LATEST CORONAVIRUS UPDATES
Malibu City Hall is closed. However, essential City staff, including the Emergency Operations Team, are working.The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated on March 13, and is operating seven days a week.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 firstname.lastname@example.org for the quickest response. Thank you for your patience – we will respond as quickly as possible.
UPDATE 4/3, 4:00 PM – No distance learning in Spring Break. Housing for homeless. CDC face covering guidance. IRS economic impact payments.
SMMUSD ANNOUNCES NO DISTANCE LEARNING DURING SPRING BREAK (APRIL 6-17)
SMMUSD reminds school families that distance learning will not continue during the District’s Spring Break from April 6-17. Upon the return from spring break, a more standardized learning plan for students will be provided, including an outline of expectations for students and teachers from each individual school’s principal. If a student needs a device or internet access for distance learning, contact your teacher or administrator, or complete a request form. https://bit.ly/SMM0420
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH FEMA AND COUNTIES FOR HOMELESS HOUSING DURING CRISIS
Governor Newsom announced today that a partnership with FEMA and counties throughout the state has resulted in occupancy agreements with hotels and motels to provide housing for the most vulnerable homeless individuals. He stated 6,867 rooms had already been secured as non-congregate sites, which would separate those individuals from others and, as a result, relieve stress on the shelter system and, ultimately, the healthcare system. Through an agreement between FEMA and the State, the first of its kind in the nation, FEMA will provide 75% reimbursement for costs related to this project. The State continues to work with counties to get agreements in place for additional rooms and the necessary central staffing needs, including intake processing, security, laundry services, and more. He announced that World Central Kitchen, founded and led by Chef José Andrés, would work with local restauranteurs to provide meals for those housed in this program.
CDC PROVIDES FEDERAL GUIDANCE REGARDING THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) today 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).
It is critical to emphasize that maintaining six-foot social distancing and washing hands often remain most important to slowing the spread of the virus. Simple cloth face coverings made from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. These recommended face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those equipment are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. For additional information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
IRS ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS DIRECT DEPOSIT PAYMENTS EXPECTED BY APRIL 17
LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis announced that payments from the IRS as part of the federal stimulus package related to hardships from the COVID-19 crisis will begin to be issued in the next few weeks. The economic impact payments will be automatically deposited by April 17 for those taxpayers who have previously provided bank account information for direct deposit to the IRS. No further action from those taxpayers is required. For more information about the economic impact checks, visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.
UPDATE 4/3 10 AM – Face coverings guidance. Sales tax payment deferral. New drive-thru testing sites. Paycheck Protection Program webinar. Free breakfast for first responders.
STATE OF CA AND CITY OF LA ISSUE GUIDANCE ON FACE COVERINGS
Following the State of CA Department of Public Health announcement yesterday on the use of face coverings in public, the City of Los Angeles has issued its own new guidance. Early data suggests that many who are infected with COVID-19 are not symptomatic, which is why the City of LA recommends all members of the public wear cloth face coverings when leaving the house for essential activities. However, it is important to remember that a face covering is NOT a substitute for other critical measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Most importantly, staying home as much as possible, washing hands frequently, and practicing safe physical distancing in all settings remain the best ways to prevent infection and transferal of the virus. Also, this does not refer to N-95 masks, which should be reserved for health care workers and first responders.
STATE OF CA AND CITY OF LA ISSUE GUIDANCE ON FACE COVERINGS
Effective April 2, 2020, small business taxpayers (less than $5 million in taxable annual sales) can take advantage of a 12-month, interest-free payment plan for up to $50,000 of sales and use tax liability. For more information on the Payment Plan and other small business assistance offered by the State, visit https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/services/covid19.htm
COUNTY OPENS THREE NEW DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING SITES
LA County is ramping up COVID-19 testing sites, opening three additional locations on April 3 and developing many others countywide. The sites opening April 3 are at the Pomona Fairplex (Gate 17 - W. McKinley/Fairplex Dr, Pomona), the South Bay Galleria (1815 Hawthorne Blvd, Redondo Beach), and the Antelope Valley Mall (1233 Rancho Vista Blvd, Palmdale). The testing is by appointment only. Walk-up appointments are not available. At this time, tests are strictly limited to residents of Los Angeles County who are in the most high-risk categories and most vulnerable. More information and frequently asked questions.
FREE WEBINAR TODAY ON PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
The Malibu Chamber of Commerce invites local small businesses to a free webinar on Friday, April 3, at 4:30 PM regarding the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) new Paycheck Protection Program. Farhod Kazimi, VP at City National Bank, will provide information on the SBA program that authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses. Register for the webinar.
MC DONALD’S OFFERS FREE BREAKFAST FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS & FIRST RESPONDERS
McDonald’s Southern California franchisees are offering free breakfast to those working around the clock to protect public safety. All healthcare workers, police officers, and firefighters with a valid ID or uniform are eligible to receive a free small coffee and Egg McMuffin sandwich during breakfast hours at participating McDonald’s restaurants throughout Southern California.
STATE STATISTICS ON HOSPITALS AND COVID-19 CASES
The State of CA now has a new dashboard to provide a snapshot of information and data related to COVID-19, and quick links to hospital data, case statistics, and details by County.
UPDATE 4/2, 4:00 pm - FIVE CASES OF CORONAVIRUS (covid-19) cONFIRMED IN MALIBU
LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCES 5 CONFIRMED CASES IN MALIBU
Today, April 2, LA County Department of Public Health (LADPH) announced five (5) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Malibu. To date, LADPH has identified 4,045 cases across all areas of LA County. A complete breakdown of cases by location is available on the LA County Public Health website at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/locations.htm.
Mayor Karen Farrer offered a message of support to the victims, and their families and friends, and urged all residents to adhere to the stay at home and social distancing orders. See the press release.
REVISED PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS FOR ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE
On April 1, 2020, the Los Angeles County Health Officer issued revised blanket Health Officer Orders for isolation and quarantine. The orders were revised to reflect new CDC guidance regarding the definition of a close contact to include those who had contact of a person with or likely to have COVID-19 within 48 hours of symptom onset. The revised orders are posted on LA County Public Health website at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
STATE ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Governor Newsom announced an interest free deferral of sales/use tax up to $50,000 for small businesses with less than $5 million in taxable sales. For more information go to: https://covid19.ca.gov/business-and-employers/#top
STATE GUIDANCE ON FACE COVERINGS
On April 1, the California Department of Public Health issued guidance on face coverings. The guidance states, “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 physical distancing, especially by staying at home. A strong health care delivery system and emergency response system is also an essential core defense to save lives when people do get ill. There may be a benefit to reducing asymptomatic transmission and reinforcing physical distancing from the use of face coverings. However, face coverings may increase risk if users reduce their use of strong defenses, such as physical distancing and frequent hand washing, when using face coverings.” Read more at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Face-Coverings-Guidance.aspx
UPDATE 4/2, 10:00 AM – SMMUSD schools closed for the year, free drive through meals continue. Construction workers at sites in Malibu Must follow health/safety guidance. ESSENTIAL WORKERS & BUSINESSES DEFINED. County daily TV briefings. FEMA CA update. SBA Paycheck Protection Program.
SMMUSD SCHOOLS CLOSED BUT FREE DRIVE THROUGH MEALS CONTINUE
SMMUSD schools will be closed for the rest of the school year. SMMUSD will continue to to provide breakfast and lunch to all students under the age of 18, including during spring break (April 6-17) while campuses are closed during coronavirus stay at home orders. Pick up meals 8AM - 10AM at four schools: Santa Monica High School, McKinley Elementary, Will Rogers Learning Community in Santa Monica and Webster Elementary in Malibu. Meals will not be served in observance of two holiday dates: April 10 and 13. https://www.smmusd.org/.
