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Updated: Nov 19

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Long Beach city officials launch a mobile pop-up service for small businesses providing PPE, laptops, wireless internet devices, printers, and COVID-19 grants.

How it works:

The 'BizCare' mobile pop-ups are accessible to all Long Beach small businesses and are focused on businesses impacted by the pandemic. The pop-ups give small businesses "free one-on-one, in-person support to complete grant applications and learn about other business and community resources, such as loans and free technical assistance."

  • Multilingual translation services are available on-site at each of the pop-ups.

The BizCare pop-ups are currently taking place through Dec. 30, as follows:

  • Mondays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Admiral Kidd Park (2125 Santa Fe Ave.)

  • Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Admiral Kidd Park; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library (5870 Atlantic Ave.)

  • Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library; Mark Twain Neighborhood Library (1401 E. Anaheim St.)

  • Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mark Twain Neighborhood Library

  • Pop-ups at this location will begin on Dec. 2

California Governor Gavin Newsom is facing criticism for attending a lobbyist's birthday party at an elegant French restaurant with several people; the same type of gathering he has dissuaded Californians from during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Why it matters:

Throughout the pandemic, Governor Newsom has pressed the public to abide by COVID-19 health orders like social distancing and reduce meetups between households to slow the virus's spread.

  • The dinner occurred on Nov. 6 at a Franch Laundry restaurant in Yountville in Napa County, and 12 people attended.

  • The gathering was a birthday party for Jason Kinney, a lobbyist from the political consulting firm AXIOM.

  • This week, California became the second state to surpass one million known covid-19 cases. On Nov. 13, Newsom joined Oregon and Washington state governors, urging out-of-state travelers to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival.

What they're saying:

  • In the beginning, the governor's communication director, Nathan Click, defended the governor's attendance at the party, saying Mr. Newsom and Siebel Newsom “followed public health guidelines and the restaurant’s health protocols — all in line with the state’s rules for restaurant operation.” per SF Chronicle.

  • Newsom then issued another statement saying his attendance at the party, “While our family followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions, we should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner.”

  • Molly Weedan, a spokesperson for Kinney, told the L. A Times, “This was a small, intimate, 12-person dinner held outdoors with family and a few close friends to celebrate a 50th birthday,” and “The restaurant was open for normal dining, consistent with state and county health guidance. All of the restaurant safety protocols were adhered to — and the guests followed those protocols.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Monday he had pulled the "emergency brake" on reopening the economy and enacted stiff restrictions in 41 counties, 94.1 % of the state's population — roughly 37 million people, due to a wave of coronavirus infections sweeping through the Golden State.

Where it stands:

For the past few weeks, California has seen a massive community spread of the virus. In the previous ten days, cases have doubled, and last week, California recorded its one-millionth coronavirus case.

  • Counties downgraded to the purple tier include Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Fresno, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa.

  • Last week 13 California counties were on the stringent purple tier; now 41 counties are on the list.

  • California officials reported 13,285 new cases on Monday — a new record, according to the LA Times.

  • LA County recorded 3,780 new cases on Saturday.

  • Newsom also mentioned he is considering a statewide curfew.

What's Next:

Newsom's latest orders mean businesses, who have been struggling since the start of the pandemic, will once again be placed under the strictest purple tier.

  • Restaurants can only offer outdoor dining and takeout service.

  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries that don't provide food are ordered closed.

  • Gyms, movie theaters, museums, zoos, and places of worship could only operate outdoors, those who can't either close or shut down.

  • Gatherings are only allowed outdoors with a maximum of three households.

  • Retailers must drop their capacity to 50%.