As the leading voice of business, The Chamber dedicates its efforts to creating and sustaining a business-friendly environment. Below will be a regular update on our advocacy efforts and action alerts to keep our members informed on local, state, and federal legislation and policies while providing opportunities for our members to get engaged. 

For questions regarding these issues or any other advocacy related items, please contact
Christine Bos, Government Affairs Manager, at cbos@lbchamber.com or 562-435-9594.
Local Alerts

Long Beach Restaurants, Gyms, Museums/Aquariums, Movie Theaters Allowed to Reopen Indoors With Modifications

Beginning Monday, March 15, 2021 the County of Los Angeles, has met targets that will allow the county to move from the most restrictive tier (purple) to the second most restrictive (red). This will allow for slow re-openings of industries facing the most regulations. More on this can found in the COVID-19 section below.

Long Beach Recovery Act

The City's recovery act is a response to the Mayor and City Council’s request of city staff to develop an economic recovery strategy.

This recovery act provides $207 million for initiatives that promote economic and social recovery. 

The proposed plan outlines various initiatives identified under three key areas of focus:

Economic Recovery ($51 million)
  • COVID-19 protection for businesses and nonprofits.
  • Direct funding relief to local businesses and workers critically impacted by the pandemic, most notably in industry sectors such as restaurants, breweries, bars, fitness and personal services, arts, and nonprofits. ($5 million dollar fund for each. The Chamber publicly supported these allocations during the beginning of this year
  • Expand WorkLB the City’s workforce development agency and as well as grants to increase digital literacy and access to technology.
  • Funding for the Clean City program.
Healthy & Safe Community ($72.8 million)
  • Programs to support public health.
  • Ongoing support for basic needs, including food security, housing support staffing and right to counsel, and case management for older adults.
  • Ongoing support for people experiencing homelessness, including temporary shelter services, expanded mobile outreach services, and funding towards the development of interim or permanent housing. 
  • Programs focusing on physical and mental health equity; early childhood education and literacy development; and violence prevention and support services, re-entry, and expansion of the Long Beach Activating Safe Communities interventionist team. 
  • And continued tenant assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance.
Securing Our City’s Future ($83.2 million)
  • Funding to replenish reserves to maintain structural balance in the City’s budget.
  • Funding to eliminate City furloughs for the remainder of the 2021 fiscal year.
  • And funding to balance the 2022 fiscal year budget.

The proposed plan outlines three federal, state and county funding sources to carry out the plan’s key initiatives:
  • $151 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.
  • Nearly $29 million in Emergency Rental Assistance funding, including $13.75 million in federal funds and $14.74 million from the State, to be used exclusively for the City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • Nearly $27 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases Grant, received by Los Angeles County, to be used for various public health initiatives outlined under each of the three focus areas, including but not limited to the City’s ongoing efforts towards COVID-19 testing, contract tracing and epidemiologic surveillance.

The City Manager has provided recommendations on how funds will be used upon City Council approval on March 16. The proposed plan will be presented to the Council, where it will be further reviewed and given the chance to receive modifications, recommendations or additional input from the Council.

City of Long Beach Business License Taxes and Fees

The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously on March 9, to extend the City’s program allowing businesses to continue deferring business license taxes and fees through June 2021. The Council also approved new payment plans for business fees that aren’t forgiven slated to begin in July. The payment plans will offer interest-free and penalty free options for businesses behind on their city bills. For more information please click here.
State Alerts

State Legislation Impacting Your Business

AB 62 (Gray-D) Income Tax: Credit: Costs to Comply with COVID-19

Legislative Proposal that would provide a dollar-for-dollar tax credit to businesses that were forced to spend money on mandated Cal/OSHA regulatory requirements. For more information on this proposal click here.

AB 1028 (Seyarto-R) Telework Flexibility Act

Allows telecommuting employees to enter into individual alternative workweek schedule agreements, choose when they take meal and rest breaks as long as the employer has not otherwise scheduled a break time, and eliminates PAGA penalties for specific claims. For more information on this proposal click here.
Federal Alerts:

American Rescue Plan

This passed week Congress passed and the President signed into law the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package to speed our recovery from the health and economic effects of the pandemic. This is the sixth relief bill Congress has passed over the last year. 

Key provisions of the legislation:

Support for Small Businesses

  • Adds $7.25 billion to the existing Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses and adds nonprofits and digital news outlets to the businesses that can receive help.
  • Establishes a $25 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund that will provide grants to help hard-hit local, independent restaurants remain open and keep workers on payroll.
  • Adds $15 billion for the Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan program to provide additional help to small businesses.
  • Reauthorizes the State Small Business Credit Initiative and provides $10 billion in funds to help small businesses.
  • Adds $1.25 billion to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program to support live entertainment venues that have suffered greatly during the pandemic.

