May 19, 2020
Contact: Moriah Gaynor
C: (619) 207-8616
Today, in City Council I voted on many items that impact the City’s budget.
I voted “no” to spend an additional $150,000 in attorneys fees at $300 per hour to “complete the negotiation of the final SDSU West Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA).” SDSU delivered a signed PSA on May 5, 2020. A Deputy City Attorney testified that “the legal work is done.” This item passed 7-2 with only Councilmember Moreno and myself voting against it.
I voted “yes” to invest $5 million in federal CARES Act funding into childcare for essential workers. This item passed unanimously. Childcare is critical to our re-opening and inclusive recovery.
I also voted to transfer $1 million from the Navigation Center to a Rental Assistance Program for San Diegans impacted by COVID-19. This action, with direction for a more definitive spending plan for rental assistance from Councilmember Sherman, passed 8-1.
The reason I am sharing these votes is because the actions we take today will set the stage for our recovery in the future. Without an SDSU West deal, the City’s financial deficit deepens; without childcare for our essential workers, we cannot beat COVID; and without a rental assistance program, we cannot stimulate our economy.
San Diego will emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever, but only if we act responsibly now.
Council President Pro Tem
COVID-19 Newsletter Now Once a Week on Wednesdays
Starting this week the District 1 COVID-19 newsletter will be published once a week. The next newsletter will be released on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
5/19 City Council Votes
The City Council voted on several items today. Some key items were:
5/19 - County Approves Plan to Request Accelerated Reopening
The County Board of Supervisors approved two measures intended to allow the region to accelerate the reopening of the local economy. Under the first, the County will submit a plan to the governor’s office that, if approved, would move San Diego further into Stage 2 of the California Resiliency Roadmap in the coming days.
Under the proposal, in-person dining at restaurants and retail shopping would be allowed, as long as businesses enact social distancing measures and follow various restrictions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
5/15 - Additional COVID-19 Test Sites Opening
The County Health and Human Services Agency announced that the region’s COVID-19 testing is expanding, with new sites being added in central and southeastern San Diego.
News County testing sites include:
New State testing sites include:
Current Cases in San Diego County
As of 5 p.m. 5/19:
5/19 - Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery Urges Congress to Pass Emergency Relief for State & Local Governments
Members of Governor Newsom’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery sent a letter to congressional leaders asking them pass $1 trillion in direct relief for state and local governments – funding that is critical to reopening our economies.
A copy of the Task Force’s letter can be found here. Press release here.
5/15 - Governor Newsom Statement on HEROES Act Vote
A copy of Governor Newsom’s statement following the House’s vote on the HEROES Act can be found here.
5/15 - House Passes $3 Trillion Aid Bill (HEROES Act)
The House passed a $3 trillion pandemic relief package on Friday to send aid to struggling state and local governments and another round of direct $1,200 payments to taxpayers.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants
In response to the COVID-19 , California is providing one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status.
This state funding is expected to reach about 150,000 undocumented adults.
More information here.
5/21 at 2 p.m.
Budget Review Committee
5/27 at 5 p.m.
Next COVID-19 Newsletter
County Testing Sites
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Live Well Center at Chula Vista, 690 Oxford Street, Chula Vista, CA 91911
State Managed Sites
Appointment needed via https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m..
Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Dr., El Cajon, CA 92020
Former Sears in Chula Vista, 565 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
North Inland Live Well Center in Escondido, 649 W Mission Ave., Escondido, CA 92025
Call 1-833-KP4CARE (1-833-574-2273) (TTY 711) to talk to a licensed care provider 24/7
Scripps Health Nurses Line
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SHARP Healthcare Nurses Line
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UCSD Health COVID-19 Nurses Line
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