 million non-farm jobs, which is slightly less than 1⁄2 of the 4.8 million positions generated from May to June. But that was not really going to happen after the shutting down of certain businesses earlier in the month in states that experienced increased levels of new Coronavirus cases (the survey is always conducted around the 12th day of the previous month and therefore contained reflected the resulting increase in unemployment). Many of us had feared that the unemployment rate would not improve at all or that it actually would increase slightly.
So much for the big picture. We mentioned before that if you want to understand the effects of the government shutdown in mid-March, you simply have to focus on five sectors, which experienced 2⁄3 of the overall decrease in employment. If you read about other sectors in the news, say Government or Construction, simply remember that developments there are dwarfed when compared to these five sectors. They are: Leisure and Hospitality (including restaurants, hotels, and amusement parks), Retail Trade (retail shops), Health and Education, Other Services (including hair salons and nail salons, but also tattoo parlors), and Professional and Business Services. If we want to see a full recovery, then we should focus on these sectors, all of which involve some face-to-face interaction of people.
The five sectors generated 2⁄3 of the employment gains during the month for a total of 1.77 million. Leisure and Hospitality led the employment increases with 592,000, Retail Trade hired 258,000, followed by Health Services with 191,000, Professional and Business Services at 170,000, and Other Services with 149,000. The pleasant surprise this month came from the Government sector, which had shed jobs over the previous months due to lower tax receipts and the following adjustments caused by concerns regarding their budgets. This sector added a healthy 301,000 positions. The figure below shows the employment gains/losses of the eleven major sectors of the economy. A red bar represents employment losses in sectors that have somewhat recovered (dark versus light red bar). The blue sectors had lost jobs continuously until June. Download Report

California Sets In-Person Voting Rules Amid Coronavirus

Worried about the unpredictable coronavirus wreaking havoc on the November election, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a law to let counties offer fewer in-person polling places in exchange for opening the sites earlier. Learn More

Coronavirus: California Bill Would Make Employers Report Exposures

Business groups, including the California Chamber of Commerce are fighting the bill. “Its definition of ‘exposure’ is broad and vague, resulting in triggering ‘exposures’ in non-sensical scenarios,” a statement of opposition filed in the legislature says. “If an infected employee (or customer) briefly visits a workplace, wearing a mask, drops off an item, speaks briefly to a clerk who is 10 feet away behind a desk, then leaves is that an ‘exposure?'” Learn More

Free Webinars hosted by the Workforce Development Board

San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Board has partnered with regional business experts to provide employers in San Bernardino County access to free and informative business webinars. A number of topics are scheduled for August. To see what is coming up and to register, go to https://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/events/

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Application Period Now Open for California Competes Tax Credit

The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to stay and grow in California. The next CCTC application period kicked off Monday, July 27, 2020, with $180 million in available tax credits.

Tax credit agreements are negotiated by GO-Biz, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 17, 2020, and the online application website will automatically close once this deadline has passed. The online application can be accessed at www.calcompetes.ca.gov. Members of the CCTC team are available to provide technical application assistance at CalCompetes@gobiz.ca.gov or by calling 916-322-4051.

GO-Biz is hosting a number of live webinars explaining the application process for businesses interested in applying.  An application guide, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), program regulations, and access to the webinars are all available on the California Competes Tax Credit robust website.

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County Announces Program Adjustments for COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program

To support our local small businesses and help ensure ongoing compliance with State and County Health orders and direction, San Bernardino County launched the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program. To date, we’ve had thousands of businesses participate. To make the program available to even more business owners, the County recently made a number of program adjustments.

The new application deadline is October 31, 2020. Some of the major revisions to the program include:

  1. All non-profits with a storefront or physical space would now be eligible to participate
  2. Short Term Rentals (STRs) would now be eligible to participate at a lower level of funding – The  financial support is $500 for each STR owner to offset basic cost of safety improvements and increased sanitization requirements
    1. Any additional STR under the same owner would be eligible for an additional $250 each
  3. Sole Proprietors (0 employees) would now be eligible for the program funding if they have a retail space or storefront
  4. Home-based businesses that service customers would now be eligible. This includes  home day care operators for example.

For more information and to apply, go to https://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/.

All Californians Lose If Split Roll Tax Passes

The California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of business and taxpayer groups are leading a strong effort to defeat the split roll property tax measure, Proposition 15 on the November ballot. Learn More

Updated on 08/07/20

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All Californians Lose If Split Roll Tax Passes

The California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of business and taxpayer groups are leading a strong effort to defeat the split roll property tax measure, Proposition 15 on the November ballot. Learn More

California Considers Worker Notification for Virus Exposure

“If an infected employee (or customer) briefly visits a workplace, wearing a mask, drops off an item, speaks briefly to a clerk who is 10 feet away behind a desk, then leaves — is that an ‘exposure?’ ” Robert Moutrie, policy advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce, wrote in a letter to the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee last week. “Because of this vagueness, even employers doing their best to comply will face potential criminal liability.” Learn More

Free Webinars Hosted by the Workforce Development Board

San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Board has partnered with regional business experts to provide employers in the County access to free and informative business webinars. A number of topics are scheduled for August. To see what is coming up and to register, go to https://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/events/.

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County Residents Urged to Get Tested at Convenient Sites

San Bernardino County has contracted with a new supplier for COVID-19 testing and is encouraging all County residents, regardless of whether you are experiencing symptoms, to get tested.

“Now that our testing capacity has expanded and stabilized, we hope that every resident, regardless of whether they have experienced any symptoms, will make an appointment to get tested,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.“ Testing is free, painless, takes only a few minutes, and can be obtained without a doctor’s prescription.”

The County is now offering testing with an appointment at 10 locations, using an easy-to-administer nasal self-swab. Results can also be expected in no more than 5 days, but usually within 72 hours. There is no cost to take the test, however County residents will be asked to enter insurance information when setting an appointment in order to assist taxpayers in recouping some of the costs associated with testing.

 

Residents are encouraged to visit the County’s Testing Sites webpage to see all the County, state and private testing options, and to schedule an appointment.

 

There are testing sites in Fontana, Hesperia, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino and Victorville, along with the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. In addition, tests (and other services) are provided to underserved and vulnerable populations at County Health Centers in Adelanto, Hesperia, Ontario and San Bernardino. In addition, COVID-19 testing is being conducted at various state-run testing sites, as well as sites operated by private clinics, certain Rite-Aid Pharmacy locations, and HMO-operated facilities. (Note: State sites and private clinics may be using providers other than Fulgent, and testing methods vary at these other locations.)

Benefits of widespread testing

Public health experts believe that many of the people who carry the coronavirus do not know it, since they exhibit no symptoms of the disease (referred to as asymptomatic carriers). As a result, hundreds of thousands of infected people could be unintentionally spreading the virus to others.

Expanded testing and lowering our positivity rate will help San Bernardino County get off the state’s Monitoring List and allow more flexibility in our reopening efforts.

To learn more about the County’s testing program, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page

Nonprofits and Other Community Organizations all Play a Part

Great Plates Delivered is not the only food assistance campaign helping County residents cope with recent difficulties.

Efforts also include Food Assistance programs such as Meal and Diaper Distribution program and the Grab and Go School Meals program. In the latter program, the County’s Preschool Services Dept. has been working with Sunrise Produce to distribute 150,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to County residents during the first two phases of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Famers-to-Families program. We are anticipating approval on Phase 3, which will add meat, eggs and dairy to the menu of items we’ll be providing San Bernardino County residents.

More than 100 food banks and pantries have been providing meals to County residents who have lost their jobs or have otherwise been severely affected by economic challenges. Operated by nonprofits, school districts, churches and other faith-based organizations, these food banks have played a critical role in ensuring County residents avoid going hungry during these arduous times.

“We are very proud of the way the County has been fulfilling its mission to meet the needs of the community, and impressed by the heartfelt, collaborative spirit we’ve seen from community groups and private businesses alike,” Hagman said. “It is truly gratifying to see how members of the local community have joined together during a time of crisis to help our fellow citizens.”

Great Plates Delivered Program Helping Prevent Hunger

Responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and statewide Stay at Home Orders, the County has launched a variety of programs — ranging from limits on evictions to the COVID Compliant Business Partnership — to help residents and businesses cope with these unprecedented challenges. Much of our focus has been assisting the County’s most vulnerable populations.

One standout program is Great Plates Delivered, a food delivery campaign for senior residents that is being implemented by the County Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) in collaboration with the Office of Emergency Services, 2-1-1 San Bernardino County and the County Joint Information Center, along with the State and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

DAAS began by recruiting 37 local restaurants to participate in the program. These community-minded establishments prepare three nutritious meals a day for delivery to older residents who meet a variety of criteria (e.g., having pre-existing health conditions and income levels well below the federal poverty limit).

In addition to assisting County residents the program has benefitted restaurant owners and employees by generating a crucial new source of revenue.

"Because of the program, we were able to bring back 75% of our staff," said Mark Furuuchi, owner of Gourmet Gourmet Catering.

“Thus far we have served nearly 35,000 meals, and the response from recipients has been 100% gratitude.”

Chef Henry Gonzalez, who owns Spaggis Restaurant, agreed. “I train my staff to cook with passion — as if they were cooking for their own parents or grandparents,” he said. “With our food, seniors are feeling the love of their County and the state. At the same time, this program has helped our business, it’s helped our vendors, and it’s helped us keep all our people employed.”

Since its launch in early May, the program has already provided more than 485,000 meals to almost 2,700 residents living in 60 communities throughout the County — from the City of San Bernardino to Needles and Twentynine Palms. Great Plates Delivered was originally slated to conclude in June, has been extended until Sept. 9.

“We’ve been very pleased with this program and its impact on residents who are susceptible to the disease and face a variety of related challenges,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We are thankful for the participating restaurants, which have helped ensure people obtain delicious, healthy food, as well as the volunteers who have given their time to deliver those meals.”

Residents can see and hear more in this inspiring and informational video about how Great Plates Delivered is succeeding in San Bernardino County.

Equality of Opportunity Initiative Toolkit

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is committed to working with our members, partners, and stakeholders across the country to promote effective solutions while reaffirming the American promise of opportunity for all. We encourage you to continue informing and helping to shape these critical and ongoing conversations by sharing the Equality of Opportunity Initiative bill endorsements, new study, and agenda with your personal networks using our Equality of Opportunity Toolkit—equipped with sample copy, social media graphics, and more. Click here to access the Equality of Opportunity Initiative Toolkit.

The Equality of Opportunity Initiative - U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the Equality of Opportunity Initiative
to develop real, sustainable solutions to help close race-based opportunity gaps in
four areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, and criminal justice. Systemic
inequalities in these four areas perpetuate broader inequalities in our society, hold
back individual and business success, and hinder economic growth.

Driven by data and informed by conversations with business, government, academic,
and civic leaders, we developed the Equality of Opportunity Agenda to advance
private sector solutions and best practices, scale impactful programs, and drive policy
action at the federal, state, and local level.

We also will continue to identify and advance other solutions to help close the equality of
opportunity gaps.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest lobbying organization in the nation
representing businesses of all sizes across all sectors, is committed to putting the
collective muscle of American business behind the Equality of Opportunity Agenda.
Together, we can—and we must—turn national dialogue into nationwide action.
We are committed to reclaiming and reaffirming the American promise of equal
opportunity for all.

VISIT USCHAMBER.COM/EQUALITY-AGENDA FOR MORE INFORMATION

Elementary Education Waivers

The Newsom Administration released highly anticipated guidance for local health officers (LHOs) to consider when reviewing Elementary Education Waivers that would allow elementary schools to open for in-person instruction under specified conditions.

The full waiver guidance can be found here.

Waiver process

Under state guidance, schools located in counties on the state's COVID watch list cannot open for in-person instruction. The only exceptions to the ban are elementary schools that receive a public health waiver. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance outlines the factors that LHOs must consider when reviewing waiver applications, including the ability to keep children in "small, stable" groups and available scientific evidence on the risks of transmission at elementary schools "along with the health-related risks for children who are not provided in-person instruction."

Waiver applicants must submit a waiver application form, to be provided by the LHO.

The elementary school waiver is applicable only for grades TK-6, even if the grade configuration at the school includes additional grades. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted to the LHO at least 14 days prior to the desired reopening date.

Consulting with parents and teachers

Waiver applications must "include evidence of (1) consultation with labor, parent, and community organizations and (2) publication of the elementary school reopening plans on the website of the local educational agency (or equivalent).

  • "The applicant must sign an attestation confirming the names and dates that the organizations were consulted. If school staff are not represented by a labor organization, then the applicant must describe the process by which it consulted with school staff."
  • "The applicant must confirm publication of the elementary school reopening plans on the website of the local educational agency (or equivalent)."

Probably should not open

The guidance also states, in bold, "CDPH recommends that schools within jurisdictions with 14-day case rates more than two times the threshold to be on the County Monitoring List (>200 cases/100,000 population) should not be considered for a waiver to re-open in-person instruction."

California Passes 500,000 Cases; 97% of Residents on Watchlist

California officially surpassed 500,000 total lab-confirmed coronavirus infections and set a new daily high for reported COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, while Sacramento County reached the 10,000-case mark. Learn More

Updated On August 3, 2020

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A Click Away From Congress Virtual Event

A Click Away From Congress on Tuesday, August 4 at 3pm. Congresswoman Norma Torres will be available during this virtual event to respond to your questions and concerns as our community combats the COVID-19 pandemic. RSVP today!

County Offering Free Face Masks to Nonprofits

The County is now providing complimentary disposable face masks to help 501(c)3 organizations throughout San Bernardino County.

To obtain free masks through the County's Purchasing Department, please email a request to vendor@pur.sbcounty.gov. In your email, share documentation designating your organization as a 501(c)3 non-profit, along with the number of masks needed for your organization. The Purchasing Department will contact you when the complimentary disposable masks may be picked up.

Mask are available as supplies last, so don’t delay. The County is also asking that our County nonprofits only request what they need so we can help as many as possible.

County Libraries Now Open for Summer with Limited Hours

Most San Bernardino County libraries have begun opening their doors with limited library services and modified hours. Although COVID-19 conditions are continually evolving, locations in the High Desert, Chino, and more will be operational Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with some variations for some locations.

County residents can visit a webpage to view a full list of County libraries open to the public, along with hours and safety measures.

Libraries have implemented a variety of safety measures, including temperature testing for all employees, installation of sneeze guards at all service counters and removal of some furniture to ensure proper social distancing. In addition, computer sessions have been reduced to one hour and face coverings are required for all employees and visitors.

The move to reopen comes as San Bernardino County libraries is featuring an online Summer Reading Program. Students can use their library card to register on Beanstack, an online tool for facilitating reading programs and begin logging in their reading progress for reward badges and potential prizes. Programs are organized into several age categories, with an adult program also available for participation.

County libraries also offer program kits to library card holders for weekly crafts tutorials hosted on Facebook Live. Participants follow along online and are provided with instructions and materials in a prepackaged kit available for pickup at their open local library. Patrons are also strongly encouraged to visit the County Library website to place items on hold, use self-checkout, and have access to all available eContent such as audiobooks, eBooks, and magazines.

County Overcomes Testing Supply Shortage with New Supplier

All residents urged to get tested at convenient sites using easy-to-use nasal swabs

Responding to a recent statewide shortage in COVID-19 testing materials, San Bernardino County has contracted with a new supplier to secure an adequate supply of test equipment and is now encouraging all County residents to get tested.

“Now that our testing capacity has expanded and stabilized, we hope that every resident, regardless of whether they have experienced any symptoms, will make an appointment to get tested,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Testing is free, painless, takes only a few minutes, and can be obtained without a doctor’s prescription.”

The County is now offering testing with an appointment at 10 locations, using an easy-to-administer nasal self-swab. Results can also be expected in no more than 5 days, but usually within 72 hours. There is no cost to take the test, however County residents will be asked to enter insurance information when setting an appointment in order to assist taxpayers in recouping some of the costs associated with testing.

New supplier, improved nasal tests

The County’s new supplier is Fulgent Genetics, a Southern California-based genetics testing company that provides diagnostic testing for improved patient care. The company’s COVID-19 polymersace chain reaction (PCR) tests involve a relatively short nasal swab, which most patients consider much less uncomfortable than the longer “nasopharyngeal swabs” commonly used earlier during the pandemic. Fulgent collaborates with Healthvana, an HIPAA-secure information portal, to provide test results 3-5 days after testing.

The County has established testing sites In Fontana, Hesperia, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino and Victorville, along with the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. In addition, tests (and other services) are provided to underserved and vulnerable populations at County Health Centers in Adelante, Hesperia, Ontario and San Bernardino.

In addition, COVID-19 testing is being conducted at various state-run testing sites, as well as sites operated by private clinics, certain Rite-Aid Pharmacy locations, and HMO-operated facilities. State sites and private clinics may be using providers other than Fulgent, and testing methods vary at these other locations. Residents are encouraged to visit the County’s Testing Sites webpage to see all the County, state and private testing options, and to schedule an appointment.

Benefits of widespread testing

Public health experts believe that many of the people who carry the coronavirus do not know it, since they exhibit no symptoms of the disease (referred to as asymptomatic carriers). As a result, hundreds of thousands of infected people could be unintentionally spreading the virus to others.

“Increasing the number of people tested is essential to lowering the infection rate, getting the County back to work, and allowing recently reopened businesses to stay open,” said County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. “Testing gives us a better idea of community spread and the scope of infections, and helps us concentrate medical resources where they are needed most. And working in concert with our contact tracing team, we can better stop the spread of the virus.”

Expanded testing and lowering our positivity rate will help San Bernardino County get off the state’s Monitoring List and allow more flexibility in our reopening efforts.

Porter cautioned, however, that a negative test result should not be seen as permission to stop being cautious.

“Regardless of your test results, you still need to avoid gathering with people outside your immediate household.” Porter said. “You also should continue social distancing, continue wearing a face covering whenever in public, and diligent washing of your hands. Expanding our testing is an essential step in our war against COVID, but we’ve already seen what can happen if we relax prematurely.”

To learn more about the County’s testing program, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Job Loss During COVID-19

On July 29, Governor Newsom announced a series of actions to better serve workers that have experienced job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the formation of an Employment Development Department (EDD) strike team, and a renewed focus on processing unpaid claims. Read more here.

Minimum Wage Increase

On July 29, Governor Newsom announced that over $1 billion has gone back into the pockets of more than 3.6 million working Californians and their families through the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC). He also announced that Californians will get the raise they deserve, by declining to use his authority to suspend the scheduled minimum wage increase in 2021, up to $14 per hour.Read more here.

Safeguards for California

On July 24, Governor Newsom announced a host of new safeguards for California workers who face the greatest risk of COVID-19. In addition to support for workers, including agricultural and farmworkers, to isolate and quarantine, Governor Newsom unveiled a robust education campaign for workers and employers. Read more here

Remote Work, Child Care, Mask Enforcement: COVID-19 Is Re-Writing Employment Law

Hundreds of pandemic-related labor lawsuits have been filed, and that’s just the beginning of what’s to come, legal experts say. Learn More

Cooling Center Opens as Extreme Heat Expected

San Bernardino County Cooling Center locations are open. For locations click here or call 211. Social distancing and face coverings required.

COVID Business Resource Guide

During this unprecedented national health crisis, San Bernardino County has continued its work to provide information to help our County businesses to cope with the COVID- 19 pandemic and begin to carefully move forward.
It is no simple task. Each day we are reminded by the challenges and priority to keep our communities healthy and safe while providing the right guidance to business for re-opening.

We are encouraged by the generosity and support of County businesses and residents to support, source, and shop local. Working together will make the difference in our recovery.

The County is following State of California guidelines for re-opening as we move through the approved recovery stages per Governor Newsom. The guidelines are designed to help businesses reduce the risk of COVID-19 and create a safer environment for workers and customers. Learn More

PPP Application Deadline Extended to August 8, 2020

Small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic now have until August 8 to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides loans that are entirely forgivable if borrowers spend at least 60% of the loan funds on payroll expenses. SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. Click hereto read more about PPP loan forgiveness. Learn More 

Notice: SBA Now Accepting New Applications for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.

SBA resumed processing EIDL applications that were submitted before the portal stopped accepting new applications on April 15 and will be processing those applications on a first-come, first-served basis. On June 15, SBA began accepting new EIDL and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.

The new eligibility for agricultural businesses is made possible as a result of additional funding appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
  • SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying. Learn More

Document Shredding Event

In honor of those who have been purging and cleaning during COVID, San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman, in partnership with the City of Upland, will be hosting a free document shredding event for all San Bernardino County residents.

The event will be on Saturday, August 8, 2020, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.* at the Public Works Yard, located at 1370 N. Benson Avenue, in Upland.

Please note, face masks/coverings are required.

    • Documents will be shred on-site while you watch
    • Limit of 5 standard filing boxes per vehicle
    • No CD's, DVD's, binders, plastics, x-rays, etc.
    • Receive tips from law enforcement on how to protect your identity
    • San Bernardino County residents only

Free Webinars Hosted by the Workforce Development Board

San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Board has partnered with regional business experts to provide employers in San Bernardino County access to free and informative business webinars. A number of topics are scheduled for July and August. To see what is coming up and to register, go to

https://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/events/

Register now for these upcoming webinars:

August 6: How to Maximize Your Online Reach
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-maximize-your-online-reach-tickets-109014754064

COVID Addressed in California Responsible Travel Code

Prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, travel and tourism spending was at an all-time high of $4.9 billion in San Bernardino County. The pandemic means we will not be coming close to these numbers, and stay-at-home orders limits traveling to members of the same family or household.

For families and households that are looking to enjoy summer weather and spend some time outdoors together, it is especially critical that they strictly follow safe and responsible practices. Not mingling with people outside of your household, wearing face masks and respecting social distancing are of paramount importance.

Visit California, a nonprofit organization that promotes and markets California as a premier tourism destination, has responded to the call for safe and responsible travel. They have established a California Responsible Travel Code asking visitors to travel with an acronym of R.E.S.P.E.C.T. by committing to seven best practices when exploring the Golden State.

The California Responsible Travel Code

California is a place of wide-open spaces that champions open-mindedness and celebrates diversity. The new Code starts with remembering to first familiarize yourself with local guidelines and regulations for different statewide destinations. From there, travelers are asked to keep these seven practices in mind.

Roam Responsibly. I will explore California thoughtfully and responsibly, maintaining the utmost respect for everyone and everything I encounter.

Educate Myself. I will do my research before traveling across the state, familiarizing myself with local regulations and community concerns, which may have changed over time. This is especially important in rural communities with limited healthcare resources.

Safety First. I will follow public health directives from government officials, including physical distancing measures. I will take all necessary steps to minimize health risks to myself and others and stay home if I’m sick.

Preserve California. I will protect and nurture the Golden State’s pristine outdoor spaces and cultural icons, by maintaining a light footprint at every turn and paying special attention to delicate ecosystems.

Embrace Community. I will support local businesses and do my part to ensure the long-term prosperity of the places I visit.

Celebrate Culture. I will immerse myself in California’s diverse local cultures and embrace the traditions and practices I encounter.

Teach Others. I will lead by example and share these practices with fellow travelers, acknowledging that we all share the responsibility to protect California.

The code and links to other important resources can be found on theCalifornia Responsible Travel Code webpage.

Application Period Now Open for California Competes Tax Credit

The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to stay and grow in California. The next CCTC application period kicked off Monday, July 27, 2020, with $180 million in available tax credits.

Tax credit agreements are negotiated by GO-Biz, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 17, 2020 and the online application website will automatically close once this deadline has passed. The online application can be accessed at www.calcompetes.ca.gov. Members of the CCTC team are available to provide technical application assistance at CalCompetes@gobiz.ca.gov or by calling 916-322-4051.

GO-Biz is hosting a number of live webinars explaining the application process for businesses interested in applying.  An application guide, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), program regulations, and access to the webinars are all available on the California Competes Tax Credit robust website.

The next informational webinar will be held on Thursday, August 6.

 

Updated on July 29, 2020

Helpful Links:

FDA Warning on Hand Sanitizer - click here

COVID-19: What Employers Ask Part 3 - Learn More

Treasury, U.S. Postal Service Reach Agreement on $10 Billion Coronavirus-Relief Loan - Learn More

Treasury, U.S. Postal Service Reach Agreement on $10 Billion Coronavirus-Relief Loan

The Treasury Department said Wednesday that it has reached an agreement to lend up to $10 billion to the U.S. Postal Service under a provision of the coronavirus-relief package passed by Congress in March. Learn More

COVID-19: What Employers Ask Part 3

CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank is joined by employment law experts Bianca Saad and Matthew Roberts to discuss the most common COVID-19-related questions employers have been asking the CalChamber’s Labor Law Helpline this month, including requiring test results, what to do if an employee doesn’t want to return to work, workplace mask obligations, and mental health considerations. Learn More

FDA Warning on Hand Sanitizer with Methanol Also Known as Wood Alcohol

The FDA is reiterating their warning about hand sanitizer products that have been contaminated with methanol, or wood alcohol, that is a toxic substance when absorbed through the skin or life-threatening when ingested. For their press release, click here.

August 05, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:30am

Eventbrite: https://2020logisticssummit.eventbrite.com

Featuring:

Assemblymember Jim Frazier

Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee

John McLaurin

President, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

Fran Inman

Senior Vice President, Majestic Realty Co.

Robert C. Lapsley

President, California Business Roundtable

Wayne Nastri

Executive Officer, South Coast AQMD

Nate Kaplan

State Director, GoRail

San Bernardino County Covid-19 Business Resources

Learn about resources for businesses in San Bernardino here.

County Offers Nonprofits Face Masks at No Cost

We know that obtaining Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can be difficult at times, especially for our County’s important nonprofit organizations. In response to this need, the County will be providing complimentary disposable face masks to help 501(c)3 organizations throughout San Bernardino County.

To obtain free masks through the County's Purchasing Department, please email a request to vendor@pur.sbcounty.gov. In your email, share documentation designating your organization as a 501(c)3 non-profit, along with the number of masks needed for your organization. The Purchasing Department will contact you when the complimentary disposable masks may be picked up.

“We know that our nonprofits are bringing invaluable assistance to County residents during this pandemic, and we need to support them however we can,” said County CEO Gary McBride.

While the County has a significant number of masks, they are only available as supplies last, so don’t delay. The County is also asking that our County nonprofits only request what they need so we can help as many as possible. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact Valerie Clay with the County’s Support Services Group via email vclay@cao.sbcounty.gov.

County Readies Alternate Sites in Advance of Hospitalization Surge

Responding to recent spikes in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, San Bernardino County is bringing back Alternate Care Sites (ACS) to handle possible hospital overload while ensuring those who need medical care are able to receive it.

An initial ACS has been set up in Parking Lot 14 at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) in Colton and is being referred to as the ACS Village. It is comprised of a nursing unit, patient care areas with 32 beds, an Isolation Pod, and a command center for staff breaks. The County is currently investigating additional potential sites near other County medical facilities.

“Our previous peak in hospitalizations was in early April, but we’ve recently experienced a significant increase in patients, including a doubling of our hospitalization rate over the past 30 days,” said Dr. Troy Pennington, an emergency room physician at ARMC. “Many of our hospitals are nearing the point of using beds beyond their normal licensed capacity.”

While County hospitals are currently able to handle the increased demand, the Alternate Care Sites are being established to handle potential surges in cases, allowing hospitals to focus resources on those patients with the most serious needs.

“We developed the Alternate Care Sites (ACS) under the authority of the County of San Bernardino and the Board of Supervisors. Locally, the ACS will be operated by ARMC and provide medical care 24/7. Any surge will first be handled within hospital areas, but ACS Village provides an opportunity to care for patients should our hospital fill up,” said ARMC Hospital Director, William Gilbert. “We are grateful to all of the County partners, physicians, nurses and other health care providers who have helped make this happen.”

ACS patients whose conditions worsen will be transferred back to a hospital. Dr. Pennington noted, however, that each ACS is equipped to handle the vast majority of patient needs and is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We will devote the Alternate Care Sites to patients who have already been treated in a hospital and have significantly recovered, yet still require some care before returning home,” Dr. Pennington said. “That will free up beds and other resources for more severely affected COVID-19 patients, as well as people suffering from strokes, heart attacks, accidents and other emergency conditions.”

Document Shredding Event

In honor of those who have been purging and cleaning during COVID, San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman, in partnership with the City of Upland, will be hosting a free document shredding event for all San Bernardino County residents.

The event will be on Saturday, August 8, 2020, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.* at the Public Works Yard, located at 1370 N. Benson Avenue, in Upland.

Please note, face masks/coverings are required.

  • Documents will be shred on-site while you watch
  • Limit of 5 standard filing boxes per vehicle
  • No CD's, DVD's, binders, plastics, x-rays, etc.
  • Receive tips from law enforcement on how to protect your identity
  • San Bernardino County residents only

*Or until the truck reaches capacity.

GO-Biz Now Accepting Applications for California Competes Tax Credits

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is now accepting applications for the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC).  There are $80 million in tax credits available during this application period for businesses that are expanding and adding full-time jobs in the state.  The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 17, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) and the online application website will automatically close once this deadline has passed.  The online application can be accessed at www.calcompetes.ca.gov.

Members of the CCTC team are available to provide technical application assistance.  In addition, an updated application guide, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and program regulations are available at www.business.ca.gov/california-competes-tax-credit.  For applicants that are reapplying, the FAQs include instructions on how to copy information from a previously submitted application.

Businesses interested in learning more about the CCTC can participate in free application webinars.

July 29, 2020
Details and Registration

August 6, 2020
Details and Registration

August 11, 2020
Details and Registration

If you have any questions regarding the CCTC program or application process, please call (916) 322-4051 or email CalCompetes@gobiz.ca.gov.

Free COVID-19 Testing is Now Available for all LA County and San Bernardino County Residents

Whether you are experiencing symptoms or not, LA County residents, you can make an appointment HERE.  For information on San Bernardino County testing events, click HERE.  You can also find more testing resources on my COVID-19 testing webpage HERE

COVID-19’s LOCAL IMPACT, AS OF July 24:

Note: The newsletter retrieves COVID-19 statistics directly from county and city websites. Some cities have discrepancies in case numbers because cases are reclassified from where the person was tested to where the person resides, which could be a different city. For further questions on these numbers, please contact the respective county or city.

  • Los Angeles County: 168,757 confirmed cases, 4,300 deaths
    • Pomona: 2,993 cases
  • San Bernardino: 29,796 confirmed cases, 372 deaths
    • Bloomington: 550 cases
    • Chino: 2,093 cases*
    • Fontana: 3,385 cases
    • Montclair: 574 cases
    • Ontario: 2,566 cases
    • Rialto: 1,612 cases
  • Riverside: 34,467 confirmed cases, 637 deaths
  • Orange County: 33,358 confirmed cases, 556 deaths

*State inmate population at CIM and CIW accounts for a large percentage of cases reported in Chino. See sbcovid19.com and cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/population-status-tracking/ for details.

LA County Public Health Department Reported 57% of New COVID-19 Cases are in People Under 41 Years Old

Officials confirm that the surge of infections and COVID-19 spread is being driven by younger people. People over the age of 65 years old account for 11% of all cases but account for nearly 75% of all deaths. For more details, click here.

State Stockpile of N-95 Masks and Surgical Masks

Governor Newsom announced that the state stockpile has acquired 120 million N-95 masks and 300 million more surgical masks. California's long-term supply of Personal Protective Equipment is to protect the essential workforce and  for the recent surge in cases. For more details, click here.

The City of Chino's Micro-Enterprise Business Grant Program

The City of Chino's Micro-enterprise Business Grant Program deadline is July 28 at 5 p.m. This program will provide Chino businesses with grants of up to $10,000 to cover up to three months of rent. For more details, click here.

California's Statewide Emergency Rules

California's Statewide Emergency rules state that Courts will not process new eviction cases unless needed to protect public health and safety.

This rule applies to cases filed after April 6, 2020. The court will not issue a summons for an eviction case filed after April 6, 2020. In cases filed before April 6, 2020, the Court will not enter a default judgement against a tenant unless the eviction is needed to protect public health and safety and that the tenant did not answer by the legal deadline. Moratorium on evictions does not stop the tenant's obligation to pay rent on time. For more details, click here.