Expanding COVID-19 Protections and Access to Vaccines

  • $50 billion for testing, contact tracing, acquisition of personal protective equipment and additional study of virus variants.
  • $20 billion for improving the distribution and administration of vaccines.
  • $10 billion for the Defense Production Act to acquire medical equipment and personal protective equipment.
  • $8 billion for public health workforce development.

Support for families

  • Extends the federal supplemental unemployment benefit of $300 per week through September 6 and makes the first $10,200 per household tax free.
  • Provides low-and middle-income families with direct payments of $1,400 for each adult and dependent, including children.
  • Provides more than $30 billion in funding for rent and mortgage payments; also additional funds into homeless assistance programs.
  • Extends food stamp benefits through September and increases nutrition assistance funding.

The State of California announced a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. The color-coded tiers, ranging from purple (widespread) to yellow (minimal), place Long Beach and Los Angeles County into the red category. The new tiers also dictate the reopening phase. Details regarding what is allowed to be open and what is closed under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy are available at https://covid19.ca.gov/.
City of Long Beach Updated Health Order (3/12/2021)

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has issued an updated Health Order, allowing for further reopening of some industries and services, in accordance with Governor Newsom lifting the Regional Stay at Home Order. 

On August 28, 2020, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) implemented the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities, sectors and businesses are permitted to reopen based on local case rates and test positivity. As of March 14, 2021, Los Angeles County, including Long Beach, will be assigned the “Substantial – Red Tier” (Red Tier) under the Blueprint. This Order allows certain sectors, businesses and activities in the Red Tier to operate with modifications. This Order takes effect on March 15, 2021 at 12:01 a

Examples of major sectors that will now be permitted under the red tier in Long Beach, subject to modifications including physical distancing and requiring face coverings, include:

  • Restaurants may open indoors with modifications, including maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. This applies to restaurants that serve bona fide meals and brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries and wineries that partner with a City-approved meal provider and serve bona fide meals during the same transaction as alcohol.
  • Tables located within an indoor and outdoor dining area must be separated by at least eight feet to ensure that a physical distance of at least six feet between customers and workers at all times is achieved while customers are seated and to allow for passing room between tables and to account for chairs being occupied by customers and pushed out while at the table.
  • In-person dining by only members of a single household is strongly encouraged. Tables and chairs must be removed from dining areas so that 6 feet of physical distance can be maintained for customers and workers at all times. If tables, chairs, booths, etc., cannot be moved, use visual cues to show that they are not available for use.
  • Bars, where no meal service is provided with the service of alcohol, must remain closed for indoor and outdoor operations. Breweries, distilleries and wineries where no meal is provided with the service of alcohol must remain closed indoors.
  • Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries (where meals are not served) may open outdoors only.
  • Guests must remain seated at table and must be limited to 90 minutes.
  • Reservations required.
  • Service for on-site consumption must close by 8 p.m.
  • Indoor operations of breweries and distilleries are permitted only where the establishment sells alcohol in the same transaction as a bona fide meal provided by a City-approved meal provider. Bars and pubs must remain closed.
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers may open indoors with modifications, including maximum 10% capacity.
  • Outdoor operations of gyms and fitness facilities are strongly encouraged. Climbing walls may reopen.
  • Retail may open indoors with modifications, including maximum 50% capacity (increased from maximum 25% capacity).
  • Museums, Galleries, Aquariums and Botanical Gardens may open indoors with modifications, limited to 25% of maximum capacity.
  • Places of Worship may open indoors with modifications, including maximum 25% capacity. Outdoor services and cultural ceremonies are strongly recommended.
  • Movie Theaters may open indoors with modifications, including maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Family Entertainment Centers and standalone amusement attractions that operate independent of, and are located on distinct and separate grounds from other amusement attractions, such as a carousel, Ferris wheel or train ride, may reopen outdoors only.
  • All indoor family entertainment centers must remain closed.
  • Institutes of Higher Education may reopen all permitted activities with required safety modifications except for residential housing, which remains under current restrictions for the Spring semester.
  • Capacity of indoor lectures and student gatherings is limited to 25% of maximum occupancy or 100 people, whichever is less.
  • Academic instruction via distance learning is strongly encouraged wherever possible.
  • Youth and Adult Sports Outdoor low-, moderate-, and high-contact sports are permitted to resume with modifications.
  • All other sports, including sports played indoors, may resume subject to additional requirements, which may be found in the City’s Youth and Adult Recreational Sports Protocol.
  • Outdoor Live Events (sports and live performances) may resume beginning April 1 with capacity limited 20% of maximum occupancy and limited to those in-state.
  • Venues must implement a weekly worker testing program and other modifications in accordance with State guidance. Indoor live events remain prohibited.

