The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is holding press conferences on COVID-19 Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4:30 p.m. on Channel 20 and YouTube at "CSBTV 20."
Updated April 3, 2020
View's the City's list of COVID-19 Resources for the Goleta Community.
The City of Goleta is encouraging community members to Stay Safe and Stay Home following California Governor Gavin Newsom’s March 19, 2020 order. The Governor ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain operations of the 16 federal critical infrastructure sectors. The Stay at Home Executive Order is an effort to preserve the public health and safety and to ensure the healthcare delivery system is capable of serving all while prioritizing those at the highest risk and vulnerability.
In response to the Governor’s Order, City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte issued the following statement: “The City of Goleta is committed to taking all possible steps to ensure our community's health and safety during these challenging times. It is doing so in close cooperation with County, State and Federal authorities.
She added, “The City remains committed to maintaining vital and essential services for our residents. We are also committed to maximizing communications with up-to-date information to residents on matters pertaining to public safety, health facilities and availability of services. All forms of communication will be used to get these messages across.”
Key Points of the Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order
- Everyone is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, go to an essential job, or for outdoor recreation.
- Going outside for fresh air or recreation, such as walking, hiking, biking are allowed and beneficial to one’s well-being.
- If you go outside, keep at least 6 feet of distance between persons at all times. [Learn more about social distancing on trails and open spaces in Goleta here.]
- Essential services will remain open, such as:
- Gas stations
- Grocery stores
- Farmers markets
- Food banks
- Convenience stores
- Takeout and delivery at food serving facilities, such as restaurants
- Laundromats/laundry facilities
City Services Update
The City will hold its first Virtual City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. Learn how to participate here.
In response to trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19, City Hall has taken significant measures which continue to evolve as the situation changes. City Hall Reception Office and Planning and Building Counters are CLOSED to visitors. In addition, all non-essential meetings, including Board and Commission meetings, have been cancelled until further notice. The Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries are also CLOSED. The due date for all books has been extended to May 4, and there will be no overdue fees during this time period. There are a number of digital options available for library patrons, learn more here. In addition, access to play structures and exercise equipment in all City parks, beaches and open space is prohibited. The skatepark at Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park at 170 S. Kellogg Avenue is closed as well. While we know this is a hardship on our community, the City is doing its part to comply with the Governor’s Order and to limit exposure of the novel coronavirus on hard surfaces. Please scroll down to City Services (below) for more information on all City departments and more.
Previous Action Taken by the City of Goleta
Goleta City Council took emergency action at the March 17, 2020, Council meeting to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants are limited to take-out and delivery; bars, theaters, bowling alley, etc... are ordered to close; access to play structures prohibited; moratorium on evictions issued. Read the full press release here. To view the resolution approved at the March 17, 2020, Council meeting, click here (Resolution 20-18: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Goleta, California, Confirming the Existence of a Local Emergency with Attendant Orders).
On March 14, City Manager Michelle Greene proclaimed a local emergency and it was ratified by the Goleta City Council on March 17. The proclamation will enhance the City’s ability to access federal and state dollars for COVID-19 response.
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Latest News
As of April 3, Santa Barbara County Public Health confirmed 152 COVID-19 cases in the County. For the latest information visit the SBC Public Health information portal here: https://publichealthsbc.org/. Scroll down to the section Previous City Emails for more information from Public Health.
In order to help protect the health and safety of our community, the City is implementing enhanced measures to limit transmission between employees and between employees and the public. The actions below have been updated as of March 20, 2020, to incorporate the Governor's stay at home order issued for the state of California.
- Even though City Hall is closed, it’s important to know that City Staff are working remotely and are available by e-mail or phone.Desk Reception is open during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday) by calling 805-961-7500. Messages will be forwarded to the appropriate departments.
- Any service requests from the public can be made by using our City Assist System. We monitor this system Monday-Friday during regular business hours.
- City Council meetings are going virtual. The community is encouraged to watch the meetings live on Channel 19 or https://tinyurl.com/GoletaMeetings, beginning Tuesday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. You can also participate by phone or email. Learn more here.
- The Goleta Valley and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries are CLOSED. This includes the book drops; the date due for all checked out items is May 4. There will be no overdue fees for any items during this time period. Community members are encouraged to take advantage of free online resources and e-materials, such as e-books, audio books, and movies. Go to www.GoletaValleyLibrary.org to learn more.
- The Planning and Building Counter is CLOSED for in-person consultations, but the public can communicate with staff via email or phone. The City can only accept and process materials electronically. Paper submittals via drop-off or mail will no longer be accepted.