CONSTRUCTION WORKERS MUST FOLLOW COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDANCE
Construction workers on sites in Malibu must follow COVID-19 health and safety protective measures, including social distancing while working in order to slow the spread of coronavirus and protect vulnerable groups. All construction sites in Malibu are urged to follow the City of Los Angeles guidance - https://ladbs.org/docs/default-source/publications/misc-publications/construction-site-guidance.pdf. The guidance is based on Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) interim guidance and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance. For more information, see OSHA’s web page https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/ and their Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 document https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf.
WHAT IS AN ESSENTIAL WORKER OR BUSINESS?
Under State and County orders, all people must stay at home except for essential activities, and all businesses must close except for essential businesses. The State of California has set those definitions, which apply in Malibu and everywhere in the County https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf.
REPORT FRAUD OR VIOLATIONS OF ORDERS
For instructions on reporting fraud or violations of the State and County Stay at Home Orders, visit https://www.malibucity.org/1001/Report-FraudViolations.
UPDATE 4/1, 4:00 PM – Construction workers follow safety guidance. SMMUSD schools closed for the year.
SMMUSD FOLLOWS DIRECTION OF STATE SUPERINTENDENT AND CLOSES ALL CAMPUSES FOR REMAINDER OF SCHOOL YEAR – DISTANCE LEARNING WILL CONTINUE
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond stated today that, due to the need for social distancing, he urged all school districts in California to continue to strengthen distance learning programs and opportunities for students. Following that announcement, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) announced it would follow this directive and continue to be open for distance learning, with all campuses closed for the balance of the 2019-20 school year.
CITY URGES MALIBU WORKERS TO FOLLOW CITY OF L.A. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDANCE FOR CONSTRUCTION SITES
The City of Los Angeles announced guidance on COVID-19 safety for construction sites based on the Interim CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, and other publications. All construction sites in Malibu are urged to follow this guidance.View the City of LA Guidance.
SMALL BUSINESSES, NONPROFITS ELIGIBLE FOR SBA’s NEW CORONAVIRUS ‘PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
Senator Dianne Feinstein today released information explaining the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, part of the coronavirus response legislation signed into law last week. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020. More details at www.SBA.gov.
APRIL 1 IS CENSUS DAY – COMPLETE YOUR 2020 CENSUS ONLINE OR BY PHONE
April 1 is Census Day. The 2020 Census will help determine the distribution of Federal funds for public safety, roads, and other vital resources, and also determines the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and is used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Residents can self-respond to the Census by phone in English (Call 844-330-2020) or in Spanish (call 844-468-2020), or online at My2020Census.gov
UPDATE 4/1, 10:00 am – President’s “30 Days to Slow the Spread” guidelines extended to April 30. County agency offers senior meal delivery, mediation services for renters, and virtual job services.
PRESIDENT EXTENDS “30 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD” GUIDELINES TO APRIL 30
On March 31, President Trump officially extended the federal guidelines meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 to April 30. The federal “30 Days to Slow the Spread” mandate provides basic Stay at Home recommendations for those who do not feel well or have underlying conditions that put them at higher risk.View the President’s Announcement
RESOURCES FROM LA COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AGING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES (WDACS) INCLUDE DELIVERY OF MEALS TO SENIORS, MEDIATION SERVICES FOR RENTERS, VIRTUAL JOB SERVICES
In keeping with Stay at Home orders, WDACS is transitioning from community service centers to providing free meal delivery to adults age 60 and older who are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Call 800-510-2020 for assistance with meal services. WDACS is also providing community and landlord-tenant mediation services (call 213-738-2621) and expanded virtual job services while America’s Job Centers of California (AJCCs) are closed. Workforce.LACounty.gov/
UPDATE 3/31, 4:00 PM – State hotline for seniors. Stimulus package benefits. Business interruption insurance. Continue social distancing.
STATE HOTLINE FOR SENIORS NEEDING ASSISTANCE
The Governor announced today a hotline for seniors needing assistance. Seniors with any questions or concerns, needs for assistance with tracking down prescriptions or other non-urgent medical needs, meal delivery, and more can call the hotline at 833-544-2374. Remember, all seniors should stay home for their health and well-being, but if there is an emergency, call 911.
CA INSURANCE DEPT OFFERS ASSISTANCE WITH BUSINESS INTERRUPTION INSURANCE
The California Dept of Insurance strongly recommends that businesses review their business interruption insurance policies and contact their insurance companies to determine what their policies cover with regard to loss of business income due to recent orders suspending business operations. For more information on business interruption insurance and other issues affecting California small businesses visit: www.Insurance.ca.gov/.
If your commercial insurance claim was denied, request a Dept of Insurance investigation at www.Insurance.ca.gov/01-consumers/101-help.
SENATOR FEINSTEIN EXPLAINS BENEFITS AVAILABLE FROM STIMULUS PACKAGE
Senator Dianne Feinstein released information on the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package signed last week, which includes new unemployment benefits for self-employed, part-time and gig workers who were not previously eligible for such benefits. These workers were made eligible because the economic damage caused by the coronavirus is “the economic damage caused by the coronavirus isn’t discriminating between different types of workers and so neither should federal benefits.” Senator Feinstein encourages all Californians who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic to apply for unemployment benefits, if needed. For filing instructions and FAQs, visit www.Feinstein.Senate.gov/
COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH REMINDS ALL RESIDENTS OF NECESSITY OF SOCIAL DISTANCING
With warm weather forecasted for Los Angeles, the County reminds residents that the Safer At Home directives are still in effect, and cautions against “behavioral fatigue” that may set in, especially when it is tempting to go outside. All residents should continue to remain inside their homes unless it is absolutely necessary to leave in order to perform essential functions. Each time you leave your home, even without symptoms, you put yourself and anyone near you at risk for contracting and spreading COVID-19.
UPDATE 3/31, 10:00 AM – Woolsey rebuild assistance. Small business tax extensions. Opportunities to help.
CITY CONTINUES TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR WOOLSEY FIRE REBUILDS & OTHER ESSENTIAL SERVICES
Although City Hall is closed and all non-essential services are suspended, the City of Malibu continues to offer essential City services to the community, including working with residents who lost their homes during the 2018 Woolsey Fire and are in the process of rebuilding and recovering. Visit www.MalibuRebuilds.org or find other Planning Dept service information on the Planning Dept webpage.
GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER PROVIDES 90-DAY EXTENSION FOR SMALL BUSINESS TAX RETURNS AND TAX PAYMENTS
On March 30, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order No. N-40-20 to offer a 90-day extension for tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes. The order also extends the statute of limitations to file a claim for refund by 60 days to accommodate tax and fee payers. Read the Executive Order..
STATE PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESIDENTS TO GET INVOLVED AND SUPPORT EFFORTS TO ADDRESS COVID-19
The State of California set up a page on its website to offer resources for residents looking to get involved and provide assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. The website provides information on such activities as delivering meals to seniors or signing up for the California Health Corps. Visit CaliforniaVolunteers.CA.gov/Get-Involved/.
update 3/30, 4pm - GOVERNOR LAUNCHES NEW CA HEALTH CORPS TO FIGHT COVID-19. CITY WEEKLY EOC UPDATE. THANK A DOCTOR ON NATIONAL DOCTOR DAY BY STAYING SAFE AT HOME.