California Department of Public Health Reported the Highest Number of Deaths in a Single Day

157 deaths were reported with 12,040 new cases. For more details, click here.

The City of Ontario Has Two New Housing Programs

The CARES Act Community Development Block Grant to assist qualified low-income Ontario residents in recovering from income loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding is available on a first-qualified first-served basis. For more details, click here.

Nine Inmates and 20 Sheriff’s Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

Nine County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Four inmates are at the West Valley Detention Center, three are at the Central Detention Center, one is at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center, and one is at the High Desert Detention Center.

A total of 210 County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Many of the inmates are only experiencing minor symptoms of the virus. The infected inmates are in isolation, being monitored around the clock, and are being provided with medical treatment. One hundred and sixty-seven inmates have recovered from the illness.

All inmates continue to be provided with face coverings, cleaning supplies, soap, and are urged to wash their hands repeatedly throughout the day. They are routinely reminded of the need to practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Twenty department employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating at home. A total of 138 department employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Ninety-five employees have recovered from the virus; other employees are expected to return to work in the next few weeks.

Young SB Woman with No Underlying Conditions Dies from COVID

A 25-year-old San Bernardino woman died on July 15, becoming the youngest person to die from COVID-19 in San Bernardino County. The woman had no underlying health conditions.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this young woman,” said Acting Public Health Officer, Dr. Erin Gustafson. “This devastating loss is a reminder that this virus can be deadly to anyone, regardless of age or medical history. We urge citizens of San Bernardino County to continue to take this virus seriously and abide by public health recommendations.”

Wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and wash your hands frequently to help control the virus from spreading. As of today, 358 County residents – our friends, family members, coworkers and neighbors – have died from COVID-19.

Her passing is a reminder that this virus can hit all ages. As of today, 43% of COVID-19 cases in San Bernardino County are those between the age of 20 and 39, and the median age of COVID-19 cases is 38 years old.

Working the Frontline of a Pandemic

Dr. Pennington’s fight against COVID-19 is both professional and personal. Dr. Troy Pennington, an emergency room physician at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), has been on the frontline of the COVID-19 outbreak from the start. A lifetime of emergency response training has prepared him for the toughest challenge in his career.

His passion for emergency medical problem-solving all started from an initial career as a firefighter and paramedic. This eventually led him to pursue medical school and a career at ARMC where he is double board certified in emergency medicine and emergency medical services.

As the grandson to the fire chief in Flint, Michigan, Dr. Pennington started out at the young age of 15 as a volunteer firefighter in a small town in Texas. Fast-forward and he is now a respected medical expert in our County continuing a lifelong career as a first responder; although he never anticipated he would be on the frontlines of a pandemic or that it would hit so close to home.

In May, Dr. Pennington’s wife Loren suddenly began experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. She was a healthy, active 31-year-old with no underlying health conditions, but nonetheless was suddenly knocked down by an intense fever. Dr. Pennington remembers the day he received the call while at work.

“It was really frightening -- it never occurred to me that she would be the one to get it,” said Dr. Pennington. “My wife was now a statistic on the dashboard I filled out, and I had to explain to our 5-year-old that he couldn’t be with his mom.”

She was admitted to the hospital because her oxygen saturation levels dropped below normal, but she was able to move back home under treatment by her husband physician.

She spent three weeks in a makeshift hospital bed and for two weeks she was on oxygen. “Once at home, she was quarantined in a bedroom and the rest of the house was deep cleaned. We set up security cameras in the bedroom to monitor her from a distance and our son would Facetime with her regularly,” added Dr. Pennington.

In all, Loren fought COVID-19 for 26 days, in what Dr. Pennington said was a “scary and difficult time.” His wife is now seemingly recovered and Dr. Pennington is back on-call in the emergency room as COVID-19 cases spike. Hospitals throughout the County are filling back up and the County has prepared an Alternative Care Site to possibly address overcrowding.

Speaking from both professional and personal experience, Dr. Pennington urges all residents to be cautious, wear masks, and practice social distancing because “while we don’t know who will get it, we do know what we can do to slow the spread.”

Starting next week, Dr. Troy Pennington will be featured in an upcoming series of informational videos on a variety of topics important to all County residents.

County Launches 'Education/Engagement/Enforcement Plan' to Boost Compliance

Intensifying its efforts to combat COVID-19 and diminish spread of the coronavirus, the County is implementing a COVID-19 Compliance Education/Engagement/Enforcement (EEE) Plan in coordination with local cities. The new campaign is designed to encourage compliance with federal, state and County public health mandates.

“Our County remains on the state’s Monitoring List, which restricts our ability to continue reopening our economy or allow schools to provide in-person instruction,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Getting off the list requires us to show tangible success in reducing new positive cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions — and that requires strict compliance with various public health mandates.”

Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the creation of Strike Teams comprising 10 state agencies working in conjunction with local officials. The Strike Teams, which are focusing on businesses that continue to defy safety mandates, include such agencies as the Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the California Highway Patrol. The Education, Engagement & Enforcement Plan was established to support these Strike Teams.

“Our primary emphasis is on educating high-risk businesses about the critical need to comply with these directives, while offering guidance to assist them in these efforts,” Hagman said. “That includes engaging with business owners to make sure they’re aware of the resources we’ve made available. We prefer to avoid punitive actions but will have no other choice if businesses continue to disregard public health ordinances.”

Initial focus on high-risk operations

The plan’s initial focus will be on identifying high-risk businesses such as bars, restaurants and gyms; the County will also respond to citizen reports of companies flouting public health mandates. The County will work with cities to coordinate efforts and share lists of these businesses, while allowing cities to take the lead in contacting businesses within their borders.

The County Fire Marshal and County Environmental Health Services Division will field a team of 30 inspectors who will be tasked with visiting businesses, confirm reported violations, and offer assistance to help them come into compliance. They will also share details of the industry guidelines developed by the state and encourage them to participate in the County’s COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program.

Enforcement as a last resort

Businesses that continue to operate while ignoring public health requirements will be reported to the state Strike Team and/or local authorities for follow-up. Business owners or residents interested in reviewing the details can find a PDF of the EEE Plan on this webpage within the County’s COVID-19 website.

“Since our initial response to the pandemic, our goal has been to gain voluntary compliance from County businesses and residents, many of whom have suffered from COVID-19 and the resulting economic lockdowns,” said Sheriff John McMahon. “We want to help them survive and prosper — while doing everything possible to halt the spread of this disease. But we need their cooperation if we are to succeed in this effort.”

Webinar: Calling All California Small Business Exporters

Go-Biz has teamed up with Kallman Worldwide and the U.S. Commercial Service to offer California businesses an online series of virtual trade missions designed to link California suppliers directly with pre-screened international buyers, potential partners and buying authorities. Click Here to Register

Employer Playbook for Reopening Safely

Governor Newsom announced new supports for California’s workforce, including preventative measures, employer education and long-lasting worker protections.

Read the Employer Playbook, which provides guidance for employers to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers.

California Competes Tax Credit Application to Open

The next California Competes Tax Credit application period starts Monday, July 27, with $80 million in available tax credits. Businesses interested in applying can register for a webinar explaining the application process. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 17, at 11:59 p.m. Click here to learn more.

COVID Business Resource Guide

During this unprecedented national health crisis, San Bernardino County has continued its work to provide information to help our County businesses to cope with the COVID- 19 pandemic and begin to carefully move forward.
It is no simple task. Each day we are reminded by the challenges and priority to keep our communities healthy and safe while providing the right guidance to business for re-opening.

We are encouraged by the generosity and support of County businesses and residents to support, source, and shop local. Working together will make the difference in our recovery.

The County is following State of California guidelines for re-opening as we move through the approved recovery stages per Governor Newsom. The guidelines are designed to help businesses reduce the risk of COVID-19 and create a safer environment for workers and customers. Learn More

PPP Application Deadline Extended to August 8, 2020

Small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic now have until August 8 to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides loans that are entirely forgivable if borrowers spend at least 60% of the loan funds on payroll expenses. SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. Click here to read more about PPP loan forgiveness.

SBA Now Accepting New Applications for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.

SBA resumed processing EIDL applications that were submitted before the portal stopped accepting new applications on April 15 and will be processing those applications on a first-come, first-served basis. On June 15, SBA began accepting new EIDL and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.

The new eligibility for agricultural businesses is made possible as a result of additional funding appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
  • SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying. Learn More

COVID-19: Enforcing Mask Rules at Work

Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss ways employers can ensure employees comply with state guidelines on masks and social distancing, and continue fostering a healthy workplace. Learn More

COVID-19 and a New Hire’s Expired Identity Document

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a temporary policy beginning on May 1, 2020 that allows an identity document with an expiration date on or after March 1, 2020 to be accepted for I-9 purposes. Learn More

K-12 Schools Re-Opening Plan

Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health issued new guidance on schools reopening in the fall and instructions for school faculty to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Districts may not open schools to in-person instruction until their county has been off the State’s county monitoring list for more than 14 days. For more details on the in-person reopening requirement click here. For the State’s guidelines on how schools should reopen click here.

Eviction Moratorium Extended in LA County

LA County Board of Supervisors voted on July 21st to extend the Eviction Moratorium through September 30, 2020. To contact rent counselors for assistance call (833) 223-7368 and for more details visit rent.lacounty.gov

Updated on 06/23/20

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COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines: What's happening now, and what's next to come?

Friday, July 24, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern

Pharmaceutical companies are working at record speeds to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Before it arrives, we know swift, accurate, and widespread testing is key to a successful reopening strategy.

When can we expect a vaccine? Who will have the first access? What are the latest testing strategies, and will they keep up with demand?

On Friday, guests including Dr. Lloyd B. Minor, Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, will join us to discuss the latest updates on testing and vaccines, and address your pressing questions during a live Q&A.

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Eviction Moratorium extended in LA County

LA County Board of Supervisors voted on July 21st to extend the Eviction Moratorium through September 30, 2020. To contact rent counselors for assistance call (833) 223-7368 and for more details visit rent.lacounty.gov

Mask Requirements Across America: An Analysis and Interactive State Map

Masks have proven to be effective in minimizing the spread of COVID-19, and yet the recent debate and politicization of mask-wearing continue to threaten the reopening of our economy. In an attempt to curb a recent spike in cases, many governors have issued orders requiring masks to be worn in public. As is the case with many corona-related issues; however, guidance related to mask-wearing consists of a patchwork of rules across counties and states, which undermines consumer confidence and thus slows the recovery of economic activity. Learn More

How Public Transportation Agencies are Protecting Riders

As businesses and organizations see at least partial reopening, many County residents will look to buses and trains as their primary means of transportation. It’s important for community members to remain cautious when traveling and fortunately, Omnitrans, Mountain Transit, and Metrolink are taking steps to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

While these organizations have all instituted a variety of common precautions -- such as requiring riders and drivers to wear a face covering -- we wanted to share some additional measures each service is taking to try and ensure your safety.

Serving the San Bernardino Mountain communities, Mountain Transit has transitioned its services to be as contactless as possible, and they strongly recommend carrying exact change to reduce the amount of currency you touch during your transaction. In addition, high-touch areas are routinely cleaned throughout service. Prior to your next trip, the agency encourages residents to download its Mountain Transit DoubleMap app that allows community members to track their bus in real time. Many line schedules have recently been affected by low ridership, so be sure to visit the agency’s website to find up-to-date schedules.

Omnitrans’ bus network has implemented new procedures and changes to provide a safe ridership experience to residents. The agency installed Plexiglas barriers and developed contactless fare options to reduce exposure between drivers and riders. Informational signs have been posted reminding riders to practice social distancing, wear a face mask, and use the newly installed hand sanitizer stations aboard the bus. Omnitrans also routinely deep cleans the inside of all of its buses with electrostatic sprayers. These devices penetrate hard-to-reach surfaces with positively charged particles that aggressively adhere to surfaces and objects. These particles coat the surface while the sanitizing agent disinfects it. Be sure to visit the Omnitrans websitefor updated bus schedule changes.

Metrolink’s cross-county train service has also implemented significant safety improvements in the fight against COVID. Each car is equipped with two hand sanitizer stations, face covering signage, and social distancing reminders. In addition, nightly deep cleaning is performed with electrostatic sprayers to disinfect all high touch surfaces.

As part of Metrolink’s effort to improve its online social distancing tools, the rail system strongly recommends pre-purchasing ticketsonline via their website, or on their mobile app. Metrolink has also recently implemented a new social distancing tool called How Full is My Train. This web feature allows you to check the recent ridership of your train and confirm there’s adequate room for social distancing. More safety improvements can be found on the Metrolink website, along with any relevant scheduling changes that may affect your next ride.

When using any type of public transportation, it’s important to remain cautious. The Center for Disease Control website providesadditional recommendations for staying safe when using public transitand other forms of transportation.

Businesses Take Advantage of COVID Compliant Business Program

Early on, the County launched its COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program to help provide funds for businesses working hard to comply with State and County Health orders and direction. In many ways the funding of $2,500 for eligible small businesses has done more than just provide dollars to invest in PPE support, it has also helped keep people employed and ensure day-to-day business operations.

In this issue we talked to one of our partners in the county. If you are a small business in the county that could use extra funding to support compliance, apply for the program at www.sbcovid19.com. Eligible businesses can receive funding of $2,500 for the first business location and another $1,000 for each additional qualifying location. Deadline for application is August 31, 2020.

From Internet Rights to Streeteries, How the Pandemic Is Changing Working From Home

The pandemic has exposed the state’s long-standing digital divide with a significant share of low-income and rural households lacking reliable internet access. And even though employers have quickly adapted to remote work, the opportunity to work from home has not spread evenly across the workforce. Learn More

Coronavirus Infections Far Higher Than Confirmed But Most Americans Still Not Exposed

Coronavirus infections in the United States are far higher than what has been confirmed, although the number of Americans who have been exposed is far below what is required for widespread immunity, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn More

COVID-19: Planning for School Closures

CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank is joined by employment law experts Bianca Saad and Matthew Roberts to discuss what leave options are available to employees affected by school closures, and how employers should prepare for school closures during the incoming fall school term. Learn More

GO-Biz Hosting Webinars for Businesses Interested in Applying for $80 Million in Tax Credits

The next California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) application period starts Monday, July 27, 2020, with $80 million in available tax credits.  Businesses interested in applying can register to view a live webinar explaining the application process.

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 17, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) and the online application website will automatically close once this deadline has passed.  The online application can be accessed starting July 27, 2020, at www.calcompetes.ca.gov.

Members of the CCTC team are available to provide technical application assistance (CalCompetes@gobiz.ca.gov / 916-322-4051).  An application guide, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), program regulations, and a downloadable version of the webinar presentation are available here.

Complete List of Upcoming Webinars

July 29, 2020
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August 6, 2020
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August 11, 2020
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About California Competes

The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to come to California or stay and grow in California. Tax credit agreements are negotiated by GO-Biz and approved by a statutorily created “California Competes Tax Credit Committee,” consisting of the State Treasurer, the Director of the Department of Finance, the Director of GO-Biz, and one appointee each by the Speaker of the Assembly and Senate Committee on Rules.

About the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as the State of California’s leader for job growth and economic development efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention, and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, regulatory guidance, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. For more information visit: www.business.ca.gov.

K-12 schools re-opening plan

Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health issued new guidance on schools reopening in the fall and instructions for school faculty to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Districts may not open schools to in-person instruction until their county has been off the State’s county monitoring list for more than 14 days. For more details on the in-person reopening requirement click here. For the State’s guidelines on how schools should reopen click here.

Updated on 06/21/20

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Webinar: Restaurant and Food Service Reopening Rollback Best Practices Q&A

Thursday, July 23, 2020

10am - 11am

In response to the recent state reopening rollback, the County of San Bernardino has partnered with the California Restaurant Association to discuss restaurant best practices for in-door dining closure, alternative dining options, marketing and more.

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Avoiding and Identifying COVID-19 Scams

It’s sad, but true: whenever the nation suffers a crisis, criminals seek to take advantage — and the COVID-19 pandemic is no different. Scammers have exploited the crisis to find new ways to cash in at the expense of residents.

Fraud reports have spiked due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, leaving many residents unsure how to avoid scams or report them to authorities. Following are examples of common frauds and tips for recognizing them and avoid being scammed:

Fake at-home COVID-19 testing kits or vaccinations

Scammers may email you or post advertisements on social media promoting remedies to cure or keep you safe from COVID-19. These ads are completely misleading and are tailored to take as much of your money as possible. Moreover, these kits can also negatively impact your health by exposing you to unknown chemicals.

There are no FDA-authorized home test kits or vaccinations for the coronavirus. Visit sites like coronavirus.govand usa.gov/coronavirus to check for any official medical breakthrough that may occur in the future.

IRS impersonators

You may be contacted by criminals impersonating the IRS who ask about your stimulus check or request your personal information, claiming such information is necessary if you are to receive future financial support. In reality, the IRS will never call you or contact you via email or text.

Do not provide any personal information — especially with credit card or social security numbers — to anyone contacting you regarding your stimulus check. They are only pretending to be the IRS.

Illegal robocalls

Robocalls are often used by scammers to try and sell you phony low-priced health insurance and work-at-home schemes. Hang up immediately on illegal robocalls. Avoid pressing any numbers during the call as that may lead to more robocalls in the future.

Check with your phone service provider to see if they offer any spam call filters, and be sure to also register yourself on the National Do Not Call Registry to reduce robocalls to your phone.

Fake charities

Scammers often pretend to be representatives of a legitimate charity and prey on a person’s goodwill by asking for donations to their cause. They may call or email you for donations with no (or fake) proof of official affiliation to a charity they claim to be representing. By donating, your money will end up in the scammers’ pockets and not with the charity you were hoping to support.

Always do your homework before donating and make sure you only submit funds through the charity’s official channels, such as its website or official address. Never respond to a charity that asks for donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.

It’s important for residents to do their own research, and if any scammers contact you, report their suspicious activity to the Federal Trade Commission at ftccomplaintassistant.gov.

State Changes Course Again on Hair and Nail Salons and Barbershops: Outdoor Operations Now Allowed

The governor today announced that after some back and forth last week hair salons, nail salons, barbershops and other personal care services are now allowed to operate outdoors under specific guidance issued by the State today.

The new guidance also applies to esthetic, skin care, cosmetology and massage therapy in non-healthcare settings.

Electrology, tattooing and piercing services may not be provided in outdoor settings because they are invasive procedures that require a controlled hygienic environment to be performed safely.

You might recall that last week the State announced it was limiting these services to the outdoors in counties on the State Monitoring List, including San Bernardino County. Later in the week, the State announced outdoor service would not be allowed due to existing California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology regulations. That changed today.

California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology regulations along with those of Cal/OSHA still apply, but hair salons and barbershops may operate outdoors in Monitoring List counties if the following guidance is followed:

  • Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement.
  • Salons and barbershops should not perform a service that would require a customer to have to enter the establishment.
  • Ensure any outdoor shade or outdoor working area has the same ventilation and airflow as the outdoors. Outdoor shaded areas can be configured to block wind but cannot be enclosed or partially enclosed on more than one side in a way that otherwise restricts normal airflow.
  • Rewiring and the use of electrical extension cords can increase the likelihood of electrical hazards, including fire and electrocution. Ensure that outdoor operations comply with Cal/OSHA and all code requirements.
  • Ensure there are no tripping hazards from cords or other equipment in outdoor work areas.
  • Use skin protection when not under shade.
  • Stop operations, move away from electrical wiring and equipment, and seek indoor shelter if there is lightning within six miles of your location.

Business owners should refer to the official new guidance for hair salons and barbershopsand personal care services. More information can be found on the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology website.

DMV Extension

The DMV is providing an automatic one-year extension to Californians age 70 and older with a noncommercial driver license with an expiration date between March 1 and December 31, 2020. Here is a full summary of driver license extensions:

Expiration Month Status
Age 70 & older
(noncommercial)
March-December 2020 Extended one year from original expiration date
Age 69 & younger
(noncommercial)
March-July 2020 Extended to July 31, 2020 Expanded eligibility to renew online or by mail
Commercial (all ages)

 

March-September 2020 Extended to September 30, 2020
Learner’s permits March-August 2020 Extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extended to August 8, 2020

The PPP resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020 in response to the program’s extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a PPP loan is August 8, 2020. Learn more here.

Tax Relief for California Employers

California employers are gaining some relief associated with unemployment benefits resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here and view page 3 for more details.

Testing Locations

Find a COVID-19 testing site near you by clicking here. Alternatively, you can view testing information by selecting a county: OrangeLos Angeles, or San Bernardino.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is an important step in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Health workers will talk to those who have tested positive, alerting individuals they may have been exposed and discuss the next steps. Any information collected by public health workers is confidential. Learn more about California’s contact tracing program.

California Unemployment Falls, But Virus Surge Likely to Reverse Job Gains

California added 558,200 jobs from mid-May to mid-June and state unemployment fell from 16.4% to 14.9% — but don’t start celebrating yet. The numbers don’t account for the resurgence of COVID-19 cases throughout the U.S. and in California in the last half of June or the retreat in plans to reopen the economy. Learn More

Beware of New Unemployment Insurance Scams

As the nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, including an 11.1 percent unemployment rate in June, a new threat has emerged — unemployment insurance scams. Learn More

Face Masks Really Do Matter. The Scientific Evidence Is Growing.

Face masks are emerging as one of the most powerful weapons to fight the novel coronavirus, with growing evidence that facial coverings help prevent transmission—even if an infected wearer is in close contact with others. Learn More

Resources for Small Businesses and Startups

Today, the California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF), with the support of the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at GO-Biz, hosted a rapid response session entitled, "Small Business Relief and Recovery." Today's session featured a discussion on small business recovery and strategies for marketplace adaptation, capital, and technology.

To watch today's session, which featured the speakers listed below, click the image above or here:
Isabel Guzman, Director of the CalOSBA and State Government Lead of the ETF
Sarah Friar, CEO, Nextdoor
Everett Sands, CEO, Lendistry

We are here for you. The rapid response sessions for California small businesses and entrepreneurs occur every Friday, alternating in Spanish and English. To learn more about the next sessions, click here.

Fourteen County Jail Inmates; 10 Sheriff’s Employees Test Positive For COVID-19

Fourteen County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Eight inmates are at the West Valley Detention Center, two are at the Central Detention Center, one is at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center, and three are at the High Desert Detention Center. Five inmates were new arrests and determined to be positive for the virus during their medical assessment when they arrived at the jail.

A total of 188 County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Many of the inmates are only experiencing minor symptoms of the virus. The infected inmates are in isolation, being monitored around the clock, and are being provided with medical treatment. One hundred and fifty-five inmates have recovered from the illness.

All inmates continue to be provided with face coverings, cleaning supplies, soap, and are urged to wash their hands repeatedly throughout the day. They are routinely reminded of the need to practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Ten department employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating at home. A total of 115 department employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Eighty-seven employees have recovered from the virus; other employees are expected to return to work in the next few weeks.

Clarifying State Mandate on Closed Personal Care Services

Effective July 13, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered that specific businesses on the county monitoring list must close immediately in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This applies to all hair salons, barber shops and personal care services (which includes nail salons, esthetic salons, and electrology offices) that are within the monitored counties, which includes San Bernardino County.

There was some question on whether these services could be performed outdoors, however Section 7317 of the Business and Professions Code requires that all barbering, cosmetology and electrology services be performed in a licensed establishment. Therefore, establishments that are within San Bernardino County must close immediately and not offer any services (including any outdoor services).

County Data Shows Majority of COVID Cases Comes from Private Gatherings

Four months into closures and stay-at-home efforts, we are all tired of the COVID-19 pandemic and wish we could just get back to normal. Unfortunately, the virus and the disease are still with us. It’s still infecting County residents (over 21,000 so far). It’s still sending people to the hospital (some 600 are there right now). And it’s still killing our family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues (310 of our County residents are no longer with us).

So while we’d all enjoy getting together with friends and extended family members, these types of gatherings are still prohibited under the State’s stay-at-home order, and public health officials are strenuously warning against violating that order, pointing out that private gatherings have been clearly linked to recent COVID-19 outbreaks.

In the last 28 days, 71% of those infected with COVID-19 told a contact tracer that they had attended a family gathering in the last 14 days -- a total of 228 people out of 319 interviewed by contact tracers that indicated they attended a gathering. Three percent of those infected told contact tracers that they had attended a religious service and 3 percent indicated they had attended a protest in the last 14 days.

All of this means that the safest option for a family get together still remains a virtual gathering, using digital tools such as Zoom or Facetime. It is foolish to endanger the lives of those you love the most.

Remember that anyone can get COVID-19, and the data now shows that the majority of confirmed cases (52.2%) is coming from those between the age of 20 and 39. And 24.4% of the cases are between the age of 10 and 19. What hasn’t changed is that the elderly and those with underlying health conditions are at extreme risk of death if they contract COVID-19. Please, think twice about exposing them to younger family members who may have been socializing with others outside the household.

Despite any order or health expert advice, we know there will always be some who will gather anyway and put all of us at risk. We hope those who do will at the very least minimize the size of their gatherings; keep everyone outdoors, masked, and at least six feet apart at all times; and ensure no items are touched by more than one person.

Gathering with family and friends from other households -- chatting, laughing, and having a great time -- is precisely how this virus spreads. That’s why the State’s stay-at-home order banning gatherings among people from different households is an order, not simply advice.

The best option for you and those you love is to gather virtually, or wait until orders have been lifted. The more we care about our families and friends by being responsible, the sooner we will defeat COVID-19 and the sooner life can return to normal.

State Limits County Schools to Distance Learning to Start School Year

Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced a new policy affecting all K-12 schools in those counties on the State’s Monitoring List — which currently includes San Bernardino County. The new policy mandates that schools limit instruction to distance learning until the County is removed from the Monitoring List for 14 days — at which point they may resume in-person instruction with specific guidelines and limitations.

“This announcement reaffirms how important it is for all County residents and businesses to work together so we can move off the state’s Monitoring List,” said Corwin Porter, interim director of the County’s Department of Public Health.

The Monitoring List also governs whether we can reopen business sectors. It points to specific criteria in elevated case transmission, hospitalization and ICU bed capacity. Residents can monitor our County’s daily progress for these essential criteria on our COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboardunder the CDPH Monitoring tab.

“Rigorous distance learning”

In his announcement today, Gov. Newsom stressed the importance of “rigorous distance learning” and noted there will be state assistance in technology devices.

“The virus will be with us for a year or more, and school districts must provide meaningful instruction in the midst of this pandemic,” the governor said in a statement. “Students, staff and parents all prefer in-classroom instruction, but only if it can be done safely.”

In his press conference, Gov. Newsom addressed distance learning by saying teachers must have have daily interactions with students, challenging assignments and work that can be adapted for ESL and special education students.

Strict criteria announced when schools do re-open

When our County is allowed to reopen – subject to staying off the Monitoring List for 14 days – all staff and students in third grade and above will be required to wear masks, have symptom checks to enter school, and have sanitation stations. In addition, social distancing between students and teachers are required.

The state’s new guidelines largely conform to a COVID-19 Guide and Toolkit in development by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health in consultation with County school districts. The toolkit, which is being modified in consideration of the State’s announcement today, will offer specific guidance for how schools should respond to the emergence of positive cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers, staff and school visitors. It will list actions school officials should take to isolate and protect individuals who have tested positive or have possibly been exposed to the virus, as well as guidance for implementing contact tracing to curtail further infections.

“We will continue to work closely with school districts in the County to help them prepare for resumption of in-person instructions when conditions permit,” Porter said. “The Toolkit will be an invaluable tool once we gain permission to reopen in-person instruction.”

US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Today we sat down with Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss the current state of the pandemic, where we are on testing and vaccines, and how businesses should prepare for the coming months. Watch Video

To continue to the conversation from Monday’s program, here is the event video with Starbucks, IBM, and Dow on the lessons we can learn from companies that have been operating throughout the pandemic and the best practices they’ve developed along the way. Watch Video

We hope these episodes were helpful to you and that you’ll share these videos with your networks. We look forward to hosting you again next Thursday, July 23 for a deep dive discussion on testing and vaccines.

Message From Senator Ling Ling Chang

Dear Friend,

As you may know, the Governor announced that California is closing certain indoor businesses operations. In Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties the following indoor operations must close: dine in restaurants; wineries & tasting rooms; movie theaters; family entertainment centers; zoos and museums; cardrooms; all bars; fitness centers; places of worship, offices for non-critical sectors; personal care services; hair salons and barbershops; and malls.

I know you are frustrated with the constant modifications and an uncertain future in this coronavirus world. I assure you that I’m committed to making change, and I invite you to help me better advocate for you by taking this five question survey on schools, work, and reopening.

As always, please do not hesitate to email me at Senator.Chang@senate.ca.gov or call 714-671-9474 if I may be of assistance.

Sincerely,
Ling Ling Chang
29th District

US, Canada and Mexico Borders to Stay Closed for Travelers

The U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to keep their shared borders closed to non-essential traffic until at least late August because of COVID-19. Learn More

Reminder: FFCRA Requires Most Employers to Provide Paid Leave for COVID-19-Related Reasons

As COVID-19 cases increase, employers may be getting more requests for leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the federal law passed in March that requires employers to provide paid leave to employees for certain COVID-19-related reasons. Additionally, some employers who were shut down when the new law passed may get FFCRA requests for the first time but not be familiar with the law. Here’s a quick refresher on the basics of the new FFCRA leaves. Learn More

Coronavirus: Breaking Down the Outbreaks in Northern and Southern California

Cut California in half and you’re still left with two of five largest remaining states. You’re also left with two distinct coronavirus outbreaks — one that has been raging for months and another that is just catching up. Learn More

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Acting Director Releases Joint Statement with California Labor Secretary on June Employment Numbers

Following the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) release of the state’s employment data from June, the Acting Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), Chris Dombrowski issued the following joint statement with California’s Labor Secretary, Julie A. Su:

“The unemployment rate for June decreased slightly to 14.9 percent as California began modifying its Stay at Home order and 558,200 jobs were added to the economy. In the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is crucial that we remember that every Californian has a role to play as we work to safely recover. Our individual actions impact our collective future which is why wearing a face covering, washing hands, staying home when possible, and adhering to state and local guidance will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure we can once again regrow our economy.”

City of Chino Hills Adopts Temporary Policies to Help Businesses and Restaurants

Chino Hills, CA – The City of Chino Hills has approved temporary policies to help restaurants and businesses facing significant economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants and retail food facilities are encouraged to contact the City to take advantage of a streamlined, simplified process, to provide additional seating outdoors in adjacent parking areas or patios. Staff is providing expedited processing for the no cost Outdoor Dining Patio permit. An application is available online at www.chinohills.org/OutdoorDining. In addition, permit fees for temporary banners and special retail business promotion events have been waived. Contact the Community Development Department at (909) 364-2740 for an appointment and information. The City Council also relaxed yard sale regulations temporarily waiving the limit of three yard sales per year, and dropping the permit requirement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PR20-055 Chino Hills Adopts Temporary Policies for Outdoor Dining, etc

U.S. Chamber’s Policy Priorities

U.S. Chamber CEO Tom Donohue sent a letter to the president and congressional leaders urging temporary and targeted legislative action in the following five key areas:

1. Liability Protection Against Unwarranted Lawsuits

2. Support for Small and Mid-Size Employers

3. Financial Assistance for Childcare Providers and K-12 Schools

4. Unemployment Benefits and Funding for Job Training

5. Assistance for State and Local Governments

Parents Must Have a Say in Districts’ Distance Learning Plans Under New California Law

Dissatisfied with the uneven quality of distance learning among school districts after they closed in March, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature established minimum requirements for the next school year in legislation accompanying the 2020-21 budget. Learn More

Facing COVID-19 on California’s Rural Front

California’s most heavily populated counties are drawing the most attention as COVID-19 spikes and spreads, with Los Angeles reporting more than 140,000 cases and nearly 3,900 deaths since March. Learn More

More Time to Apply for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Legislation signed by the President last weekend extends the deadline to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to August 8, 2020. Learn More

Free Business Webinars hosted by the Workforce Development Board

San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Board has partnered with regional business experts to provide employers in San Bernardino County access to free and informative business webinars. A number of topics are scheduled for July and August. To see what is coming up and to register, go to https://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/events/

Register now for these upcoming webinars:

July 23: Maintaining, Improving, and Sustaining Productivity in the COVID-19 Virtual Workplace.
https://covidsafe.eventbrite.com

July 30: Supply Chain Optimization on the Road to Recovery. https://supplychainopt.eventbrite.com

Keeping You Informed on When and How Businesses Can Open

Industry sectors in the County are getting constantly shifting news on whether they can open or close almost weekly. We’re trying to keep you up-to-date with the latest “What’s Open?” news at sbcovid19.com. When you click the “What’s Open/What’s Not” page link, you will see a current list of business sectors and services that are open or closed along with state required guidelines.

