March 19, 2020 4:00 PM
UPDATE 3/19, 4PM – Safer at Home Measures Possible, Mental Health 24/7 hotline, General Fund Grant
UPDATE 3/19, 4PM – Safer at Home Measures Possible. Federal action for medical supplies, Mental Health 24/7 hotline, SMMUSD meeting tonight, General Fund Grant deadline extended to April 10.
UPDATE 3/19, 4PM – County considers "Safer at Home" measure for people of all ages. New CA state COVID-19 website. DMV open by appointment only. City General Fund Grants deadline extended to April 10. Federal relief bill signed. Dept of Mental Health Hotline open 24/7. SMMUSD virtual meeting tonight. Special supermarket hours for seniors. City Hall closed, phone lines open. Financial aid and assistance for workers and businesses.
Malibu City Hall is closed. Staff is answering the City’s main phone line (310-456-2489) but, due to the high number of calls, it is recommended that residents email email@example.com for the quickest response. Thank you for your patience – we will respond as quickly as possible.
COUNTY CONSIDERS POTENTIAL "SAFER AT HOME" MEASURES The Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH) is considering additional precautionary measures to limit people's exposure to COVID-19 including "safer at home" measures whereby people of all ages will be asked to stay in their homes. Residents should prepare for this possible announcement in the next 24 hours. Exceptions are being considered for essential activities including trips to the grocery store. The City of Malibu continues to be in close communication and coordination with LADPH, City of Los Angeles and all the 88 cities in the County regarding these potential measures. Information will be shared with the community as soon as it is available.
CITY GENERAL FUND GRANTS
The deadline to submit applications for City General Fund Grants has been extended to April 10. For more information, visit www.MalibuCity.org/generalfund.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACTION
On March 18, the President invoked the Defense Production Act to ensure the production of ventilators and medical supplies to address COVID-19, and announced the suspension of foreclosures and evictions until the end of April.
LA COUNTY CORONAVIRUS STATUS
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports that as of today, there are 231 confirmed cases in LA County and 2 deaths. There are no confirmed cases in Malibu.
DMV BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Starting March 19, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices will be open by appointment only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Wednesday office hours are 9 AM to 5:00 PM. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/newsrel/2020/2020_13.
NEW STATE WEBSITE AND RESOURCES
California launched a new comprehensive website to keep the public up to date on the status of COVID-19, the state’s response and resources available. Visit: www.covid19.ca.gov
LA COUNTY OFFERS 24/7 MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT – For 24/7 assistance, call the LA County Dept of Mental Health’s ACCESS hotline at 800-854-7771. The ACCESS line operates 24 hours/day, 7 days/week as the primary entry point for mental health services with the LA County Dept of Mental Health, including mental health screening and assessment, referral to a service provider, crisis counseling, and more. A Crisis Text Line is also available - Text LA to 741741 and be connected with a trained crisis counselor to receive free crisis support via text message. https://dmh.lacounty.gov/get-help-now/
SMMUSD BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING TONIGHT – Per Executive Order N-29-20 from Governor Newsom, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board of Education meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. will move to a virtual/teleconferencing environment at this link: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/985837254.
Submit comments by 4 p.m. on March 19 at http://bit.ly/2QhkchY. These comments will be shared with the board members prior to the board meeting. If you wish for your written comment to be read aloud, please indicate this specifically in your communication requests will be honored as time permits. The agenda for this meeting is posted on the District website: https://www.smmusd.org/domain/2977.
ACTIONS TO PROTECT PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
Governor Newsom took executive action on March 18 to provide funding and reduce restrictions and remove barriers from local jurisdictions seeking to implement public health recommendations for the homeless community. The County of Los Angeles is extending the Winter Shelter program until April 30 and is seeking to expand the program. The City of Malibu is deploying public restrooms and sanitizer stations for the local homeless community. Homeless outreach workers from LAHSA and the People Concern continue to reach out to local homeless individuals to keep them informed of the pandemic and educate them on how to stay safe.
FEDERAL AID PACKAGE
On March 18, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act providing paid sick leave, unemployment benefits, free coronavirus testing, and food and medical aid.