- The City is now doing virtual inspections via webcam, where possible. Click here for more information.
- Public Works is conducting inspections on private development projects related to health and safety.
- All other inspections typically performed by Building, Planning, and Public Works are temporarily suspended.
- Public Works is monitoring incoming winter storms and creek levels will continue to operate and maintain all public infrastructure and facilities.
- The Finance Department has suspended counter service but is accepting e-mail submissions for items such as business applications.
- Access to play structures and exercise equipment in all City parks, beaches and open space is prohibited.
- The skatepark at Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park at 170 S. Kellogg Avenue is closed as well.
- The City is working on a system to conduct virtual City Council meetings and will announce a plan and how the public can participate in these meetings in the near future.The public is encouraged to watch City Council meetings the first and third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. live on Channel 19 or on our website at https://tinyurl.com/GoletaMeetings. Public comment can be e-mailed to the City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org and will be reviewed by Council if submitted by noon the day prior to the scheduled meeting.
- The Goleta Community Center is CLOSED to programming with the exception of food distribution.
- Stow Grove Park reservations are cancelled with no new reservations through April 30th.
- Special Event Permits issued for the months of March and April are being cancelled and no new permits are being issued through April 30th.
- To reach a City department by telephone during regular business hours, please use the directory below and calls will be routed accordingly. A full staff directory is available here. Leave a message for staff and they will respond as soon as possible.
City Hall Department Directory (805) 961-7500 Planning & Environmental Review Information Desk (805) 961-7543 Building & Safety Permits (805) 961-7552 Building Inspection Request Line (805) 961-7550 Business Licenses - Finance Department (805) 961-7530 Public Works (805) 968-6843
The City of Goleta is working closely with our partner agencies who are providing resources to businesses. We have put together the links below:
- Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board COVID-19 Business Resource Guide. The SBCWDB is available to answer employment questions at COVIDbiz@countyofsb.org.
- U.S. Small Business Association (SBA): https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
- COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County Expanded: The Santa Barbara Foundation, United Way of Santa Barbara County, and the Hutton Parker Foundation are leading a countywide funders’ collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable. This COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County announced today that they will provide over $1 million in assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively assisting members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information visit https://www.sbfoundation.org/covid-19-response-grants/.
- COVID-19 Santa Barbara County Non-Profit Resources from the Santa Barbara Foundation
We know this is a stressful time. Review these important tips from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department on how to take care of your mental health during this crisis.
- Practicing mindfulness and relaxation exercises
- Stay connected by phone and electronically
- Keep current connections strong
- Stay informed through reliable sources
- Limit your screen time
- Eat healthy and drink plenty of water
- Call elderly and house-bound friends and neighbors to see how they are feeling. Bring them meals and special treats, being mindful of their vulnerability and susceptibility.
- Play board games with your kids
- Read to your children and have them read to you
- Take on a home project, paint that wall that you have been thinking about
- Work in the garden
- Have push-up contests or do yoga together
- Make special meals and involve the whole family, eat healthy!
- Get outside – go for walks, runs, and hikes (maintain social distancing)
We are wired to be socially connected. Doing so safely requires diligence and creativity. Keeping a positive and informed perspective that we will get through this, together, is critical to reducing the emotional impacts and continuing to create resiliency.
City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said, “It’s important that we stay connected and support one another. Call and check on people who are on your mind to let them know you are thinking of them. We are fortunate to live in a tight-knit community that looks out for each other.”
The best thing you can do at this time is to follow the prevention and treatment guidelines from the Center for Disease Control:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
MTD to Further Reduce Bus Service Beginning Monday, April 6
Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, Santa Barbara MTD will be lowering service levels further in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This reduction is due to the Governor’s continued stay at home order intended to flatten the curve of COVID- 19 cases, reduced ridership, and MTD workforce constraints.
These reductions are in addition to the ones enacted as of March 19, 2020, on several lines associated with area educational institutions, in light of these schools ceasing campus operations for the remaining 2019-20 school year. Those reductions included the following:
- Line 15x (SBCC/UCSB Express)- No service Line 16 (SBCC Shuttle)- No service
- Line 28 (UCSB Shuttle)- No service
- Booster services- No service
- Line 27 (Isla Vista Shuttle)- Alternative “UCSB out” service as published in the schedule guide and online
These service reductions will continue until further notice.
