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DOWNTOWN DISNEY REOPENS, YOUTH SPORTS CANCELED, OCTA GETS $160 M AND MORE
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
DOWNTOWN DISNEY IMPLEMENTS SAFETY FIRST APPROACH AS GUEST RETURN:*
  • New safety protocols have been implemented at Downtown Disney to ensure the health and safety of guests and cast members. All guests will undergo a temperature check before entering and face coverings are required for cast and guests.

REOPENING YOUR BUSINESS? WATCH THIS VIDEO FROM THE CITY OF FULLERTON:*
  • Don't miss a step by step guide for reopening that is a must watch for any business owner. Watch the video today!

NEW GUIDANCE PLACES OC'S YOUTH SPORTS PRACTICES ON HOLD:*

FEDERAL PPP LOANS PROTECTED A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF OC JOBS:*
  • Over 740,000 Orange County jobs and 64,000 nonprofits, large, and small businesses were protected under PPP. Irvine, Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Orange were among the top cities to receive financial assistance. Read more.

UCI TESTS COVID-19 CONTACT TRACING SYSTEM:*
  • UCI researchers have developed a Wi-Fi based application that monitors COVID-19. Data is anonymously collected through sensors connected to UCI’s wireless network. The app ensures social distancing and alerts others of potential encounters with COVID-19 positive people.

EPA CONFIRMS TWO SURFACE DISINFECTANT PRODUCTS THAT KILL COVID-19:*

JOHN HOPKINS TRACKER OFFERS GLIMPSE AT EACH STATES EDUCATION REOPENING PLAN:*
  • The tracker identifies 12 categories that should be addressed such as core academics, children facing poverty, teacher and safe choice, and more. Read more.
GOOD HEALTH IS GOOD BUSINESS:
CALL FOR HELP! OC UNITED WAY NEEDS SCHOOL SUPPLIES:
  • United Way needs help securing school supplies for OC's youth. Shop the Amazon wish list for elementary & high school supplies and view a complete list of supplies needed!

GET YOUR DUCKS SWAG! UCI HEALTH AND ANAHEIM DUCKS PARTNER TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE:
  • Honda Center will host a series of summer blood drives. Donors register online for an appointment and will receive Anaheim Ducks swag. Register today!

WHERE TO GET TESTING IN OC:

ADVOCACY UPDATES:
UC SYSTEM AND MAJOR UNIVERSITIES SUE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION:*
  • Major universities across the country, including the UC system, Harvard, and MIT are set to sue the Trump administration after Immigration and Customs Enforcement released federal visa regulations that would force international students to leave the U.S. if they are only enrolled in online courses. The decision impacts 40,000 international students enrolled in the UC system. OCBC stands with the UC system and UCI, as we have always supported improving access to top international talent and their significant contribution to Orange County’s economic vitality. Read more.

OCBC SUPPORTS BILL ALLOWING MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING:
  • OCBC is proud to support AB 3107, a bill that will increase the affordability and availability of housing. Housing developments that include at 20 percent of units for lower-income households would be allowed on any site zoned for commercial purposes. Creative land use strategies and incentives are vital for solving the housing crisis, especially in dense areas perceived as “built-out”. Search your state Senator here so you can ask them to support this much needed bill. Read OCBC’s letter HERE.

BUSINESS RESOURCES :
CA LATINO ECONOMIC INSTITUTE EXPLORES IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON LATINO COMMUNITY:*
  • California Latino Economic Roadmap provides a framework to ensure the Latino community is not left behind in the state's economic recovery. OC's economic well-being is tied to the Latino community, who make up more than 35% of the county's population.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES KEY TO ECONOMIC AND JOBS RECOVERY:*
  • Community colleges play an essential role in OC's COVID-19 recovery. Colleges prepare students for essential jobs, provide specialized training for workforce development, and stimulate the local economy with enrollment. Read more.

CAN'T MISS CHAPMAN TOWN HALL - “ADDRESSING CALIFORNIA’S INEQUALITY CRISIS”:

OC ONE-STOP PROVIDES LOANER LAPTOPS AND HOT SPOTS AT NO COST:
  • The County of Orange and OC One-Stop in Garden Grove offer job seekers free access to apply for jobs. OC One-Stop will provide free loaner laptops and internet in addition to hiring services such as career transition services and employment services to businesses. 

ARE YOU HIRING?
  • OCBC supports Orange County Development Board by helping job seekers land jobs. OCBC will create a custom job flyer for your open positions that is then circulated across the county. To view a previous flyer, click here. If your business is hiring, contact Jesse Ben-Ron, OCBC VP of Workforce and Economic Development.

SMALL BIZ RESOURCES:
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS:
OCTA AWARDED $160 MILLION IN CARES ACT:*
  • OCTA plans to use its allotted $160.4 million from the Federal Transit Administration to support bus operations and abide by state and federal safety regulations. The CARES Act fund will assist in the decline of revenue and ridership that OCTA has experienced due to reduced bus services.

THE TOLL ROADS PARTNERS WITH PAYNEARME TO OFFER MORE PAYMENT OPTIONS:*
  • PayNearMe uses barcode technology to process cash payments for businesses nationwide. Toll Road drivers now have the ability to pay tolls, reload FasTrak® accounts, and settle violations with cash at participating 7-Eleven and CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide. This integrated program allows for the development of a diverse customer base and OC visitors a quick payment option at their regularly visited stores. 

MUST WATCH! AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL- AN ANTHEM TO FRONT LINE WORKERS:
  • Orange County musical powerhouses, Pacific Chorale, American Feel Young Chorus and Pacific Symphony dedicate a virtual rendition of America the Beautiful to Orange County front line workers.

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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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