STATE STATISTICS UPDATE – For details on COVID-19 and California's response, visit the CA Dept of Public Health website: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/New-Release-2020.aspx
LA COUNTY FINANCIAL RESOURCES
The County has created a one-stop page on its website listing several financial resources for residents impacted by COVID-19. Visit: https://lacounty.gov/covid19-news/financial-resources-for-residents-impacted-by-covid-19/
LOCAL GROCERY STORES ADD SENIORS-ONLY SHOPPING HOURS
Effective Wednesday, March 18, supermarkets in Malibu have altered their hours of operation to provide a safer, easier shopping opportunity for our senior community:
-- Whole Foods - open 7:00-8:00 AM to Seniors only
-- Ralphs – open Friday, 7:00-8:00 AM to Seniors only
-- Vintage – Open 6:30-8:00 AM to Seniors only
-- Pavilions - open 6:00-7:00 AM to Seniors only
On March 17, CA State Parks announced the temporary closure of all campgrounds in the State Park system. Restrooms and non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, remain open. Visitors should practice social distancing carry soap for hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers for when water is not available. The State Parks concessionaire on the Malibu Pier is providing take-out food service only. Read the State Parks statement at https://www.parks.ca.gov/NewsRelease/943
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF MALIBU (BGCM) OFFERS COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Although BGCM is closed for normal activities, it continues to work in support of the Malibu community. BGCM established a fund for donations to support its efforts. Tax deductible donations are accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org. BGCM has partnered with Waveside Church to meet the needs of Malibu’s senior citizens and most vulnerable families with FREE, non-perishable food pantry items and supplies. Donations of non-perishable food items can be delivered to the BGCM lobby Monday-Thursday, 10AM-1PM (call 310-457-2582 before coming). BGCM staff and members of Waveside Church will collect, sort, deliver, or schedule pick-up for these items. For more information, visit https://bgcmalibu.org.
BGCM continues to offer Wellness Center counseling to all Malibu public school children and their families via video conference during this time. To request a video conference therapy session with a clinicians, call or email Wellness Center Director Randi Goodman at 818-312-7107 or email@example.com.
MEALS ON WHEELS WEST DELIVERS
Meals on Wheels West is available to deliver food and hygiene kits to seniors or people living with disabilities who cannot shop, cook, or otherwise provide for themselves. To enroll in the program, email clientservices@MealsonWheelsWest.org or call 310 394-5133 x1 to enroll. Visit http://www.mealsonwheelswest.org/ for more information.
LA COUNTY LIBRARIES OPEN LOBBIES FOR ON-HOLD PICK-UP
All 86 LA County community libraries remain closed through March 31. However, nearly half of the local Library lobbies, including the Malibu Community Library, will be open Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, for pickup of on-hold items. For more details and a full list of library locations with this service, visit https://lacountylibrary.org/coronavirus/
OTHER STATE ACTIONS
On March 18, Governor Newsom issues Executive Order to suspend standardized testing for students. For more information go to: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/18/governor-newsom-issues-executive-order-to-suspend-standardized-testing-for-students-in-response-to-covid-19-outbreak/
Governor Newsom signed executive order to ease restrictions on commercial drivers delivering critical supplies and equipment to retailers throughout the state. Read the Executive Order at https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3.17.20-EO-motor.pdf
On March 17, the Governor placed the California National Guard on alert with direction to be prepared to perform humanitarian missions across the state, including food distribution and ensuring resiliency of supply lines, as well as supporting public safety, as required.
Governor Newsom requested a federal waiver to make it easier for 13 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries in California to quickly and effectively receive care. The waiver would ease certain federal rules governing doctors and other health care providers who treat people covered through Medi-Cal, California’s version of Medicaid. It also would loosen rules regarding the use of telehealth and where care can be provided, making it simpler to protect seniors and other populations at high risk for harm if exposed to the virus. Read the full announcement at https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/17/california-requests-federal-government-waiver-to-cover-medi-cal-recipients-and-expand-tele-health-options/
CalOES created 14 task forces to work on all issues related to the State’s response to COVID-19. Task forces include: Hospitals; Schools; Transportation; Commodities; and Logistics.
RELIEF AND AID
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DISASTER LOANS
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small business suffering economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download
applications at: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service
Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance
RESOURCES FOR WORKERS – CA STATE
If you’ve been laid off or had your hours reduced, you can apply for Unemployment Insurance through the State Employment Development Department (EDD). https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/
If you’re unable to work due because you have or were exposed to COVID-19, you can file a Disability Insurance Claim through the State EDD.
Employees who need leave to take care of children or family members can apply for Paid Family Leave (PFL) through the State EDD. https://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_PFL_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm.
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES & WORKERS – CA STATE & COUNTY
The State launched a new website with resources to help businesses impacted by COVID-19. www.covid19.ca.gov
LAEDC can work with businesses one-on-one to see if they qualify for other non-traditional loans, and to help access capital and tax incentives, and cost containment strategies so businesses can maintain operations and avoid layoffs. Send an email to email@example.com.
California’s Work Sharing Program provides an alternative to layoffs for businesses with reduced work or production. https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/Work_Sharing_Program.htm
The County provides Rapid Response services to businesses and workers impacted by layoffs and will work with businesses to avoid layoffs and closures, get workers connected to benefits, unemployment insurance and other services. Email Bizdev@wdacs.lacounty.gov
The County enacted an emergency moratorium on residential and commercial evictions through March 31. Tenants will have until November 2020 to pay the property owner for any rent owed.
CITY OF MALIBU
City Hall, the Senior Center, and all City parks, including restroom facilities, are closed. Essential City staff are working remotely. Residents wishing to contact City staff may do so by calling departmental extensions or emails:
-- Planning – 310-456-2489, ext. 485 or email MPlanning@malibucity.org
-- Building Safety – 310-456-2489, ext. 390 or email MBuilding@malibucity.org
-- Public Works – 310-456-2489, ext. 391 or MPublicWorks@malibucity.org
-- All other City business – 310-456-2489, ext. 392 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SPANISH LANGUAGE EMERGENCY INFORMATION
The City of Malibu will publish emergency information about the Coronavirus on the City website: www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus. Residents and businesses are asked to share emergency information with their Spanish- speaking staff and contractors.
