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City of Palmdale to Offer Small Business Grants Up to $7,000
PALMDALE - The City of Palmdale has announced the start of a new Small Business Grant Program that offers a one-time grant up to $7,000 to help small businesses in Palmdale with their financial needs during the COVID-19 local emergency.

To qualify, the businesses must be located within the City of Palmdale, employ no more than 49 people including the owner, must have a current business license, and provide documentation showing their financial need due to loss of revenue, increased costs to implement social distancing requirements payments made for unemployment benefits, or other business expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.. More information is available at www.cityofpalmdale.org/SmallBusinessGrant.

The Small Business Grant Program is available on a first come, first served basis and will run from Sept. 28, 2020 to Oct. 5, 2020, or until funds have been expended. It is part of the City’s Palmdale Cares initiative, and the City is committed to get funds into the hands of businesses as quickly as possible.

““This grant program focuses on businesses with under 50 employees---the mom and pop businesses that are the backbone of the local economy,” said Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer. “We remain committed to doing what we can to help them navigate the economic ramifications of the COVID-19 crisis.”


1 – Pearblossom Highway from the California Aqueduct bridge to Valley Springs Road

Full closure of Pearblossom Hwy. from the California Aqueduct bridge to Valley Springs Road for roadway reconstruction work, starting June 12, 2020 and continuing through November 2020.

While Pearblossom Hwy. is closed, passenger vehicles will be detoured to Avenue S at Sierra Hwy. and Fort Tejon Rd. Local access will be provided to residents in the construction area, as needed and as construction permits. Travelers/commuters are advised to expect delays and to take alternate routes where possible. Avenue R, Avenue S, Palmdale Blvd/SR-138, Avenue P, or Avenue M are alternate east/west routes through the City to consider.

Commercial trucks having a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or more must stay on designated truck routes, such as Sierra Hwy., Palmdale Blvd ./ SR-138, 47th St. East / SR-138, and Fort Tejon Rd. / SR-138 (see Title 10 of the Palmdale Municipal Code). Avenue S and Avenue R are not designated truck routes. Trucks are permitted on non-truck routes when it is the shortest and most direct route to perform a pickup or delivery. A map of the City’s truck routes can be found here: https://cityofpalmdale.org/DocumentCenter/View/513/Truck-Routes-PDF

For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.pearblossomrebuild.com/index.html.

Any questions please call (855) 211-2200 or email to info@PearblossomRebuild.com.

Shanae Smith Named City Clerk of Palmdale
PALMDALE – City of Palmdale officials are pleased to announce that Shanae Smith has joined the City

to serve as the new City Clerk. She is replacing Becky Smith who retired after 21 years of service.

Smith comes to Palmdale with over 20 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, with vast experience in the areas of compliance, legislative management, project management and grant administration.

Before coming to Palmdale, Smith served in a number of positions, including executive assistant, project manager and board secretary at the West Valley Water District, aiding in their mission to provide its customers with safe, high quality and reliable water service at reasonable rates and sustainable manner. This included a five-year stint overseeing the $22 million cutting-edge bioremediation water treatment plant, the first of its kind in the nation, and designed to treat groundwater sources contaminated with nitrates and perchlorate.

City of Palmdale Awarded $250,000 for Ave. Q Corridor Study
PALMDALE - The City of Palmdale has been awarded $250,000 from Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for the Avenue Q Corridor study, a plan that will provide guidelines for multi-modal access on Avenue Q from 20th Street East to Sierra Highway.

The funding is provided through SCAG’s Sustainable Communities Program for Regional Corridors. City staff will work with consultants from Toole Design to gather input from the community to draft the plan, which is anticipated to be completed in early 2022.

“This grant will help us greatly as we plan and prepare for the modes of transportation that are coming to Palmdale,” said Mayor Steve Hofbauer. “Public input will be key in helping us build a future for this corridor that works best for our community.”

City of Lancaster COVID-19 Update September 22nd
Dear Lancaster Community,

Let's give thanks to the first responders keeping us safe in the hospitals during COVID-19 and those protecting us from the wildfires. Their service does not go unnoticed.

Remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, and stop touching your face.

Here are the most updated numbers:
Los Angeles County Cases
New: 652
Cumulative Total: 261,446

Los Angeles County Deaths
New: 16
Total: 6,366

Lancaster Cases
New: 7
Cumulative Total: 3,277

Lancaster Deaths
New: 0
Total: 50

Palmdale City Library Brings IDEA, Stealing Home to Palmdale
PALMDALE - The Palmdale City Library, in collaboration with the City of Glendale’s Library, Arts & Culture Department, is presenting a free virtual public forum on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Antiracism (IDEA) on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Registration for the free event is available at www.GLAC.info/BeTheChange.

The forum will feature authors Eric Nusbaum and Gustavo Arellano as they kick-off a 10-month-long series on IDEA. In honor of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, the pair will discuss Nusbaum’s new book, Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between.

Stealing Home is a story about baseball, family, the American Dream, and the fight to turn Los Angeles into a big-league city. The hills that cradle Dodger Stadium were once home to three vibrant Mexican American communities. In the early 1950s, those communities were condemned to make way for a utopian public housing project. Then, in a remarkable turn, public housing in the city was defeated amidst a Red Scare conspiracy. Instead of getting their homes back, the remaining residents saw the city sell their land to Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. But before Dodger Stadium could be built, the city would have to face down the neighborhood's families, including the Aréchigas, who refused to yield their home. The ensuing confrontation captivated the nation and the divisive outcome still echoes through Los Angeles today.

Palmdale Healing & Honor Field Seeks Volunteers
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale Healing & Honor Field 2020, a colorful display of American flags honoring heroes, is seeking adult volunteers and to help set up and assist throughout the duration of the display, which will be featured at Pelona Vista Park, 37800 Tierra Subida Ave. in Palmdale, from Nov.1 through Nov. 11.

Interested persons may sign up to volunteer at www.cityofpalmdale.org/HealingField. Volunteer positions include flag installer, ceremony greeter, information booth, flag finder, evening ambassador and overnight security. Most shifts are two hours, except overnight security. Volunteers need to be able to work independently, be approachable, and provide correct information to guests in a friendly manner. Current COVID-19 guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing will be required for all volunteers. Orientation and training will be available two weeks before the display opens.

“Volunteering to be part of this project is a very meaningful way to honor our heroes leading up to Veterans Day,” said Palmdale’s Recreation Supervisor and Program Chair Annie Pagliaro. “This massive vista of red, white and blue is an experience hard to describe, but not to be forgotten. It will be a highly emotional event taking on a life of its own, representing a field of cherished individuals.”

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