COVID-19 Resources and Webinars
Starting this week, join the Chamber and Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud for a neighborhood-by-neighborhood conversation on preparing to safely reopen our businesses.
Hear from Chamber president Laurel Rosen, Chief Renaud, Lt. Joseph Cortez, and Acting Economic Development Manager Jennifer Taylor on how this town hall series will work, then write your questions down, and sign up for the town hall for your neighborhood.Click here to find your beat or view the map on the left.
Beat 1 – Thursday, May 7th (12:00 pm) (Downtown / Ocean)
with Officer Stephanie Tovar and CPC Suzie Lockwood
Beat 2 – Monday, May 11th (12:00 pm) (South of Pico)
with Officer Robert Galvan and CPC Halima Barreto
Beat 3 – Monday, May 18th (12:00 pm) (mid-City)
with Officer Edgar Navarro and CPC Halima Barreto
Beat 4 – Wednesday, May 13th (1:00 pm) (North of Wilshire)
with Officer Peter Lashley and CPC Suzie Lockwood
- COVID-19 Response Official Websites (California, City of Santa Monica)
- Resources for Small Businesses (California, City of Santa Monica) — information about disaster and jump-start loans, etc.
- Resources for Employees (California) — information about unemployment, disability & paid family leave
- Public, private & non-profit resources for small businesses: California State Treasurer Fiona Ma’s Small Business Resource List
- Local Initiatives Services Corporation/Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund
U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA is offering up to $2 million in disaster loans. This week, it has been replenished with $60 million.
- Interest rate: 3.75% (2.75% for small businesses)
- Online application
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Toll-free: 1-800-659-2955
Paycheck Protection Program (Separate from Disaster Loans)
The program, established under the CARES Act, provides small businesses with funds to cover up to 8 weeks of average payroll including benefits, plus 25% (capped at $10 million).
- Interest rate: 1%
- Forgivable if used for payroll
- Application: Made through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any participating federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution
- More information
Small Business Development Center (Los Angeles)
The SBA’s regional centers provide free technical assistance on various issues, including supply chain disruption and liability, technology plans for setting up remote work stations for employees, concerns about cashflow during disruption, and credit and finance issues.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R.6201)
- Emergency paid leave benefits program: provides payments to employees taking unpaid leave due to the COVID-19 outbreak
- Unemployment benefits: unemployment benefits expanded, while extra funding has been provided to states for processing and paying claims
- Paid sick leave: employers are required to provide paid sick leave to employees
- Free testing: COVID-19 diagnostic testing provided at no cost to consumers
- Respirators eligible for liability protections: personal respiratory protective devices are treated as covered countermeasures that are eligible for certain liability protections
- FMAP increased: Medicaid federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) has temporarily been increased
Los Angeles County
Department of Consumer and Business Affairs
The Small Business Concierge provides various free business counseling and other resources.
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
Businesses experiencing significant economic harm can contact the Los Angeles EDC layoff aversion team for strategic assistance at no cost.
Los Angeles County Tax Collector
Property taxes are due April 10. The deadline may not be extended without state permission.
City of Santa Monica
COVID-19 website | hotline: (310) 458-8400
- Commercial eviction moratorium: established a temporary moratorium on evictions for commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19 (FAQs)
- Suspension of late fees: late fees suspended for City water and/or sewer bills, parking citations, refuse and recycling collection bills, Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) charges, Fire Prevention inspection charges, Transient Occupancy Taxes, Utility Users Taxes, and Parking Facility Taxes
- Relaxed parking enforcement: Restaurants offering delivery or pickup may select up to two metered parking spaces directly in front of the business as a free, short-term parking zone for food pickup. Signs may be printed and attached to the parking meter(s).
- Takeout/delivery of alcohol: adopted the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control temporary guidelines allowing alcohol sales for delivery or takeout from Santa Monica restaurants
- Essential Services Map: created an Essential Services Map so businesses that remain open can list themselves on a centralized website that is easy for customers to find and navigate