I have to admit, writing this month's newsletter opening letter was very difficult for me. This is a time of uncertainty and I think we are all walking around in a fog, are not sure what tomorrow will bring, and how our world will change as a result of this pandemic. I know a lot of you, like me, are scared about many things such as what the next few weeks will look like, whether we will contract the virus, and what the recovery effort will look like. There are so many uncertainties.

The experts are saying that the next 2 weeks or so will be critical for us in California, as this is the time they expect the major health impacts of the pandemic to hit our state. I am hopeful that together we can follow the health department guidelines to try to slow the spread and ultimately flatten the curve. The path to rebuilding our financial and medical infrastructure is dependent on how effectively we are able to do that. We have to be smart and not take risks in order to slow the spread of the virus and that means staying home as much as possible and taking measures to protect ourselves and others. Some of you still have to report to work every day. I do too. Those of us working in "essential services" understand that we have an even bigger responsibility because we are not able to stay home and self-isolate. For those of us still working outside the home we have to take extra precautions regarding hand washing, wearing gloves, and honoring the social distancing guidelines of 6 feet. I ask you to stay committed to that effort if, like me, you are reporting to a place of business or government service every day.

Many of us have also had to adjust to home learning with our children. I don't know about you, but I was definitely not ready for that aspect of the current crisis. I was a preschool teacher many years ago. That was the most difficult job I've had! I have so much respect for the teachers in our community. The patience that is required to make sure a topic is understood is really not something most people are capable of. I am trying and getting a little better at it as the days go on. But nothing I could ever do would replace the work of the wonderful teachers we have working at our local schools. I know this crisis has presented many challenges for them too. They are working hard to react to their new reality and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for what they continue to do to help all of us.

My biggest concern at this time is what the economic impacts of this crisis will be. I am trying to focus on and react to the present news and updates from our City Manager and our Health Department. But, I know the future is going to be very challenging from an economic standpoint. We will never go back to the way we were. We are forever changed as a result of this crisis. That's not all negative because among the lessons we are learning through this process, we are all learning how to reconnect with our core families because we have a lot more time together, we are learning how important human connection is for our mental health, and we are learning how strong our community is in supporting one another, protecting one another, and giving hope and optimism to one another at a time of great fear and uncertainty. I have seen the best in so many people the last two weeks. It's been a wonderful recalibration of humanity, something that my staff and I have been the beneficiaries of. When we emerge from this crisis, we will have a different perspective on the value of human connection and community. That, my friends, is what will be required to carry us through the financial impacts we will have to face. It's not going to be easy. Priorities are going to have to shift. As a city, we will have to focus on basics: building our business corridors back up, getting our employees back to work, and maintaining our citywide public safety and infrastructure commitments. Most other projects will have to wait, because the basic foundation of our city will have to be reinforced.

I don't know how long this crisis will last. I don't know if we will have any more COVID related deaths in Long Beach. I don't know how many more will successfully recover from COVID, although I hope that number is HUGE. I do know that we are a strong and responsible community. We will take this seriously so that we can get back on the road to normalcy as soon as possible. I know we will get through this and I look forward to the rebuilding process with all of you. Thanks for supporting your council office team, for helping us as we try to help you, and of course, thanks for taking care of each other. Neighbor by neighbor - we stand together, healthy and strong.
Suzie Price, 3rd District Councilwoman
A Lot Has Happened in Less than a Month

This is a unique newsletter for March 2020. It will focus on a single topic and the broad impact it is having on the entire City, not to mention state, country and planet. The pace of information and the speed of news coming out alerting us all to new details or important steps to take has been difficult on everyone. Things moving as fast as they are could feel overwhelming or start to desensitize us to the urgency and seriousness of the moment we are in. As a reminder, the FIRST CASE ( read here) was confirmed in Long Beach less than a month ago. I know, with so much that has happened, it feels much longer ago. Since then steps have been taken at all levels to confront the spread of the virus as quickly as possible including the GOVERNOR calling on all seniors to stay in, the closure of all bars ( read here), as well as BUSINESS CLOSURES ( read heremandated by the county, the closures of all LBUSD (read here schools, and the elimination of in-person classes at CSULB (read here)  and City College. The City additionally was quick to CANCEL ALL EVENTS (read here)  to limit the virus spread. However, we have still seen steady increases in infections and has led to one FATALITY (read here)  and over 139 confirmed cases at the time of writing this. But, we hope this newsletter will be a good resource for you with a large collection of useful tools, and information to help you protect yourself and others from this virus, and respond appropriately as we move through this difficult time.
-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Latest Updates to Safer at Home Order

