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February 2021
Steve Snider
Downtown Oakland Association

1st Vice President
Emilie Cameron 
Downtown Sacramento Partnership
2nd Vice President
Austin Metoyer
Downtown Long Beach Alliance

Chloe Verrey
San Jose Downtown Association
John Caner
Downtown Berkeley Association
At-Large Directors
Marshall Anderson
Downtown San Diego Partnership

Karin Flood
Union Square Business Improvement District

Kathy Hemmenway
Walnut Creek Downtown
Business Association

Suzanne Holley
Downtown Center Business Improvement District (LA)

Rena Leddy
LA Fashion District
Steve Mulheim
Old Pasadena Management District

Immediate Past President
Andrew Thomas
Westwood Village Improvement Association 
Arts District Los Angeles BID
BLVD Association
Carmichael Improvement District, Inc.
City of Morgan Hill
City of Ontario
Downtown Alameda Business Association
Downtown Berkeley Association
Downtown Center BID
Downtown Long Beach Alliance
Downtown Modesto Partnership
Downtown Oakland Association/ Lake Merritt Uptown District Association
Downtown Sacramento Partnership
Downtown San Diego Partnership
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Downtown Vacaville BID
Downtown Ventura Partners
Downtown Visalians, Inc.
Figueroa Corridor Partnership
Gilroy Economic Development
Greater Broadway District
Hollywood Property Owners Alliance
Kono CBD
LA Downtown Industrial District BID
LA Fashion District BID
Morgan Hill Downtown Association
Old Monterey Business Association
Old Pasadena Management District 
Placerville Downtown Association
Playhouse District Association
Progressive Urban Management Associates, Inc.
R Street Sacramento Partnership
Riverside Downtown Partnership
San Jose Downtown Association
South Park BID
Telegraph BID
The Unity Council
Tracy City Center Association
Tulare Downtown Association
Union Square BID
Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association
Westwood Village Improvement Association 

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As place management professionals, we can see and feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our personal lives and on our communities — every day, and on every level. The rollercoaster ride of the past year of our commercial corridors opening and closing and opening and closing again and our very democracy teetering on the edge of extinction, it is clear — 2020 and 2021 have brought us something we could never have fully prepared for or anticipated.
As the month of February transitions into the month of March, and the smell of spring is right around the corner, we cannot help but be reminded that it has almost been a full year since a statewide stay-at-home order was issued due to the pandemic. For many, this has been an opportunity to push the limits of their own resiliency, while manifesting new and creative ways to do business and help their own communities bounce back from these unexpected challenges. But for many more, it is clear this has not been the case. The pandemic has amplified the inequities in our society in unprecedented ways, highlighting the glaring issues that we must face as a society if we ever hope to transform this broken system and manifest healthy and vibrant communities.  
In challenging times like these, it is essential that our work in our communities, for our communities, reflects the values and needs of our communities. It takes experience, focus and intention to ensure that through our work we do not also become part of the problem and continue to contribute to this broken system. It is long overdue that we do something entirely different. 
California Downtown Association is doing something different. On February 1st, the CDA Board of Directors hosted a board retreat specifically to create a Value Statement for the organization. Identifying and articulating our values will help guide our work as we seek to support you in your efforts to maximize the potential of your place management organization. We look forward to sharing our finalized Value Statement with you in next month's District Digest. Also, in the next couple of weeks, please keep your eye out for the official announcement regarding the DEI Summit, the webinar we are producing in late April in partnership with the International Downtown Association.
I encourage you to reach out to me directly if you would like to discuss how CDA can benefit your leadership development and the development of your organization. Our collective impact is needed now more than ever. Thank you for the work you do on a daily basis to inspire and build community in this beautiful state of California! 

Steve Snider, CDA President
Executive Director
Downtown Oakland Association
Governor, Legislative Leaders Agree on Relief for Californians Experiencing Hardship During Pandemic
Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced they reached an agreement on a package of immediate actions that will expedite additional relief to individuals, families, and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship from the COVID-19 Recession.

The agreement was part of the Governor’s state budget proposal to provide cash relief to lower-income Californians, increase aid to small businesses, and provide license renewal fee waivers to businesses impacted by the pandemic. The agreement also provides tax relief for businesses, commits additional resources for critical child care services, and funds emergency financial aid for community college students.

Separately, the Governor and legislative leaders said that discussions are continuing on measures for the safe reopening of the state’s K-12 schools, including strategies to address learning loss caused by the pandemic.

