COVID-19 Updates

UPDATE as of 4:14pm on 6/4/2020

SELECT LOS ANGELES COUNTY LIBRARIES TO OFFER SIDEWALK SERVICE BEGINNING MONDAY, JUNE 8

The Los Angeles County Library system has announced that Sidewalk Service will begin at twenty-four libraries throughout the county, starting Monday, June 8.  There are a total of eighty-five facilities operated by the Los Angeles County Library.  The closest library in our region participating in the Sidewalk Service program is the Agoura Hills Library, located at 29901 Ladyface Court in Agoura Hills. 

While the Westlake Village Library continues to remain closed, beginning Monday, June 8 materials previously checked out may be returned to that location.  All returned materials will be quarantined before being reissued, as recommended by health and safety officials. All due dates on existing checkouts have been extended to July 15.  City staff continues to work with County Library staff to facilitate re-opening of the Westlake Village Library at the earliest opportunity.

VENTURA COUNTY EASES VISITATION RULES AT LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

In recognition of the isolation that residents of long term-care facilities are experiencing and the anxiety that families and friends are feeling by not being able to visit with loved ones in-person, the Ventura County Public Health Officer has issued new visitation guidance.  The guidance is designed to allow modified visitations of residents living in long-term care facilities, while continuing to protect the health of those most vulnerable to COVID-19.  Ultimately, it is up to the individual facility to determine whether it is able to allow visitations and adhere to the procedures for welcoming visitors, as outlined in the county-issued guidelines.  Please check with the facility you wish to visit to determine whether they are welcoming visitors. 

UPDATE as of 4:52pm on 6/3/2020

LOS ANGELES COUNTY IMPOSES FOURTH NIGHT OF COUNTYWIDE CURFEW AND SETS LATER START TIME

The County of Los Angeles has announced that while there will be a fourth curfew imposed for tonight, the curfew times have changed from previous nights.  Tonight’s curfew will begin at 9:00 p.m. and remain in effect until 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 4.  The curfew applies to all cities within Los Angeles County, including Westlake Village.

Residents are asked to remain in their homes.  The countywide curfew order does not apply to the following individuals: peace officers, firefighters, National Guard or other military personnel, emergency medical services personnel, individuals traveling to and from work, individuals working on public works construction projects, credentialed news media, people experiencing homelessness without access to a viable shelter, and individuals seeking medical treatments.

PAYROLL PROTECTION PROGRAM LOAN FORGIVENESS

The Payroll Protection Program (PPP), which was created under the CARES Act, contains the opportunity for recipients to receive loan forgiveness.  Language within your loan documents should include instructions regarding the eligibility requirements for loan forgiveness.

As Congress continues to consider new economic relief legislation, there are proposals to extend the forgiveness period and possibly increase the percentage of non-payroll eligible expenses.  At this point, these are only proposals and have not yet been voted on and approved.

For example, among the provisions of the bill that passed the House of Representatives on May 15 was an extension of the forgiveness period from eight to twenty-four weeks and an increase of the non-payroll expenses from 25% to 40% of the loan proceeds. A consideration in the Senate is to double the forgiveness period from eight weeks to sixteen weeks, but retaining the 25% limit for non-payroll items.  It is currently anticipated that the new economic recovery legislation will be enacted in late June or early July. A potential change in PPP requirements may impact your situation.  Please keep in close contact with your lender and/or the Small Business Administration for the most updated information.

UPDATE as of 5:16pm on 6/2/2020

CITY’S WEBSITE HIGHLIGHTS BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP AND RESOURCES

For almost three months, the City of Westlake Village has been regularly updating its website and providing information related to COVID-19.  A critical partnership throughout the pandemic is with the business community.  Businesses in our region have been hard hit by the COVID-19 emergency. The City Council and City staff are continuing their unwavering commitment to working with Westlake Village businesses to maximize recovery opportunities. 

In recent weeks, the State of California and County of Los Angeles have authorized the strategic re-opening of certain sectors of the economy and developed industry specific protocols.

The City of Westlake Village’s Reopening Your Business webpage provides a single stop resource for residents and businesses to access accurate and timely information related to businesses re-opening in our community.  If you have not done so already, please check it out.

PAYING ATTENTION TO YOUR HEALTH

During the early days of the COVID-19 emergency, hospitals and health care providers rushed to ensure their ability to properly deal with the anticipated caseload.  As part of that successful response effort, elective surgeries were delayed and routine medical screenings were deferred.

Westlake Village residents, businesses and other stakeholders embraced state and local stay-at-home orders and contributed favorably to the larger effort of managing the spread of COVID-19, so that our health care system was not overwhelmed.  As a result of the singular focus toward COVID-19, many routine health care appointments and even some more acute medical situations were delayed or deferred.

Health care experts and professional are now recommending maintaining a close dialogue with your health care providers and setting up those deferred appointments to ensure that your health remains at its best.  Hospitals are now able to perform elective surgical procedures and screenings and many providers are now accepting regular health care appointments.

UPDATE as of 8:15pm on 6/1/2020

WESTLAKE VILLAGE MORATORIUM ON RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL EVICTIONS CONTINUES

Today is the first day of a new month and the day that residential and commercial rents are typically due.  Since mid-March, many of our community’s residents have lost their jobs, seen their hours cut back, have been placed on furlough, and as such, may be unable to pay their rent.  Small business owners have closed their doors or watched their revenues drop and may be unable make their rent payments. While some businesses remain closed, for those that have been authorized to reopen, business has not returned to pre-pandemic levels. The Westlake Village City Council understands these situations and continues to provide a relief mechanism.

On March 17, 2020, the City Council unanimously passed Ordinance 278-U20  establishing a temporary eviction moratorium.  The ordinance allows for the deferment of rent payments under specified conditions and prohibits eviction of residential or commercial tenants due to non-payment of rent due to COVID-19 related circumstances.  The urgency ordinance requires that tenants communicate in writing with their landlords.  Furthermore, the local statute enables rent payments to be postponed, not eliminated.  Please read the ordinance to determine how it may apply to your individual situation.   Should you require additional assistance, City staff is happy to assist you at (818) 706-1613. 

WESTLAKE VILLAGE COMMUNITY PARK RE-OPENS TODAY

Effective today, Westlake Village Community Park has re-opened for limited use.  The park, located at 31107 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for activities such as walking, jogging and running.  Park users are reminded to adhere to physical distancing guidelines and wear cloth face coverings when in close contact with others who are not part of your household.

Facilities at the park, including playgrounds, restrooms, drinking fountains and picnic areas remain closed until further notice.  Group activities on the sports fields are prohibited and the skate park also remains closed.

UPDATE as of 11:15pm on 5/31/2020

LEGISLATIVE ANALYST’S OFFICE EVALUATES GOVERNOR’S MAY REVISION

The independent California Legislative Analyst’s Office has released initial comments regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revise for the Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget.  While depicting the Governor’s proposal as generally balanced, the Legislative Analyst believes that the Legislature will need to actively deliberate a variety of undefined budget reduction proposals, such as a ten percent reduction for state employees.  For example, should the ten percent be straight across the board or should a more surgical approach be taken in consideration of specific department functions, with the end result still being an overall ten percent reduction.

The Analyst also notes that Governor Newsom is requesting significant delegated authority, which would eliminate the Legislature’s traditional consultation, authorization and oversight roles.  The chief executive’s proposal also relies on $15 billion in “trigger cuts” that will occur in the absence of receipt of federal funding through a new relief package or other legislative vehicle.  The Legislature is presently holding hearings regarding the proposed budget.  By law, the Legislature must pass a budget by June 15 in order to allow time for the Governor to consider the final proposal; with the goal of having a new budget in place by the state of the fiscal year on July 1.

UPDATE as of 5:42pm on 5/30/2020

GOVERNOR HIGHLIGHTS CALIFORNIA’S PROGRESS IN FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday outlined significant progress that the State of California is making in the fight against COVID-19.  In the area of testing, over 50,000 daily tests can now be conducted statewide, compared to just 2,000 daily tests ten weeks ago.  The state is increasing its contact tracing capabilities by adding an additional 10,000 trained individuals to the ranks of professional contact tracers by July 1.

The Governor reports that 48 of California’s 58 counties have received state approval to move into Stage 2 of California’s Resilience Roadmap.   Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for first responders and other workers throughout California continues to grow every day.  As California continues to transition from the emergency response phase to a sustained response stage, Governor Newsom and public health officials remind us to continue practicing physical distancing, use face coverings and practice personal hygiene through frequent hand washing.  These three simple actions are some things that each of us can do to limit spread of this deadly disease.

UPDATE as of 5:52pm on 5/29/2020

DINE-IN RESTAURANTS AND HAIR SALONS/BARBERSHOPS MAY RE-OPEN

Earlier this afternoon, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued protocols for on-site restaurant dining and hair salons/barbershops to re-open. Included within the new protocols are checklists, which must be fully met before re-opening.   There are no public health or other inspections, or attestations required prior to re-opening.

Once a business can fully meet the performance metrics outlined on individual sector checklists, the facility may re-open.  That is authorized to occur as quickly as today, once the protocols are posted on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov and all benchmarks outlined on the checklists are achieved.  Public health inspectors will continue to be performing their inspections, as they have in the past, and will be adding checklist compliance to their inspections.

The restaurant sector protocol will include sample diagrams, which may be helpful in determining appropriate floor plan configurations.  Department of Public Health staff members are available to assist, should business owners encounter unique situations not contemplated in the protocols.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY RECEIVES COUNTYWIDE VARIANCE

Last Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to authorize the Department of Public Health to submit a countywide variance request to the State of California. The request included the County’s Attestation that it meets a variety of state established health benchmarks. The request was submitted on Wednesday and approved this morning by the California Department of Public Health.  Los Angeles County now becomes California’s 48th county (out of a total of 58 counties) to secure a variance for advancing into Stage 2 recovery. 

As Governor Newsom noted, the role of the state is to issue the guidance on how various sectors of the economy may open, but it is the determination of local health officers as to when that may occur.  California counties are expected to look at the health metrics for their regions and determine the appropriate path forward for reopening businesses.

UPDATE as of 6:06pm on 5/28/2020

GUIDANCE FOR SWIMMING POOL USE

With the weather warming and arrival of summer, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued considerations for owners and operators of aquatic facilities, including homeowners associations or membership clubs.  Some of the information may also be applicable to home pools. While the CDC acknowledges that locally issued public health guidelines should always be followed, the considerations may be useful in establishing protocols and practices that will help keep everyone safe while enjoying their favorite water activities.  Furthermore, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued new protocols for Reopening of Swimming Pools in shared residential facilities, which includes apartments, condominiums and homeowners associations.

I’M CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT’S OPEN IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Over the last few days, the County of Los Angeles has made great progress toward authorizing the re-opening of certain business sectors and recreational venues.  The Department of Public Health issued a one page summary of the Reopening Safer At Work and In the Community health order and sector specific protocols to help residents and business owners sort through the confusion.  If you need additional help, please call the Los Angeles County Information Line at 2-1-1, which is available 24 hours per day/7 days per week.  To provide additional clarity, the City is updating our website to share information specific to Westlake Village.

TIME TO SAFELY CELEBRATE WITH A VEHICLE BASED PARADE: REVISED PROTOCOLS

With social distancing guidelines in place, many of our favorite gathering activities now have a different look.  Many of us are celebrating graduations, birthdays, retirements and other milestone events with vehicle parades.  Earlier this week, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued revised protocols for organizing and participating in vehicle parades.  This information updates requirements put out by the department last week.  To avoid an unanticipated problem and keep everyone safe, please check out the amended protocols.

UPDATE as of 6:52pm on 5/26/2020

LOS ANGELES COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO SEEK COUNTYWIDE VARIANCE

Earlier today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to seek a countywide variance from the State of California.  If approved, this action will enable Los Angeles County to join 47 other California counties in moving at an accelerated pace into economic recovery.

In addition to filing the request for a countywide variance tomorrow, Los Angeles County will also be aligning more closely with state health orders.  On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that retailers and houses of worship may re-open statewide under guidelines approved by their respective counties.  An updated Los Angeles County public health order sets out specific guidelines under which local retailers may welcome customers back into their stores and faith based organizations may resume congregational activities.

Unfortunately, in-restaurant dining in Los Angeles County is not yet permitted, but once the State approves the County’s request for a variance, new guidance will be issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health related to that sector.

This action is a modification of a motion that was considered by the Board of Supervisors during their meeting today.  Chair Kathryn Barger and Supervisor Janice Hahn authored a motion last Friday for today’s Board meeting that would have permitted cities within Los Angeles County to seek an in-county variance, provided appropriate health metrics were achieved.

The City Council supported the motion; with Mayor Kelly Honig writing to Supervisor Kuehl and the other Members of the Board of Supervisors outlining that Westlake Village clearly meets the health metrics for receiving an in-county variance. Council Member Ned Davis provided testimony at today’s Board meeting.

Between last Friday and today, Los Angeles County’s health care metrics have improved to the point where the Board of Supervisors and Department of Public Health believe that Los Angeles County meets the benchmarks established by the State of California for issuing a countywide variance.  While there is no set time frame for the State to respond, the typical turnaround in Sacramento is within a day or two.

Click here to view the full Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for Control of COVID-19 Order.

UPDATE as of 1:35pm on 5/25/2020

MAYOR KELLY HONIG REQUESTS LOCAL VARIANCE FOR WESTLAKE VILLAGE

This week, Mayor Honig sent a letter to Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, respectfully requesting that the City of Westlake Village be granted a variance so that our businesses could begin the process of reopening, on par with businesses in Ventura County that are located literally across the street from Westlake Village businesses.  You can read that letter here.

LA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO CONSIDER LOCAL VARIANCE ISSUE

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be considering a motion tomorrow to direct “the County Health Officer, working in collaboration with the Chief Executive Offer and County Counsel to work with the State to obtain a partial variance on behalf of interested cities and/or regions within the County.”

Over the weekend, City of Westlake Village Mayor Kelly Honig sent a letter to Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who represents our district on the Board of Supervisors, urging her to support the motion. 

Small businesses throughout Westlake Village continue to suffer during the prolonged closures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The City Council has heard the concerns of local businesses and residents, who expressed frustration that other counties are able to move further into Stage 2 recovery, while Los Angeles County is moving at a slower pace.  Last Friday, the City Council held a special Study Session and again heard from local business owners, who now face unfair competition and further economic devastation, as result of Ventura County having received a variance from the State last week.

Unfortunately, time is short to weigh-in on the motion.  The Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9:30 am, tomorrow—Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  Residents and businesses are urged to contact Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and the members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to express your thoughts regarding the motion.

Supervisor Kuehl may be reached via e-mail at sheila@bos.county.gov or by phone at 213-974-3333 or via her website at https://supervisorkuehl.com/contact/.

If you would like to participate in the meeting, information may be found here.

UPDATE as of 1:05pm on 5/24/2020

LOS ANGELES COUNTY CHANGES COVID-19 DAILY BRIEFING SCHEDULE

The County of Los Angeles has announced a new schedule for their COVID-19 press conferences.  Instead of daily briefings, as has been the practice over the past several weeks, Los Angeles County officials will be conducting media briefings only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  There will not be a press conference due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25.  The next press briefing will be on Wednesday, May 27 beginning at 1:00 p.m.  They are regularly broadcast on most Los Angeles area television stations.  Updated information regarding COVID-19 will continue to be done daily at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov.

UPDATE as of 7:30pm on 5/23/2020

LOS ANGELES COUNTY MODIFIES SAFER AT HOME ORDER

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Kathryn Barger announced yesterday that in anticipation of the Memorial Day holiday and upcoming graduations, Safer At Home restrictions have been modified in three subject areas.