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NEW CA HEALTH CORPS TO FIGHT COVID-19
In his daily briefing on Monday, March 30, Governor Newsom announced a new California Health Corps in order to meet the ever-growing demand for medical personnel to fight the COVID-19 crisis in California. The Governor invited healthcare professionals to enlist in the Corps and join the fight by providing medical services - those who recently retired (within the past five years), nearing the completion of their training, and those with expired/inactive licenses. Visit COVID19.ca.gov/HealthCorps.
CITY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC) WEEKLY UPDATE FOR MARCH 30, 2020
The City has posted its weekly update for EOC operations for the week of March 30 – April 5.
NATIONAL DOCTOR DAY
Today, March 30, is National Doctor Day – please join the City of Malibu in thanking medical professionals today by staying safe at home so that they can do their lifesaving work. Thank you medical professionals!
update 3/30, 10AM - pRESIDENT EXTENDS SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES UNTIL AT LEAST APRIL 30. PT MUGU STATE PARK CLOSED. ESSENTIAL CITY SERVICES AVAILABLE WITH STAFF REMOTE.
PRESIDENT EXTENDS NATIONWIDE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES TO APRIL 30
President Trump announced on Sunday, March 29 that nationwide social distancing guidelines will be extended to at least April 30. See the original guidelines that have been extended.
ESSENTIAL CITY STAFF WORKING - SOME SERVICES AVAILABLE
City Hall, the Senior Center, and all City parks, including restroom facilities, are closed. Dial-a-Ride is operating for seniors - Call 424-346-8444. Essential City staff are working. 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 email@example.com
POINT MUGU STATE PARK CLOSED. VEHICLE ACCESS TO ALL 280 STATE PARKS PROHIBITED
California State Parks closed Point Mugu State Park and all of its beaches and hiking trails will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 30. Signs are in place prohibiting the public from entering and remaining in the Point Mugu SP-Thornhill Broome campground, and State Park staff and Peace Officers will be actively stopping people from entering the campground and beach areas. State Parks also announced March 29 that it is temporarily closing vehicle access at all 280 state parks to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). See the State Parks closures..
UPDATE 3/29, 10AM – SMMUSD Meeting. county Help Center. county videos. COVID-19 Dashboards. parks, trails & beaches closed. Restricted parking on PCH.
SMMUSD Board Meeting on April 1 will be a video meeting with special public comment processes. LA County video messages on COVID-19. New County Disaster Help Center is available by phone and online. LA County launches a new COVID-19 information dashboard. National Parks Service announced that all trails and restrooms in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and the Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch, are closed. All beaches and trails are closed in LA County. Stay safe at home. See the complete City message.
UPDATE 3/29, 10 AM – SMMUSD video Board Meeting April. New County phone and online DISASTER HELP CENTER. parks, trails and beaches closed in santa monica mountains & malibu.
SMMUSD SCHOOL VIDEO BOARD MEETING, APRIL 1
The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board of Education has moved its regular meetings to video meetings using Zoom in compliance with state and county stay at home orders. The next meeting is April 1, 2020. Closed session starts at 5:00 PM, instead of its normal 4:30 PM start time, public meeting begins at 5:30 PM. The agenda is posted online. Public comment is available, with instructions for the video meeting process available online.
NEW COUNTY BUSINESS & WORKER DISASTER HELP CENTER
LA County launched a centralized Business & Worker Disaster Help Center call center and website providing free, one-on-one counseling and support for business owners and workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The center, jointly operated by the Departments of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) and Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) is open Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Phone: (833) 238-4450. Online: www.LACountyHelpCenter.org. Email: DisasterHelpCenter@lacounty.gov. Social media: @LACHelpCenter on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
NATIONAL PARKS, CA STATE PARKS, MRCA, LA COUNTY BEACHES, TRAILS AND PARKS IN SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS & MALIBU ARE CLOSED
UPDATE 3/28, 4 PM – County launches new COVID-19 information dashboards. National Parks Service announced that all trails and restrooms in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and the Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch, are closed.
LA COUNTY LAUNCHES NEW, INTERACTIVE DIGITAL DASHBOARDS, CONNECTING RESIDENTS TO LATEST UPDATES ON COVID-19 IMPACTS
Los Angeles County has launched several new digital tools to help residents access up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic. A suite of new, interactive maps and dashboards are now live on the County website, providing - in one place - a digital hub for updates about virus case counts, emergency proclamations, and information regarding openings and closures for parks, recreation sites, and schools throughout the County. The new dashboards track, analyze, and display multiple data sources and, although the focus is local, the new sites also incorporate global data from Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracking map. View the new digital dashboard here.
NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE CLOSES ALL TRAILS, RESTROOMS & VISITORS CENTER IN SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS RECREATION AREA
In response to guidance from the State of California AND County of Los Angeles, the National Park Service (NPS) Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) ordered additional modifications to operations to slow the spread of COVID-19 by closing all SMMNRA trails and restrooms effective March 28. It had previously closed the Visitors Center at King Gillette Ranch effective March 21. View NPS SMMNRA active alerts.
STATE PARKS JOINS LA COUNTY & MRCA/SMMC IN CLOSING ALL BEACHES & TRAILS
Effective immediately and until further notice, California State Parks-Angeles District will close public access to all trails, parks, and beaches within Los Angeles County in alignment with partner agencies, including the County of Los Angeles, which closed all its beaches and trails on March 27. State Parks staff is posting signage at all trails and beach access points prohibiting access.
‘No Parking’ areas have been designated along sections of PCH and certain City streets to hinder anyone from attempting to access closed beaches, trails, and parks.
Read the Closure Orders/Announcements:
County of Los Angeles
National Parks Service Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
National Park Service
UPDATE 3/28, 10 AM – CA State Parks announces the closure of all its beaches and trails. No parking zones established in areas near closed beaches.
STATE PARKS CLOSES ALL ITS BEACHES & TRAILS
Effective immediately and until further notice, California State Parks-Angeles District will close public access to all trails, parks, and beaches within Los Angeles County in alignment with partner agencies, including the County of Los Angeles, which closed all its beaches and trails on March 27. State Parks staff is posting signage at all trails and beach access points prohibiting access. This order will not be in effect for Ventura County, which has not yet issued a Public Health closure, so the Point Mugu State Park area is not included at this time. In order to mitigate the impacts to Point Mugu State Park, and for the safety of the public, Caltrans will place ‘No Parking’ signs along both sides of PCH in that area. To reinforce the closure in LA County, ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted to support the closures at Leo Carrillo State Park and RH Meyers State Beaches (La Piedra, El Pescador, and El Matador).
Read the State Parks announcement.
View the full 3/27/2020 LA County order closing its beaches and trails.
‘NO PARKING’ RESTRICTIONS ON SECTIONS OF PCH AND CERTAIN CITY STREETS TO HINDER ACCESS TO BEACHES & TRAILS
The City, in cooperation with Caltrans, is posting ‘No Parking’ signs along sections of PCH and certain City streets to hinder anyone from attempting to access beaches or trails closed Friday by the Los Angeles County Health Officer’s order and effective Saturday with the announcement from California State Parks that it was closing all State-owned beaches and trails throughout LA County. View the full list of No Parking areas..
UPDATE 3/27, 4PM – All LA County beaches, trails closed. Parking restrictions on PCH, City streets. USNS Mercy arrives in LA.
