The new Restaurant Revitalization Program, through the Small Business Administration, is a new $30 billion grant program exclusively for restaurants, caterers, food trucks, food carts, bars, taprooms, and tasting rooms. Even if you have received prior federal, state, or local grants or loans such as the EIDL and PPP, you still qualify for this new grant program. Applicants could qualify for up to $5 million per location with a maximum of $10 million per business entity, including affiliates. If your
This year’s CalChamber Capitol Summit and the 95th Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast will be held virtually on the Zoom platform. The Capitol Summit is scheduled for May 12, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. The Host Breakfast is set for May 13, 8 a.m.–9 a.m.Capitol Summit The Capitol Summit agenda will include legislative and election updates with CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg and special guest speaker Dan Walters, longtime journalist and political columnist with CalMatters. Walters has been a
As the state’s fiscal officer, State Controller Betty T. Yee understands many people are facing financial difficulties during these uncertain times, and helping Californians through this crisis remains one of her top priorities. As such, Controller Yee has compiled resources to help individuals, families, and businesses more readily access available state and federal financial assistance programs. On the Controller’s website, you will find information ranging from direct financial relief, to housing aid, to
I’m sure many readers know someone who postponed a wedding or reunion in 2020 due to the inability to gather or travel under COVID-19 restrictions. Thankfully, last week came the good news that we can, once again, begin making plans. California is on the right trajectory. If vaccination rates stay up and hospitalization rates stay low, Governor Gavin Newsom promises that, beginning June 15, Californians can once again gather together or travel to California’s world class tourist
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging all schools in the state to reopen, saying there are no health barriers to getting children back into classrooms and ending distance learning. Speaking Wednesday, he said: “Money is not an object now. It’s an excuse.” His wishes remain an expectation rather than a mandate because California’s decentralized education system lets the 1,200 school districts govern themselves. Some of the largest school districts are reopening, including Los Angeles and San
In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg and Lande Ajose, senior policy advisor for higher education to Governor Gavin Newsom, discuss the challenges the state faces in its goal to ensure that higher education remains accessible to all Californians. California has some of the best regional economies in the world and it is thanks to our higher education institutions, which include prestigious universities like the University of Southern California, UCLA,
Job Killer Bill DOA; Proposed Ban on In-State Oil and Gas Production Fails First Senate Committee Hearing
By Adam Regele SB 467 (Wiener; D-San Francisco), a California Chamber of Commerce-identified job killer bill that proposed to ban in-state oil and gas production, failed in its first committee hearing yesterday. “Banning oil production does not reduce demand for energy essential to California’s economy,” said CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg. “This bill would have required California to import oil from places that are less environmentally friendly and it would make energy more costly
The State of California has announced Round 6 of the California Relief Grant beginning April 28th and continuing through May 4th, 2021! Governor Newsom signed into law a comprehensive package providing urgent relief for the small businesses of CA. There is $2 billion of grants available for distribution up to $25,000! To help you prepare for Round 6, please review the Program and Application Guide for a detailed overview of the program and step by-step instructions for the entire application process.
By Robert Moutrie As the 2021 crop of legislation is coming into form and moving through legislative committees addressing a range of topics, one topic is conspicuously absent: aid for California’s deeply insolvent Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fund. COVID Response As we all know, California (and many other states) utilized their unemployment insurance systems to new scales in response to COVID-19. Instead of compensation in cases where employers chose to terminate an employee, many employers were
By Dana Leisinger We’ve been bringing our employees back into the office, and pursuant to our “reasonable suspicion” drug testing, would like to conduct in-house drug testing. Can we do this? The short answer is yes — employers can conduct drug tests on site. There are a few issues to be aware of, however. Written Policy First, you must have a clear, written policy that upon reasonable suspicion of illegal (or legal) drug usage, the company will be conducting drug testing. Supervisors need to be
The California Chamber of Commerce this week added four bills to its annual list of job killer legislation. The additions bring the 2021 job killer list to a total of 22 legislative bills that would place California employers and the state’s economy in harm’s way should they become law. The four additions to the list involve tax increases and new labor and employment law mandates and are listed below. Tax Increases • ACA 8 (Lee; D-San Jose) Wealth Tax: Proposes to amend the Constitution to impose a
10,000 Employers Registered to Date Today State Treasurer Fiona Ma reminds employers with more than 50 employees of the upcoming June 30, 2021 registration deadline for the CalSavers Retirement Savings Program, the State’s new program for workers in the private sector that lack access to a workplace retirement plan. The reminder comes as the pioneering program hit a milestone of 10,000 employers registered. Employers with more than 50 employees that do not offer a qualified retirement plan are required
The City of Fullerton resumed regular parking enforcement on Monday, April 5th. Courtesy citations are currently being issued through Sunday, April 4th, 2021. If you have questions on parking permits, please contact 714-738-6858.