Our goal is to continue on the path of reopening, but to get there, we’ll need everyone’s cooperation. Please remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice six-feet social distancing. Let’s show our local businesses some love by working together so that they can keep their doors open and employees safe.

Here is a current list of open businesses and recreational activities:

Campgrounds

Child care

Convenience stores

Restaurants and food trucks (only outdoor and takeout)

Limited services (appliance repair, car washes, dog walking, pet grooming, residential and janitorial cleaning, plumbing)

Lodging

Retail

Schools

Eat Local Web Map

San Bernardino County is home to many restaurants and a variety of dining experiences. In an effort to support our local economy, the Economic Development team has created an interactive map to showcase various local restaurants – where you can take advantage of take out and outdoor dining.

Find a new favorite and support your neighborhood eateries! Visit our Eat Local WebMap!

Calling all Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal

As we all know, small businesses in San Bernardino County have been hit hard by the pandemic and have struggled to keep their doors open and employees hired.

To help bring patrons back, the state has announced a new campaign -- “Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal” – that encourages people to support small businesses in their communities who have made the important modifications to protect public health and desperately need customers back in their stores.

The campaign is a call to action to help our County’s diverse neighborhoods thrive and help small business owners grow their digital footprints. As the core of the campaign is a website that offers small business owners critical tools and online resources, including social media graphics, free consulting and access to personal protective equipment (PPE). These resources will help California’s entrepreneurs adapt to new consumer and market demands and create safer shopping experiences by improving those small businesses’ online presence.

Specifically, business owners can find links at https://business.ca.gov/shopsafeshoplocal to find:

A free digital media toolkit with graphics and content to be used on a business’ social media pages or website

Free consulting, in 31 different languages

Resources and offers to help businesses operate safely and build a digital footprint

Easy links to find the latest guidelines and county variances for different industry sectors

Access to PPE through SafelyMakingCA.org, California’s new PPE marketplace

Some of California’s industry leaders have partnered with the state to assist small businesses in this campaign, such as Google, UPS, GoDaddy, Nextdoor, eBay and Yelp, to name a few.

Helpful Links:

  • California Officials Rolling Back Reopenings as Coronavirus Surge Creates New Crisis -Learn More
  • California Orders Closure of Indoor Operations of Additional Sectors - State’s COVID-19 website.
  • IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Pandemic EBT benefits Deadline Extended this Wednesday - ca.p-ebt.org.
  • Why Temperature Checks, Doctor's Note May Be OK for COVID-19 - Learn More
  • Vacation Policy Factors to Consider During COVID-19 Pandemic - Learn More
  • California DMV Gives Another Extension to Seniors with Expiring Driver Licenses - Learn More
  • COVID-19: Enforcing Mask Rules at Work - Learn More
  • San Bernardino County Hospitals Have Reached a New Hospitalization Record with 587 COVID-19 Patients - click here.
  • Riverside County ICU beds were 99% full on Sunday - click here
  • The City of Chino's Microenterprise Business Grant Program will Reopen Application Submissions -cityofchino.org/bizgrant
  • COVID-19 Testing Appointments are Available to Book Online and to Check Testing Availability - sbcovid19.com
  • Ovitt Family Community Library in Ontario is Open - ontarioca.gov/library
  • Employees Who Have Symptoms -click here
  • Resources Available for Citizens' Emotional Support and Well-Being - clicking here
  • More than 900 Inmates Have Tested Positive at California Institution for Men at Chino - click here.
  • California Revamps Testing Guidelines as Virus Surges - Learn More
  • Will California Students Fill Classrooms in the Fall? - Learn More

Will California Students Fill Classrooms in the Fall?

Newsom Says It Depends on the District. Without a definitive statewide decision on whether schools should reopen their physical doors during the coronavirus outbreak this fall, each California district is pursuing its own path. Local officials are left balancing teachers unions concerns over members’ safety with the demands of some parents eager for their children to return to school. Learn More

California Revamps Testing Guidelines as Virus Surges

California revamped its guidelines for COVID-19 testing to focus of those in hospitals or considered at high risk of infection as the surging pandemic strained testing capacity. Learn More

Riverside County ICU beds were 99% full on Sunday

More than a third of the occupied beds were suspected and confirmed coronavirus patients. Hospitals redirected the overflow of patients into surge-capacity beds equipped with ventilators and IV pumps. For the full article, click here.

The City of Chino's Microenterprise Business Grant Program will Reopen Application Submissions

July 14 through July 28 at 5 pm. The grants awarded to Chino businesses amount up to $10,000 to cover up to three months of rent and lease payments. Funding for qualifying businesses will be first come, first serve and applications can be found at cityofchino.org/bizgrant

COVID-19 Testing Appointments are Available to Book Online and to Check Testing Availability

No symptoms required and the test is free. Face coverings must be worn at all times. To book an appointment, visitsbcovid19.com

Ovitt Family Community Library in Ontario is Open

By appointment only and limited to one hour blocks. Access to computer and printing is available. To make an appointment visit ontarioca.gov/library

Employees Who Have Symptoms

When they arrive at work or become sick during the day should immediately be separated from others. Immediately notify your supervisor and stay home if you develop symptoms outside of work. For more information on preparing your small business for covid-19, click here

Resources Available for Citizens' Emotional Support and Well-Being

24-hour hotlines for those that wish to speak to someone and more resources can be found by clicking here.

More than 900 Inmates Have Tested Positive at California Institution for Men at Chino

On May 30th 121 inmates were transferred from Chino to San Quentin. As of July 7th, San Quentin has 1,441 confirmed cases on Covid 19, more than one-third of the prison's inmate population of 3,450. For more info, click here.

San Bernardino County Hospitals Have Reached a New Hospitalization Record with 587 COVID-19 Patients as of Sunday

166 COVID-19 patients were in the ICU as of Sunday. For more details on COVID-19 hospitalization by county, click here.

COVID-19: Enforcing Mask Rules at Work

CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss ways employers can ensure employees comply with state guidelines on masks and social distancing, and continue fostering a healthy workplace. Learn More

California DMV Gives Another Extension to Seniors with Expiring Driver Licenses

The new grace period from the California Department of Motor Vehicles is meant to prevent drivers 70 and older — a population vulnerable to COVID 19 — from visiting a field office during the pandemic. Now, for those with licenses set to expire between March and December, a visit won’t be needed until that time in 2021. Learn More

Vacation Policy Factors to Consider During COVID-19 Pandemic

A consequence of the prolonged shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically reduced travel. As a result, during this time many employees are not taking earned vacation time and may not do so for months resulting in the following question from employers: Can we change our vacation policies as a result of the employees not using their time? Learn More

Why Temperature Checks, Doctor’s Note May Be OK for COVID-19

With the current coronavirus pandemic, I have been wondering what I can do to protect my employees in the workplace. May we take the temperature of our employees before they begin working each day? If I have an employee who reports that he has tested positive for COVID-19, can I require him to provide me with a doctor’s note certifying his fitness for duty before returning to work? Learn More

Hospitalizations Rates Increase in the County, but Not Death Rates

Hospitalizations due to the coronavirus have been on the rise across San Bernardino County, but despite the increase, the County has seen death rates drop in area hospitals. According to local health professionals, this is partially due to local healthcare workers’ ability to manage and treat COVID-19.

In short, doctors have learned a lot since seeing and treating the first rush of COVID-19 patients in March, when most had never seen a person sick with the virus. Four months later, nearly every emergency room and intensive care physician in the country is intimately familiar with the disease. In that time, they’ve learned a lot about how best to treat patients.

For example, in the initial months of the pandemic, patients hospitalized with low oxygen saturation levels were put on ventilators, which is common with similar respiratory issues such as pneumonia. As health experts became more familiar with the virus, there’s been alternatives to help patients get enough oxygen to avoid needing a ventilator. In some cases, patients experiencing low oxygen saturation levels benefit from CPAP or BiPAP machines.

CPAP or BiPAP machines are non-invasive mechanical ventilation systems that can help a patient breathe by pushing air through a mask that is placed over the nose and mouth. Straps keep the mask in place. A machine pushes air and oxygen through the mask, and the pressure of the air helps the patient breathe.

A ventilator, on the other hand, uses a machine to push air and oxygen into the lungs through a tube in a patient’s windpipe. The tube goes through the mouth or nose, through the windpipe and into the lungs. The tube is about as big around as a dime.

“We find that we can bridge people on these high-flow oxygen devices for a period of several days and in many cases avoid intubation,” said Dr. Troy Pennington from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

Also, doctors now are more vigilant to the threat from blood clots, which have appeared in many COVID-19 patients over the past months. Healthcare professionals can now act quickly to provide treatment as blood clots occur at a higher rate in COVID-19 patients.

And finally, doctors now have better medications for hospitalized patients. Since March, doctors have worked through different options like hydroxychloroquine, which turned out not to be effective. Now they are using remdesivir, an antiviral drug that is helping many COVID-19 patients recover more quickly, as well as the steroid dexamethasone, which helps improve the survival rate for patients on ventilators.

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Pandemic EBT benefits Deadline Extended this Wednesday

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and did not get their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card in the mail can apply online. Make sure to apply by July 15th, 2020, at ca.p-ebt.org.

California Orders Closure of Indoor Operations of Additional Sectors

Responding to significant increases in positive test results, hospitalizations and ICU admissions, Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced further mandates to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Details can be found on the State’s COVID-19 website.

The State has immediately expanded closures previously only required for counties on the state’s monitoring list to the entire state. These include indoor operations for dine-in restaurants, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, museums and cardrooms. Breweries, bars and pubs are required to close both indoor and outdoor operations entirely in every county.

In addition, within the 31 counties on the state’s monitoring list – which include San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties and represent approximately 80% of the state’s population – the State requires the closure of indoor operations in sectors that tend to promote the mixing of populations which make adherence to social distancing and wearing face masks difficult. Businesses in these sectors that are unable to operate outdoors must close immediately under the State’s order. They include:

Gyms and fitness centers
Place of worship
Offices for non-critical sectors
Personal care services (e.g., nail salons, massage and tattoo facilities)
Hair salons and barber shops
Indoor malls

Gov. Newsom noted that while the increase in testing has led to growth in positive cases, the positivity rate has recently trended down. However, new positive cases are averaging 8,211 a day. Moreover, hospitalizations have increased 28% over the past 14 days and ICU admissions have jumped 39% over the same period. Overall, the state has had more than 320,000 COVID-19 cases and 7,000 deaths.

“Until we have a vaccine or effective therapy, we have no choice but to continue taking steps to mitigate the spread of the virus,” said Newsom. “Californians must adapt to new behaviors if we are to slow the spread.”

California Officials Rolling Back Reopenings as Coronavirus Surge Creates New Crisis

With the coronavirus death toll in California jumping past 7,000 and cases continuing to surge, more parts of the state are rolling back reopening plans as they try desperately to slow outbreaks and prevent more hospitals from hitting capacity. Learn More

 

Helpful Links:

Covid Compliant Business Partnership Program Funds Still Available - https://sbcovid19.com/

CDC Health Advisory - click here

Businesses Must Close Indoor Operations - click here

Pandemic EBT Benefits Deadline Extended - ca.p-ebt.org

Guidelines for Restaurants to Shift From Indoor Seating to Outdoor Dining - listed here

Coronavirus Unemployment: California Jobless Claims Drop for Two Weeks in a Row - Learn More

Schools May Return to 100% Distance Learning - Learn More

CalChamber Compiles Resources to Help Employers Foster Diversity in the Workplace - Lean More

 

Ridesharing Safety During COVID-19

Although current COVID-19 conditions suggest now may not be the time to use ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, new safety guidelines are available for people who need to hail a car. The major services have updated their protocols in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and are expected to continue updating them as conditions evolve.

Both Uber and Lyft have implemented safety protocols based on guidelines developed by the CDC. Although there are minor differences between each company’s policies, both require drivers and riders to wear face coverings and drivers are instructed to clean and sanitize high-touch areas of their vehicles following each ride.

Both services have added a mandatory personal health checklist for drivers, and Uber also requires drivers to verify they are wearing a face mask via selfie detecting software. Maximum rider capacity has also been reduced from four to three people, and all shared-ride options have been suspended.

Most importantly, both companies are urgently asking customers to refrain from their services if they are feeling even slightly ill. The ridesharing services are expected to continue modifying their safety protocols in response to updated CDC guidelines.

Guidance for Employees Exposed to COVID-19

With many businesses and enterprises reopening, employers and employees are asking how they should respond if an employee tests positive for COVID-19. The answer is simple: the infected employee must stay home and self-quarantine for at least 10 days following the first appearance of symptoms.

In addition, the individual must show improvement in resolving respiratory symptoms (such as a cough or shortness of breath). Once the employee returns to work, they should follow all public health recommendations, maintain good hygiene and continue to self-monitor for symptoms.

The County’s Department of Public Health has put together a detailed flow-chart for employers to reference, which can be found here. This information can and should be shared with the workforce.

When family or household members test positive

A more challenging question is how to handle cases where an employee’s family or household member tests positive for COVID-19. San Bernardino County Public Health officials recommend a Symptom- and Time-Based Approach to handling these cases, as opposed to needing multiple negative test results in order to return to work.

If an employee has a household member who tests positive, the first step is to determine whether the employee had prolonged exposure in the prior two days to the infected person. If not, the individual may continue to work as long as they can avoid close contact with the infected household member. Nonetheless, the employee should still carefully monitor him- or herself for symptoms and immediately contact their healthcare provider if symptoms develop.

On the other hand, if an employee has had prolonged exposure to an infected person, then he or she should remain at home under quarantine until 14 days after the infected household member has been released from isolation (i.e., confirmed to be non-infectious). In such cases the employee should be allowed to work remotely if at all possible.

If the employee develops no symptoms during this period, they may return to work 14 days after the infected individual has been released from isolation. If the employee does develop symptoms, they should contact their healthcare provider, who will likely arrange a test. If the employee tests positive, they should follow the guidelines outlined previously (stay home, self-quarantine for at least 10 days, have no fever, etc.). If the employee’s test results are negative, they should continue to quarantine until 14 days after the infected household member is released from isolation.

Employees engaged in critical infrastructure and/or essential services

If an employee who is engaged in critical infrastructure and/or essential services tests positive or develops symptoms, the same rules apply as to anyone else. However, when such individuals do not show symptoms, they may be allowed to continue working under the following conditions.

First, whenever possible, organizations should allow employees with the highest risk factors — those who’ve had prolonged or close contact with a confirmed case, those who are 65-years-old and above, and those having underlying medical conditions — to stay home.

However, when that option is not feasible, the employee may continue providing services so long as they avoid working with high-risk populations and adhere to a Workplace Monitoring Program. The program, which is based on the CDC’s Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Exposed to COVID-19, is designed to protect all employees and members of the community. Remember: If an employee actually develops symptoms they must return home immediately.

Workplace Monitoring Program

Businesses or other enterprises that provide critical infrastructure and/or essential services are strongly encouraged to establish and maintain a Workplace Monitoring Program comprising the following elements. A Workplace Monitoring Program is suggested for all employers in the County, large and small.

Pre-screening. The employer should measure a (potentially) exposed employee’s temperature — ideally before they actually enter the workplace facility.

Monitor. Exposed employees should self-monitor for symptoms.

Face Coverings. The exposed employee must wear a face mask at all times until 14 days after last exposure to an infected individual.

Social distancing. An exposed employee must maintain 6 feet of distance and practice social distancing whenever work duties safely permit.

Disinfection. Both the employer and an exposed employee must routinely clean and disinfect workspaces, including offices, common areas and restrooms, as well as high-touch surfaces and shared equipment.

If an exposed employee tests negative for the disease and displays no symptoms, they should nevertheless continue to self-quarantine and follow the guidance presented above. It is important to remember that a negative test does not eliminate the possibility of developing symptoms later.

CalChamber Compiles Resources to Help Employers Foster Diversity in the Workplace

To help employers foster an inclusive workforce and learn other ways to address systemic bias,
the CalChamber has developed a webpage compiling relevant information and educational resources. Lean More

Schools May Return to 100% Distance Learning

... Some school districts may return to 100% distance learning this fall as California’s coronavirus surge pushes them to rethink their reopening plans. Learn More

Coronavirus Unemployment: California Jobless Claims Drop for Two Weeks in a Row

California’s battered job market showed signs of improvement amid widespread business shutdowns and cutbacks due to the coronavirus with a decrease in first-time claims for unemployment, federal labor officials reported Thursday. Learn More

Guidelines for Restaurants to Shift From Indoor Seating to Outdoor Dining

San Bernardino County released guidelines for restaurants in unincorporated areas to relocate from indoor seating to outdoor COVID-compliant dining. The guidelines are listed here.

Pandemic EBT Benefits Deadline Extended

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and did not get their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card in the mail can apply online. Make sure to apply by July 15th, 2020, at ca.p-ebt.org.

Businesses must close indoor operations

The California Department of Public Health is requiring LA County, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange County to close indoor operation of dine-in restaurants, wineries, and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and card rooms. Additionally, bars and breweries will shutdown indoor and outdoor operations. For more details, click here.

CDC Health Advisory

Do not use any hand sanitizer manufactured by "Eskbiochen SA de CV", due to the presence of a toxic alcohol which can cause blindness and/or death when absorbed through the skin or when swallowed. For more details, click here.

COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program Funds Still Available

To support San Bernardino County small businesses and ensure ongoing compliance with State and County Health orders and guidelines, the County launched the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program.

Since its launch close to 3,500 County businesses have received funding to support adoption of these important guidelines. Businesses that meet requirements can receive $2,500 in funding. Business owners with additional eligible locations in the County can receive $1,000 for each additional location.

Applications are being accepted online at https://sbcovid19.com/ now until August 31 or until funding is exhausted. All businesses that apply and are determined to be a COVID-Compliant Business Partner will be issued a “This Business Partner is COVID Compliant” window graphic to show customers and clients that they are doing their part.

Outdoor Dining Guidelines Released

With temporary restrictions now in place on certain indoor business operations, including indoor dining, we have announced the following guidelines for businesses in unincorporated areas that wish to temporarily relocate indoor seating from a permitted facility for outdoor COVID-compliant dining:

These guidelines apply to businesses in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Businesses within a specific city need to understand that city’s specific requirements.

Due to the temporary nature of the restrictions, relocating indoor seating to outdoors will be considered in substantial conformance with existing County permits. Only a courtesy COVID compliance/safety inspection is required.
A maximum of 50% on-site parking spaces may be converted to dining space.
Outdoor seating must maintain six feet of separation between tables.

Outdoor dining must not encroach into drive aisles, or conflict with any vehicle traffic or pedestrian access to the facility.
Encroachment permits are required for any obstruction in public right-of-way.
Other permit requirements, including hours of operation, remain in effect.
Outdoor dining must not impede disabled access.

CAL/OSHA and Department of Public Health requirements remain in effect.
Temporary authorization from ABC is required for outdoor alcohol service.
Contact County Code Enforcement at (909) 884-4056 for a courtesy inspection.

National Testing Supply Shortage Impacting CountyTesting Capabilities

For the immediate short term, San Bernardino County will be limiting COVID-19 testing in response to severe supply chain disruptions. The County hopes to resume its expanded testing regime by next week, once it obtains adequate testing supplies.

“There have been concerns about testing supply shortages throughout the state and within our county,” said Interim County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. “We are continuously trying to obtain the necessary resources to ensure that we can provide testing in our county at peak capacity.”

The supply shortage is not limited to San Bernardino County, but rather is affecting communities around the state and the nation. According to a recent survey by the Association for Molecular Pathology, more than 70% of U.S. clinical laboratories have suffered significant delays to COVID-19 testing programs as a result of ongoing supply chain disruptions. The organization said that the expansion of COVD-19 testing capacity at laboratories around the country has put pressure on supply chains that handle reagents and other materials used to learn whether a patient is infected.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly acknowledged the state is facing a testing supply shortage.

“As more states begin to scale their testing capabilities, new constraints are materializing within the supply chain,” Ghaly said. “Simultaneously, laboratories are becoming overwhelmed with high numbers of specimens, slowing down processing timelines.” He urged laboratories to “prioritize testing turnaround for individuals who are most at risk of spreading the virus to others.”

Those with existing appointments should check their email to learn if their appointment has been cancelled.

“Our hope is that we can obtain the necessary supplies very soon so that we can maintain our testing capacity,” Porter said. “Without a sufficient supply of tests, this will bring challenges in identifying cases and treating those who are diagnosed positive for COVID-19. Tests are necessary to identify and isolate positive cases quickly so that we can keep the virus from spreading throughout our county.”

The County will share news and updates immediately when we confirm testing supplies are adequate to meet demand.

 

  • Helpful Links:
  • Free Webinar, Resources to Help Employers Foster an Inclusive WorkplaceLearn More
  • Senator Chang Teleconference on COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 8 at 2:00PMRSVP here.
  • Guidelines for Restaurants to Shift from Indoor Seating to Outdoor Dininglisted here.
  • California Extends Unemployment Benefits by 7 More WeeksLearn More
  • Pandemic EBT Benefits Deadline Extendedca.p-ebt.org.
  • California’s Face Mask Requirements Can Help Keep Businesses OpenLearn More
  • Businesses will Close Indoor Operations - click here.
  • Small Business Fundamentals Webinar - Register Now
  • ShopSafeShopLocal - business.ca.gov/shopsafeshoplocal/
  • COVID-19 Positive: Employer Obligations - Learn More
  • 42% Increase in Reported COVID-19 Cases - click here
  • EDD Announces Up to 20-Week UI Extension - Learn More

 

EDD Announces Up to 20-Week UI Extension

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has taken action to further assist people who are unemployed due to the economic impact of COVID-19.

On July 8, the EDD will complete its phased rollout of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) extension, providing up to 13 weeks of additional unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to people who’ve run out of their traditional UI benefits. EDD will begin notifying claimants this week of their potential eligibility for the PUEC extension, which are funded by the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). Learn More

COVID-19 Positive: Employer Obligations

CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss what employers should do if an employee tests positive with COVID-19.

Shaw tells Frank that while there is a lot of guidance available, there are only a few steps employers need to take should an employee test positive for COVID-19: Learn More

42% Increase in Reported COVID-19 Cases

The California Department of Public health reported that the new infection rate and hospitalization reached its highest levels since the pandemic began.

The 14-day average of coronavirus infections continue to trend upward and show a 42% increase in positive cases and 62% increase in hospitalizations. For more details click here.

National Testing Supply Shortage Impacting County Testing Capabilities

For the immediate short term, San Bernardino County will be limiting COVID-19 testing in response to severe supply chain disruptions. The County hopes to resume its expanded testing regime by next week, once it obtains adequate testing supplies.

“There have been concerns about testing supply shortages throughout the state and within our county,” said Interim County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. “We are continuously trying to obtain the necessary resources to ensure that we can provide testing in our county at peak capacity.”

The supply shortage is not limited to San Bernardino County, but rather is affecting communities around the state and the nation. According to a recent survey by the Association for Molecular Pathology, more than 70% of U.S. clinical laboratories have suffered significant delays to COVID-19 testing programs as a result of ongoing supply chain disruptions. The organization said that the expansion of COVD-19 testing capacity at laboratories around the country has put pressure on supply chains that handle reagents and other materials used to learn whether a patient is infected.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly acknowledged the state is facing a testing supply shortage.

“As more states begin to scale their testing capabilities, new constraints are materializing within the supply chain,” Ghaly said. “Simultaneously, laboratories are becoming overwhelmed with high numbers of specimens, slowing down processing timelines.” He urged laboratories to “prioritize testing turnaround for individuals who are most at risk of spreading the virus to others.”

Those with existing appointments should check their email to learn if their appointment has been cancelled.

“Our hope is that we can obtain the necessary supplies very soon so that we can maintain our testing capacity,” Porter said. “Without a sufficient supply of tests, this will bring challenges in identifying cases and treating those who are diagnosed positive for COVID-19. Tests are necessary to identify and isolate positive cases quickly so that we can keep the virus from spreading throughout our county.”

The County will share news and updates immediately when we confirm testing supplies are adequate to meet demand.

Announcement from Congresswoman Norma Torres

San Bernardino County COVID-19 Test Cancellations
I'm hearing from constituents whose coronavirus test appointments were cancelled due to a shortage of tests in San Bernardino County. I have notified state and federal authorities, and I will keep you updated here as soon as we know more.

Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal

The Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery today announced a new campaign, Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal, to encourage Californians to support small businesses in their communities as they make modifications to protect public health and help our state’s diverse neighborhoods thrive. Running through July, the campaign is a call to action to help all California small businesses operate safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic and grow their digital footprints.

As part of this campaign, the State of California has partnered with industry-leading companies, such as Nextdoor, Google, and UPS, and launched a website that connects California’s small business owners to critical tools and resources. These resources will help California’s entrepreneurs adapt to new consumer and market demands and create safer shopping experiences by improving those small businesses’ online presence.

The website includes links to:

  • Free consulting, in 31 different languages, from California’s network of small business centers
  • Resources and offers from our partners to help businesses operate safely and build a digital footprint
  • Latest state industry guidance and county variances
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) through SafelyMakingCA.org, California’s new PPE marketplace
  • A free digital media toolkit for small businesses and partners

“Across multiple industries, COVID-19 has fundamentally changed day-to-day operations. Businesses have had to pivot, adopt new technology, open online, and change how they engage with their customers,” said Isabel Guzman, the Task Force’s Small Business Subcommittee co-chair and Director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate which is spearheading this campaign for the Task Force. “Yet they persevere and embrace the new marketplace. It is up to us as Californians to support all of our diverse small businesses by shopping with their survival and everyone’s health in mind.”

“When local businesses thrive, communities thrive. It will take all of our collective actions to achieve a new balance of shopping safe and local to support these tenacious businesses,” said Sarah Friar, Small Business Subcommittee co-chair and CEO of Nextdoor, the neighborhood hub. “Together, let’s start a chain reaction of neighborly action to help California’s small businesses survive.”

“Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy. At Google, we're committed to helping small businesses in California and throughout the country get through this unprecedented time,” said Mary Ellen Coe, President of Global Customer Solutions at Google. “According to a recent report by the Connected Commerce Council, 70% of small businesses say digital tools have been useful to them during the COVID crisis, with 30% of them saying digital tools have been essential. We're proud to support the Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery in this initiative to help even more small businesses adopt digital tools and connect with customers.”

“The pandemic has accelerated the growth of e-commerce to levels that were not expected for two or three more years. As consumers look for more products online, it is vital for small and medium businesses to strengthen their presence in this channel. From appearing on the first page of search engine results to providing a frictionless path to purchase and easy returns, local businesses can leverage the access to experts that this website will provide,” said Eduardo Lopez-Soriano, Marketing Vice President of UPS.

The COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus have presented extraordinary challenges for California’s small businesses. Small businesses across the state have stepped up to protect their employees and customers with innovations that meet the moment, but thousands have shut down or paused operations and face the threat of permanent closures. According to the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, the United States has experienced a 15% drop of active business owners between February and May. That decrease is nearly double for Black-owned and operated businesses at 26%. Latinx, Asian, and immigrant business owners have also seen declines greater than the national average.

During this month-long campaign, the collective actions of all Californians – workers, consumers, and business owners – to follow public health guidelines and shop safe and local can help all California’s small businesses survive and thrive.

For more information, please visit our website: business.ca.gov/shopsafeshoplocal/

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New Restrictions on Youth Sports

Along with the closing of indoor operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, youth sports are not allowed under current state guidelines. Many counties, including the County of San Bernardino, were under the impression that youth sports for purposes of conditioning, drills and exercise activities were allowed with social distancing, frequent hand washing and use of masks when closer than six feet or indoors. However, according to the state this is not the case.

At this time recreational team and youth sports of any kind, including purposes of conditioning, drills and exercise activities are not permitted. It is unfortunate and we understand that children would like the opportunity to participate in their normal team activities but now is not the time to let our guard down. We will share official guidelines for recreational team and youth sports when they are made available by the state. In the meantime, we encourage you to do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Free Webinar, Resources to Help Employers Foster an Inclusive Workplace

This is an important time when employers and employees must work together to address and bring change to address racial inequality and its impact on all aspects of society, including the workplace. Learn More

Senator Chang Teleconference on COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 8 at 2:00PM

Our guest speakers include experts from L.A. County Department of Public Health, U.C. Irvine, and CVS Health. There is limited capacity for this call and those who wish to participate must RSVP here.

Due to the volume of callers we are expecting, live questions will not be possible. Please submit any questions you may have for our guests to Senator.Chang@senate.ca.gov.

Guidelines for Restaurants to Shift from Indoor Seating to Outdoor Dining

San Bernardino County released guidelines for restaurants in unincorporated areas to relocate from indoor seating to outdoor COVID-compliant dining. The list of guidelines is listed here.

California Extends Unemployment Benefits by 7 More Weeks

Jobless Californians could get up to seven additional weeks of unemployment benefits, bringing the maximum duration to 59 weeks for those on regular state unemployment and 46 weeks for those receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Learn More

Pandemic EBT Benefits Deadline Extended

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and did not get their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card in the mail can apply online. Make sure to apply by July 15th, 2020, at ca.p-ebt.org.

California’s Face Mask Requirements Can Help Keep Businesses Open

It’s been almost two weeks since the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) required Californians to wear a cloth face mask when outside the home, with limited exceptions. As cases of COVID-19 rise, it’s becoming increasingly more important to wear a mask to slow the disease’s spread — and ultimately, the face mask requirement helps businesses to stay open during these uncertain times. Learn More

Businesses will Close Indoor Operations

Effective immediately, the California Department of Public Health is requiring LA County, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange County to close indoor operations. Additionally, bars and breweries will shutdown indoor and outdoor operations. For more details,click here.

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Celebrating Independence Day Safely During Coronavirus

Most Fourth of July events around our County have been postponed, or cancelled altogether, due to continuously evolving COVID-19 conditions. The challenge is that firework displays are usually part of citywide celebrations in a park or stadium, which encourages public gatherings.

 

Like many things this year, a large gathering with strangers is simply not smart as the virus continues to infect people throughout the County. But this certainly doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate the birth of our nation!

 

This is the year to have a smaller, household celebration instead of traveling or having that traditional block party. Instead, like everything else since COVID hit, this is the year to get creative with family and friends on how to safely and enthusiastically show you patriotism.

 

From lawn displays to a backyard campout, there are literally dozens of ways to celebrate. In fact, Country Living Magazine is sharing “18 4th of July Activities to Keep the Family Entertained” which can be found here; and “12 Patriotic Virtual 4th of July Party Ideas”, that can be found here.

 

But what about the fireworks?

This year will not see the traditional, city-sponsored firework celebrations. The cities of Chino, Fontana, Ontario, Redlands, Rialto, Yucca Valley and Yucaipa have cancelled or postponed their city-sponsored firework shows this year. Other cities are moving forward, but without the “public gathering” component of their celebrations.

 

Those cities moving forward with their firework display include Apple Valley, Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Rancho Cucamonga, Twentynine Palms, and Victorville. We recommend following these cities on social media or visiting their website for any up-to-the-minute updates or cancellations.

 

“Safe and Sane” fireworks (the kind you can buy from the corner firework stands) are only allowed in the following cities: Adelanto, Chino, Colton, Needles and Rialto, as well as specific locations in Fontana, Grand Terrace, and San Bernardino. Contact your local fire department for more information about “safe and sane” fireworks and if they are permitted in your area.