The updated Health Order is being put in place by the City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, and in accordance with the Emergency Powers granted to the City Manager through the Proclamation of Local Emergency. It is effective from 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 15, until it is extended, rescinded or amended in writing by the Health Officer.
City of Long Beach COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The City of Long Beach is committed to making sure everyone who lives, works or learns in Long Beach can receive a vaccine.

If you are eligible for a vaccine and want to be notified when appointments are available, or if your group is not yet eligible and want to receive information on when it is your turn to receive the vaccine, please sign up the State’s My Turn system

CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE FOR VACCINATION: (Subject to vaccine availability)
  • Healthcare workers
  • Long Term Care Facility Residents
  • 65+
  • Government Emergency Response
  • Food or Agriculture Workers
  • Education and Childcare
  • Residents 16-64 Years of Age with Physical or Developmental Disabilities
  • Janitorial and Custodial Services
  • Residents 16-64 Years of Age with Underlying Medical Conditions
Providing Free PPE to your business
PPE for small businesses may include: Face masks, Hand sanitizers and Face shields. Get your Free PPE here
The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing the most up to date resources and assistance on how to locate local, state, and federal guidance, information, support and financing options. 

Please continue to check-in with our COVID-19 resource page at www.lbchamber.com/covid-19/.

For more information on this topic or other questions, please contact Government Affairs Manager Christine Bos at cbos@lbchamber.com or 562-435-9594.
2021 California and Federal
Employment Poster
Compliance Alerts: 2021 all-in-one poster includes mandatory updates effective January 1, 2021 to the California Minimum Wage notice, the EDD’s Notice to Employees (12/30/20), the Family Care and Medical Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave notice, and to the Your Rights and Obligations as a Pregnant Employee notice.

Order Here to receive Chamber Member Exclusive Pricing.
Joint Thirsty Thursday Speed Networking Event with the LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, 3/25 @ 4:00pm

End your work day by connecting with your fellow Long Beach area businesses! This week, we will be joined by the LGBTQ+ Chamber for this fun joint event. Grab your favorite drink & join us Thursday from 4:00 p.m to 5:00 pm for our virtual networking happy hour. Conducted in a Speed Networking format, we look forward to connecting you with other Long Beach area professionals in this fun way while maintaining Social Distancing.

Sponsored By:
WBC Women's History Month Mixer
Tuesday, 3/30 @ 4:00pm

Invite a woman who encourages and inspires you!

All proceeds from this event will go to the WBC Scholarship Fund. This scholarship supports a female sophomore at LBCC in pursuit of her bachelor's degree in business.  
Long Beach Young Professionals Networking Breakfast
Wednesday, 3/31 @ 9:15am

Join the Long Beach Young Professionals for a Virtual Marketing Panel and Networking Breakfast!

We'll hear from the following experts on the latest marketing trends, tools, and what your business can do to grow its marketing presence.
Leslie A.M. Smith
McCormick LA
Christopher Mitchell
CM Marketing
Erin Sujan
Sujan Creative








Long Beach Update on COVID-19 and the Vaccine
Wednesday, 3/31 @ 2:00pm

Join us as Dr. Adam Solomon, Chief Medical Officer of MemorialCare Medical Group & Greater Newport Physicians, provides an update on our region's COVID-19 volumes and vaccination efforts, and answers frequently asked questions to help debunk myths and give you the information you need to make sound decisions for your health.
Featured Speaker:
Adam Solomon, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
MemorialCare Medical Group &
Greater Newport Physicians
Presenting Sponsor:
Series Sponsors:
Small Business Recovery and Resiliency Series
Thursday, 4/1, 4/8, and 4/15

This webinar series will identify new strategies and practices for supporting small businesses, developing resiliency, and promoting equity and inclusion in small business recovery. Attendees will be able to connect with others to share challenges and ideas for community recovery; connect with others working to respond, recover, and build long-term resilience.

Please join us to hear from our following speakers:
John Keisler
Director
Long Beach Economic Department
John Howard
Small Business Council President
Owner/Operator
Long Beach Towne Center Chick-fil-A
Sponsored By:
Good Afternoon Long Beach
Tuesday, 4/13 @ 12:00pm

Join us for our annual Chamber meeting and hear from featured speaker; Carolyn Caldwell, President and CEO of Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center!

If time allows, each attendee will have 30 seconds to present an introduction of their business, so have your best elevator pitch ready!

Stick around for the whole event for your chance to win a healthy gourmet dinner for 4 people from Primal Alchemy, ready to heat and serve in your home.

