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OC cities to divvy up $715M

OC cities to divvy up $715M By Alicia Robinson, Erika I. Ritchie, Roxana Kopetman and Ian Wheeler -  Each of Orange County’s 34 cities will receive a share of about $715 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. For some, the two-year aid bill corrects their exclusion from earlier rounds of federal assistance. Since the coronavirus [...]

2021-04-15T14:03:20-07:00April 15th, 2021|

Feds Retroactively Adjusts FEMA’s Cost Share to 100 Percent

Feds Retroactively Adjusts FEMA's Cost Share to 100 Percent - COVID-19 Vaccine UPDATE After months of urging Congress and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fully reimburse eligible COVID-19 services, the Biden Administration announced last week that the cost share would indeed be adjusted to 100 percent. It was not clear at the time of [...]

2021-02-25T13:40:16-08:00February 3rd, 2021|

The Desert Sun: Audit: More money should have gone to small counties

By Adam Beam (The Associated Press) The following article appeared in the Desert Sun on January 19, 2021. California should have spent more money helping its smaller counties battle the coronavirus, state Auditor Elaine Howle said Tuesday, criticizing Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration for favoring places with big populations despite data showing the needs of [...]

2021-01-20T11:36:14-08:00January 20th, 2021|

Santa Monica Fights for COVID-19 Relief Funds & Their Equitable Distribution

Santa Monica has been hit hard by the pandemic, which created a $224 million deficit in the City’s operating budget leading to mass layoffs and reductions in City services. In an effort to increase funding, the City is supporting the Democrats’ newly proposed HEROES Act for COVID-19 financial relief and also fighting for a more equitable distribution of relief funds through the state government.

2020-10-02T13:54:28-07:00October 2nd, 2020|

Orange County’s Mayors: ‘Mask up to open up OC!’

All of Orange County’s 34 mayors have teamed up to send a message to residents, businesses and visitors: “Mask up to open up OC!” The message comes in a video featuring Orange County’s mayors socially distant and masked up at iconic locations across Orange County.

2020-09-25T15:54:18-07:00September 25th, 2020|

California Mayors Coalition Gains Big Ally in Mayor Garcetti

The Coalition is excited to welcome Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as one of its newest members. While this diverse group of 60+ mayors from across California is mainly composed of smaller cities, Mayor Garcetti’s membership highlights the importance of all cities, no matter their size, supporting one another during these unprecedented times.

2020-09-23T09:48:35-07:00September 23rd, 2020|

Building a reopening plan on shifting sand

We need to safely re-open California – or at least Orange County – now. We are three weeks into the new “tier” system to reopen California. The official guidelines have changed three times and we expect more changes to come. Shifting standards have been the only consistency and we are – simply put – beyond frustrated.

2020-09-21T14:40:57-07:00September 21st, 2020|

Three Ways to Keep Communities Moving Forward

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic the country has sought and developed solutions to flatten the curve of the virus’s spread and lessen the financial impact felt by business and government alike. It doesn’t matter if you run a neighborhood convenience store or a city government; you’ve likely taken a severe revenue hit since March 1.

2020-09-11T13:28:04-07:00September 10th, 2020|

Smaller Cities Seek Additional Virus Aid

Small and midsize cities in Orange County are lobbying state and federal legislators for more funding, saying the money they’ve received from the first federal coronavirus rescue package is not enough, especially compared with bigger cities such as Anaheim and Santa Ana.

2020-08-14T10:15:10-07:00August 12th, 2020|