ALL LA COUNTY BEACHES & TRAILS CLOSED
The Los Angeles County Health Officer today issued an order to temporarily close all beaches, trails, trailheads, piers, beach bike paths, and beach access points within the County of Los Angeles Public Health Jurisdiction. The was issued to help slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the County, and will remain in effect through April 19. Enforcement will be provided by LA County Sheriff and Lifeguards, as well as LA County Beaches & Harbors Code Enforcement staff. View the full order.
‘NO PARKING’ RESTRICTIONS ON SECTIONS OF PCH AND CERTAIN CITY STREETS TO HINDER ACCESS TO BEACHES & TRAILS
The City, in cooperation with Caltrans, is posting ‘No Parking’ signs along sections of PCH and certain City streets to hinder anyone from attempting to access beaches or trails closed today by the Los Angeles County Health Officer’s order. View the full list of No Parking areas.
USNS MERCY ARRIVES IN PORT OF LOS ANGELES
Governor Newsom and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti were on hand at the Port of Los Angeles to welcome the US Navy Ship Mercy and its 800 medical professionals. USNS Mercy will be used to treat non-COVID-19 patients in order to relieve the burden on the region’s hospitals preparing for a surge in coronavirus patients. With its 1000 beds, the USNS Mercy, at full capacity, increases LA area hospital capacity by 2/3 and becomes the largest hospital in Los Angeles.
3/27/2020, 1:00 PM - County Order closes beaches, trails, trailheads, piers, beach bike paths & beach access points
After observing last weekend’s large crowds on public beaches and trails throughout the County, which seriously impeded the practicing of required social distancing, the Los Angeles County Health Officer today issued an order to temporarily close all beaches, trails, trailheads, piers, beach bike paths, and beach access points within the County of Los Angeles Public Health Jurisdiction. The was issued to help slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the County, and will remain in effect through April 19.
Enforcement of the order will be provided by Los Angeles County Sheriffs and Lifeguards, as well as law enforcement agencies in other cities affected by the order. Los Angeles County Dept of Beaches and Harbors Code Enforcement staff will also patrol the affected areas to ensure public safety and to provide information, as needed.
UPDATE 3/27, 10:00 AM – Self-Quarantine/Isolation Order. School closures extended. Immigrant assistance.
NEW ORDERS DIRECT SELF-QUARANTINE IF EXPOSED AND SELF-ISOLATION IF DIAGNOSED OR SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect vulnerable individuals, and prevent the LA County healthcare system from being overwhelmed, the County Health Officer has issued two new separate orders:
- Self-quarantine of anyone exposed to an individual diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19.
- Self-isolation of anyone diagnosed with or showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within 14 days of being in close contact with a person who had or was believed to have COVID-19.
These new Orders ensure that individuals who test positive for COVID-19, and those who are told by a clinician they are presumed to be positive for COVID-19, are required to self-isolate for a period of at least three days without symptoms, including being fever-free without taking medicine, and seven days since symptoms started, whichever is longer. Additionally, those who have been in close contact with someone who is positive or presumed positive must quarantine themselves for 14 days from the last time they had contact with the ill person.
SMMUSD EXTENDS SCHOOL CLOSURE & DISTANCE LEARNING INDEFINTELY; NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR STAY AT HOME FAMILIES
Following directives of the State and County Depts of Health and the LA County Office of Education, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) announced all district schools will remain closed until further notice, with distance learning continuing. (Distance learning will pause during Spring Break, April 4-19, and resume on April 20.) SMMUSD also launched a new Family Resources website with instructional materials and resources for parents supporting students at home. https://www.smmusd.org/familyresources
ASSISTANCE FOR IMMIGRANTS / ASISTENCIA PARA INMIGRANTES
The Los Angeles County Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) and Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) offer assistance to immigrants concerned about or affected by COVID-19. (La Oficina de Asuntos de Inmigrantes del Condado de Los Angeles (OIA) y el Departamento de Servicios Sociales Públicos (DPSS, por sus millones) ofrecen asistencia a inmigrantes preocupados o afectados por COVID-19.) https://www.malibucity.org/994/Resources---Individuals
UPDATE 3/26, 4 PM - DONATE TO SUPPORT COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS.
County officials encourage the public to help people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can donate to reputable non-profit organizations or to the funds listed below that are providing COVID-19 disaster relief.
California Community Foundation’s Covid-19 LA County Response Fund supports community needs identified by our partners in health, housing, education and immigration.
United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Pandemic Relief Fund supports L.A. County’s unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and low-income people at imminent risk of homelessness and hardships due to the health and economic impacts of coronavirus.
Support trusted nonprofits, listed by Philanthropy California’s disaster resilience team which is coordinating with state agencies and partners to respond COVID-19. Search for Los Angeles County non-profits on the website.
American Red Cross has a critical need for lifesaving blood during the pandemic and badly needs donations for surgeries, accidents, medical treatments and future disasters. You can make a financial or blood donation, or volunteer to help.
UPDATE 3/26, 10 aM – woolsey fire insurance protections. sce bill relief. GUIDANCE FOR those SICK & EXPOSED. real id deadline extended
WOOLSEY FIRE INSURANCE PROTECTIONS
Woolsey Fire Insurance Claims Update from the CA Department of Insurance - In response to requests from City Manager Reva Feldman, Senator Henry Stern and Assemblymember Richard Bloom, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) has provided helpful information on insurance protections in place for victims of the Woolsey Fire and other wildfires since September 21, 2018. On November 5, 2019, CDI Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a Notice to insurance companies, adjusters, and brokers, explaining California Laws pertaining to residential property policies, including those related to a declared State of Emergency. That Notice was preceded by another Notice dated September 10, 2019 that outlined a 36-month additional living expenses requirement. See the notices and other wildfire insurance resources on the CDI website.
REAL ID DEADLINE EXTENDED
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline. The new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. The REAL ID will be required identification to board domestic flights, military bases and most federal facilities.
SCE OFFERS ADDITIONAL ELECTRICITY BILL RELIEF
SCE announced additional electricity bill relief measures available to customers impacted by COVID-19. Relief measures include flexible payment plans, grant assistance and discounts. The one-stop shop for customers to take advantage of these measures is the SCE bill payment assistance call center at 800-655-4555. Disconnections for non-payment and late fees have been suspended. SCE COVID-19 web page.
See the complete 10 AM City message.
UPDATE 3/25, 4 PM – Mortgage grace period. Guidance for sick & exposed. United Way Relief Fund.
MAJOR BANKS OFFER 90-DAY GRACE PERIOD FOR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS - 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.
COASTAL COMMISSION APRIL 2020 MEETING CANCELLED - The Coastal Commission announced today that, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the April 2020 Coastal Commission meeting scheduled for April 15-17 is cancelled. For the May meeting, the Commission is working to develop the structure and procedures for a remote or virtual meeting in order to assure the health and safety of the public, commissioners, and staff. Unfortunately, these new measures will not be in place in time for the April hearing. The Commission’s virtual offices remain open. www.coastal.ca.gov
LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER TO ISSUE NEW ORDERS WITH GUIDANCE FOR SICK OR EXPOSED - The LA County Public Health Officer announced today that new Health Officer Orders will be issued providing guidance for individuals who test positive for COVID-19, those who are told by a clinician they are presumed to be positive for COVID-19, and those who have been in close contact with someone who is positive or presumed positive. Details at PublicHealth.LACounty.gov.
FEDERAL RESOURCES FOR REPORTING FRAUD, AMERICANS OVERSEAS, AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES - The Federal Government has provided online and other resources for Americans during the COVID-19 crisis. The official federal website is www.Coronavirus.gov. 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. 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 LA ACCEPTING DONATIONS TO NEW PANDEMIC RELIEF FUND - United Way of Greater Los Angeles announced the creation of its 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.
