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MORE GRANTS FOR RESTAURANTS, FLU SHOTS, NO SMALL BIZ HELP FROM GOV, RED TAPE/RED CARPET, THANKS NIXON LIBRARY, AND MORE!
WE HEARD YOU! TELL YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS TO APPLY FOR MORE MONEY! 
  • SafeDineOC GRANTS HAVE BEEN RAISED TO $5,000 FOR ELIGIBLE RESTAURANTS! Do you know a local restaurant that could use an extra $5,000 to help with the purchase of PPE and safe dining equipment? Send them to SafeDineOC.com! The application is easier than ever with the elimination of receipt submissions! 
HOT OFF THE PRESS
UCI HEALTH COMMENDS OC COMMUNITY FOR TURNING THE TIDE ON COVID:*
  • “I do think Orange County has survived its first wave of the virus,” says Dr. Susan Huang, medical director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention for UCI Health. “The people of Orange County deserve congratulations for the speed in turning this around.”

OC HEALTH CARE AGENCY WANTS EVERYONE TO GET A FLU SHOT:*
  • With flu season now upon us, OC Health Care Agency is already anticipating the potentially devastating effects of influenza and COVID-19 cases hitting in the fall and winter months and urges everyone to get a flu shot. Read more.

GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL EXPANDING LEAVE, DEVASTATING SMALL BUSINESSES:*
  • On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 1383, a bill dramatically expanding family leave while providing virtually no protections to the small businesses most impacted. OCBC is disappointed that this administration fails to help small businesses get back to work. Further, the law lacks conformity with federal law, meaning small employers could be on the hook for a combined total of 24 weeks of job-protected leave. Let the lawsuits begin.

NIXON LIBRARY DONATES 700,000 FACE COVERS TO COMMUNITY:*
  • OCBC is honored to have received Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Foundation’s generous mask donation that help slow the spread of COVID-19. OCBC applauds the foundation’s community efforts and dedication to Orange County small businesses, healthcare providers, and educators. #MaskUP OCBC received almost 250,000 masks for business and community safe re-openings. Thank you Nixon Library!

HONDA CENTER PREPARES FOR IN-PERSON VOTING:*
Honda Center has implemented extensive safety measures to ensure the health and well-being of all registered voters. The arena has received accreditation by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council to minimize potential bio-hazards and infectious diseases. Additional precautions include:
  • Sanitized voting booths after each use
  • The option of drive-thru voting and mail-in ballots
  • Separate voting areas for voters who opt to not wear face coverings
  • Limited entry with social distancing markers and properly spaced voting booths
  • Real-time wait information
  • Hands-free “I Voted” sticker dispensers & new pens for all voters

CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON, AND OREGON JOIN PILOT PROJECT TO IDENTIFY COVID-19 EXPOSURE:*
  • Members of the Western States Pact will participate in pilot projects that use Google and Apple COVID-19 exposure notification technology. The app-based programs use Bluetooth technology to alert individuals if they are near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and provides safety procedures. All information will remain anonymous and not be collected. 
TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET SPOTLIGHT:
LAGUNA NIGUEL’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY:
  • Laguna Niguel’s efforts to support local businesses withstand the COVID-19 pandemic are up for OCBC’s prestigious Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards. Laguna Niguel established an Economic Recovery Team to assist over 1,000 local businesses during the pandemic. The City instituted a Temporary Pilot Program to accommodate outdoor seating and services, among other modified procedures helping businesses. The Pilot Program’s simple and free temporary use permit for outdoor dining has supported more than 50 locations. Laguna Niguel has also launched a successful Temporary Banner Program and an informative weekly eNewsletter. It’s not too late to nominate projects—click HERE to submit yours by September 18!

ADVOCACY UPDATES:
PROP 22 COALITION SOCIAL MEDIA WEBINAR:*
  • A new report shows that under a forced employment model, app-based rideshares and food delivery will create little or no service and double in cost and wait times. Join YES on Prop 22 on Tuesday, September 22 at 11:00 a.m. for a special Social Media Webinar for Coalition Partners. Register here and share the YES to Prop 22 resource center

REOPEN OC NOW - BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT AND CIVIC LEADERS CALL ON GOVERNOR TO REOPEN THEME PARKS:

BUSINESS RESOURCES:
COMPLETE THE 2020 CENSUS! – HELP SPREAD THE WORD:*
  • Currently, 75% of households in Orange County have filled the 2020 Census out, which is good news, but that still leaves us with about 250,000 households who have not completed it yet. The more people get the counted, the more money that can come to Orange County for things like education, community development grants and workforce development.

NEW CALIFORNIA SUPPLEMENTAL COVID-19 SICK LEAVE GUIDANCE POSTER:*
  • The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement has issued new guidance on the signed AB 1867 bill, which addresses COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave requirements. Employers must display posters in the office or send via email to teleworkers to inform employees about the supplemental paid sick leave. View poster for food sector employees and other covered employees

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES:
COVID-19 NEWS:
SMART CITY TECHNOLOGY TO HELP COMBAT COVID-19 IN THE USA:*
  • The COVID-19 emergency response platform, CoVER uses artificial intelligence to predict future hotspots and how much hospital supplies will be required. The app will be rolled out in smart cities and will be tailored to each location to predict, monitor and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks. 

3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19 TESTING FOR STUDENTS AND SCHOOL EMPLOYEES:*
  • COVID-19 testing information that all students and school employees need to know include: All staff members should get tested if they experience any symptoms, appointments are available at no-cost, and teachers are classified as essential workers and may get tested without symptoms. 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND UPDATES
KNOW YOUR VOTE – HUNTINGTON BEACH VIRTUAL CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM:*

SCHEDULE A VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP:*

OC PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS REEVALUATE LEARNING PLANS:
  • OC public schools have been given the go ahead for students to return to campus on September 22, 2020. Some districts have opted for continued online instruction, a hybrid model and in-person learning. Click here to see which schools have reopened.

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER- AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE:

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: 
COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP ORANGE COUNTY HOST VIRTUAL CANSTRUCTION OC:*

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY RANKS AMONG THE NATION’S TOP-TIER UNIVERSITIES:*
  • Chapman University is recognized as a top-tier university in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report’s. This is Chapman’s second consecutive year on the list and received high marks for excellence in teaching. This success follows the high ranks from The Hollywood Reporter, which places Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts’ at number 6 as the nation’s best film schools.

THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS ANNOUNCE 2021 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE:*
  • The Angels will open spring training on Saturday, February 27 with the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. The Angels will play 15 home games and 15 away games, which include two games against the Los Angeles Dodger. View schedule.

WHERE TO GET TESTING IN OC:

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