APRIL 2021
Monthly Memo from the City Manager
Hopefully by now, you are familiar with these monthly e-blasts provided by the City Manager’s Department to keep you current on news and information from Temecula City Hall. Please feel free to share these emails with your Temecula friends and neighbors, so that they can sign-up at TemeculaCA.gov/SignUp to receive City e-blasts directly.

As I mentioned last month, building and development permit activities increased in 2020 over 2019. We have also learned sales tax receipts for Q4’20 were 0.9% higher than in Q4’19. 

With limited indoor dining (depending on COVID-19 tier assignments), restaurants and hotels were more challenged throughout this pandemic, so this e-blast features a few related grant opportunities available to these industries. We also encourage everyone in Temecula to please shop, dine and stay in Temecula to support our local business owners.

As the State of California continues to loosen restrictions, we anticipate better economic trends to continue. At this time, we are projecting Temecula’s Fiscal Year 2020-21 Sales Tax revenue to be $37,871,113, slightly exceeding our current budget projection of $36,177,000.

-Aaron Adams, City Manager
The City of Temecula Invests in a New Ladder Truck. Introducing Ladder Truck 73. It is 57-feet in length, with a 101-foot ladder, and is housed at Station 73 in the business/industrial area of Temecula. This brand new custom built truck was constructed and budgeted over two fiscal years at a cost of approximately $1.2M. It will replace a 2003 ladder truck, which will be used on reserve and parked at Fire Station 95, the City’s newest Fire Station off of Butterfield Stage Road.

Some of the equipment on the new truck includes at least 9 different sized ladders ranging in lengths up to 101 feet, with a camera at tip of the ladder enabling firefighters at ground level to monitor what’s happening with a birds-eye view. Additionally, the truck is capable of performing confined space rescues with an underground air monitoring system, supplied air, and communication equipment. The new ladder truck also houses swift water rescue apparatus including an inflatable boat and related equipment, jaws-of-life extrication tools and stabilization struts used for trench or other precarious rescues, and both low-angle and high-angle rescue equipment to perform technical rescues. The truck additionally provides enhanced abilities to provide life-saving work such as vertical ventilation, and gives firefighters the ability to stay out of the collapse-zone on commercial structure fires with an aerial master stream of water.  
TEMECULA CARES

The City of Temecula would like to share local stories that promote kindness. Please tag @CityofTemecula with kind and caring posts including simple acts of kindness given, received, or witnessed in Temecula using #TemeculaCares or #LetItBeginWithMe, and keep your post public throughout 2021 so we may share it to inspire others with uplifting experiences. For questions, email Betsy.Lowrey@TemeculaCA.gov.
 
FREE MINI HAND SANITIZERS FOR BUSINESSES IN TEMECULA

Thanks to the generosity of Medline Industries located in Temecula, CA, the City of Temecula received 15,000 mini hand sanitizers, which will be redistributed to the community via local businesses and organizations.
 
Businesses located within the City of Temecula are eligible to receive up to 96 free mini hand sanitizers to give to their employees, visitors, and customers, free of charge, in an effort to continue to reopen our local economy safely. 
 
Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards, who was present to receive the shipment from Daniel Fairfield, Director of Operations for Medline’s Temecula Distribution Center, states, “Medline Industries is a valued, longtime business in Temecula and the City is grateful for their care and kindness within our community over the years, including this wonderful donation.” Mayor Edwards adds, “The City of Temecula’s 2021 theme ‘Temecula Cares’ supports and encourages random acts of kindness citywide, and Medline Industries’ donation is a large-scale example of Temecula Cares.” 
 
Temecula businesses and organizations can request hand sanitizers online at https://forms.temeculaca.gov/Forms/hand_sanitizer_request subject to approval by the City on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn about Medline Industries by visiting www.medline.com/pages/about-us/. #TemeculaCares
Visit TemeculaCA.gov/REVIVE to access valuable information that may assist Temecula residents and businesses needing economic recovery support:
Individual & Families
Education & Students
Senior Citizens
Small Businesses
Veterans
And more....

Temecula REVIVE is the City's online resource to provide our community with informative summaries and links to resources including federal, state, and local assistance. There is also a variety of other economic information ranging from free webinars, links to job opportunities, food pantries, and more. It is updated frequently so check back often. Temecula is focused on a safe re-opening and revitalization of the local economy, supporting our local businesses, protecting the health of our residents, and helping our local hospitals by slowing the surge of COVID-19. A few grants are highlighted below.
SHUTTERED VENUE OPERATORS GRANT
Applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. For information, visit: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant
RESTAURANT REVITALIZATION
The U.S. Small Business Administration's Restaurant Revitalization Fund is designed to help restaurants and other eligible businesses with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. For information, visit: www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/restaurant-revitalization-fund 

As noted on the State's website, California will fully reopen statewide on June 15th if:
  • There is enough vaccine supply for Californians 16 years and older to be vaccinated
  • Hospitalizations rates remain stable and low, especially among fully vaccinated Californians


DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS WHETHER A BUSINESS CAN RE-OPEN, OR AN EVENT/ACTIVITY CAN OCCUR PURSUANT TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA'S COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS?


State Hotline: 833-544-2374

State Email: EssentialServicesInquiries@cdph.ca.gov
Need a Permit? The City's Virtual Permit Center is a convenient option. This includes Business Licenses, Building & Safety, Fire Prevention, Planning, and Land Development/Public Works. TemeculaCA.gov/PermitCenter

Please call if you have questions: 951-694-6444 or 951-694-6476

Celebrate National Bike Month by participating in the Bike Month Challenge from MAY 1 through 31, 2021. All you have to do is hop on your bike, check out your favorite trail and track your mileage as you ride. Once you have recorded your mileage, email it directly to staff member Tracy.Courts@TemeculaCA.gov, and your progress will display on our online leaderboard. Prizes will be awarded to our top cyclists at the end of the month. Visit TemeculaCA.gov/BikeMonth to locate trails near you and view the leaderboard.

Join us!
Bike Month Open House 
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 9am-12noon
Nicolas Road Park (39955 Nicolas Road)
Hike Bike Temecula and The Bike Shop will be hosting informational booths to promote bike safety. The event will also include fun giveaways, a DJ, and a book walk along the nearby trail.
Temecula Art & Street Painting Festival

The Chalk Art Competition will be held on Main Street in Old Town Temecula from June 4 through 6, 2021.

The Art Exhibition will be held virtually on the City’s website from June 1 through 6, 2021.

Both Art Exhibitor and Chalk Artist Applications are available online now at TemeculaCA.gov/ArtFest.
COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION FOR
RIVERSIDE COUNTY RESIDENTS

Riverside County and State of California websites are updated often for eligibility and available openings to get your COVID-19 vaccine.



Additionally, there are private clinics or organizations (community providers) that are administering the vaccine to the public which can be found here: www.rivcoph.org/COVID-19-Vaccine-Providers

Questions?

Riverside County Public Health:
Phone: 951-358-5000, or call 211 or 951-329-4703 for assistance

State Vaccination Hotline: 833-422-4255

COVID-19 TESTING
FREE (no out-of-pocket cost) COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing (PCR) is available to Riverside County residents who want to be tested, including healthy individuals who do not exhibit any symptoms.