STUCK AT HOME? FILL OUT YOUR 2020 CENSUS FORM ONLINE! - Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau undertakes the mammoth task of counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government. The 2020 Census is happening now, and it’s the first one available online and over the phone. In this time of “Stay at Home” and social distancing, residents have the perfect opportunity to complete their 2020 Census form and help our community make a lasting difference for the next decade. Let’s make sure every individual in Malibu is counted! Go to https://2020census.gov.
SOME STORES ASKING CUSTOMERS TO TEMPORARILY STOP BRINGING REUSABLE BAGS - 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.
update 3/25 - malibu donates thousands of n95 masks to local hospitals to protect healthcare workers
The City has donated thousands of N95 masks to local medical facilities and hospitals, including UCLA Medical, St Johns Regional and Los Robles Hospitals to help our critical healthcare workers stay healthy so they can treat community members sick with COVID19 as well as all of the other medical conditions surgeries and emergencies. A primary goal of the stay at home #StayHomeSaveLives and social distancing orders by California and many other states is to slow down the flood coronavirus patients to hospitals and clinics so that our entire healthcare system is not overwhelmed. See the press release.
UPDATE 3/25, 10:00 AM – Malibu Pier closed; SBA announces previous disaster loan automatic deferment; Sheriff warns of COVID-19 scams
MALIBU PIER CLOSED - At the request of Malibu City Manager Reva Feldman, State Parks agreed to close the Malibu Pier, including its shops, restaurants, and the parking lot, effective Wednesday, March 25, to prevent crowding amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and help slow spread of the virus.
The Pier closure followed announcements earlier in the week that State Parks closed day-use parking lots at local beaches from Pt Mugu State Park to Will Rogers State Park, the National Parks Service (NPS) closed Solstice Canyon, and Mountains Recreations & Conservation Authority (MRCA) closed all parks, trails, and building facilities, including public restrooms, owned by MRCA and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC).
SBA ANNOUNCES AUTOMATIC LOAN DEFERMENTS FROM PREVIOUS DISASTERS - On March 23, US Small Business Administration (SBA) Director Jovita Carranza announced changes to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through December 31, 2020, will be automatic. Now, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request deferment. www.SBA.gov
update 3/24/2020, 7pm - city manager worked with ca state parks to close malibu pier wed, 3/25 to prevent crowding
The Malibu Pier, including shops and restaurants on it, and the parking lot, will be closed to the public effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in order to prevent crowding amidst the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to help slow the spread of the virus and protect vulnerable groups. Malibu City Manager Reva Feldman coordinated with California State Parks to have the Malibu Pier, which is a State Parks facility, closed until further notice after the Pier and Malibu area beaches and trails were crowded with visitors during the weekend of March 21. See the press release.
uPDATE 3/24/2020, 4:00 pm - New hours for SMMUSD meal pickup. City launches Virtual Recreation. Sheriff’s Dept warns of scams & hacking
NEW HOURS FOR SMMUSD MEAL PICKUP – Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) continues to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students under the age of 18. Pickup hours at Webster Elementary School and three schools in Santa Monica is changing to weekdays from 8:00 – 10:00 AM. All students under the age of 18 will be served grab-and-go bagged meals for breakfast and lunch. A parent or guardian must be present, except for high school students on their own. If you or your child are sick, please do not come to the school.
LANE CLOSURES FOR REPAIR WORK ON CIVIC CENTER WAY - Work on a City storm drain project requiring the closure of Civic Center Way between Winter Cyn Rd and the Malibu Cyn Village begins Wednesday, March 25. Families picking up meals at Webster must access the school from PCH by heading north on Malibu Cyn Rd, then east on Civic Center Way to Winter Cyn Rd. Learn more about the Civic Center Storm Drain Repairs Project.
CITY LAUNCHES VIRTUAL RECREATION CENTER - In keeping with the Community Services Dept’s commitment to provide resources to help the community maintain healthy lives and mental wellness while they stay home together, it has launched the Virtual Recreation Center to bring fitness, arts, education, and enrichment programs and resources into the homes of Malibu’s families. Visit MalibuCity.org/VirtualRec
SHERIFF’S DEPT WARNS OF SCAMS & ONLINE HACKING - The LA County Sheriff’s Dept (LASD) Fraud & Cyber Crimes Bureau reports seeing an increase in fake emails, texts, and phishing scams related to the COVID-19 emergency. Criminals use fake emails or texts to get individuals to share valuable personal information, such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, or login IDs and passwords. LASD advises individuals: Do not click on unknown links, either from your cell phone or your computer; instead, go to trusted websites by typing in the URL yourself. More helpful info at https://nixle.us/BQAHY.
update 3/24/2020, 10AM - Malibu launches Virtual Recreation Center. State Parks closes parking lots, some parks and trails remain open. Governor addresses price gouging, hoarding, and beach crowds
CITY LAUNCHES VIRTUAL RECREATION CENTER - In keeping with the Community Services Dept’s commitment to provide resources to help the community maintain healthy lives and mental wellness while they stay home together, it has launched the Virtual Recreation Center to bring fitness, arts, education, and enrichment programs and resources into the homes of Malibu’s families. Visit www.MalibuCity.org/VirtualRec.
STATE PARKS CLOSES DAY-USE PARKING LOTS - The Angeles District of State Parks announced day-use parking lot closures to alleviate the ongoing issues of social distancing witnessed over the past week and to align with local partners. While the parking lots will be closed, visitors will still be permitted to go to the beach, hike on the trails, and use restroom facilities. Lots closed include: Point Mugu, Leo Carillo, Malibu Creek, Topanga, and Will Rogers State Parks; El Matador, La Piedra, El Pescador, and Malibu Lagoon State Beaches; Point Dume Nature Preserve; and Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. View the full State Parks announcment.
The State Parks closures follow earlier closures of all beach parking lots in the City of Malibu, Solstice Canyon, and all parks, trails, and building facilities, including public restrooms, owned by Mountains Recreations & Conservation Authority (MRCA) and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC). MRCA.CA.Gov
GOVERNOR AUTHORIZES LOCAL ENFORCEMENT OF PRICE GOUGING, HOARDING, AND NON-COMPLIANCE WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING - In his press conference Monday afternoon, Governor Newsom announced great strides made in the State’s efforts to stop the spread of the virus, including a surge plan for securing hospital beds and housing for individuals experiencing homelessness. He applauded the federal government for going after those seeking to make monetary gains during this crisis, and he agreed local and state government agencies also need to strongly enforce and prosecute those found to be price gouging and hoarding vital resources. In response to outrage from residents after a weekend of large crowds at beaches throughout the state, the Governor agreed it may be necessary to step up park patrols to remind visitors of the need for social distancing and fining those who do not comply. He stated he had no plans to have checkpoints around the state, but that local enforcement had been increased.
3/23/2020 - WEEKLY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC) UPDATE
Starting today, March 23, the City will publish a weekly Emergency Operations Center (EOC) update for the community. The City activated its EOC on March 13 and EOC staff have been working seven days a week since that time to respond to the Novel #Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis. City Hall is closed, and all non-essential City services, programs, meetings and events have been suspended. See the press release for the complete update.
UPDATE 3/23/2020, 4PM - COUNTY ORDER EXTENDED TO APRIL 19. BEACH LOTS CLOSED. NEW WEEKLY EOC UPDATE. BEWARE CORONAVIRUS SCAMS.
