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#SAFEDINEOC WEBINAR, WHEN WILL OC REOPEN, JOB KILLER FOR PROPERTY OWNERS, SMALL BUSINESS $$, AND MORE!
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TODAY'S WEBINAR - HOW TO GET $1,000 WITH #SafeDineOC!:*
  • Tell your favorite restaurant: get $1,000 to safely stay open! Register here.

SAN DIEGO OPENING THIS WEEK. WHEN WILL OC REOPEN?: *
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday the state is working with local health officers and health experts on new reopening criteria he plans to make public next week. The governor hinted that the 14-day stabilization period by the state may be extended to as long as 21 days to allow “more time for consideration” for certain sectors to reopen, particularly if schools are to resume in-person learning. Read more.

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS TO EVALUATE BUSINESSES REOPENING IN OC, CASES CONTINUE TO DECLINE:*
  • “Cases are decreasing and hospitalizations are decreasing as well. So it’s reasonable to discuss reopening, but we need to move gradually and give any change that we make at least two weeks to see if cases increase,” says Dr. Saahir Khan at UCI Medical Center. Read more.

JW MARRIOTT ANAHEIM RESORT OPENS:*
  • The new 4-star hotel in Anaheim features 466 rooms with 19 suites and a highly anticipated rooftop bar, Parkestry. Continue reading.

OC RECEIVES HIGH RANKS IN CALIFORNIA COMPETES REPORT:*
  • California Competes report on workforce and economic opportunities ranks OC as #1 in high school graduation rates, high school graduates going to college, and the concentration of college students getting a degree in business. OC also ranks #2 in residents with a bachelor’s degree and above and an Associates degree and above.
ADVOCACY UPDATES:
PROPOSED RESTRICTIONS ON OWNERS TO COLLECT RENT—A JOB KILLER:*
  • AB 1436, labeled as a “Job Killer” by California Chamber of Commerce, would force rental property owners to not collect rent for the entirety of the COVID-19 state of emergency or until April 1, 2021 (whichever comes first) and restricts owners from collecting unpaid rent for an additional 12 months after that. The bill offers no financial assistance to property owners or renters. This dangerous bill could result in foreclosures statewide and discourage new housing construction at the worst possible time. AB 1436 is heading to the Senate floor—contact your legislator and ask them to vote NO.

U.S. SECRETARY OF LABOR JOINS OCBC VIRTUAL WASHINGTON, D.C. SUMMIT - AUGUST 24:
  • The Honorable Eugene Scalia, U.S. Secretary of Labor, is one of many federal leaders speaking at OCBC’s DC Advocacy Summit next week on Monday, August 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Other confirmed speakers include Reps. Alan Lowenthal, Mike Levin, Gil Cisneros and Mark Takano, as well as Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education Scott Stump. To see the list of speakers and to register, click HERE!

ECONOMIC RECOVERY
DISTRICT 2 NON-PROFIT GRANT PROGRAM:*
  • Non-profit organizations located in Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, and Stanton may apply for a one-time grant of up to $45,000. Apply here.

CITY OF SANTA ANA LAUNCHES SANTA ANA CARES:*
  • The Santa Ana CARES initiative will provide financial and health assistance to the community. The program will roll out a multitude of programs such as: 
  • Isolation assistance that provides hotel rooms for families with who have a member diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Free COVID-19 testing for residents
  • $1,500 rental assistance grants
  • Landlord assistance program
  • $1,000 grants for individual artist
  • Up to $50,000 for arts-related non-profit organizations
  • Child care assistance for workers
  • Utility bill payment assistance 

BUSINESS RESOURCES:
CA 45TH DISTRICT OFFICE OFFERS VIRTUAL CONSULTATIONS:*
  • The office of Congresswoman Katie Porter will provide one-on-one virtual consultations for questions about the IRS, the Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, and more. Schedule an appointment here.

SAFE TRAVEL AND GLOBAL PROTOCOLS FOR BUSINESSES:*

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES:
COVID-19 NEWS:
COVID-19 MAY STAY IN THE BODY FOR UP TO 3 MONTHS:*
  • CDC research shows that low levels of COVID-19 may linger in recovered patients for up to three months. Positive COVID-19 test results after three months do not indicate the spread of the virus.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND UPDATES
HOT WEATHER PET SAFETY TIPS:*

HOW TO EQUIP YOURSELF FOR POWER OUTAGES:
  • When extreme heat and power outages occur, preparation is key. Review FEMA’s safety tips on how to best prepare for heat and power outages

CA ASKS RESIDENCES TO CONSERVE ENERGY:
  • Gavin Newsom's heat wave emergency asks the public to limit energy use. Adjust your thermostat, postpone major appliances use until cooler hours, and apply smart energy use.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: 
CAL STATE FULLERTON HELPS OVER 10,000 SMALL BUSINESSES:*
  • The Small Business Development Center at Cal State Fullerton aided over 10,000 small businesses to receive more than $280 million in relief funds. The SBDC helped brick and mortar businesses move online, provided technology for cashless transactions, navigate unemployment rules and filings, and administered $35 million in grant reliefs programs from CARES Act. 

DISCOVERY CUBE INNOVATES TALK WOMEN IN STEM:*
  • The Discovery Cube Innovator series welcomed Dr. Claire Leon for an in-depth conversation about the creation of a stronger STEM pipeline. Dr. Leon provide insight on her experiences and inspiration in the field and her vision on how to bolster women in engineering and science. View video recap.

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