COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout – Town Hall

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout – Town Hall

A message from Supervisor Jim Desmond:

Hello and Happy New Year!
My name is Jim Desmond and I’m your representative on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. I’m reaching out ahead of the County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout to invite you to a town-hall this Thursday, January 7th at 10:00 a.m.
The health impacts of COVID-19 have been tragic for so many vulnerable people, their families, and loved ones. While our numbers continue to rise in San Diego County, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The vaccine has arrived in San Diego County and our front-line healthcare workers are starting to receive it.
I’ve received many questions over the past few weeks regarding the vaccine, which is why I will be hosting a virtual town-hall this Thursday at 10 am with our county health officials as we discuss an overview of the Vaccine Rollout plan for San Diego County and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Space is limited, so make sure to sign up at and secure your spot!
In the meantime, if there’s anything I can do to help, or if you have questions, please contact my office. My email is and my office number is 619-531-5555. I have a wonderful staff that will be able to assist with any of your needs.


California Relief Grant – Assistance Events

California Relief Grant – Assistance Events

COVID SB Relief Grant

As a partner of the San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network, we are here to help make sure you can complete your application for the California Relief Grant. There are recorded webinars and live webinars, available in English, Spanish, and other languages too. Visit [] to learn more and to sign up for a live or recorded webinar!


These are all the webinars that are coming up, including recorded webinars as well.


English, Live – Jan 4 at 1 pm []

Arabic, Live – Jan 5 at 10 am []

Spanish, Live – Jan 5 at 11 am []

Spanish, Live – Jan 5 at 1 pm []

Swahili, Live – Jan 5 at 3 pm []

English, Live – Jan 6 at 1 pm []

Spanish, Live – Jan 7 at 1 pm []


We also have recorded webinars (on-demand)

English, on demand []

Spanish, on demand []

Arabic, on demand []

Also, as a specialty, we have with the San Diego Foundation, have California Relief Grant for Nonprofits [] on January 5 at 11 am.


If you would like more information on any of the individual events, please go to our calendar.

COVID-19 Relief Package Now Available

On December 27, President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. This package includes supporting crucial elements of our economy, including stimulus checks for individuals, support for small businesses, vaccine distribution, and more.

On Tuesday, December 29, the news was released that the latest round of COVID-19 stimulus payments will begin. As the second round of stimulus checks are being dispersed, Americans can expect a $600 stimulus for individuals who meet income requirements. Couples can receive up to $1,200 and eligible families can receive $600 per child.

The legislation provides more than $300 billion in aid for small businesses. Out of this aid, $284 billion is allocated to Paycheck Protection Program loans (PPP), $12 billion towards to minority-owned business and $15 billion to live venues, theaters, and cultural institutions. Businesses can apply whether or not they have received these loans in the past. This bill includes set-asides for small businesses (less than 10 employees), making these loans more accessible for small businesses.

With the United States beginning a first wave of COVID-19 vaccinations, part of this package focuses on funding the development and distribution of the vaccine. $16 billion has been set aside for this, aiming to eventually put an end to the pandemic. To learn more about these payments and eligibility requirements, please click here

If you need technical assistance, the CSDBCC in partnership with the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) will be offering free workshops until the closing of application on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. To register, please take a look at our upcoming events here.

$500 Million Grant Relief Program Available on Wednesday 12/30

$500 Million Grant Relief Program Available on Wednesday 12/30

Covid 19 - Relief for Black Business Owners

Grant Relief Program Available

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) is administering the $500 million grant program. On November 30th, the Governor and the Legislature approved assistance for grants ranging from $5,0000 up to $25,000 for eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.

Please be advised: Applications are only open from Wednesday December 30th – Friday January 8th. Visit now to begin preparing your documents needed to apply.

Mayor Faulconer’s ‘Streateries’ and ‘Streetail’ Wins Council Approval

Mayor Faulconer’s ‘Streateries’ and ‘Streetail’ Wins Council Approval


SAN DIEGO – Continuing to deliver relief to San Diego restaurants and retail businesses impacted by COVID-19, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer won unanimous City Council approval Tuesday to expand outdoor dining and retail options for local businesses as they recovery amid a global pandemic.

