JEDE COVID-19 Weekend Update for September 11, 2020

REMEMBERANCE OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

Governor Newsom issued a proclamation in recognition of September 11 as Patriot Day.  For the past nine years, the US has observed this day to honor both the nearly three thousand individuals who lost their lives on that tragic day and the men and women who bravely responded to the attacks.  “We remember those who lost their lives, the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for others, and those who have been forever marked by this moment in history. We also recognize the debt we owe to the first responders – continuing to ensure that they are provided with care for the ongoing health impact of their service during the fateful recovery period.  On this somber anniversary, I urge Californians to give meaning to the phrase ‘Never Forget,’ to mourn for those we lost and continue to support those who rushed toward danger that day. I have ordered all flags on state buildings to be flown at half-staff.”  https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/09/11/governor-newsom-issues-proclamation-declaring-patriot-day/

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Extraordinary Session:  The California Restaurant Association, among others, have sent letters to Governor Newsom and legislative leaders requesting a Special Session to address COVID-19.  https://subscriber.politicopro.com/f/California_restaurant_associat.pdf?&id=00000174-36ba-d006-a7f4-f6bfcfe40000

  • Statewide Fire Declaration and Federal Assistance:  Governor Newsom declared a statewide emergency due to the widespread fires and extreme weather conditions.  A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration is approved for the Northern California wildfires. California has also secured Fire Management Assistance Grants to support the state’s response to fires burning in Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Napa, Nevada, Lake, Solano, Yolo, Monterey, Fresno, Madera, San Bernardino, Siskiyou, Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties.  https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/08/18/governor-newsom-declares-statewide-emergency-due-to-fires-extreme-weather-conditions-2/

  • Extension of the Surface Transportation Act:  The US Chamber of Commerce and the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, were among the 88 trade associations, labor groups, and other organizations who submitted a joint letter calling on the US Congress for a one-year extension of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, $37 billion in emergency cash for state transportation departments, $32 billion for public transit agencies, and other actions to ensure solvency of the Highway Trust Fund for the duration of the extension.  The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act expires on September 31, 2020.  https://subscriber.politicopro.com/f/?id=00000174-7443-d59c-a174-745f30d80001

  • Climate is a Risk to the US Financial Markets:  The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission released a report, Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial Systemhttps://www.cftc.gov/PressRoom/PressReleases/8234-20  Key statements and findings from the report include, but are not limited to:

    • Climate change poses a major risk to the stability of the US financial system and to its ability to sustain the American economy.

    • A major concern for regulators is what we don’t know.  The central message of this report is that US financial regulators must recognize that climate change poses serious emerging risks to the US financial system, and they should move urgently and decisively to measure, understand, and address these risks.

    • This report begins with a fundamental finding—financial markets will only be able to channel resources efficiently to activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions if an economy-wide price on carbon is in place at a level that reflects the true social cost of those emissions.

    • A central finding of this report is that climate change could pose systemic risks to the US financial system.

    • The report finds that, in general, existing legislation already provides US financial regulators with wide-ranging and flexible authorities that could be used to start addressing financial climate-related risk now.

    • The disclosure by corporations of information on material, climate-related financial risks is an essential building block to ensure that climate risks are measured and managed effectively.

  • Seafood Trade Relief Program:  The US Department of Agriculture announced that $530 million will be available to support the US seafood industry and fisherpeople impacted by retaliatory tariffs from foreign governments, including China. The funding will be awarded by the Farm Service Agency through the Seafood Trade Relief Program using funding provided by the Commodity Credit Corporation.  According to the announcement, fisherpeople can sign-up for the program from September 14 to December 14, 2020. https://www.fsa.usda.gov/news-room/news-releases/2020/usda-supports-us-seafood-industry-impacted-by-retaliatory-tariffs

  • Wildfire Preparedness Fact Sheet:  The US Small Business Administration released an updated Wildfire Preparedness Fact Sheet for small businesses. The fact sheet includes activities to undertake in order to reduce risks and expedite reopening and recovery.   https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-09/WildfirePreparednessSBA.pdf