Beach bike paths are now open for active use.  Retails stores and restaurants located within indoor shopping malls are now able to open and offer curbside delivery or take-out only.  Additional information may be found at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.

Finally, with graduations almost here, but not being conducted in traditional ways, vehicle parades honoring graduates will be permitted.  Parade plans and compliance protocols must be developed by an event host.  Among other requirements, plans will be reviewed by traffic safety professionals at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department or California Highway Patrol to ensure safety of parade participants and other users of impacted public roadways.

GOING TO THE BEACH THIS WEEKEND?  SUPERVISOR KUEHL SHARES SOME TIPS.

With great weather expected this weekend, many Southern Californians will be heading to the recently re-opened beaches of Los Angeles County.  Supervisor Sheila Kuehl reminds us all to have an enjoyable experience in the sand at My new video on how to safely return to the beach and still have fun in the sun!

UPDATE as of 5:59pm on 5/21/2020

CITY COUNCIL SCHEDULES SPECIAL STUDY SESSION MEETING TOMORROW TO DISCUSS LOCAL BUSINESS ECONOMIC RECOVERY

The Westlake Village City Council has scheduled a Special City Council Study Session meeting tomorrow, Friday May 21, 2020 at 4pm. The one business item on the agenda is a discussion regarding local business economic recovery. To view the agenda and how to join, please click here.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION HIGHLIGHTS JOB LOSSES AND THE NEED FOR REINVENTING THE NEW ECONOMY

At this week’s meeting of the Los Angeles County Economic Resiliency Task Force, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) Chief Executive Officer Bill Allen presented a report showing over 1 million unemployment claims being filed by County residents with the retail, food service, entertainment and personal care sectors being among the hardest hit.

The comprehensive report breaks down job losses by industry sector, gender, age, ethnicity, and education.  LAEDC also identifies business and geographical sectors that are anticipated to be impacted as recovery moves forward against the backdrop of a continuing COVID-19 emergency.

LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS REITERATE IMPORTANCE OF USING CLOTH FACE COVERINGS

As the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates begin to decline throughout Los Angeles County, public health officials continue to stress the importance of using cloth face coverings when going outside.  While the use of cloth face coverings is not mandatory, the use of face coverings is highly recommended when going out in public or interacting in private spaces with individuals who are not part of your household.  Additionally, businesses may refuse entry or service to anyone not using face coverings. 

FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION APPROVES HOME TEST KITS

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an at-home sample collection kit that can be sent to specified labs for COVID-19 testing.  The kit may be used by individuals who have been screened online and completed a questionnaire that is reviewed by a health care provider.  An emergency use authorization has been approved by FDA for Everlywell, Inc. for the new test kit.  The Everlywell home-collection kit is currently the only authorized COVID-19 at-home sample collection kit for use with multiple authorized COVID-19 diagnostic tests. The kit and associated tests are available by prescription only.  More information may be found at https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-first-standalone-home-sample-collection-kit-can-be-used.

UPDATE as of 5:04pm on 5/20/2020

EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT UPDATES FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The California Employment Development Department (EDD), which administers unemployment insurance claims for the State of California, has updated its Frequently Asked Questions.  If you have lost your job or had your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19, you may be eligible for benefits.  Individuals who may have previously been ineligible for traditional unemployment insurance may be eligible under various new programs created in response to COVID-19.  Experts advise that if you are in doubt about whether or not you qualify for unemployment, file a claim with EDD and let their experts determine your eligibility.

Over 4.7 million claims have been filed with EDD, including over one million claims filed by residents of Los Angeles County, resulting in over $12.3 billion being paid statewide  in unemployment claims.

METROLINK CONTINUES ENHANCING CLEANING PROTOCOLS

While still operating on the modified schedule established on March 26, Metrolink continues to enhance its cleaning protocols and outreach to riders.  Public transit continues to be an important way for many who are unable to telecommute to reach their jobs.  As the economy starts to reopen, more people will be returning to Metrolink.  Additional information may be found at https://metrolinktrains.com/rider-info/safety–security/covid19/coronavirus/?epsremainingpath=coronavirus.

DON’T NEGLECT PERSONAL PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE

Over the past few weeks, as our collective attention has been focused on COVID-19, many important preventative health care checks have been delayed. For example, across the nation mammograms are down by 87%, colonoscopies by 90% and administration of vaccines by 60%.

Many of our health care professionals suspended routine exams, check-ups and preventative screenings to ensure that our health care system was not overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases and appropriate levels of personal protective equipment were available.  Most health care professionals are now re-opening their practices.  If you have delayed consulting your health care professionals, please reach out to them, so that important screenings or other preventative actions can be undertaken to protect your health.

UPDATE as of 8:00pm on 5/19/2020

LOS ANGELES COUNTY TARGETING POTENTIAL JULY 4 REOPENING

Board of Supervisors Chair Kathryn Barger announced today that the Los Angeles County Economic Resiliency Task Force has set a goal of July 4 for reopening Los Angeles County.  The task force held their second meeting today and heard from business leaders regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various sectors of the regional economy. It’s important to note that this goal may not be without limitations and may have additional protocols associated with it.

Los Angeles County is still the epicenter of statewide COVID-19 cases; with 1183 new cases being reported over the past 24 hours, thus bringing the total of countywide cases to 39,573.  While coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County are trending downward, they do not yet meet the statewide benchmark of an 8% positivity rate over a two-week period.

The Westlake Village City Council remains concerned about the extended time frame for reopening businesses throughout Los Angeles County.  The Council is working with County officials to explore the possibility of obtaining regional variances within Los Angeles County.

HOUSE PASSES $3 TRILLION HEROES ACT

Late last Friday night, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act.  The $3 trillion measure is the latest in a series of federal relief efforts.  The measure now moves on to the Senate.

Senate Republicans expressed concerns such as that the bill is 50% larger than the CARES Act, which was enacted by Congress on a bi-partisan basis in late March.  The Senate Majority leader suggested that a “pause” is in order to fully assess the real-world impact of earlier legislative efforts.

Almost one-third of the House approved relief bill is devoted to providing state, local and tribal governments with appropriations for vitally needed public services in the wake of economic damage caused by the shut-down of the economy.  Additional provisions related to improving the employee retention credit, expanding and reforming the Paycheck Protection Program and extending unemployment benefit protections were included in the legislation.  While it is anticipated that the Senate will be pressured into ultimately passing another relief measure, the timing and specific provisions able to secure bi-partisan support remain under negotiation.

UPDATE as of 5:41pm on 5/18/2020

WESTLAKE VILLAGE PARTICPATES IN REGIONAL RECOVERY TASK FORCE

The City of Westlake Village has joined with the cities of Agoura Hills and Thousand Oaks and the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce in establishing a Small Business Economic Task Force to work with local businesses as they move toward reopening.  The task force has identified a four-stage set of objectives will guide the work.

Conejo Valley Small Business Economic Task Force Objectives:

Phase 1: Relief

  1. Connect businesses with essential information and assistance to enable them to weather the immediate disruption until an eventual re-opening.
  2. Maintain and encourage as much economic activity as possible within constraints of public health and business process disruption.

Phase 2: Reopening

  1. Support protocols that allow for localized re-openings where conditions meet specified criteria.
  2. Provide clarity to businesses about rules/conditions for re-opening and operating, including allowed options, continuing restrictions, etc.
  3. Support businesses in their re-opening process and communication.

Phase 3:  Recovery/Reinvention

  1. Ensure businesses are aware of, and have access to, non-traditional forms of capital and financial support (e.g. grants, stimulus, etc.)
  2. Identify ways to facilitate local economic activity.
  3. Identify and advocate for public policy and procedural changes to facilitate business activity.
  4. Support businesses in re-hiring and/or replacing workers.
  5. Support businesses in their redesign of business processes, product offerings, customer interfaces, etc.

Resilience

  1. Ensure community participates in, and benefits from, regional efforts to identify new opportunities to expand economy and/or mitigate areas of weakness.
  2. Develop and implement long-term economic growth strategies.
  3. Address pre-existing constraints (e.g. housing).
  4. Support long-term business resiliency strategies.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY RESUMES ISSUING MARRIAGE LICENSES

Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder County Clerk Dean Logan has announced that his office will begin issuing marriage licenses starting today after a two-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 emergency.  Couples seeking a marriage license must make an appointment with the Registrar-Recorder’s office either online or by calling 800-201-8999.  There are some additional requirements, such as:

  • One individual must be a resident of Los Angeles County.
  • Both individuals must be in the same place in the State of California.
  • Both individuals must have valid government identification.
  • Must have an Internet connection and a device with video/audio capabilities (desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone).

Appointments will be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis.

GOVERNOR EXTENDS NOTARY PUBLIC TERMS OF OFFICE

Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-63-20, which among other provisions extends for 60 days, beginning May 7, the terms of office for Notary Public whose term has expired since March 1, 2020 or will expire by July 5, 2020.

UPDATE as of 4:50pm on 5/17/2020

HOLLYWOOD BOWL CANCELS SUMMER SEASON

The iconic Hollywood Bowl has announced that its 2020 summer concert season has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  This includes events scheduled June 6 through September 26.  Ticket holders may request a refund, credit toward a future event or donate the value of the unused tickets to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Additional information may be found at https://www.hollywoodbowl.com/faqs/coronavirus-covid-19.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR 2020 CANCELLED

For just the second time in its almost 100 year history, the Los Angeles County Fair has been cancelled.  Originally slated to be held at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona on September 4-27, the annual county fair is being cancelled. Fair officials have taken the extraordinary step in recognition of limitations being placed on large gatherings by state and local public health officials.  Addition information may be found on the Fair’s website at https://www.lacountyfair.com.

UPDATE as of 5:33pm on 5/16/2020

STRUGGLING WITH HOME SCHOOLING?

The Las Virgenes Unified School District and City of Calabasas have partnered to share effective home schooling tips for parents of students at all grade levels.  Distance learning can be challenging.  Fifth grade teacher Jessica Cioffi Wishart shares her professional expertise for achieving successful outcomes.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuAGc4T_-9U&feature=youtu.be.

CITY OF LOS ANGELES REQUIRES FACE COVERINGS WHEN LEAVING HOME

Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced an updated Safer At Home order for City of Los Angeles residents.  The Mayor’s new order requires residents of the City of Los Angeles to wear face coverings when leaving their homes.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFERS LOW INCOME RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR UNINCORPORATED AREA RESIDENTS

If someone you know lives within unincorporated Los Angeles County and needs rental assistance,  they may be eligible for the new COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program.  More information about the program can be found at https://2020.211la.org/form/covid-rental-assistance.

UPDATE as of 5:13pm on 5/15/2020

GREAT WEATHER EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND, SO LET’S GET OUTSIDE

The Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department has posted guidelines to ensure safe use of newly reopened recreational amenities throughout the County.  Golf courses; tennis courts; pickleball courts; equestrian centers; archery, trap, skeet and shooting ranges; model airplane areas; and community gardens are reopening for your enjoyment.  While we all need to continue practicing physical distancing and use hand sanitizer or frequently wash our hands, the beautiful weather this weekend is calling us to enjoy the wonderful outdoor recreational activities and spaces that we all have been missing. Please keep in mind Westlake Village City Parks have additional guidelines that can be found here.

BEACHES IN MALIBU AND THROUGHOUT LOS ANGELES COUNTY REOPEN

Los Angeles County announced the first phased re-opening of its beaches for active recreation use only, with mandatory public health protocols in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. State Parks also announced that State-owned beaches in Malibu are also open. The Malibu Pier and all beach parking lots in Malibu remain closed, and no-parking zones are enforced on some areas of PCH in Malibu. 

The City of Malibu urges all out-of-area visitors to be mindful and respectful of the local community, and follow all Los Angeles Department of Public Health protocols if they are out enjoying the beaches in the Malibu area or elsewhere in the county. 

CDC UPDATES GUIDELINES FOR DISINFECTING HOUSEHOLDS

The Centers for Disease Control has issued updated guidelines for individuals seeking to routinely clean their homes and also if someone in the household has contracted COVID-19.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html.

UPDATE as of 5:30pm on 5/14/2020

REVISED PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER ALLOWS FOR THE CONDITIONAL REOPENING OF MORE BUSINESSES IN WESTLAKE VILLAGE

With the revised Public Health Order issued yesterday by LA County, City staff have been working closely with Public Health officials to obtain more information on which of Westlake Village’s many great businesses are allowed to reopen. We’re excited to announce that businesses such as our local pet groomers, car wash, and more are now allowed to reopen in a limited form by following the Safer at Home protocols. City staff are working with the LA County Board of Supervisors and their staff on a daily basis to ensure Westlake Village’s unique needs are known and addressed. As we all continue to practice social (physical) distancing, we’ll continue to take the important steps in keeping our community healthy, and on the road to recovery.

GOVERNOR PREDICTS $54 BILLION STATE BUDGET SHORTFALL

Earlier today, Governor Gavin Newsom presented his May Revision to the California Legislature.  Typically, the May Revision is simply an update to the Governor’s January budget proposal; reflecting actual revenues received during the first four months of the calendar year and evolving policy priorities.  This year, in addition to reflecting actual revenues and developing policy priorities, the May Revision serves as the primary budget proposal; given the cataclysmic funding and policy changes brought about since January due to the COVID-19 emergency.

The California Legislature will conduct hearings regarding each element of the Governor’s proposed budget.  Changes are anticipated to be made by the Legislature, as various stakeholders weigh-in regarding specific line items and policy components to be included in the state’s fiscal blueprint.  The Legislature is constitutionally required to pass a budget by June 15, thus enabling the Fiscal Year 2020-21 spending plan to become operative on July 1, 2020.

The Fiscal Year 2020-21 California State Budget is proposed at $203 billion overall, with $133.9 billion in general fund expenditures.  This represents a 9.4% decrease from the current year.  The Governor identified four core values around which the new budget proposal is built:

            1. Public Education

            2. Public Health

            3. Public Safety

            4. Californians hard hit by COVID-19

The state’s chief executive is anticipating that the budget deficit may reach approximately $54.3 billion.  State revenues have fallen dramatically.  For example, sales tax revenue is anticipated to be down by 27.2%, personal income tax will fall by 25.5% and corporate income tax will likely decline by 22.7%.

The Westlake Village City Council and staff will continue monitoring the state’s budget process in an effort to ensure that revenue and policy decisions important to our community are maximized.  Unfortunately, the City of Westlake Village is not immune from the economic downturn.  Over the next few weeks, the City Council and staff will continue developing our local spending plan for the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2020. Please visit wlv.org for more information regarding upcoming City Council meetings.

UPDATE as of 6:15pm on 5/13/2020

LOS ANGELES COUNTY MODIFIES SAFER AT HOME ORDER

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health today announced additional modifications to the Safer At Home Order, as part of the Roadmap to Recovery.  The new order allows all retailers within Los Angeles County to open, except those located within indoor malls.  The State of California has not yet authorized indoor malls to reopen.  Retailers may only offer curbside pick-up or delivery services, as customers are not allowed within businesses.   Manufacturing operations that supply the open, low-risk retailers are also permitted to resume operations. Click here to view the REVISED HEALTH ORDER.

Businesses that are reopening are reminded that they must be in compliance with Department of Public Health requirements; which include employees and customers wearing face coverings, appropriate physical distancing, hand washing, surface sanitizing and compliance posting.

County health officials are also permitting additional outdoor recreational activities to include tennis, pickle ball, equestrian activities, community gardens and bike paths to reopen, while employing appropriate safety protocols.

COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR CLARIFIES REMARKS

This afternoon, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer clarified remarks she made yesterday during the Board of Supervisors meeting related to extension of the Safer At Home Order. Dr. Ferrer acknowledged and apologized for inadvertently leaving the impression that the Safer At Home Order was being extended through July without modification. 