I am sure the rapid updates and changes to policies and rules is hard to keep track of. Here is a short update on where we stand now for the Safer at Home Order. Read here for more details
Essential Businesses must make every effort to ensure social distancing among employees, which includes:
  • Allowing telecommuting, video or phone meetings, staggering schedules so less people are at work at one time, separating employees by six feet.
  • Limiting meetings or gatherings of any sort, especially in locations where employees could interact or come in contact with any member of the public.
    • This includes limiting or eliminating (1) employees from traveling in vehicles together and/or (2) the need for employees to physically work in teams of two or more.
    • If meetings or gatherings are absolutely necessary, Essential Businesses must maintain social distancing to the extent practicable.
Facilities that must close and are now closed:
  • All public beaches, trails, trailheads, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, golf courses, dog parks, playgrounds, skate parks, public park and public beach parking lots, and picnic areas.
  • Private gyms in multifamily housing complexes, such as in condominium and apartment complexes.
Businesses no longer considered "essential":
  • Businesses that sell exclusively personal care products (e.g. beauty supply)
Limitations on Essential Businesses:
  • Death care services are limited to the removal, care, preparation, and burial of deceased persons or animals. Funerals are not permitted.
  • Painting services are only permitted if (1) the purpose of painting is to sell or lease new residences, (2) the painting is necessary to maintain the safety or habitability of residences or businesses, or (3) the painting is due to new construction.
Additional Restrictions:
  • Licensed Medical Cannabis Dispensaries can temporarily do curbside pickup under the following conditions:
    • Payment for cannabis and/or cannabis products must be made in advance of the curbside pickup.
    • Patients must submit proof of a valid government-issued identification and the patient's medical identification card prior to the curbside pickup.
    • Upon pickup, the medical dispensary must verify that the identification of the patient is the same person who ordered curbside pickup via the presentation of a valid government-issued identification.
    • Products must be delivered to patients in opaque packaging.
    • Uniformed and licensed security personnel must be present during all curbside pickup transactions.
    • All other local and State laws, regulations, and lawful orders are adhered to.
Parks, Rec and Marine Closures
Enforcement of Safer at Home Order and Social Distancing Policies
-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Mental Health of Self-Isolation

The effects of quarantine and self-isolation can be tough for some extroverts versus introverts. There are studies associated with mental health effects and isolation for long periods of time. That's why it is important to have a balance of staying home indoors and going out when necessary. It's easier said than done to just stay inside. Isolation can feel lonely, but at the same time give you a greater sense of appreciation for people and life. So be responsible and maintain the balance of going out and staying indoors. Reach out to your loved ones, think about planning your days in more, and read below for some more ideas.

1. Go out for a walk, jog, even ride your bike In your neighborhood! Be responsible and keep a safe distance from others too.

2. Use these hashtags if you're taking pictures and posting on social media during this time: #coronakindness #covid19 #coronavirus #stayhome #besafe #inthistogether
3. Organize a Neighborhood Social Distancing activity. Shout out to:
    1. Bluff Park Clap Out
    2. Mira Mar Ave. Quarantini Time
    3. The zookeepers of the 3rd District who are leaving stuffed animals in your window for the LB Bear Hunt. See Pictures of the 3rd District Safari Below 

4.  Facetime, Skype or Zoom for virtual hangouts! These apps can support group video chats so meet up virtually:
    1. Virtual meals. Have breakfast, lunch or dinner with friends and family
    2. Virtual Happy Hour and Quarantinis (let's be honest, we can all use a drink right now)
    3. Gamenight or Movie Night. Watch the same movie or play cards
      • Netflix Party is only available on chrome browsers (desktop or laptop)
5. Virtual Yoga or other fitness classes
6. Check out Webcam Feeds, Livestreams or Virtual Tours
7. Stay at Home Deals
Stuffed Safari:

-Gabriela Yates
3rd District, Field Deputy
Beaches and Many City Facilities Closed Until May 1st
The City has reduced its in-person interactions by closing City Hall, and many other city facilities. LINK for more details https://conta.cc/2Jp0WuM Most all City Departments are still operating to provide services to residents, however with modified hours, procedures, and increased reliance on internet based communication. Closures also include City owned parking lots, and all City parks.

Read more here. 
-Jack Cunningham 
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Important City Department and Programs Operating During COVID-19

City Departments such as  Economic Development  (ED),  Development Services  (DV) and  Public Works  (PW) will continue to operate virtually via phone, website and email communications. Below are resources and services to help guide your active development City-related projects.

Useful Resources for Residents

List of Local Grocery Stores

Restaurants/Services Still Open

Click the link to open up an ongoing Google Document that lists up-to-date information about restaurants and services that are still open in LB. You are able to go to these establishments for to-go orders or essential business.

-Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business 
Relations, Programming, and Outreach
What's in the Federal Relief Package? $1200 Payments, Foreclosure Prohibition, and More

At the local level here in Long Beach we have been working hard to address the impacts we are seeing daily of COVID-19. However, I am glad to give this update on additional progress at the federal level to assist residents impacted and threatened by this health crisis.
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Government has enacted three phases of relief legislation. Most Recently the CARES Act was passed. This allocated $2 Trillion is stimulus to assist state and local responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes funding and resources for small businesses, direct relief for workers, economic stabilization for impacted industries and government entities, and emergency appropriations for the pubic health response. 
Small Business Relief
  • Directs $349 Billion to the Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Includes Nonprofits, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals.
  • Provides $10 Billion for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
  • Provides $17 Billion for SBA to subsidize existing loans for six months.
  • Relief also provided through employee retention credits and deferred payment of payroll taxes. 
Relief for Workers
  • Direct payment to Americans projected to total $250 Billion.
  • All U.S. residents are eligible to receive a one-time non-taxable payment of $1,200 per individual, $2,400 for joint filers, and $500 per child. 
  • Most eligible residents will receive a direct payment without any additional action needed. 
  • Allocates $260 Billion to expand unemployment insurance.
  • Legislation reimburses states for half the cost incurred trough their unemployment insurance program.
  • In addition to full check reimbursement, each recipient of unemployment insurance will receive $600 per week for up to four months.
  • Expands access to unemployment insurance for workers not traditionally eligible, such as part-time, self-employed, and gig economy workers.
Economic Stabilization
  • Allocates $500 Billion for direct lending, loan guarantees, and investments to stabilize the economy. 
  • Directs $25 Billion in loans to passenger air carriers, $4 Billion in loans to cargo air carriers, and $17 Billion in loans to businesses that are deemed critical to national security. 
  • the remaining $454 Billion is reserved for other sectors of the economy, states, and municipalities impacted by COVID-19.
  • Allocates $150 Billion to the Coronavirus Relief Fund to assist states and local governments.
  • Funds will be distributed within 30 days.
  • Each state receives a minimum of $1.25 Billion prorated by population, to cover necessary expenditures incurred due to this emergency.
  • as defined in the legislation, the population threshold for local governments to receive funding directly is 500,000 or more. With a population of nearly 470,000, Long Beach is ineligible for direct funding through the Relief Fund. However, the City may benefit from funds to state of California and Los Angeles County. 
Public Health Response
  • Distributes $340 Billion in emergency allocations.including $45 Billion to the Department of Homeland Security's Disaster Relief Fund, $1.32 Billion in funding for community health centers, $127 Billion for medical facilities, and grants for telehealth services and programs. 
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue $1.5 Billion to federal, state, and local pubic health agencies to pay for lab testing and COVID-19 control and monitoring. 
  • Allocations also provide resources to supply first responders with protective equipment and items to support firefighters and police on the front lines of COVID-19 response. 
Housing and Social Services
  • Temporary prohibition on foreclosure and evictions.
  • Prohibits foreclosures on all federally-backed mortgage loans for a 60-day period, and up to 180 days of forbearance for borrowers of federally-backed mortgage loans. Additionally, 90 days of forbearance on federally-backed multifamily mortgage loans.
  • Prohibits eviction filings for properties that are federally insured, guaranteed, supplemented, protected, or assisted. 
  • $5 Billion for Community Development Block Grant programs.
  • Of these $2 Billion is for states and local governments that received allocation under FY 2020 CDBG formula.
  • Additional $4 Billion will go to Emergency Solutions Grants for eviction protection activities. 
  • $3 Billion allocated for Rental Assistance Protections for Low-Income Americans. 
Airports & Public Transportation
  • Provides relief for aviation workers, and $10 Billion for publicly-owned, commercial airports.
  • $25 Billion allocated to public transit operators to continue offering services and work on construction projects while revenue is down. 
These are certainly positive steps and I am thankful that Long Beach and the American people will be seeing these benefits, but much more will need to be done at all levels of government, the private sector, and individually to minimize the impacts and move past this crisis. 

Health and Safety Resources 

Everyone should be sure to sign up for Alert LB and receive regular updates as more important information comes available.

Additionally, there are a number of ways that residents can prepare and protect themselves. The CDC has a lot of detailed information useful to everyone. 



  • Create a household plan of action: 
  • Consider members of the household that may be at greater risk such as older adults and people with severe chronic illnesses, and pregnant women
  • Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning. Be sure to stay connected with your neighbors by signing up for neighborhood email lists, or follow social media pages operated by the City, our Health Department, Fire Department, or other local assistance organizations to maintain access to neighbors, information, and resources.
  • Create a list of local organizations you and your household can contact in case you need access to information, healthcare services, support, and resources.