 

All fireworks are illegal elsewhere in the County, including all unincorporated areas. And any fireworks that explode, shoot into the air or move along the ground are termed dangerous and are illegal anywhere in California.

 

Possession and use of illegal fireworks like firecrackers, skyrockets, and others will result in a ticket and potential injury. With San Bernardino County facing a dangerous wildland fire season, the San Bernardino County Fire Department has increased its vigilance in enforcing state and County firework laws to protect public health and safety.

 

Fire and law enforcement agencies will be conducting operations this year to stop illegal fireworks with fines up to $1,250 for the first offense with the possibility of arrest. Property owners may be cited if they allow fireworks to be possessed, stored or used on their property.

 

“Residents play an important role in our fireworks investigations. If you see something, say something. Call the authorities or WeTip hotline at 1-800-47-ARSON to anonymously report illegal fireworks,” said County Fire Marshal Mike Horton.

 

The Office of the Fire Marshal just launched an Illegal Fireworks Reporter website that allows people to report illegal fireworks online. To make an anonymous report, residents may visit https://bit.ly/SBCoReportFireworks. Be sure to include the date, time, and specific location of the alleged activity. Any photos and videos of incidents will aid in the investigation of alleged violations. Photos and videos may be included in the submission of each report.

Cases Continue to Spike; County Urges ALL Residents to Get Tested

Following a period of steady decline in COVID-19 infections in the County leading to our re-opening of Stage 2 and 3 businesses, we’re sorry to share that we have begun experiencing an unmistakable spike in positive cases, as well as in hospitalizations. The situation is similar in other nearby counties.

In response to the uptick, yesterday Gov. Newsom and the California Department of Public Health released guidance for the closure of bars for those counties on the state’s County Monitoring List. Five counties, including Los Angeles, were issued mandatory bar closure orders. San Bernardino County (along with Riverside and four other counties) received recommended bar closure guidance.

San Bernardino County is carefully examining the details of the State’s guidance, seeking additional information from the State, and seriously assessing local conditions in determining what action to take.

“This renewed growth in infections not only increases the risk of people getting sick and even dying, but also threatens our ability to continue reopening our economy,” said Board Chairman Curt Hagman. “It is critical that you continue practicing social distancing and wearing a mask when you’re around other people.”

Many COVID-19 infections are coming from asymptomatic carriers
County residents should keep in mind that a face covering is not intended to protect you from the virus, but rather to significantly reduce the risk of inadvertently spreading the virus to others. The data has become clear: many people infected with the virus experience mild or no symptoms of the disease. In other words, you may feel perfectly fine and still infect others.

That’s why it also is essential for everyone — including those who are seemingly healthy — to get tested for the virus.

Fortunately, getting tested is quick, easy and free. You do not need a doctor’s prescription or symptoms. There are more than two dozen testing sites strategically spread out throughout the County. Simply go here to find the nearest location and schedule an appointment at a convenient time. You will receive an appointment confirmation number, which you’ll need to bring with you. (If you do not have internet access, please call 909-387-3911 to schedule an appointment.)

The entire testing process takes 10-15 minutes. It’s possible you may have a brief wait, so we strongly suggest using the restroom before leaving for your appointment and bringing water to avoid getting thirsty. We also suggest bringing a smartphone or something to read while you wait. And please don’t forget to wear your face covering.

It is absolutely critical that we not let down our guard and assume the virus has abated. It is still here, and it is still a serious problem. So please: continue to socially distance. Continue to wear a face covering when distancing is not possible. And schedule an appointment to have yourself tested, whether or not you are showing any symptoms.

Tips for Working with the EDD for Unemployment due to the impact of COVID-19

  • Check your mail and portal as often as possible
  • Respond to all mail communication as soon as you receive it regardless of whether the due date has passed
  • All documentation must have your social security listed on each page
  • Make sure your phone is able to receive calls from a number with a Blocked ID. EDD staff will attempt to contact you several times if they need more information for your account. If they are unable to communicate with you, they will have to make a decision based on the information already available to them. You do not want to miss these calls.

EDD Certification Questions
If you are collecting and certifying for unemployment due to the impact of COVID-19 (reduced hours or furloughed due to the impact of safer at home guidelines at your place of work), you generally will want to provide the following answers (**These are only suggested examples. You should always answer truthfully for your situation) :

  • Question 1: Were you too sick or injured to work? NO
  • Question 2: Was there any reason (other than sickness of injury) that you could not have accepted full-time work each workday? NO – Often times, people will answer ‘yes’ to this question in reference to the impacts of COVID-19. This question is to determine if you are available for work. Available means you are ready and willing to accept work. A ‘yes’ answer will trigger questions regarding your eligibility to receive unemployment insurance benefits and will move your status to ‘pending’.
  • Question 3: Did you look for work? Answer truthfully.

Helpful links to review: Unemployment Insurance Benefits: What You Need to Know,UI Online Certify for Continued Benefits Using UI Online, and UI Online: Certify for Continued Benefits using UI Online Mobile

Do NOT Provide False Information
If you withhold or give false information to receive benefits, such as not reporting work or wages, you are committing fraud. Penalties may include a loss of benefits, a false statement disqualification, and/or criminal prosecution.

The FDA Advises Consumers to Stop Using the Following Hand Sanitizers

May be toxic; dispose of them immediately:

• All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
• Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
• Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
• The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
• Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Adds New Symptoms

The CDC added three new coronavirus symptoms to its list: congestion or runny nose, nausea, and diarrhea.

County Adopts Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

This week, San Bernardino became the first county in California to adopt a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. Read Resolution

New Online Search Tool Will Help Residents Find COVID-Compliant Businesses

As part of ongoing efforts to help local businesses recover from the COVID-related economic shutdown -- while also reassuring patrons and staff of safe reopening – the County is launching the COVID-Compliant Business Partner Locator, an online search database.

The Locator will enable County residents (and others) to quickly and easily find those businesses committed to ensuring the health and safety of employees and customers. The businesses are those who are participating in the County’s COVID-Compliant Business Partnership. Partnership members have agreed to comply with state and county public health orders and incorporate a variety of safety measures in their day-to-day operations. In exchange, they receive a $2,500 grant from the County, along with window signs confirming their compliance and the ability to obtain personal protective equipment at cost.

“This is another tool to reward those businesses that take other people’s well-being seriously,” said Chairman Curt Hagman. “Workers and customers alike prefer to interact with companies that make their health and safety a priority, and the Locator will help them easily find such companies.”

Participating businesses are invited to fill out a listing form providing an array of relevant information, including company name, products and services, location, contact information (including website address), social media links, hours of operation and employment opportunities. The listing form, which is free of charge to all Partnership members, can be found here.

County Cases, Hospitalizations See Troublesome Increase

This week, the number of COVID-19 cases in San Bernardino County passed 10,000 and our County reported its highest one-day case increase. We’re seeing increased positivity rates and increased hospitalizations with fewer intensive care hospital beds available from previous weeks.

 

And like the rest of California, we’re seeing increases in cases among our younger populations. These stats have unfortunately returned our County to the state’s watch list of counties that have seen case and hospitalization increases.

 

Until now, San Bernardino County has done an exceptional job in flattening the curve. From what we can tell, this week’s significant case increases can be tied in part to an increase in testing, but more likely can be attributed to gatherings held over Memorial Day weekend, public protests and a general complacency with COVID during our County’s re-opening.

 

“In relation to these gatherings we’ve seen since Memorial Day, too many were held with relaxed precautions,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “And as a whole, we have not been regularly practicing social distancing and wearing masks. And it’s hurting us.”

 

Our hospitals have ICU and medical surgical beds with remaining capacity, but at the rate of growth being experienced, preparation for a surge is underway. So the time is NOW to reverse this trend, and get back to numbers that fall within acceptable levels.

 

“We absolutely all need to do our part – we have it within our power to make this happen,” said Corwin Porter, the County’s interim director of public health. “We know this process is long – and we can and should support each other through this. We know practicing social distancing, wearing of face coverings and hand washing helps us, but we also need to share the word to get tested.”

 

Testing is for everyone

With any communicable disease outbreak – like COVID-19 – testing is critical to slowing the spread.

 

Testing leads to quick identification of cases, quick treatment for those people who are diagnosed positive, and immediate isolation to keep someone from unwittingly spreading the virus. Early testing also helps to identify anyone who came into contact with infected people so they too can be quickly treated.

 

The County is encouraging all residents, including those who have experienced no symptoms of COVID-19, to be tested for the coronavirus. Data is showing that a significant proportion of those infected with the virus are asymptomatic, meaning they show no symptoms of the disease. Because of this, virtually anyone could spread the disease to others. That’s why EVERYONE needs to get tested.

 

This weekend, we have added five more testing locations to the more than two dozen sites available throughout the County. While no prescription or doctor order is necessary, you do need to make an appointment. Please review the list of testing locations and times at our testing webpage located at https://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/.

"Safely Making California" Marketplace

Governor Newsom announced a new partnership between the State of California, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA), and Autodesk. This partnership has created the "Safely Making California” Marketplace to help fill a critical gap for all sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will connect CMTA member manufacturers and other manufacturers to employers who have the need to purchase non-medical grade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Visit Website

“Rebuilding Trust: Strategies for Bringing Back Your Business”

As businesses begin to reopen across the country and consumers start to resume their routines, there is an overwhelming feeling of uncertainty and unease, along with higher expectations for away-from-home environments. Let P&G Professional arm you with consumer insights, marketing strategies, and confidence-building techniques for your employees to help make these next several months a success.

Event Participants will:
• Learn unique consumer insights that will help you run your day-to-day operations and more
• Discover marketing strategies and techniques to help impact your profitability
• Understand your employees to solidify their confidence in you, your business and their work environment

Speakers:
• Ryan Gromfin, The Restaurant Boss
• Mark Villegas, Associate Brand Director, P&G
• Natasha D’Mello, Analytics & Insights Senior Manager, P&G Professional

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Restaurant CEO Webinar

During this 4 webinar series, restaurant owners will get to work hand in hand with a group of our food industry expert SBDC consultants to help them navigate their challenges and concerns related to the current COVID-19 situation. In addition to the webinar, restaurant owners will have the opportunity to work 1:1 with an SBDC consultant to help address their immediate questions in between webinar sessions. All at no cost.

Series Schedule:
Mondays
• July 6 - Plan
• July 13 - Employees
• July 20 - Customers
• July 27 - Cash

Time:
All webinars start @ 2 PM

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COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan

A free CalChamber checklist designed to help employers develop a COVID-19 return-to-work plan is available at hrcalifornia.calchamber.com/forms-tools/forms/return-to-work-checklist.

Chino Hills High School will be providing free COVID-19 drive-thru testing on June 30th

No symptoms and no health insurance needed. Appointments can be made at sbcovid19.comor call (909) 387-3911. Details can be found here.

Apply today for Pandemic EBT benefits

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and did not get their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card in the mail can apply online. Make sure to apply before June 30, 2020, at ca.p-ebt.org.

Apply for up to $5,000 in Diversion benefits by June 30

If you have a CalWORKs application pending and can't work right now due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for Diversion benefits instead of CalWORKs.  Diversion provides up to $5,000 for rent, utilities, or other needs as you re-enter the workforce.  Apply by June 30, 2020.  For more information visit http://dpss.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpssor call (866) 613-3777.

Updated on 06-25-20

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Telephone Town Hall with Congresswoman Norma Torres

The rising number of new COVID-19 cases has many of us worried about the virus’ impact on our families and livelihoods. I am hosting a live telephone town hall on Tuesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. PST to discuss the latest updates on coronavirus and local efforts to combat it. I will be joined by Los Angeles and San Bernardino County public health officials to answer your questions on COVID-19 and how to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

I invite you to join the conversation - click here to RSVP and submit your questions.

Please visit my websitefor a Coronavirus online resource guide detailing information on symptoms and prevention, testing sites, community resources, and much more.

Por favor visite mi sitio web para un guía detallando síntomas, prevención, estado de restricciones de viaje, y más sobre el Coronavirus.

My top priority is the health and wellbeing of our community. As always, please feel free to contact my offices in D.C. or Ontario with any questions or concerns.

Reps. Cisneros and Balderson Lead Bipartisan Letter to Support CDEs and Expand PPP and EIDL

WASHINGTON, DC - Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39) and Troy Balderson (R-OH-12) led a bipartisan letter with 19 Democratic and Republican House colleagues urging congressional leadership to support Community Development Entities (CDEs) and expand small business disaster relief programs, like PPP and EIDL, to CDE beneficiaries that have minority private equity investments. The Small Business Administration (SBA) Affiliation Rule disqualifies small businesses who have private equity investment funding from accessing SBA disaster relief programs. Many of these small businesses are low-income and rural or minority-owned. Read More

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Enforcement Begins July 1

As previously reported, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect on January 1, 2020, but the earliest date the California Attorney General could enforce the law was July 1, 2020. That day is quickly approaching and, despite a lack of final CCPA regulations for employers to rely on, it looks like the Attorney General will not delay enforcing the law. Learn More

2020 All-Mail Election

How do you hold an election during a global pandemic? Without knowing it, California voters have been practicing for years.

Since the 1920s — and before that, with a brief foray during the Civil War — a growing share of the statewide electorate has been voting remotely. Now that the coronavirus pandemic has turned public assembly, waiting in line, exchanging envelopes and all the other trappings of Election Day into a latent superspreader event, Democratic lawmakers are looking for another way: the mailbox.

If all goes as planned, every registered, regular voter in the state can expect to get a ballot in the mail before the November 2020 election — whether they ask for one or not. Learn More

Updated 06-24-20

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Apply today for Pandemic EBT benefits

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and did not get their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card in the mail can apply online. Make sure to apply before June 30, 2020, atca.p-ebt.org.

Small Businesses can Apply for Disaster Loan Assistance

As a result of additional COVID-19 funding passed by Congress, the SBA is now accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.  The EIDL Advance is up to $10,000 and designed to provide economic relief to businesses currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.  Eligible businesses may apply for this disaster loan assistance HERE.

 

How to Stay Safe with Businesses Reopening

Dr. Takashi Wada from IEHP shares important tips and reminders on how we can stay as safe as possible as we re-engage with businesses and each other. https://vimeo.com/427554556/3398393df6

 

Ontario Airport Implements Safety Measures - and Drive-In Movies!

As Ontario International Airport (ONT) strives to protect its workers and visitors from COVID-19, it has implemented a number of changes affecting virtually every facet of its services – from parking management to the onboarding process.

And this summer, the oft-used location for Hollywood hits will also be hosting free drive-in movies for families tired of streaming videos and binge-watching old sitcoms.

Safety protocols

To start, frequent travelers have probably already seen that airlines have adapted their flight schedules. The airlines have reduced flight routes and adjusted schedules to allow for proper social distancing. For specific information about each airline, please check their respective websites or contact them directly with any inquires.

The airlines currently flying in and out of Ontario International Airport are Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier,JetBlue, Southwest, United and Volaris

Parking and transportation at the airport has been reduced. Lots 3 and 5 are temporarily closed, and valet parking at both Terminals 2 and 4 are temporarily suspended.

Within the terminals, travelers should understand there is mandatory face covering for all customers, visitors, and employees. Visitors will find ample sanitizer stations throughout both secure and non-secure levels of the airport. Food vendors are open, and are now offering delivery direct to your gate with the At Your Gateapp.

Further security measures are being implemented by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) and its staff, a full list of which can be found on TSA website here.

Summer drive-in movie series

The airport has partnered with the City of Ontario and Street Food Cinema to offer a series of free drive-in movies, displayed on two 50-foot screens with digital sound fed directly into your vehicle via your FM radio. “Drive-In Movie Nights at Your Airport” will take place over three different nights through July at Lot 5 on the northeast corner of the airport property.

The series will feature “The Sandlot” on July 3, “Princess Bride” on July 17, and “Napoleon Dynamite” on July 31. Showtime for all four nights is 8:30 p.m. The movie series is designed to bring neighboring communities together while providing critically needed support to local food banks. To that end, movie-goers are encouraged to bring donations of canned or boxed food.

Movie-goers are asked to reserve their spot via Eventbrite. Food will be available for sale from several vendors, including Poutine Brothers, the Grilled Cheese Truck, After’s Ice Cream and My Delight Cupcakery.

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Businesses and Residents Affected by Civil Unrest

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by civil unrest that began May 26, 2020. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, for this disaster SBA will establish a virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their electronic loan application.
Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center:

Mondays – Fridays
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

FOCWAssistance@sba.gov

(916) 735-1500

These services are only available for the California disaster declaration as a result of civil unrest that began May 26, 2020, and not for COVID-19 related assistance. For the full news release, click HERE.

Newsom Agrees to Downsize his California Budget Cuts in a Deal with Lawmakers

Gov. Gavin Newsom has agreed to mostly abandon far-reaching spending reductions he said were necessary for California without new federal coronavirus relief funds. A budget compromise with leaders of the state Legislature relies on a more optimistic economic outlook as the basis for fewer cuts and protection of public school funding.

Formal approval of the full deal with the governor isn't expected until later this week. Read More

 

2020 Southern California E-Commerce & Logistics Summit

JUST ANNOUNCED!

 

David Libatique,

Deputy Executive Director,

The Port of Los Angeles

 

Will be joining the "State of Supply Chain in 2020 Panel" at this year's Southern California E-commerce & Logistics Summit.

 

David Libatique oversees and manages all communications on behalf of America’s Port® via the Community Relations, Media Relations, Government Affairs, Trade Development, and Labor Relations and Workforce Development Divisions.

 

Libatique holds a bachelor of arts in economics from UC Berkeley and a MPP from Harvard University.

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Rep. Cisneros Reminds CA-39 Small Business of June 30th PPP Loan Application Deadline

FULLERTON, CA - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) reminded small businesses in California’s 39th District of the June 30th application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program. For more information and to apply for the forgivable loan, click here.

 

“The Paycheck Protection Program has been an important lifeline for small businesses in the 39th District. The PPP Flexibility Act has made the loan easier to be forgiven and expands access to those that need it the most,” said Rep. Cisneros. “I strongly urge our small businesses to apply for PPP before June 30th and reach out to my office if you have any questions. I remain committed to helping everyone in the 39th District get the resources they need to weather this storm.”

 

On May 28th, Rep. Cisneros voted to passthe Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, a bipartisan bill he cosponsored.

 

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act includes the following provisions:

  • Allowing loan forgiveness for expenses beyond the 8-week covered period to 24 weeks and extending the rehiring deadline;
  • Increasing the current limitation on the use of loan proceeds for non-payroll expenses from 25 percent to 40 percent;
  • Extending the program from June 30 to December 31;
  • Extending loan terms from two years to five years;
  • Ensuring full access to payroll tax deferment for businesses that take PPP loans.

 

CalWORKS Program

On June 15, Governor Newsom signed an executive order addressing a variety of issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order extends waivers temporarily broadening the capability of counties to enroll persons into the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, allowing for self-attestation of pregnancy and conditions of eligibility, and waiving in-person identification requirements.Read more here.

IE COVID-19 Resilience Fund

The Inland Empire Community Foundation established the COVID-19 Resilience to support nonprofit organizations on the front lines of COVID 19, to help them help our families and communities, and to support their survival through this crisis.

Focus Areas and Grant Amounts
Apply for ONE (1) Focus Area only

Basic Needs and/or Emergency services for low income people in the Inland Empire provided by single organizations or coalitions – Up to $20,000

Food, shelter, healthcare, childcare, cash assistance
Capacity Building assistance to nonprofits for financial management and planning and strategies for long-term financial survival:

Technical assistance grants to individual nonprofits for financial management, planning, restructuring, legal, etc. - Up to $5,000

Remote work and technology adaptation for a single organization or coalition of groups – Up to $10,000

Eligibility

Nonprofit, public benefit organizations with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation.

Grant Period

The grant period is May 25, 2020 to November 30, 2020.

How to Apply

1) Complete the intake survey form by clicking https://socialinnovation.ucr.edu/IE-covid19
2) Complete the attached Cover Sheet
3) Complete the Narrative: Provide responses for your respective request (1 or 2 per above Focus Area, see Narrative section) in one (1) page maximum, 12 font.
4) Complete the Project Budget
5) Email the completed Cover Sheet, Narrative (maximum 2 pages) and Budget Table IN ONE FILE

to covid19@iegives.org

Review and Notification of Results

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, with responses within 15 work days.

Required Report

A simple report will be required with information collected about numbers served and impact on the community and/or nonprofit operations.

Questions

Email Celia Cudiamat, Senior Vice President of Grants & Community Impact at ccudiamat@iegives.org

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New Guidelines for Youth Sports, Weddings and Interacting with Family and Friends

Now is the time to get children back into youth sports. The County has a three-phase plan for getting our kids back out to play safely. Currently, the County is in Phase 1, which allows youths to engage in conditioning, drills and exercise activities while practicing social distancing. If your child participates in these activities, take steps to keep everyone safe:

Keep six feet apart
Wear a mask within six feet of another person not from your household
Go outdoors instead of indoors when possible
Wash hands frequently
Clean and disinfect equipment or supplies between uses
When Phase 2 of youth sports begins, teams will be able to practice and play games without an audience. Phase 3 would allow games with an audience.

Wedding ceremonies held in secular venues now join houses of worship to allow 25 percent of capacity or 100 people in attendance, whichever is less. There is not an attendance cap for outdoor weddings. Venues that hold ceremonies outdoors are only limited by the ability to keep people not of the same household six feet or more apart. Wedding ceremonies are considered cultural ceremonies, but wedding receptions and parties are still not permitted. Guidelines for wedding venues are here: https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-places-of-worship.pdf

One of the most frequent questions asked is why people can’t visit their family and friends as businesses begin to reopen. The statewide Stay at Home order is still in effect and it is best to stay connected to loved ones through phone and video calls as visiting people outside your household still presents a risk of spreading COVID-19. We are sure your aunt would love to see you, but we are pretty sure she doesn’t want COVID-19. Keeping distance from others is especially important for people that are at higher risk of getting very sick, including older people, and people of any age who have underlying medical conditions.

If you must visit or check on family or friends who don’t live in your home, take steps to keep everyone safe:

Keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others
Visit outdoors instead of indoors when possible
Wear a face covering or cloth mask
Wash your hands often
Clean and disinfect commonly-touched surfaces

Californians now required to wear face coverings in public

Californians are now required to wear face coverings in public spaces. Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus, especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. To learn more about the state's new guidance and limited exceptions, click HERE.

Caveats to Using Virus Monitoring Apps

Numerous phone apps have come on the market that help employers keep track of their employees’ symptoms. Some ask only a few basic questions—such as, “Are you experiencing a cough?”—while others keep track of employees’ temperatures.

Given that some counties are asking employers to report the symptoms of their employees, such monitoring apps may provide a streamlined way to provide the data back to the county, Frank says. But, what are the liabilities for employers?Read More

Paid Family Leave Claims Filed July 1 Gain 2 More Weeks of Benefits

Your employee can choose to wait until July to file her Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.

For claims filed on or after July 1, 2020, the maximum duration of California’s PFL benefits will be extended from six weeks to eight weeks.

The PFL program, administered by California’s Employment Development Department (EDD), provides partial wage replacement benefits to employees who take time off work to bond with a child within one year from birth or placement for foster care or adoption, or to care for a seriously ill family member.

It is important to note that this extension of benefits from six weeks to eight weeks is available only for PFL claims filed with EDD on or after July 1, 2020. Read More

SBIR Talks: Crisis As Catalyst - The COVID -19 Impact On Innovation

Guest speaker, Shomit Ghose, is a general partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm, ONSET Ventures, which he joined in 2001. Prior to becoming an investor he was a start-up entrepreneur with multiple successful exits. He has also served as a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering and at the University of San Francisco’s School of Management.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, July 1 @ 12:30 PM

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You Are the Brand - Building Your Image Online

Now, more than ever, branding is important for growing your business. If done properly, branding can lead to speaking opportunities, publicity and media exposure, strategic partnerships, and more customers. Attend this workshop and learn simple strategies for personal branding, marketing tips, and much more to increase your brand awareness.

Date and Time:
Tuesday, June 23 @ 10 AM

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Comercia Business $ense Recovery Bootcamp

This series of webinars will cover what loans are available right now, what alternative financing are available and what marketing strategies you can implement on your road to recovery.

Dates and Time:
Thursdays, June 25 - July 2 @ 11 AM

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Understanding Certification, Contracting, and Procurement Series

Certifications are a great way to increase your companies revenue and grow your business. This four-part series will help your business understand the needed certifications, capabilities, and commitments needed to work with Federal, State, Local governments, utilities, and Fortune 500 companies.

Series Schedule:

Wednesdays
June 24 - The Various Certifications Available for Small Businesses
July 1 - I'm Certified, Now What?
July 8 - Doing Business with the Department of General Services (DGS)
July 15 - What is 8(A) Certification and am I a Good Fit?

Time:
All webinars start @ 11:00 AM

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Updated on 06/18/20 at 5:13 p.m.

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Californians now required to wear face coverings in public

Californians are now required to wear face coverings in public spaces.  Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus, especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing.  To learn more about the state's new guidance and limited exceptions, click HERE.

COVID-Compliant Business Program Informational Webinars

The San Bernardino Economic Development Department and SBDC are hosting two information webinars on the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program. The webinars will take place at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 25. Join us to get your questions answered and to learn more about this helpful program. Register here for one of the sessions.

Small businesses can again apply for disaster loan assistance

As a result of additional COVID-19 funding passed by Congress, the SBA is now accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.  The EIDL Advance is up to $10,000 and designed to provide economic relief to businesses currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.  Eligible businesses may apply for this disaster loan assistance HERE.

 

COVID-19 testing at Chino Neighborhood Activity Center

The Chino Neighborhood Activity Center (5201 D St.) is now open for COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM.  Testing is by appointment only through June 26.  To schedule an appointment, visithttp://LHI.care/covidtesting or call (888) 634-1123.

 

Hospitality Unemployment Assistance Webinar on June 18 at 4 PM

Our hospitality workers have been among the hardest hit by the COVID19 pandemic. I’m hosting a Hospitality Unemployment Assistance Webinar this Thursday, June 18 at 4 PM with the California Employment Development Department, Unite Here Local 11, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association to connect workers with resources to get through these trying times. RSVP HERE.

 

Small Business Webinar on June 19 at 11 AM

I am hosting a small business COVID-19 webinar with the Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Center on Friday, June 19 at 11 AM.  This panel will provide resources on Coronavirus funding still available for our small businesses.  To participate,RSVP HERE.

Businesses can now apply for City of Chino grants to receive up to $10,000

As a result of the CARES Act passed by Congress, the City of Chino is allocating $285,471 to grants for low to moderate-income businesses.  Eligible businesses financially impacted by COVID-19 can receive up to $10,000. Applications are open NOW.  For more information visit http://cityofchino.org/bizgrant.

Updated on 06/17/20 at 12:39 p.m.

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COVID-19: Monitoring Off-Duty Workers

In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss the obligations employers have if they decide to monitor off-duty employees as a means of reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Read More

Small Businesses Disaster Loan Assistance

As a result of additional COVID-19 funding passed by Congress, the SBA is now accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.  The EIDL Advance is up to $10,000 and designed to provide economic relief to businesses currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.  Eligible businesses may apply for this disaster loan assistance HERE.

Webinar: Hospitality Unemployment Assistance

With our hospitality workers among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congresswoman Norma Torres is hosting a Hospitality Unemployment Assistance Webinar this Thursday with the California Employment Development Department, Unite Here Local 11, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association to connect these workers with resources to get through these unprecedented times.

 

Date

Thursday, June 18, 2020

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Topics of Discussion

The State of the Hospitality Industry

COVID-19's Impact on Hospitality Workers

Unemployment Benefits for Hospitality Workers

RSVP HERE

No-Cost Student Meal Programs Extended for Summer

Beginning this month, many of our County school districts are extending their meal programs through the summer to ensure children have the food they need during these challenging times. Meal pick-up dates and times vary by district, so please check with your individual school district for details:

Adelanto Elementary School DistrictBarstow Unified School DistrictBear Valley Unified School District Central School DistrictChino Valley Unified School DistrictThe Colton Joint Unified School DistrictMountain View School DistrictOntario-Montclair School DistrictOro Grande School DistrictRedlands Unified School DistrictRialto Unified School DistrictSan Bernardino City Unified School DistrictSnowline Joint Unified School DistrictVictor Elementary School DistrictVictor Valley Union High School DistrictYucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District

As an example, San Bernardino City Unified School District extended its free Grab-and-Go meal program to students from June 8 to July 29. Meals can be picked up from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and children 18 and under are eligible. Many of these schools require a parent or guardian to accompany the student.

Deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program Loan is June 30!

With the passage of the Flexibility Act, the PPP loan has become much more flexible.

Click here to view all SBA COVID-19 Business Resources like a list of local PPP lenders and our SBA Q&A Zoom recordings

Clickhere to register for our SBA LIVE: EIDL and Paycheck Protection Q&A webinars

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance application portal is now open to all eligible small businesses, non-profits, and agricultural businesses impacted by COVID-19

ClickHERE to learn more & apply for Disaster Assistance!

COVID-19 Rapid Response Session with Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

The GO-Biz California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF) invites you to a virtual learning series to connect with small businesses and startups, and share resources, strategies, and insights on how to adapt to the marketplace during COVID-19. The ETF is continuing its virtual rapid response sessions with a deep dive into capital and connections to support reopening, recovery, and future resilience. Please join us for the first of a 2-part series on capital as we learn from lenders and small businesses through a discussion on resources, strategies, partnerships and opportunities with a focus on access for diverse founders and small businesses.

Join us Friday, June 19, for this week's session:
"Capital and Connections Part I - Loans and Resources"

A conversation with:
Dilawar Syed, CEO, Lumiata and ETF Chair
Charlotta Carter, President & CEO, GRI Technology Solutions LLC
Everett Sands, CEO, Lendistry

Hosted/Moderated by: Isabel Guzman, Director, CalOSBA

Jun 19, 2020 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Movie Theaters, Public Pools Join Other Stage 3 Businesses and Activities Allowed to Open

California has added community (i.e., public) swimming pools and movie theaters with limited capacity to schools day camps, bars, gyms and other sectors to begin reopening today. These are among several Stage 3 businesses and activities the State Department of Public Health is allowing to reopen in those counties that have met certain thresholds on the number of cases, testing and preparedness.

The state has issued guidance documents for these new sectors:

We have had several inquires about youth sports and wanted to clarify that youth sports activities within day camps are permitted, but organized sports outside of day camps are not permitted at this time.

Libraries were also added to today’s reopening and the state just released guidance to allow personal services such as nail salons and tattoo studios to reopen ‪on June 19.‬

State guidelines specific to each business or activity must be followed.

Small businesses that need assistance complying with the guidance should look into the San Bernardino County COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program,https://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/. Participating small businesses can receive up to $2,500 in funding to pay for improvement, equipment, and supplies needed to comply with safety guidance.

Small Business COVID 19 Webinar

COVID-19 certainly altered how we work, live, and play, leaving our small businesses in financial uncertainty. Congresswoman Norma J. Torres is hosting a Small Business COVID-19 Webinar with the Small Businesses Administration and Small Business Development Center to provide resources on the billions of dollars in Coronavirus funding still available for your small businesses. We look forward to your participation.

Please be sure to RSVP below and submit questions you may have for our panel.

Friday, June 19, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Guest Speakers: Small Business Administration (SBA) & Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Topics of Discussion: Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Loan Forgiveness, Small Business 7(a) Loan, & Local Small Business Resources

RSVP HERE

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Julie.leyba@mail.house.gov or my cell at (909) 238-9303.

Do not throw away a prepaid VISA card you may receive in the mail

The Treasury Department and IRS are sending Economic Impact Payments (EIP) by prepaid debit cards. EIP Card recipients can make purchases, get cash from in-network ATMs, and transfer funds to their personal bank account without incurring any fees. If you receive a prepaid VISA card in the mail from “Money Network Cardholder Services”, it is not a scam – this is your EIP card. To learn more, click HERE andHERE. You can also sign up for automatic updates urgent updates from the IRS HERE.

