From April through August, PG&E will host a series of county webinars to detail the progress of the numerous actions that are part of the Community Wildfire Safety Program and to share how any needed PSPS events in 2020 are expected to be smaller in scope, shorter in duration and smarter for customers. These webinars, even amid the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, will keep customers and communities informed about PG&E’s ongoing safety work to prevent and mitigate the serious risk of catastrophic wildfires and to keep them healthy and safe.
The webinars take place on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from April through August. Upcoming webinars include:
- May 27: For customers in El Dorado, Amador and Calaveras counties
- June 3: For customers in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties
- June 10: For customers in Alameda, Contra Costa and Marin counties
- June 17: For customers in Mendocino and Lake counties
PG&E will share the web address and phone number closer to each event. The full webinar schedule, along with more information about PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program, can be found at www.pge.com/wildfiresafety.
We now have an effective way to help our most vulnerable families. A new Richmond Rapid Response Fund (R3F)
was recently established to provide financial support to residents in need, stabilize small businesses and community-based organizations, and support needs assessment work to ensure that funding goes to our community’s greatest needs.
This fund was born out of the West Contra Costa COVID Community Care Coalition, which includes over 100 agencies and programs that have met every week since the Shelter in Place to coordinate and advocate for communities most burdened by the pandemic. Leading organizations include The RYSE Center, EdFUND West, Richmond Promise, and Building Blocks for Kids (BBK).
This fund has already raised $340,000 in the last few weeks, and that’s a great start.
Contra Costa County Health Services – www.coronavirus.cchealth.org
NEW May 18 Health Order: Allows for some retail businesses to reopen via curbside pick-up only (interior of store must remain closed) and implementing all necessary safety protocols appropriate for their industry as set by the State of California, starting May 19.
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To support California businesses during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis and through the return to work process , State Fund established the $50 million Returning California to Work COVID-19 Safety Protocol Fund to help policyholders defray the costs of protecting workers from COVID-19.
If you are a State Fund policyholder who has already returned to re-open your business, or you are planning to return, you may be eligible for a grant to help with safety-related expenses.
Individual grants can total up to twice the policyholder’s estimated annual premium (EAP) up to a maximum of $10,000, whichever is less. They can be applied to expenses incurred as early as March 1, 2020 or to future expenses related to protecting the workforce from COVID-19. To find your EAP, go to your Policy Declarations Page document, or log into your State Fund Online account.
For those who missed the budget discussion at the May 5 City Council meeting, I am providing the following:
You can click on the hyperlink ACKNOWLEDGE receipt of the first draft of the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Annual Operating and Capital Improvement Budget, and establish the review process and schedule for City Council review and adoption – Finance Department (Belinda Brown 620-6740/Markisha Guillory 620-5434). to access the documents provided at the meeting.
Like all cities in California, Richmond will be hit hard by the economic impacts of COVID-19 as tax revenue related to shrinking economic activity.
The current projections include:
COVID19.CA.GOV go to: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/
As California moves into stage 2 of our Resilience Roadmap, every business should take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and create a safer environment for workers and customers.
Below is statewide guidance for businesses to follow, if they’re permitted to open per county health rules. Learn more and find industry guidance for counties that have received state approval to move faster into stage 2 on the County Variance page.
Businesses may use effective alternative or innovative methods to build upon the guidelines. Review the guidance that is relevant to your workplace, prepare a plan based on the guidance for your industry, and put it into action.
When complete, you can post the industry-specific checklist (below) in your workplace.
Before reopening, all facilities must:
1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
2. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
3. Implement individual control measures and screenings
4. Implement disinfecting protocols
5. Implement physical distancing guidelines
It is critical that employees needing to self-isolate because of COVID-19 are encouraged to stay at home, with sick leave policies to support that, to prevent further infection in your workplace. See additional information on government programs supporting sick leave and worker’s compensation for COVID-19.