  • Create an emergency contact list including family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
  • Choose a room in your house that can be used to separate sick household members from others.
  • Continue to take everyday preventive actions.

Further, for those of you willing to assist your fellow neighbors who may be self-isolating or self-quarantining here is a note that you can print out and put on your neighbors doors. 

We all have neighbors or friends or family members who could benefit from some additional help, and here is one way that could be a big benefit to those who are seniors, have medical conditions, or may be exhibiting symptoms and want to stay inside out of an abundance of caution. 

We can all play a role to help those around us, and work together as a community. Times like this are when we must show our kindness and strength as people by giving what we can, and helping others wherever possible. 
Governor Newsom Announced Mortgage Relief

Governor Gavin Newsom announced that four of the five big banks;  Citigroup JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank , and  Wells Fargo , along with almost  200 state-chartered  banks and credit unions, agreed to  put off collecting mortgage payments  for up to  90 days  from borrowers who can document they've been affected by the crisis.
The Governor further explained that financial institutions had agreed to  not  report the late payments to credit agencies causing  no negative impact  to credit reports and  would not  start f oreclosure sales  or  evictions .

-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Evictions Temporarily Suspended in Long Beach

These are meant to be reasonable steps that look realistically at the serious emergency we are facing, and take action to reduce growing and dangerous harms to our community. 
A new emergency ordinance, effective today, temporarily halts evictions for residential and commercial tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of a comprehensive rental relief package.
The emergency ordinance is retroactive to March 4, 2020, when Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency to address the COVID-19 outbreak in California, and it ends on May 31, 2020.
If a tenant is unable to pay rent between March 4 and May 31, due to a reduction in income caused by COVID-19, they must notify their landlords that rent will not be paid on time. Tenants are then required to provide documentation of substantial income losses caused by job layoffs, out-of-pocket medical expenses or requirements to stay at home due to COVID-19. Protected tenants have until November 30 to pay all delayed rent to their landlords without incurring late charges.
Through May 31, landlords issuing notifications for rental nonpayment notifications must include information about the City's emergency ordinance so that tenants are aware of their rights. 
-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
City Initiates Economic Relief Package

City Council directed the City Manager to work with the City Attorney's office and other relevant departments to review a wide-ranging package that will include the following measures:
  • Emergency loan assistance programs to small businesses who have suffered significant losses as a result of COVID-19.
  • A possible revenue-sharing opportunity to support hotels experiencing impacts.
  • A slate of measures to support laid off or furloughed employees (or those at risk of such actions)
  • A review of parking meter enforcement policies and options for relief.
  • A review of the Housing Trust fund and eligible uses of the fund to assist those in need.
  • Partnerships with financial institutions and lenders to prohibit foreclosures or halt mortgage payments for individuals who have suffered loss of wages as a result of COVID-19.
  • Potential resources and partnerships to safely assist people under self-quarantine.
  • Training opportunities with the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services on COVID-19 prevention for businesses in the tourism and restaurant industries.
-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
City Launches Relief Fund

Donations to the Coronavirus Relief Fund will be used exclusively to assist Long Beach residents impacted by COVID-19 and are tax-deductible. Funding will be distributed to 501(C)3 nonprofit, educational, and governmental organizations through a request for proposal process.


  • Text: Text "SupportLB" to 501-55 and follow the prompts to donate.
  • PayPal: Use PayPal online or the smartphone application to @SupportLB.
  • Credit Card: Visitlongbeachcf.org to fill out the secure online form.
  • Check:  Check donations may be mailed to Long Beach Community Foundation, 400 Oceangate, Suite 800, Long Beach, CA 90802. Please write Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund in the memo section of your check.
-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Virus has also Reached Long Beach First Responders

Both our Long Beach Police Department  (read here) and our Long Beach Fire Departments ( read here)  have unfortunately seen their first responders test positive for COVID-19. They are continually in the dangerous position of responding to emergencies, and do not have the luxury of working from
home as many do, which puts them at added risk of infection.However, these positive tests should not deter you from contacting the Fire Department or Police in the event of an emergency. They are working hard to assist residents every day. These essential departments have changed some of their operations ( read here). But they are still ready to serve and protect Long Beach residents.

