Easter Weekend Update

“The great gift of Easter is hope.” - Basil C. Hume

Signal Hill News

This week the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced amendmentsto our Signal Hill Social Distancing Order, which put in place further guidelines to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19 and extended the Safer At Home order until May 15th. The announcement also includes guidelines such as: 

  • Requires individuals wear a cloth face covering when visiting Essential Businesses such as grocery stores and drive thrus
  • Requires Essential Businesses to implement a Social Distancing Protocol, requiring cloth face coverings for all employees; and
  • Continues to encourage outdoor activities such as jogging, walking, and biking.

The new Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings can be found here.  I want to thank our City Staff and the LACDPH for their work on this order that will further protect residents essential employees in the weeks ahead. 

Second I want to share with you, on Thursday April 9th, the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Board of Education unanimously selected Deputy Superintendent Jill Baker to replace outgoing our Superintendent Chris Steinhauser when he retires at the end of this coming school year.  I want to congratulate incoming Superintendent Baker on her new appointment. This is a challenging time for all educational institutions, but I am confident the boards decision is in the interest of stability and continuity, and that Superintendent Baker is prepared to step up to this new challenge on behalf of the Long Beach Unified School District, including students in Signal Hill. Here is a great article acknowledging the significance of her appointment.

Four Updates on Assistance Programs

  1. For residents that need assistance with groceries, the city has expanded our Brown Bag Program to deliver a weeks worth of groceries to low income families and seniors weekly through the end of June.  If you or someone you know needs assistance through this program, details are available on the city website https://www.cityofsignalhill.org/131/Brown-Bag-Food-Distribution-Program  
  2. Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.  The tenant is required to retain documentation but not required to submit it to the landlord in advance and the tenant remains obligated to repay full rent in a timely manner and could still face eviction after the enforcement moratorium is lifted. The order takes effect immediately, and provides immediate relief to tenants for whom rent is due on April 1st.  A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here and the text of the order can also be found here.
  3. Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance, a loan that provides up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties. These loans may be used on business expenses such as rent and payroll, with a repayment period of up to 30 years and rates as low as 3.75% for businesses. You can find more information on this great program here or by making an appointment with our local Small Business Development Center at 562-938-5100.
  4. Paycheck Protection Program, a separate loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 Crisis. Loan amounts are determined by 2.5 times your average monthly payroll costs with loans up to $10 million available. Any small business or non-profit with less than 500 employees affected by COVID-19 can apply, start by finding a local lender here.

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact my cell at (562) 986-9813 or by email at kjones@cityofsignalhill.org

We're in this together!


Keir Jones
City Council Member, City of Signal Hill