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City of Palmdale Encourages Public Participation Via Text, Online Forms, or Email for Upcoming Council Meeting
Council Chamber Closed to Public Due to Coronavirus

PALMDALE - As a result of the COVID-19 virus, and resulting “Safer at Home” orders from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, the Governor of the State of California, and, as well as the City of Palmdale emergency declaration, the public will not be permitted to physically attend the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

The meeting will begin at 7 pm and will be broadcast live on Spectrum Channel 27 or online live at www.cityofpalmdale.org. The agenda may be found at https://cityofpalmdale.org/310/City-Council-Meetings

Urgent Need for Blood Donations at Antelope Valley Hospital
Community encouraged to donate during COVID-19

(LANCASTER, Calif. — April 3, 2020) — Antelope Valley Hospital (AV Hospital) is sending out an urgent call for healthy community members to donate blood. Donations are down as people shelter-in-place during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“As the only Level 2 Trauma Center in the region, we must maintain an adequate blood supply for our patients,” said CEO Ed Mirzabegian. “We encourage those who are healthy and able to donate at this time.”

The AV Hospital Blood Donor Center is complying with guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), such as spacing chairs six feet apart, moderating the number of donors in the Center at one time, adhering to thorough cleaning practices and encouraging people to make appointments ahead of time instead of walking in to donate.

Watch Out for COVID-19 Scams
During the COVID-19 crisis, I want to make sure you stay safe. Right now, criminals are taking advantage of the COVID-19 crisis through a variety of scams.

There have been reports of:


  • Fake cures for COVID-19

  • Emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received

  • Illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations seeking donations[/LIST}

    If you think you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, please report it by:

    Calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866.720.5721

ROAD CONSTRUCTION UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 6 THROUGH APRIL 12
GENERAL ROAD CONSTRUCTION:

1 - 47th Street East and Avenue S


Intermittent lane closures in all directions for sewer maintenance.

2 - Avenue M from 3rd Street East to 6th Street East

Closure of eastbound #2 lane. LA County working in the right-of-way at their water tanks.

3 - Hillcrest Drive from East Avenue S to Plateau Road

Intermittent lane and shoulder closures on the west side of Hillcrest for street improvements which include curb BS gutter, sidewalk utility relocation, and streetlight installation.

4 -50th Street West from Avenue N to Avenue N-8

There will be lane closures on 50th Street West for street improvements. Access to Arnie Quinones Park will be closed for about 4 to 6 weeks for construction of the street improvements in front of the park.

New County Call Center Can Help Your Business
DCBA has partnered with the Department of Workforce, Development, Aging, and Community Services, and other County and State agencies to bring you the Business & Worker Disaster Help Center. The center has resources for businesses as well as employees to help during the COVID-19 emergency.

Counselors are available Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to help business owners navigate emergency loan applications and help individuals that were recently laid off due to this emergency.


Grant Application Deadline Extended for Small Businesses
Small businesses across the country are confronting extreme economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial support at this critical time can make the difference between staying in business or closing permanently, leading to lost income, jobs, and economic stability.

Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon, LISC is offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. The new application deadline is April 4.

City of Palmdale's Coronavirus Update - 4/2/20
In today’s update, Mayor Pro Tem Richard Loa talks about some resources available to our community’s small business owners. CLICK HERE to Watch Video

Now that Congress passed the $2 trillion dollar Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, business owners can now apply for an up to $10,000 cash advance grant through the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

This is to help small businesses to meet their expenses - rent, mortgage, utilities, etc. You can seek these loans directly from SBA at covid19relief.sba.gov. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will NOT have to be repaid.

There is also $349 billion included to ensure small businesses can continue to pay employees with the Paycheck Protection Program. The loans are up to $10 million for small businesses and non-profits. They are administered by the banks directly and you need only to work with your lender.

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