City National Bank Entrepreneur of the Year
Thursday, 4/29 @ 4:00pm

Beginning in 1997, City National Bank Entrepreneur of the Year recognition has become the most prestigious award that the Chamber bestows upon an individual business entrepreneur. We recognize entrepreneurial leaders who have made an indelible impact in our business and philanthropic community. During this program we also recognize the Don Temple Storage Philanthropic Pioneer Award, Chick-fil-A Community Spirit Award, HCVT Corporate Citizen of the Year, and the Long Beach City College Shaun R. Lumachi Rising Star Award.

HONOREES:
City National Bank Entrepreneur of the Year - Matt & Pat Cullen - Amber Resources
HCVT Corporate Citizen of the Year - Marathon
Chick-fil-A Community Spirit Award - Mari Hooper
Long Beach City College Shaun R. Lumachi Rising Star Award - Kristin Colazas Rodriguez, Owner, Colossus
Don Temple Storage Philanthropic Pioneer Award - Jim Choura - Grand Food & Beverage

SBDC Webinar Series

Tuesday, 3/16 @ 5:00pm
Wednesday, 3/17 @ 2:00pm
Monday, 3/22 @ 10:00am
Monday, 3/22 @ 1:30pm
Thursday, 3/25 @ 11:00am
Monday, 3/29 @ 1:30pm
Your Advocate: Fall 2020
Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce serves as the CATALYST for business growth; a CONVENER of leaders and influencers; and a CHAMPION for a stronger community. Check out our Fall 2020 edition of our magazine featuring our statewide ballot measure positions and Chamber endorsed candidates.

Also Featuring:
Erik Miller for Long Beach Unified School District
Al Austin for 8th District City Council
Cindy Allen for 2nd District City Council
Circle Marina Speedwash

Please note: The Chamber's "Your Advocate" magazine is temporarily distributed digitally.


Rentado
 
Imagine a way for renters to easily pay rent, instantly communicate service or property issues, and a way for renters to split rental payments across accounts. Rentado is ideal for small to medium sized rental units, and has an array of features for managers and owners to assist with tracking, and managing multiple units, as well as multiple properties.

Fluffy's Sno-Balls
Fluffy's Sno-Balls sell authentic New Orleans style sno-balls. New Orleans sno-balls is a shaved ice confection topped with a savory flavorful syrups of over 40 flavors. 

MemorialCare's Presidents' Partnership 2021: A Path to Renewal 

Moving health benefits forward in a world transformed by COVID-19. Hosted by MemorialCare's President & CEO, Barry S. Arbuckle, Ph.D. and a Keynote presentation by Gist Healthcare's President & Co-Founder, Dr. Lisa Bielamowicz.

Date: Friday, March 19th
Location: Virtual
Time: 9:00am-11:00am
Seeking bids from Subcontractors

Project Name: Gerald Desmond Bridge Demolition Project 
Owner: The Port of Long Beach
Contract #: HD-S2556
Location: Gerald Desmond Bridge - Long Beach, CA
Bid Date: 3/30/2021 Prior to 2:00 PM
Contact: Estimating Department
Silverado Contractors, Inc. is bidding the above project as a Prime Contractor and would appreciate bids from Subcontractors, including CUCP certified DBE / DVBE / MBE / SBE / WBE subcontractors
BE SEEN. BE NOTICED. BE REMEMBERED 

Hi! This is Neil Hirsch from On The Mark Indoor Digital Advertising Network. We are ready to meet your advertising needs to help grow your business. During COVID we have updated our network with our new state of the art technology. Now that the pandemic is subsiding and businesses are opening it is a great opportunity for business owners to jump in with a coordinated advertising campaign to get a leg up on the competition. Be at the forefront and TOP of the MIND of your customers when the full opening occurs. Contact us or look us up on the web for more information. Neil: 562-200-4119 or Dan: 949-630-8305 www.onthemarkad.com
You’ll be GLAD you did! The Possibilities are endless!
The Camp Transformation Center
GRAND OPENING
Saturday, 3/20 @ 9:30am

Home of the free “6 Week Weight Loss Challenge,” The Camp's program consists of group training with dynamic interval workouts, nutrition and supplement plans, highly qualified trainers, and a ton of positive emotional support. The Camp is a community of people who will treat you like family.

ENROLLMENT OPENS FOR DOWNTOWN
ENTREPRENEUR EDUCATION SERIES & SMALL BUSINESS GRANT

The Downtown Long Beach Alliance is pleased to announce the third year running of its popular Entrepreneur Education Series & Small Business Grant program, which is presented in partnership with the
Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at California State University, Long Beach with grants for small businesses funded by Downtown-based Farmers & Merchants (F&M) Bank.

The free online program, which begins April 10, is open to any Downtown-based entrepreneurs and small business owners, and those seeking to locate Downtown. Focused on providing the tools and skills necessary to start and run a successful business, the curriculum is ideal for those with new business concepts, in the start-up stage, or for existing business owners looking to refresh their skills.