In addition to the reductions above, additional service reductions will occur. Beginning the morning of Monday, April 6, 2020, the following additional service changes will go into effect, until further notice:
- Line 10 (Cathedral Oaks)- No service
- Line 30 (Downtown Shuttle)- No service
- Line 34 (Waterfront Shuttle)- No service
- Line 36 (Seaside Shuttle)- No service
- Line 37 (Crosstown Shuttle)- No service
These lines serve areas in Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria, but all three areas will still have active transit service. Passengers with questions about schedules and affected routes can call (805) 963-3366 for assistance.
Social Distancing and Loads on Buses
In order to minimize contact between bus operators and passengers at the front door and farebox area, passengers are directed to use the rear door of the bus for boarding and alighting. Passengers using mobility devices or who need the ramp will be allowed to board and alight from the front door of the vehicle. Because of this, MTD is not currently collecting fares.
In an additional effort to maintain social distancing onboard all MTD buses, strict load limits are in place at this time. Drivers are limiting loads to the following: 8 passengers on a 40 foot bus and 5 passengers on a 30 foot bus. Due to this load restriction, a bus may pass up a person waiting at a bus stop if the amount of passengers onboard has already reached the limit.
Transit Center Customer Service
Customer Service functions are still available via phone at (805) 963-3366, and electronically via email to email@example.com, the www.sbmtd.gov website, and all MTD social media channels (@santabarbaramtd on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram).
Customer service still operates on normal Transit Center business hours (Monday through Friday, 6am to 7pm, and weekends, 9am to 5pm), At this time there are no walk-up sales, person-to-person transactions, or Ticket Vending Machines available at the Transit Center.
The public is reminded to stay home if they are sick, follow proper health hygiene practices, and maintain appropriate social distance on buses, at the Transit Center, and at bus stops. Due to the Governor’s stay at home order, only people making essential trips or going to work in essential industries should be riding the bus at this time.
The California Grocers Association wants everyone to Please Buy Smart & Don’t Overfill Your Cart.
They have provided ten tips to help ensure a safe shopping experience for everyone:
- Only visit the grocery store when it’s essential, and then buy only what you need for one week, or a little more. Be creative with what you have on hand before going to the store and don’t overbuy. There is enough for all if we keep shopping patterns normal.
- Wash or disinfect your re-usable grocery bags after each use. For your safety, some grocers ask that you bag your groceries if using reusable bags, while others have decided to temporarily not allow reusable bags to be brought into their stores.
- Help reduce store crowding. Don’t bring extra people on your visit to the store if at all possible.
- Practice social distancing within the store. The CDC guideline is 6-feet – the safe distance to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. An average grocery cart is 3-feet long, so keep a distance of two grocery carts between you and others.
- Inspect produce with your eyes, not your hands. To avoid unnecessary handling of fruits and vegetables use a produce bag to make your selection.
- Avoid unnecessary handling of all items in store. Try not to pick up cans or boxes or other products unless you plan to buy. Let your eyes guide your choice.
- Don’t crowd the checkstand.
- Keep your distance from the person in front of you. As a courtesy, some grocers have marked the floors in and around the checkout area to assist you in keeping a safe distance.
- Wait until the customer in front of you has finished collecting their groceries before unloading your groceries at the checkstand.
- Treat grocery employees with kindness. They are working hard to provide everyone with safe access to the food and supplies they need. Be patient as they go about their work including additional cleaning protocols and consider acknowledging them with a big “thank you”.
- Be aware of your store’s special hours or procedures. Many grocers are offering special shopping hours exclusively for seniors or other vulnerable populations. Check out your store’s website or call in advance.
- Allow for extra time. Some stores are queuing customers outside their main entrance to reduce crowding within the store.
For more information, please go to https://enoughforallca.com/.
City of Goleta
The COVID-19 situation is evolving and the City will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary. Stay up to date on COVID-19 news and information from the City by signing up for email and/or text updates, and by following us on Facebook (@CityofGoleta), Twitter (@GoletaPIO) and Instagram (@CityofGoleta).