The vote follows Mayor Faulconer’s July 7 Executive Order which waived permitting and parking requirements for the temporary use of sidewalks and private parking lots as outdoor dining and retail venues to increase space for physical distancing by patrons and employees. This vote not only cements protocols enacted under the Executive Order but also allows businesses to utilize adjacent on-street parking to operate while also waiving a majority of permitting fees, allowing businesses to transition faster and recover sooner.

“Our local restaurant and retail owners have shown incredible resolve and resilience throughout this pandemic. Many of those small businesses have been among the hardest hit and San Diegans are ready to support them safely and responsibly,” Mayor Faulconer said. “The response we’ve seen to outdoor dining has been overwhelmingly positive, and this ordinance opens up so many more options for our small businesses as they work hard to rebound and recover.”

Recent state directives have further limited indoor activities, placing additional burdens on businesses that have already made significant investments to follow reopening health requirements, including staff training and additional protective equipment. This directive is expected to affect up to 4,000 restaurants in San Diego, which employ more than 55,000 individuals in the City.

The ordinance will encourage eateries and retail to recover lost revenue by transforming into “streateries” and “streetail” by allowing businesses to expand onto on-street parking spaces, sidewalks and parking lots. There is no Development Services Department application or fee for a business to expand operations into a private parking lot.

Previously, securing an outdoor Sidewalk Café permit could cost businesses more than $1,000 and take several months to process. This ordinance will help reduce applicant costs and streamline the review process to deliver relief faster, expediting San Diego’s economic recovery while prioritizing San Diegans’ health.

“Small businesses account for 98 percent of San Diego companies. Needless to say, the impact COVID-19 is having on our small, independent, and family-owned businesses is monumental. Outdoor dining gives businesses a fighting chance to make it another day, and I applaud Mayor Faulconer for his innovative efforts,” said City Councilmember Chris Cate, Chair of the Council’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.


Additionally, Mayor Faulconer’s ordinance allocates $300,000 to further assist businesses by absorbing permitting costs for the first 500 businesses that apply with remaining applicants paying significantly reduced fees. Part of the funding allocation is specifically for outreach and education on the program for small and disadvantaged businesses to help them successfully participate in this temporary program.

The City will enter into a nonprofit agreement with the Strategic Alliance of San Diego Ethnic Chambers of Commerce – a team comprised of the Asian Business Association of San Diego, the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce, and the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – to provide informational materials in multiple languages, target hard-to-reach communities and disadvantaged businesses, and coordinate the distribution of information with community partners.


“The Strategic Alliance of Ethnic Chambers of Commerce is proud to support Mayor Faulconer’s expansion of outdoor dining,” said Donna DeBerry, who represents the Strategic Alliance of Ethnic Chambers of Commerce. “Working together to support communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 will help restaurants in these communities recover and continue to contribute to this vibrant economic and cultural landscape in San Diego.”


Upon implementation the Mayor’s ordinance will:

  • Allow outdoor business operations for dining and retail in parking lots, on-street parking spaces, and sidewalks as well as neighboring business frontage with written permission of neighboring business owner
    • Waive parking requirements so businesses can make use of private parking lots to place dining furniture and displays, among other retail operations
    • Streamline and cut red tape for sidewalk cafés
    • Allow “Pedestrian Plazas” to take over on-street parking for expanded outdoor dining and retail
    • Allow business improvement districts to issue Sidewalk Café permits for an expanded area of the sidewalk
  • Waive special event permit fees to allow nonprofit applicants to close streets and conduct business outdoors faster and cheaper
    • Waive special event application processing fees, late fees, and fire inspection fees for street closures
    • Retroactive fee waivers for applicants that were previously approved for an outdoor dining special event permit after May 1, 2020
  • Broaden allowances and reduce required permit for temporary signs so that small businesses can place banners, A-frame signage in the right of way, public health reminders, and other informational signs outdoors on sidewalks while maintaining ADA access
  • Allow for expanded wholesale distribution of food, beverages, and groceries directly to consumers while allowing for social distancing
  • Preserve mobility, safety and emergency access for pedestrians, and preserve requirements that ADA access and path of travel be maintained at all times
  • Require full compliance with all State and County Health Orders and guidance

More information on outdoor dining and retail requirements and how to apply for a permit can be found on the Development Services Department website.