-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Parking in the City

I hope everyone is doing well in these times and is making sure to stay as healthy as possible. The "Safer at Home" policy in place has prompted some temporary changes in the City and I just wanted to recap on some of those involving parking. The first thing I would like to highlight is the  green "OK" button  on parking meters on 2nd 
street. This is considered a "courtesy button" and once pressed, it gives you 15 free minutes of  parking so that you can pick up take out/delivery food. Another big change that has happened is that  street sweeping parking  is not being ticketed currently. As we encourage people to stay home, it does not make sense to be penalized for not moving one's car and leaving the house. This is effective until May 1st, when ticketing for street sweeping violations will begin again. In order to prevent large gatherings from occurring and to slow the spread of COVID-19, all  City-owned parking lots at beaches and parks are closed . This goes hand-in-hand with the beaches and parks themselves being closed while we try and flatten the curve. These parking lots are currently closed until April 19th, along with access to  Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier  and  El Dorado Nature Center . Please continue to stay home if you are not going to work or running any essential errands, and let's do our part to get through this. Remember to understand that through social interaction, you can unknowingly pass it on to someone who can react fatally to COVID-19. Thank you! 
-Mike Axe
3rd District, Scheduler/Legislative Assistant
The Conservation Corps of Long Beach: Serving the Community at All Times
As a certified local conservation corps, CCLB may be called upon by local or state government agencies to aid in times of crisis. The Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CCLB) was called upon by the City of Long Beach's Emergency Management Team to assist in the setup of temporary medical facilities at the Port of Long Beach.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, three CCLB crews, totaling 18 corps-members built industrial tents that will serve as a screening and triage center to help the City of Long Beach prepare for a surge of COVID-19 cases. CCLB is prepared to deploy crews to assist with further emergency tasks such as the installation of temporary facilities, the collection and disposal of litter and recycling, and the distribution of food and materials.
CCLB fulfills as vital community component to the versatile workforce development nonprofit. From park construction to habitat restoration, corps-members serve their community every day in some capacity. CCLB can tasked with reducing fire fuel loads before fire season in Southern California. Under normal business operations, CCLB provides hands-on training, education, and work to young adults through conservation and community projects. CCLB also provides litter abatement and recycling services to various parts of the city.
Here in Long Beach, CCLB works closely with various City departments and communitypartners to bring additional resources to neighborhoods, business districts, and public open space. While certain landscaping, maintenance, and sanitation projects continue during this COVID-19 crisis, CCLB's priority is the safety and health of its corps-members, staff, and the community it calls home.
The CCLB team is prepared and ready to continue providing emergency services-in any way, shape or form-as requested by federal, state, and local agencies to ensure that the City of Long Beach will be better able to overcome COVID-19 as quickly as possible.
Kayla Kelly-Slatten, J.D., C.F.M.
Director of Operations
Conservation Corps of Long Beach 

Because last Sunday would have been our 6th Annual Touch-A-Truck event I wanted to highlight this fantastic event. Every year we've seen thousands of people come out to our beach parking lot to enjoy a family friendly event where kids can climb on and see trucks and equipment up close. 

I look forward to being able to bring the community together again soon. Building a sense of neighborhood and positivity among residents is always a priority for me, and we will need that in all of our lives again.
-Suzie Price
3rd District Councilwoman
Make A Difference Day

This past Saturday would have been the 6th Annual Make a Difference Day event where volunteers complete projects throughout the community by planting trees, delivering donations and improving our city. As events have been cancelled to keep everyone safe and healthy, I look forward to holding this event again with Belmont Heights Community Association and Temple Israel by bringing the neighborhood together to make a positive difference. 

I love the strength and willingness to give that we have in our community and I know we will be stronger together. 
- Suzie Price
3rd District Councilwoman
District 3- Extraordinary People Series

Extraordinary people exist within the most seemingly ordinary lives. We are what we repeatedly do. Over the next few weeks, our team will be highlighting some of these folks. Please message us on Facebook or send us an email at  District3@longbeach.gov  with nominations. 

Excellence is not an act, but a habit. 

Doug Billings, owner of Billings Ace Hardware and John Angelo, Naples Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator are two people that lead by example.  

We especially love how Doug has really stepped up to support our community and we are so appreciative.His ongoing  communications, especially during this unprecedented time have been so helpful for the  residents. He has definitely gone above and beyond the call of duty. Billings Hardware is an exceptional resource for us in East Long Beach, and Doug's staff is always so helpful. 

John Angelo is another extraordinary per
As the volunteer coordinator of the LB CERT-Naples Team, he envisioned and organized an island-wide emergency response plan that unites Naples' 4,000+ residents and merchants. On the one year anniversary of the plan's launch, the island now has nearly 60 Block Captains, 500+ community supporters, and a 20-person oversight team. Most recently, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, John helped launch a yard-sign and online campaign called, "Naples Strong." Similar to flying the American flag after 9/11, "Naples Strong" is a visible show of unity to fight fear and depression that can come with isolation and uncertainty. True to his community development background, John steadily champions communities sharing insights and approaches to neighborhood collaboration all across Long Beach.

Thank you, Doug and John for all you do for our community! 

-Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business
Relations, Programming, and Outreach
COVID-19 Business Support and Resources
Business owners and workers are reeling as the COVID-19 disruptions to daily life hit an increasing number in the City of Long Beach. Councilwoman Suzie Price is committed to helping business owners and employees by connecting them with resources and city staff. Below is a rundown of programs and information available. Please do not hesitate to contact Lisa West  HERE with questions.

For the most recent Safer at Home Order dated March 28, 2020, please click here:
For more in depth business related information, please click here: COVID-19

Business Hotline And Call Center

City staff are available to answer COVID-19 business-related questions through the Business Hotline and Call Center. For immediate assistance, contact the Business Hotline and Call Center at 562-570-4BIZ (4249). The Business Hotline and Call Center hours are 8:00AM - 5:00PM (Monday - Sunday). City staff will respond to voicemails made after business hours within 24 hours.

Economic Relief Package (Economic Resiliency Program)
On March 18, 2020, the Long Beach City Council unanimously voted to direct City staff to develop an economic resiliency program that would assist Long Beach families, workers and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

City Council directed the City Manager to work with the City Attorney's Office and other relevant City Departments to review a wide-ranging package of services and resources. An emergency ordinance will come back to City Council soon for adoption. City staff will report back to City Council on the feasibility and implementation of the requested items. For more information on the services and resources included in the Package, review the  press release
Free Virtual Business Consultation
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The SBDC is the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the country and its territories. The SBDC is providing free virtual business consultation and is assisting small businesses with disaster preparedness and recovery. Business consultants are available to help answer questions regarding supply chain disruption and liability, technology plans for setting up remote work stations for employees, concerns about cashflow during disruption and concerns about credit and finance issues. For business consultation assistance, contact the local SBDC at 562-938-5100 or visit  https://longbeachsbdc.org/ .

Business Financial Assistance
There are several loan options for businesses affected by COVID-19. To get started, it is recommended that potential borrowers sign up as a client with  SBDC online.  Once registered, borrowers may call the SBDC at (562) 938-5100 to set up an appointment with a business advisor who will assist with navigating the loan application process. If individuals have an active loan with the City, they may qualify for a deferred payment arrangement.

  • U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
    • The EIDL application process has been simplified and a new application portal is live right now at  www.sba.gov/disaster.
    • EIDL Advances - also available now are advances of up to $10,000 on EIDL loans. The form is part of the new EIDL application process above. If approved, these funds can be used for payroll and other operating expenses and will be forgiven.
    • The turnaround time for the advance is 3 days after a complete application has been submitted.
    • This advance may be available even if your EIDCL application was declined or is still pending.
    • If you wish to apply for the advance on your EIDL, please visit the website link above as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application. In order to qualify for the advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application.
    • Applying for an advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application.
    • This is a partnership between Verizon and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). 
    • LISC will use the Verizon funding to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19-especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don't have access to flexible, affordable capital. 
    • Grant proceeds can be used for: 
      • Paying rent and utilities 
      • Paying rent and utilities 
      • Meeting payroll 
      • Paying outstanding debt to vendors 
      • Other immediate operational costs 

Emergency Assistance Loan Program
The Emergency Assistance Loan Program is designed to support Long Beach micro-enterprises with five (5) or less employees on a first-come, first-served basis. Loans from $2,500 to $10,000 are available and can be used for a variety of legitimate business needs.

Disaster Assistance Loan
Up to $2 million in financial assistance for small businesses. For assistance, contact the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email   disastercustomerservice@sba.gov .

Grow Long Beach Loan
Affordable loans from $100,000 to $2 million. Loan proceeds may be used for a variety of legitimate business needs.

Jump Start Loan Program
Jump Start provides microloans, technical assistance and financial literacy training. Loan amounts range from $500 to $10,000. Loan proceeds may be used for a variety of legitimate business needs.

Kiva Long Beach Loan Program
Zero percent interest loans from $500 to $15,000. Loan proceeds may be used for a variety of legitimate business needs.

Job Assistance 

WorkPlace Job Center
The WorkPlace (Job Center) is open and is assisting Long Beach families, workers andsmall businesses affected by COVID-19. The Job Center is managed by   Pacific Gateway   and provides the following services listed below in Long Beach, Signal Hill and the Los Angeles Harbor communities. For job assistance, visit  http://www.pacific-gateway.org/ .
  • Job search assistance with connections to employers who are hiring
  • Career counseling and vocational training to help individuals make long-term plans and connect to growing sectors of the economy
  • Information about special State, County and City programs for employees who face potential layoffs and downsizing
Resources For Employees 

Disability Insurance (DI)
Disability Insurance (DI) provides short-term benefits to eligible employees who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury or pregnancy. For DI assistance, visit  https://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/Disability_Insurance.htm .