Apply today for Pandemic EBT benefits

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and did not get their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card in the mail can apply online. Make sure to apply before June 30, 2020, at ca.p-ebt.org.

Have you filled out the Census?

62% of California's 35th district have responded to their 2020 Census questionnaire! Have you? You can self respond by phone, online, email, or by mail until October 31, 2020. Online responses can be accessed at my2020census.gov and by phone at (844-330-2020).

NEW walk-up COVID-19 testing site at Chino's Neighborhood Activity Center

You can now receive a COVID-19 test at Chino's Neighborhood Activity Center (5201 D St.).  The test is free and no symptoms required.  To make an appointment, call (888) 634-1123 or visit sbcovid19.com.

Apply for up to $5,000 in Diversion benefits by June 30

If you have a CalWORKs application pending and can't work right now due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for Diversion benefits instead of CalWORKs.  Diversion provides up to $5,000 for rent, utilities, or other needs as you re-enter the workforce.  Apply by June 30, 2020.  For more information visit http://dpss.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpss or call (866) 613-3777.

City of Chino Contract Classes

The City of Chino Community Services Department now offers virtual contract classes. There are over 25 virtual classes and camps available for you to choose from. For a full list of class offerings Click Here, or go to cityofchino.org/programs. For more information please call, 909.334.3258. Space is limited, register on-line today!

Foresight 2020

These are challenging times. Uncertainty is the only certainty in many parts of the world. It's not easy, but there are strategies you can use to plan with a clear view of the future.

Join us Wednesday, June 17, from 12:00 p.m. to I:00 p.m. EST for a special program from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation focused on Foresight 2020.

Chris Pallaris, the founder of i-intelligence, will join us for an interactive event that explores how the world is changing, and what you can do to anticipate the implications of those changes for you and your organization.

We will explore the nature of uncertainty, why it matters, and some of the models organizations of any size can use to avoid being swept away by the news of the day.

This event is free and open to the public. But space is limited. Please reserve your spot today.

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Federal Government Amends Paycheck Protection Program Rules

As COVID-19 began to impact businesses, the federal government resolved to help by creating the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which offers loans to help small businesses with fewer than 500 employees stay afloat and keep workers employed—but also has caused a fair amount of confusion.

In response to concerns about the inflexibility of the PPP, Congress recently passed amendments to the program that allow employers to better take advantage of the program. The amendments, which the President signed into law on June 5, address a variety of issues regarding how the funds should be spent, when the funds should be spent, and how to handle re-staffing problems during the pandemic. Read More

Webinar: State of the Pandemic + What COVID-19 Means for Children

Tuesday, June 16 at 3:00 p.m. EST

This Tuesday, we will host a special Path Forward program with some of the country’s top experts to answer your most pressing questions about the state of the pandemic and what schools and others are doing to protect young people from infection.

Dr. Margaret Hamburg, an internationally recognized leader in public health, will provide an update on the fight against COVID-19. As a former FDA commissioner and NYC health commissioner, Dr. Hamburg brings a critical perspective on everything from the global race to develop a vaccine to the steps local leaders are taking to prevent community spread of the coronavirus.

Kevin Washington, president and CEO of the YMCA of the USA, will explain how his organization has been filling the gap during school closures and what they're doing over the summer.

Susana Cordova, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, will discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on schools and what educators are doing to keep students safe now and in the fall.

Register now to reserve your spot.

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SB County VA Office Appointments

SB County VA officesare now taking a limited number of appointments. To schedule an appointment or speak with a Veteran Service Officer, call (909) 382-3290 for San Bernardino, (909) 948-6470 for Rancho Cucamonga, and (760) 995-8010 for Hesperia.  Office visits are by appointment only, no walk-in visitors at this time.

The Chino Senior Center Meal Delivery Service Donation Drive

The Chino Senior Center delivers over 1,000 meals to seniors each week and is asking for donations of CARE package items.  The next donation drive will be on June 18 from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Senior Center (13170 Central Ave).  For more information, click HERE.

Have you filled out the Census?

62% of California's 35th district have responded to their 2020 Census questionnaire! Have you? You can self respond by phone, online, email, or by mail until October 31, 2020. Online responses can be accessed at my2020census.gov and by phone at (844-330-2020).

Apply today for Pandemic EBT benefits

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and did not get their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card in the mail can apply online. Make sure to apply before June 30, 2020, at ca.p-ebt.org.

Free COVID-19 test for First Responders and their Families

First responders and their families can get a free COVID-19 test this Friday, June 12 at the Rancho Cucamonga Sports Center (8303 Rochester Ave.) from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.  To register, call (909) 387-3911 or clickHERE.

NEW walk-up COVID-19 testing site at Chino's Neighborhood Activity Center

You can now receive a COVID-19 test at Chino's Neighborhood Activity Center (5201 D St.).  The test is free and no symptoms required.  To make an appointment, call (888) 634-1123 or visit sbcovid19.com.

COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program

Have You Applied? Take Advantage of COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program

The County of San Bernardino is committed to rebuilding and sustaining a high quality of life for its residents and businesses. To support local small businesses and help ensure ongoing compliance with State and County Health orders and direction, San Bernardino County is implementing the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program.

Are You Ready to Open – and Stay Open?

Critical to the success of reopening all of our businesses is a strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.

This specifically means using the State guidance documents to create an operational plan that is meant to keep both employees and patrons safe. By now we all know the drill – require both employee and patron face coverings around strangers, except when sitting down to eat. Maintain safe distancing in your operation, with signs and ground markers to help patrons know what this means in your business. And provide sanitizer and encourage frequent hand
washing.

The bottom line is that a surge in cases or hospitalization may prompt the State to reverse course on re-openings. If we want to keep our doors open, we have to keep COVID out!

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2020 Southern California E-Commerce & Logistics Summit

Now in a three part summer series from July - August, attendees have the option to purchase the entire series at a discounted rate or separately in an a la carte model.

Deadline to purchase the series at a discounted rate is July 6, 2020.

Session One Details:

Navigating the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the E-Commerce and Supply Chain industries in Southern California have been crucial in ensuring the delivery of essential items and products all across the United States.

During session one, we will be hearing from the following industry leaders who are providing innovative solutions to mitigate the COVID-19 threat on the supply chain:

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EBT & WIC Assistance Program Webinar

Date

Thursday, June 11, 2020

4:00pm to 5:00pm

 

Topics of Discussion

SNAP in Congress' CARES Act

Changes in Resources/Work Requirements

Increases in EBT & WIC Demand

Restrictions & New Opportunities with EBT and WIC

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Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020

Signed into law on June 5, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 modifies some of the central provisions to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), allowing more flexibility for borrowers. The bill increases flexibility and access to PPP loans by providing small businesses more time to spend loan funds and still obtain forgiveness.

Key Provisions to Help Small Business Owners

  • Businesses now have 24 weeks to spend loan proceeds, up from 8 weeks;
  • Reduces mandatory payroll spending from 75% to 60%, allowing additional funding for rent/ personal property leases, utilities, mortgage interest, and interest on other debt;
  • Extends the forgiveness period from June 30 to December 31, 2020;
  • Time to pay off the loan has been extended to five years from the original two years for new loans;
  • Borrowers can obtain loan forgiveness and utilize the payroll tax deferral.

Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

Signed into law on April 24, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act is intended to help Latino-owned businesses by setting aside $30 billion for community-based lenders, small banks, and credit unions and providing $60 billion in disaster loans and grants.  The bill also includes new COVID-19 demographic data reporting requirements, which will provide a much-needed national depiction of how Latinos are impacted by the health crisis.

Small Business Assistance

  • Strengthened the Paycheck Protection Program with $310 billion in additional funding;
  • $30 billion reserved for community-based lenders, small banks, and credit unions, including mission-based lenders that focus on serving minority and underserved communities;
  • $30 billion for medium-sized banks and credit unions;
  • $50 billion for SBA disaster lending and $10 billion in SBA disaster grants, funding for those who generally cannot access credit elsewhere.

Hospitals and Health Care Workers

  • $75 billion to provide resources to the frontlines, including PPE;
  • $25 billion for COVID-19 testing.

Demographic Reporting Requirements

  • Mandates HHS issue a report on COVID-19 testing in a disaggregated manner, including data on demographic characteristics, including race, ethnicity and geographic region;
  • Mandates HHS to issue a report on the number of positive diagnoses, hospitalizations, and deaths as a result of COVID-19, disaggregated nationally by race, ethnicity, age, sex, geographic region, and other relevant factors.

Virtual Cocktails & Conversation with Senator Connie Leyva

On Friday, June 19, we'll be holding our first ever virtual Conversation & Cocktails event.  I'm excited to announce that CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond along with other surprise guests will join us for an energizing hour that includes trivia giveaways and an opportunity to reconnect.  Be sure to bring your favorite cocktail/mocktail to our virtual party as we toast to our ongoing work together for progress, equality and opportunity for all Californians.

Your invitation is below but here are the details:

Friday, June 19

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Community Members $25 / Couple $40

Sponsorships Opportunities: $ 100 - $4,700

Event Zoom Link provided upon RSVP / ticket purchase

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE  or  EMAIL US HERE TO RSVP or CONFIRM YOUR PLANS TO SPONSOR.  Should you have further questions, please call Carina Franck at (714) 675-3653.

Coronavirus and the Law - Webinar

Thursday, June 11 at 3 p.m. EST 

Some of the thorniest issues employers face during the coronavirus pandemic involve the legal system, ranging from concerns about liability to fears of insolvency.

This week’s episode of Path Forward is designed to give you valuable insights into how COVID-19 is impacting the courts, and why that matters to every for-profit and non-profit organization in the country. We’ll also discuss how the legal system is adapting to unprecedented stresses, and what that means for you, your organization, and the broader economy.

Join former Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo Strine, Jr., former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, leading bankruptcy litigator Peter Friedman, and COVID-19 data guru Torsten Kracht for this important discussion with U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Suzanne Clark.

As always, you’ll have the opportunity to pose your own questions during the Path Forward program.

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Local Small Business Grant Opportunities

City of Fountain Valley Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program Informational Webinar

The City of Fountain Valley has announced a grant program to help their small businesses experiencing financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by Cal State Fullerton. City officials and SBDC representatives will be conducting informational webinars to discuss the grant program and eligibility as well as answer questions live. The grant application will open Wednesday, June 10, at 5:00 pm and close Tuesday, June 16, at 5:00 pm.

Informational Webinar:
June 9 @ 11 AM - Vietnamese Webinar

Did you miss the English webinar? Watch it here!

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City of Newport Small Business Relief Grant Program Informational Webinar

The City of Newport has announced a grant program to help their small businesses experiencing financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by Cal State Fullerton. City officials and SBDC representatives will be conducting informational webinars to discuss the grant program and eligibility as well as answer questions live.

Informational Webinars:
June 9 @ 4 PM
June 11 @ 10 AM

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City of Tustin Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program Informational Webinar

The City of Tustin has announced a grant program to help their small businesses experiencing financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by Cal State Fullerton. City officials and SBDC representatives will be conducting informational webinars to discuss the grant program and eligibility as well as answer questions live. The grant application will open on Friday, June 12, at 9 AM until Thursday, June 18 at 5 PM.

Informational Webinars:
June 10 @ 11 AM - English Webinar
June 10 @ 12 PM - Spanish Webinar
June 11 @ 11 AM - English and Spanish Webinar

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Restaurant Recovery and Online Tools

As restaurants start to reopen, there are many uncertainties on how to reopen successfully. Owners must remodel their business to conform to the new era post-COVID-19. Check out these upcoming webinars that will help guide you through reopening your restaurant!

Restaurant Rapid Recovery Series

This week's topic will cover customer experience with direction, supply chain management, and ways to grow your repeat customer base. We will discuss how to do greetings and directions with a virtual embrace, non-contact efforts you can implement to improve safety, creative perception ideas, and the little things that go a long way. We will also go over the expected changes in supply and the system, new supply needs, and price shopping and comparing. Additionally, we will ask about creative ideas to bring in guests and keep them returning alongside their friends.

Series Schedule:

Tuesdays
June 9
June 16

Time:
All Webinars will start at 10 AM

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Online Menu Solutions for COVID

As restaurants re-open their dining rooms, one key question that continues to surface is how will guests order food, and how will menus need to be re-imagined? There are some interesting options to both satisfy the need for safety as well as improve the guest experience. Ed Barrett from Zuppler will discuss how some of their clients are addressing these challenges, and how the guest experience can be supported by new technologies as restaurants reopen.

Time:
Wednesday, June 10 at 10 AM

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How The SBDC Can Help - No Cost
We’re here to support you through these difficult times and provide you with step-by-step guidance. Our 100+ SBDC consultants are ready now to help walk you through loan applications, employee resources, your lease, and more.

For immediate assistance please call us at 1-800-616-7232.

President Trump signs PPP Flexibility Act

President Donald Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act into law Friday, bringing some tweaks to the $669 billion in lending relief favored by business owners.

 

SB County Will Soon Share Guidelines for Schools to Reopen in August

Our County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre took time in today’s weekly video briefing to congratulate graduating seniors, thank the County’s 33 school districts that worked very hard to provide distance learning as much as possible, and also share that there will be official guidelines for the districts coming out next week.

“We know how important it is to our families and students to be back in the classroom, and we all want to provide the safest environment possible for our staff and returning students,” said Alejandre. “I’ve been working with district superintendents, state agencies and as part of the state superintendent’s Back to School Task Force to develop key areas of guidance for schools on how to reopen. This guidance is being finalized now by the Department of Education and is expected to be released next week, along with another set of key guidelines being developed by the California Department of Public Health. This will all be critical information for districts to finalize their planning for the new school year.”

Alejandre said that most district calendars plan to have schools starting in August, but some will be pushed out based on conditions on the ground. The Superintendent’s office has been working in close collaboration with the Department of Public Health to determine the timeline for each district.

“All districts have been planning for different reopening scenarios that could include onsite traditional learning, distant learning and a hybrid model, said Alejandre. “Health and safety is critical, so when looking at social distancing for example, a traditional classroom that might usually hold 34 students may only have the capacity for 12. We are looking at staggered schedules and other modifications, especially as it relates to social distancing, personal hygiene and transportation.”

Districts will continue to have key conversations with labor and management groups to ensure reopening is part of a team effort. Districts have been surveying parents and community to gather input, concerns and recommendations. Districts are also beefing up communications channels so all parents are aware of new policies and procedures.

Finally, a County Collaborative has been established with representatives from all 33 districts, which will ensure our districts are sharing with each other the best ideas, strategies and resources to have a successful reopening for all 500 schools and 400,000 students in San Bernardino County.

Preparation Guidance Issued for Gyms, Bars, Camping, and Other Businesses and Activities

California will allow schools, day camps, bars, gyms and other sectors to begin reopening next Friday, June 12. These are among several new businesses and activities the State Department of Public Health today announced can reopen in those counties that have met certain thresholds on the number of cases, testing and preparedness.

The state today issued new guidance documents for these new sectors, giving each business or activity adequate time to create reopening plans. The following are the sectors that will be allowed to reopen next Friday:

Not included in today’s announcement were nail salons, movie theaters and youth sports, which are not authorized to reopen. Most of the new businesses are part of “Stage 3” on the state’s County’s 4-Stage Reopening Plan. We will share guidance links for these sectors in the Monday Update.

Small businesses that need assistance complying with the guidance should look into the San Bernardino County COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program, https://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/. Participating small businesses can receive up to $2,500 in funding to pay for improvement, equipment, and supplies needed to comply with safety guidance.

SoCalGas Webinar-reopening Food & Beverage Establishments w/Safety & Efficiency: June 10

SoCalGas in support of our restaurant, food & beverage customers is partnering with the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) to bring you a series of webinars to help prepare businesses re-open quickly & safely. You are invited to register and share with your contacts this free webinar titled, “After COVID-19: Plumbing and Gas Considerations for Food and Beverage Establishments” .   The “After COVID-19” series is designed to provide Food & Beverage establishments, health departments, building owners/managers & contractors with detailed information and guidance on reopening their various buildings.

 

To register: After COVID-19: Plumbing and Gas Considerations for Food and Beverage Establishments

Date: Wed, Jun 10, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

 

Webinar Description:

This free in-depth presentation will cover natural gas appliances, potential plumbing-related issues re: water usage and waste drainage when reopening food and beverage establishments after a prolonged closure or greatly reduced use. Addressing the need to review natural gas systems energy efficiency & safety. Discussions will address appliances and equipment most commonly found in restaurants, bars, and cafeterias.

 

CalChamber-Opposed Bills Await Assembly, Senate Action

With just weeks left before legislators leave Sacramento for summer recess, major bills having a significant impact on business will  be voted on soon by the Senate or Assembly.

Below are the California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bills scheduled to be considered by the Senate and Assembly as soon as Monday, June 8. If passed, the bills will move onto the second legislative house, a key hurdle for bills advancing in the legislative process. Read More

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Local Minimum Wage Increases Coming July 1 - Learn More

How to Stay Safe as Businesses Reopen - Learn More

Remote Workers May be Subject to Local Wage, Sick Leave Ordinances - Learn More

New Task Force Focuses on Inland Empire's Economic Recovery from Coronavirus - Read More

 

New task force focuses on Inland Empire’s economic recovery from coronavirus

Inland Empire Employment and Workforce Recovery Task Force began meeting last week

A newly formed working group with San Bernardino and Riverside county leaders of industry, government, academia and the nonprofit sector is tasked with pulling the region out of the economic cellar caused by the coronavirus pandemic

 

The Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020.  The measure, which was passed by the House last week by a vote of 417-1, makes significant changes to the Paycheck Protection Program that are designed to help small business borrowers.

 

The key provisions include:

-          Extends the time period in which borrowers must spend their PPP loans from 8 weeks to 24 weeks.

-          Lowers the percentage of loan proceeds that must be spent on payroll from 75 to 60 percent.

-          Extends the loan coverage period from June 30 to December 31, 2020.

-          For the portion of the loan that isn’t forgiven, the measure extends the loan term from 2 years to 5 years.

 

The bill now heads to the president’s desk and is expected to be signed shortly. Read More

Remote Workers May Be Subject to Local Wage, Sick Leave Ordinances

If our work site is located in an area where only the California minimum wage rate applies, but due to COVID-19, some of our employees are now working remotely from home in a city or county with a local minimum wage ordinance, do we have to pay the local minimum wage rate?

Local minimum wage requirements may apply depending on the ordinance issued by each city or county where the employee works — or in this case, from where the employee is working remotely. Each ordinance defines the coverage and eligibility, and the rules vary. Learn More

How to Stay Safe as Businesses Reopen

San Bernardino County released a video on how to stay safe as businesses reopen, including wearing a face covering and staying 6 feet away from others.  To watch it, click HERE.

 

Local Minimum Wage Increases Coming July 1

July is just around the corner, and with it comes several local minimum wage increases throughout California. Here’s a list of localities that will have minimum wage increases effective July 1, 2020:

  • Alameda: $15/hour.
  • Berkeley: $16.07/hour.
  • Emeryville: $16.84/hour;
  • Fremont: $15/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $13.50/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • Los Angeles City: $15/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $14.25 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • Los Angeles County (unincorporated areas): $15/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $14.25 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • Malibu: $15/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $14.25 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • Milpitas: $15.40/hour.
  • Novato: $15/hour for employers with 100 or more employees; $14/hour for employers with 26-99 employees; $13/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • Pasadena: $15/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $14.25 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • San Francisco: $16.07/hour.
  • San Leandro: $15/hour.
  • Santa Monica: $15/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $14.25 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • (NEW) Santa Rosa: $15/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $14/hour for employers with fewer than 25 employees

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Department of Public Health Can Help Test Your Employees

A large part of the County’s reopening plan depends on businesses being able to serve the public while ensuring the health and safety of employees. Businesses can take many different measures to make sure that their employees are safer from COVID-19, such as requiring masks, putting up shields, social distancing, and daily health/wellness checks.

Right now the Department of Public Health (DPH) is reaching out to assess the interest level of businesses within the County to conduct on-site testing for their employees. Expanding testing to businesses will help us greatly increase the amount of testing being done in our County. This will help us better track the infection in our communities and also provide the data we need to demonstrate it is safe to keep our businesses open, as well as eventually relax the remaining restrictions.

DPH can partner with your businesses to increase COVID-19 testing among your employees and support those who are positive or exposed. Use this Business Partnership Form if you:

• Would like to provide testing to your employees

• Are interested in hosting public testing

• Are already providing public testing

So far, 14 businesses throughout San Bernardino County have expressed interest in the testing program. They range in size from more than 300 employees in the logistics sector, to midsize restaurants and small retailers.

For interested business owners, a County official will be in touch. If you have any questions or wish to contact the County’s Public Health Department, please call (909) 252-4406.

 

Helpful Links:

  • "Reopening: Navigating State and Local Guidance to Bring Customers Back Safely." Online Session: https://zoom.us/rec/play/

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

This morning, the House passed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act on a vote of 417-1. This bill makes the following changes to the Paycheck Protection Program:
  • Extends the loan term from 8 weeks to 24 weeks;
  • Lowers the percentage of loan proceeds that must be used on payroll from 75% to 60%; and
  • Extends the PPP from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2020.
Unfortunately, it does not expand the program to 501(c)(6) non-profits. We will continue to push to make this change as Congress takes up the Phase Four bill sometime next month.
H.R. 7010 must now pass the Senate. Additionally, we have attached the Key Vote letter that the U.S. Chamber sent in support of this bill.
House passes bill to ease small business emergency loan rules

Hair Salon and Barbershop Owners Eligible for the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program

Tuesday’s announcement by the County that hair salons and barbershops can reopen was great news for shaggy and gray-rooted county residents. And here’s some great news for salon and barbershop owners: You are eligible for cash grants under the County’s COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program!
The County recognizes that the business model for many salons and barbershops has them rent out space to stylists, so those shops technically have zero employees. That’s why the County carved out a special place for the owners of these businesses in the COVID-Compliant program. This is important because shops that cut, style, and color hair have to comply with more safety requirements than other businesses under the State’s rules, https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-hair-salons.pdf. The County’s funding support of up to $2,500 for eligible businesses are intended to fund COVID-compliant modifications and supplies. Stylists who rent space and don’t own a shop are not eligible for the program.
So far, more than 2,400 businesses have applied to be COVID-compliant partners and more than 1,200 have been approved for funding. More than 50 businesses not eligible for funding have signed up so they can show their customers they are committed to keeping San Bernardino County safe and open for business.
Visit http://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/ to find out more about the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program and apply. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Resources for Small Businesses and Startups

The California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF), with the support of the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at GO-Biz, hosted a rapid response session entitled, "Reopening: Navigating State and Local Guidance to Bring Customers Back Safely." The discussion featured small business owners, who shared how they are adapting and pivoting during COVID-19.
To watch the session, which featured the speakers listed below, click the image above or here
  • Isabel Guzman, Director of the CalOSBA and State Government Lead of the ETF
  • Dilawar Syed, ETF Chair and CEO, Lumiata
  • Patricia Röckenwagner, Co-Owner, Röckenwagner Bakery and ETF Member
  • Christin Evans, Owner, Booksmith
We are here for you. The rapid response sessions for California small businesses and entrepreneurs occur every Friday, alternating in Spanish and English. To learn more about the next sessions, click here.

Restaurant Rapid Recovery Series

As restaurants start to reopen, there are many uncertainties on how to reopen successfully. Owners must remodel their business to conform to the new era post-COVID-19. Restaurants must also gain the trust of customers and adhere to their perceptions as well as the public's view to ensure they feel safe.
This week's topic will cover menu revisions and re-costing, as well as employees returning and training. Menus and expenses may have to be modified. We will go over how you can increase profits by lowering food costs, continuing curbside services, simplifying ingredients, having vendor sale opportunities, packaging costs and ideas, and managing contactless ordering. Owners also need to manage returning employees and training them to adhere to the new procedures. We will discuss which rehiring procedures to implement and which not to re-implement, how to use your workforce resources, how and why to use personal protective equipment, and figuring out who is in charge.
These are interactive webinars where the first 20 minutes will consist of the content presented on various timely topics in response to COVID-19 relevant to you, the restaurateur. The remaining 40 minutes will be dedicated to your questions and concerns, answered by SBDC food industry experts and invited panelists. Each week, the content will be based on the previous week’s discussion and questions, so the topics are dynamic and in direct response to your needs. For the next 3 weeks we would also like to hear from you, the restaurateur, what plans you have made, and the questions you have.
Series Schedule:
Tuesdays
  • June 2
  • June 9
  • June 16
Time:
All Webinars will start at 10 AM

Helpful Links:

Back in Business?

We've fielded several calls from our community asking about which businesses are open and which are not. To help our community we have created a list of businesses that are "Back in Business."
We also want to let our community know the safety cautions our local businesses are putting in place so they can make informed decisions about where to do business.
We will be sharing this information on our website, social media and through emails to make the public aware of open businesses in the Chino Valley.
Help us get the word out by answering a few questions regarding your business.
Please click HERE if you wish to be included in our list of companies that are back in business.

Review State Guidelines to Create Your Workplace Specific Plan

The County has now authorized accelerated Stage 2 businesses to open, including malls and shopping centers, retail shops and dine-in restaurants. Hair salons and barbershops are now clear to open as well. The following PDFs share industry-specific COVID guidelines from the California Department of Public Health, endorsed by the County of San Bernardino.
Guidance for dine-in restaurants:
Guidance for shopping centers:
Guidance for retailers:
Guidance for hair salons and barbershops:
For other businesses seeking greater clarification on the statewide guidance to follow if permitted to open, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/

Southern California Edison is Hiring Asian Language Speaking Reps

Edison is hiring Asian language speaking reps in the call center. If you know anyone who’s interested, they can sign up for an informational session (see flyer).
When applying, the can put my name (Joyce Lui) as the one who referred them
Registration for Informational Session here:

Helpful Links:

EIDL and Paycheck Protection Q&A - Register

Pandemic Risk Insurance Act - View Bill

San Bernardino County Industry-Specific Guidelines - https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance.

Job Killer Bills Impose New Leave Mandates; Raise Costs, Burdens on Employers - View Article

San Bernardino County’s COVID-19 website - http://sbcovid19.com.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Session with small Businesses and Entrepreneurs - Register for Webinar

COVID-19 Workers Comp Explained - https://advocacy.calchamber.com/2020/05/22/covid-19-workers-comp-order-explained/

Compliant Business Partnernip Program Application- http://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/

Join us for SBA LIVE: EIDL and Paycheck Protection Q&A

With these new programs available, we understand you have a lot of questions. Please join this afternoon's Zoom call at 2 p.m. (PST) to learn more about the EIDL and Paycheck Protection Program and get your questions answered.

If you joined us for previous sessions, we will be covering the same information with a Q&A session for attendees. Join us again if you didn’t get your question answered.

May 27,2020 
2p.m.

Rep. Cisneros Cosponsors Pandemic Risk Insurance Act to Protect Small Businesses

Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) cosponsored the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act (PRIA) of 2020. This legislation will create the Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Program, a system of shared public and private compensation for business interruption losses resulting from future pandemics or public health emergencies. Like the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), the federal government would serve as a backstop to maintain marketplace stability and to share the burden alongside private industry. The text of the bill can be found here.

County Begins Reopening Accelerated Stage 2 Businesses, Plus Hair Salons and Barbershops!

This Memorial Day weekend saw the first significant reemergence of San Bernardino County businesses, as dine-in restaurants, stores and malls began reopening following a state-ordered shutdown lasting more than two months.

Businesses that reopen are agreeing to adhere to County and state safety guidelines, including those in the County’s Readiness and Reopening Plan, as well as industry-specific guidelines proposed by the state, that can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Session with Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

The GO-Biz California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF)  invites you to a virtual learning series to connect with small businesses and startups, and share resources, strategies, and insights on how to adapt to the marketplace during COVID-19. California has issued industry guidance to help businesses reopen and operate safely for their employees, clients, and communities. Recognizing that the conditions across the state are distinctive with local variance, and that businesses must now implement or prepare to launch strategies to address the guidelines, we are gathering with experts and business owners to get tactical.

Join us Friday, May 29, for this week's session,
"Reopening:  Navigating State and Local Guidance to Bring Customers Back Safely"

A conversation with:
Patricia Röckenwagner, Co-Owner, Röckenwagner Bakery and ETF Member
Dilawar Syed, CEO, Lumiata and ETF Chair, and
Christin Evans, Owner, Booksmith

Hosted/Moderated by:
Isabel Guzman, Director, CalOSBA

County Approves First COVID Compliant Business Partner!

Congratulations to Imperial Cleaners of Chino Hills and owner Mira Koh, who quickly jumped on her application to be a COVID Compliant Business Partner. She not only receives a grant for $2,500 to help make safety improvements for her business, but she can display a window sign that shows her customers she is taking the necessary steps to keep them safe.

Start your application now! The COVID Compliant Business Partnership will assist 12,000 County businesses, with grants being issued to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted.  Businesses can begin the application process by going to http://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/, where application contents and other submission requirements are listed. The application deadline is August 31, 2020.

To be eligible for participation in the Partnership, a business must have been located in San Bernardino County for at least one year, have between one and 100 employees, and be current on property tax payments. Nonprofit organizations with storefronts are eligible for the program. A key County priority is to help companies that have not received support from either the state or the federal government. Businesses that are too new or too large for the funding can still participate and receive a window sign.

Helpful Links:

SB County small businesses can now apply for the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program

Small Businesses in San Bernardino County - you can now apply to become a COVID-Compliant Business partner with the County and receive up to $2,500. To find out more about eligibility and the application process, visit http://sbcovid19.com and click on "COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program."

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Information

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Outreach presentations online to Employees and Employers so you have a better understanding of the new law and how it may apply to you. These Outreaches are available in multiple languages.

Inland Empire Economic Center Business Survey

The main target of the survey are businesses that produce the sales tax necessary to support the critical services provided by cities and counties. All individual responses will remain confidential.
The deadline to respond to the survey is Monday, May 25. We will present preliminary findings at the State of the Region event on May 28. Thank you in advance for all your support.
https://bit.ly/2WZNjZt

Paycheck Protection Program Guidelines

The U.S. Chamber published a new Paycheck Protection Program Guide to Forgiveness. Like our previous guides, this document provides businesses with an easy to understand explanation of what they need to do to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans.  Click here to download the guide. Please note, this guide will be updated as new guidance is issued by the Dept. of the Treasury.
Also, we continue to update our Reopening Business Digital Resource Center as new state guidance is issued.  Click here to access the resources center, and see below for more information.

COVID-19 EIDL Webinar - Applying For Reconsideration

Are you a small business owner who has been denied for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan? The SBDC is here to help you! Join us for our COVID-19 EIDL webinar as we discuss your options for funding and how to apply for reconsideration. You will have the opportunity to ask your EIDL reconsideration questions at the end of the presentation.
Date and Time:
Thursday, May 28 @ 4 PM

Magic Johnson to Assist Minority-Owned Businesses

Former NBA player and Hall of Fame member Magic Johnson announced this week that EquiTrust Life Insurance Co. - of which he owns a majority - is providing $100 million in capital to fund federal loans for minority and women business owners who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
EquiTrust will work with MBE Capital Partners to distribute the loans through the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
The goal is to help 100,000 businesses secure resources that will sustain them through the pandemic.

Business Recovery Survey

To better assist you and provide services that meet your recovery needs, we are gathering information regarding the challenges you're facing now as a result of COVID-19.
Your response will be immensely helpful in planning our training opportunities, developing consulting services, and organizing our workforce to better assist you and thousands of other small businesses.
We appreciate your willingness to share how your business was affected during this pandemic and your business plans. Please click the button below to share your response with us.
The information you provide in this survey is confidential and will be used to develop our service offerings. If reported, it will only be reported in aggregate.
This survey should take about 5-7 minutes to complete. Thank you for time in advance. We're always here to help your business plan and recover - no cost, no catch.
If you have already taken the survey, thank you we appreciate your feedback!
If you have already filled it out, please disregard this email.Thank you

Are You a COVID Compliant Business?

