Evacuation Warning Issued for Carmel, River and Dolan Fire Burn Scar Areas

WHEN: Effective January 25th at 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Carmel, River and Dolan Fires burn scar areas
WHAT: The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Warning for areas within and two miles down slope of the Carmel Fire, River Fire, and Dolan Fire burn scars due to the upcoming atmospheric river and the high likelihood for debris flows. There is also currently a Flash Flood Watch in place.

The Evacuation Warning will take effect Monday. January 25th at 4:00 p.m.

This warning is being given well in advance of our incoming storm system due to anticipated rainfall. Beginning late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, the National Weather service is predicting 8 to 10 inches of rain over the course of the storm in the Santa Lucia Mountains and Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County, which would impact all wildfire burn scar areas.

The Evacuation Warning that will be in place will be upgraded to an Evacuation Order if the Flash Flood Watch in place upgrades to a Flash Flood Warning, but those who live in dangerous areas are highly encouraged to consider leaving sooner for their safety. Due to heavy winds, those who need to leave one of the impacted areas could find exit routes impassable. Once an Evacuation Order has been issued there will likely be less than 30 minutes to evacuate.

An Evacuation Warning means individuals need to be prepared to leave immediately with a ‘go bag’ and planned evacuation route. If your situation requires more time to evacuate than an Evacuation Order allows, consider leaving early to avoid delays due to traffic congestion.
An Evacuation Order is expected to be issued at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26th.
If you feel that your life is in danger, do not wait for an emergency notification.

• To find out what evacuation zone you are in, please visit: www.co.monterey.ca.us/winterstorm
• To register for emergency alerts, visit: www.alertmontereycounty.org
• To receive text message updates, text: Text “MCWINTER” to 888777

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State Public Health Officials Lift Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions Conditions Improving Statewide, Allowing Most Counties to Return to Most Strict (Purple) Tier of Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Post Date:01/25/2021

Officials with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today ended the Regional Stay at Home Order, lifting the order for all regions statewide, including the three regions that had still been under the order – San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area, and Southern California. Four-week ICU capacity projections for these three regions are above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order. The Sacramento Region exited the order on January 12 and the Northern California region never entered the order.

This action allows all counties statewide to return to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity. The majority of the counties are in the strictest, or purple tier. Tier updates are provided weekly on Tuesdays. Individual counties could choose to impose stricter rules.

“Californians heard the urgent message to stay home as much as possible and accepted that challenge to slow the surge and save lives,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH director and state public health officer. “Together, we changed our activities knowing our short-term sacrifices would lead to longer-term gains. COVID-19 is still here and still deadly, so our work is not over, but it’s important to recognize our collective actions saved lives and we are turning a critical corner.”

While there are positive signs that the virus is spreading at a slower rate across the state, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. It is still critical that Californians continue to wear masks when they leave their homes, maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet, wash their hands frequently, avoid gatherings and mixing with other households, follow all state and local health department guidance and get the vaccine when it’s their turn.

The state, in collaboration with local health departments and health care facilities statewide, took a long list of actions to support California’s hospitals and slow the surge in cases and hospitalizations.

  • The Regional Stay at Home Order urged Californians to stay home except for essential activities, which helped lower disease transmission levels and reduce burden on the hospital system.
  • California deployed more than 4,100 medical professionals to facilities across the state to ease the burden on frontline health care workers.
  • The state provided assistance within hospitals in the form of personal protective equipment, ventilators and help with oxygen supply.
  • California also helped hospitals expand their capacity by opening 16 alternate care sites, lower-acuity facilities where COVID-19 patients get a bridge from hospital to home as they are recovering.
  • Public health leaders implemented a statewide order to make it easier to transfer patients from over-crowded hospitals to those with more space and staff.
  • The administration of vaccines to health care workers has meant that fewer health care workers are falling ill to the virus, which helps keep staffing levels more stable.

“California is slowly starting to emerge from the most dangerous surge of this pandemic yet, which is the light at the end of the tunnel we’ve been hoping for,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. “Seven weeks ago, our hospitals and front-line medical workers were stretched to their limits, but Californians heard the urgent message to stay home when possible and our surge after the December holidays did not overwhelm the health care system to the degree we had feared.”

Nearly all the counties exiting the Regional Stay at Home Order today are in the Purple or widespread (most restrictive) tier. Services and activities, such as outdoor dining and personal services, may resume immediately with required modifications, subject to any additional restrictions required by local jurisdictions. See the county map to find the status of activities open in each county.