While the Safer At Home Order is broad-based, it does allow for modifications, as local health conditions warrant.  County health officials are continually reviewing regional COVID-19 case data and authorizing changes, as appropriate.  For example, certain low-risk businesses and recreational venues have been reopened under modified Safer At Home Orders and Dr. Ferrer outlined that will continue as part of the County’s Roadmap to Recovery.  

CALIFORNIA PHARMACISTS WILL SOON BE CONDUCTING COVID-19 TESTING

Governor Newsom has announced that the California Department of Consumer Affairs and State Board of Pharmacy will allow pharmacists to collect specimens for COVID-19 tests and order tests for consumers. The specimens will be delivered to and processed at public health, university or commercial labs. The expansion of testing locations is part of the statewide strategy to increase testing within the State of California, leading to increased modifications of the Stay At Home Order

UPDATE as of 5:57pm on 5/12/2020

MAYOR ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF

Westlake Village Mayor Kelly Honig and the Members of the City Council want local small businesses to know that the City of Westlake Village has partnered with the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Foundation and cities of Agoura Hills and Thousand Oaks in launching the new Conejo Valley Small Business Relief Fund.

The fund, which will be administered through the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce is designed to assist Conejo Valley businesses with less than 25 employees.  Information regarding donating to the fund may be found at the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, which can be reached at: 805-370-0035 or via email at: chamber@conejochamber.org.

STATE CONTINUES TO ISSUE MODIFICATIONS TO STAY AT HOME ORDER FOCUSED ON REOPENING CALIFORNIA’S ECONOMY

Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that new state guidelines have been issued leading to the reopening of offices where telecommuting has not been an option; indoor and outdoor shopping malls, strip malls and outlet malls, with curbside deliveries only; pet grooming facilities; outdoor museums; and botanical gardens. While the state has issued modifications, individual counties may enact and enforce more restrictive measures dependent upon the local impacts of COVID-19.  For example, only those counties that have received an approved variance may move toward reopening dine-in restaurants.  More complete information regarding the statewide modifications may be found at https://covid19.ca.gov.

While Los Angeles County is moving forward as quickly as possible to reopen various segments of the economy, it is acknowledged that the County will moving cautiously to lift restrictions.   Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer has advised the Board of Supervisors that the Safer At Home Order will likely be extended until July.  Additional information may be found at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY BEACHES TOMORROW WITH RESTRICTIONS

Starting tomorrow, beaches in Los Angeles County are slated to reopen for active use only.  Active uses include walking, jogging, and directly accessing the water for surfing and swimming.  Group gatherings, such as playing volleyball or other games, or static activities, such as sunbathing, are not allowed.  Face coverings must be worn while on the sand or nearby paths. Beach parking lots, bike paths, piers, and boardwalks will remain closed. Further information regarding beaches reopening, permitted activities and restrictions may be found at https://beaches.lacounty.gov.

UPDATE as of 5:11pm on 5/11/2020

WESTERN STATES PACT SENDS LETTER TO CONGRESS REQUESTING STATE AND LOCAL DIRECT RELIEF

The Governors and legislative leaders of five states have sent a joint letter to Congress requesting enactment of a $1 trillion state and local government relief package.   The five states working together as the Western States Pact are California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.  Congressional leaders are currently considering another relief bill, which is anticipated to contain provisions providing direct funding to state and local governments; most of which are struggling under the dramatic drop of revenues due to the economic slowdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Later this week, Governor Newsom will be presenting his May Revision to the Legislature, outlining his proposed Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget.  Just this past January, the Governor presented a proposed budget showing a healthy surplus.  As a result of the COVID-19 emergency, the state now anticipates falling into a $54 billion deficit next year. 

METRO AND LAX REQUIRING USE OF FACE COVERINGS STARTING TODAY

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is requiring that all patrons using Metro’s bus and rail system wear face coverings, beginning today.  Previously, use of face coverings by Metro riders was only a recommendation.  More information may be found at https://thesource.metro.net/2020/05/07/metro-to-require-use-of-face-coverings-by-riders-on-metro-buses-and-trains-beginning-monday-may-11/.

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is now requiring that everyone within the terminals at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) wear face coverings. LAWA issued a press release outlining both the face covering directive for individuals while in the terminals and expectations of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for passengers passing through security checkpoints.

UPDATE as of 5:07pm on 5/10/2020

HIT THE TRAILS AND ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL WEATHER

Los Angeles County is reopening public trails and trailheads to allow residents increased outdoor recreation options. Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. Using recreational and multi-use trails can be an important way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and vitamin D, stay active, and safely connect with nature. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucially important that you follow the DO’s and DON’Ts outlined by public health officials, in order to use public trails in a way that keeps you and other users healthy.  Guidance regarding the use of  trails may be found at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening-Trails.pdf.

NEED NEW WHEELS?  L.A. COUNTY CAR DEALERS ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

Los Angeles County has authorized automobile dealers to reopen their sales departments utilizing specific protocols.  Whether you purchase your car in Los Angeles County or Ventura County, call the dealership ahead of time to verify their hours of operation and specific requirements they may have regarding sales, test drives, showroom accessibility or use of other facilities.  More information regarding how dealerships in Los Angeles County may operate and interact with customers may be located at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening-CarDealerships.pdf.

I’VE LOST MY JOB—NOW WHAT?

As expected, the April jobs report released on Friday morning was devastating.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over 20.5 million jobs were lost across the nation during the month of April. The unemployment rate spiked to 14.7 percent from 4.4 percent in March, as thousands of businesses closed and laid off or furloughed workers they could no longer afford to employ. The one-month rise in the unemployment rate between March and April is the largest ever recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

If you have lost your job or had your hours reduced, you are likely eligible for one of several different unemployment programs offered through the California Employment Development Department (EDD).  Three programs, covering almost every worker, are available through EDD; traditional unemployment insurance, pandemic unemployment insurance or pandemic emergency unemployment compensation.  Traditional unemployment insurance covers individuals working for someone else.  Pandemic unemployment assistance is designed for small business owners, self-employed individuals, independent contractors, those people with a limited work history or others who do not fall within traditional unemployment insurance categories.  Pandemic emergency unemployment compensation is for individuals who have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits dating back to July 2019.

Regardless of the circumstances related to your unemployment, reduction in hours or whether you think you may qualify for benefits, go online at edd.ca.gov and file an application.  With so many different situations growing out of the COVID-19 pandemic, let the experts at EDD determine your eligibility.

Currently, it’s taking approximately 21 days for benefits to be received, once a complete filing is made for unemployment insurance.  Unemployment insurance experts advise that if you file for unemployment, be sure to answer the questions completely and truthfully; thus ensuring that you will have the best opportunity at receiving benefits as quickly as possible.

UPDATE as of 4:42pm on 5/9/2020

COUNTY ESTABLISHES RULES FOR SELECT RETAILERS TO REOPEN FOR BUSINESS

The County of Los Angeles is adopting a staged approach, supported by science and public health expertise, to allow certain retail businesses to safely reopen. The requirements are specific to retail establishments permitted to reopen for curbside pick-up in conformance with the Governor’s Guidance issued on May 7, 2020. In addition to the conditions imposed on these retail businesses by the Governor, the businesses must also be in compliance with the conditions laid out in the Checklist for Retail Establishments Opening for Curbside Pickup. Retail business allowed to reopen beginning today to include florists and toy, book, clothing, music and sporting goods stores.  Our wonderful local businesses look forward to welcoming you back!

GOLF COURSES REOPENING

As part of the effort focused on reopening businesses and recreational opportunities, the County of Los Angeles is authorizing golf courses to reopen.  The Public Health Department requires all golf courses to take appropriate steps for implementing a safe reopening for employees and customers.  Individual golf courses may welcome golfers once the facility meets the County’s reopening requirements.  Golfers are asked to strictly follow the guidelines established by public health officials to ensure a safe experience for everyone.  Rules and guidelines related to the reopening of golf courses may be found at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening-GolfCourses.pdf.

VENTURA COUNTY ISSUES NEW STAY WELL VC ORDER

In response to the Governor issuing new guidance for retailers, manufacturers and warehouse operations, the County of Ventura has issued a new Stay Well VC Order to be more aligned with the state order. Don’t forget, the City of Westlake Village is located in Los Angeles County and thus is required to follow LA County’s Public Health Orders.

UPDATE as of 6:20pm on 5/8/2020

A Message From Kelly Honig – Mayor Of Westlake Village

May 8, 2020

Over the last several weeks of physical distancing, we have seen the COVID-19 curve flatten across California.  However, we live in a county that has more than half of all the total COVID-19 deaths in the entire state.  This means we must all continue to be vigilant.   It is also why the L.A. County Department of Public Health is requiring a phased approached to the re-opening of businesses and recreational venues.

We are going to continue to keep our community safe, while at the same time working alongside our business partners to re-open with appropriate physical distancing protocols. This pandemic is a challenge on many fronts, but we have risen to the occasion and with your help we will continue to meet these challenges with strength and determination. We must continue to embody this spirit of collaboration and cooperation with each step we take.

New Los Angeles County guidelines today allow some retail stores to open with curbside pick-up only, they include bookstores, florists, clothing and shoe stores, sporting goods stores, toy stores and music stores. Golf courses, trails and car dealerships can also open, provided they follow strict protocols for physical distance and face covers. You can visit some of our local parks again for walking, jogging, and biking; however, any group gatherings, sports and playground use are still prohibited. You must still wear your face covering when entering businesses.

I know many people want more to re-open. One question we have received is about private community swimming pools and why they cannot re-open. We also hear people ask why a certain business is not listed on the approved county business re-opening list. It is important to know that the City cannot make these decisions to allow these entities to open. These decisions are made by the LA County Department of Public Health and our city is required to follow these orders.

I want to take this opportunity to wish all the moms in our community a Happy Mother’s Day. This is a very unique Mother’s Day as we are celebrating apart and relying on creative ways to feel connected to those we cherish. As a mom, I’d like to offer a special thank you to the mothers in our community who are working the front lines. Thank you for your diligence in helping to protect our community. 

While we are not necessarily moving past this pandemic just yet, this week we are making progress towards re-opening.  This is a good sign and one we want to continue.  Please continue your great efforts to remain six feet apart, wear face coverings when you go out, and don’t forget to stay positive!

It is truly an honor to be your mayor. We will get through this together!

Sincerely,

Kelly Honig

Mayor

UPDATE as of 5:45pm on 5/7/2020

LA COUNTY TO RELEASE REVISED PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER ORDER TOMORROW

LA County Officials have announced that as we prepare to enter ‘Stage 2’ of ‘Reopening Safely in Los Angeles County’ a revised Public Health Officer Order will be issued tomorrow on Friday, May 8th. This Official Health Officer Order will outline the specifics of what businesses are permitted to reopen and how. The City will have this revised Public Health Order available at www.wlv.org as soon as it is released. Please stay tuned to the City’s website and social media for updates as the situation evolves.

GOVERNOR AUTHORIZES REOPENING OF CALIFORNIA’S ECONOMY

Earlier today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced new guidance under California’s Pandemic Roadmap Stage 2, leading to low-risk retailers, manufacturers and warehouses being able to open beginning Friday, May 8.  The Governor also outlined the regional variance program, which will enable counties meeting specified criteria and utilizing health data to move aggressively toward reopening their local economies.  Regional variance guidelines will be issued on Tuesday, May 12 and posted on the California Department of Public Health website.  The Governor reiterated that the state’s decisions related to COVID-19 and reopening particular sectors of the economy are based upon science, data and public health.

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES BEGINS PROCESS TOWARD ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Los Angeles County Chair Pro Tem Hilda Solis announced that beginning Friday, in tandem with the Governor’s modified order enabling low-risk business sectors to reopen, certain businesses located within the County will be able to open their doors.   Florists, toy stores, music stores, sporting goods stores, and book stores may reopen under directives calling for curbside deliveries and adherence to protocols issued by the Department of Public Health.

These protocols include employers being required to provide face cloth coverings for all employees to wear while performing duties that involve contact with others.  Businesses must limit the number of people entering the location, so that a physical distance of at least six feet can be maintained at all times by employees and customers.  Furthermore, businesses must allow for frequent hand washing by their employees or have hand sanitizer readily available when hand washing is not possible.  Some employers may have to stagger shifts to ensure that individuals can remain at safe distances from one another.  Customers will be required to follow measures put in place by the business and wear face cloth coverings in order to enter the business or secure curbside purchases.

The County of Los Angeles has issued a one-page summary of  the Roadmap to Recovery, and a more extensive presentation outlining the steps toward reopening business and public spaces throughout the County.

Golf courses and trails will also be reopening, beginning Saturday, May 9.  Beaches throughout Los Angeles County remain closed, but are anticipated to reopen in the near future.  Golf courses may reopen, provided that specific safety guidelines and restrictions are followed.  For example, golf courses must limit groups of four players per tee time.  Physical distancing must be practiced at all times and no group gathering will be allowed anywhere on the course, within course facilities or in parking lots.  Rental clubs and push carts will not be available.  Use of golf carts is limited to single riders.  Clubhouses and pro shops remain closed.  Restaurants, cafes or other food service facilities are limited to take-out only.  More information may regarding golf course reopening may be found at https://parks.lacounty.gov/covid-19/.

County trails will be open.  Physical distancing must be practiced and trail users over the age of 2 are required to wear cloth face coverings at trailheads, parking lots and while on the trails.  Groups are limited to those members of your immediate household.  Download the Trails LA County mobile app for real time updates and trail information. Additional information regarding Los Angeles County trails may be found at https://trails.lacounty.gov.

GOVERNOR ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER RELATED TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-62-20, which outlines new regulations related to workers’ compensation specific to COVID-19.  The new Executive Order presumes that if an employee working outside of their home, while the state Stay At Home Order is in effect, contracts COVID-19, that exposure is presumed to have occurred within the scope of individual’s employment.  The order is retroactive to March 19 and extends through July 5, 2020.

The California Chamber of Commerce recommends that employers should ensure they are in full compliance with federal, state and local health mandates and guidance for minimizing or preventing employee exposure to COVID-19.  The Chamber also suggests that employers coordinate closely with their Human Resources Departments and legal counsel regarding the change.  Additional information regarding the California Chamber of Commerce’s advice may be found at https://advocacy.calchamber.com/2020/05/07/governors-workers-compensation-order-presume-covid-19-illness-arises-from-the-job/.

UPDATE as of 5:49pm on 5/6/2020

Earlier today, LA County Board of Supervisors Chair Barger announced that Stage 2 of the phased approach to ‘Reopening Safely in Los Angeles County’ will being this Friday, May 8th. This initial step as part of Stage 2 will allow for the limited reopening of certain businesses such as florists, some retailers, car dealerships, golf courses, and trails. Supervisor Barger stated “This list is less about what products are sold and more about the ability to maintain social distancing. We are finalizing the details and we’ll have all the information and guidelines for businesses up on our website before the order goes into effect.” The exact details of the Stage 2 phased reopening will be provided in a revised Public Health Officer Order expected to be released in the next 24 hours. The City will have this revised Public Health Order available here as soon as it is released. Please stay tuned to the City’s website and social media for updates as the situation evolves.

UPDATE as of 5:21pm on 5/5/2020

GOVERNOR PROVIDES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING REOPENING CALIFORNIA’S ECONOMY

Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he will be issuing a modified Stay At Home Order on Thursday, May 7, which will enable low risk businesses and public spaces to open as early as Friday, May 8.  While the Governor’s announcement lacked many specifics, a press release issued by his office late yesterday provides a few additional details.  It is anticipated that more general information will be made available later today and tomorrow, with the detailed announcement being made on Thursday, through signing of an Executive Order.  The press release may be accessed at https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/05/04/governor-newsom-provides-update-on-californias-progress-toward-stage-2-reopening/.

