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August 2020
RC CARES COVID-19 COMMMUNITY RELIEF PROGRAM
The City of Rancho Cucamonga is pleased to announce the launch of the RC CARES COVID-19 Community Relief Program. The RC CARES Program, approved by the Rancho Cucamonga City Council on July 15, 2020, will provide $1.87 million in relief through four economic assistance opportunities for Rancho Cucamonga residents and business owners. 
 
Rental Assistance Program (Residential)
This program will provide up to three (3) months of assistance with rent to prevent eviction. Applicants eligible for this program must meet income requirements at or below 80 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) adjusted based on the household size as published by HUD. Applicants must demonstrate loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that they were current on their rent as of March 2020. The City will provide payments directly to landlords.
 
Rental Forgiveness Program (Residential and Businesses) 
City residents and businesses who deferred rents in April or May 2020 through the City’s eviction moratorium may be facing a looming financial cliff when those deferred rents become due six months after the local emergency ends. This program will provide funding to pay one month of the deferred rent for residential tenants and small businesses (fewer than 100 employees) continuing to suffer from the impacts of COVID-19. Documentation of rent deferral under the City’s eviction moratorium and continued financial hardship will be required. Tenants must demonstrate that they were current on their rents before April and May rent deferral.The City will provide payments directly to landlords.
 
County COVID-Compliant Business Partnership City Match (Businesses)
San Bernardino County launched its COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program that provides support for local small businesses by offsetting costs up to $2,500 for complying with COVID-19 related business protocols. To further assist with achieving compliance, the City will match the County’s assistance with an additional $2,500 in funding relief for Rancho Cucamonga businesses participating in the County program. Proof of participation is required.
 
Outdoor Business Operations Assistance Program (Businesses)
To support businesses in re-opening and continuing operation, the Outdoor Business Operations Assistance Program will allow for businesses to submit for reimbursement of up to $2,000 for items related to transitioning to outdoor business operations in compliance with State and County Health Orders.

Applicants eligible for reimbursement must provide proof of purchase of equipment and supplies for outdoor operation. Eligible costs must have been incurred after July 1, 2020, costs incurred prior are not eligible.
 
The application period will open on August 24, 2020, and closes on September 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Interested residents and businesses should apply online at www.CityofRC.us/RCcares.
 
Upon closure of the application period, a random selection lottery will be used to select grant recipients. We expect that the number of applications will exceed the funds available through this program.
 
We encourage you to share this information with anyone that could benefit from these relief programs.
RC LEARN & REC
Do you need childcare during the workday? WE CAN HELP!

As the school year begins with distance learning, parents are challenged with providing support for their children.  

In response to the challenges this may cause, the City of Rancho Cucamonga developed a childcare program with working parents and children in mind. 

Three childcare options are available and will be offered to the community for a nominal fee.  
All childcare options will take place at Central Park (11200 Base Line Road).  
  • Full-Day – for children ages six to twelve (1st - 6th grade) Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Includes: support with virtual learning, socialization and recreation activities. 
  • Half-Day Youth Afterschool – for children ages six to twelve (1st - 6th grade) Monday – Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Includes: homework assistance, socialization and recreation activities.  
  • Teen Learning Lab – for teens grades 7th - 12th, Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Includes: supervised learning lab, support and WiFi.   

The safety of our participants is our number one priority, therefore the current guidelines and recommendations set by the County of San Bernardino Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be followed.  

The City of Rancho Cucamonga is happy to serve the community and help relieve the stresses of distant learning and childcare during these times of uncertainty. 

For more information, visit RCpark.com or call (909) 477-2780. 
HEALTHY RC YOUTH LEADERS
It’s that time of year again! The City of Rancho Cucamonga has open recruitment for middle and high school teens looking to join our Healthy RC Youth Leaders program. We are now accepting applications from youth ages 12-17 interested in making an impact in our community. Work on issues that matter to you and create the change to build a healthier community.

Your voice matters and in Youth Leaders you are a part of the policy making process. You’ll gain leadership skills, team building skills, and most importantly, the confidence to use your voice to create meaningful change.

This isn’t like any other leadership volunteer program around - you’ll actually get recognized and feel supported throughout your journey of becoming the incredible leader you are!
COUNTDOWN TO THE ALL-AMERICA CITY AWARDS
The All-America City Competition is HERE! Cheer on Rancho Cucamonga by joining us on Facebook LIVE Tuesday, August 18th at 11:10 a.m. We can't wait to share our story with the rest of the Country but we can't do it without your support! #RCcommUNITY

This year's theme is "Enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement." Based off of the criteria, the City of Rancho Cucamonga submitted an application surrounding three projects: building trust and Los Amigos Park, suicide awareness and prevention, and land development.  

The last few months have been challenging but our #RCcommUNITY has shown resiliency and qualities that reassure, Rancho Cucamonga is an All-America City.

Be sure to watch on Facebook LIVE: https://www.facebook.com/AllAmericaCityAwards

To learn more about the All-America City Award please visit: https://www.nationalcivicleague.org/america-city-award/
BACK TO SCHOOL DIGITAL RESOURCES AT THE LIBRARY
To better serve the community needs with distance learning, the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library has curated a free collection of over 25 digital research and database platforms, covering an extensive range of subjects for a variety of ages. As the school year begins, students, caregivers and teachers now have easier access to online educational resources to support distance learning.  