As we reopen the economy, the County wants to help your customers know that you care about their health and safety! When a business applies and is approved to become a COVID Compliant Business Partner at http://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/, we will send you a COVID Compliant window sign that will let your customers know you are implementing strict protocols to keep both employees and patrons as safe as possible.

Learn More about the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program

Soua Vang, interim director of the Economic Development Department, took some time to share some details about the popular COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program. If you’re a small business owner, you want to take advantage of this opportunity!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkC2rmcyMls&feature=youtu.be

Updated on 5/19/20 at 7:28pm

Helpful Links:

 

What is Open and What’s Not Open … So Far

Your County Supervisors are working with state officials, neighboring counties and our own Recovery Coalition Team to safely and methodically reopen our local economy. We are in the early Phase 2 stage, which allows many of our businesses to open in a very limited fashion. The governor today announced new variances that could allow counties to move further into Phase 2. The County hopes to have an announcement very soon on how this will affect our communities.

This transition time allows business owners time to develop their own individual operational plans that will ensure employee safety, customer distancing and sanitation protocols, as well as industry specific guidelines that can be found here. Below is a graphic that summarizes where we stand as of today.

Updated Industry Guidance

Industries that are currently allowed to resume full or modified operations,  if they’re permitted to open per county health rules, can be found on the industry guidance website

Paycheck Protection Program

The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.

The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities.

The form and instructions include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:

  • Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles
  • Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness
  • Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30
  • Addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined

The PPP was created by the CARES Act to provide forgivable loans to eligible small businesses to keep American workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The documents released today will help small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans.

Click here to view the application and instructions

(Updated 5/15/20 at 4:35pm)

Helpful Links:

 

How County Businesses Can Ensure a Safe and Sustainable Reopening

With the limited re-opening of some Phase 2 businesses beginning last Friday, the County is looking to owners and managers of our businesses and facilities to establish safe reopening guidelines.

“All of our residents and business owners need to know that a successful reopening of our economy takes personal responsibility,” said Curt Hagman, chairman of the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. “We must all act responsibly, whether we work in a store or look to visit one. We are asking all our residents to please respect safe distances and absolutely wear a face cover when indoors around other people. If we can support one another during this reopening, we can get through this that much sooner, and most importantly, safely.”

The County will greatly assist local businesses in achieving a safe and sustainable reopening on Thursday when we launch the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program. The program will help all businesses establish and promote a safe and prosperous environment for owners, employees, and customers, and provide cash incentives to small businesses that pledge to require physical distancing, face coverings, and rigorous hygiene. A website with details on the program and information on how to participate will be launched Thursday.

The San Bernardino County COVID Recovery Coalition, made up of various government, business, and organizational leaders from throughout the county, wants all workforces, starting with those in early Stage 2 businesses, to address the following areas of concern.

  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan. Every workforce is different, with unique characteristics and challenges. No one is in a better place to know how to conduct operations safely than the owner, managers and employees of an individual facility. Start by reviewing this linked guidance, https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/ for each early Stage 2 business, specific to California’s roadmap to reopening.
  2. Protect and support worker health and safety. Limit workforces to essential personnel and, whenever possible, ensure that vulnerable workers have alternative assignments. Supply and require use of face coverings and personal protective equipment. Develop policies that ensure employees stay at home when they are sick. Relocate break areas outdoors with physically distant seating.
  3. Ensure appropriate physical distancing. Ease into opening by limiting occupancy initially by 25% capacity in order to evaluate operational protocols. Use floor markings and manage traffic flow to ensure 6-foot distancing between individuals as much as possible. Request all patrons wear face covers at entrances and while indoors. Avoid congregating.
  4. Ensure proper infection control. Follow strict cleaning and sanitation standards, appropriate for your place of work or business. Establish operational procedures to frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
  5. Train all employees on new procedures. All workers need to understand your site-specific protection plan. Consider use of temperature checking apparatus, but at the least, ensure employees know how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them.
  6. Communicate with the public. Post clear signage to communicate your new safety protocols to visitors, including the requirement to wear a face covering when indoors and interacting with workers or strangers. Participants in the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program will receive signage from the County.
  7. Offer transactions and services online and at curbside whenever feasible. Accommodate curbside pick-up to keep vulnerable populations safe. Continue to encourage takeout and delivery service.

We can all look to the model set by our grocery stores and other Phase 1 essential businesses that have shown how to offer a safe retail environment. The bottom line is that if we want to keep our economy open, we all have to take responsibility in keeping one another safe.

Let’s do the right thing and keep the curve flat. We are confident our businesses, employees and patrons can do what it takes to get through this together.

Governor Modifies Early Stage 2 Requirements to Open More Businesses

Governor Newsom today added more businesses to participate in Stage 2 including:

  • car washes
  • pet grooming
  • landscape gardening
  • office-based business (telework remains strongly encouraged)
  • childcare for those outside of the essential workforce
  • outdoor museums, and open gallery spaces and other public spaces with modifications

Last Friday, the governor had allowed curbside retail, and the manufacturing and logistics sectors to open throughout the state.

Face Masks Are Now Optional, But Still Strongly Encouraged

A new health order issued by the Board of Supervisors last Friday repeals the April 23 health order requiring face coverings and certain social distancing mandates. However, County leaders are still strongly recommending wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The example set by grocery stores and other Phase 1 essential businesses these past several weeks provide the model for other businesses to imitate moving forward. Specifically, that means requiring masks when indoors or interacting with workers or strangers, keeping safe distances, and frequent hand washing or sanitizing.

Supervisors are also reminding residents and businesses that the County is still under California’s “stay-at-home” order that prohibits gatherings and short-term rentals.

“The County strongly urges everyone to continue wearing face coverings in public to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and businesses should still require face coverings and physical distancing for customers and employees,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “But repealing the local health orders will allow the County to reopen businesses more quickly as the governor continues to relax standards.”

The Board of Supervisors decided to rescind the April 23 omnibus health order to permit some flexibility as Phase 2 businesses gradually reopen.

“We prefer avoiding using a heavy hand in mandating restrictions on residents and businesses,” said Hagman. “But at the same time we are trusting people to take the steps necessary to keep their friends, neighbors, employees and customers healthy."

Many types of businesses were allowed to open on Friday under certain conditions (curbside only), and the Board adopted a Business and Reopening Plan providing guidelines to help businesses operate while keeping staff and customers safe.

Also, Chairman Hagman is looking to partner with other Southern California county board of supervisors chairs on seeking a dialogue with the governor on the criteria for safely reopening additional business sectors.

Testing Now Open to Any Interested Residents

All public testing locations are now open to any residents, regardless of whether you are experiencing current symptoms. Appointments, however, are still required. A list of current testing locations can be found at the bottom of this Update, or by visiting http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/.

Charity Governance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s shelter-in-place order, charitable organizations are called upon more than ever to meet critical needs of our communities.  The Attorney General’s Charitable Trusts Section has created the Charity Governance During the COVID-19 Pandemic publication to inform nonprofit corporations of the State laws that allow them to fulfill some of their governance obligations remotely to adhere to social distancing requirements.

 

A copy of the publication is attached or you may view it on our website: oag.ca.gov/charities

From the San Bernardino Workforce Development Department:

 

Guidance to Employers and Workers

http://sbcovid19.com/#tab-employersbusinesses

·         This link provides guidance for Employers and Workers!

Economic Development Agency

https://www.selectsbcounty.com/major-initiatives/covid-19

·         Including resources, initiatives, archived webinars and more.

Disinfecting Guidance from the Department of Public Health

http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2020/03/COVID-19-Disinfection-Instructions.pdf

 

U.S. Small Business Administration 

·         Federal disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters

https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Helpful Links:

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave from CalChamber

Reasonable Accommodations During the COVID-19 Pandemic from CalChamber

 

COVID-19 Relief from Norma Torres:

 

Please DO NOT drink or inject disinfectants.  For information on how to prevent COVID-19, please visit the CDC's website HERE.

A drive-through test will be available on May 4 at the Toyota Arena in Ontario from 10 AM to 2 PM.  This test is by appointment only.  More details will be announced HERE throughout the coming weeks. For more information on COVID-19 testing locations, click here.

Today, the President signed into law the $484 billion coronavirus relief package that includes an additional $310 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  Certain lenders may currently be accepting/reviewing applications. Please contact your lender about applying to the PPP program and submitting an application to get the most up-to-date information on how they are handling PPP applications. If you were denied due to a lack of PPP funds, you will need to reapply. Click HERE for a list of SBA lenders or reach out to an SBA office near you HERE.

Starting April 25, San Bernardino County is opening county parks and lakes for recreational activities.  Park amenities like playgrounds, sporting facilities, and parking lots are still closed until further notice.  Please make sure to maintain social distance and practice good hygiene.

Reminder - If you are filing an unemployment insurance claim, online is still the fastest way to do it.  Click HERE to get started.  If you need to speak with a representative, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) has expanded call center hours to 7 days a week from 8 AM to 8 PM.  To use the UI self-service phone line, call 1 (866) 333-4606.  To speak to a UI representative, call 1 (800) 300-5616 for English and 1 (800) 326-8937 for Spanish.

SSI and VA recipients who have children and were not required to file tax returns in 2018 or 2019 - enter your information as soon as possible on the IRS website and receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to your $1,200 individual payment.  Please visit the Non-Filer: Enter Payment Info Here tool on IRS.gov to provide the IRS with your information.

  • Remember to fill out your 2020 Census.  The online form is available at www.2020census.gov. If your household has not yet responded online, you will be getting a reminder invitation and paper questionnaire from the Census Bureau in the mail within the next week or so.  Mailing your census form is FREE.  If you’re having trouble with the form, contact the Census hotline at (844) 330-2020 between 4 AM and 11 AM PT.   
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  • TODAY Congress passed a $484 billion coronavirus relief bill, including an additional $310 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  The legislation also provides new funding for hospitals and medical practitioners, including for personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as funding to expand COVID-19 testing capacity.   
  • For Small Businesses
    This bill provides $310 billion in funding for PPP, allowing the Small Business Association (SBA) to once again process these vital loans. Certain lenders may currently be accepting/reviewing applications. Please contact your lender about applying to the PPP program and submitting an application to get the most up-to-date information on how they are handling PPP applications. If you were denied due to a lack of PPP funds, you will need to reapply. Click HERE for a list of SBA lenders or reach out to an SBA office near you HERE.  Click HERE for SBA and Treasury guidance on frequently asked borrower and lender questions.  
  • For Hospitals and Health Care Workers
    This bill provides $75 billion in funding for health care providers, including reimbursement for coronavirus-related expenses and additional resources like Personal Protective Equipment.   
  • For Testing
    This bill provides $25 billion for COVID-19 testing, which is key to reopening the economy and resuming our lives.  These funds can be used for expanding manufacturing and distributing of tests, procuring additional equipment needed to conduct tests, and increasing contract tracing.

 

Amazon Hiring

 

Hope you and your family are safe during this time. I wanted to let you know that Amazon is currently hiring for entry-level warehouse positions.

Note that these jobs are Seasonal, Full-Time. We have warehouses in Chino, Eastvale, Fontana, and Rialto that are hiring with day and night shifts.

Job-seekers can visit amazon.force.com to apply.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

 

(Updated 4/22/20 at 3:05pm)

 

Our Chino Valley Leaders on the Coronavirus Webinar Video is up on Facebook Live and YouTube.

 

Chino Police Chief Wes Simmons

 

Helpful Links:

 

 

 

Senate Votes to Increase CARES Act Funding

oon, the U.S. Senate approved additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as well as the SBA Economic Disaster Loan Program.  We expect the House to vote on this bill on Thursday, April 23rd.   Click here to urge you member of Congress to support this desperately needed funding.

 

A top line summary and text of the bill are linked below; here are some of the highlights:

 

$310 billion increase (total of $659 billion) for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

-          $30 billion set aside for loans made by Insured Depository Institutions and Credit Unions that have assets between $10 billion and $50 billion; and

-          $30 billion set aside for loans made by Community Financial Institutions, Small Insured Depository Institutions, and Credit Unions with assets less than $10 billion

-          No changes to eligibility for the PPP (No fix for (c)6’s and other nonprofits)

$10 billion increase (total of $20 Billion) for EIDL Grants and an additional $50 billion to support EIDL Loans

-          Allows agricultural enterprises as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)) with not more than 500 employees to receive EIDL grants and loans.

 

Unfortunately, this legislation did not include a change to allow 501(c)(6) chambers of commerce and other nonprofits to access the PPP.  While this is disappointing, it is not surprising.  In fact, it is a reminder that we need to keep the pressure on Congress to include all non-profits in the PPP when they move to consideration of the Phase Four bill.  Therefore, if you have not already done so, please be sure to sign our letter to Congress by Thursday at 4:00pm ET / 2:00pm MT / 1:00pm PT / 10:00am Hawaii.  Click here to read and sign the letter.

 

Are You a Chaffey Alumni?:

 

Chaffey College has created the Chaffey College Alumni Panther Connections to feature alumni-owned small businesses. The goal is to help them market their brand.

They are going to create a newsletter format that can be emailed, as well as feature the pieces on our Panther social media. I think it might be fun to include a photo or their favorite memory of being a Chaffey student as well.

Please have any interested alumni reach out to Heather Nishioka either via email Heather.Nishioka@chaffey.edu or cell (310) 770-4006.

 

San Bernardino County Workforce Development Survey:

 

The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board (WDB) is seeking your help in distributing the following survey to business owners, to better gauge the impact of COVID-19 on our local economy and to help steer employers toward services and resources available to them during this difficult period. The simple survey takes just a few minutes to complete and is accessible through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WDBCOVID19b .

 

CalChamber Email:

 

CalChamber has created an email account for those with ideas on what will help your company or industry reopen while still complying with the directives to be safe to submit to. If you have ideas or priorities you would like to share, please email them to recovery@calchamber.com.

 

Employment Opportunity:

 

Majestic Terminal Services is in urgent need of 50 cargo and ramp agents for their Ontario location.

Ramp Agent ($15.00 - $17.00);

available shifts include 1245 – 2045, 1545 – 2315, 2000 – 0100 , 1900 – 0300, 2045 – 0400, 0300 – 0830 and 0100 – 0930

Freight Agent ($15.00)

available shifts include 1900 – 0330, 0530 – 0930

Please help distribute this flyer.  Click on the link for more information : https://www.primeflight.com/careers

 

Job Opportunity at Majestic

 

Southern California Edison Webinar: Resources to Help Your Business

 

 

Facebook Launches Small Business Grants Program

 

See if Facebook grants are available in your area

See Available Locations

We’re giving $100M in cash grants to 30,000 eligible small businesses across 30 countries to help them get through COVID-19 disruptions.

During this challenging time, we know your time is precious. That’s why we’ve made it fast and simple to find out if your location and business is eligible for cash grant from Facebook.

See Available Locations

 

 

(Updated 4/17/20 at 4:50pm)

Funding Opportunities for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

 

The City of Chino Hills shared this list of opportunities for small businesses in our community to take advantage of including Federal, State and Private Emergency Assistance:

 

Paycheck Protection Program

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance

SBA Express Bridge Loans

SBA Debt Relief

Employee retention credit for employers subject to closure due to COVID-19

Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program

CARES Act Direct Grants to Nonprofits

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

Emergency Family And Medical Leave Expansion Act

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act

Tax Credits For Paid Sick And Paid Family And Medical Leave

Yelp - Relief for restaurants and bars impacted by the Coronavirus

Kabbage - COVID-19 Small Business Gift Certificate Support

Facebook - Small Business Grants Program

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) - Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation - COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund

South San Francisco Foundation (SFF) - SFF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

 

Click on the link to learn more -

https://growthzonesitesprod.azureedge.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/568/2020/04/CCHILLS-COVID-19-Funding-Matrix-04.13.pdf

 

Helpful Links:

 

CalChamber - Wage and Hour Considerations for Remote Workers

 

U.S. Chamber Foundation Launches Grant Program to Support Small Business Recovery

 

Small businesses are the foundation of our communities and our economy, and chambers of commerce are an essential part of that ecosystem. Employing nearly half the American workforce, small businesses keep our neighborhoods running and make them feel like home. The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have wrought unprecedented financial uncertainty. These businesses need resources and relief — and they need it now.

That's why today, we are launching the Save Small Business Fund with Vistaprint to provide assistance to small businesses and local chambers of commerce impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the Chamber Foundation will distribute $5,000 grants to small employers in the U.S. and its territories.

The Save Small Business Fund is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Save Small Business Initiative—a nationwide effort to address small business owners’ immediate needs, mitigate closures and job losses, and mobilize the long-term support the small business community needs for recovery.

We want to reach as many businesses as possible through this grant program, and encourage you to share it with those in your community. Use this toolkit to spread the word.

Grant applications will open on April 20, 2020.

For more information on eligibility, grant timeline, and more, visit savesmallbusiness.com.

 

LEARN MORE

 

COVID-19 Information from GO-Biz

 

Thank you for your continued partnership. Given the quickly changing circumstances, we want to ensure that you are fully aware of Governor Newsom's most recent announcements. A helpful resource, which is regularly updated, is the recently established one-stop website: covid19.ca.gov. Please also visit GO-Biz's COVID-19 resource website. Along with those resources, we have also begun a COVID-19 webinar series. Click here to view that webinar.

COVID-19 Tele-Townhall

Topic: Health during COVID-19

Host

Assemblymember Eloise Reyes

Senator Connie Leyva

When
Monday, April 20, 2020
From 3:00PM To 4:00PM
Where
Tele-conference
Call-in# (888) 204-5984
Code# 3731564RSVP:https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ADInfo/einvites/AD47/2371_COVID19_Public_Health_Tele_Townhall.html  
  • COVID-19 Insurance & Gym Credits?
  • The shelter in place orders have resulted in a dramatic decline in the number of miles driven by Californians and we are seeing fewer car accidents.
  • As a result, some insurance companies have offered refunds for certain services that cannot be rendered. Below is a list of some of the companies that are offering refunds.
  • AAA: Every policy holder with auto insurance in effect from March 16 to May 15 will receive a 20% policy refund check for this period. The check will be mailed by the end of May and members do not need to take any action.
  • Allstate: 15% refund for April and May premiums.
  • Chubb Auto Insurance: 35% premium reductions for April and May.
  • Farmers Insurance: 25% reduction in April premiums.
  • Geico: 15% credit on policies up for renewal between April 8 and Oct. 7. 
  • Liberty Mutual: 15% back on two months of premiums.
  • Progressive: All auto customers receive a 20% credit for April and May.
  • State Farm: 25% credit on premiums paid between March 20 and May 31.
  • USAA: 20% credit for two months of premiums.
  • The shelter in place order has also closed gyms.  Some of my constituents have wondered if billings will continue – even though the gyms could not provide services. Here is who we’ve heard from so far. If your gym is not listed, you may try contacting them directly.
  • 24 Hour Fitness: Memberships will be extended to cover the time of club closures. They will suspend all membership billings, including billings for any additional services and fees, effective April 16.
  • Equinox: All memberships have been automatically frozen. Scheduled sessions will be refunded, and expiration dates will be extended.
  • LA Fitness: All billings are suspended until one or more clubs in your area reopens.
  • Planet Fitness: All memberships have been frozen and you will not be charged any fees during this time. If you are billed during the closed time, Planet Fitness says it will make an adjustment for the next billing cycle upon reopening.
  • As always, please do not hesitate to call my office at 714-671-9474 or email Senator.Chang@sen.ca.govif we may be of assistance.
  • (Updated 4/15/20 at 4:50pm)
  • 4/14/20 Chino Valley Leaders Webinar Video on Coronavirus
  • Great information was provided by our panelists on federal loan programs, state programs, water challenges, public safety announcements and support programs for local businesses.
  • Our panelists included:
  • US Congressman Gil Cisneros Representative Stephanie Wade
  • State Senator Connie Leyva
  • Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors Curt Hagman
  • Inland Empire Utilities Agency Director Steve Elie
  • Chino Police Chief Wes Simmons
  • US Chamber Executive Director of the Western Region Jennings Imel
  • Watch the video here - https://youtu.be/Ndg1ciHXaYQ
  • Helpful Links:
  • Press Releases from County Supervisor Curt Hagman
  • CalChamber The Workplace Podcast - COVID-19 Paid Leaves Explained
  • The Legal Shield Coronavirus Resource Center - Coronavirus Resource Center
  • Office of Governor Gavin Newson - Governor Newsom Outlines Six Critical Indicators the State will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order and Other COVID-19 Interventions
  • IEEP and Loma Linda Health - Responding to COVID-19 Webcast 
  • Chino Cares Challenge:
  • Chino is a resilient community full of people who care about one another. To get through this pandemic, we need to work together.
  • This is why our Emergency Services Coordinator is issuing a Chino Cares Challenge. We have set a goal of providing 400 care packages for our most vulnerable populations, which include seniors and individuals experiencing homelessness. Each care package contains basic items such as canned goods, water, and hygiene products.
  • If you do not have the items at home, we encourage shopping for these items when you are shopping for your household to minimize outings. Remember to practice social distancing and wear a face covering.
  • If you have questions regarding the Chino Cares Challenge, please call 909-334-3258.

  • Here's how you can participate:
  • 1. Select An Option - Check out the options listed below and select one that works for you.
  • 2. Drive Thru and Drop Off - Gather your donation items, place them in your vehicle's trunk or back of an SUV, and drop them off at the Senior Center (13170 Central Ave) on April 17 or April 18 between 9:00am-12:00pm without having to exit your vehicle. (See map below.)
  • Option 1
  • Assemble a care package that contains the following items and place them in a box or bag. If you do not have the items at home, we encourage shopping for these items when you are shopping for your household to minimize outings. Remember to practice social distancing and wear a face covering.
  • 1 box instant oatmeal or cereal
    1 gallon water
    1 gallon juice (apple, grape, or cranberry)
    2 cans fruit (any kind)
    2 cans vegetables (any kind)
    1 box granola bars
    2 cans tuna or chicken
    2 cans soup (any kind)
    1 box dry spaghetti or pasta
    1 jar pasta sauce
    16 oz. bag or 1 box rice, instant rice or macaroni and cheese
    16 oz. bag or 1 can dry or canned beans
    1 box or bag to contain all the items in the care package
  • Optional: Add a note
  • Option 2
  • Donate any items from the care package list from option 1  and/or the list below. If you do not have the items at home, we encourage shopping for these items when you are shopping for your household to minimize outings. Remember to practice social distancing and wear a face covering.
  • Non-perishable food:
    Granola bars
    Fruit cups
    Applesauce
    Ready-to-go tuna cracker kits
    Individual sized potato chips
    Bottled water
    Juice (single serving bottles)
    Fruit snacks
    Trail mix
    Beef jerky
    Crackers
    Disposable spoons
  • Hygiene items:
    Deodorant (travel size)
    Toothpaste
    Toothbrush
    Soap
    Shampoo (travel size)
    Conditioner (travel size)
    Tampons
    Toilet paper
    Paper towels
    Napkins
    Adult diapers
    Adult pads
    Hand soap
    Hand sanitizer
    Disinfectant wipes
    Face masks (handmade, disposable or single use)
  • *Items not listed will not be accepted.
  • Option 3 
  • Make a cash donation to support services provided to seniors and individuals experiencing homelessness. Donations will be used to offset the cost of additional meals provided through the Senior Center as well as to purchase additional food and hygiene items. Checks can be made out to the City of Chino and mailed to 13201 Central Ave, subject: Senior Center Donation.
  • Senator Chang COVID Telephone Town Hall
  • Senator Ling Ling Chang is hosting a COVID-19 Telephone Town-Hall on Friday, April 17 at 2:00PM. The  focus of this discussion will be on mental health, food assistance, and public safety.
  • Guest speakers will include:
  • Dr. Lisa Wong,  L.A. County Department of Mental Health
  • Captain John Walker, Chino Hills Police Department
  • Susan Papiri, Meals on Wheels Orange County
  • Those who are interested in participating can RSVP at senate.ca.gov/chang to receive a call-in phone number and passcode, which will be sent the morning of April 17. For anyone who has questions for the speakers, please email those to Senator.Chang@sen.ca.gov .
  • US Chamber Launches New "Path Forward" Program to Lead National Conversation on How America Can Return  to Work
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced the “Path Forward” program, an initiative to address how Americans and businesses can return to work safely, successfully, and sustainably.
  • The program includes a comprehensive framework of considerations, an event series that will feature diverse viewpoints from the public and private sectors, and recommendations on the practices and policies needed to begin a phased process to bring the full American economy back to work.
  • The Chamber, through its membership of small, medium, and large companies, as well as its network of state, local, and international chambers and associations, has an unmatched perspective encompassing all sectors of the economy and all corners of our nation. This diversity of viewpoints will contribute to the ongoing national conversation and ultimate recommendations for the Path Forward program.
  • Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Chamber has vigorously advocated for fast action on legislation to provide employers, employees, and families with much-needed financial assistance, including the successful passage of the CARES Act. The Chamber also has hosted more than 200 virtual sessions with tens of thousands of small businesses, as well as big companies and their small business suppliers and customers, to hear first-hand about the impact of the virus and provide guidance on what aid is available and how to access it.
  • “This pandemic is upending every way of life, including how businesses operate and care for employees and communities. As we adjust to this new reality, we must understand that many laws and regulations were designed for a different time and place, and today they could significantly hamper– or even contradict– recovery efforts,” U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark said. “How America reopens will be the result of unprecedented coordination between business and government, and the planning must begin now. We need new processes and rules that reflect the realities of the pandemic.”
  • In a letter sent to members, national associations, and state and local chambers across the country today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce outlined the following key considerations:
  • Essential services and resources necessary for returning to work: general health screening, COVID-19 testing, personal protective equipment, childcare, and transportation.
  • Resolution to regulatory and legal liability issues: health privacy, discrimination claims, safe workplace requirements, support for independent contractors, employment practices, exposure liability, product liability, medical liability, securities litigation, customer communications, and the False Claims Act.
  • Support for businesses and individuals during a phased reopening: businesses dependent on high-density gatherings or travel, and individuals delayed in returning to work.
  • Following the release of the letter, the Chamber has begun the process of collecting feedback from local and state Chambers and member companies across the country.
  • “How our nation’s public and private sectors manage this transition will determine how quickly we can stage an economic comeback and help families overcome financial hardship,” Clark said. “We need a roadmap to reinvigorate our economy and a renewed sense of public safety and confidence.”
  • Path Forward Virtual Event Series
  • Additionally, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today launched a new online series called Path Forward to supplement and inform the Chamber’s work. Each episode of Path Forward will feature experts sharing their perspectives on the complex issues involved in a responsible reopening strategy. The first program will focus on the state of the pandemic, potential scenarios for reopening, and lessons America can learn from businesses in other parts of the world.
  • The series launches Monday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m. ET with Dr. William Hanage, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Register here: https://cvent.me/ebg2E0.
  • Future programs, which will occur on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST, for the next several weeks will cover barriers to reopening, such as childcare and transit; complex questions about immunity and liability; and ways employers can incorporate screening, social-distancing, and other novel approaches into the workplace.
  • Since the onset of the pandemic, the U.S. Chamber has tried to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus by equipping businesses with tools, resources, and information to help them navigate the many challenges of the pandemic in real time. The Chamber’s resources have been downloaded two million times, and tens of thousands of small businesses and nonprofits have joined online townhall events dedicated to helping them survive this unprecedented health and economic crisis.
  • To learn more about the Chamber’s efforts in response to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit www.uschamber.com.
  • Representative Cisneros to Host Coronavirus Town Hall
  • Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) will host a Telephone Town Hall TODAY, Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 PM PT to provide a federal update and answer questions about the coronavirus. California 39th residents can RSVP and submit questions here.
  • Who: Rep. Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39)
  • What: Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall
  • When: TODAY, April 15 starting at 6:30 PM PT
  • Where: Dial-in: (833) 380-0509; It will also be streamed on Rep. Cisneros’ Facebook and website: www.cisneros.house.gov
  • (Updated 4/15/20 at 6:15pm)
  • Helpful Links:
  • Press Releases from County Supervisors Curt Hagman
  • Statement on San Bernardino County’s COVID-19 Homeless Response Plan to Help Flatten the Curve
  • Representative Gil Cisneros Town Hall
  • Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) will host a Telephone Town Hall on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 PM PT to provide a federal update and answer questions about the coronavirus. California 39th residents can RSVP and submit questions here.
  • Who: Rep. Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39)
  • What: Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall
  • When: Monday, April 13 starting at 6:30 PM PT
  • Where: Dial-in: (833) 380-0509; It will also be streamed on Rep. Cisneros’ Facebook and website: www.cisneros.house.gov
  • Livestream Responding to the Coronavirus by Inland Empire Together
  • Register here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inland-empire-together-webinar-responding-to-the-coronavirus-covid-19-tickets-102434620708
  • (Updated 4/10/20 at 2:30pm)
  • CARES Act Workshop Video
  • Chino Valley Chamber Board Member Christina Gagnier, Shareholder at Carlton Fields, hosted a CARES Act Loan Workshop on our Business @ Breakfast event on Wednesday.
  • Watch the video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPDJLdf3tBg&feature=youtu.be
  • Helpful Links:
  • Press Releases from County Supervisor Curt Hagman:
  • How to Find Bank Offering PPP Loans
  • https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find

San Bernardino County Business Resources Town Hall

 

In response to COVID – 19 Emergency Relief under the CARES Act, the County of San Bernardino - Economic Development Department and the Regional Small Business Development Center will host a Webinar to discuss: Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), Payroll Protection Program (PPP), Disaster Bridge Loan, 7(a) forgiveness Program, and other business support programs.

Come and learn how these programs can benefit your business.

Spread the word: Share this link with business partners and anyone who may benefit from this information.