Because case rates remain high across most of the state, the state’s Hospital Surge Order remains in place to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. The Limited Stay at Home Order, which limits non-essential activities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., expires with the Regional Stay At Home Order ending.

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The Dolan Fire Area Road and Trail Closure 05-07-51-21-02 is in effect through May 21, 2021. The closure has been reduced to the fire perimeter. Areas that remain closed are areas where vegetation has burned off and pose a safety risk from rockslides, landslides and hazard trees.

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Posted by: Stan Russell | January 20, 2021

Shuttered Venue Grant Info

Dear Central Coast Small Business Leaders,

Please see the below information from SBA regarding shuttered venue grants.

Please let us know if you have any questions,

Mark

In addition to the webinar the SBA hosted last week which is available at this link on the SBA YouTube channel, there is information that has been posted on the SBA webpage at this link and copied below.

Program details

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

Who can apply

Eligible entities include:

o Live venue operators or promoters

o Theatrical producers

o Live performing arts organization operators

o Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria

o Motion picture theater operators

o Talent representatives, and

o Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements

Other requirements of note:

o Must have been in operation as of Feb. 29, 2020

o Venue or promoter must not have received a PPP loan on or after Dec. 27, 2020

Detailed information on eligibility requirements coming soon.

Amount of SVO Grant

Awards will be either for:

o An eligible entity that was in operation on Jan. 1, 2019, the lesser of an amount equal to 45% of their 2019 gross earned revenue OR $10 Million.

o An eligible entity that began operation after Jan. 1, 2019, the lesser of the average monthly gross revenue for each full month you were in operation during 2019 multiplied by 6 OR $10 Million.

How to apply

The SBA is in the process of setting up the grant program and is not yet accepting applications. Small businesses who have suffered the greatest economic loss will be the first applications processed under the following schedule:

Open only to small entities with up to 50 employees:

First Priority

1st 14 days of grant awards

Entities that suffered a 90% or greater revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Second Priority

Next 14 days of grant awards

Entities that suffered a 70% or greater revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Third Priority

Beginning 28 days after First & Second Priority Awards are made

Entities that suffered a 25% or greater revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Supplemental Funding

Available after First & Second Priority

Recipients of First and Second Priority round who suffered a 70% or greater revenue loss for the most recent calendar quarter (as of 04-01-21 or later)

Unrestricted; open to entities of any size:

Unrestricted, non-priority round

Begins 61 days after initial grant awards

Eligible entities of any size that suffered a 25% or greater revenue loss

Allowable use of funds

Funds may be used for specific expenses, which include:

o Payroll costs

o Rent payments

o Utility payments

o Scheduled mortgage payments (not including prepayment of principal)

o Scheduled debt payments (not including prepayment of principal) on any indebtedness incurred in the ordinary course of business prior to 02-15-20)

o Worker protection expenditures

o Payments to independent contractors (not to exceed $100K in annual compensation per contractor)

o Other ordinary and necessary business expenses, including maintenance costs

o Administrative costs (incl. fees and licensing)

o State and local taxes and fees

o Operating leases in effect as of 02-15-20

o Insurance payments

o Advertising, production transportation, and capital expenditures related to producing a theatrical or live performing arts production. (May not be primary use of funds.)

Grantees may not use award funds to:

o Buy real estate

o Make payments on loans originated after 02-15-20

o Make investments or loans

o Make contributions or other payments to, or on behalf of, political parties, political committees, or candidates for election

o Any other use prohibited by the Administrator

Grantee Recordkeeping

Grantees will be required to maintain documentation demonstrating their compliance with the eligibility and other requirements of the SVO Grant program. They must retain employment records for four years following their receipt of a grant and retain all other records for three years.

Application and additional guidelines will be posted when available.

For more information

For additional information, email SVOGrant. All emails regarding SVO Grants will be sent using an official government email address ending in @sba.gov.

