Statement on March 30, 2020

Due to the state, county and city mandates for business closures, the Alliance offices will be closed through April 19. Should the mandates be revised, we will comply accordingly. Our employees, however, are still available to support your needs.

Support for Business
The Alliance is here to serve as a resource during these challenging times. We have a large network of Valley businesses and community leaders who may be available to provide assistance. Business assistance programs are available at no charge. 

http://www.thevalley.net

 
Help Center for Businesses, Workers
Los Angeles County has set up a new resource for businesses and workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The L.A. County Business and Worker Disaster Help Center has free, one-on-one counseling and support. 
https://lacountyhelpcenter.org 

Jobs Site
An L.A. City site helps unemployed workers find current jobs that are open. It also provides links to resources for employers. 
https://lajobsportal.org/#find-jobs 

Other Business Assistance
The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development website offers COVID-19 updates relating to business. It also provides access to small business technical assistance as well as business tax information. https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019 

SBA Disaster Loans: 
https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation updates both health and business assistance information on a regular basis. https://laedc.org/

COVID-19 in L.A. County
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed that cases of the virus have been steadily climbing. There are a total of more than 1,200 cases across all areas of L.A. County, including 21 deaths as of late last week. Of all the county cases, 21 percent have been hospitalized as of late last week. For details and a breakdown of the number of cases in each community go to publichealth.lacounty.gov

Confusion on Closures
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva late last week once again issued a directive that gun and ammunition stores are not considered essential businesses and must close to the public. He had issued that same directive earlier in the week but walked it back, he said, after county lawyers told him gun shops could be considered essential businesses under county and state COVID-19 measures. He said his latest order is in compliance with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order on closures due to COVID-19. Exceptions to this order are law enforcement and security guard company personnel.

https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment/ 

Economic Relief Package Is Law
Legislation that will extend unemployment benefits to those who rely on contract work and freelance jobs passed the U.S. House of Representatives and was signed by President Trump on Friday. The third Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief package had already passed the U.S. Senate.

Below are a few updates to the expanded benefits:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)·         
Temporary 39-week program to provide payment to freelancers, gig workers, and others not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19 emergency. ·         

The minimum benefit equals one-half of a state’s average weekly unemployment benefit plus $600.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)·        
Additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance for employee-classified workers who have exhausted or will exhaust state unemployment benefits.

Provides an additional $600 per week for anyone receiving regular state unemployment insurance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). 

2020 Recovery Rebates·         
This is a one-time cash benefit to households of $1,200 per adult ($2,400 per couple) and $500 per child. 

People earning $75,000 ($150,000 jointly) or less will receive the full amount. This phases-out for people earning more than $99,000 ($198,000 jointly) with no children.

Arts Funding·         
$150 million to state agencies to provide grants and support to arts organizations.·         
$75 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and $75 million for the National Endowment of the Humanities.

$75 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) which supports PBS and NPR. The $2 trillion stimulus package includes a $377 billion small business loan program, a $500 billion liquidity fund for impacted corporations, $100 billion reserved for hospitals and $150 billion provided to state and local governments. Due to the state, county and city mandates for business closures, the Alliance offices will be closed through April 19. Should the mandates be revised, we will comply accordingly. Our employees, however, are still available to support your needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 818-379-7000 or email at information@economicalliance.org.

On behalf of the Alliance team, please stay healthy and be safe.