Paid Family Leave (PFL)
Paid Family Leave (PFL) provides benefits to individuals who need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse or registered domestic partner. For PFL assistance, visit  https://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/Paid_Family_Leave.htm .

Unemployment Insurance (UI)
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program pays benefits to employees who have lost their job and meet the Program's eligibility requirements. Individuals who have become unemployed or partially unemployed may file a UI claim. For UI assistance, visit  https://edd.ca.gov/unemployment/ .

 Worker's Compensation (WC)
Workers' Compensation aids employees who suffer from work-related injuries or illnesses. For WC assistance, visit  https://edd.ca.gov/unemployment/ .

Resources For Employers
COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide
The California Small Business Development Center (California SBDC) Program created the COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide to provide best practices to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Guide  https://www.norcalsbdc.org/sites/default/files/COVID%2019_Resources_CA-SBDC.pdf .

Guide on Preparing Workplace for COVID-19
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prepared the Guide on Preparing Workplace for COVID-19. This resource includes recommendations and descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. Guide  
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf .

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prepared interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19. The guidance includes best practices for preventing workplace exposures of COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings.  

Payroll Tax Assistance (PTA)
Employers may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the State's Employment Development Department (EDD). Employers can file state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest if they are experiencing a hardship because of COVID-19. For (PTA) assistance, visit   https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm .

For questions, call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center:
  • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 888-745-3886
  • Hearing impaired (TTY): 800-547-9565
  • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 916-464-3502
LA County Resource
LA COUNTY BUSINESS AND WORKER DISASTER HELP CENTER OPENS - Dedicated County Call Center Serving Residents Whose Livelihoods Have Been Disrupted During Coronavirus/COVID-19 Emergency 

With support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Departments of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) and Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) are proud to announce the launch of the new L.A. County Business and Worker Disaster Help Center, a new centralized call center and website providing free, one-on-one counseling and support for business owners and workers who have been adversely affected by the ongoing Coronavirus/COVID-19 emergency.
Whether you are a business owner struggling to keep your doors open or a worker who's uncertain about their next paycheck, L.A. County now has a single location where you can get immediate help, tailored to your situation. You can get assistance from the L.A. County Business and Worker Disaster Help Center in the manner that's most convenient to you:  
Telephone: (833) 238-4450
Online: LACountyHelpCenter.org
Social media: @LACHelpCenter on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
The Business and Worker Disaster Help Center, operated jointly by DCBA and WDACS, is open to answer calls Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. With the support of our County partners, the Help Center is staffed with dedicated, helpful, and multilingual support.
-Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business 
Relations, Programming, and Outreach
List of Senior Shopping Hours, Including Those With 
Disabilities and Pregnant Women 

Here is a list of grocery stores that are providing special shopping hours for seniors, those with disabilities, medical conditions and pregnant women.  Seniors, please remember to bring your IDs.  The idea is to allow some of the people who are at highest risk of potentially life-threatening COVID-19 complications to shop in an environment with fewer disease vectors (aka other human beings).
  • 99-Cent Only stores: Tuesday & Thursday - 7 AM to 8 AM
  • Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions: Tuesday & Thursday: 7 AM - 9 AM (Seniors do not have to wait in line at Pavilions)
  • Aldi: Tuesday & Thursday: 8 AM - 9 AM
  • Big Saver Foods: 7:30 AM - 8 AM
  • Cardenas: 7 AM - 8 AM
  • Costco: Tuesday & Thursday: 8 AM - 9 AM
  • Gelson's: 7 AM - 8 AM 
  • Grocery Outlet Bargain Market (Seniors 60+): 7 AM - 8 AM
  • Mitsuwa Marketplace: Saturdays - 8 AM - 9 AM
  • Northgate: 7 AM - 8 AM
  • Ralphs: 7 AM - 7:30 AM
  • Smart & Final: 7:30 AM - 8 AM
  • Stater Bros: 7:45 AM - 8 AM
  • Super A Foods: 7 AM - 8 AM
  • Superior Grocer: 7 AM - 8 AM
  • Target: First hour of shopping each Wednesday 
  • Trader Joe's: First hour of daily shopping 9 AM - 10 AM
  • Vallarta: 7 AM - 8 AM
  • Walgreens: Tuesdays: 8 AM - 9 AM
  • Walmart: 1 hour before regular hours every Tuesday until April 28, 2020
  • Whole Foods (Seniors 60+): 7 AM - 8 AM
Please remember to take extra care of your health during this time, and to be cautious of the health of those around you. Avoid touching your face, wear gloves, practice social distancing with a distance of six-feet, and cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze. It is important to remember that even if you are not a high-risk individual, you can still pass it on to someone that is. 
-Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business
Relations, Programming, and Outreach
Shoutout to Restaurants Helping First Responders 

Huge shoutout to some District 3 owners/restaurants that are providing meals for Memorial Hospital staff and first responders!

