The Oceanside Chamber’s Advance Oceanside Political Action Committee (AOPAC) has spent much of the last 2 months interviewing and evaluating Candidates for Oceanside’s District 1 and District 2 City Council seats.
Last week AOPAC brought its recommendations to the Chamber Board for approval. As a result, the Chamber Board has endorsed Rick Robinson for the Oceanside City Council District 2 seat. Robinson, who has served as Oceanside’s Fire Chief since 2016 will officially retire from the position at the end of July. With a desire to continue actively serving the residents of Oceanside, Robinson decided to make a run at the Council seat in District 2, where he and his wife have lived for many years.
As part of the most recent Federal COVID-19 relief legislation, there is a Restaurant Revitalization Fund of $28.6B. This program will be run directly through the SBA with funds coming from the Federal Government rather than through banks. When the application process opens up, priority access will be given to minority and women owned businesses.
New Funding Rounds Announced for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
Four new rounds to address ongoing need. Funding will support small businesses and non-profits that have struggled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sacramento, CA – California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), announced today four new funding rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program following Governor Gavin Newsom signing into law a comprehensive package of immediate actions that speeds much-needed relief to individuals, families, and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship due to COVID-19.
The Oceanside Chamber joined a CalChamber led coalition in support of a State legislative package focused on Economic Recovery. Bills included in the package addressed such issues as Financial Relief/Elimination of Fees and Costs to Struggling Employers, Telecommuting, California Labor Code Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), pro-business adjustments to California Family Rights Act Leave (CFRA) and tax credits associated with CalOSHA COVID-19 Emergency Regulations. Read Coalition Letter.
As the State of California considers imposing a new COVID-19 paid sick leave mandate through the budget process, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce has joined a Cal Chamber led coalition to oppose these efforts. In an email to Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath, Chamber CEO Scott Ashton wrote, " We respectfully request that the Assemblymember stand in opposition to any new requirements of this type on our business community. Our businesses have not even been allowed to operate at any sustainable level and cannot afford any additional burdens." Read full letter.
Ebay's Up & Running California
In partnership with the California Office of the Small Business Advocate, eBay is announcing the launch of the Up & Running California program. Through the program, up to 300 California small businesses will be selected to participate in this six-week interactive ecommerce training program designed to help them get and grow online.
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) voted for bipartisan government funding legislation that includes nearly $900 billion in COVID-19 relief. The legislation includes $600 stimulus checks, a $300 per week increase in unemployment, $325 billion for small businesses, $32 billion for vaccine procurement and distribution, $82 billion for schools, and much more.
Senator Patricia Bates Co-Authors “Keep California Working Act” to Save Jobs and Small Businesses
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced that she has co-authored the bipartisan “Keep California Working Act” that would provide $2.6 billion to help small businesses affected by COVID-19.
Chambers and Business Organizations Urge Elected Officials to End Discrimination Against Small Businesses
December 8, 2020
Dear Governor Newsom, State Senators, Assemblymembers and All California Elected Officials:
As leaders of organizations serving businesses of California, we are deeply concerned about State policies that are severely impacting our local businesses.
The entire business community, regardless of size, is suffering right now, unable to operate at full capacity. While we are fighting for all our members, we are especially concerned about our most vulnerable, small businesses. They are disproportionately harmed through the State’s arbitrary mandates that unfairly discriminate against them. We are finding it difficult to both find proof of and understand the science and data guiding these decisions that claim that our small businesses are a threat to public health. There does not seem to be evidence that proves that small businesses cannot operate as effectively as their large counterparts can.
Our small businesses are integral in defining the character of our communities… the restaurants, breweries, wineries, retail boutiques and personal service providers. Your debilitating policies are direct attacks on the quality of life in each of our communities.
As our elected officials, we need to know why you are aligning with big business which unduly marginalizes and is swiftly eliminating our independently owned local businesses. It is unacceptable for our state government to choose winners and losers in our business community.
While we care about all small businesses, it is important to point out the disproportionate impact shutdowns have had on women-owned and minority-owned businesses. According to a recent report from Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, “The number of active business owners in the United States plummeted by 3.3 million or 22 percent over the crucial two-month window from February to April 2020.... African American businesses were hit especially hard experiencing a 41 percent drop. Latinx business owners fell by 32 percent, and Asian business owners dropped by 26 percent... Immigrant business owners experienced substantial losses of 36 percent. Female-owned businesses were also disproportionately hit by 25 percent.”
As business leaders, we see firsthand the extraordinary efforts our small businesses have made to comply with the ever-changing state mandates. Many of our restaurants spent thousands of dollars preparing to efficiently and safely operate outdoors, only to be told to shut it all down.
The most recent “Stay at Home Orders” jeopardize the potential survival of even the most resilient small businesses. It is time for you, our elected leaders, to stop the favoritism toward big business and provide fair and equitable treatment to our small businesses.
Sincerely, The following 81 chambers of commerce and business organizations
representing business in California
Former Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood Endorses Ryan Keim for Oceanside District 3 Council Seat!
For Immediate Release
October 3, 2020
I am pleased to announce the support and endorsement of former Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood. Mayor Wood was a dedicated public servant who served our city for more than four decades as police officer, detective, council member and mayor. Mayor Wood left a lasting legacy of prioritizing public safety, fighting crime, and protecting our seniors. His leadership has helped propel Oceanside into one of the most unique and livable beach communities in California. Getting through the health pandemic safely is critical to ensure we continue on our trajectory.
