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5G EXPERT PANEL, JOB KILLER LEGISLATION, EVICTIONS, MEXICO TRADE RELATIONS, JWA, AND MORE
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
DON'T MISS OCBC'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM PART 2, HEAR FROM EXPERTS ON 5G:*
  • On Tuesday, August 4, OCBC is hosting a virtual forum on the significant impact 5G technology will have on transforming the way we live, work educate and play. Hear from industry experts how this technology is critical for OC businesses, schools and cities to realize the future. Register today!

IMPORTANT LEGISLATION: CALCHAMBER RELEASES 2020 JOB KILLER LIST:*
  • California Chamber of Commerce annual job killer list features bills that will jeopardize California’s employment retention and business and economic growth once the bills become laws. View the complete list here.

6 CLUSTERS OF COVID SYMPTOMS THAT PREDICT SEVERE CASES:*
  • New studies identify 6 ‘clusters’ of COVID-19 symptoms that are linked to patients that require ventilators or oxygen supplements. Learn more.

SANTA ANA EXTENDS EVICTION MORATORIUM:*
  • An executive order on eviction moratorium has been extended until Sept. 30, 2020. Santa Ana City Manager Kristine Ridge has signed this executive order that will halt the evictions of residential and commercial tenants who are unable to pay rent due to COVID-19. 

OC CLERK-RECORDER DEPT AWARDED FOR COUNTY GOVERNMENT PROGRAM:*
  • Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department has received a National Achievement Award from National Association of Counties for its innovative OC Weddings Mobile App. The mobile app allows couples to complete their marriage license application and book civil marriage ceremonies virtually to ensure social distancing.

WANT TO GET COVID-19 TESTED? - HERE ARE THE TESTING BASICS:*
  • The FDA breakdown of the different available COVID-19 test and the steps involved will help you find the right test, learn more here.  

TRACK OC’S REOPENING PLANS:*
  • As California's reopen plans stands in-between stage 2 and 3, find out what is open and restricted in OC with the state's county tracker.

WEBINAR- THE FACES OF REOPENING DURING COVID:
  • Cal State Fullerton is offering a free webinar for businesses to effectively support the human and emotional needs of their employees as the economy reopens in the new normal. Register here.

GOOD HEALTH IS GOOD BUSINESS:
STAY CONNECTED AND CHECK ON YOUR ELDERLY NEIGHBOR:*
  • Keep in touch with your elderly neighbor with the Hello Neighbor! Postcard. This postcard allows neighbors to check-in on their elderly neighbor and offer help to those in need.
 
IRVINE INCREASES CAPACITY FOR COVID-19 TESTING IN GREAT PARK:
  • Irvine City Council has increased the number of tests available for Irvine Residents. Appointments are available Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for symptomatic or asymptomatic Irvine residences. Sign up for an appointment here

WHERE TO GET TESTING IN OC:
ADVOCACY UPDATES:
FEDERAL POLICY CHANGE WOULD UNDERCOUNT CA CENSUS:
  • President Donald Trump issued an executive order aiming to exclude undocumented immigrants from being included in census results. This could undercount up to two million undocumented immigrants in California, resulting in a substantial reduction in federal dollars allocated to the state and the potential loss of a congressional seat. A census undercount threatens California’s competitive advantage. This policy will be challenged in court. Find your Representative here to let them know that you support a full and accurate census count.

BUSINESS RESOURCES:
AMBASSADOR RECAPS CALIFORNIA AND MEXICO TRADE RELATIONSHIPS:*
  • Ambassador Liliana Ferrer Silva highlights the benefits of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which includes sustainable and integrated regional trade to increase global competitiveness, strengthen food and agriculture supply chain, and procure a strong alliance with Governor Newsom’s administration.

JOIN THE WAITLIST THE COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS INCENTIVE PROGRAM:*
  • The City of Santa Ana will provide companies with five or less employee grants up to $5,000 for commercial and industrial businesses and $2,500 for home based businesses. Companies are eligible for reimbursement for businesses expenses such as rent and PPE. Join the waitlist and complete a pre-eligibility form.

EMPLOYER HANDBOOK FOR REOPENING SAFELY:
  • Governor Newsom's workforce employer handbook provides guidance for employers to provide a safe, clean environment for workers and customers.

TUSTIN BEGINS SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY GRANT PROGRAM PHASE II:
  • Small Business Emergency Grant Program Phase II will provide businesses with 25 or less employees with grants up to $10,000 and home-based businesses grants up to $2,500. These funds will be used for operating expenses such as rent/lease payments, mortgage payments, PPE, utility expenses, and inventory. The application period begins today.

SMALL BIZ RESOURCES:
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS:
JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT CLEANER-AND-SAFER-THAN-EVER-BEFOREPORT:*
  • John Wayne Airport’s mission is to provide a clean and safe environment for all passengers. In its efforts to practice healthy travel, JWA has enhanced its travel experience. Flight goers may enjoy cocktails to go, contactless food ordering and gate delivery, complimentary #JWAsmile masks, live music, sanitation stations, and increased social distancing and sanitation measures. 

COX COMMUNICATIONS DONATES 300 COMPUTERS TO CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT:*
  • Cox Communications has donated 300 computers to Capistrano Unified School District to allow low-income families direct access to educational resources amid the return to virtual learning. The partnership with nonprofit Computers2Kids, San Diego, aided in the computer delivery to the school district. 

FIVEPOINT DONATES 1 MILLION FACE MASKS TO CITY OF IRVINE TO FIGHT COVID-19:
  • “From the start, FivePoint has supported healthcare workers, first responders and all of the heroes on the frontline of this pandemic, including here in the City of Irvine, our public partner in good times and moments of crisis like this,” FivePoint Chairman and CEO Emile Haddad said.

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RESOURCES
Giving Back
American Red Cross & Blood Donations - Donate blood today!
Caterina's Club Feeds Kids in Need - Donate today to help
Chrysalis COVID-19 Relief Fund - Matching donations up to $25K!
Donate, Volunteer or Host a Virtual Food Bank 
HCA Accepting Medical Donations - Masks, Gloves, Gowns Needed
Basic supplies needed
OC Food Bank - Donations needed. 
Help students with laptops & other financial assistance
Second Harvest Food Bank - Match My Gift - Every $1 DOUBLES to provide SIX nutritious meals!
Help support Vital Link's STEM and career pathways for students
StandUp For Kids Orange County  -  COVID-19 Emergency Response 
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