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California has set a date for when it will fully reopen after the pandemic. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Tuesday that, as long as the Golden State meets two specific criteria, California will fully reopen its economy on June 15. The two criteria the state needs to meet are: keeping the COVID-19 vaccine supply sufficient for everyone 16 and older who wish to be inoculated, and keeping hospitalization stable and low. In a statement, Newsom noted how it was “time to turn the page”
Gov. Gavin Newsom and state health officials said Tuesday they expect all schools and higher education institutions to open for full-time in-person instruction in the fall, following the announcement that California intends to retire its “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” color-coded tier system on June 15. Some believe the announcement will set the tone for debate with the Legislature during the annual “May Revision” of the state budget about whether schools will be mandated to offer in-person instruction
Adam RegeleEnvironmental Regulation, General California businesses scored a landmark victory last week when Chief District Judge Kimberly Mueller of the Eastern District of California granted CalChamber’s motion for a preliminary injunction barring the California Attorney General and anyone else from filing new lawsuits against businesses to enforce the Proposition 65 warning requirement for cancer as applied to acrylamide in food and beverage products. The ruling provides immediate and much welcomed
By Denise Davis California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allan Zaremberg today provided the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement on re-opening California’s economy: “The diligent efforts of all Californians to follow COVID-19 safety protocols will pay off on June 15th. Californians should be congratulated for their sacrifices and patience in working to protect public health. “We also appreciate the Governor’s leadership to safely re-open California’s economy.
Applications for the County of Orange's second application period of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program are now being accepted. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide up to $10,000 in financial assistance to rental households in Orange County who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, excluding renters in the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Irvine. These cities will receive direct allocations from the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and will be implementing
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Young Kim (CA-39) released a statement after President Joe Biden signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extension Act (H.R. 1799), a bipartisan, bicameral bill led by Rep. Kim in the House to extend the PPP deadline to May 31, 2021. “Our small business owners need more time to apply for relief to keep their doors open and their employees on payroll during COVID-19. The PPP Extension Act does exactly that by giving small business owners
President Joe Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law, extending the Paycheck Protection Program an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and then providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending. Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, said: “Today, President Biden sent another strong message to America’s more than 30 million small business owners negatively impacted by the pandemic: help is
By Jim TankersleyWASHINGTON — President Biden will unveil an infrastructure plan on Wednesday whose $2 trillion price tag would translate into 20,000 miles of rebuilt roads, repairs to the 10 most economically important bridges in the country, the elimination of lead pipes and service lines from the nation’s water supplies and a long list of other projects intended to create millions of jobs in the short run and strengthen American competitiveness in the long run. Biden administration officials said the
Californians 50+ will be eligible for vaccination starting April 1. Every Californian 16 and up will be eligible for vaccination on April 15, 2021.Do you know where you can get vaccinated? According to the OC Healthcare Agency there are over 408,443 fully vaccinated residents in Orange County as of March 18th, 2021. We understand the difficulty it can be finding an appointment. These are the following places offering vaccinations:Kaiser PermanenteOC Healthcare AgencyHoag Memorial HospitalCVSRite
By Luke Money, Colleen Shalby California is dramatically expanding the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines, offering the shots to virtually all residents beginning next month, the state announced Thursday. Residents who are at least 50 years old can get vaccines starting April 1, and all California adults will be eligible starting April 15. State officials said the dramatic move is based on expected increases in vaccine supply. “The light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter,” Gov. Gavin
Application is Open Until April 13, 5 p.m. The City of Fullerton has created the Small Business Emergency Assistance Program which will provide funding to small businesses in need of financial assistance to overcome temporary losses of revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program is based on the availability of funds, program guidelines and submission of all required information and supportive documentation. Small businesses located in commercial or industrial spaces within the City
Governor Newsom signed into law a comprehensive package providing urgent relief for the small businesses of CA. There will be $729,000,000 available for distribution. The application period will be from March 25th – March 31st. It is not first come, first served. Based on annual gross revenues for 2019 tax year, eligible business can receive the following: Revenues $1,000 to $100,0000 = $5,000 grant Revenues $100,000 up to $1,000,000 = $15,000 grant Revenues Greater than $1,000,000 to $2,500,000
The U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. “More than 3.7 million businesses employing more than 20 million
By CalChamber As a result of persistent drought conditions, the State Water Project (SWP) now expects to deliver just 5% of requested supplies this year, down from an initial 10% allocation announced in December. The 5% allocation amounts to 210,266 acre-feet of water, distributed among 29 long-term SWP contractors who serve more than 27 million Californians and 750,000 acres of farmland. Initial allocations are based on conservative assumptions regarding hydrology and factors such as reservoir storage.
Largest U.S. gas distribution utility commits to achieving net zero scope 1,2 and 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045 Commitment aligns with Paris Climate Agreement and demonstrates the foundational role of gas infrastructure in advancing California's carbon neutral economy LOS ANGELES, March 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), the largest gas utility in the U.S., today announced the company's bold commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its
California is in the process of redistricting, with the 2020 California Citizens Redistricting Commission in full swing. Controller Yee encourages community members to provide input in this vital process that will help determine representation for the next decade. Redistricting is the process of drawing electoral district boundaries. At the state level, redistricting includes congressional, State Senate, Assembly, and Board of Equalization districts. This process occurs every 10 years, immediately after the
By CalChamber Late Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation that mandates the addition of up to 80 hours of employer-paid COVID-19 sick leave retroactive to January 1, 2021. The new law applies to employees who work for a public or private employer with more than 25 employees. Upon signing the legislation into law, Governor Newsom said, “Even as case rates and hospitalizations decline and vaccinations ramp up, we can’t let our guard down and must do all we can to stop this virus from
For the 21st consecutive year, CalChamber is releasing their Job Killer list that identifies pending legislation that will significantly harm California’s business climate if enacted by: (1) discouraging employers from locating to California; (2) discouraging employers from growing their workforce in California; (3) eliminating jobs in California; or (4) significantly increasing costs on employers, which limits their ability to expand employee wages, benefits, and jobs. Although we see this type of