County of Santa Barbara & Public Health
County Public Health: www.PublicHealthSBC.org, Twitter and Facebook
County of Santa Barbara: www.CountyofSB.org, Twitter, Facebook
County Information Line: (833) 688-5551, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
2-1-1 Call Center: Dial 211 or outside the area, call (800) 400-1572
Recorded Information Line: (805) 681-4373
Behavioral Wellness 24/7 Access Line: (888) 868-1649
- April 3, 2020: New Cases of COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Santa Barbara County - April 3, 2020
- April 2, 2020: New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Santa Barbara County
- April 2, 2020: Goleta City Council Meetings Go Virtual
- April 2, 2020: Santa Barbara County Announces Death of Patient with COVID-19
- April 1, 2020: Watch Important Video Message from Mayor Paula Perotte
- April 1, 2020: MTD to Further Reduce Bus Service Beginning Monday, April 6
- March 31, 2020: New Cases of COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Santa Barbara County - March 31, 2020
- March 31, 2020: COVID-19 Summary for March 31, 2020, from SB County Public Health
- March 31, 2020: New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Santa Barbara County
- March 30, 2020: Santa Barbara County COVID-19 Update for March 30, 2020
- March 29, 2020: New Cases of COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Santa Barbara County - March 29, 2020
- March 29, 2020: COVID-19 Update for March 29, 2020, from SB County Public Health
- March 28, 2020: Public Health Announces New COVID-19 Cases and Partnership to Accept Personal Protective Equipment
- March 28, 2020: COVID-19 Update for March 28, 2020, from SB County Public Health
- March 27, 2020: New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed Including Two Cases in the City of Goleta
- March 27, 2020: COVID-19 Resources for the Goleta Community
- March 26, 2020: New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Santa Barbara County
- March 26, 2020: Foodbank Launches SAFE Food Net
- March 24, 2020: Social Distancing on Trails and Open Spaces During COVID-19
- March 23, 2020: Access to Play Structures, Exercise Equipment and the Skatepark is Prohibited
- March 22, 2020: Five New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Santa Barbara County
- March 21, 2020: Four New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in SB County and Important Reminders Issued
- March 21, 2020: Updates to the Goleta Library System During Stay at Home Order
- March 20, 2020: Mayor of Goleta Assures Public of City’s Commitments Following Stay at Home Executive Order
- March 19, 2020: Governor Gavin Newsom Issues Stay at Home Order for all of California
- March 19, 2020: Additional Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Santa Barbara County & Health Order Issued
- March 19, 2020: Public Encouraged to Take Advantage of All the Goleta Library System has to Offer During Closure
- March 18, 2020: Information to Share from Allied Agencies
- March 18, 2020: The Latest COVID-19 Announcements from SB Public Health Department & Sheriff's Office - March 18, 2020
- March 18, 2020: Goleta City Council Takes Emergency Action to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
- March 17, 2020: Goleta City Council to Practice Social Distancing at Tonight’s City Council Meeting and Will Consider Several COVID-19 Emergency Matters
- March 17, 2020: Two Important COVID-19 Announcements from Santa Barbara Public Health Department
- March 17, 2020: Santa Barbara County Animal Services' Response to COVID-19
- March 16, 2020: City of Goleta Proclaims Local Emergency and Implements Enhanced Measures to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19
- March 15, 2020: First COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Santa Barbara County and Potential Exposure in Isla Vista
- March 13, 2020: Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries CLOSED Until Further Notice
- March 13, 2020: Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries Suspend Programming Through End of April
- March 13, 2020: City of Goleta Response to COVID-19
- March 11, 2020: SB County Public Health Releases Coronavirus Disease Information Portal for Community
- March 7, 2020: Santa Barbara County Public Health Releases COVID-19 Preparedness Info
- March 6, 2020: City of Goleta Continues to Monitor Coronavirus Situation
- February 29, 2020: City of Goleta Monitors Coronavirus Status and Works With Health Officials
Additional Resources & Information
Below is a list of resources by category the City has gathered for the Goleta Community. Sign up to receive email/text updates on COVID-19 from the City of Goleta at https://tinyurl.com/goletacovid19 or text GOLETA COVID19 to 468311.
District Attorney Warns
of Scams Related to Coronavirus
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley is informing the public that scams related to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are rapidly increasing as the public health emergency continues. Read the full article in Noozhawk.
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Information Portal
Press Conferences Monday-Friday at 4:30pm on Channel 20 and YouTube
Santa Barbara County Call Center: (833) 688-5551, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2-1-1 Call Center: In 805 – Dial 211; Outside 805 – (800) 400-1572
Santa Barbara County Recorded Information Line: (805) 681-4373
Behavioral Wellness 24/7 Access Line: (888) 868-1649
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and utilities under its jurisdiction are supporting communities during these challenging times.
California Public Utilities Commission
With most Californians staying at home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, residential energy use has increased by 15 to 20% (for electric) and 5 to 50% (for gas) and utility bills will go up. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is working to help consumers manage their energy bills and usage.