Whether learners are looking for resources aimed at elementary school, middle school, high school, or college-bound students, the Library has tools to help students succeed. Tutor.com offers free access to qualified virtual tutors for students in grades K-12 and includes college preparation. One-on-one tutoring sessions are personalized to meet each student’s needs.  

The Library also offers several research databases ideal for reports, research projects or for the curious student looking to discover more. 
  • Ebsco databases provide an assortment of information services including multidisciplinary full-text periodicals, essays, biographies, reference publications and more. 
  • Britannica School and Britannica Escolar (content in Spanish) each contain a collection of curriculum-relevant materials for all grades. Encyclopedia articles are helpful for students and useful for caregivers who may need a quick refresher on topics they may not have reviewed for some time. 
  • Learning Express Library provides practice tests, virtual tutorials and college preparation materials.
  • Mango Languages Library provides support for more than 70 languages for students who are learning a new language. This resource contains high quality audio recordings, which focus on a conversation-based learning methodology. 
  • Teachingbooks.net is a helpful resource for teachers and caregivers looking for instructional aids related to popular children’s and young adult books. 

Library staff are ready and available to: recommend the best resource for students’ projects; suggest an exciting new book for readers looking to earn Accelerated Reader points; or to pull together a grab-and-go stack of materials, accessible to students via Curbside Pickup Service or a pre-scheduled in-person visit to the Archibald Library. 

Cardholders can access the Library’s digital resources through the Library Research Tools webpage. For more information on Library services, to obtain a free Library card or to make an appointment for in-person services at the Archibald Library visit www.cityofrc.us/library.
WILDFIRE SEASON IS HERE -- BE #READYRC!
Warm weather in Southern California is one thing many people appreciate about living here. However, it is also a reminder that we live in an area prone to wildfires. When the weather conditions are just right, we can expect to see wildfires popping up throughout the state. Check out these preparedness tips to help you, your loved ones, and your community be #ReadyRC for wildfire season:

  • Report suspicious fire-related activity to 1-800-47-ARSON or WeTip.com.

  • Avoid the use of outdoor flames, like a fire pit, which can cause embers to fly.

  • Create up to five feet of defensible space around your home to reduce fire intensity. This includes brush, leaves, and dead vegetation. Don’t forget to keep your lawn hydrated.

  • Keep up on car maintenance to prevent sparks catching fire to vegetation on the roadways.

  • Create a household evacuation plan and if you are asked to leave, do not hesitate.

  • Download our ReadyRC Guide for a variety of preparedness information to review with your household and loved ones. You can even download it and save it onto your mobile device!

We are stronger when we work together and we appreciate your assistance in making sure Rancho Cucamonga is a resilient community.
GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION - NOVEMBER 3, 2020
VOTING INFORMATION
The City of Rancho Cucamonga is scheduled to conduct a General Municipal Election on November 3, 2020.  The election will be for the two (2) Council Member seats voted by-district (Districts 1, & 4), City Clerk and City Treasurer.  The City of Rancho Cucamonga consolidates its election with the County Presidential General Election. Due to newly enacted legislation, City of Rancho Cucamonga voters will experience some changes in the way this election is conducted. 

Vote by Mail
Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters beginning October 5, 2020. Voters may return their voted mail ballot:
  • To the Registrar of Voters in San Bernardino
  • At a Mail Ballot Drop-off Location during regular business hours
  • At a 24-hour Mail Ballot Drop Box
  • At any Early Vote site 
  • At any polling place 
  • By mail via the U.S. Postal Service as long as the ballot is postmarked on or before Election Day.

Voters can track their mail ballot status using the Secretary of State’s mail ballot tracking system at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov. Voters can sign-up now!

Vote in Person
In-person voting options will still be available. However, due to safety concerns during this COVID-19 pandemic, voters will be required to practice social distancing inside any voting location and comply with public health orders regarding face coverings in effect at that time. In addition, poll workers will regularly sanitize voting booths, pens, ballot marking devices and poll pads throughout the day.

Voters may choose to vote in person:
  • At the Registrar of Voters in San Bernardino beginning October 5, 2020
  • At an Early Vote site 
  • At any polling place

#VoteReady
Voters are encouraged to make sure their registration is up-to-date using the My Elections Gateway web application at www.SBCountyElections.com and can re-register at www.RegisterToVote.ca.gov to make necessary updates. Eligible citizens that are not yet registered to vote are also encouraged to register now. 

#BeHeardNovember3rd
The Registrar of Voters wants to make sure all voters have an opportunity to cast a ballot and make their voice heard. Voters with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the Registrar of Voters by email at Communications@rov.sbcounty.gov or by phone at (909) 387-8300.

Follow the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visit www.SBCountyElections.com for more information about this election as it becomes available.

For additional information regarding City of Rancho Cucamonga elections, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (909) 477-2700, ext. 2005.
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