VENTURA COUNTY FAIR CANCELLED

Yesterday, the Ventura County Fair Board voted to cancel the 2020 Ventura County Fair.  The Fair was scheduled to run from August 5 through August 16, 2020.  Additional information regarding the Board’s action may be found at https://www.venturacountyfair.org/2020/05/board-of-directors-votes-to-cancel-2020-vc-fair/.

CISA UPDATES INFORMATION REGARDING THREATS TO NATION’S TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) advises that threats against critical information and technology systems continue to grow.  Earlier today, CISA updated their guidance.  As the COVID-19 pandemic requires more telecommuting, online conferences, educating at home and other increased uses of our nation’s technology infrastructure, there are more opportunities for disruption of vital information and communications links.  CISA is providing a variety of resources to raise awareness of the continuing threat to critical information systems and vital supply chains.  For more information, please visit https://www.cisa.gov/nrmc-scrm.

UPDATE as of 5:56pm on 5/4/2020

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES MODIFICATIONS TO STAY AT HOME ORDER TO ENABLE CERTAIN BUSINESSES TO REOPEN LATER THIS WEEK

Governor Gavin Newsom announced earlier today that he intends to issue a modified Stay At Home Order on Thursday, enabling the reopening of certain sectors of the economy.  The Governor announced that low-risk retailers and manufacturing will be able to reopen as early as Friday, provided they are in compliance with local health guidelines.  This means that while the State may allow limited openings, the final decision will be up to the local agency such as the Los Angeles County Public Health Officer. Retail sectors highlighted, as examples of stores that will be allowed to reopen with curbside pick-up, include clothing stores, bookstores, toy stores, sporting goods retailers, music stores and florists.  It is anticipated that additional information will come forward during the week, culminating in the issuance of a modified order on Thursday, May 7.

In-restaurant dining, offices and shopping malls will remain closed.  Future orders relating to these and other Phase 2 business sectors will be addressed at a later time.  Restaurant delivery and takeout may continue, as currently permitted.

Counties will self-certify that they meet health protocols outlined by the state for reopening various elements of the economy.  It is expected that there will be regional variation, depending upon dynamics of the COVID-19 virus within each county.  Both Los Angeles County and Ventura County expect to make modifications of their safer at home orders later in the week, based upon local conditions.

MEALS ON WHEELS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

Meals on Wheels is looking for drivers and substitute drivers to deliver meals to individuals who are temporarily or permanently incapacitated or staying at home in compliance with applicable health orders. As local residents continue to abide by Los Angeles County’s Safer At Home Order, there continues to be growing demand for home delivered meals.

Drivers supply their own car and operating expenses to deliver the meals.  Most drivers only drive one day a week or substitute as needed to fill vacancies. If you are interested in sharing your time to help neighbors in need, please call 805.370.4295 or e-mail debbie@mealsonwheels-wlv.org.

SUPERVISOR KUEHL REMINDS US THAT MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl is highlighting the partnership between the County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health and We Rise LA.  We Rise 2020: Virtual May is a month-long spotlight on well-being and healing through art, music, and creative expression.  Take the Supervisor’s advice and check it out at https://werise.la.

UPDATE as of 3:36pm on 5/3/2020

JPL PROVIDES FREE BLUEPRINTS TO MEDICAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS FOR VENTILATOR PRODUCTION

A new high-pressure ventilator developed by NASA engineers and tailored to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use under the FDA’s March 24 ventilator Emergency Use Authorization.

Called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), the device was developed by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California to free up the nation’s limited supply of traditional ventilators, so they may be used on patients with the most severe COVID-19 symptoms.

The Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships at Caltech, which manages JPL for NASA, is offering a free license for VITAL and is reaching out to the commercial medical industry to find manufacturers for the device.  More information may be found at nasa.gov/coronavirus.

GOVERNOR BUILDS REOPENING CALIFORNIA ON SIX INDICATORS

During the past couple of weeks, Governor Newsom has outlined the actions necessary to reopen California’s economy.  He references six indicators that will be employed in making decisions modifying the state’s Stay At Home Order. The link to the indicators may be found at https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/California-Roadmap-to-Modify-the-Stay-at-Home-Order.pdf

At his Friday press briefing, the Governor alluded to recent data demonstrating positive trends in the fight against COVID-19.  He expressed optimism that he will be able to announce modifications of the Stay At Home Order, beginning as soon as this week.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL UPDATES INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL ADVISORY

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated its international travel advisory.  The advisory notes the status of COVID-19 in various countries.  For those who may have need to travel internationally, information may be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html.

UPDATE as of 5:35pm on 5/2/2020

LOS ANGELES COUNTY COVID-19 CASES – BY THE NUMBERS

As the month of April closed out, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports that there have been 23,182 COVID-19 cases reported throughout the county.  Six cases have been reported in the City of Westlake Village, reflecting the great job that the residents of our community have done in preventing spread of this deadly disease.  Keep up the good work!  Additional information regarding countywide statistics may be found at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/locations.htm.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY DECLARES MAY AS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Kathryn Barger on Friday declared May as Mental Health Awareness Month.  The County is partnering with Headspace to provide support and resources during this challenging time.  More information may be found at https://www.headspace.com/lacounty.

ASSESSOR REMINDS BUSINESSES OF MAY 7 DEADLINE FOR FILING BUSINESS PROPERTY STATEMENTS

A month ago, the County of Los Angeles announced the Safer at Home order, directing non-essential businesses to suspend operations that cannot be handled remotely from home. The Assessor’s Office understands that many of you are facing difficult decisions every day regarding your ability to pay staff, rent, mortgages, and taxes. The Assessor is working to make filing business property statements as convenient as possible.

Separate from property taxes paid on real estate, businesses pay business personal property taxes on equipment, machinery, and furniture with an aggregate total value of $5,000 or more. The Assessor’s Office identifies taxable business property using various types of Business Property Statements filed by taxpayers and via an “in the field” review by appraisers. The applicable statement is due by April 1, with a penalty applied to statements filed after May 7. Nonprofits must also file Business Property Statements.  Additional information may be obtained through the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office at https://assessor.lacounty.gov.

UPDATE as of 5:08pm on 5/1/2020

SECOND ROUND SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF FUNDS ARE GOING FAST

The second round of federal funding for small businesses was made available earlier this week and is going fast.  An additional $310 billion has been made available for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which offers forgivable loans to small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

These funds are being administered by local lending institutions. The additional money now includes $60 billion to be lent by smaller banking institutions such as credit unions so that very small businesses or female and minority-owned businesses have a greater likelihood of getting a loan. The legislation also includes $50 billion more for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL).  More information about both programs may be found at sba.gov.

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NEW CHILDCARE PORTAL

Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a new portal to help parents, including essential workers and vulnerable families, find safe, reliable and accessible child care options.

The new portal is available at covid19.ca.gov/childcare and enables parents to enter their location and the type of care they need, instantly receiving a list of local center-based and family child care programs. The list of open licensed child care programs will include health and safety information, age of children accepted, capacity, availability, hours, and contact information for the program and local Child Care Resource and Referral agency. The Child Care Resource and Referral agencies can answer general questions, including those about child care subsidies.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19 TESTING IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY?

In recent days, there have been a number of news reports about the availability of testing throughout Los Angeles County.  The County of Los Angeles has developed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in an effort to ensure that timely and accurate information relating to testing is easily accessible.

UPDATE as of 5:56pm on 4/30/2020

WESTLAKE VILLAGE MORATORIUM ON RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL EVICTIONS

Tomorrow is the first day of a new month and the day that residential and commercial rents are typically due.  Over the past few weeks, many of our community’s residents have lost their jobs, seen their hours cut back, or been placed on furlough, and as such, may be unable to pay their rent.  Small business owners have closed their doors or watched their revenues drop and could be unable make their rent payments.  The Westlake Village City Council understands these situations and has provided a relief mechanism.

On March 17, 2020, the City Council unanimously passed Ordinance 278-U20  establishing a temporary eviction moratorium.  The ordinance allows for the deferment of rent payments under specified conditions and prohibits evictions of residential or commercial tenants due to non-payment of rent due to COVID-19 related circumstances.  The urgency ordinance requires that tenants communicate in writing with their landlords.  Furthermore, the local statute enables rent payments to be postponed, not eliminated.  Please read the ordinance to determine how it may apply to your individual situation.   Should you require additional assistance, City staff is happy to assist you at (818) 706-1613. 

STATE AND LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES REMAIN IN PLACE

Even though the White House has announced that federal coronavirus social distancing guidelines will expire at the end of today and not be renewed, the State of California Stay At Home Order and County of Los Angeles Safer At Home Order remain in effect.  Additionally, the City of Westlake Village, County of Los Angeles and State of California have not ended the COVID-19 emergency declarations.  The threat of COVID-19 is still high our community and we must continue to be vigilant in practicing recommended social distancing and personal hygiene protocols to prevent the spread of this deadly disease.

BEACH CLOSURES

While the topic of a statewide closure of all California beaches has been in the news over the past few days, Governor Newsom has opted to limit state-ordered beach closures to beaches owned by the State of California and all beaches in Orange County.  Local ordinances related to beach closures remain in place in all other California counties, including Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

All beaches in Los Angeles County remain closed.  Ventura County beaches have limited access.  The Governor continues to be concerned about images from last weekend that showed large crowds gathering at the state’s beaches, particularly in Orange and Ventura counties.  In spite of the hot weather, local residents are reminded to stay home and enjoy appropriate outdoor recreational opportunities in your neighborhood.  By avoiding large gatherings at the beach and other locations we can all stay safe.

UPDATE as of 5:23pm on 4/29/2020

GOVERNOR SOLICITS HELP FROM ALL CALIFORNIANS IN BUILDING THE ROADMAP FOR COMMUNITY RESILIENCY

Yesterday, Governor Newsom outlined a four-phase plan for California’s economic recovery.  As part of California’s efforts to modify the Stay-at-Home order, the state is building a roadmap for resiliency.  All Californians are asked to be a part of that effort in helping to inform the development of guidance for various sectors of the state’s economy.  Information learned from a wide range of input will assist in the reopening of all California businesses.  Whether you are a business owner, employee or customer, your input is vital to ensuring that the best possible plan is created.  Please share your thoughts through the survey at https://input.covid19.ca.gov/#top.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY UNVEILS ROADMAP TO RECOVERY

On Tuesday, April 28, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt a motion by Chair Kathryn Barger and Chair Pro Tem Hilda Solis outlining the county’s road to recovery.  The multi-faceted plan is designed to dovetail with the state plan announced by Governor Gavin Newsom.  Both plans will rely heavily on input from health care professionals to ensure that successful efforts to fight growth of COVID-19 remain intact.  Additional information related to the Board’s action may be found at https://kathrynbarger.lacounty.gov/supervisor-barger-introduces-los-angeles-county-roadmap-to-economic-recovery/.

LAS VIRGENES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFERS IN HOME SCREENING OF DOCUMENTARY ON THE TOPIC OF ANXIETY

The Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) recognizes the uncertainty that the COVID-19 emergency has created.  In an effort to assist families in discussing the anxiety that the emergency is causing, the District is offering a free screening of the critically acclaimed one-hour documentary Angst for interested members of the LVUSD community.  There documentary normalizes conversations about anxiety and helps individuals and families connect with their feelings and discover strategies and resources to provide support.  A family discussion guide accompanies the film, which will be available for home viewing by your family during the week of May 4.  If you are interested in this unique opportunity, please view the trailer and register at Community360.me/events.  Additional information may also be found at lvusd.org.

UPDATE as of 6:12pm on 4/28/2020

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES ROADMAP TOWARD REOPENING STATE’S BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS AND CHILD CARE CENTERS

At today’s daily media briefing, Governor Gavin Newsom highlighted the four stages necessary to fully reopen the state’s businesses, schools and childcare centers.  The announcement falls within one of the Governor’s previously outlined six indicators necessary to modify Stay-At-Home Orders.  The first phase, currently underway, is the planning element that generally categorizes enterprises into four broad sectors.  The reopening of certain businesses, schools and childcare facilities will occur during the second phase.  Gyms, personal care salons and other venues requiring close personal contact are grouped within the third phase.  The fourth phase will encompass reopening stadiums, concert venues and convention centers, where large groups of people come together.  While no specific time frames were promised, the Governor indicated that  modifications of the state’s Stay-At-Home Orders will be data driven and based on science.  They will also be based upon Californians continuing to practice appropriate physical distancing and employing personal protection and hygiene, including hand washing.

As part of the reopening process, schools are expected to be incorporated into the second phase consideration.  There is some discussion regarding reopening schools statewide at an earlier time then would traditionally happen.  Conversations with health care and education professionals are ongoing and no decisions have been made. 

IT’S TAKEOUT TUESDAY

Once again, it is Takeout Tuesday; the opportunity to support our community’s restaurants.  Westlake Village is home to wonderful restaurants and by purchasing meals at our favorite local eateries, we can help many of our friends and neighbors in the food service industry keep their jobs.  It is also a great opportunity to check out new taste sensations that we’ve been wanting to experience.  A list of local restaurants offering take out and/or delivery has been assembled by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce at https://www.conejochamber.org/wlvrestaurants.

COPING WITH OUR NEW LIVES

Dr. Jonathan Sherin, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, reminds everyone that should you, family members or friends be experiencing stress or feeling anxious, unsettled or disconnected during these uncertain and unprecedented times, help is available.  A variety of resources are immediately accessible at https://covid19.lacounty.gov/covid19-2/coping-with-stress/.

UPDATE as of 5:49pm on 4/27/2020

FILING FOR PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BEGINS TOMORROW

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) will begin accepting online claims tomorrow for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).  Business owners, independent contractors, self-employed individuals and others not typically eligible for unemployment benefits may be eligible under the PUA program.  You can file a PUA claim through UI Online, just as you would for regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.  For more information regarding eligibility and filing procedures, please visit edd.ca.gov.

DMV WAIVES LATE REGISTRATION PENALTIES AND FEES

Using the authority granted under Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-57-20, the Department of Motor Vehicles has announced that it is waving late registration penalties and fees for renewals due between March 16 and May 31, 2020.  Individual Identification Cards expiring on or after March 4 are also extended to June 22, 2020.  More information about these and other changes to DMV procedures and deadlines may be found at https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/newsrel/2020/2020_18.

ASSEMBLY MEMBER JACQUI IRWIN HOSTS TELE-TOWN HALLS

Westlake Village’s representatives in the California Legislature have been hosting weekly Tele-Town Halls to provide pertinent information relating to the COVID-19 emergency.  Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin has made recordings of past Tele-Town Halls and information on how you may join future calls available on her website at https://a44.asmdc.org.

Assembly Member Irwin’s website also contains a dedicated page to the coronavirus at https://a44.asmdc.org/novel-coronavirus-information-and-resources, as well as information how her office can assist Westlake Village residents with problems related to state agencies, such as unemployment insurance claims.

UPDATE as of 4:10pm on 4/26/2020

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19 AND YOUR PETS

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control has put together information about COVID-19 and pets.  Check it out at https://animalcare.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID19-Flyer-2020-Final.pdf.

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES BEGINS ANNUAL BUDGET PROCESS

While the Westlake Village City Council held it’s first of several budget Study Sessions last week, at their meeting next Tuesday, April 28, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be receiving a report from Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai regarding the county’s Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget.  As a result of the COVID-19 emergency, the County anticipates losing up to $1billion in sales tax revenue this fiscal year, which ends June 30.  The revenue decline could surpass $2 billion between now and the end of Fiscal Year 2021, which ends on June 30, 2021.  Learn more about the county’s anticipated budget projections and potential impacts to County services by visiting the Board of Supervisors website at bos.lacounty.gov.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO DISCUSS STRATEGY FOR SAFELY REOPENING THE COUNTY

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will begin discussions and consider a motion next Tuesday, April 28, toward implementation of strategies for safely reopening the county.  The Board of Supervisors will be seeking to develop reopening and recovery pathways that are compatible and complimentary with Governor Newsom’s six critical indicators for modifying the state’s “Safe At Home” order and the President’s “Opening Up America Again” guidelines.  A copy of the motion authored by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis may be found at http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bos/supdocs/145441.pdf.