Customers who have lost their income should call their utility today to receive a 20 to 35% discount on their bills through the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program and/or the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program: www.cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=976. The CPUC has a similar program for telecommunication customers, California LifeLine: www.cpuc.ca.gov/lifeline
Additionally, CPUC has worked with utilities to provide the Climate Credit in April, which will help off-set higher bills.The Climate Credit is from a state program that requires electricity providers, natural gas providers, and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution permits. The credit is the utilities’ customer’s share of the payments from the program.
CPUC is working on additional actions to help reduce the impacts of increased residential demand on energy bills during the summer months including the possibility of additional bill credits and changes to the overall rate structures.
Finally, there are also simple, no-cost energy behaviors that can help save Californians energy and money during this difficult time:
- On cooler days, set thermostats to 68 or lower during the day/62 at night
- Unplug unused devices and/or turn off power strips
- Open blinds/curtains on sunny days to avoid using too many lights
- Wait to use dishwasher when it’s full
- Turn down screen brightness and use eco-mode features on work from home and entertainment devices
Below is information on local utilities and services:
Southern California Edison
Southern California Edison (SCE) has put together a Community Resource Guide, available here. SCE has announced that it is suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees, effective immediately, for residential and business customers impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Programs for income-qualified customers are available at sce.com/billhelp or by calling 1-800-655-4555.
Learn about bill payment options and services during COVID-19 here. If your household income has recently changed, you may now qualify for 20% off your natural gas bill with CARE. Apply online at socalgas.com/CARE. Late payment fees are being waived for Small Business Customers. Please contact SoCalGas for more information and view their customer information flyer here.
Effective Monday, March 16, COX Communications is providing:
- Limited-time, first month free of Connect2Compete service, $9.95/month thereafter.
- Until May 15, 2020, they are providing phone and remote desktop support through Cox Complete Care at no charge to provide peace of mind and ease for technology needs.
- Resources for discounted, refurbished equipment through their association with PCs for People.
MarBorg’s regularly scheduled trash collection services are continuing, but the Buy Back Center locations have been closed, this includes the Goleta Recycling Center at 20 David Love Place.
Customer Service assistance is available at 805-963-1852 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Mon-Fri – 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Santa Barbara MTD has lowered service levels on several lines associated with area educational institutions, in light of these schools ceasing campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, as of March 19, all MTD fixed-route bus service will be provided free of charge until further notice. Passengers without disabilities will be directed to use the rear door of the vehicle for boarding and alighting to minimize contact with bus operators at the front door and farebox area. Passengers using mobility devices or who need the ramp will be allowed to board and alight from the front door of the vehicle.
The following service changes are now in effect:
- No Line 15x (SBCC/UCSB Express) Service
- No Line 16 (SBCC Shuttle) Service
- No Line 28 (UCSB Shuttle) Service
- Line 27 (Isla Vista Shuttle) will operate on the “UCSB out” alternate schedule as published in the schedule guide
- No booster service to Junior Highs, High Schools, or Alpha Resource Center
Call (805) 963-3366 for assistance.For the full list of utilities and services, please visit https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/covid.
This is an especially tough time for our local businesses. You can help support them by ordering take-out and delivery. Noozhawk and The Restaurant Guy have put together a list of restaurants offering these services within the County. You can also buy a gift card to use at a later date. This helps restaurants (and shops) keep money coming in and gives you something to look forward to using in the future.
KEYT also has an online directory of businesses still open, click here to search it.
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County continues its work to provide enough healthy food to everyone who needs it in Santa Barbara County as the Covid-19 crisis unfolds. The Foodbank’s initiative is called Safe Access to Food for Everyone (SAFE) Food Net.
Food Bank South County, 4554 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara CA 93110
(805) 967-5741, Mon. – Fri.: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., https://foodbanksbc.org/
The following Agencies on Aging are responsible for planning and administering services for seniors across the state.
528 S Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454, (805) 925-9554, https://centralcoastseniors.org/
Meals for Seniors
If you are or know of a senior who is in need of a meal now or in the near future, visit Meals on Wheels of America to contact your local resources: www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/find-meals
Santa Barbara County Economic Recovery (readysbc.org)
California is committed to assisting workers hurt by COVID-19, read below for resources that may fit your situation.
Sick or Quarantined
If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. The executive order issued by the Governor waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
If you have lost your job or have had your hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19, please visit https://edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Filing_a_Claim.htm
If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
Parents of children that have to miss work due to school closures may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.
All information and resources can be found at labor.ca.gov/Coronavirus2019.
