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August 19, 2020



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Message From
The President
You've probably seen the first of the parklets being installed today. The City is still waiting for the final shipment of K-rails (barricades) needed to complete all of the parklets, so today, they installed a few as a test run. The Village is taking on a whole new look as the first parklets open up for business.

The final shipment of the K-rails is scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, 8/25. The City plans to install the remainder K-rails and create all of the parklets that have been adopted on Wednesday, 8/26. The City is also going to install some indoor-outdoor green floor covering in the parklets, to help create a more beautiful ambiance. The City Council has authorized the parklets to remain through November.

Restaurant/Wine bar owners who want to create platforms instead of using the city-installed ADA ramps may do so. They are still required to get Caltrans approval of their certified civil/structural engineer plans before installation. Please see my previous emails that detail those requirements.

I'm looking forward to these parklets adding to the life and vitality of our Village!

Thank you,

Chuck Page
President, Saratoga Chamber of Commerce
Farmers Insurance - Chuck Page Insurance Agency
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Have You Heard About Our Member Spotlight?
We are excited to begin a Member Spotlight feature on our Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn Pages as well as our newsletter. All we need from you is a photo of you or your business, a brief description of your business, and for you to answer the question, "Why did you join the chamber?"

We will then feature your business on our social media channels and tag you in our posts. See example attached. Our goal is to promote your business as well as inspire others to join our Chamber. 

Ready to participate? Just email your photo and information to Chamber member and project lead, Kristina Rust at

We look forward to featuring you!
Meet Chamber Members Douglass ❖ Barnes, LLP.
Douglass ❖ Barnes, LLP is a boutique law firm that focuses in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, trust and estate litigation, and elder law planning. Firm principals Douglas P. Barnes and Judy Douglass are Certified Specialists in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. 
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August 19, 2020, 7:00 PM @ Civic Theater, Council Chambers

August 21, 2020, All Day

August 25, 2020, 7:00 PM @ Virtual Meeting. Use this link Zoom.

The City of Saratoga’s General Plan helps guide the growth and land development of the community, such as where future housing will be built. Saratoga is currently updating its General Plan to refresh the chapters about Land Use, Circulation, and Open Space & Conservation. These will be combined with the existing Housing, Safety, and Noise Elements to comprise the Saratoga 2040 General Plan. During this process, the City will also develop a Climate Action Plan that contains goals and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Saratoga. Help shape Saratoga’s future. Attend a Community Meeting to learn more, ask questions, and provide your input. Join the virtual Community Meeting. Use this link Zoom.

Disaster Field Operations Center West
Release Date:  Aug. 17, 2020
Contact:  Richard A. Jenkins, (916) 735-1500,
Release Number:  CA 16485-05
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Deadline Approaching in California for
SBA Disaster Loans for Property Damage Due to Civil Unrest
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded California businesses and residents of the Sept. 16, 2020, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for property damage caused by the civil unrest that began May 26, 2020.
According to Garfield, businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may apply for SBA federal disaster loans to repair or replace disaster-damaged property. SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
These low-interest federal disaster loans are available in Alameda, Contra Costa, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Ventura counties in California.
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.
In addition, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage. The deadline to apply for an SBA economic injury disaster loan is March 17, 2021.
Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
Interest rates can be as low as 3 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.25 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.
New Enforcement Ordinance for Public Health Orders

The success of our Public Health Orders—and our ability to avoid a return to shelter-in-place—relies in large part on effective and efficient enforcement. With this in mind, on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors adopted an urgency ordinance related to the enforcement of Public Health Orders and other laws associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new Ordinance provides additional tools for addressing violations of the Health Officer Orders and the County’s Eviction Moratorium by establishing a civil enforcement program, including authority to issue administrative fines. To date, the primary means of enforcement has been via law enforcement, often coordinated through the District Attorney’s Office. While law enforcement will remain a critical and necessary resource for the success of the health orders, the new civil enforcement framework is better suited for the more regulatory aspects of the recent orders, such as the Risk Reduction Order’s requirements related to implementation of Social Distancing Protocols.
Civil enforcement will allow for a more efficient, less punitive process that is more flexible for those seeking to comply with the order. Under the Ordinance, Enforcement Officersincluding any sworn peace officer, County employee, or other individual designated by the Health Officerwill enforce the Public Health Orders by issuing Notices of Violation (NOV) and imposing administrative fines if there is a failure to abate violations within a grace period of up to 72 hours. Civil penalties for non-commercial violations (not associated with a business or business transaction) are between $25 and $500. For violations involving commercial activities, penalties are between $250 and $5,000.
The grace period provision will allow most entities to avoid any fines by providing evidence of promptly correcting the violation, similar to a “fix it” ticket approach. A grace period would be the default and is consistent with County’s broader efforts focusing on education and outreach related to the Orders. The Ordinance also establishes an administrative appeals process before a neutral hearing officer that allows an individual or business to contest a violation or fine amount. 
To read the full ordinance, see here. For the legislative file that provides additional background on this issue, see here. 
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