August 12th Press info from the State of California highlighting actions to support businesses and the economy
We receive information about different COVID efforts from just about every imaginable agency, organization and business. While we are keeping a comprehensive area for you in our COVID-19 section on this website, we do not post much in our blogs. This press release from the State of California is an exception. It is a great resource to see all the different programs and resources that the state has available for you. Please take a look at this document to see how you can participate or enroll in their programs.
Today Caltech researchers published findings showing that long-term energy storage solutions like hydrogen are needed to make renewable wind and solar electricity most cost-effective. The research, published in the journal Joule, looked at decades of data about wind and solar availability, and revealed that adding long-duration storage such as hydrogen to a wind–solar-battery system lowers energy costs.
Caltech’s data-driven approach is the first to incorporate four decades of historical wind and solar variability data, factoring in variability from year to year that affect power generation.
As California incorporates more and more renewables onto the electric grid, zero-carbon fuels will help make those renewables more affordable. I encourage you to read the story here.
On July 24th, the County issued their compliance plan for health orders issued by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Below is the text as it appeared in their daily update dated July 24, 2020.
Los Angeles County Joint Information Center - COVID-19
Compliance Plan for Health Orders is Unveiled
LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) unveiled a compliance and enforcement plan yesterday to ensure infection control measures are in place in businesses across the County. The tiered plan will include citations and fines for businesses that continue to violate Health Officer Orders, and aims to ensure the health and economy of those who work and live in LA County are protected from the deadly virus.
The PlanThe plan will apply to businesses licensed and permitted by DPH, as well as those who are not. Businesses licensed and permitted by DPH can expect to see the following when visited by an inspector:
To date, 26 restaurants, 1 grocery store, 1 pool and 67 unregulated businesses (which includes 3 gyms) have been shut down due to Health Officer Order violations. LA County's goal is to make sure public health orders are being followed for the health and safety of all those who work and/or visit LA County businesses.
For more details, read the press release. Click here to access DPH Health Officer Orders and Reopening Protocols.
Today we were part of a Restaurant Recovery presentation put on by SoCalGas. The information presented was very timely, especially given yesterday's announcement of the closure of indoor dining again. In addition to recovery information, there was a lot of other cost saving information presented. Below are links to not only the presentation, but also upcoming seminars.
Click on this flyer (or below link) to be taken to LACSD's website for more information!
Here is some great information from a workshop held with several chambers regarding disaster assistance loans from the SBA. The audio file and PowerPoint and several other documents are available. Click on the button to retrieve the information.
Thank you Jon from Irwindale Chamber for spearheading this workshop!
Starting today, the sales tax in Duarte went up from 9.5% to 10.25%. This was ballot Measure D approved by residents in March. For more information, please see the City's website.
We wanted to pass along information from Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Laro for insurance coverage during civil unrest. The fact sheet is available in five languages (all attached).
Click on the link below for a fact sheet from the Insurance Commissioner Lara issued yesterday on insurance coverage during civil unrest.
As if things are not difficult for our businesses, we must also consider the actions of lawsuit abuse that could affect you directly - especially during COVID remote work situations. Please take a moment to read this very important information from Maryann Marino, from Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA). She has been a speaker with us before at the Duarte Chamber and is a well respected subject matter expert. This information may save your business some serious money.
If you have any questions, please contact Maryann at 949-375-0856.