CALIFORNIA ALTERNATE RATES FOR ENERGENY (CARE)
If you recently lost your job or if you are receiving unemployment benefits, Southern California Gas Company is offering 20% off on natural gas bill with the CARE program. For more information, please visit https://www.socalgas.com/save-money-and-energy/assistance-programs/california-alternate-rates-for-energy
BOOK WORMS WANTED
Calling on all book worms, just in time for summer reading!!! Palos Verdes Library District Curbside hold/pick-up ONLY, begins June 2, 2020 at all locations. Please follow have your library card ready, have a face covering, and open your trunk when instructed to do so. You may now place, cancel, suspend and pick up holds at the Palos Verdes Library District. Pick-up hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Book drops will open June 8th. For more information, please call (310) 377 – 9584 or visit www.pvld.org
URGENT: SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS CAN APPLY FOR $15 MILLION LOAN FUND TODAY AT 1 PM
We are pleased to announce that yesterday the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted a motion to establish the LA County COVID-19 Relief Fund which directs the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) to develop and implement a loan and grant fund by April 21st. The motion also directs DCBA to move swiftly to infuse additional capital into Los Angeles County.
To that end, DCBA is seeking your support with a time-sensitive action item.
The County of Los Angeles has partnered with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative and Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF) to bring $15 million in additional private capital to small businesses and nonprofits in the Los Angeles County region. The capital will be deployed by CRF through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a forgivable loan product created by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Early reports indicate that funding for federal PPP loans may be exhausted nationwide as early as Friday, April 17, 2020. As such, CRF will expedite the opening of a new loan application portal. The application portal will provide an opportunity for small businesses and nonprofits to apply for PPP loans if they have been unable to do so through a traditional banking institution.
The online portal (linked here) will open TODAY, April 15th at 1 p.m.
Business owners and nonprofits who access the application portal will initially submit an inquiry with CRF.
Business owners should be prepared to provide information on their business.
After successfully submitting an inquiry, loan processers at CRF will follow up directly with business owners to obtain necessary documents and information to process the loan request.
All eligible business owners and nonprofits who have been unable to apply for a PPP loan through a bank or other financial institutions are encouraged to submit an inquiry. We urge you to share the information and apply at your earliest opportunity. If you have any questions, please contact the Los Angeles County Disaster Help Center at 833-238-4450.
Our Call Center Can Help Your Business
DCBA has partnered with the Department of Workforce, Development, Aging, and Community Services, and other County and State agencies to bring you the L.A. County Disaster Help Center. The center has resources for businesses as well as employees to help during the COVID-19 emergency.
Counselors are available Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to help business owners understand available resources, including emergency loan applications.
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for the latest updates, @LACHelpCenter.
THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCES SEROLOGICAL TESTS
City staff is continuously monitoring the efforts by the public health officials, State officials and County officials to control the spread of COVID-19. On Friday, April 10, 2020, Barbara Ferrer, PHD, MPH, MEd, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health stated that the County will start a random sampling of 1,000 people in the County to perform serological tests. Serological tests measure the amount of antibodies or proteins that are present in the blood when the body is responding to a specific infection, like COVID-19. Dr. Ferrer noted that the serological tests will be used to understand the spread of COVID-19. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in March 2020, the FDA issued a policy to allow developers of certain serological tests to begin to market or use their tests once they have performed the appropriate evaluation to determine that their tests are accurate and reliable. This includes allowing developers to market their tests without prior FDA review if certain conditions outlined in the guidance document are met. For more information please go to the provided link: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-serological-tests
GOVERNOR NEWSOM'S OFFICE:
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