Date & Time: 
Apr 13, 2020 01:00
Register:
bit.ly/2x5kUsh
  • Do You Have Questions About COVID-19? : A Telephone Town-Hall with State Senator Ling Ling Chang
  • Dear Neighbor,
  • I’m hosting a Telephone Town-Hall regarding COVID-19 on Friday, April 17 at 2:00PM and invite you to participate in our discussion about mental health, food assistance, and public safety.
  • Guest speakers will include:
  • Dr. Lisa Wong,  L.A. County Department of Mental Health
  • Captain John Walker, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department
  • Susan Papiri, Meals on Wheels Orange County
  • There is limited capacity for this call and those who wish to participate must RSVP by 5PM on April 16. Please RSVP here to receive a call-in phone number and passcode, which will be sent the morning of April 17.
  • Due to the volume of callers we are expecting, live questions will not be possible. Kindly submit any questions you may have for our guests to Senator.Chang@sen.ca.gov.
  • As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 714-671-9474 if we may be of assistance.
  • Sincerely,
    Ling Ling Chang
    29th District
  • Public Health Telephone Town Hall with Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez 
  • Monday, April 13, 2020
  • 11:00am–12:30pm 
  • JOIN IN:
  • Participate by calling toll-free (877) 336-1831. Enter the Access Code: 2965746
  • We are hoping that you are able to join Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, as well as state and county leaders on April 13th.  You may RSVP for the event here.
  • If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the District Office at (909) 902-9606 or reply via email. Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez looks forward to speaking with you on Monday.
  • (Updated 4/9/20 at 11:12am)
  • 4/7 Chino Valley Leaders Webinar on the Coronavirus Video
  • Our Chino Valley Leaders Webinar on the Coronavirus on 4/7 included panelists:
  • US Congressman Gil Cisneros
  • State Senator Connie Leyva
  • State Senator Ling Ling Chang
  • County Supervisor Curt Hagman
  • Chino Police Chief Wes Simmons
  • Watch the Facebook Live vide here - https://www.facebook.com/ChinoValleyChamberOfCommerce/videos/641160900076137/
  • Taking Advantage of Business Relief Programs Under the CARES Act
  • CORONAVIRUS   |   TAX   |   LABOR & EMPLOYMENT   |   APRIL 9, 2020 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Webinar
  • The recently passed CARES Act provides avenues for business support and tax relief for American businesses. Understanding and accessing these programs is key.
  • Carlton Fields’ CARES Act Task Force members will provide an overview of the available programs and insights related to the topics of:
  • Small Business and Mid-Size Business Loan Programs. The Keeping Workers Paid and Employed Act provides for the Payroll Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, and Mid-Size Business Loans under CARES Act. The Carlton Fields Task Force will provide detailed information on what is needed to apply for these programs.
  • Tax Relief for Employee Retention. Businesses may be eligible for an employee retention credit if their business operations were fully or partially suspended due to COVID-19 or if businesses gross receipts declined by more than 50% compared to the same quarter in the prior year.
  • Tax Relief for Payment of Payroll Taxes. Businesses may be able to defer their payroll tax payments.
  • Register for the program.
  • Helpful Links:
  • From CalChamber - Required FFCCA Documentation, Recordkeeping for New Federal Paid Leave
  • From LegalShield - LegalShield Coronavirus Resources
  • From CalChamber - COVID-19 Loans Explained Podcast
  • From Carlton Fields - California Provides Relief for Businesses
  • From Carlton Fields - Answers to Real World COVID-19 Questions
  • From CalChamber - COVID-19 Workforce Reduction Podcast
  • From US Chamber - FAQ on PPP
  • From CalChamber - Telework Best Practices
  • From Federal Reserve - Federal Reserve takes additional actions to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to support the economy
  • Sales Tax Question answered by US Congresswoman Norma Torres' Office
  • California– On Thursday, April 2, 2020, governor Gavin Newsom proposed letting small businesses keep $50,000 in sales tax receipts for the next 12 months as a bridge loan. Approval would likely be required from the state Legislature which will be in recess until April 13th. Gov . Gavin Newsom Wants Sales Tax Relief for Businesses

    California’s Department of Tax and Fee Administration has initiated emergency tax relief for businesses directly affected by COVID-19 offering a three-month extension to file and pay taxes including sales and use tax. Affected taxpayers are encouraged to apply online for relief from penalties and interest and request a filing extension onlineExecutive Order N-25-20;

  • (Updated 4/6/20 at 5:30pm)
  • 4/7/20 Chino Valley Leaders Webinar on Coronavirus
  • When: Apr 7, 2020 08:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    Every week on Tue, until May 5, 2020, 5 occurrence(s)
    Apr 7, 2020 08:30 AM
    Apr 14, 2020 08:30 AM
    Apr 21, 2020 08:30 AM
    Apr 28, 2020 08:30 AM
    May 5, 2020 08:30 AM
    Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
    Weekly: https://zoom.us/web…/vpYtcOutpzMtC3slU1FKN_LzBHugMYFESg/ics…
    Topic: Chino Valley Coronavirus Leadership Update
  • Please click the link below to join the webinar:
    https://zoom.us/j/320725987Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +16699006833,,320725987# or +13462487799,,320725987#
    Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 253 215 8782
    Webinar ID: 320 725 987
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/acpGTY9EQk
  • Helpful Links:
  • GO-Biz Coronavirus COVID-19 Resource Page
  • Press Releases from County Supervisor Curt Hagman
  • Article by Dr. Manfred Keil, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership - 4.4% Unemployment Rate: #RUSerious?
  • (Updated 4/3/20 at 4:35pm)
  • Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide from County Supervisor Curt Hagman:
  • Helpful Links:
  • The Workplace Podcast by Cal Chamber: COVID-19 Business Loans Explained
  • Kaiser Permanente: COVID-19 Information & Resources
  • Press Releases from County Supervisor Curt Hagman
  • Big Picture Changes to Unemployment Insurance, Related Benefits under CARES Act
  • Inland Empire Economic Partnership Video: Inland Empire Business Impact Survey
  • US Chamber News & Updated Resources:
  • Please find the links below for new and updated resources that the U.S. Chamber has developed to assist businesses access resources created under the CARES Act (Phase III bill).  This includes an update to the guide we released several days ago on the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • NEW - Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
  • NEW - Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit 
  • UPDATED – Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (Paycheck Protection Program)
  • Additionally, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued additional guidance yesterday regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.  Links to the resources provided by Treasury can be found, or on their webpage.
  • A top-line overview of the program can be found here.
  • If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.
  • If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here.
  • The application for borrowers can be found here.
  • Governor Newsom Announces New Help for Small Businesses & Workers Displaced by COVID-19
  • BEGINNING TOMORROW: Federal government offering first-come, first-serve loans of up to $10 million for small employers
  • Governor Newsom announces $50 million in loan guarantees for small businesses that may not be eligible for federal relief
  • Governor joins Bitwise Industries in announcing OnwardCa.org, a platform connecting COVID-19 displaced workers with over 70,000 job opportunities in critical industries
  • State is also allowing small businesses to defer payment of sales and use taxes of up to $50,000, for up to 12 months

  • SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a series of new resources to aid small businesses and help California workers who have lost work due to COVID-19.
  • Beginning tomorrow, California small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis can apply for a loan from the federal government for up to $10 million. Importantly, the program is first-come, first-serve and the Governor encourages all eligible California small businesses to contact their lender to learn more.
  • Today, the Governor also announced that the state is allocating $50 million to the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank for loan guarantees to small businesses to help eliminate barriers to capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds, including low wealth and undocumented immigrant communities. The state is also allowing small businesses to defer payment of sales and use taxes of up to $50,000, for up to 12 months.
  • Additionally, the Governor joined Bitwise Industries and the Kapor Center to launch OnwardCa.org, a new platform connecting displaced California workers with more than 70,000 job opportunities in critical industries.
  • Earlier this week, Governor Newsom signed an executive order to help small businesses, granting a 90-day extension for small businesses to pay sales taxes.
  • Governor Newsom also today announced $17.8 million in new state initiatives to support California workers impacted by COVID-19. The allocation will come from Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds with $7.8 million going to the Los Angeles region and $10 million made available statewide.
  • “The COVID-19 pandemic is having cascading effects for millions of California families and small businesses,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “Through no fault of their own, more than a million Californians have lost a job and countless more are seeing their businesses fail. California will emerge from this crisis stronger than before, and until then, the state will work overtime with the federal government and private sector to get families the help they need.”
  • For more information, go to covid-19.ca.gov.
  • Coronavirus Resources from Connie Leyva:
  • Below is a list of resources to share.  If you'd like to speak with a member of our team to further assist you, please call (909) 469-1110.

    San Bernardino County
    1-909-387-3911
    (COVID-19 Information Hotline)

    Los Angeles County Public Health
    1-213-240-8144

    Attorney General Xavier Becerra
    1-800-952-5225
    (Price Gouging Hotline)

    2-1-1
    (constituents without insurance)

    The National Domestic Violence Hotline
    1-800-799-7233

    Southern California Edison
    1-800-950-2356
    (Customer hotline regarding late payment and fee waivers)

    Charter Communications
    1-844-488-8395
    (Free WiFi for 2 months for students)

    Verizon
    1-800-922-0204
    (Customer Service)

    U.S. Small Business Administration
    Disaster Assistance Relief

    Employment Development Department
    EDD Unemployment Online(quickest and most convenient way to file or reopen a claim, certify for benefits and get current claim and payment information)
    informational video on filing claims: HOW TO FILE A CLAIM

    During this moment, let's continue to thank all the frontline public safety, health, education community and grocery workers keeping us healthy, safe and fed during this crisis.   Let's make sure they are also protected!

    In Solidarity,

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  • Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund / LISC - Closes April 3 at midnight
  • LISC, through a Verizon grant, is offering GRANTS up to $10,000 for businesses to pay their
  • Paying rent and utilities
  • Meeting Payroll
  • Paying outstanding debt to vendors
  • Other immediate operations costs
  • To all businesses calling today, please make sure you tell them and give them the link or email it to them.  The link to apply is
  • https://www.lisc.org/covid-19/verizon-small-business-recovery-fund/
  • Best regards,
  • Ernesto Bobadilla MPA
  • Rep. Cisneros Releases Updated CA-39 Small Business Resource Guide
  • FULLERTON, CA - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) shared an updated edition of his official resource guide for California’s 39th District small businesses affected by the coronavirus. The guide includes information on the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, SBA Express Bridge Loans, and other local resources. The updated edition of the small business guide can be found HERE. The original small business guide can be found HERE.
  • “As we face the coronavirus pandemic together, I have been receiving countless calls and emails about issues facing small businesses,” said Rep. Cisneros. “It’s why I worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass the CARES Act and provide more than $375 billion in small business relief. While our federal government rolls out small business programs, including the Payment Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, and SBA Express Bridge Loans, my office and I are here to help our community navigate this process.”
  • Throughout the past several weeks, Rep. Cisneros talked with local Chambers of Commerce and small businesses about the impacts of the public health crisis, available resources, and how Congress can support them. Rep. Cisneros has been in constant communication with House leadership and his colleagues on the House Committee on Small Business:
  • Sent a letter to House Leadership advocating for the needs of California’s 39th District to be included in the next coronavirus stimulus package, specifically highlighting the ability of small businesses to access capital, easing regulatory barriers to access loans, streamlining SBA’s disaster loan program, and the freezing of negative credit reporting during this pandemic;
  • Urged leaders in the House and Senate to consider providing grants and direct cash in addition to loans to small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. He also urged them to include specific protections for minority-owned small businesses;
  • Called on the Small Business Administration to make zero-interest loans available to small businesses and nonprofits facing severe coronavirus impacts;
  • Urged Congressional leaders to ensure future coronavirus legislation provides direct financial assistance to small businesses, independent contractors, sole proprietors, and gig economy workers, including specific provisions to help minority-owned businesses through this difficult time;
  • Called on the President to issue guidance to require the federal government to provide prompt and in-full payment to contractors and subcontractors to alleviate some of the challenges small businesses are experiencing amidst the COVID-19 response;
  • Led a bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging strong funding levels for Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).
  • Links from Southern California Edison:
  • For your reference, below are pertinent articles and social media posts relative to COVID-19.
  • Bill assistance
  • Article: https://energized.edison.com/stories/sce-offers-bill-help-to-customers-impacted-by-covid-19
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/SCE/status/1243984208600731649
  • Edison continues critical work
  • Article: https://energized.edison.com/stories/amid-covid-19-emergency-restrictions-critical-work-continues-for-safety-of-communities
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/SCE/status/1243701584179138562
  • SCE also has programs for income-qualified customers that are available at sce.com/billhelp or by calling 1-800-655-4555. Attached is a Community Resource Guide that includes information on various programs and eligibility requirements, which may be helpful for your residents.
  • As you heard, Edison is donating $1M in shareholder funds to local nonprofits to support our most vulnerable communities, including $150,000 to the California Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Fund and $500,000 to five local food banks in our service territory. We have also launched a fundraiser to provide Edison employees an opportunity to support local nonprofits. The company will be matching employee donations up to $250,000 until the end of the campaign on April 10.

UC and CSU announce new admissions policies

As school districts consider adopting new grading schemes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning, the University of California and California State University are committing to hold harmless students entering their universities.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and State Board of Education President Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond plan to release additional guidance on grading for K-12 Local Educational Agencies. In the meantime, they have emphasized that high school seniors will continue to graduate if they are already on track, and higher education institutions will provide flexibility to prevent students from being disadvantaged this year and in the future.

University of California 
Today, the UC Office of the President announced measures to relax undergraduate admissions requirements to “mitigate some of the extraordinary challenges students and their families face.” These measures include:

  • Suspending the letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed in winter/spring/summer 2020 for all students, including UC’s most-recently admitted freshmen.
  • Suspending the standardized test requirement for students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission.
  • Providing that there will be no rescission of student admissions offers that result from students or schools missing official final transcript deadlines, and student retention of admission status through the first day of class until official documents are received by campuses.

California State University 
The CSU released its amended admissions policies and practices today, providing an overview of key changes based on student grade levels.

For incoming college freshmen:

  • Accepting transcripts for incoming freshmen through the fall 2020 term, and will accept unofficial or self-reported data due to extend school closures.
  • Assessing and initially placing students in first-year english/math based on multiple measures:  high school college courses completed, GPAs and test scores (SBAC, ACT, SAT) that students have submitted thus far.

For high school juniors:

  • CSU “recommends” all students enroll in a yearlong, senior-year English course and a mathematics/quantitative reasoning course.
  • CSU is still determining the appropriate path forward for edibility criteria for fall 2021 applicants regarding the indefinite suspension of the ACT/SAT examinations.

For students in grades 8-10:

  • Accepting “credit” or “pass” to satisfy A-G requirements completed during winter, spring, or summer 2020 terms.  All prior coursework must be graded and a grade C- or better for the course to satisfy A-G requirements.
  • Grades of credit/pass or no credit/non-passing will not be included in the calculation of high school GPA.

As noted above, the California Department of Education is anticipated to release additional guidance on district grading policies later tonight.

  • (Updated 4/1/20 at 4:22pm)
  • 3/31/20 Chino Valley Leaders on Coronavirus Webinar Video
  • Chino Valley Leaders on Coronavirus Webinar Video with panelists:
  • Chino Police Chief Wes Simmons
  • US Congresswoman Norma Torres or Representative
  • US Congressman Gil Cisneros or Representative
  • State Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez or Representative
  • San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman
  • Christen Grelling from Health Services Alliance
  • Jennifer Shaw from Southern California Edison
  • Lea Peterson from Southern California Gas Company
  • Renay Mehta from the US Census Bureau
  • Watch the Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=IUbUkoUI_YE&feature=emb_logo
  • Chino Valley Leadership Webinar on Coronavirus
  • Helpful Links:
  • San Bernardino County Press Release - County COVID-19 Dashboard Includes Confirmed Cases by City
  • San Bernardino County Press Release - Sample Collection for COVID-19 Testing to be Held in Victorville
  • Link from Carlton Fields - SBA Loan Program Under the CARES Act 
  • Facebook Video - Dr. Manfred Kiel IEEP Chief Economist Economic Forecast and COVID-19 Impact 
  • Cal Chamber Link - Governor Gavin Newson Signs Executive Order Providing Relief to CA Small Businesses
  • Press Release from Gil Cisneros - Representative Cisneros Shares CA-39 Resource Guide for Small Businesses Affected by Coronavirus

  • Press Release from Gil Cisneros - Representative Cisneros and California House Delegation Urges CA Insurance Commission to Ensure Business Interruption Insurance
  • Article from NY Times shared by Cal Chamber - Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidelines through April
  • Article from US Treasury - How the Treasury Department is Taking Action
  • 5 Business Survival Strategies During COVID-19
  • In response to local partners seeking help to provide our local businesses with accurate information on resources available we have information that would be useful to business that need recovery assistance in navigating through this global COVID-19 pandemic that is effecting our local business survival.
  • The following business strategies can be used during a crisis like COVID-19 or an economic downfall. Use these strategies and see where it would fit in your business or industry. Use this time to review and understand how your business is doing and the steps that must be taken to achieve the goals. If at any time you need assistance with any of these steps, know that the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center is available to assist you virtually. Please call our Riverside or Ontario offices (951) 781-2345 to schedule a meeting or schedule online at (https://inlandempiresbdc.org/).
  • 1.     KEEP CLOSE WATCH ON CASH FLOW
    The difference between surviving and going under when times are tough depends in large part on understanding cash flow. It is vital that a business owner plans and understands the status of the business’s cash flow.
  • Limit Credit to Customers: Cap the amount of credit you are ready to extend.
  • Review and Revise your Collection Policy: The longer you wait to call a delinquent customer, the less likely it is that you'll collect the money.
  • Look into a Working Line: Having the line in place will help you if things sour or great opportunities happen and you want to act quickly.
  • 2.     TRIM OVERHEAD
    If revenues are down, you can maintain profitability or minimize losses by cutting your expenses.
  • Reevaluate your space:  If you're not utilizing it effectively, consider subleasing a portion by bringing in rent.
  • Employ Energy Conservation Initiatives: Any kind of conservation can save a lot of money.
  • Comparison shop your Insurance Policies: Many small business owners routinely renew policies annually rather than shopping around for better deals.
  • Manage Payroll: Think long and hard before laying off employees.
  • 3.     CONTINUE TO MARKET WISELY
    Slow times are no excuse for slacking off on marketing. You need to continually develop your pipeline of customers, so review your marketing plan now!
  • Maximize Referrals: Ask existing customers for referrals. Offer them some reward, such as discounts on their future purchase for giving you referrals.
  • Get Feedback: It is an ideal time to ask your customers what you are doing right or wrong.
  • Work on Retention: Existing customers are cheaper to market to, think of new ways to increase sales without bringing in a NEW customer.
  • 4.     LOOK AHEAD
    If business is slow, you may have time on your hands. Turn lemons into lemonade by spending this time doing strategic planning.
  • Meet with Advisors: What is the goal of the Company? What would be needed? Strategize your tax planning for the year.
  • Revisit your Business Plan: If you started out with a written plan to guide you, it's time to take another look.
  • Stay Optimistic: Prepare your business to take advantage of opportunities that will surely present themselves soon.
  • 5.     PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL ASSETS
    All businesses hope to survive difficult economic times, but the reality is that some will undoubtedly fail. If yours does, what happens to you? It depends on how you've set up your business.
  • Sole Proprietorships and Partnerships:  Creditors can look to your personal assets--your home, your car, and your savings to satisfy their claims.Limited Liability Companies and Corporations: Creditors can only satisfy their claims from business assets; your personal assets may be protected. If your personal assets are currently vulnerable, consider meeting with your Business Attorney to discuss changing your form of entity.
  • The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center is currently assisting small businesses to secure Small Business Administration business loans. For more information and to download the application, visit (https://entre.csusb.edu/newsMgr/index.php?newsId=93&page=) (https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans).
  • Join us for SBA LIVE: EIDL and Paycheck Protection Q&A
  • With these new programs available, we understand you have a lot of questions. Please join this daily call at 10 a.m. to learn more about the EIDL and Paycheck Protection Program and get your questions answered.
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  • (Updated 3/30/20 at 2:50pm)
  • 3/31 Chino Valley Leaders on Coronavirus Webinar
  • Chino Valley Leaders on Coronavirus Webinar every Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
  • Our confirmed Chino Valley leaders for this Tuesday, March 31 are:
  • US Congresswoman Norma Torres or Representative
  • US Congressman Gil Cisneros or Representative
  • State Senator Ling Ling Chang or Representative
  • State Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez or Representative
  • San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman or Representative
  • Chino Police Chief Wes Simmons
  • Christen Grelling from Health Services Alliance
  • Jennifer Shaw from Southern California Edison
  • Lea Peterson from Southern California Gas Company
  • To register for the webinar, go here -
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  • You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
  • When: Mar 31, 2020 08:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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  • Please click the link below to join the webinar:
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  • Or Telephone:
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  •     US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 253 215 8782
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  •   International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/acpGTY9EQk
  • IEEP COVID-19 Survey:
  • The Inland Empire Economic Partnership, working with regional economists and researchers from CSU San Bernardino, the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna and others, would like to know the current state and challenges of the
    Inland Empire business community.
    This information will be used to drive policy decisions at the Federal, State, and local levels that will support our region’s business community throughout the course of the
    COVID-19 crisis.
    Your individual responses will remain confidential. We would appreciate it if you could respond by
    Monday, March 30 at 5pm at the latest.
  • Helpful Links:
  • CARES Act Explained by Cal Chamber
  • FEMA Offers Ways for Private Sector to Help Fight COVID-19 

    Under the White House Coronavirus Task Force’s direction, FEMA, HHS and our federal partners continue to work closely with state, local, tribal and territorial governments in executing a whole-of-government response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public. The outpouring of support from the private sector to provide medical supplies and equipment has been tremendous. To help us match the many offers of assistance to the right place, at the right time, and in the right quantity, we ask for your help in ensuring partners know how to connect.    

     

    To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation. Full details can be found in the solicitation (Updated Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011). This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines. Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov. Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award. 

     

    If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering through our online medical supplies and equipment form athttps://www.fema.gov/covid19offers.

     

    If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID-19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security’s Procurement Action Innovative Response (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.

     

    In addition to these avenues to help, licensed healthcare professionals that want to volunteer can get information on eligibility, view credential levels by clinical competency and register with the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals in their state. 

     

    If you are a hospital or healthcare provider in need of medical supplies, please contact your state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency. Any needs that cannot be met by the state or tribe are then sent to the respective FEMA regional office who are coordinating requirements through the FEMA National Response Coordination Center. FEMA is working with the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies to fulfill requests and ship supplies as quickly as possible. 

     

    Additional ways to help can be found at www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help

     

    If you have any questions, please contact the Office of External Affairs, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-4500 or at FEMA-Congressional-Affairs@fema.dhs.gov.

  • A Message from the US Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide/Checklist
  • Click this link for the U.S. Chamber’s Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist.  This is the first of a number of resources we are developing to help you connect your members with the resources recently approved by Congress to respond to the ongoing pandemic.
  • As many of you are aware, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn.  Known as the “Paycheck Protection Program,” the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.  Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.
  • Please share the guide digitally with every small business owner and small business employee in your membership (See Sample Text below).  Additionally, if you have access to a printer, take print-outs with you when you pick up food from local restaurants or visit other businesses, and let them know about the availability of assistance through this program.
  • We are working on other materials to help you provide assistance to your members, which  we’ll distribute as they become available.  Additionally, please let us know if you would like us to join any of your calls with your boards, committees, or general membership to discuss the U.S. Chamber’s efforts to respond to the ongoing pandemic.
  • Governor Newsom Takes Executive Action to Establish a Statewide Moratorium on Evictions
  • SACRAMEN-­­TO – Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.
  • The tenant would be required to retain documentation but not required to submit it to the landlord in advance. And the tenant would remain obligated to repay full rent in “a timely manner” and could still face eviction after the enforcement moratorium is lifted. The order takes effect immediately, and provides immediate relief to tenants for whom rent is due on April 1st.
  • Read more
  • A Message from Ling Ling Chang on How to Deal with COVID-19 Created Financial/Credit Problems:
  • Many of my constituents have been laid off, had hours reduced or been forced to close a business.  Many won’t be able to pay their bills on time.  I am working hard on policies that will remove obstacles to job creation and full employment so that when the virus is under control, our economy can rebound quickly. I also posted on social media recently a list of employers who were hiring. Please follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for timely updates.  Here is some information to help you get through these rough times: Evictions: Governor Newsom issued an executive order that authorized local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners. If you have been laid off or had your hours reduced and can’t pay your rent, check with your city or county government and discuss the matter with your landlord or property manager. Credit Cards and Loans: If you are having trouble paying any type of loan, credit card bill, small business loans, commercial real estate loans, or student loan, contact your lender to let ask for relief from scheduled payments.   Auto Loans: If you are having trouble paying your auto loan payments call your lender and explain your situation. The sooner you contact your lender, the more choices the lender may be able to offer you.   Student Loans: Those who have trouble paying your student loans may qualify for a delayed or reduced payment program and should contact their student loan servicer for more information about available options. In addition, the federal government has granted a student loan interest waiver for any borrower that has a federally held student loan. For more information, see the Federal Student Aid.For additional information, please visit my page dedicated to COVID-19 resources. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 714-671-9474 or Senator.Chang@sen.ca.gov if we may be of assistance.
  • A Message from US Congressman Gil Cisneros: CARE Act FAQs & Business Resource Guide from SBDC
  • This link from the LA Small Business Development Center’s COVID-19 Response Guide is designed to be a practical and effective resource for small business owners to stay informed, plan, and respond to the impact of COVID-19. https://smallbizla.org/covid19-response-guide/
  • We understand that there are still individual questions and concerns that will need to be addressed. Those have not been forgotten, we are working on them.
  • In light of the President signing the CARES Act into law this afternoon, we wanted to pass along some initial information on the provisions in the bill to support small businesses during this difficult time.  We will continue to push out more information as the Administration implements the various provisions and makes funding available.
  • We took copious notes on the questions you raised on the call and will be following up with answers shortly.
  • We hope this helps for now, but let us know if you need anything specific.  Your work on behalf of our community is greatly appreciated by all.
  • What support is there for small businesses?
  • Refundable tax credits are available for private-sector employers that are required to offer coronavirus related paid leave to employees. IRS will be posting information soon on these credits on its website (www.irs.gov), including information on how to obtain advance payment of these credits.
  • The employer side of certain payroll taxes are deferred through the end of 2020. Deferred taxes will not become due until end of 2021 and end of 2022, with 50% of the liability being paid at each date. Any business that does not have a loan forgiven under the new SBA Paycheck Protection Program is eligible for the payroll tax deferral.
  • An employee retention tax credit is available for struggling businesses that are not eligible or choose not to participate in the new SBA Paycheck Protection Program. Any business that has been forced to fully or partially suspend operations, or that has seen a significant drop in revenues is eligible for a 50-percent credit for wages paid to furloughed or reduced-hour employees. For businesses with 100 employees or less, the credit is based on all wages paid, regardless of whether an employee is furloughed. There is an overall limit on wages per employee of $10,000. The credit can be claimed against the business’s quarterly payroll tax liability and is fully refundable to the extent of excess. There will also be options to receive advance payments. Small business owners should lookout for information at IRS.gov and talk to their payroll service provider, as applicable.
  • $350 billion is made available for a new Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The program would provide cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven, which would help workers remain employed, as well as help affected small businesses and our economy to snap-back quicker after the crisis.
  • PPP has a host of attractive features, such as forgiveness of up to 8 weeks of payroll based on employee retention and salary levels, no SBA fees and at least six months of deferral with maximum deferrals of up to a year. Small businesses and other eligible entities will be able to apply if they were harmed by COVID-19 between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020. This program is would be retroactive to February 15, 2020, in order to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls. Loans are available through June 30, 2020.
  • $17 billion is available for immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans, in particular 7(a), 504, and microloans. Under it, SBA will cover all loan payments on these SBA loans, including principal, interest, and fees, for six months. This relief will also be available to new borrowers who take out loans within six months of the President signing the bill into law.
  • The CARES Act creates a new SBA Economic Injury Emergency Grant Program. These grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). To access the advance, you must first apply for an EIDL and then request the advance. The advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance, and may be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments.
  • What type of assistance will independent contractors be eligible for?
  • Refundable tax credits are available for independent contractors who would have qualified for coronavirus related paid leave if they were employees. IRS will be posting information soon on these credits on its website (www.irs.gov), including information on how to claim these credits.
  • 50 percent of certain self-employment taxes are deferred through the end of 2020. Deferred taxes will not become due until end of 2021 and end of 2022, with 50% of the liability being paid at each date.
  • Independent contractors are also eligible for assistance through the Small Business Administration’s new Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Emergency Grant Program.
  • What assistance is there for nonprofits?
  • The employer side of certain payroll taxes are deferred through the end of 2020. Deferred taxes will not become due until end of 2021 and end of 2022, with 50% of the liability being paid at each date. Any business that does not have a loan forgiven under the new SBA Paycheck Protection Program is eligible for the payroll tax deferral.
  • Certain tax-exempt organizations that have been forced to fully or partially suspend operations, or that have seen a significant drop in revenues are eligible for a 50-percent credit for wages paid to furloughed or reduced-hour employees. Organizations that participate in the SBA Paycheck Protection Loan Program are not eligible for the credit. For organizations with 100 employees or less, the credit is based on all wages paid, regardless of whether an employee is furloughed. There is an overall limit on wages per employee of $10,000. The credit can be claimed against the organization’s quarterly payroll tax liability and is fully refundable to the extent of excess. There will also be options to receive advance payments.
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, along with small businesses, 501(c)(19) veterans organizations, and tribal businesses, are eligible to apply for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. Through this program, a nonprofit organization can apply to an SBA-approved lender for a loan of up to 250% of your average monthly payroll costs to cover eight weeks of payroll as well as help with other expenses like rent, mortgage payments, and utilities. The maximum loan amount is $10 million. This loan can be forgiven based on maintaining employee and salary levels. For any portion of the loan that is not forgiven, the terms include a maximum term of 10 years, a maximum interest rate of 4 percent. Nonprofit organizations will be able to apply if they were harmed by COVID-19 between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020. To be eligible, nonprofit organizations must have fewer than 500 employees, or more if SBA’s size standards for the non-profit allows, and comply with the SBA’s affiliation rules for nonprofits. This program is retroactive to February 15, 2020, in order to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls. Loans are available through June 30, 2020.
  • A provision in the CARES package would authorize a program to allow any mid-sized nonprofit between 500 and 10,000 employees to get access to quick, low cost, government guaranteed credit through their local lender or financial institution. These organizations need cash now and so this program is set up to get money quickly in the hands of those who need it in order to preserve workforce during the COVID-19 health emergency.
  • The Treasury Department and Federal Reserve will have a degree of flexibility in designing the new program, but the expectation is for loan terms to last for no more than five years and to cover up to 100% of payroll over the previous 180 days, or 50% of revenues for the past year, for eligible organizations. Underwriting requirements should be kept simple, based on employer size, creditworthiness as of January 2020, and the ability to produce recent tax returns or audited financial statements. The legislation prescribes that the loans must carry an interest rate of no greater than 2% and to provide forbearance on principal and interest for at least the first 6 months. Borrowers will also be required to protect workers. Any loan recipient will have to attest that they’ll use the money to keep workers employed – at least to 90% of their payroll – and keep workers paid at close to full compensation and benefits. Borrowers will also commit to rehiring their workforce back to preexisting levels upon the end of the COVID-19 health emergency.
  • The most efficient way to deliver fast credit to eligible organizations is through existing relationships with local lenders. Under the program, any qualified organization should be able to receive financing at a local bank, credit union, CDFI, or qualified nonbank lender.
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  • What types of businesses and entities are eligible for a PPP loan?
  • Businesses and entities must have been in operation on February 15, 2020.
  • Small business concerns, as well as any business concern, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a 501(c)(19) veterans organization, or Tribal business concern described in section 31(b)(2)(C) that has fewer than 500 employees, or the applicable size standard in number of employees for the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industry as provided by SBA, if higher.
  • Individuals who operate a sole proprietorship or as an independent contractor and eligible self-employed individuals.
  • Any business concern that employs not more than 500 employees per physical location of the business concern and that is assigned a North American Industry Classification System code beginning with 72, for which the affiliation rules are waived.
  • Affiliation rules are also waived for any business concern operating as a franchise that is assigned a franchise identifier code by the Administration, and company that receives funding through a Small Business Investment Company
  • What are SBA affiliation rules?
  • Affiliation rules become important when SBA is deciding whether a business’s affiliations preclude them from being considered “small.” Generally, affiliation exists when one business controls or has the power to control another or when a third party (or parties) controls or has the power to control both businesses. Please see this resource for more on these rules and how they can impact your business’s eligibility.
  • What types of non-profits are eligible for the SBA PPP assistance?
  • In general, 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(19) non-profits with 500 employees or fewer as most non-profit SBA size standards are based on employee count, not revenue.
  • How is the PPP loan size determined?
  • Depending on your business’s situation, the loan size will be calculated in different ways (see below). The maximum loan size is always $10 million.
  • If you were in business February 15, 2019 – June 30, 2019: Your max loan is equal to 250 percent of your average monthly payroll costs during that time period. If your business employs seasonal workers, you can opt to choose March 1, 2019 as your time period start date.
  • If you were not in business between February 15, 2019 – June 30, 2019: Your max loan is equal to 250 percent of your average monthly payroll costs between January 1, 2020 and February 29, 2020.
  • If you took out an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020 and you want to refinance that loan into a PPP loan, you would add the outstanding loan amount to the payroll sum.
  • What costs are eligible for payroll under the PPP?
  • Compensation (salary, wage, commission, or similar compensation, payment of cash tip or equivalent)
  • Payment for vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave
  • Allowance for dismissal or separation
  • Payment required for the provisions of group health care benefits, including insurance premiums
  • Payment of any retirement benefit
  • Payment of State or local tax assessed on the compensation of employees
  • What costs are not eligible for payroll under the PPP?
  • Employee/owner compensation over $100,000
  • Taxes imposed or withheld under chapters 21, 22, and 24 of the IRS code
  • Compensation of employees whose principal place of residence is outside of the U.S
  • Qualified sick and family leave for which a credit is allowed under sections 7001 and 7003 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • What are allowable uses of loan proceeds with a PPP loan?
  • Payroll costs (as noted above)
  • Costs related to the continuation of group health care benefits during periods of paid sick, medical, or family leave, and insurance premiums
  • Employee salaries, commissions, or similar compensations (see exclusions above)
  • Payments of interest on any mortgage obligation (which shall not include any prepayment of or payment of principal on a mortgage obligation)
  • Rent (including rent under a lease agreement)
  • Utilities
  • Interest on any other debt obligations that were incurred before the covered period
  • What are the loan term, interest rate, and fees for a PPP loan?
  • For any amounts not forgiven, the maximum term is 10 years, the maximum interest rate is 4 percent, zero loan fees, zero prepayment fee (SBA will establish application fees caps for lenders that charge).
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  • How is the forgiveness amount calculated under PPP?
  • Forgiveness on a covered loan is equal to the sum of the following payroll costs incurred during the covered 8 week period compared to the previous year or time period, proportionate to maintaining employees and wages (excluding compensation over $100,000):
  • Payroll costs plus any payment of interest on any covered mortgage obligation (not including any prepayment or payment of principal on a covered mortgage obligation) plus any payment on any covered rent obligation plus and any covered utility payment.
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  • How do I get forgiveness on my PPP loan?
  • You must apply through your lender for forgiveness on your loan. In this application, you must include:
  • Documentation verifying the number of employees on payroll and pay rates, including IRS payroll tax filings and State income, payroll and unemployment insurance filings
  • Documentation verifying payments on covered mortgage obligations, lease obligations, and utilities.
  • Certification from a representative of your business or organization that is authorized to certify that the documentation provided is true and that the amount that is being forgiven was used in accordance with the program’s guidelines for use.
  • What happens after the forgiveness period for a PPP loan?
  • Any loan amounts not forgiven is carried forward as an ongoing loan with max terms of 10 years, at 4% max interest. Principal and interest will continue to be deferred, for a total of 6 months to a year after disbursement of the loan. The clock does not start again.
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  • Can I get more than one PPP loan?
  • No, an entity is limited to one PPP loan. Each loan will be registered under a Taxpayer Identification Number at SBA to prevent multiple loans to the same entity.
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  • What kind of lender can I get a PPP loan from?
  • All current SBA 7(a) lenders are eligible lenders for PPP. The Department of Treasury will also be in charge of authorizing new lenders, including non-bank lenders, to help meet the needs of small business owners.
  •  
  • How does the PPP loan coordinate with SBA’s existing loans?
  • Borrowers may apply for PPP loans and other SBA financial assistance, including Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs), 7(a) loans, 504 loans, and microloans, and also receive investment capital from Small Business Investment Corporations (SBICs).
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  • How does the PPP loan work with the temporary Emergency Economic Injury Grants and the Small Business Debt Relief program?
  • Emergency Economic Injury Grant recipients and those who receive loan payment relief through the Small Business Debt Relief Program may apply for and take out a PPP loan. Refer to those sections for more information.
  • SBA's OC/IE Deputy Director, Christopher Lorenzana. He can be reached at: Christopher.Lorenzana@sba.gov or (714) 560-7453
  • A Message from Curt Hagman: COVID-19 Screening Tool
  • Dear Fourth District Residents and Community Leaders,
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the White House, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered together to bring you the COVID-19 app.
  • The COVID-19 app has up-to-date information from trusted sources about the Coronavirus disease that is impacting people across the world.
  • It also has a screening tool so you can find out what you should do now for yourself or for a loved one. And it gives you access to resources you may need to feel supported and informed.
  • Download it now in the App Store or visit the website from any computer or mobile device.