If you are a business that wants to help donate meals, please reach out to  Lisa.West@longbeach.gov for a connection to the organization for meal deliveries.  
Lacquered Chicken                         Baja Sonora
Noble Bird Rotisserie            San Pedro Fish Market

-Lisa West
3rd District, Director of Business 
Relations, Programming, and Outreach

Debbie Lewis 

Moving to Long Beach in 2008 opened the door to endless inspiration. From the amazing sights of the boats, marinas, Naples canals, the Oil Islands, Shoreline Village and picturesque buildings such as The Villa Riviera or Parker's Lighthouse, etc, I was never lacking for ideas for my next watercolor painting.

Being surrounded by beauty everywhere I looked, and I painted. And painted and painted and sold, and sold many paintings of the beautiful sights of Long Beach. Actually, I have what I believe might be the biggest inventory of Long Beach-themed paintings and images now available to be reproduced in any size a customer might want.

As an artist, I am naturally drawn to colorful, high contrast scenes and enjoy turning them into my own creations that will communicate with as many people as possible.  

"Wow, that painting just makes me feel happy!" is my favorite response. 
After all, if art doesn't make you feel good, there's no point in surrounding yourself with it. I believe art should uplift you and make you envision the future you are looking forward to creating for yourself.

Recently I signed an exclusive partnership agreement with Art Images Gallery and Framing  in downtown Seal Beach (very close to 3rd District Long Beach) so they can show and provide my remaining originals, as well as prints of all of my paintings to anyone who wants them. While the gallery is temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus, you can definitely make an appointment to see my work by calling Brian Menasco .

I can be reached at debbieinlb@gmail.com
Brian Menasco 951-719-9357
Art Images Gallery and Framing
119 Main St Seal Beach, CA 90740
USS Mercy Arrives

US Navy's Mercy , the 1000 bed Hospital Ship arrived in the Port of Los Angeles last week. The ship will be a lifeline for local hospitals throughout the region, including here in Long Beach, freeing up space by serving patients who do not have COVID-19.
The ship has roughly 800 medical staffers, 1,000 hospital beds and 12 operating rooms.

Read more here
-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff

City Council Meetings are held every Tuesday evening, with the exception of the last Tuesday of the month when council is "dark."  Meetings are held in City Hall - Council Chambers (411 W. Ocean Blvd.) at approximately 5pm.  Times do change, so please check with our office or website for exact times. City Council meetings are open to the public and we encourage your attendance, especially if there is an important topic up for discussion.
Charter (channel 3) and FIOS Verizon (channel 21) subscribers can view the City Council Meetings on their televisions or you can live stream the video through LBTV.com,  View City Council Meeting.  
Agenda items change on a weekly basis so please check the city website for the most current agenda.  The City Clerk is required to post the City Council Agenda the Monday, a week prior, to the Tuesday of City Council Meeting.   View agenda items  

-Jack Cunningham
3rd District, Chief of Staff
Women's History Month
Virtual City Council Meeting
Kim Erkman - Woman of the Year
Meeting about "What Being a Female Leader is all About"
Thanking Station 14 and Station 8 Personnel
3rd District Neighborhood and Association Meetings

Alamitos Heights Improvement Association - AHIA
Meetings calendared Quarterly. Please visit their website for more information.

Belmont Heights Community Association
2nd Wednesday of each month
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Belmont Heights United Methodist Church

Belmont Shore Residents Association
2nd Thursday of each month
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Bay Shore Library

Bluff Park Community Meeting
Bixby Park Recreation Center

Friends of Belmont Shore
First Thursday of each month, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Bay Shore Community Congregational Church - 5100 The Toledo

Friends of Bixby Park
Please check their website

Greenbelt Heights Neighborhood Association
All neighbors welcome
Regular meeting:  3rd Tuesday at 8pm - 9pm
917 Bennett Ave., LB
2nd Sunday neighborhood clean-up at 9am

NW Belmont Park Community Watch
Approximately every 3 months as determined
Third District Field Office
Email Carleton Carlson for meeting confirmation at CarletonCarlson@aol.com 
Peninsula Neighborhood Association
Alamitos Bay Yacht  Club

Stoneybrook Villas Association Meeting
3rd Wednesday of each month
7:00 PM - Clubhouse at 500 Bellflower Blvd

Do you have a community or  neighborhood meeting that you  would like to add to the 3rd  District calendar? Email:   District3@longbeach.gov  
Other Events in Long Beach - NONE THIS MONTH DUE TO COVID-19
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