Examples

Example 1: ELIGIBLE for First Priority

# of employees 10
2019 Revenue

(April 1 – Dec 31)

$200,000
2020 Revenue

(April 1 – Dec 31)

$20,000
Total revenue/2019 10%

Example 2: INELIGIBLE for First Priority; eligible for Second Priority phase

# of employees 15
2019 Revenue

(April 1 – Dec 31)

$500,000
2020 Revenue

(April 1 – Dec 31)

$140,000
Total revenue/2019 28%

Example 3: INELIGIBLE for First & Second Priority; eligible for Third Priority phase

# of employees 42
2019 Revenue

(April 1 – Dec 31)

$750,000
2020 Revenue

(April 1 – Dec 31)

$172,500
Total revenue/2019 23%

Example 4: INELIGIBLE for First, Second & Third Priorities; eligible for Unrestricted Round

# of employees 62
2019 Revenue

(April 1 – Dec 31)

$2,750,000
2020 Revenue

(April 1 – Dec 31)

$605,000
Total revenue/2019 22%

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For Immediate Release
January 18, 2021

New Variant of SARS CoV-2 Detected in Monterey County

Please see the attached press release regarding reports from the California Department of Public Health of a variant of the virus which causes COVID-19 being detected in counties including Monterey County.

Maia Carroll
Communications Coordinator
County of Monterey

New Variant of SARS CoV-2 Detected in Monterey County Press Release

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Dear Central Coast Small Business Leaders,

If you are a theatrical producer, talent representative, venue promoter or operate a live venue, live performing arts organization, movie house or cultural institution and have been impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for special shuttered venue grants.

Register for SBA’s webinar on Thursday, January 14, at 12:00PM PT, for a preliminary overview of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program included in the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act. Eligible organizations with a reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have the opportunity to receive up to a $10 million grant under the program.
This webinar will provide introductory information about the grants, who can apply, how potential organizations can prepare, and additional details re: eligibility and applications.

Register today

Please let us know if you have any questions,

Mark

Mark Dennin | Senior Legislative Assistant
Office of Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)
406 Cannon House Office Building | Washington, DC 20515
O: 202.225.2861

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Posted by: Stan Russell | January 13, 2021

What Employers can do to prepare for COVID-19 vaccinations

Please see the attached fliers about what businesses can do to prepared for COVID-19 vaccinations, including an online option to share interest in vaccinating employees when the appropriate phase and tier are available. Please share widely with your membership and contacts.

Maia Carroll
Communications Coordinator
County of Monterey

COVID-19 Vaccination: What Employers Can Do To Prepare
COVID-19 Vaccination: What Employers Can Do To Prepare – Spanish

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Posted by: Stan Russell | January 11, 2021

Monterey County COVID-19 Business News- testing, vaccine schedule

Hello – Attached is this week’s schedule for local free COVID-19 testing sites to share with your membership and their employees.
Additionally, many have questions about COVID-19 vaccine and when they would be eligible to receive it. I have also attached the latest vaccine schedule which includes the various phases and tiers. Right now, Monterey County is vaccinating Phase 1a Tier 1. As this schedule is updated, I will share it with you.

Regards,

Maia Carroll
Communications Coordinator
County of Monterey

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Posted by: Stan Russell | January 11, 2021

Congressman Jimmy Panetta: Additional PPP Guidance and Forms

Dear Central Coast Small Business Leaders,

SBA has released these additional application forms and guidance, below:

Updated First Draw Forms

Second Draw Forms

Guidance & Resources

Please let us know if you have any questions.

For media inquiries, please contact Sarah Cronin, copied here.

Thank you,

Mark
Mark Dennin | Senior Legislative Assistant

Office of Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)

406 Cannon House Office Building | Washington, DC 20515

O: 202.225.2861

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Dear Central Coast Small Business Leaders,

SBA, in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

  • To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13.
  • The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter.
  • Updated PPP guidance outlining Program changes to enhance its effectiveness and accessibility was released on January 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act.

This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

Key PPP updates include:

  • PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;
  • PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;
  • The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;
  • The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if the borrower:

  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses;
  • Has no more than 300 employees; and
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.

The new guidance released includes:

For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit sba.gov/ppp or treasury.gov/cares.

Please let us know if you have questions.

As a reference, I’ve also attached a summary of changes to PPP from the latest relief package.

For all media inquiries, please contact Sarah Cronin, copied here.

Thank you,

Mark
Mark Dennin | Senior Legislative Assistant
Office of Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)

406 Cannon House Office Building | Washington, DC 20515

O: 202.225.2861

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New COVID-19 Protocols: Per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, community members are encouraged to take precautions, including cleaning your hands often, practicing social distancing, and staying home as much as possible to further reduce risk of being exposed to COVID-19. Please avoid handshakes and limit close contact with staff. If you need to reschedule your appointment, or prefer to speak with our team over the phone, please let us know and we will accommodate.

PPP Second Round Details PDF

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