As COVID-19 continues to spread through California communities, life is changing dramatically for cities and towns, seemingly by the minute.
While Gov. Gavin Newsom issues executive orders and recommendations in an attempt to minimize the spread of the virus and protect the health and wellbeing of people and businesses, city leaders have quickly moved to enact the state measures and guidance locally to protect people in their communities.
A number of cities such as Culver City
, San Jose
, and San Francisco
, have moved to ban evictions if the inability for the tenant to pay rent is due to the financial impact of the pandemic.
The City of Fresno
issued a moratorium on shutting off people’s water and stopping garbage services, postponed business license tax payments deadlines, and added an ordinance against price gouging. The city attorneys in Los Angeles
and San Diego
have also made it clear that taking advantage of the consumers with unfair prices during the coronavirus outbreak will not be tolerated.
Media reports out of Los Angeles
are documenting the work many cities are doing to try to ensure that those experiencing homelessness in their communities receive greater protection from coronavirus.
In Long Beach
, the city council unanimously voted to direct city staff to develop an economic resiliency program which would assist Long Beach families, workers and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
“This public health emergency is also an economic emergency,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are taking decisive action to support families and small businesses that need support. No one should lose their home due to this crisis and this economics package is just the beginning.”
City Council unanimously signed a statement expressing concern about the hoarding and buying of excessive quantities of toilet paper, bottled water, food, and supplies by some shoppers that result in shortages for other residents. City staff designed a poster to discourage the hoarding, which will be offered to each of the city's grocery stores.
There are certainly more stories of proactive and protective measures by cities to respond to the outbreak that are still undocumented. However, a quick search online shows that nearly every city in California has published a webpage dedicated to coronavirus education and resources for residents and businesses. The state launched a COVID-19 specific webpage
The League coronavirus resource and response webpage
, launched a week ago, has attracted 4,387 page visits in just seven days. The webpage curates COVID-19 news, resources, and guidance specifically geared toward local leaders to help navigate the current situation and is updated as new developments occur.
The League remains in direct communication with the Governor’s Office, the California Office of Emergency Services, the California Department of Public Health, as well as federal agencies, and updates are going out to city leaders regularly to provide them with the information needed to protect their communities and operations.
Cities that would like to share the actions they have taken in response to coronavirus can contact the communications team at firstname.lastname@example.org