Local Hotel Day Rates
The Goleta Chamber of Commerce has put together a list of local hotels offering a day-rate for local employees who need a private room to work remote during the day. Click here for the current offers and rates our local hotels are providing.
The Small Business Administration will provide disaster loans up to $2 Million to small businesses in need. The agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country.
For additional information, contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail email@example.com.
To apply and see if your business qualifies for a loan, please visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
In addition, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the COVID-19 outbreak: https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/
Santa Barbara County Economic Recovery (readysbc.org)
Santa Barbara Foundation & Partners
The Santa Barbara Foundation (SBF) and the United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) announced a partnership that will provide financial support to address the needs of individuals and families in Santa Barbara County as well as the nonprofits who serve them. To support the efforts of the nonprofit community, the Santa Barbara Foundation is organizing webinars and organizations by topic areas that have been identified by grantees and other social sector partners; you can find the list of webinars at https://www.sbfoundation.org/sbf-events/
Teleconference Town Hall 2: Worker Protections - listen to here: https://tinyurl.com/ryeht7v
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Congressman Salud Carbajal and Assemblywoman Monique Limon invited the community to attend a teleconference town hall on 3/25 to learn about the state programs available to workers affected by COVID-19 as well as your rights under state law.
The discussion included the differences between Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance, and Paid Family Leave, how to determine which program applies to you, and how to file a claim info on worker rights and protections.
Questions for the California Department of Education (CDE) about an emergency?
Related issues may be directed to EmergencyServices@cde.ca.gov.
SB 117 (urgency measure): The bill contains changes for education programs that ensure local educational agencies continue to receive funding during the COVID-19 emergency and allow for flexibility for local educational agencies to continue to provide educational options to their students. It addresses school district funding, afterschool programs, child development programs, special education, and English learners, among other topics.
California Department of Education Guidance:
The CDE has issued guidance related to the following topics, and plans to update the information every Friday:
- Distance learning
- Ways to gain access to the internet
- Special education
- Nutrition and student meals
- Child care and student supervision
- Special education: U.S. Department of Education guidance
Executive Orders Regarding the CDE:
- March 18 Executive Order: The order suspends standardized testing and seeks federal waivers.
- March 13 Executive Order: The order provides that even if schools close temporarily because of COVID-19, school districts must:
- Continue delivering high-quality educational opportunities to students through other options, distance learning and independent study;
- Safely provide school meals through the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option, consistent with the requirements of the California Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture;
- To the extent practicable, arrange for supervision for students during ordinary school hours
- Continue to pay employees.
Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency through May 11, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration has the authority to assist individuals and businesses impacted by complying with a state or local public health official's imposition or recommendation of social distancing measures related to COVID-19. This assistance includes granting extensions for filing returns and making payments, relief from interest and penalties, and filing a claim for refund.
Taxpayers may request assistance by contacting the CDTFA. Requests for relief of interest or penalties or requesting an extension for filing a return may be made through their online services. More information here.
With a few exceptions, undocumented workers qualify for benefits and remedies provided to workers by both federal and California law. More information: https://legalaidatwork.org/factsheet/undocumented-workers-employment-rights/
Undocumented people still qualify for emergency Medi-Cal. More information.
The 805 UndocuFund is a collective effort among Ventura and Santa Barbara County-based grassroots organizations to assist local undocumented immigrant individuals and families who are excluded from federally funded safety net programs; that have been economically impacted by the loss of their homes, wages, and/or employment due to disasters in our community like wildfires, mudslides, and COVID-19.
They are currently fundraising and hiring staff to serve the community. They will open applications to receive assistance soon.
United Boys & Girls Clubs
United Boys and Girls Clubs are a Food Bank Distribution site during this time. They could use volunteers to help bag canned goods. The Goleta location (5701 Hollister Ave) has two shifts: 11::30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Volunteer: https://sbbucketbrigade.org/volunteer/
- Need help? Click here: https://sbbucketbrigade.org/need-help/
Urgent shortage: donors needed. If you are healthy and able please consider donating blood now. As this disease continues to spread there will be significantly less people able to donate.
- Vitalant, (877) 25-VITAL, https://www.vitalant.org/Home.aspx
- American Red Cross, (800) RED CROSS, www.redcrossblood.org
Help One Another
Goleta is a caring community, and there has never been a time that we need each more than now. Check on your neighbors, specifically the most vulnerable, to see if they need help. You may be able to pick up groceries for them or set them up with technology. Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines. Keep in touch with family and friends through text messages and video chat.