Below are key provisions of the Immediate Action Agreement:

Direct Relief to Individuals and Families
The agreement incorporates the Governor’s Golden State Stimulus plan to assist California households with incomes below $30,000, as well as those excluded from previous federal stimulus payments.
The agreement provides $600 in one-time relief to households receiving the California EITC for 2020. In addition, the agreement provides a $600 one-time payment to taxpayers with Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs), largely undocumented individuals and their dependents, who were precluded from receiving the $1,200 per person federal payments issues last spring and the more recent $600 federal payments. The agreement would provide the $600 payments to households with ITINs and income below $75,000. ITIN taxpayers who also qualify for the California EITC would receive a total of $1,200. The payments will be provided to these households shortly after they file their 2020 tax returns.
In addition to those mentioned above, lower-income Californians will also receive assistance through a $600 one-time grant to households enrolled in the CalWORKS program and recipients of SSI/SSP and Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI). Grant payments for CalWORKS households are expected by mid-April; timing for the delivery of SSI/SSP and CAPI grants is currently under discussion with federal officials.

Immediate Relief for Small Businesses 
The agreement reflects a four-fold increase – from $500 million to more than $2 billion – for grants up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, and also allocates $50 million for cultural institutions.
The agreement also partially conforms California tax law to new federal tax treatment for loans provided through the Paycheck Protection Plan, allowing companies to deduct up to $150,000 in expenses covered by the PPP loan. All businesses that took out loans of $150,000 or less would be able to maximize their deduction for state purposes. Larger firms that took out higher loans would still be subject to the same ceiling of $150,000 in deductibility. Records show that more than 750,000 PPP loans were taken out by California small businesses.
This tax treatment would also extend to the Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

Fee Waivers for Most Impacted Licensees
The agreement provides for two years of fee relief, which can range from $455 to $1,235 annually, for roughly 59,000 restaurants and bars licensed through the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. More than 600,000 barbering and cosmetology individuals and businesses licensed through the Department of Consumer Affairs will also receive relief.

More Resources for Critical Child Care
The agreement adds over $400 million in new federal funds to provide stipends of $525 per enrolled child in state-subsidized child care and preschool providers. Approximately 400,000 children are in subsidized care statewide. The new federal resources will extend care for children of essential workers through June 2022 and will increase access to subsidized child care for more than 8,000 children of essential workers and at-risk children through June 2022.

Additional Aid for Individuals and Families
The agreement provides $24 million for financial assistance and services through Housing for the Harvest for agricultural workers who have to quarantine due to COVID-19. The agreement also provides a combined $35 million for food banks and diapers.

Emergency Financial Relief to Support Community College Students
The agreement provides an additional $100 million in emergency financial aid for qualifying low-income students carrying six or more units, with award amounts to be determined locally and made available by early April. The agreement also provides $20 million to reengage students who have either left their community college studies because of the pandemic or to engage students at risk of leaving.

CalFresh Student Outreach and Application Assistance
The agreement provides roughly $6 million to support outreach and application assistance to University of California, California State University, and California Community College students made newly eligible for CalFresh – the state-administered federal program for supplemental food assistance. The agreement also provides $12 million in state funds to support associated county administrative workload.

Restoration of Reductions
The agreement restores previously enacted funding reductions, effective July 1st, for the University of California, California State University, the Judicial Branch, Child Support Services, and for moderate-income housing.

Jason Bryant 
Bryant Government Affairs
February 2021 Legislative Update
California Bill Would Limit Police from Buying Military-style Gear
San Francisco Chronicle
As demonstrations for racial justice swept California last summer, protesters complained that they were frequently met with excessive force from police who relied on militarized tactics to break up largely peaceful gatherings.

Space for Southern Californians to Do Their Thing, Whatever That May Be
It’s hard to overstate the importance of places like the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in highly-urbanized Southern California.

Tech, Developer Foundations to California: Go big on Housing
The Mercury News
After years of legislative defeats of bold housing reform, affordable housing advocates have formed a nascent coalition including the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, other major nonprofits...

California’s Outdoor Dining Ban Was Controversial. Did It Help Slow the Covid-19 Surge?
Cities Today
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has granted the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) a Record of Decision for its East San Fernando Valley...

The Pandemic Revealed Public Space as 'Essential Infrastructure'
COVID-19 restrictions have highlighted the importance of abundant, multi-use open spaces accessible to all.
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