La ciudad de Malibú publicará todas las alertas de emergencia sobre el coronavirus en el sitio web de la ciudad: www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus.
LA COUNTY CLOSES RESTAURANTS, BARS, FITNESS CENTERS, THEATERS, EXCEPT FOOD SERVICE PICK-UP & DELIVERY PERMITTED
On March 16, the Los Angeles County Health Officer, Department of Public Health, issued an order that immediately required all bars, nightclubs, gyms, fitness centers, movie and live theaters to be closed. Restaurants, including bars that serve food, may continue to provide food only by delivery, takeout, or drive-thru pickup. Hotels and motels that serve food may only do so through room service.
SMMUSD PROVIDING STUDENTS MEALS
SMMUSD is providing breakfast and lunch for its students through April 3 while school is closed. Meals are available for drive-thru pickup at Webster Elementary School in the pickup and drop-off area between 7:00-9:00 AM. No ID is required. Meals will be provided to students under 18, with an adult or guardian, or to high school students that drive themselves.
LA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT (LAUSD) OFFERS GRAB N GO MEALS
LAUSD opened 60 Grab n Go Food Centers across Los Angeles for students in need starting Wed, 3/18/20, open weekdays 7AM to 10AM. https://achieve.lausd.net/resources
All seniors and those with chronic conditions are strongly urged to home-isolate. The Malibu Senior Center is closed, but Dial-a-Ride is operating for seniors needing transportation to medical appointments or other necessary locations. Reservations can be made by calling 424-346-8444. Dial-a-Ride program hours are Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Thursday and Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
CDC CALLS FOR CANCELLATION OF ALL GATHERINGS OVER 50 PEOPLE NATIONWIDE
The CDC recommends that for the next eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out following guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, events should be made virtual. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html.
ALL LA COUNTY FACILITIES CLOSED
All Los Angeles County facilities are closed to the public effective March until further notice, including Department of Animal Control’s (DACC) seven animal care centers. DACC officers will continue to respond to emergency calls for service including dangerous dogs, sick or injured animals, police assistance, removal of dead animals, and animal cruelty investigations. People who find or lose a pet should download https://shadowapp.com to reunite lost pets with their families. For more information, visit https://lacounty.gov/.
-- City Hall, Senior Center, and all City parks, including restroom facilities, are closed
-- All State Parks
-- All bars, gyms, fitness centers, and theaters closed. All restaurants, including bars that serve food, may prepare and serve food by delivery, pick-up, or drive-thru only. Hotels and motels may serve food via room service only. (LA County Public Health Officer)
-- All California residents are protected from eviction due to nonpayment of rent, or foreclosure, if the inability to pay due to loss of income or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses as a result of coronavirus (Governor)
-- All City Parks closed, including restroom facilities (City)
Senior Center Closed – City staff is available to assist seniors. Call 310-456-2489.
-- Malibu Dial-a-Ride program continues to operate. Dial-A-Ride vehicles are regularly disinfected.
-- All LA County Libraries, including Malibu Community Library, are closed. Online services available - www.LACountylibrary.org
-- All SMMUSD schools and programs are closed. Breakfast and lunch available to SMMUSD students for pickup at Webster Elementary School, Monday-Friday, 7:00-9:00 AM – www.SMMUSD.org
CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
The City of Malibu continues to monitor the status of the Coronavirus and implement measures to protect public health and safety and is doing everything possible to support vulnerable community members. There are currently no known cases of Coronavirus in Malibu. The City continues to follow the recommendations of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH), California Office of Emergency Services (CALOES) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is taking steps to reduce the likelihood of community spread.
Residents are encouraged to be prepared with three weeks of food, medication, and toiletries on hand for your family and pets in case you need to stay home. Residents should also connect with neighbors, particularly seniors or those with underlying health conditions, to see if they need help in any way. These individuals are at higher risk and Governor Newsom is calling for all seniors and individuals with chronic conditions to home-isolate.
MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus - https://www.malibucity.org/coronavirus
LA County Dept of Public Health (LADPH) - http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus
LA County Dept of Mental Health - https://dmh.lacounty.gov/get-help-now/
LA County COVID-19 webpage - https://lacounty.gov/covid19/
State Help for Businesses and Workers - www.covid19.ca.gov
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
US Congressman Ted Lieu COVID19 webpage - https://lieu.house.gov/coronavirus
CDC Guidance for Cancellation of Events - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) - https://www.smmusd.org
LA County Library - https://lacountylibrary.org/
Malibu Foundation - www.TheMalibuFoundation.org/cv19
US Small Business Administration (SBA) - https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, 800-659-2955, email@example.com
Apply for State unemployment
Apply for State Disability Insurance
Apply for Paid Family Leave https://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_PFL_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm