Relief to California Experiencing Pandemic Hardship

Feb 20, 2021



Governor Newsom, Legislative Leaders Announce Immediate Action Agreement for Relief to Californians Experiencing Pandemic Hardship


On February 17, Governor Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced that they have reached an agreement on a package of immediate actions that will speed needed relief to individuals, families and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship from the COVID-19 Recession. Read more here.

Below are a few of the 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 that have borne the disproportionate economic burden of the COVID-19 Recession – those with incomes below $30,000, as well as those unfairly excluded from previous federal stimulus payments. The agreement broadens this initial plan and now provides direct relief to more lower-income Californians 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).
  • Immediate Relief for Small Businesses Quadrupled: 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.
  • Fee Waivers for Most Impacted Licensees: The agreement provides for two years of fee relief for roughly 59,000 restaurants and bars licensed through the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control that can range annually from $455 to $1,235. The agreement also reflects fee relief for more than 600,000 barbering and cosmetology individuals and businesses licensed through the Department of Consumer Affairs.



Introducing Up & Running California: New eBay Program Offers Free Ecommerce Training for Small Businesses

eBay and the California Office of the Small Business Advocate invite California small businesses to apply


Established in partnership with our Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), eBay’s new Up & Running California program will equip up to 300 in-state businesses to take full advantage of ecommerce opportunities with interactive coaching and instruction that will help them effectively compete and grow online. 

Selected businesses will learn how to supercharge their listing and marketing strategies, create a dynamic digital storefront, leverage powerful data analysis tools to fuel their performance, and more. Applications are now open at until 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 11.



Recent Action by Governor Newsom


  • On February 18, Governor Newsom issued a statement regarding efforts to safely reopen schools in California. Read the full statement here.
  • On February 16, Governor Newsom and the Biden-Harris Administration today announced the opening of the nation’s first community vaccination sites in Oakland and Los Angeles. These pilot sites at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum and California State University, Los Angeles opened their gates at 9:00 a.m. this morning as part of the wider effort to establish a series of vaccination sites nationwide to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.



Planning for a greener California: Dee Dee Myers and Patty Monahan
Opinion editorial appearing Feb. 13 in the Orange County Register

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