May 14, 2020
Dea r Members:

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom presented his May Revise budget. The State's previous January budget has taken deep cuts, putting California in a $54.3-billion deficit amid the COVID-19 fallout. Our industry, like others, is gearing up for challenging times ahead and making the necessary changes, now, to ensure solvency for the future. During these uncertain times rest assured that BIA remains a resource for you, providing vital information on COVID-19 changes and industry updates.

Regionally, Los Angeles County has simultaneously loosened their Stay at Home directives, while also extending their Order past May 15th. The County lifted restrictions by opening golf courses, tennis courts, equestrian centers and other facilities with specific safety protocols. Like the County, the City of Los Angeles chose to increase some mandates and lift others. Mayor Garcetti announced that masks must be worn in public areas, in businesses and while outdoors. However, beaches and outdoor spaces have opened, along with retail businesses who provide curbside service.

Ventura County has more rapidly lifted their Stay at Home Order, when compared to the other two jurisdictions. This week, the County opened childcare facilities, office spaces, car washes, landscaping and other businesses. These businesses were able to open with approved response plans and on-site compliance monitoring.

BIA-LAV continues to monitor COVID-19 policies and advocate for the production of housing. Throughout this newsletter you will see that we're also focusing our attention on the resurgence of housing policies and projects that were in the pipeline before the pandemic. We are with our members each step of the way, please don't hesitate to lean on us during this time!

Thank you,

BIA-LAV, Vice President