UPDATE as of 5:04pm on 4/25/2020

LOS ANGELES COUNTY OPENS COOLING CENTERS

In anticipation of extreme heat this weekend, Los Angeles County has opened emergency cooling centers.  These are free, air-conditioned locations.  If you want to take advantage of a cooling center, you will be required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing.  Additional information regarding the location of cooling centers throughout Los Angeles County may be found at https://lacounty.gov/heat/. Health officials remind us to drink plenty of water this weekend.

MALIBU REMINDS EVERYONE TO STAY AT HOME IN SPITE OF RECORD HEAT

In spite of wanting to escape record heat by heading to the coast, we are reminded that all beaches, parks, trails and parking areas in Malibu remain closed. The City of Malibu is putting out widespread messaging to urge residents of neighboring communities not to travel to Malibu during the warm weather this weekend. The Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Lifeguards, Volunteers on Patrol and CERT will be out this weekend to help enforce the closures of all beaches, beach parking lots, trails, and parks, and the temporary no-parking zones along Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Malibu and surrounding areas during the stay at home orders. Violations of the closures could result in citations and fines. The City of Malibu urges local residents to help protect our seniors and vulnerable people by staying safe at home to slow the spread of coronavirus, and enjoy the outdoors locally in your backyard, walking or cycling in your neighborhood.

FIRE CHIEF RECOMMENDS STARTING TO PREPARE FOR WILDFIRE SEASON

Even though the COVID-19 emergency continues to be at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby reminds us that the danger of wildfires is growing, as we transition away from the rainy months of winter and early spring to the dry months.  The Fire Department encourages us all to start planning now.  A great way to start that planning process is by getting a copy of the preparation and prevention brochure Ready! Set! Go! at

UPDATE as of 4:44pm on 4/24/2020

A Message From Mayor Kelly Honig, City of Westlake Village

Spring 2020

Normally at this time of year, I would be excited to share with you all the wonderful outdoor events and happenings for our residents in beautiful Westlake Village. But not this year.

With the onset of the COVOD-19 pandemic,  our city, our region, and our nation are facing a challenge unlike any of us have experienced before. We have added new terms to our vocabulary like physical distancing and self-quarantine. Our children are attending school on-line, and we are working from home. Our social lives have totally changed, we have taken financial hits with lost jobs and revenue, and we face daily uncertainties for even the simplest of tasks. And through it all, the people of Westlake Village have diligently shown strength through their kind and caring actions toward others and adherence to County Health Orders.

Although our city hall doors are closed,  your City leaders and staff are still working for you. We recognize how difficult these past few weeks have been for everyone and share your burden of a drastically altered lifestyle. But our City and its community partners are figuring out ways to meet each new challenge. We are working remotely while still maintaining our local government and will continue to devise new ways to provide the services our community needs.

The City Council is holding regular city council meetings via the Internet which you can access on Zoom or through our City website at www.WLV.org.

We are meeting remotely with our state and federal legislators and partners regularly to assure that our City receives its fair share of funding from county, state, and federal levels of government.

We stepped up our communication with you by adding a new dedicated emergency information website, (ReadyWLV.org), which provides up to date information on health, business and community information to help keep our residents informed, and we have videotaped a series of messages from the City Council to provide you with up-to-date information.

We created a virtual recreation program that includes fitness and mindfulness, activities, games, recipes, arts, culture, museums, reading and learning, plus several ways to stay connected. Check it out at: https://readywlv.org/services/.

We have also begun our “Right at Home in Westlake Village” campaign to share positive  stories of hope and help on our Facebook page and in our city newsletter. These messages, whether they be art projects made by community members, acts of kindness done for neighbors, or humorous Zoom videos, showcase the unique and special city that we are all fortunate to call our home.

In the coming months, as we begin to  resume at least some of our normal activities and slowly move about the community, I want to encourage you to continue to be safe, maintain distancing, wash your hands a lot and wear your face mask in public settings. Getting back to our new normal will take time and patience. Signs of hope and a future for our community, our state and our nation are springing up. Businesses will start to re-open; our public spaces will be made available again; and the people of our community will continue to serve as a model for caring, with neighbors helping neighbors. Because of you, I could not  be prouder to be your mayor and call Westlake Village my home.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COLLABORATIVE PREPARES FOR NEXT ROUND OF SMALL BUSINESS FUNDING

The Economic Development Collaborative is encouraging small business owners to prepare for the new round of federal relief.  Unfortunately, many small businesses missed out on the first round of funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  The $349 billion available under the CARES Act was quickly exhausted. 

A new round of funding totaling $310 billion has been approved.  The Economic Development Collaborative has published information on how small businesses can position themselves to be successful in securing newly available funding.  Visit the EDC’s website at https://edcollaborative.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/EDC-Funding-Prep-Guide.pdf.

FIRE CHIEF PROMOTES WATER SAFETY AT HOME

With warm weather here, Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby reminds us about water safety, particularly as community pools with lifeguards are currently closed.  Tragically, drowning accidents are a leading cause of death for children under four years old. Almost 70% of all drowning accidents occur in backyard swimming pools.  The Fire Department has developed an informational brochure that everyone with a backyard swimming pool or spa should read: https://www.fire.lacounty.gov/water-safety/.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY WAIVES ADOPTION FEES FOR PETS

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) is currently waiving adoption fees at all seven animal care centers in an effort to quickly place animals in homes during the COVID-19 emergency.  The Petco Foundation awarded an $80,000 grant to DACC, which is enabling the fee waiver.

The grant also allows DACC to undertake a variety of other measures contributing to the good health of animals under their care, including purchasing necessary medical equipment and partnering with veterinarians to provide additional medical care beyond what is presently available.

For addition information on adopting a pet, please visit animalcare.lacounty.gov.

UPDATE as of 5:52pm on 4/23/2020

WESTLAKE VILLAGE SUMMER PROGRAMS CANCELLED

In an effort to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19 and in light of uncertainty over the timing for returning to regular activities, last night the Westlake Village City Council made the difficult decision to cancel all summer special events and concerts. While this is a first step at physical distancing moving forward, more may be necessary as the situation evolves. These programs include:

  • Summer Concerts in The Park
  • TGIF Events
  • All 4th of July activities including parade, park festivities, and fireworks show.
  • Summer Trolley program

Westlake Village values a strong sense of community and bringing people together. All of the City’s events are aimed at doing just that; bringing people together to have fun and build shared pride in our community. In light of the fact that physical distancing is still the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19, based on guidance provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the City Council felt the most responsible action was to cancel events that risk exposing large groups of people to the virus.

The City Council also directed staff to continue to explore alternative means of delivering various community-building services that reduces participants exposure to large gatherings.

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES REINSTATEMENT OF DELAYED HEALTH CARE

Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans to allow hospitals and health systems to resume delayed medical care for Californians – such as heart valve replacements, angioplasty and tumor removals, and key preventive care services, such as colonoscopies – which were deferred as the state’s health care delivery systems prepared for a surge of COVID-19 patients. The decision was based on progress toward preparing California hospitals and health systems for a surge in COVID-19 patients – one of the six critical indicators the governor unveiled last week as part of the state’s framework for gradually modifying California’s stay-at-home order.  Additional information may be found at https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/04/22/governor-newsom-announces-plan-to-resume-delayed-health-care-that-was-deferred-as-hospitals-prepared-for-covid-19-surge/.

STAY THE COURSE AND AVOID THE BEACHES THIS WEEKEND

As the weather heats up, our neighbors in the City of Malibu remind us to continue being vigilant against the spread of COVID-19, not visit any beaches this weekend and stay home, in compliance with public health orders.

The City of Malibu urges residents of neighboring communities not to come to the Malibu beaches this weekend. The County and State stay at home orders still prohibit unnecessary travel. Ventura County carefully considered relaxing restrictions based on its own COVID-19 status. Those decisions were made based on what would be safe for Ventura County residents, and newly opened sites could become overwhelmed by out of area visitors. At this point in the battle to slow the spread of COVID-19, there is concern that visitors could become infected and bring the virus back home for further spread in Los Angeles County. LA County is regularly reviewing restrictions and will not relax stay at home orders until it is safe and sensible for the health of all LA County residents.

UPDATE as of 8:01pm on 4/22/2020

NEW SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF

Congressional leadership reached an agreement with the Trump Administration for a new round of federal relief. The new package includes $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), $60 billion for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion to states for expansion of testing. The Senate approved the bill yesterday, with the House of Representatives expected to pass the bill on Thursday.

Many small businesses had difficulty applying for relief under the first tranche of funding, which was exhausted last week. Congressional leaders heard from their constituents and changes have been made in the program; broadening access for community banks and small lenders to participate, leading to increased opportunities for small businesses to be successful in obtaining funding. Local lenders will continue to administer the PPP program.

The Small Business Administrations’ (SBA) EIDL Loan program may be accessed through https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance.

DIFFERING LOS ANGELES COUNTY AND VENTURA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS CAUSING CONFUSION

On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Ventura County Public Health Officer issued a revised Public Health Order, updating the directive issued over the weekend. This new Order applies only in Ventura County. Unfortunately, this new Public Health Order appears to be causing confusion. Since the City of Westlake Village is located within Los Angeles County, the directives issued by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department govern activities within the city limits. Information about the Los Angeles County Public Health Order that applies to Westlake Village may be found at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/FAQ-SaferatHomeOrder.pdf.

The new Ventura County Order permits golf courses, trails, bicycle shops and automobiles dealers to now be open, with specific restrictions regarding group sizes and social distancing protocols. These new rules apply only in Ventura County. The updated Ventura County Public Health Order may be found at https://vcportal.ventura.org/CEO/VCNC/2020-04-18_Signed_15V8544-Final-Final_Master_Ord.pdf.

CALIFORNIANS FOR ALL

At his daily briefing yesterday, Governor Newsom highlighted the desire by many Californians to volunteer their time and expertise toward helping others during the COVID-19 emergency. The Californians for All initiativeat https://californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/

provides a single portal for volunteers and those needing volunteers throughout the state to connect.

Whether you want to donate blood, check-in on neighbors, support local non-profits, deliver meals to seniors, support food banks and shelters, join the California Health Corps or provide assistance in other ways, your expertise and commitment to helping others are valued and needed.  Please check out the website, as it designed to match your specific interests and availability with needs in Westlake Village or nearby communities.

UPDATE as of 6:43pm on 4/21/2020

PHYSICAL DISTANCING MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Los Angeles County public health officials reminds us that this past weekend saw the highest number of daily reported deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19. While distancing fatigue is being felt by us all, please remember that washing your hands frequently, maintaining a six-foot distance and using cloth face coverings will help slow the spread of COVID-19. If you need to leave your home to purchase groceries or other essential goods, or just to get outside and walk around the block, don’t forget to keep your distance and use your face covering.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY AND USC RELEASE PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF ANTIBODY STUDY

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, has announced preliminary results from a serology study performed in collaboration with the University of Southern California (USC), which suggests that COVID-19 infections far exceed the number of currently confirmed cases in the County.

The study of 1,000 randomly selected adults estimates that approximately 5% of Los Angeles County residents have been infected, which means 95% have not, mostly thanks to people embracing hand washing and social distancing protocols. It is further estimated that approximately 4.1% of the county’s adult population has an anti-body to the virus. Whether the anti-body prevents a person from contracting the disease a second time is yet-to-be fully understood and will be the subject of additional study.

The study results will ultimately help the County recalibrate its models for more accurate data that is used to guide public policy decisions moving forward. For more about the study and its results, visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubhpdetail.cfm?prid=2328 or https://priceschool.usc.edu/.

UPDATE as of 5:15pm on 4/20/2020

SUPERVISOR SHEILA KUEHL

In her latest weekly e-mail newsletter, Kuehl Happenings, Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl is taking a pledge to guide her actions during the COVID-19 pandemic and hopes her constituents will join her.  To receive Supervisor Kuehl’s weekly e-newsletter, learn more about the Supervisor’s activities, see Board of Supervisors’ meeting updates, or access information about the county’s actions in the fight against COVID-19, please visit SupervisorKuehl.com.

JOIN THE EFFORT TO HELP FRONT LINE WORKERS

The Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), representing 400,000 employers with 3.5 million employees throughout Los Angeles County is working to ensure that front line workers have the personal protective equipment to keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The BizFed Institute (BFI), a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has formed an unprecedented partnership with all 39 State Senators and Assembly Members representing Los Angeles County, the County of Los Angeles, the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Los Angeles Locals, along with the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), 195 business associations representing over 400,000 employers to mobilize, find and collect tax-deductible donations of much needed vital personal protective gear to help protect front line workers throughout Los Angeles County and mitigate the spread of the virus.

For more information on how you can join the effort today, by donating medical, non-medical PPE supplies in any quantity, or funds to ensure the safety and well-being of our front line workers, please visit BizFedInstitute.org.

SENIOR CONCERNS

For over forty years, Senior Concerns has provided support services to local seniors and their families.  Among the services provided are assistance with shopping and errands, as well as checking-in with our elderly neighbors.  More information may be found at https://www.seniorconcerns.org or by phone at 805-497-0189.

Senior Concerns is proud to share the following information with the community:

It is overwhelming to hear the reactions from the seniors being served by Senior Concerns during this time. By fulfilling the physical needs seniors have for food and supplies, we are satisfying an emotional need and providing a sense of security and reducing their sense of isolation. As an example, we are assisting a woman in her 70s who is caring for her 96-year-old mother. When she learned about our Shopping and Errand service, she broke down in tears. She said every time she went to the grocery store, she felt she was putting her mother’s life at risk. Knowing Senior Concerns could do the shopping for her, and help ensure her mother’s health, was of immense comfort and reduced significant stress.

We are talking daily with seniors who are feeling isolated and fearful. Knowing they have a resource to turn to, and a volunteer who will follow them through this crisis, helps them to feel not so alone. The volunteers have become a lifeline for our seniors.

While volunteers are critical to Senior Concern’s ability to meet the surging needs of seniors at this time, behind the scenes our Senior Concerns’ staff is managing the Meals On Wheels Program, responding to calls for meals and adding new clients, developing new routes, bringing a new meal provider online and vetting new drivers. Other staff are managing the pantry service, soliciting donations, stocking the pantry, picking items for a senior’s delivery and matching volunteers to deliver the items. In addition, our staff are taking calls for shopping and errand services, vetting more volunteers, and matching them to seniors to do weekly shopping. Our social worker team is responding to calls from seniors with questions and caregivers dealing with unique situations. And finally, our fundraising staff is applying for emergency grants and donations, and our finance team is applying for government, and paycheck loans.

All this work would not be possible without your support. Thank you for stepping up during this unprecedented time to help ensure Senior Concerns can meet the needs of our senior community. We are extremely grateful for your partnership. Our plan is to continue to respond to emergency needs as this situation unfolds. You can count on Senior Concerns to be there.

UPDATE as of 4:52pm on 4/19/2020

GOVERNOR’S TASK FORCE ON BUSINESS AND JOBS RECOVERY

California’s official unemployment figures released this past week for the month of March demonstrate a 5.3% jobless rate. Given large numbers of unemployment insurance claim filings during the first two weeks of April, the current unemployment rate is anticipated to be significantly higher. Governor Newsom has declared that California is currently in a “pandemic induced recession.”

On Friday, Governor Newsom announced creation of the Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. The 80-member Task Force will be chaired by billionaire philanthropist and former presidential candidate Tom Steyer. Former California Governors Pete Wilson, Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown will join a broad cross-section of California leaders in developing plans leading to the establishment and implementation of short-term, medium-term, and long term-recovery strategies.

SENIOR CONCERNS FOOD PANTRY DELIVERS

For over forty years, Senior Concerns has provided support services to local seniors and their families. Among the services provided are assistance with food and household goods deliveries. More information may be found at https://www.seniorconcerns.org or by phone at 805-497-0189.

Senior Concerns is proud to share the following information with the community:

As all food pantries in our community do not have a delivery program, to further meet the emergent needs of homebound low-income seniors we have established a pantry of nonperishable and household items from which we deliver to homebound seniors. Our building at 401 Hodencamp, is usually filled with Adult Day Program participants. However, now it sits empty as we cannot open the program until the social distancing guidelines have been lifted. So, we transformed the Center into a full pantry with community members donating food and supplies. We are then able to provide these items (canned goods and other shelf stable foods, cleaning supplies, personal care items, paper products) at no cost to seniors in need. Our team of volunteers deliver directly to seniors’ homes. One volunteer is assigned to delivering to a specific senior so that both develop a relationship of trust and support through this trying time.

PRESIDENT RELEASES GUIDELINES FOR OPENING UP AMERICA AGAIN

On Thursday, President Trump announced guidelines for reopening the American economy. The three-phase guidelines, Opening Up America Again, provide a broad national framework; leading to reopening businesses and public spaces when the COVID-19 emergency alleviates.

The final decisions and timing relating to reopening facilities within individual communities will be made at the state and local levels, based upon local conditions and in collaboration with health officials. More information regarding the national guidelines may be found at https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/.

UPDATE as of 4:50pm on 4/18/2020

NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING SICK LEAVE FOR FOOD SERVICE SECTOR WORKERS

Governor Gavin Newsom has issued Executive Order N-51-20 providing sick leave for food sector workers of large employers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Order calls for workers to be provided with two weeks of paid sick leave, filling a gap left by federal relief that had provided similar paid leave benefits for employers with fewer than 500 workers.

Workers in the food sector, including farmworkers, agricultural workers, and those working in grocery stores and fast food chains, and as delivery drivers, are part of the state’s essential infrastructure workforce. The text of the Executive Order may be found at https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/4.16.20-EO-N-51-20-text.pdf.

VENTURA COUNTY EXTENDS PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER TO MAY 15

In line with Los Angeles County, the County of Ventura Public Health Officer has extended the Stay Well At Home Order to Friday, May 15, 2020. The existing order was set to expire this weekend on Sunday, April 19. The text of the Ventura County Public Health Officer’s Order may be found at vcemergency.com.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY DISCUSSES EARLY PRISONER RELEASE, ONGOING ACTIVITIES AND SCAMS

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey provides an update regarding early release of inmates from county jails, accessing the criminal justice system and scams to avoid during the COVID-19 emergency. Her remarks may be found at https://vimeo.com/408641132.

UPDATE as of 5:31pm on 4/17/2020

CONGRESS CONTINUES TO WORK TOWARDS AGREEMENT ON NEW RELIEF PACKAGE

The Senate has adjourned until Monday without a deal in place to pass a new coronavirus relief package at this time. Negotiations between congressional leaders and administration officials are expected to continue over the weekend, in an effort to reach a resolution. Another round of funding could provide additional financial assistance for state and local governments to address ongoing needs in responding to the COVID-19 emergency. Additionally, a new infusion of cash for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is needed, as the $349 billion aid for small businesses, enacted through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, was exhausted yesterday.

WHAT IS THE CALIFORNIA CLIMATE CREDIT?
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has announced that April utility bills will include a credit identified as the “California Climate Credit.” Your household and millions of others throughout the state will receive this credit on your utility bills. This credit may help offset energy costs from higher usage, as Californians have stayed at home in compliance with public health orders during the recent month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The California Climate Credit is part of California’s efforts to fight climate change. This credit is from a state program that requires power plants, natural gas providers, and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution permits. The credit on your bill is your share of the payments from the State’s program. For more information about the Climate Credit, visit www.cpuc.ca.gov/climatecredit/*. 

If you’re having trouble paying your natural gas bill and want to learn more about resources to help you and your household, please visit https://www.socalgas.com/coronavirus.

Please visit Energy Upgrade California at https://www.energyupgradeca.org/* to learn about ways to lower your energy usage.

SENIOR CONCERNS PROVIDES HELP WITH SHOPPING AND ERRANDS

For over forty years, Senior Concerns has provided support services to local seniors and their families. Among the services provided are assistance with shopping and errands, as well as checking-in with our elderly neighbors. More information may be found at https://www.seniorconcerns.org or by phone at 805-497-0189.

Senior Concerns is proud to share the following information with the community:

For seniors who want to stay at home, and can afford groceries, we have also launched a shopping and errand service. With a team of 90 community volunteers, we are assisting seniors with grocery shopping and other errands. We match volunteers to seniors in need. The volunteer calls the senior, obtains their grocery list, and does the shopping. The volunteer then calls the senior to let them know the cost of the groceries. The senior writes a check and leaves it under the mat. The volunteer brings the groceries, leaves them at the front door, calls the senior to let them know the groceries are delivered with a no contact drop off. What is unique about this program is that the volunteer follows that senior and calls them weekly to check in, and to see if they need more groceries. We are creating a new community for these seniors so that they are not alone for the duration of this crisis. We are fulfilling a physical need for food and household goods, but also an emotional need for caring and companionship.

Social isolation is the #1 indicator for negative health and wellbeing status in a senior. We are also matching volunteers with seniors to provide friendly check in phone calls and phone visitation to homebound seniors in the community. As part of this effort, we have school groups and children who are writing letters and drawing pictures for seniors. These are delivered every time a Meals On Wheels meal or a bag of pantry items are delivered, and help brighten a senior’s day, and to show them someone is thinking of them.

UPDATE as of 5:30pm on 4/16/2020

FIRST DAY UNDER NEW PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER

Today is the first full day under the new order issued by the Los Angeles County Health Officer requiring essential businesses to have implemented a social distancing protocol, which includes a requirement to provide all of their employees whose duties require contact with other employees and/or the public with a face covering to wear while performing duties that involve contact with others.  The new rule became effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020.

This order does not prohibit any individual or members of a single household or living unit from engaging in outdoor activities, as an individual or household, such as jogging, walking, or biking. The new order continues to allow individuals to leave their homes to shop at essential businesses, including grocery stores and restaurants offering delivery, drive thru or carry out service, so long as customers practice social distancing and wear a cloth face covering while visiting essential businesses.  A copy of the updated Health Order may be found at

REGISTER YOUR INFORMATION WITH IRS TO RECEIVE DIRECT DEPOST ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENT

If you have not filed a federal income tax form during the past two years or otherwise do not have your banking information on file with the Internal Revenue Service, a new portal has been established for you to provide that information to facilitate Economic Impact Payments by direct deposit. The new portal may be found at irs.gov.

The following information will need to be provided:

  • Full name, current mailing address and an email address
  • Date of birth and valid Social Security number
  • Bank account number, type and routing number, if you have one
  • Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) you received from the IRS earlier this year, if you have one
  • Driver’s license or state-issued ID, if you have one
  • For each qualifying child: name, Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number and their relationship to you or your spouse

Direct deposits are being made beginning this week and will continue to be made over the next few weeks, with paper checks delivered by U.S. Mail taking longer to be issued and received.

SENATOR HENRY STERN ASSISTING LOCAL BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS

A number of individuals applying for Unemployment Insurance through the California Employment Development Department at edd.ca.gov have experienced difficulties filing their online claims.  Many local residents encountering problems filing their claims are sharing their experiences and frustrations with State Senator Henry Stern and his staff.

While the Employment Development Department has been overwhelmed, Senator Stern has been working aggressively to bring his constituents’ concerns to the attention of Governor Newsom and California Labor and Workforce Development Agency Secretary Julie Su, so that appropriate changes can be made to streamline the unemployment insurance system in an effort to make it more efficient and responsive.  For example, yesterday Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order expanding the staffing and extending the hours of the Employment Development Department call centers to operate seven days per week during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. This change becomes effective next Monday.

 If you have encountered problems filing your state unemployment claims or experienced other issues with state departments or agencies , Senator Stern wants you to share your experiences with his office at sd27.senate.ca.gov or by calling his District Office at (818) 876-3352.

UPDATE as of 5:35pm on 4/15/2020

SENIOR CONCERNS PROVIDING MEALS IN WESTLAKE VILLAGE

Senior Concerns was established to support the needs of people in the community as they age in place. The local non-profit supports seniors’ nutritional needs with Meals On Wheels and family caregivers with a Caregiver Resource Center and Adult Day Program.  Legal and Financial Pro Bono Services, as well as Senior Advocacy, to ensure seniors have a trusted place to turn when they need resources or have questions about where to go for help are among the services provided.  Additional information may be found at seniorconcerns.org.

As COVID-19 has impacted our community, Senior Concerns has retooled its programs, such as Meals on Wheels, to meet current needs.   The Meals on Wheels Program has been expanded.  Historically, Senior Concerns has served adults over age 60 who are homebound. Now, as result of the COVID-19 social distancing protocols, almost everyone over the age of 60 should be homebound to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.  Within the last few weeks, Senior Concerns has experienced a much higher need for Meals On Wheels.  The local organization delivers freshly made hot meals and light dinner to the homes of seniors in Westlake Village.

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER ORDERS INSURANCE COMPANIES TO REFUND PREMIUMS TO DRIVERS AND BUSINESSES

 California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has ordered insurance companies to return insurance premiums to consumers and businesses and provide much-needed financial relief during the COVID-19 emergency. The Commissioner’s Bulletin 2020-3, issued on April 13, 2020, covers premiums paid for at least the months of March and April — including the month of May if “shelter in place” restrictions continue — in at least six different insurance lines: private passenger automobile, commercial automobile, workers’ compensation, commercial multi-peril, commercial liability, medical malpractice, and any other insurance line where the risk of loss has fallen substantially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Commissioner’s Bulletin requires insurance companies to provide a premium credit, reduction, return of premium, or other appropriate premium adjustment as soon as possible, and no later than August 2020. Commissioner Lara has already requested at least a 60-day grace period for policyholders to pay their premiums so that insurance policies are not cancelled for nonpayment of premium during this challenging time. Together, these two actions will give consumers and businesses substantial financial relief. More information is available at www.insurance.ca.gov.

UPDATE as of 5:25pm on 4/14/2020

TAKEOUT TUESDAY

In an effort to support community restaurants hard hit by the effects of COVID-19, Takeout Tuesday is catching on across the nation.  Join your neighbors in supporting Westlake Village’s terrific restaurants by ordering your favorite meal.  A list of local restaurants offering takeout or delivery may be found at: https://www.conejochamber.org/wlvrestaurants.

CONEJO CHAMBER HOSTED WEBINAR FEATURING U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXPERT REGARDING CARES ACT

Last week, the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce conejochamber.org facilitated a webinar regarding the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  The informative webinar featured an expert from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who detailed a number of provisions in the CARES Act related to small businesses.  If you were unable to join the webinar or would like to see it again, please go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/ucclIuD7pm43E9SVtwSDCvMtW9S_Lvqs0nAX_6EMmk9BiMAZAWnNeYSZeKKtknv8RQ8HBWwbOyyrFdi?startTime=1586288832000.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE AHEAD OF STATE AND NATIONAL AVERAGES FOR COMPLETING CENSUS 2020

As of last Saturday, 61.2% of Westlake Village residents have completed the 2020 census, compared to a statewide average of 48.3% and a national average of 41.7%  The once-every-ten-years census of the United States is currently being conducted.  Everyone living in the United States and its territories should complete a census form, based upon where they were living on April 1, 2020.

Information from the census will be used to determine representation in Congress and the California Legislature for the next decade, beginning in 2022.  Additionally, at the local level, the City of Westlake Village will receive some federal and state funds over the next decade based upon population statistics generated through the census.

If you haven’t yet completed the census, information regarding the census, including completing the questionnaire online, can be found at: 2020census.gov.

UPDATE as of 5:45pm on 4/13/2020

ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS

This week, Economic Impact Payments will start being issued by the federal government.   The first payments will be made to eligible taxpayers whose bank information is already on file with the Internal Revenue Service. The following is information from irs.gov that outlines who is eligible to receive a payment.

  • U.S. residents will receive the Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 for individual or head of household filers, and $2,400 for married filing jointly if they are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible Social Security number with adjusted gross income up to:
    • $75,000 for individuals
    • $112,500 for head of household filers and
    • $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns
  • Taxpayers will receive a reduced payment if their AGI is between:
    • $75,000 and $99,000 if their filing status was single or married filing separately
    • 112,500 and $136,500 for head of household
    • $150,000 and $198,000 if their filing status was married filing jointly
    • The amount of the reduced payment will be based upon the taxpayers specific adjusted gross income.

Eligible retirees and recipients of Social Security, Railroad Retirement, disability or veterans’ benefits as well as taxpayers who do not make enough money to normally have to file a tax return will receive a payment. This also includes those who have no income, as well as those whose income comes entirely from certain benefit programs, such as Supplemental Security Income benefits.  Retirees who receive either Social Security retirement or Railroad Retirement benefits will also receive payments automatically.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY WARNS OF SCAMMERS

As the federal government starts to issue checks to taxpayers this week, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey issued a warning regarding scams.  More information is available at http://da.lacounty.gov

  • If you receive an offer from someone who wants to send you federal “stimulus check” money by check or direct deposit, ignore it. It’s a scam!
    • In the stimulus check scam, con artists target their victims with the promise of sending a quick stimulus check disbursement.
    • Crooks ask for an upfront payment to receive the aid or for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card details.
    • In addition, fraudsters also are impersonating retailers by sending fake texts or social media posts to offer stimulus checks. The messages contain a malicious link that could steal your information.

TIPS: 

• The government will not ask you to pay a fee to receive aid.

• You will not be asked for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card information. If you suspect fraudulent activity, contact the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint.

UPDATE as of 4:45pm on 4/12/2020

DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT

As the relief programs authorized under the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act are starting to roll out, experts recommend that businesses and individuals keep detailed records regarding income losses, expenses directly related to the COVID-19 emergency, and other related financial records.  Make sure you understand the record keeping requirements associated with any assistance funding that you receive.  At some point in the future, there will be audits under some programs to ensure that recipients of government assistance followed the requirements of the financial awards.

PROPERTY TAX PENALTY FORGIVENESS

The deadline for filing the second installment of property taxes with the County of Los Angeles Treasurer and Tax Collector was Friday, April 10, 2020.  State law does not allow for an extension of the filing date.  In the event that you were unable to meet your full property tax obligation by the statutory deadline as a result of circumstances directly related to COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive a penalty waiver.  Penalty waivers may be filed beginning April 11, 2020.  The Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office will consider written requests for waiver of late-payment penalties on a case by case basis, with proven significant economic hardship directly caused by the COVID-19 situation.  Additional information may be found at ttc.lacounty.gov.