The updated LA County Order was extended to April 19. See the County order on the LADPH coronavirus web page. Beach parking lots are closed in Malibu to prevent crowding. Solstice Canyon and all MRCA trails and parks are closed. The City will provide a new Weekly EOC update to keep the community informed about the City’s current emergency operations. Beware of coronavirus scams looking to sell the public at-home testing (there are no FDA approved at home tests at this time). Guidance on how protecting your septic system - don’t flush wipes. The City launched free Virtual Recreation programs to help residents stay educated, entertained, and well while staying at home. Reminder - please stay home and social distance to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect the vulnerable. The City has donated See the complete City message.
UPDATE 3/23/2020 - CITY DONATES N95 MASKS TO LOCAL HOSPITALS
The City has donated several thousand N95 masks to local hospitals to help protect healthcare workers as they respond to the coronavirus crisis. There is a nationwide shortage of the masks, and the risk of infection to healthcare workers is a major challenge to our healthcare systems responding to the crisis.
UPDATE 3/23/2020 - CITY MEETINGS
Notices of Cancellation for City Council, Planning Commission, and other Commissions and Boards as well as agendas and staff reports for new meetings can be found online in the Agenda Center. City staff is working hard to implement fully teleconferenced City Council and Planning Commission meetings with opportunities for public comment. Sign up for Agenda Center Alerts to be notified when new agendas are posted.
UPDATE 3/23/2020, 10 AM - BEACH LOTS CLOSED TODAY. SOLSTICE CYN CLOSED.
The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept will be closing beach parking lots in #Malibu today in order to prevent crowding and to allow for social distancing to help slow the spread of #coronavirus and protect vulnerable groups. Over the weekend, large numbers of people seeking to enjoy outdoor areas were crowding the beaches, trails and Malibu Pier. The beach lots that will be closed effective immediately include: Topanga, Surfrider, Corral Canyon, Point Dume, Zuma, El Matador, La Piedra, Nicolas Canyon, and Leo Carrillo. Solstice Canyon is closed. All Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) parks and trails are closed.https://mrca.ca.gov/notifications/ .
UPDATE 3/23/2020, 10 AM - New County Order. Beach lots closed. Solstice Cyn closed. Septic system protections. City launches Virtual Rec. No film permits. Gas Co emergency services only
County Order extended to 4/19. Beach lots closed. Solstice Cyn closed. Septic system protections. City launches Virtual Recreation. No more film permits issued. Gas Co emergency services only. Please stay home & social distance. See the complete City message.
UPDATE 3/22/2020, 5:30 PM - MRCA ANNOUNCES CLOSURE OF ALL OF THEIR PARKS AND TRAILS
The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) announced on Sunday, March 22, 2020 that effective immediately, all MRCA-operated parks, trails and building facilities, including public restrooms, are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of the public in response to the coronavirus outbreak. This includes all parks that are owned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in the Malibu area. For more information, visit the MRCA website.
UPDATE 3/22/2020, 4 pm - UPDATED LA COUNTY ORDER TO DEFINE ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES. THE PUBLIC MUST SOCIAL DISTANCE WHILE ON BEACHES AND TRAILS. CALL CITY HALL IF YOU NEED HELP.
The public is reminded to follow the County and State orders and stay home in order to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and protect vulnerable groups. While outside, the public must social distance, including on beaches and trails. Report violations of the County Order to the County Public Health Officer: (888) 700-9995 (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). Email: Ehmail@ph.lacounty.gov. File a report online. See the complete City message, with links and details.
UPDATE 3/22/2020, 10 AM - UPDATED LA COUNTY ORDER TO DEFINE ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES. THE PUBLIC MUST SOCIAL DISTANCE WHILE ON BEACHES AND TRAILS. call city hall if you need help.
LA County updated its Safer at Home Order, defining essential businesses. The public is reminded to follow the County and State orders and stay home in order to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and protect vulnerable groups. The public must social distance while on beaches and trails. Residents are urged to contact City Hall if they need food or essential supplies, or if they know someone who does. See the complete message, with links and details.
UPDATE 3/21/2020, 10AM –District Elections Hearings Suspended; Essential Workers Defined
DISTRICT ELECTIONS HEARING TIMELINES SUSPENDED - Late Friday, Governor Newsom issued an executive order suspending timeframes for public hearings required by jurisdictions, including the City of Malibu, that are in the process of changing or considering changing from at-large elections to district elections until such time as social distancing is no longer mandated. The order also extends the deadlines for certain responsibilities related to the Presidential Primary Election that could risk undermining social distancing measures. Read the Governor’s order.
ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DEFINED - Following Governor Newsom’s “Stay at Home” order on March 19 directing all residents, except those needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and those critical to protect health and well-being of all Californians. the State Public Health Officer has published a list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help define those businesses and organizations deemed essential and, therefore, permitted to remain open and operational. View the list of Critical Infrastructure Workers.
UPDATE 3/20/2020, 4PM – Store deliveries eased; City Property Tax Deadline; BGCM deliveries; Agencies Working together on Homeless Response
RESTRICTIONS ON LOCAL TRUCK DELIVERIES LIFTED – In order to help the flow of food and other vital necessities available for Malibu residents, City Manager Reva Feldman, in her role as Emergency Services Director, today removed any restrictions on when stores in Malibu can get deliveries.
BGCM AND WAVESIDE CHURCH SET DELIVERY SCHEDULE – The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu (BGCM), in partnership with Waveside Church, are providing FREE delivery of food and essential services to Malibu’s seniors and most vulnerable families on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. For more information and request support, call 310-457-2582, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE – The Los Angeles County Treasurer/Tax Collector (TTC) advises property owners to pay their property taxes by the April 10 deadline, if possible. That revenue is a vital resource for providing necessary services, especially during these difficult times. Any residents unable to pay their property tax by April 10 may submit a request for penalty cancellation beginning April 11, 2020.
LAHSA WORKING WITH OTHER AGENCIES ON COVID-19 RESPONSE FOR HOMELESS - The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is working closely with the LA County Dept of Public Health (DPH) and other agency partners on a coordinated COVID-19 response related to people experiencing homelessness. LAHSA and the City of LA are also working together to build and activate 13 shelter sites at recreation facilities in Los Angeles. Read FAQs and learn more.
CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU HOLDS TELEPHONE TOWN HALL – US Congressman Ted Lieu, who serves the greater LA area, including Malibu, in the US House of Representatives, hosted a telephone town hall on March 18, to answer questions and provide updates about the COVID-19 response.
“SAFER AT HOME” COMPLIANCE GUIDELINES – City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti offers simple guidelines for ensuring compliance with the “Safer at Home” order issued by both the City of LA and LA County Dept of Public Health. Learn what you can do and should not do.
UPDATE 3/20/2020, 10AM – County Safer at Home / State Safe at Home; Fed & State Tax deadlines extended
COUNTY "SAFER AT HOME" ORDER - The Los Angeles County Health Officer issued an order to further restrict and limit gatherings of 10 or more, and to require the closure of malls, shopping centers, children’s playgrounds, and non-essential retail businesses effective at 11:59 PM, March 19. Read the full order.
STATE "STAY AT HOME" ORDER - Governor Newsom announced a “Stay at Home” Order issued by the CA State Public Health Officer, ordering all those living in California to stay home, with exceptions for work critical to the health and well-being of the population. Read the full order.
TAX DEADLINES EXTENDED - The US Treasury Secretary confirmed that the income tax deadline has been moved from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020 for all taxpayers and businesses to file and make tax payments without penalty. The CA Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced extensions for various tax file and pay deadlines to July 15, 2020 because of COVID-19. View all State taxes affected by the extension.
