• Legal Update with Gov Hutchinson – Tuesday
• Price Gouging Prohibited
• Bobcat Fire Update – See San Bernardino County
• Eldorado Fire Update – See Riverside County
California Unemployment – California will not accept new unemployment claims for the next two weeks as the state works to prevent fraud and reduce a backlog, officials said late Saturday.
The EDD has been hampered throughout the pandemic by outdated technology at a time when California is seeing an unprecedented wave of unemployment claims. While the department estimates that about 2.1 million residents were out of work statewide last month, California’s unemployment rate fell to 11.4% in August, down from 13.5% in July.
Anyone who files new claims until Oct. 5 will be asked to provide contact information so the Employment Development Department can reach out after the two weeks is over. Californians who are already in the unemployment system are not expected to see an interruption in their payments during the two-week period. (San Bernardino Sun)
CLICK HERE for details
California Businesses: For information on small business loans in the state of California, CLICK HERE.
Federal COVID Relief for Small Businesses – Apply through December, 2020 to the U.S. Small Business Administration. CLICK HERE
Price Gouging in CA – Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order extending consumer protections against price gouging through March 4, 2021. The protections generally prohibit sellers of any kind from increasing prices on food, consumer goods, medical or emergency supplies, and certain other items by more than 10%.
Reopening Guidelines: Counties must remain at each tier for a minimum of 21 days. The state’s new website www.COVID19.ca.gov will track the metrics, show an interactive map and list business sectors open by each county.
CRMLS Update: Visit the CRMLS COVID-19 Resources page for up-to-date information affecting the real estate industry.
C.A.R. COVID Updates – See C.A.R.’s latest updates on Coronavirus COVID-19, call the new hotline for questions: (213) 351-8450.
Industry Guidance on Showings: Click Here
• This Tuesday – COVID Legal Update w/ Gov Hutchinson – C.A.R. Asst. General Counsel Gov Hutchinson will explain the forms and disclosures needed, as well as COVID protocols, on REal Talk, REal People with Stephanie Velez.
REal Talk, REal People, Sept. 22, 2020,
LA County: Financial assistance for Los Angeles residents and businesses is available. Click here for details for residents; for resources available click here.
Food Assistance: The county is making an effort to feed struggling LA County residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A partner in this and many other food drives is LA Regional Food Bank.
If you or a client needs help, visit covid19.lacounty.gov/food for food insecurity resources.
Escape the Heat: LA County has set up Emergency Cooling Centers across the region. For locations, visit ready.lacounty.gov/heat or call 211.
Riverside County: El Dorado Fire – The El Dorado fire grew overnight Saturday and again on Sunday, as fire crews worked to increase the containment line around the wildfire. The fire’s footprint was at 22,489 acres and containment remained at 59% Sunday morning. Containment is when firefighters create and hold a fire break around the perimeter of a wildfire. On Sunday evening, it was measured at 22,576 acres, a 24-hour increase of 137 acres. Containment was unchanged Sunday night. Fire activity overnight into Sunday was described as decreased compared with daytime activity and less on the blaze’s eastern end as it burned into the Lake fire scar from 2015. The firefighter who died last Thursday has not yet been publicly identified by authorities.
COVID Testing More residents are needed for COVID testing to “slow the spread, move to red tier,” reports the RUHS. Click for details in English / Spanish.
Riverside County COVID risk level remains “Widespread.” Many non-essential businesses remain closed. Counties must remain at each tier for a minimum of 21 days for a safe reopening. The state’s website www.COVID19.ca.gov will track the metrics, show an interactive map and list business sectors open by each county.
For more county updates click here.
Riverside Businesses: The Temporary Outdoor Flex Space Program allows for business operations on both private land and in the public rights‐of‐way while adhering to public safety and physical distancing requirements. There is no initial cost for the initial Temporary Outdoor Flex-Space Permit. Click for details.
The City Clerk Passport Office is open for appointment-only services. Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, walk-in services cannot be accommodated.
Other COVID News.
San Bernardino County: Bobcat Fire – The nature center at the Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area was destroyed by the growing Bobcat fire, and flames were still menacing homes in foothilll communities of the southern Antelope Valley on Sunday, fire officials said. By Sunday evening, the U.S. Forest Service reported the fire had grown to 103,135 acres, with flames still posing a threat to Juniper Hills, Valyermo and Big Pine. Containment remained unchanged through the day at 15%. Saturday night, the fire was measured at 93,842 acres. The fire, which has been burning mostly out of control since Sept. 6, reached the Antelope Valley in recent days after starting almost 30 miles away near the Cogswell Dam in San Gabriel Canyon north of Azusa, deep in the Angeles National Forest.What caused the fire remains under investigation.
Businesses Reopening – A four-tier, color-coded system that governs the ability of counties to reopen businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic. The new system is more gradual than before to guard against loosening restrictions too quickly and subsequent case surges. San Bernardino County falls into the Purple Tier along with 37 other counties in the state. In this tier, the virus is considered “widespread” with more than 8 percent of tests coming back positive and more than 7 new cases daily per 100,000. See the new CA website www.COVID19.ca.gov
Beat the Heat – The County website has this list of indoor cooling centers, each with their own operating hours and restrictions. With conditions constantly in flux due to COVID-19, be sure to call the venue before visiting. Seniors can also take advantage of the Senior Information and Assistance Hotline at 1-800-510-2020.
Billboard Message: A new series of billboards that the County has launched asks residents to help fight COVID-19 by getting tested. Whether you are showing symptoms are not, the more we can all get tested, the better chance we have to get San Bernardino County off the state’s Monitoring List. The billboards have been generously donated by General Outdoor Advertising who has been a valuable partner is helping keep our communities informed.
The County’s Education, Engagement and Enforcement (EEE) plan has gotten off to a rousing start, with officials from Environmental Health Services (EHS) visiting almost 1,650 businesses during the program’s first two weeks. The response from business owners and managers has been overwhelmingly favorable.
The EEE was developed to help local businesses understand the steps they need to take to comply with various state mandates, all of which are designed to limit spread of COVID-19. While the program largely focuses on high-risk businesses such as bars, restaurants and gyms, the EHS team has also responded to citizen reports of businesses that appear to be ignoring public health mandates.
The county recently made adjustments to its COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program to make it available to even more business owners. The extended application deadline is now October 31, 2020. Some of the major revisions to the program include:
All nonprofits with a storefront or physical space are now be eligible to participate.
Short Term Rentals (STRs) are now be eligible to participate at a lower level of funding. The financial support is $500 for each STR owner to offset costs of safety improvements and increased sanitization requirements.
Sole proprietors with no employees are now eligible if they have a retail space or storefront.
Home-based businesses that service customers are now eligible.
For more information and to apply for up to $2,500 for your COVID-Compliant business, Click Here.
For the latest overview of the county click here.
Department of Real Estate
DRE Deadlines Extended: Gov. Gavin Newsom extended several Department of Real Estate (DRE) statutory deadlines. The Executive Order extends the following until Dec. 31, 2020:
- Timeframes associated with examination application expiration dates
- Timeframes associated with license expiration dates
- Deadlines related to the payment of license application fees
- Deadlines related to the payment of license renewal fees
- Deadlines related to completing continuing education requirements for expiring licensees
- Deadlines specified in existing Orders issued by the Real Estate Commissioner