RECREATIONAL FISHING SEASON DELAYED

Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that California’s recreational fishing season will be delayed.  The Governor was specific in his reference to delay, not cancellation, of California’s recreational fishing season.  Several California counties have reported their concerns that the opening of trout season on April 25 will likely invite large numbers of recreational fishing enthusiasts seeking refuge from stay at home orders in various parts of California and other states.  In an effort to prevent a large influx of people into some of California’s rural counties and to limit the spread of COVID-19, the California Department of Fish and Game is expected to issue specific guidance shortly.  Additional information may be found at https://wildlife.ca.gov/

UPDATE as of 6:00pm on 4/11/2020

GOVERNOR NEWSOM URGES CALIFORNIANS TO “HOLD THE LINE”

Governor Gavin Newsom urges all Californians to “hold the line” and continue practicing physical distancing, hand washing and other hygiene habits, which will limit the spread of COVID-19.  Early trend information suggests that Californians staying at home is beginning to yield the desired result in limiting transmission of this deadly disease.

With the weather getting better this weekend, coupled with Easter when people typically go outside or get together, everyone is reminded that social distancing and personal hygiene practices should be continued consistent with public health orders.  The newly updated County of Los Angeles Public Health Order may be found at publichealth.lacounty.gov. and on the city of Westlake Village website at www.WLV.org.

CONNECTING TO SBA LOANS

The County of Los Angeles and City of Los Angeles have partnered to provide an additional resource to small businesses seeking federal assistance under the CARES Act.  The myriad of new assistance programs being offered can be confusing.  This new resource is designed to assist small business owners in determining the program that best fits their individual situation.  More information may be found at the City of Los Angeles Department of Economic and Workforce Development website at ewddlacity.com.

CLEAN POWER ALLIANCE IS COMING TO WESTLAKE VILLAGE

Beginning this past week, Westlake Village residents and businesses began receiving the first of four letters from the Clean Power Alliance and the City of Westlake Village letting you know that starting in June 2020, Clean Power Alliance will be the new electricity provider for residents and businesses in Westlake Village.

The Clean Power Alliance is comprised of 32 public agencies, including Westlake Village, across Los Angeles and Ventura counties working together to bring clean energy choices to our communities. Residents and businesses in our community will be enrolled into the Clean Power Alliance’s competitively-priced Lean Power rate option. This option is expected to result in a 1-2% savings for customers over their current bills. Southern California Edison will continue to deliver power, send your bill, and be responsible for resolving any electricity service issues. The best part is, the choice is yours! Clean Power Alliance offers three rate options designed to suit the diverse needs of our community, all of which provide high renewable content at a competitive price. To find out more, visit the City’s Clean Power Alliance page here.

UPDATE as of 4:45pm on 4/10/2020

REVISED LOS ANGELES COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER

The Los Angeles County Public Health Officer Order, Safer at Home, issued on March 19 has been enhanced and extended to May 15, 2020.  Of note the updated Health Officer Order requires ALL customers visiting essential businesses, or otherwise interacting with people outside of their homes in public and private spaces, to wear a cloth face covering. This Health Officer Order is effective immediately. To read the complete Los Angeles County Health Order Click here to view the revised and extended Public Health Officer Order.

Click here to view a CDC guide to making and wearing cloth face coverings.

CITY OF WESTLAKE VILLAGE COVID-19 CASES

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports that as of Friday, April 10, 2020, 12pm, there have been 8430 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the county; with 6 cases being reported by residents of Westlake Village.  With religious holidays occurring this week, which is traditionally a time for families and friends to gather, everyone is reminded to continue following the Safer At Home directives issued by the Department of Public Health.  By following these orders now and limiting the spread of COVID-19, we may all have the opportunity to enjoy future holidays with our family and friends.

  • Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
    • Only go out for essential services or if you are an essential worker
    • Stay six feet or more away from others
    • Not gather in groups of any size

FEDERAL SMALL BUSINESS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM LOAN APPLICATIONS FOR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS AND SELF-EMPLOYED INDIVIDUALS BEGINS TODAY

Friday, April 10, 2020 is the first day for independent contractors and self-employed individuals to apply for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  This new federal program was established under the recently enacted $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The Paycheck Protection Program is being administered by local lenders, on behalf of the Small Business Administration. Applicants are encouraged to check first with their own financial institutions for the most updated information regarding eligibility and application process. If the financial institution with whom you have an existing relationship is not already participating in the program, the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce reports that the Westlake Village locations of Montecito Bank & Trust, Wells Fargo Bank, and U.S. Bank have confirmed that they will be accepting PPP loan applications.  The loans will be 100% backed by the federal government.  Click here to find more information.

UPDATE as of 5:12pm on 4/9/2020

CITY OF WESTLAKE VILLAGE COVID-19 CASES

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports that as of Thursday, April 9, 2020, there have been 7955 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the county; with 5 cases being reported by residents of Westlake Village.  With religious holidays occurring this week, which is traditionally a time for families and friends to gather, everyone is reminded to continue following the Safer At Home directives issued by the Department of Public Health.  By following these orders now and limiting the spread of COVID-19, we may all have the opportunity to enjoy future holidays with our family and friends.

  • Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
    • Only go out for essential services or if you are an essential worker
    • Stay six feet or more away from others
    • Not gather in groups of any size

SUSPECT THAT YOUVE BEEN A VICTIM OF PRICE GOUGING?

Price gouging is the act of a business raising prices of needed products and services over 10% during a declared emergency.  For the duration of the declaration of a local emergency, it is illegal for a person, contractor, or business to sell or offer to sell any food items or goods or service for a price of more than 10% above the price charged by that person or business immediately before the declaration of emergency was issued.

Typically, this statute applies for 30 days after an emergency declaration and with the City’s Urgency Ordinance (280U-20), it is now extended until the emergency is lifted. However, the statute applies for 180 days for reconstruction services and emergency cleanup services.

If you believe that you have been a victim of price gouging or you suspect a business is price gouging, contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs at (800) 593-8222.

HOLLYWOOD-BURBANK AIRPORT CHANGES

Effective at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10, Hollywood-Burbank Airport will be temporarily closing Terminal B.  All departing and arriving flights, ticket counters, baggage service and TSA screenings will take place in Terminal A.  With reductions and last-minute changes in scheduled airline service, travelers are advised to check with their airlines before heading to the airport.

Hollywood-Burbank Airport is also temporarily closing remote parking lots A and C.  Valet parking service is also temporarily suspended.  Parking will be available in lots E and G and the short-term parking structure.  Additional information may be found at  hollywoodburbankairport.com.

UPDATE as of 5:45pm on 4/8/2020

CYBER ALERT

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have jointly issued an alert regarding the rapid increase in exploitation by cybercriminal and advanced persistent threat (APT) groups of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Both CISA and NCSC are seeing a growing use of COVID-19-related themes by malicious cyber actors. At the same time, the surge in teleworking has increased the use of potentially vulnerable services, such as virtual private networks (VPNs), amplifying the threat to individuals and organizations.  APT groups and cybercriminals are targeting individuals, small and medium enterprises, and large organizations with COVID-19-related scams and phishing emails.  Specific information regarding the overall threat, types of attacks and practical tips for reducing exposure can be found at us-cert.gov.

SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION TRAILS

As a reminder, within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation, parking lots, visitor centers and trails in Los Angeles County are closed due to the COVID-19 emergency.  In Ventura County, trails are closed from 2:00 p.m. on Fridays until 6:00 a.m. the following Monday.  If you choose to visit a trail in Ventura County during open hours, please ensure that you are following social distancing guidelines and other directives issued by the Centers for Disease Control, State of California and County of Ventura.  More information may be found at nps.gov/samo.

UPDATE as of 6:20pm on 4/7/2020

COVID-19 TESTING FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY RESIDENTS

The County of Los Angeles and City of Los Angeles have partnered to offer COVID-19 testing for residents throughout the county.  The testing is limited to individuals with symptoms or those who have been prevented from working due to contact with an infected person.  To find out if you’re eligible to be tested, please visit: coronavirus.lacity.org.

COUNTY LAUNCHES NEW EMPLOYER ASSISTANCE GRANT FUND

Los Angeles County is launching a new $500,000 Employer Assistance Grant Fund to help businesses, including non-profits and social enterprises, impacted by COVID-19.  Individual businesses are eligible for grants of up to $10,000. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, April 8.  More information is available at: workforce.lacounty.gov.

FREE MEALS FOR OLDER ADULTS

The County and City of Los Angeles are providing free meals to adults age 60 and older who are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Call 1-800-510- 2020 to request services. Meals are provided either at distribution sites or via home-delivered meals. People 65 and older must send a family member, friend or caregiver who is under the age of 65 to pick up meals at their assigned site.

CONGRESSWOMAN JULIA BROWNLEY REPRESENTING WESTLAKE VILLAGE

Our federal representative, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA-26)  has released her latest newsletter, which contains excellent information regarding the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Congresswoman Brownley’s newsletter may be found at: https//2013-ca26.congressnewsletter.net/mail/util.cfm?gpiv=2100159567.149159.126&gen=1.

Of special note is a link to the Small Business Owners Guide to the CAREs Act. This comprehensive guide will assist small business owners in navigating the myriad of relief programs available and find the one(s) right for your situation.

UPDATE as of 11:55am on 4/7/2020

A Message to The Community From Mayor Kelly Honig

This week I wanted to highlight some of the important work being done by our local non-profit organizations and community members during the coronavirus crisis. 

Senior Concerns, a local non-profit dedicated to serving senior citizens in the Conejo Valley, is providing help with grocery shopping and pharmacy pickup for seniors, who are especially vulnerable during this pandemic.  They have also created a pantry of food items and paper and cleaning products that volunteers can deliver to seniors in need.

They are also partnering with the Westlake Village Meals on Wheels program to cover any overflow needs as more seniors are homebound and may have increased requests for meals.  Senior Concerns volunteers are also providing check in calls and have created a pen pal program for seniors who may be feeling isolated.  Those who wish to share a card or letter with a senior citizen can send one to:

Senior Concerns

401 Hodencamp Rd.

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Or you may contact Senior Concerns President Andrea Gallagher at agallagher@seniorconcerns.org or call (805) 497-0189  

The five Rotary Clubs of the Conejo Valley have joined to help support community members in need.  They are providing $50 grocery store gift cards to those who are in need due to loss of employment or other hardships suffered during the coronavirus crisis.

Those who would like to contribute to this fund can do so at the Rotary GoFundMe site at ConejoRotaryGoFundme.org, or can mail a check payable to the:

Conejo Velley Foundation

P.O. Box 1345

Thousand Oaks, CA 91358

Agoura and Calabasas High School students have created a volunteer tutoring center open to any LVUSD elementary school student who needs help with schoolwork.  The  LVUSD on-line education program is set to continue through the end of the school year.  LVUSD elementary school parents can access the tutoring center at www.community360.me

And last, but not least, Hamid Sadraie, owner of Westlake Village restaurants Boccaccio’s and The Landing Grill and Sushi Bar has been providing food for all 100 of his employees every week since he had to close both restaurants during this crisis.

These are just a few examples of people reaching out to help others in need in our community.  People are also making masks for friends and family, sending cards and letters to health care workers at Los Robles Hospital, buying gift cards from their favorite local restaurants to use later or simply checking to see if their neighbors need a hand with anything.  No doubt there are many other examples of neighbors helping neighbors.   

This is what makes Westlake Village such a wonderful place to live and work.  On behalf of the entire City Council, we are proud to be part of this city.  We are updating our city website with new information and we encourage you to check it regularly at www.WLV.org

Please stay safe and healthy.

Kelly Honig, Mayor

UPDATE as of 4:45pm on 4/6/2020

FACE COVERINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the County of Los Angeles Health Officer is strongly recommending that all individuals wear a face covering when going outside their homes; particularly to places with other individuals, such as grocery stores or pharmacies.  Additional Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings may be found on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s website at publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Everyone is asked to wear a face covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces. Face coverings are an additional tool that individuals should use to help slow the spread of COVID-19 but does not replace other social distancing requirements.

COVID-19 SCAMS

If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the United States Department of the Treasury and offering COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond.  These are scams! Please contact the FBI at www.ic3.gov, so that the scammers can be tracked and stopped.

CHILD CARE FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS

On April 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-45-20, directing that childcare be prioritized for the state’s critical infrastructure workers.  These critical workers include, but are not limited to health care professionals, emergency response personnel, law enforcement and grocery workers.  Specific guidelines will be developed by Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  More information may be obtained at gov.ca.gov/newsroom.

UPDATE as of 6:30pm on 4/5/2020
  • Social Security recipients will automatically receive Economic Impact Payments.  While Social Security beneficiaries do not typically file federal income tax returns, no additional action is required by Social Security recipients, as the federal government will use information already on file.  Recipients will be receiving payments either as a direct deposit or via paper check in the mail, depending upon how individuals normally receive Social Security benefits.  It is anticipated that payments will start going out in approximately two weeks.
  • Recent news reports have noted that single filer and joint filer taxpayers whose banking information is already on file with the Internal Revenue Service will receive their Economic Impact Payments through direct deposit in approximately two weeks.  It will take longer for taxpayers without their banking information file to receive payment.  The Internal Revenue Service soon will be setting up an online portal to obtain appropriate financial institution routing information, so that everyone may get their checks as quickly as possible.  While the portal has not yet been set up, please continue to check online at irs.gov/coronavirus.
    • The Economic Impact Payment program, authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides for payments of up to $1200 for single taxpayers making up to $99,000 annually, and $2400 for joint filers making up to $198,000 annually.
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has provided additional guidance regarding the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies show that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms themselves. This means the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity (e.g., speaking, coughing, or sneezing) even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in in areas of significant community-based transmission (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).
  • The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce is partnering with other Central Coast Chambers to host an online meeting regarding the recently enacted federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  The online meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    • The webinar will feature Allison Dembeck, Executive Director of the Congressional and Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Westlake Village business owners are encouraged to participate in this free event, regardless of whether you are or are not a member of the local chamber of commerce.  Registration information may be found at www.conejochamber.org.
UPDATE as of 6:30pm on 4/4/2020
  • While everyone is staying Safer at Home, the City of Westlake Village and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department remind you to continue to protect yourself from bad actors. It’s important to always keep your belongings protected: lock your car doors everywhere, all the time, and never leave anything of value in visible places. It’s also important to keep in mind that if you’re leaving your house, even for a quick walk around the block, always close and lock all windows and doors every time you leave your house. Remember, hide it, lock it, keep it.
  • Our best community and individual defense against COVID-19 is washing our hands frequently, avoiding touching our eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, avoiding being around sick people and practicing physical distancing, especially by staying at home. Face coverings are not a replacement for these other evidence-based measures; they are just an additional tool that may be used to protect us from exposure to COVID-19 when used properly. Please click here to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings.
  • On April 3, the CDC launched COVIDView, a weekly report of COVID-19 activity that summarizes and interprets key indicators from a number of existing surveillance systems. The report, which will be updated each Friday, provides CDC expert summaries and interpretations of important and timely surveillance data to track the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. COVIDView includes information related to COVID-19 outpatient visits, emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths, as well as laboratory data. To find COVIDView, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview.html
UPDATE as of 12:18pm on 4/3/2020
  • The Los Angeles County Public Health Officer has issued clarification related to Farmer’s Markets and community events. Please click here to view the guidance.
  • Today, Friday, April 3rd is the first day small businesses may apply for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This new federal program was established under the recently enacted $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the federal government or lenders will charge small businesses any fees. Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will also be reduced if the full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease. The Paycheck Protection Program is being administered by local lenders, on behalf of the Small Business Administration, so the application process is expected to be streamlined. Local small businesses (under 500 employees) are encouraged to first check with their own financial institutions for the most updated information regarding eligibility and the application process. If the financial institution with whom you have an existing relationship is not already participating in the program, the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce reports that the Westlake Village locations of Montecito Bank & Trust, Wells Fargo Bank, and U.S. Bank have confirmed that they will be accepting PPP loan applications. The loans will be 100% backed by the federal government.
  • Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that the State of California is allocating $50 million to the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank for loan guarantees to small businesses to help eliminate barriers to capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds. The state is also allowing small businesses to defer payment of sales and use taxes of up to $50,000, for up to 12 months.  More information is available at ibank.ca.gov.
  • In response to the COVID-19 emergency, a myriad of federal and state financial assistance programs are being offered to businesses forced to close or experiencing negative impacts as a result of the pandemic.  While there are a wide variety of programs being offered, it can be confusing to determine which one is the right one for your business.  The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce is a good place to start.  Even if you or your business is not a chamber member, the chamber team wants to help.  Give their knowledgeable staff a call at 805-370-0035 or check out their website at conejochamber.org.
UPDATE as of 5:37pm on 4/2/2020
  • The Westlake Village City Council held their second successful teleconference City Council meeting earlier today. The City Council received a briefing from staff on recent activities related to the COVID-19 crisis including the City’s new Information Hub. The Greater Conejo Chamber of Commerce also provided updates related to the newly passed CARE Act and other services available to our local business community. And lastly, the City Council provided direction to staff to work to modify the Community Grant Program in order to quickly respond to those non-profits that have applied for funding to directly support efforts related to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Life has changed for all of us as a result of the coronavirus crisis, but we know that even in the midst of it, there are some wonderful stories of people helping people.  The City of Westlake Village would love to hear about positive things happening in and around your neighborhood.  We want to hear about stories of caring and helping; stories of physical distancing while socially interacting, and stories of hope.  If you have a story to share, kindly send it to us at carolk@WLV.org.  Photos are welcome!  We would love to share your story on our social media and our City website. 
  • On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Governor Newsom announced that he has signed Executive Order N-42-20, directing a statewide moratorium on water shutoffs.  To date, over 100 public and private water systems across California have voluntarily suspended water shutoffs for non-payment as a result of COVID-19.  The Governor’s order also requires water service to be restored to customers whose service was discontinued due to non-payment dating back to March 2, 2020.  The Governor’s directive does not relieve customers of their ultimate obligation to pay for water consumed.  Additional information and a copy of the Executive Order may be found at gov.ca.gov.
  • Governor Gavin Newsom, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo have announced their aligned recommendations that school campuses remain physically closed through the end of the academic year. The decision to close public schools rests exclusively with local school district governing boards.  For the most up-to-date information regarding public or private school site closures, continuing online education programs, and ongoing nutrition programs, please contact your child’s school. Visit www.lvusd.org for more information.
UPDATE as of 10:00am on 4/2/2020
  • Las Virgenes Unified School District Update From Superintendent Stepenosky:

Dear LVUSD Families,

Earlier today, Governor Newsom announced that all California school campuses will remain physically closed. Importantly, while campuses are closed, school is still in session and distance learning will continue for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Please remember that Spring Break, April 10-17 and Memorial Day, May 25 will still be observed as non-instructional days.

We know how important end-of-year ceremonies are to you, our students, staff, and our community; we ask for your patience while we explore all options. The situation continues to be fluid, and we will communicate with you as circumstances evolve.

We greatly appreciate your partnership as we work to hold our community together in this trying time. Please know that LVUSD is here for you and your family, providing distance learning, meals, counseling support, consistency, and connection in the coming months.

Be well and stay safe,

Dr. Dan Stepenosky
Superintendent of Schools
Las Virgenes Unified School District

UPDATE as of 5:45pm on 4/1/2020
  • The first day of the month is typically the date that housing and commercial rental payments are due.  Unfortunately, due to job losses or reduction of hours as a result of COVID-19, many are unable to make residential or commercial rental payments.  As a reminder, on March 17, 2020, the Westlake City Council unanimously approved Ordinance 278U-20, which enacts a temporary moratorium on the eviction for non-payment of rent by residential and commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  A copy of Ordinance 278U-20 may be found on the City’s website at wlv.org.
  • Public health officials, including County of Los Angeles Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, are strongly reiterating that continuing to practice social distancing, good hand washing hygiene and staying at home are the most effective tools that all of us can do to best protect ourselves against contracting COVID-19.
    • Earlier today, Dr. Ferrer reminded Los Angeles County residents that even small social gatherings in your home, with family and friends who do not live in your home, increases the risk for contracting COVID-19.
    • According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, initial trends are suggesting that social distancing is working to slow the spread of the virus. During the month of March, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported no cases of COVID-19 among City of Westlake Village residents. Don’t let down your guard and keep up the good work!
  • Businesses and other organizations that are able to provide needed supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the County of Los Angeles are invited to check out the vendor website at https://doingbusiness.lacounty.gov. The county’s Emergency Operations Center has received over 400 requests for supplies of various kinds.  Perhaps your business or organization can fill one or more those needs.
  • The Business and Industry Council for Emergency Planning and Preparedness (BICEPP) is a non-profit professional association of emergency management and business continuity professionals.  Their goal is to provide a forum for exchanging information designed to enhance disaster resilience within the business community.  They host periodic online meetings and conference calls.  More information may be found at  www.bicepp.org.
  • Effective March 31, 2020 the Waste Management office at 195 W. Los Angeles Ave is closing the office to direct public contact until further notice. Waste Management has taken additional steps in social distancing practices after careful consideration for the safety of the communities they serve and the safety of their staff. Visit www.wm.com for more information.
  • Please click here to view a message from the Director of the LA County Department of Public Social Services.

UPDATE as of 4:35pm on 3/31/2020
  • On March 30, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-40-20, which extends the time frames for a number of state agencies, departments and boards, regarding operations and compliance deadlines. Included within the order is a directive to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to offer a 90-day extension for tax returns and all businesses filing returns for under $1.0 million in taxes. This means that small businesses will have until the end of July to file their first quarter returns.
    • The order also extends the time, by an additional 60 days, for the Department of Motor Vehicles to limit in-person transactions. The order authorizes the Department of Consumer Affairs to waive continuing education requirements for several professions over the next 60 days. A copy of the Executive Order and specific information relating to all of the affected entities can be found at gov.ca.gov/newsroom/.
  • With an anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases throughout California expected over the next few weeks, Governor Newsom announced the formation of the California Health Corps. Current and retired health care professionals, as well as nursing students, are encouraged to register at covid19.ca.gov. Your skills, experience, geographical preferences and interests will be matched to where your professional skills are most needed.
  • Governor Newsom is encouraging Californians to safely volunteer in their communities during the COVID-19 emergency. Activities can include delivering meals to seniors; donating food or money to local food banks; continuing to support local non-profits; checking on neighbors via calls, texts or in person with appropriate physical distancing; and donating blood. Learn how you can help your neighbors by going online at californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/COVID-19.
  • The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House and U.S. government agencies to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact. Employers should be implementing strategies to protect their workforce from the coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations. Visit the US Chamber of Commerce website for helpful resources here https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus
UPDATE as of 7:30pm on 3/29/2020
  • The L.A. County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center is available to help workers and businesses affected by the Coronavirus emergency. Learn how workers and businesses can obtain assistance during this emergency by visiting https://lacountyhelpcenter.org/
UPDATE as of 4:15pm on 3/28/2020
UPDATE as of 5:23pm on 3/27/2020
  • LA County Health Officer issues new Public Health Order for the temporary closure of public trails and trailheads, beaches, piers, beach bike paths, and beach access points. Click here to read the full Public Health Order.
  • Click here for a complete listing of local Westlake Village restaurants that are offering takeout and delivery services.  
  • As COVID-19 sweeps across the country and impacts our community, the amount of misinformation is spreading, as well.  For the most up-to-date and accurate information, please check with trusted sources such as the City of Westlake Village; County of Los Angeles at www.lacounty.gov; State of California at www.covid19.ca.gov; and the federal government at www.coronavirus.gov.
  • Following extensive negotiations between the Trump Administration and Congressional Leaders, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). The $2.2 trillion economic relief package provides American families, healthcare workers, and small businesses with the economic support they need to get through this challenging time. The package includes $1,200 payments to qualifying Americans, $100 billion in direct support for hospitals, and over $370 billion to small business owners to keep their employees on the payroll. It also includes direct relief for State, Tribal, and local governments through the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund. Each State will receive at least $1.25 billion. $8 billion is set aside for tribal governments. This aid comes on top of the Family First Coronavirus Aid Package, enacted last week, which increased the federal share of Medicaid payments through the emergency period by 6.2 percentage points and provided reimbursements to States for the cost of expanding certain public assistance programs. State/Local/Tribal provisions include:
    • $150 billion in direct aid to State, Tribal, and local governments. Aid will be allocated primarily by a State’s population with each State receiving at least $1.25 billion.
    • $340 billion in emergency funding to combat the coronavirus outbreak, with $274 billion going to state and local governments for specific purposes. This is in addition to the $150 billion distributed to states to cover their own separate efforts and forms a major part of the federal government’s plan to assist state efforts.
    • $5 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program, including $2 billion to existing CDBG grantees that received funding in FY 2020. The bill also provides $1 billion for states and insular areas to respond to COVID-19, including activities within entitlement and non-entitlement communities and requires that those allocations. Any remaining funds will be distributed directly to states on a rolling basis.
    • A $500 billion for loans and guarantees through an Economic Stabilization Fund that authorizes the U.S. Treasury to support eligible businesses and States and local governments to cover losses incurred as a result of COVID-19.
    • $100 billion for hospitals and health care facilities to reimburse expenses or lost revenues not otherwise reimbursed that are directly attributable to COVID-19.
    • $3.5 billion to allow States to expand childcare benefits for healthcare workers, first responders, and others on the frontlines of this crisis.
    • Additional federal funding for joint federal-state programs like Medicaid and unemployment compensation, along with other expenditures which will reduce some of the need for states to undertake new COVID-19 spending on their own.
  • Individuals experiencing a job loss or who have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 may be eligible for financial relief through the California Employment Development Department. (EDD).  Governor Newsom has suspended the traditional one-week unpaid waiting period.  Claims should be filed immediately, as the system is currently experiencing a backlog due to a surge in unemployment claims filed this week.  Even if you aren’t sure that you qualify, experts recommend filing a claim, eligibility of which will be verified by EDD personnel. More information and online claims may be filed at www.edd.ca.gov 
  • Due to the cancellation of workplace and community-based blood drives, the American Red Cross encourages healthy people to continue giving blood at donation centers.  For more information or to schedule an appointment visit www.RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
  • The Department of Homeland Security has announced a one-year extension of the Real I.D. enforcement deadline.  A Real I.D. issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles or United States passport will be required for California residents to board domestic airline flights on or after October 1, 2021.
UPDATE as of 4:55pm on 3/26/2020
  • The Westlake Village City Council will be hold a Special Meeting via Zoom teleconference on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 4pm. To view the agenda, conference link and instructions on how to join, please click here.
  • In his Wednesday afternoon briefing, Governor Newsom stated that families should not lose their homes because of COVID-19. He announced that four of the five major banks, Wells Fargo, Citi, JPMorgan, and US Bank, have agreed to a 90-day grace period on mortgage payments for those impacted by COVID19. Please contact your bank or mortgage holder to learn more about how they can help. 
  • The Federal Government has provided online and other resources for Americans during the COVID-19 crisis. The official federal website is https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus
  • Residents may report disaster fraud by calling 866-720-5721 or by email to Disaster@LEO.gov. 
  • Americans currently overseas who need assistance getting home can enroll in the US Dept of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at https://step.state.gov/
  • Americans needing mental health or substance abuse assistance can contact the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national hotline at 800-662-HELP (4357).
  • United Way of Greater Los Angeles announced the creation of the Pandemic Relief Fund to support LA County’s unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, as well as low-income individuals, students, and families at imminent risk of homelessness and hardships due to health and economic impacts of coronavirus. To donate or find more info, go to www.UnitedWayLA.org.
  • Some stores, both local and across the country, are beginning to ask shoppers to temporarily not use reusable bags as a way to reduce potential COVID-19 contamination. Residents who bring reusable bags to the grocery store are urged to wash them after every use and offer to bag their own groceries out of consideration for the health of grocery store workers. However, all shoppers should comply if the store employee requests that only store-supplied bags be used based on direction from store management.
  • In support of our local restaurants, we have partnered with our chamber of commerce to continuously provided updated information on who’s open and how to eat local through take out and delivery services during the Safer at Home order. Please visit https://www.conejochamber.org/  for more information.

Check out the video below from your Westlake Village library on how to enjoy their resources while staying Safer at Home.

UPDATE as of 10:41am on 3/26/2020
UPDATE as of 5:30pm on 3/25/2020
  • Please be aware that scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. They’re setting up websites to sell fake products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a scam to take your money and get your personal information. They may also be asking you to donate to victims, offering advice on unproven treatments, or contain malicious email attachments. For more information, visit: www.Ftc.gov/coronavirus and https://lasd.org/coronavirus-scams/ 
  • City Staff continued direct outreach to businesses within the community to uphold the LA County Public Health Order. Businesses continue to work with the City in order to maintain the safety of the community.  
UPDATE as of 5:38pm on 3/24/2020
UPDATE as of 5:38pm 3/23/2020

The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a revised Public Health Order, strengthening the terms of the past orders. Please click here for the full Public Health Order issued on March 21, 2020.

Changes to the Public Health Order include:

  • All public and private gatherings of any size are prohibited outside of the private home. This supersedes the previous limit on gatherings of up to 10 people.
  • Personal grooming services such as hair salons, barbershops, and nail salons must be closed.
  • Golf courses must be closed.
  • All beach parking lots in Malibu are closed.
  • The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority has closed all of its parks and trails, including parkland owned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Access roads and parking lots are also closed. For more information visit: https://mrca.ca.gov/notifications/
  • All outdoor playgrounds are closed.

Las Virgenes Unified School District has extended their distance learning until Friday May 1, 2020 with the hope of a possible return to school on Monday May 4, 2020. This is a tentative date and more information can be found by visiting https://www.lvusd.org/

In order to support health agency directives to minimize public interactions while continuing to provide essential transportation services to our senior and disabled riders, T.O. Transit, the City’s Dial-A-Ride operator is implementing the following temporary changes to our local services effective Friday, March 20, 2020. We expect these changes to remain in effect for at least two weeks, possibly longer as the Declaration of a Local Health Emergency remains in effect:

  • Reduction in hours of operation. Service will be available from 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday. No service will be available on Sunday.
  • Transit office hours will also be reduced. You can make reservations for services until 6:30 p.m. For ride requests for Monday, your reservation has to be submitted by 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • We are requesting riders book rides only for essential needs and services which we define as medical needs, groceries, and basic household supplies. In order to ensure rides are available to everyone that needs one, we may decline to book rides we feel do not meet the definition of an essential need and service.
  • We are waiving fares. We understand this is a difficult time for all riders and they may be experiencing additional expenses due to the current emergency.
  • We are waiving our usual 3 bag limit and will transport up to 10 bags of groceries per paying passenger. Our weight limits per bag still apply. While our drivers will assist loading and unloading from the vehicle, please keep in mind they are not permitted to enter your residence.
  • While we are not currently restricting the number of times per day you can use the service, we ask you to be considerate of other riders. For your protection, we are reducing the number of passengers we carry per vehicle which means we cannot perform as many trips as we normally do. Reservations made at least a day in advance receive scheduling priority. At this time, we cannot accommodate guests, only care helpers and attendants for those passengers that require assistance.
  • We ask that before your board, and during your trip, you practice social distancing and good hygiene. We are working hard to disinfect the vehicles you are riding in multiple times per day. Please help us by following the practices recommended by the CDC which are posted in the vans and by taking one of the handouts offered by the drivers.
  • Please visit our website, www.totransit.org for frequent service updates.

The Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village has announced that they will be closed through May 1, 2020.

UPDATE as of 9:34am on 3/21/2020

As a reminder, in addition to the City’s website, the following official sources are providing important updates on a regular basis:

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