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  • This outbreak emphasizes the importance of taking action to slow the spread of this disease:
  • Stay home as much as you can
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with others
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Continue to work together as good neighbors and good citizens
  • That is what will get us safely to the other side of this pandemic.
  • The county is also working closely with each of your mayors, school districts, police departments, and other local leaders to address this crisis.
  • The issues we are working on include:
  • Adherence to public health orders
  • Assistance to the businesses, the unemployed, and the poor
  • And sheltering of the homeless
  • Stay tuned for further updates.
  • Stay well, and be safe.
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  • County Superintendent Alejandre's COVID-19 Video Message
  • County Superintendent Alejandre's COVID-19 Message
  • Click here to watch the video - https://youtu.be/nYiDbNDpn_4
  • (Updated 3/27/20 at 11:28am)
  • Facebook Video from Chino Hills Mayor and Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Art Bennett
  • Chino Hills Mayor Art Bennett on the Coronvirus
  • Watch the Video - https://www.facebook.com/CityofChinoHills/videos/215008176377609/
  • Facebook Video from Chino Mayor Eunice Ulloa
  • City of Chino Mayor Eunice Ulloa on the Coronavirus
  • Watch the Video - https://www.facebook.com/cityofchinogov/videos/517093395619523/
  • Facebook Video from Chino City Manager Matt Ballantyne
  • A Message from City Manager Matt Ballantyne on the Coronavirus
  • San Bernardino County Public Health Dashboard
  • San Bernardino County Public Health now has a dashboard with stats on there website. It's a great resource for county COVID-19 figures. Also on the site is a link to request a testing appointment.
  • Here is the link to the dashboard - http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/
  • A Message and Resource Guide from Southern California Edison
  • “As an essential service provider and a member of the community, we remain committed to the health, safety and well-being of customers and employees, and will support those who need it the most during these unprecedented times,” said Pedro Pizarro, president and CEO of Edison International.
  • I want to let you know…
  • Edison has pledged to donate $1 million to various non-profits.
  • Edison International has donated $500,000 to five Southern California nonprofits.
  • These five nonprofits will receive $100,000 each to help customers facing food insecurity, a situation amplified by the current coronavirus emergency:
  • Community Action Partnership of Orange County- Opens in new window
  • Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County- Opens in new window
  • Foodbank Santa Barbara County- Opens in new window
  • Kings Community Action Organization- Opens in new window
  • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
  • In addition to the food banks, Edison International also donated $150,000 to the California Community Foundation's COVID-19 LA County Response Fund- Opens in new window. The company's $1 million pledge to COVID-19 relief efforts will support its employee contributions by matching their donations up to $250,000.
  • https://energized.edison.com/stories/food-banks-get-donation-boost-during-covid-19-emergency-restrictions
  • Bill Pay Support
  • We are suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees for residential and business customers impacted by COVID-19. We also encourage customers who are having trouble paying their bills to contact the SCE Customer Contact Center to discuss payment extensions or arrangements. For more information, visit sce.com/billhelp.
  • Other resources that can help you:
  • https://energized.edison.com/stories/resources-to-help-manage-your-bill-during-covid-19-emergency-restrictions
  • Non-critical Power Outages Postponement
  • We understand that many people and families are responsibly staying home to prevent the spread of the virus, based on Gov. Newsom’s “Safer at Home” order.
  • To support our customers and prevent larger outages from occurring in the future, critical work is being performed to address emergency and public safety issues such as wildfire mitigation or areas where we’ve determined equipment is near failure, even as we postpone less urgent upgrades. Our teams are working to reduce the impact of critical work as much as possible.
  • During these difficult times, only outages necessary to reduce public safety and wildfire risk will go forward. Non-critical work is being postponed, and each outage is being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Any decision to proceed is not taken lightly. Thank you for your support as we work to keep our communities safe.
  • https://energized.edison.com/stories/electric-service-remains-safe-and-reliable-during-covid-19-emergency-restrictions
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • https://www.sba.gov/coronavirus
  • https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
  • State of California – Governor’s Office – Small Business Resources
  • https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/
  • Los Angeles County
  • https://www.laedc.org/coronavirus/
  • San Bernardino County
  • https://www.selectsbcounty.com/major-initiatives/covid-19
  • Riverside County
  • https://rivcoccsd.org/covidbizhelp
  • SCE Response to COVID-19 Video
  • SCE COVID-19 Response Video
  • Watch the video - https://players.brightcove.net/979328848001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6142399577001&et_cid=20200318_COVID&et_rid=557352728
  • South Coast AQMD Expediting Permit Press Release
  • The South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) understands many businesses and organizations are changing operations or repurposing efforts to aid in supply issues in response to COVID-19. The South Cost AQMD has a Press Release regarding expediting permits to aid COVID-19 efforts (click link).
  • Announcement from Inland Empire Utilities Agency
  • IEUA Can it be flushed?
  • How Small Businesses Will Benefit from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act by the US Chamber
  • https://www.uschamber.com/article/how-small-businesses-will-benefit-the-coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-cares-act
  • Tax Day Now July 15
  • The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020. Visit the IRS Website to learn more -https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
  • Public Health to Hold Drive-Through Testing
  • Press Release by San Bernardino County
  • http://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=5686
  • Second Death Associated with COVID-19 Recorded Within County
  • Press Release by San Bernardino County
  • http://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=5680
  • (Updated 3/25/20 at 4:40pm)
  • Chino Valley Leadership Webinar Video on the Coronavirus 3/24/20
  • Our Chino Valley Leadership Webinar on the Coronavirus filmed on 3/24 at 8:30am had panelists:
  • Stephanie Wade from Rep. Gil Cisneros' Office
  • City of Chino Police Department Chief Simmons
  • Inland Empire Utilities Agency Director Steve Elie
  • Public Affairs Manager for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) Lea Peterson
  • Inland Empire Economic Partnership - IEEP Chief Economist Dr. Manfred Kiel
  • Partnership Specialist at Los Angeles Regional Census Center Renay Mehta
  • Watch the video to learn how Chino Valley leaders and organizations are addressing the coronavirus. Feel free to ask questions.Watch the video: https://youtu.be/1Uy1QQhfXm4
  • Coronavirus Update Page Links
  • City of Chino - What COVID-19 Means for Business
  • Chino Valley Fire District - COVID-19 Information
  • Inland Empire Economic Partnership - Slippin’ Into Darkness: When Will We See the Light at the End of the Tunnel?
  • San Bernardino County - COVID-19 Press Conference Video 
  • San Bernardino County - First Death Associated with COVID-19 Recorded within County
  • San Bernardino County - 31 Cases of Novel Coronavirus Recorded within County
  • Southern California Gas Company / Sempra Energy Foundation - COVID-19 Nonprofit Hardship Fund
  • COVID-19: United States Department of Labor : Families First Coronavirus Response Act : USDOL FFCRA Guidance
  • The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).   The guidance addresses critical questions such as:
  • How does an employer count its number of employees to determine coverage?
  • How can small businesses obtain an exemption?
  • How does an employer count hours for part-time employees?
  • How does an employer calculate wages employees are entitled to under the FFCRA?
  • The initial WHD guidance is available in three-parts:
  • Fact Sheet for Employees
  • Fact Sheet for Employers
  • Questions and Answers
  • Workforce Development Board: 2020 COVID-19 HR WEBINARS

    San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board has partnered with California Employers Association to provide employers in San Bernardino County with access to these workshops.

    Workforce Development Board 2020 COVID-19 HR WEBINARS

  • Funding updates for Inland Empire small businesses impacted by COVID-19
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020
    3:30 PM (PDT)Register today for this free webinar!
  • As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, many Inland Empire small businesses have questions about funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time.Please join Small Business Majority, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce and CDC Small Business Finance for a free and interactive presentation on the current small business funding landscape and funding options to help entrepreneurs and small business owners in California.Topics of discussion include:
  • Updates on Inland Empire region, state and federal assistance available to small businesses
  • Small Business Development Center updates, including SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for businesses being impacted by COVID-19
  • An overview of Covered California and deadline extension
  • An overview of alternative lending options including microloans, SBA's loan guarantee program, community banks, credit unions and CDFIs, reputable online lenders and crowdfunding
  • How to avoid predatory lenders and the Small Business Borrowers' Bill of Rights
  • Updates on federal policy proposals and our recommendations to immediately help small businesses
  • Venturize and other helpful tools and resources, Q&A
  • Speakers:
  • Paul GranilloPaul Granillo
    President/CEO 
    Inland Empire Economic Partnership
  • Paul NoltaPaul Nolta
    Assistant Director
    Inland Empire Small Business Development Center
  • Pepi JacksonPepi Jackson
    President
    Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce
  • April LewisApril Lewis
    Loan Officer
    CDC Small Business Finance
  • Mark HerbertMark Herbert
    VP, California
    Small Business Majority
  • County of San Bernardino COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment
  • Due to the current state of emergency in San Bernardino County, the County is in need of personal protective equipment.  We are reaching out to our vendor community for this need.  We have established the request form below for all willing and able vendors to respond.  Please follow the link below to fill out the request form.
  • We thank you for your assistance in this time of need,
  • The County of San Bernardino Purchasing Department
  • PPE Request Form
  • Please note, for purchases directly related to this emergency where items are in short supply, we have waived certain competitive requirements.  To the best of our ability, the San Bernardino County Purchasing Department will maintain a competitive process when available. 
  • IEEP COVID-19 Business Survey
  • The Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP), working with regional economists and researchers from CSU San Bernardino, the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College and others, has put together an employer survey to get a frontline understanding of the current state and challenges facing businesses in the Inland Empire. This information will be used to drive policy decisions at the Federal, State, and local levels that will support our region's business community throughout the course of this crisis.
  • All individual responses will remain confidential.   We would appreciate it if you could share the survey with your members.  The deadline to respond to the survey is Monday, March 30. We will present the findings once the survey has concluded.
  • Survey Link: http://csusb.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3t6Q4mw3jTyEVIp
  • (Updated 3/23/20 at 5:13pm)
  • Chino Valley Leadership Webinar on the Coronavirus
  • We got such great feedback from the Webinar we did last week on the Coronavirus to update Chino Valley businesses that we've decided to do it on a weekly basis.
  • Every Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:30am we will try to gather leaders from across the Chino Valley to help inform our businesses and the community about the Coronavirus and its impacts.
  • Confirmed participants for tomorrow include Chino Police Chief Wes Simmons, Los Angeles Regional Census Center Partnership Specialist Renay Sehgal Mehta, Inland Empire Utilities Agency Director Steve Elie and we are awaiting responses from several more.
  • To register for the webinar tomorrow, go here
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  • California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
  • Given the quickly changing circumstances, we here at GO-Biz want to ensure that you are fully aware of Governor Newsom's most recent announcements. A helpful resource, which is regularly updated, is the newly established one-stop website: covid19.ca.gov. There you will find information including:
  • Governor Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read the order here.
  • The order identifies certain services as essential. These services can continue despite the stay at home order. Read the full guidance here.
  • Governor Newsom issued an executive order to permit vote-by-mail procedures to be used in three upcoming special elections, protecting public health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more here.
  • Franchise Tax Board extends filing and payment deadline for all California taxpayers until July 15, 2020, due to COVID-19. Read more here.
  • Guidance from the Alcoholic Beverage Control to licensees on limitations of on-sale privileges. Read more here.
  • Along with that, we would like to remind you that GO-Biz has shared an FAQ for our small businesses. You can find that information here under our COVID-19 resources page, which includes helpful resources for businesses.
  • Please share this updated guidance and resources with your members. For the latest information from CDPH, visit this website. Again, we greatly appreciate your partnership at this time and in the future. Please reach out to us with any concerns or questions you may have.
  • Eight new cases of novel coronavirus recorded within county
  • San Bernardino County today reported eight new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The county now has a total of 17 confirmed cases and no deaths attributable to the disease.
  • The county reported its first case on Sunday, March 15. Additional cases have been expected to emerge as more test results are reported to the County.
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the State Public Health Officer on Thursday issued a statewide stay-at-home order with exceptions for essential tasks and services. See details here: covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs.
  • “Complying with public health orders is essential to our continued health and safety,” said Acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “These orders are not intended to spark panic, but rather reduce the  spread of infection and minimize the number of people who get sick at any one time to keep our healthcare system functioning.”
  • “There is a fairly even distribution of cases throughout our county. No one should assume the virus is not present in their community. We  must presume and behave as if the virus is everywhere,” Dr. Gustafson said.
  • The Acting County Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors have declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the public are prepared and allow flexibility in response. Various  county departments and agencies are working together and in partnership with cities, schools, and the business and nonprofit communities to ensure an effective response.
  • As with any virus, especially during the cold and flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:
  • People experiencing symptoms of contagious illness  should seek medical guidance.
  • Persons  aged 65 years and older and persons of any age with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk should they contract COVID-19 and are encouraged to self-quarantine.
  • Wash hands with soap  and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes,  nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect  frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare  setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.
  • For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus.  New information and resources have been added and the site is being updated daily. The public can also contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911,  or email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.
  • CalChamber Statement on Governor’s New Essential Business Directives
  • https://calchamberalert.com/2020/03/21/calchamber-statement-on-governors-new-essential-business-directives/
  • Attorney General Becerra Issues Consumer Alert Regarding False Advertising Related to Coronavirus
  • Good afternoon business leaders,
  • In response to the statewide public health emergency declaration as a result of the novel coronavirus in California, Attorney General Xavier Becerra has issued a consumer and price gouging alert across the state.
  • Attorney General Becerra reminds all Californians to be mindful of any products or services that falsely claim to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, nor is there a medicine that treats or cures coronavirus. California’s consumer protection laws — including the Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law and Consumers Legal Remedies Act — prohibit false, deceptive, or misleading advertising, including any advertising that explicitly claims or implies that a product treats the coronavirus.
  • Price gauging is also illegal in California during the declared state of emergency under Penal Code Section 396. California law generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency. Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to criminal prosecution that can result in a one-year imprisonment in county jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Violators are also subject to civil enforcement actions including civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation, injunctive relief, and mandatory restitution. The Attorney General and local district attorneys can enforce the statute.
  • To report price gouging or consumer fraud, you can:
  • Submit a complaint online at oag.ca.gov/report
  • For additional updates on coronavirus preparedness, please visit the websites of the California Department of Public HealthOffice of Governor Gavin Newsom, and Office of Emergency Services. Lastly, the Office of Treasurer Fiona Ma has also compiled a list of resources available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19:http://bit.ly/stosmallbizlist.
  • Defending Against COVID-19 Cyber Scams
  • Over the past few days the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce has been approached with scams including emails that look like they come from me encouraging employees to buy gift cards.
  • Read this article to learn how to protect yourself.
  • In our continued partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, and their Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Information Services Department’s Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) receives advisories and alerts to promote security awareness for our workforce.
  • This advisory warns our workforce to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Cyber threat actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.
  • Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.
  • This cyber advisory is additional information related to the County of San Bernardino’s (County) Postmaster email message of March 2, 2020 titled: County free of coronavirus; Employees urged to take normal precautions.  Our workforce is encourage to remain vigilant and take the following precautions:
  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments.  SeeUsing Caution with Email Attachments and Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Scams for more information.
  • Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
  • Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations.  Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scams for more information.
  • Review the County Public Health Corona Virus website at COVID-19 for more information, or call (909) 387-3911.
  • Additional information is available at:
  • County Public Health: http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/
  • Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
  • CISA Corona Virus Information: https://www.cisa.gov/coronavirus
  • CISA Risk Publication:  Risk Management for Novel Coronavirus
  • Chino Manufacturers Helping with Supplies
  • Thank you to Chino Manufacturers who have already stepped up to start producing needed medical supplies and ventilators:
  • Diamond Wipes (Chamber Member)
  • PakLabs
  • IRP Group
  • SDM Plastics
  • If you know of any manufacturing companies that can help produce needed medical supplies and/or ventilators, please contact Sol Guerra from US Congresswoman Norma Torres' office at marisol.guerra@mail.house.gov
  • Walmart Hiring 7,000 Workers
  • The link to apply to the Fulfillment Center positions is https://www.walmartcareers.com/ecomflexible/.  This site has all of the information about Walmart Fulfillment Centers and the positions available.
  • They are also offering $2 more an hour until June 5th.
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  • (Updated 3/20/20 at 3:50pm)
  • Apply for Disaster Assistance

    Apply for Disaster Assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) - https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

    SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

    The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low- interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. 

    Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

    SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance. 

    Once a declaration is made, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to affected small businesses within the state. 

    SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. 

    These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. 

    SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay. 

    SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible. 

    For additional information, please visit SBA.gov/disaster

    For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

    Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19

    We've received numerous calls as to what is considered critical infrastructure. There are also different government agencies applying different restrictions so there is a lot of confusion. This information was put together by the US Department of Homeland Security

    https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19

  • U.S. Chamber Summary of Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • https://www.uschamber.com/issue-brief/summary-of-latest-congressional-action-coronavirus-response
  • Updates from Chris Kennedy, Economic Development Manager at City of Chino

    The City of Chino is following the Governor's directive and hopes that citizens and businesses will do the same.  There are no enforcement programs in effect, but local government is trusting businesses to do what is right for their employees and the region.

    Below are programs through the state and government that may assist you and your employees at this time.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

    Disaster Loan Assistance https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

    Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers  https://www.labor.ca.gov/Coronavirus2019/

  • WATCH: Gov. Gavin Newsom Orders ALL Californians to Stay at Home
  • Watch the video - https://youtu.be/yWO73FX6E38
  • Employer Resources from CVCC Board Member Christina Gagnier
  • Our firm has created a few resources for employers that may be helpful for our members. I just wanted to share:
  • https://www.carltonfields.com/insights/publications/2020/answers-real-world-covid-19-workplace-questions
  • (Updated 3/19/20 at 3:55pm)
  • Announcement from GO-Biz
  • The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as the State of California's leader for job growth, economic development, and business assistance efforts.
  • "Given the quickly changing circumstances, we here at GO-Biz want to ensure that you are fully aware of Governor Newsom’s latest announcements, some of which he reiterated tonight during a Facebook Live conversation. This includes:
  • A new one-stop website for COVID-19 resources. Learn how to stay healthy, resources available to Californians including unemployment and paid sick leave, and much more.
  • An executive order for renters and homeowners, which suspends all state laws that would prevent local governments from enacting policies to protect you as a resident or business owner from eviction because of nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19.
  • Following California’s fast-out-of-the-gate and immediate response to the Presidential Emergency Declaration, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Learn more here.
  • New public health guidance pertaining to food and beverage venues.
  • An executive order to allow timely delivery of vital goods easing restrictions on commercial drivers engaged in support of emergency relief efforts.
  • Along with that, GO-Biz has shared a new FAQ for our small businesses. You can find that information here under our COVID-19 resources page, which includes helpful resources for businesses."
  • Small Business Majority Tips and Resources
  • https://smallbusinessmajority.org/covid-19-daily-updates-for-small-businesses
  • (Updated 3/18/20 at 4:06pm)
  • Chino Valley Leaders Video on the Coronavirus
  • This webinar brought together community leaders from the Chino Valley to educate business owners about the coronavirus in our community. We encourage you watching the video to ask questions by commenting below and we will try and get those answers for you. 
    This is our first Digital Business @ Breakfast event which we plan to host every Wednesday from 7:45am to 9am.
    The panelists on this webinar included:
    Please comment on our video and/or ask questions you'd like answered by the Chamber or our panelists and we will work to get the answers for you.
    A copy of the transcript from the chat section of our webinar will be available later today on our website -
    Join us this Friday from 11:30am to 1pm for our scheduled Pizza & Politics titled "Come to Your Census" with speaker Cindy Reul, Voter Service Rep.
    League of Women Voters - Mt Baldy Area to discuss the census. We hope to have more updates from local legislators in regards to the coronavirus as well.
    Join us next week on Wednesday for our Business @ Breakfast from 7:45am to 9am with speaker Jessica Orozco from the Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire - How your company can help grant wishes!
    Thank you to our panelists!
  • Watch the video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hywZgf-Itw&fbclid=IwAR3HtDG7jy7Z5Hw927hHW7a3M90YUYxBrZyoAmJVetOD4lJKfH6VSlISXf8
  • Chino Valley Corona Virus Webinar Video with Community Leaders
  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel here - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKcxr-VvG_0QHutd39jF7bw
  • City of Chino Press Release
  • https://cityofchino.org/news/what_s_new/chino_city_hall_closed_to_the_public
  • Senator Ling Ling Chang Responds to COVID-19 Response Budget
  • https://chang.cssrc.us/content/senator-chang-responds-covid-19-response-budget
  • Do I Still Get Paid? California Employers Facing Tough Questions After Shutdowns Due to COVID-19
  • Board Member, Christina Gagnier's colleagues put this helpful article for employers and employees - https://www.carltonfields.com/insights/publications/2020/california-employers-questions-shutdowns-covid-19
  • Helpful Links and Resources:
  • Please find below information from the U.S. Chamber regarding our efforts with respect to the federal government’s response to the ongoing outbreak and impact on the business community.  Please note the following links:
  • Small Business Administration Disaster Resources:
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program
  • SBA Disaster Assistance One-Pager
  • SBA Coronavirus Disaster Loans
  • U.S. Chamber Resources:
  • U.S. Chamber Coronavirus Resource Website
  • U.S. Chamber Disaster Help Desk
  • Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive
  • We’re also very pleased that earlier today, the U.S. Senate approved the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” which will provide immediate relief to American workers and families during this challenging time.  For more information about the package, please see our press release issued this afternoon.
  • Lastly, our advocacy efforts on the federal response are being guided by what we are hearing from our members and state/local chamber partners.  As such, please relay any information to us that you believe we should be aware of as you hear from your members.  This information is extremely helpful to us as we determine where to focus our efforts.
  • If you have any questions, comments, ideas on ways we can work to support Chino Valley businesses please do not hesitate to email me at ZWelborn@ChinoValleyChamber.com or call my cell (909) 973 - 9089.
  • Sign up for Chino Valley Chamber emails here - https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/2p0lUPc
  • Chino Valley Restaurants Offering Takeout
  • We are compiling a list of businesses in the Chino Valley offering takeout services.
  • https://chinovalleychamberofcommerce.com/2020/03/17/chino-valley-restaurants-offering-takeout/
  • If you know of restaurants that are offering takeout services, but are not on this list, please have them email Zeb at ZWelborn@ChinoValleyChamber.com
  • San Bernardino County Workforce Development Resource Page

    San Bernardino County Workforce Development has created a resource page for businesses and workforce in San Bernardino County.

    The page is here - http://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/business-services/resources-available/

    We are encouraging our businesses and our community to follow the guidelines presented by the:

  • (Updated 3/17/20 at 4:11pm)
  • SoCalGas Announces Suspension of Service Disconnections For Non-Payment as Part of COVID-19 Response
  • Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has announced it has suspended service disconnections, until further notice, for non-payment of service to any customers who are having a hard time paying their gas bills. This is just a part of the company’s COVID-19 response. SoCalGas’s first priority is to our employees and customers and we are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas.
  • SoCalGas customer service is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. For customers who do not feel comfortable visiting in-person SoCalGas Payment Offices we encourage people to call 1-877-238-0092 to speak with a representative about their bill or go to  SoCalGas.com
  • SoCalGas goes to great lengths working with customers on making payment arrangements and even more so now during this time of National Emergency when many will face temporary financial challenges.
  • We understand that our customers may be worried about paying their upcoming natural gas bill.  We want to help ease concerns and continue to provide our 22 million customers the reliable natural gas service people depend on to heat their homes, take hot showers and cook their food.
  • The President of the United States has declared a National Emergency, the Governor of California has declared a State of Emergency.
  • “We are all in this together!” and will weather this emergency together as we have done so many others.
  • (Updated 3/16/20 at 5:43pm)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resource Guide
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put together a resource guide for:
  • Combating the Coronavirus
  • The guide includes workplace tips for employees, guidance for employers to plan and respond, customizable workplace flyers, preparedness checklists, travel health notices, and guidance for businesses.
  • Press Release from San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
  • School Districts Across San Bernardino County Close Due to COVID-19 
  • From State Senator Ling Ling Chang's Office:
  • With the recent COVID-19 news, our office was also notified that several local grocery stores were low in stock of essential food and care items. Unfortunately, consumer stockpiling left many seniors without basic need products.
  • In effort to provide aid to elders in the community, Senator Chang has launched an Elder Care Collection Drive. We send you this image to share on your organization newsletter, website, or social media pages, in effort to gather donation items which will be distributed to senior serving nonprofits in Senate District 29. Our hope, is that this collection will provide our community an opportunity to join together in a time of great need.
  • We wish you a safe and healthy season. Please do feel free to reach our office, if you have questions related to the current issues. We will continue operations for the time being to respond and update constituents on emerging news.
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  • (Updated 3/16/20 at 12:50pm)
  • The Chamber is proactively working to get you the information, resources and assistance your business needs during this COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To help businesses like yours we are trying to help out our cities, county, state, and governments to identify the needs of our business community so we can offer assistance as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  • If you own or operate a business in the Chino Valley please complete this survey --------------------->>> https://forms.gle/MfHDdyhXLKn7RdEo7
  • If you know of any business in the Chino Valley, please forward this onto them.
  • The more information we have the better we will be able to support your business and the businesses in our community during this time of economic uncertainty.
  • It's vital that our businesses communicate the challenges they are facing so we can make sure as much resources are available to businesses in our area.
  • We also encourage you to sign up for our email newsletter where we will update you on the latest news that affects businesses - https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/2p0lUPc
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  • (Updated 3/13/20 at 4:01pm)
  • Our #1 goal at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce is to make sure you have as much information as possible as it becomes available.
  • We will be compiling resources for you here on this page to make sure you have access to the most up-to-date information as it pertains to your business and handling the coronavirus.
  • Please sign up for our email list to get the most up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus and businesses in the Chino Valley - https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/2p0lUPc
  • It's extremely important for the businesses in our community that we continue to conduct business during this time. In some cases, we may need to re-imagine what that looks like.
  • Our Chamber puts on a lot of in-person events. As a result of the Governor's press conference on Wednesday, we have decided to cancel our Salute to Public Safety.
  • As for the rest of our events, we plan to continue our weekly Business @ Breakfast events and Quarterly Pizza & Politics event scheduled for March 20 ... online.
  • We will be letting you know how to participate in these online events via our email list and on social media. Please follow the Chamber and sign up for our email list here - https://business.chinovalleychamberofcommerce.com/form/view/11418
  • For our businesses, it is important that we come together, continue to conduct business and engage with the Chamber so we can be the voice of business in the Chino Valley.
  • By engaging with the Chamber we will have the opportunity to identify the needs of our business community and develop resources to help solve those needs.
  • Your fellow businesses need you to continue to show up and support one another while we work through the challenges presented by COVID-19.
  • We will be looking at ways to continue to connect businesses while making sure that we are protecting our family, friends and community as best as we can based on the guidelines shared by the California Department of Health and the San Bernardino County Department of Health.
  • Since our update yesterday at 3:31pm both cities, Chino and Chino Hills put out press releases announcing the cancellation of major events. Chino Unified School District announced the closure of school in the district until at least April 3.
  • CalChamber has put out a resource page for employers and the Small Business Administration has set the groundwork for funding for businesses affected as a result of the Coronavirus.
  • See the links below for more information:
  • Press Release from the City of Chino
  • Press Release from the City of Chino Hills
  • Press Release from Chino Valley Unified School District
  • Resource Page for Employers by CalChamber
  • Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Your businesses need you. Now is the time to work together to make sure our local economy stays strong.
  • Please watch this Facebook live video to see how we are looking to help businesses. Feel free to comment on the video -
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  • (Updated 3/13/20 at 3:15pm)
  • Chamber Members and Friends,
  • We are working with our cities, county, state and federal governments as well as the local, state and national chamber and business organizations to slow the spread of COVID-19 while also recognizing the economic impact this will have on businesses in the Chino Valley.
  • In a press conference Wednesday, March 11, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California public health officials experts have “determined that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines.”
  • As a result, the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce will be postponing our Salute to Public Safety event, which was scheduled for March 19, 2020.
  • The cancelling of events and activities will have a substantial economic impact on our communities. We want you to know that we will be putting together resources for our businesses to help navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19. 
  • For our local economy, it is important that we continue to conduct business.
  • We will be looking to find creative ways to continue our programming at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. We encourage you and your business to stay connected and take advantage of the resources that will become available for our businesses. 
  • We will be postponing and/or re-imagining our planned meetings for the month of March and will follow up with emails as to how we will be conducting those events. 
  • Lastly, we encourage our community and businesses to follow the guidelines presented from the agencies we’ve entrusted to safeguard us and to look for new ways to conduct business to help strengthen our local economy and support our local businesses.
  • Thanks for everything!
  • Zeb