The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with unprecedented challenges and demonstrated our vulnerabilities as a local municipality. Huntington Beach has been one of the heaviest hit areas in the county. With hundreds of residents finding themselves food, housing, and job insecure, we must do our part to help community members and families at the very least have access to basic necessities. We must also help our small business community, which has suffered immensely as a result of the pandemic. Our mom-and-pop shops are a pillar to the local economic engine that makes our city such a great place to live. We must enact policies that help our local businesses adjust to and thrive in today’s economy.
Offering outdoor settings such as city owned parks and property to local businesses who have found it difficult to comply with state mandated orders.
The existing state moratorium on evictions and foreclosure to protect renters and homeowners. I would support expanding the moratorium to small businesses that have been struggling financially due to the pandemic, including those that were forced to shut down.
Coordinating with the County of Orange to expand testing, especially in high-infection zip code areas such as 92647 and 92648.
Using Cares Act funding to support small mom-and-pop landlords that have not received rent from tenants.