GOOD NEWS ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FRIENDS

FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATION RELATED TO COVID-19, MARCHES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY

DATA, SURVEYS, AND ANALYSES

  • Women-Owned Businesses Hardest Hit in Pandemic:  The US Chamber of Commerce released Special Report on Women-Owned Small Businesses During COVID-19, which found that women-owned businesses have been the most impacted during the pandemic as compared to male-owned businesses.  The report also found that women-owned small businesses have less optimistic revenue, investment, and hiring plans compared to male-owned small businesses.  The report is based on a poll conducted between July 9-16, 2020, with a sample of roughly 500 small business owners and operators age 18+ from the continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii interviewed online in English.  https://www.uschamber.com/report/special-report-women-owned-small-businesses-during-covid-19

  • IE Business Index:  The UC Riverside School of Business released its quarterly Inland Empire Business Activity Index.  According to the Index, business activity in the Inland Empire contracted further in the second quarter of 2020, moving from an annualized decline of -0.2% in the first quarter to an annualized decline of -26.5% in the second.  Regional employment and consumer spending collapsed in the second quarter as Riverside and San Bernardino Counties became two of California’s top five counties with respect to total cases of COVID-19.  The UCR Center for Economic Forecasting and Development used a wide range of economic data including employment, economic output, income, real estate, and other indicators at the national, state, and metropolitan level.  https://ucreconomicforecast.org/index.php/services-for-business/publications/quarterly-business-activity-report/

  • State Unemployment Benefit Numbers Released:  EDD released unemployment insurance data for California for the week ending September 5.  https://www.edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/pdf/news-20-46.pdf  Unemployment Benefits include Unemployment Insurance (UI), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PAU), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and FED-ED.  Among other information, the weekly Unemployment Benefits report stated:

    • 647,011 Unemployment Benefit claims were filed for the week ending September 5.

    • Between March 14 and September 5, EDD received 10.4 million Unemployment Benefit claims.

    • $81 billion has been paid to out-of-work Californians since the start of the pandemic.

  • National Unemployment Data Released:  The US Bureau of Labor Statistics released national unemployment figures for August 2020, showing total US nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1.4 million and the unemployment rate fell to 8.4%.  These numbers reflect 13.6 million unemployed people in the US with a labor participation rate of 61.7%.  The largest increase in employment was in the government sector, which accounted for one-fourth of the over-the-month gain in total nonfarm employment.  Among other data, August shows a significant drop in the number of individuals temporarily laid off (decrease of 3.1 million for a total of 6.2 million).  However, the number of individuals who permanently lost jobs increased by 534,000 for a total of 3.4 million.  For comparison, the number of individuals who have permanently lost jobs has risen by 2.1 million since February 2020.  National data for September 2020 will be released Friday, October 2, 2020, and state-level data for August 2020 will be available on or around September 15.

UPDATES ON COVID-19 RESPONSE AND RECOVERY PROGRAMS

Wildfire - SBA Disaster Assistance
CA Loans (EIDL) Approved (as of 9/10)
1
Dollar Amount of CA Loans (EIDL) Approved       (as of 9/9)
$11,600
CA Home Loans Approved (as of 9/9)
19
Dollar Amount of  CA Home Loans Approved (as of 9/9)
2,615,900
Total Dollars Approved (as of 9/9)
$2,173,600

 

COVID - SBA Disaster Assistance
CA Loans (EIDL) Approved (as of 8/15)
533,876
Dollar Amount of CA Loans (EIDL) Approved (as of 8/15)
$33,022,133,987
CA Loan Advances (EIDL) Approved (as of 7/15)
809,792
Dollar Amount of CA Loan Advances (EIDL) Approved (as of 7/15)
$2,666,662,000
Payment Protection Plan (as of 8/8)
5,212,128
Payment Protection Plan Approved (total) (as of 7/31)
$525,012,201,124
Great Plates Delivered
Meals served as of 9/3
8,693,690
Individuals Served This Week as of 9/3*
45,563
Food Providers Contracted as of 9/3*
735
*Data received from Great Plates Data Portal updated twice per week. 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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