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. 

As we build a road to recovery, now more than ever, policy-makers are eager to take bold action that can either help or hurt the business community. There is immense importance that we have a seat at the table during this time. We encourage you to come to The Chamber with your policy issues and platforms and we will work together to create an advocacy campaign that will help keep us all at the table.

For questions regarding legislative/policy issues or any other advocacy related items, please directly contact our President/CEO, Jeremy Harris at jharris@lbchamber.com.

Local Long Beach Legislative Update

Local Update
LA City Council has voted to approve a measure requiring vaccines for everyone entering a bar, restaurant, nail salon, gym, or arena. The City Council passed the plan on an 11-2 vote after postponing a vote last week to deal with concerns ranging from who could be fined for violations to whether employees could end up in fist-fights when they have to serve as vaccine door monitors. While the initiative affects only LA City, it could influence potential legislation in Long Beach moving forward.
 
Meanwhile, in LA County the vaccine mandates that patrons and employees at indoor drinking only establishments verify they have had at least one dose of vaccine by Oct. 7, and the second shot by November 4. The order also requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for outdoor mega-events with over 10,000 attendance such as ball games and concerts at indoor and outdoor stadiums.
 
During a Long Beach city council meeting on October 5, the city council asked city officials to work with the Department of Development Services to evaluate the feasibility to establish and simplify the application process for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). With the statewide eviction moratorium’s end on September 30, tenants who have not applied to the rent relief program are subject to eviction. Councilman Rex Richardson urged city officials to simplify the application to allow landlords to apply on behalf of multiple, eligible tenants that do not know how to apply or are unaware of the program. Statistics of application complications were provided by Councilman Richardson to prove the inefficiency of the current program and the inability of many tenants to receive rental assistance. The ERAP recommendation was widely supported, but additional commentary was made regarding discussion of adjusting the flexibility of the program’s income requirements to include individuals who need the assistance but can’t apply due to old income. 
 
The Long Beach Independent Redistricting Commission’s meeting on October 6 included a discussion regarding the recommendation of redistricting priorities and the preparation of draft maps. Several commissioners spoke out about the subject, with the majority supporting the unification of the Cambodian community into one district. Other common suggestions included moving Whale’s Tale from district 4 to district 5 and having the Puvungna area added to district 4. The draft maps are expected to be released on October 20. For more details about the meeting, please contact Alexandra Cannarella by emailing alexandra@edmondgroupllc.com

US Federal Legislative Update

Although there are opposing views, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce believes the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the reconciliation bill should be administered separately. Furthermore, the chamber supports the bipartisan infrastructure bill and opposes the reconciliation bill. For the chamber, supporting the infrastructure bill is an investment in improving roads, bridges, broadband, and water pipe infrastructure. Current infrastructure conditions - such as overwhelming amounts of highway congestions, street potholes, and lead pipelines - need to be addressed to give American families better-living conditions. The chamber’s opposition to the reconciliation bill is an effort to address the current inflation since the support of the bill might hurt the economic recovery that the U.S. is headed towards.
 
Overall, the chamber is entirely opposed to combining the infrastructure and reconciliation bills, as some Democrats suggest because the chamber believes it can lead to the destruction of the infrastructure improvement effort. On the other hand, Democrats are persistent on moving forward with President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda (BBB), which combines both bills. Democrats claim that the BBB agenda would cut down health insurance premium costs and prescription drug prices, extend child tax credit, and provide paid family leave through the inclusion of increased corporate tax and tax enforcement by the Internal Revenue Service.
Candidate Academy
The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is restarting it’s formerly successful training program to help local candidates run for office in Long Beach. We are also excited to announce that Mayor Garcia will be kicking off this program on October 22 by welcoming participants and speaking about his experiences running for public office and the importance of public service.

If you or a candidate you know are interested in running for office in Long Beach and might be interested in this program, please follow the link here and sign up on the Chamber’s website.

COVID-19 Update

There are various vaccination verification requirements affecting L.A. County residents and workers. September 30 was the deadline for health care and home health care workers across L.A. County to be fully vaccinated. Earlier this week, the state issued a new order requiring workers in adult and senior care facilities and in home direct care settings to be fully vaccinated by November 30. L.A. County employees have until October 1 and L.A. City employees have until October 5.
 