MARCH 19, 2020 - LA COUNTY TV BRIEFING TO ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS THURS, MARCH 19, 5:30 PM
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, and Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek will announce additional public health orders in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) on Thursday, March 19, 5:30 PM. The briefing will be aired live on the County Channel, channel 94 on most cable systems. Find your local channel at http://bit.ly/CountyChannel. The briefing will be live streamed on the County Facebook page at https://facebook.com/countyofla. Several local news stations will be streaming the briefing as well. For more information, visit the County’s COVID-19 website at http://lacounty.gov/covid19 and LADPH at http://ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.
UPDATE 3/19/2020, 4PM - SAFER AT HOME MEASURES POSSIBLE, FEDERAL ACTION TO PRODUCE MEDICAL SUPPLIES, MENTAL HEALTH 24/7 HOTLINE, SMMUSD MEETING TONIGHT, MV BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
County “Safer at Home” measures possible for people of all ages. New CA state COVID-19 website. DMV open by appointment only. City General Fund Grants deadline extended. Federal relief bill signed. Dept of Mental Health Hotline open 24/7 in English and Spanish. SMMUSD virtual meeting tonight. Special supermarket hours for seniors. City Hall closed, phone lines open. Financial aid and assistance for workers and businesses. Read the full city message.
UPDATE 3/19, 10AM –Safer at Home Measures Possible, New State Website, Federal Relief Bill, Mental Health 24/7 Hotline, SMMUSD Meeting Tonight
County considers "Safer at Home" measure. New CA state COVID-19 website. Federal relief bill signed. Dept of Mental Health Hotline open 24/7 in English y Espanol. SMMUSD virtual meeting tonight. Seniors and risk groups stay home. 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.
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.
3/18/2020, 4:00 PM - Mental Health 24/7 Hotline. CA COVID-19 Statistics. "Safer at Home" Rule Possible
COUNTY "SAFER AT HOME" MEASURE CONSIDERED: The LA County Dept of Public Health (LADPH) is considering additional precautionary measures to limit people’s exposure to COVID-19, including "safer at home" whereby people of all ages will be asked to stay in their homes. Residents should prepare for this possible announcement in the next 48 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.
LA COUNTY OFFERS 24/7 MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT – For assistance, call the LA County Dept of Mental Health’s ACCESS hotline at 800-854-7771. The ACCESS line operates 24 hours/day, seven 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 to be connected with a trained crisis counselor to receive free crisis support via text message. DMH.LACounty.gov/Get-Help-Now
STATE STATISTICS UPDATE – The CA Dept of Public Health today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19. California now has 598 confirmed cases. For details on COVID-19 and California’s response, visit the CA Dept of Public Health website: CDPH.CA.gov
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: LACounty.gov/covid-19-News
LOCAL GROCERY STORES ADD SENIORS-ONLY SHOPPING HOURS -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
LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH LATEST UPDATE – NO CONFIRMED CASES IN MALIBU - The LA County Dept of Public Health March 17 update on COVID-19 shows 50 new confirmed cases in the County, bringing the total to 144 cases confirmed ion LA County. There are no confirmed cases in Malibu. PublicHealth.LACounty.gov
STATE PARKS - 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 MealsOnWheelsWest.org/ for more information.
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 email@example.com
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.
SENIORS - 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.
3/18/2020, 10:00 AM - Seniors-only grocery store Hours; State Park campgrounds closed; Governor actions
STATE OF CA: The Governor activated the CA National Guard and eased restrictions on deliveries of critical supplies. Governor Newsom requested a federal waiver to make it easier for 13 million Medi-Cal (California’s version of Medicaid) beneficiaries to quickly and effectively receive care, including 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.
CalOES created 14 task forces to work on all issues related to the State’s response to COVID-19.
State Parks announced the temporary closure of all campgrounds in the State Park system. Non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, and restroom facilites remain open. The concessionaire on the Malibu Pier is providing take-out food service only. Full statement at Parks.CA.gov/NewsRelease/943.
The Governor partnered with the CA Department of Education and Health & Human Services Agency, released new guidance for K-12 schools to help education leaders meet the needs of all students affected by school closures, with an emphasis on assisting low-income children and those with disabilities. The Guidance will help schools prepare to provide distance learning, school meals, services for students with disabilities, and support for parents seeking child care. Read the details at Gov.CA.gov
Governor Newsom signed an executive order to ease restrictions on commercial drivers delivering critical supplies and equipment to retailers throughout the state. Read the Executive Order.
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES: On March 17, the LA County Dept of Public Health provided an update on COVID-19 in the County. The report shows 50 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 144 cases confirmed throughout LA County. The report also listed confirmed cases by city with no confirmed cases in Malibu. View the report at: PublicHealth.LACounty.gov.
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 now be opened for hold item pickup Monday through Friday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. More info at LACountyLibrary.org.
MALIBU/LOCAL: Effective Wednesday, March 18, local supermarkets 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 Market - open 6:30-8:00 AM to Seniors only
- Pavilions - open 6:00-7:00 AM to seniors only
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF MALIBU (BGCM): 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 EmergencyRelief@BGCMalibu.org. BGCM has partnered with Waveside Church to provide 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 BGCMalibu.org.
BGCM continues to offer Wellness Center counseling to all Malibu public school children and their families via video conference. To request a video conference therapy session with a clinician, call or email Wellness Center Director Randi Goodman at 818-312-7107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEALS ON WHEELS: 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 ext. 1 to enroll. More info at: MealsOnWheelsWest.org.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT - The US Small Business Administration (SBA) issued revised criteria for states or territories seeking an economic injury declaration related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The relaxed criteria will have two immediate impacts: 1) Faster, easier qualification process for states seeking SbBA Disaster Assistance. 2) Expanded statewide access to SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for small businesses. These new criteria will apply to current and future disaster assistance declarations related to Coronavirus.
3/17/2020, 4:00 PM - State approves $1 billion for assistance. SBA loans. CA assistance. Meals on Wheels
The CA State Legislature today approved $1.1 billion for medical, health and support services, and schools, families and workers.
The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury from COVID-19.
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.
Whole Foods, Ralphs, and Pavilions in Malibu are opening early for seniors only shopping.
The State offers several options for residents and businesses suffering from economic hardship, including Paid Family Leave, Disability Insurance, or Workers Compensation.
US Congressman Ted Lieu has created a new webpage with regular updates from regional, state, national, and international trusted sources.
3/17/2020, 10:00 AM - City hall closed, sba loans, county orders closures
Governor takes legislative action, SMMUSD providing breakfast and lunch to eligible students, Small Business Administration Disaster Loans available, LA County orders closure of bars, restaurants, venues, prohibiting public gatherings. Seniors & vulnerable groups stay home. City Hall closed. See the full City message
3/16/2020, 4:00 PM - city of malibu
At a Special meeting on March 16, the Malibu City Council ratified the Proclamation of Emergency issued on March 14, and authorized the City Manager to identify essential and non-essential personnel needed for Emergency Operations Center operations, storm response and rebuilding efforts.The Emergency Declaration was ratified. Seniors and at-risk groups asked to stay home. See the full City message.
As part of the City’s emergency protective measures, all non-essential city services, programs and events are suspended or cancelled, and City Hall is closed to the public. The City Council and staff continue to work and are available to assist the community. For email and phone extensions to contact City departments, go to www.malibucity.org/coronavirus.