NEW CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FIGHTS CALIFORNIA’S EFFORT TO WITHHOLD MILLIONS FROM HUNDREDS OF GROWING PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Lawsuit urges Governor Newsom and State Legislature to fully fund the education of every student, including thousands enrolling in non-classroom based public schools.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today, three public school leaders are taking the lead in a class action lawsuit that will impact thousands of students in California. The lawsuit filed today challenges the state for breaking its agreement with public schools by changing the rules on how children are funded at charter schools after enrollment decisions were made. In doing so, California is now refusing to fund newly enrolled students at any of the hundreds of non-classroom based public charter schools in the state.
Some of the best laws passed by Congress in the past decades, on issues like Social Security, taxes and welfare, were the result of input from and compromise between the two parties. Now is time to put partisan politics aside and find compromise to help our small businesses
Prop 22 on California’s November ballot is needed to save hundreds of thousands of jobs for app-based drivers, and app-based food delivery and rideshare services that millions now rely on. That’s because drastic legislation passed by Sacramento politicians puts these services at risk of shut down.
Oceanside, Carlsbad and Vista Chambers Team Up to Enhance Business Advocacy Efforts
The Oceanside, Carlsbad and Vista Chambers of Commerce have partnered to take their business advocacy work to the next level by purchasing subscriptions to OneClick Advocacy, the flagship advocacy software platform of OneClickPolitics. The platform includes innovative communications tools such as photo and video messaging, integrated text messaging, direct social media posts to legislators’ profiles, rotating email messages and auto-population of advocate data into our webforms among other features.
SBDC ADVISORS HELPING THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES NAVIGATE COVID-19, PIVOT, ADAPT AND ACCESS $96M IN DISASTER CAPITAL AND GRANTS
Billions of Dollars Are Still Available from the CARES ACT Disaster Assistance APPLY Now
The Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) Provides FREE Business Advising and Training
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Low Interest No Payments for One Year https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options
San Diego County Small Business Stimulus Grant Program Is Taking Applications
SDNEDC Escondido Business Grants
Encinitas Small Business Grants
The Oceanside CHamber Announces Endorsements for 2020 City of Oceanside Elections
For Immediate Release
August 18, 2020
Contact Information: Scott Ashton, Chief Executive Officer
Oceanside Chamber of Commerce
(Oceanside, CA) - The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsements for the 2020 City of Oceanside Elections. The Chamber Board of Directors voted to support Ryan Keim for District 3 and Peter Weiss for District 4.
SBA Amends Disaster Declaration Offers Disaster Assistance to San Diego County Small Businesses Economically Impacted by Civil Unrest
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Tanya Garfield, Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Field Operations Center-West announced today that low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to San Diego County small businesses affected by the civil unrest that began May 26, 2020. SBA acted under its own authority to amend its July 7 declaration following a request received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on July 24, 2020.
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Businesses and Residents Affected by the Niland Fire
See fact sheet.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by the Niland Fire that occurred June 28-29, 2020, announced Administrator Jovita Carranza of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on July 23, 2020.
The City of Oceanside has worked diligently on the guidelines for temporary parklets, or use of the street and/or street parking spaces for outdoor dining areas. The temporary parklet guidelines and application are now available on the City's website. The current Outdoor Expansion Guidelines have been updated to include details regarding parklet guidelines, regulations, submittal and insurance requirements and prohibitions. They have also updated the Outdoor Expansion Application to include a check box for a parklet proposal and additional indemnity/protection for the City. Each proposed parklet will be reviewed and analyzed on a case-by-case basis by the planning division. More details.
Please join our efforts to oppose SB 1383, legislation that would require any employer with only 5 employees to provide 12-weeks of protected leave each year and threatening them with litigation for any unintentional mistake. It will also impact large employers by providing the opportunity for a 6 month mandatory leave of absence.
What Every Business Must Know About Prop 15, the $12.5 Billion-A-Year Property Tax Hike on the November Ballot
California is in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis, and yet another threat is on the horizon for small businesses.
The Oceanside Chamber Writes Letter of Advocacy for S. 4117, “The Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Forgiveness Act”
The Oceanside Chamber continues to advocate for our small business community. In partnership with the Small Business Coalition, the Chamber strongly supports S. 4117, “The Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Forgiveness Act”. The act, which is sponsored by Senators Kevin Cramer, Bob Menendez, Thom Tillis and Kyrsten Sinema, would essentially forgive 100% of all small business PPP loans under $150,000. Read the letter sent to Congressman Levin's office below:
City of Oceanside Works Diligently to Mitigate Impacts of Governor’s Business Closures
In response to San Diego County Department of Health restrictions on indoor operations for certain business types, the City’s streamlined application process is now applicable to affected businesses such as fitness centers, hair salons, barber shops and nail salons. Please select the “commercial operations” field on the application form to apply to operate in a public right of way such as a sidewalk or public parking lot, or in an adjacent private parking lot. Businesses with adjacent private outdoor space such as a patio may remain open provided operations are restricted to outdoor only and comply with industry guidance. Read more in the City's website.
Local small business and restaurant owners suffering financial losses due to COVID-19 can now apply for a grant from the County of San Diego.