Los Angeles County imposed a new health order that went into effect just before the midnight of October 8th. The order requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination from patrons and employees at indoor businesses including:
●      Bars
●      Wineries
●      Breweries
●      Distilleries
●      Nightclubs
●      Lounges

Health officials recommend, but do not require, the same procedure to apply to indoor restaurants. However, the requirements might soon apply to more indoor facilities following Los Angeles City Council’s approval on October 6th to set an ordinance requiring vaccination proof at coffee shops, gyms, museums, bowling alleys, and spas.
 
 In addition, outdoor events with more than 10,000 attendees such as:
●      Concerts
●      Sporting contests
●      Amusement parks

now must request proof of vaccination or a 72-hour prior, negative COVID test result from participants and workers. Starting November 1st at these outdoor events, Los Angeles County health officials will require patrons over 18 years to show photo identification that matches their proof of vaccination or negative test result.
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. Watch our video here.

Please sign up the State’s My Turn system for your vaccination appointment.
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/.
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Marilynn Singer,
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LBYP Social at The Compound
Thursday, 10/21 @ 5:00pm
Grab a beverage and enjoy the art exhibits at the Compound with your fellow Long Beach Professionals! Don't miss out on an opportunity to share in the holiday spirit, a costume contest will be held at the event!

SBDC Webinar Series
How To Set Up & Register Your Business

How To Use Instagram Hashtags To Get Ideal Clients

Consulting Success: How To Start and Grow A Consulting Business
Fall Forward Gala

Dining, cocktails, live music, silent & live auctions, benefiting our Long Beach Restaurant Community.

Sunday, October 17th
3:00pm-8:00pm
The Grand 4101 E Willow St, Long Beach CA 90815

New Blues Festival VIII
Join the Long Beach Blues Society for their New Blues Festival VIII featuring Tito Jackson, Sugaray Rayford, Laurie Morvan and many more!

Saturday, November 13th
9:00am
Shoreline Aquatic Park

Dear Valued Chamber Member,
 
We are very excited to release our upcoming issue of The Chamber’s magazine, Your Advocate, and wanted you to know that there are opportunities to advertise in it!
 
The magazine is a valuable resource for promoting your business as it is distributed to Chamber members, businesses, and community leaders throughout Long Beach.
 
Additionally, an interactive online version will be advertised monthly on social media and featured on our website. The Chamber’s website receives annual viewership of over 70,000 unique visitors, and the Chamber’s monthly promotion of the Directory on our social media allows for it to make over 20,000 impressions throughout the year.
 
The magazine will publish this winter. To see copies from previous years, please follow the link here
 
If you are ready to discuss advertising opportunities now, feel free to contact Kathy Moore at (913) 951-8441 or kmoore@metromediapublishers.com
Dear Chamber Member,

We have almost depleted our supply of maps and we are proud to once again partner with Town Square Publications to create an updated map publication. Continued exposure and promotion of your business is not only critical but essential. Therefore, we are proud to offer you the opportunity to promote your business on our updated map of the Long Beach community and surrounding areas. Thank you in advance for your anticipated support. I know from experience you will not be disappointed!

Act now by filling out the information below and email to marketing@tspubs.com. Remember, the limited space available is allocated on a first-response basis. Town Square may be reached at (562)285-9334.

Sincerely,
Jeremy Harris
President & CEO
Your Advocate: First Quarter of 2021
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 First Quarter of 2021 edition of our magazine featuring our Long Beach Restaurant Association.

Also Featuring:
Chamber Government Affairs Council Focus Areas for 2021
Marine Mammal Care Center Focuses on Rehab, Release of Sea Lions and Seals
Chamber Testimonials
Chamber Annual Vote Record

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


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Clubhouse Live Discussion with Chris Mitchell of CM Marketing
Join me, OCT 27th at 12 PM, in a live discussion on Clubhouse. There I will be detailing how potential consumers use social media, share marketing trends, analyze consumer behavior patterns, and what this means for businesses going into 2022! I’ll also be taking questions from the audience. This is a unique opportunity that won’t come around until next year, so don't miss it!

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