3/16/2020, 3:00 PM - la county PROHIBITS PUBLIC GATHERINGS
To slow the rapid spread of Coronavirus and in order to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, the LA County Dept. of Public Health prohibited all indoor public and private gatherings, and all outdoor public and private events within a confined space, where at least 50 people would be in attendance, effective March 16 through March 31, 2020. See the entire order.
3/15/2020, 4:00 PM - ca governor calls on seniors to stay home and bars to close. special CITY COUNCIL meeting 3/16/2020
Today, CA Governor Newsom provided an update on the state’s testing and hospital capabilities, and called for seniors and those with chronic conditions to home isolate, and called for bars in the state to close to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. For more state information go to: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/covid19. The City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, March 16, 1:00 PM at City Hall. Meeting video will be live streamed. City Hall open by appointment only. See the full City message.
3/15/2020, 12:00 PM - City Council 3/16/2020 Special Meeting Agenda posted; 3/23/2020 Meeting Cancelled
The City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, March 16, at 1:00 PM to ratify the Declaration of Local Emergency regarding the Coronavirus / COVID-19 issued on March 14. The emergency proclamation enables the City to take additional legal, operational, and recovery measures that may be needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Certain items from the March 23, 2020 Regular Meeting agenda have been moved to the March 16 agenda, and the March 23 meeting has been cancelled.
As obligated by law, the public will be able to participate in the meeting in person. However, in order to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus, the public is strongly encouraged to watch the live-stream at www.malibucity.org/tv and submit written correspondence to email@example.com in lieu of attending the meeting.
3/15/2020, 10:00 AM - Malibu Foundation Teams with Mighty Underdogs to Offer Delivery Service to Those in Need
In an effort to unite behind the most vulnerable in our communities, Malibu Foundation is teaming up with Mighty Underdogs (MUD) to provide support by running errands for such necessities as food and medicine.
The MUD team will be sending volunteers door-to-door to deliver groceries, water, medications, pet food, etc. to those who are most vulnerable: the elderly, immunocompromised, quarantined, immobile or otherwise unable to leave their homes.
3/14/2020, 4:00 PM - county libraries closed, shop local
All County Libraries including Malibu are closed as of today. The City joins with the Malibu Chamber of Commerce in encouraging residents and visitors to shop local to support Malibu’s local small businesses, while following the recommended social distancing and hygiene precautions. The Coronavirus and the nationwide response is slowing down the economy, and hitting small businesses especially hard. Visit https://www.malibu.org/ and follow #WORLDSTRONG #MALIBUSTRONG AND #FLATTENTHECURVE for more information.
3/14/2020, 2:00 PM - City Declares a State of Emergency
In an Executive Order in her role as Director of Emergency Services, City Manager Reva Feldman today issued a Declaration of Local Emergency regarding the Coronavirus / COVID-19.
The declaration was based on the rapidly evolving challenges to protect public health and safety related to the spread of COVID-19. The City joins the State of California, County of Los Angeles, and many other cities in taking this step. President Trump also declared a National Emergency on Friday.
The emergency proclamation will be considered for ratification by the City Council at a Special meeting on Monday, March 16. The proclamation enables the City to take additional legal, operational, and recovery measures that may be needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting communities in Los Angeles County, throughout the state, and across the nation.
3/14/2020, 10:00 AM - SMMUSD schools closed; SCE & SoCalGas offer bill assistance
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) announced a full closure of all schools effective Tuesday, March 17. To read the Superintendent’s message that includes further details, including free breakfast and lunch for students and an online survey about online access for students in grades 6-12, visit www.SMMUSD.org/Page/5437.
Both Southern California Gas Co (SoCalGas) and Southern California Edison (SCE) announced a suspension of service disconnections to any customers who are having a hard time paying their bills. Customers are encouraged to call 877-238-0092 for SoCalGas and 800-950-2356 for SCE to speak with a customer service representative about their bill. Visit SoCalGas.com/coronavirus and SCE.com/billhelp for more information.
The City is encouraging residents to prepare to have three weeks of food, medication, and toiletries on hand for your family and pets in case you need to stay home. To support our community, residents are urged to shop local, purchasing supplies and meals from Malibu stores and restaurants. 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 should avoid non-essential exposure to large groups of people in public spaces.
3/13/2020, 4:00 pm City HALL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BY APPOINTMENT ONLY STARTING March 16
Malibu City Hall will be opened to the public by appointment only effective Monday, March 16 in an abundance of caution to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus and to protect the health and safety of the community, especially seniors and other high-risk groups. See more information.
3/13/2020 ca governor issued executive order to address covid-19
California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on March 12, 2020 enhancing California’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order Directs Californians to follow public health directives including canceling large gatherings more than 250 people, removes waiting period for unemployment and disability insurance for Californians who lose work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, readies state to commandeer hotels & medical facilities to isolate & treat COVID-19 patients, and allows local and state legislative bodies to hold meetings via conference calls while still meeting state transparency requirements.
The City is following the guidance of the LA County and California Departments of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All non-essential City programs and events are cancelled until April 30. The City is evaluating how to implement the guidelines locally and will keep the community updated. See the Executive Order.
3/12/2020 March 13 Public Hearing on By-District Voting Cancelled
The Malibu City Council public hearing on potential by-district elections scheduled for Friday, March 13, has been cancelled. For more information, see the press release.
3/12/2020 all non-essential city events and programs CANCELLED THROUGH April 30, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution, the City has cancelled or postponed all non-essential City-hosted and sponsored programs and events until April 30, 2020, to help prevent further spread of Coronavirus and protect our vulnerable populations such as seniors and people with compromised immune systems. To see the complete list of cancelled or postponed events, visit https://www.malibucity.org/DocumentCenter/View/26106/03_12_2020_Malibu_EmergencyCancellations_ProgramsMeetingsEvents.
3/11/2020 SENIOR CENTER AND SPECIAL EVENTS CANCELLED THROUGH MARCH
3/10/2020 STATEMENT ON PATIENT PRIVACY / CORONA CASES
The City has been asked to confirm whether there are any Malibu residents that have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The City of Malibu has contacted the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) who provided the following guidelines about the release of information pertinent to the current Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Los Angeles County. To protect patient privacy, LADPH does not provide details of specific cases. Public health investigations, under state and federal law, are confidential. Specific information is disclosed by LADPH when necessary to prevent the occurrence of additional cases. LADPH will provide additional information regarding Novel Coronavirus cases only when: a new case of the virus is confirmed; if a person confirmed to have the virus has died; and if there is a confirmed case at public locations and it is necessary to identify additional persons at risk for being infected.
3/9/2020 LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIAL PRESENTATION IN CITY COUNCIL
An official from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health gave a presentation to the City Council during the March 9, 2020 Council meeting about the Coronavirus current spread and precautions. Video of the presentation is available to view online.
3/4/2020 LEVEL III LOCAL EMERGENCY DECLARED IN LA COUNTY
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to the novel (new) coronavirus in the United States. City of Malibu staff are participating in regular conference calls with the LADPH to receive the latest updates and reviewing emergency procedures should an outbreak occur. The City is also implementing the recommended hygiene protocols in City Hall.
The Westside Los Angeles County cities of Beverly Hills, Malibu, S anta Monica, West Hollywood, and Culver City released a joint statement on Wednesday, March 4 about the current Los Angeles County Declaration of a Level 3 local emergency in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Cities are under the declaration, and are following the direction of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH), the local agency that has jurisdiction. See the full statement.
To see the current numbers of cases in the United States, spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information, visit the CDC website. For information on the virus in Los Angeles County, visit the LADPH website.