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BizFed Virtual Town Hall Wrap Up
Thursday, Apr 9, 2020 @ 08:39 PM

The Office of the Assessor has received a high volume of calls regarding property tax payments, especially with the upcoming April 10th deadline in a COVID-19 world. On April 9th my colleagues hosted a Virtual Town Hall to discuss major concerns. Our goal was to clear up any confusion for property and business owners.


Here is a wrap up of what happened on the call.


• Additional info about paying or applying for relief can be found at this site: https://www.propertytax.lacounty.gov/


• Please visit the numerous examples for citizens and business exemptions at: https://assessor.lacounty.gov/exclusions-tax-relief/


• Decline in value info can be found here: https://assessor.lacounty.gov/decline-in-value/


• Question: “Would these programs help in-home day care providers without any full-time employees?” Answer (Senator Ben Allen’s Office): CDSS has advised counties that they may allow flexibility in work schedules for IHSS providers, and notified counties the state will remove any overtime violations for providers who work above the authorized time due to COVID-19. The state also suspended the requirement to conduct in-person reassessments until June 30, 2020. Federal rules require an in-person initial assessment, but the state has advised counties to obtain as much information as possible prior to meeting with the applicant to minimize exposure time. Also, the Governor has committed $5 million to counties to conduct wellness check-in with clients.


• We are hosting a free webinar on EIDL, PPP and Other Funding Sources today at 1 PM. We will have it in concert with the SBDC and a lender's perspective from California Bank & Trust. If you would like to attend, register at https://www.culvercitychamber.com/events/details/webinar-eidl-ppp-other-funding-programs-2352


https://www.independenthospitality.org/


• Question: “I was more asking in terms of financial relief for reduced income. (I also do airbnb and vrbo which has quite reduced income as well). Thank you.” Answer (Senator Ben Allen’s Office): Airbnb has set up a relief fund of $250 million for hosts. We recommend you contact the company for further information.


• LA SBDC provides no-cost expert advising for small businesses.

Daily webinar on navigating SBA loan options:

https://smallbizla.org/covid19/

SmallBizLA.org

• 866-588-SBDC (7232) for English speakers

• 800-794-1402 for Spanish speakers


• Question: “We need PPE. Who do we contact to get the PPE you are procuring? We have frontline workers who need this and its scarce to find!” Answer (Senator Ben Allen’s Office): Resource requests for health care providers and facilities are handled through local public health departments to California Department of Public Health. The requests are submitted to the Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC), through the Regional Disaster Medical Health Coordinator (RDMHC), which are then sent to the CDPH Medical and Health Coordination Center (MHCC).


• Visit http://bizfedinstitute.org/covid-19-supplies/ to donate tax-deductible medical, non-medical PPE supplies in any quantity and funds to ensure the safety and well-being of all LA County workers. Thanks!


• Question: “Can you help with a short answer on the PPE, who do we reach out to for help with this, which of those organizations?” Answer:

We recommend contacting your local county Regional Disaster Medical Coordinators. Their contact information can be found here: https://emsa.ca.gov/regional-disaster-medical-health-coordinators-and-specialists/


• Question: “Am wondering what the plan is to authorize remote notarizations by CA notaries.” Answer (Senator Ben Allen’s Office): The Governor issued an Executive Order that allows remote notarizations for judicial proceedings. The Governor may be contemplating future action, but we haven't received additional information at this time.


https://workforce.lacounty.gov/


• Tanner to Danbernal: The California Association of Realtors will notify members when California’s EDD website is accepting unemployment claims for independent contractors.


• Hi all, you should be able to view this webinar later on both YouTube and our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/benallencalifornia/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AW7a3Kndss

• Hello this is Jerard Wright from BizFed, here's the links that have been shared thus far. LA COUNTY PENALTY REQUESTS https://ttc.lacounty.gov/penalty-cancellation-request-2/ LA COUNTY RESIDENT AND BUSINESS EXEMPTIONS Please visit the numerous examples for citizens and business exemptions at: https://assessor.lacounty.gov/exclusions-tax-relief/ SMALL BUSINESS LOANS LA SBDC provides no-cost expert advising for small businesses. Daily webinar on navigating SBA loan options: https://smallbizla.org/covid19/ https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19SmallBizLA.org • 866-588-SBDC (7232) for English speakers • 800-794-1402 for Spanish speakers 



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