Effective Collaboration Counts in CA
We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of when Coronavirus changed our lives. Together, we worked to curb the spread, while scientists developed safe and effective vaccines. The vaccine rollout is underway and expanding. Now it is time to work together to protect our teachers and staff, while safely getting our children back in school.
In the spirit of effective collaboration, legislative leaders have banded together to develop fast-acting, but thoughtful and cautionary solutions that provide funding and better safety measures for California schools. It has been a bi-partisan effort, and we anticipate that the Governor will sign this package by the end of the week.
These measures will help distribute $6.6 billion to our public schools - $2 billion will go to improved support for in-person instruction, including three months of free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other safety supplies, ventilation upgrades and increased access to COVID-19 testing. $4.6 billion will help expand learning opportunities with improved direct technical assistance, summer school, tutoring and mental health services.
This legislation will also put multiple successful state programs in place to support safe data reporting, including requirements to report school reopening status updates and COVID-19 safety guidelines. You can find this information on the California Safe Schools Hub. As we learn more throughout this process, my team will be sure to keep you updated on what happens in our Senate district and throughout our local campuses.
Additional COVID-related information became available this week, too. Be sure to review this newsletter to get more details about the upcoming Golden State Stimulus package, expanded grant opportunities, and even a new way to sign up to safely teach your own class in L.A. County.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or online through my Facebook and Twitter. You are also welcome to call my office at (818) 901-5588. Let’s keep working together for the Valley.
Stay safe and be well,
HEALTH AND SAFETY
CORONAVIRUS CASES DECREASING IN THE VALLEY
An additional 2,224 new cases of COVID-19 have been counted in the Valley, which is still a continued slowdown like what we've seen in the last few weeks. The communities most affected by cases locally are North Hollywood (229), Pacoima (124) and Sylmar (160). This adds up to 208,205 total cases of coronavirus that have been identified in the San Fernando Valley since the pandemic began. To learn more on how to continue to protect your loved ones, visit the CDC website. To see additional numbers and other reporting data, visit the Public Health website.
REGIONAL VACCINE UPDATE
According to the L.A. County Dept. of Public Health, we have administered nearly two million vaccines to those eligible to receive the first rounds of injections, including healthcare workers, nursing home/congregate living residents and people who are 65+. More vaccination sites open daily, and more groups are now eligible to receive the vaccinate – including teachers, child care specialists, police officers, fire, food processors, agricultural laborers, and court personnel. While supplies remain limited, regulators just approved another safe and effective vaccine, which is should arrive in our area soon. You can visit the MyTurn site to find out when you qualify to receive your shot.
I also have a brand new webpage dedicated to vaccine information that offers many local resources, including testing information, vaccine location, qualification updates and more. Visit the site for additional details, and please contact my team if you need further assistance.
JOBS AND ECONOMY
FIND OUT IF YOU QUALIFY FOR CALIFORNIA’S STIMULUS CHECK
As part of a $9.6 billion COVID-19 immediate budget action agreement, many Californians will receive $600 stimulus checks from the state. There are four ways to qualify for a check:
- If you claimed California earned income tax credit (EITC) on your 2020 tax returns
- If you earn less than $75,000 a year or less (after deductions) and file income taxes using an individual taxpayer identification number
- If you receive money from federal supplemental security income (SSI), state supplementary payment (SSP), or California’s Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants
- If your household is enrolled in CalWORKS
If you meet one of these requirements, payments are expected to begin March 2021.
NEW ROUNDS TO APPLY FOR CA SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF GRANT
There are new opportunities to apply for the #CA Small Business Relief Grant. Dates for these new rounds are:
- March 5 -March 11
- March 16 -March 23
- March 25 -March 31
And more dates are coming soon! Find the details you need to get started HERE: careliefgrant.com
KEEP YOUR BUSINESS GOING WITH THE CA GRANTS PORTAL
Thanks to the California State Library, individuals, businesses, nonprofits, tribal governments and others can look for eligible grants and loans offered by state agencies. Visit the California Grants Portal to see if you qualify, and be sure to share this link with friends and family who may benefit from this valuable resource.
RECEIVE A FREE BUSINESS CONSULTATION
With assistance from the Valley Economic Alliance, businesses can now have unique access to a variety of free programs, ranging from grant applications to a free assessment by the Alliance’s Business Assistance team. Visit their website to find out more, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEACH YOUR OWN CLASS THANKS TO L.A. COUNTY PARKS
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is looking for highly talented independent instructors, interested in teaching their skills to others through their Contract Class Program. Potential instructors can set the fees, dates, and times of the activity offered on a weekly basis or as one or two-day workshops. The Parks Dept. can provide one of many recreation facilities for use, as well as marketing for your class or workshop. Organizers are interested in a variety of different classes for all ages – from infants and school-aged children to adults and seniors. Certain restrictions and requirements apply, including enforcement of all COVID-19 guidelines. The application deadline for the summer season ends on Mar. 11. Visit this website for more details.
LA STREET SWEEPING REDUCED TO EVERY OTHER WEEK
Street sweeping services in the City of L.A. have been changed from weekly to bi-weekly, due to staff reductions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help residents, officials launched a notification system and map, or you can contact the 3-1-1 call center for more information.
HOLLYWOOD BOWL STREAMING FREE SERIES OF PERFORMANCES
While we eagerly await the safe reopening of the Hollywood Bowl, we can now bring its virtual entertainment directly into our homes. Starting this week, the Hollywood Bowl will begin streaming a new free season of Sound/Stage. Gustavo Dudamel will host the free online series featuring new performances by the L.A. Philharmonic, gospel duo Mary Mary, opera star Nadine Sierra, and pianists Yuja Wang and David Fung, as well as conversations with John Adams, chef José Andrés, and more! For more information, please visit The Hollywood Bowl website.
REMEMBER, WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER
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