City Services: The City’s Community Development Department is offering services electronically and/or remotely. This includes accepting new applications and issuing permits. Guidance is available on our webpage for applicants. Reminders: The spring session of recreation classes running from April 6th through June 6th is currently postponed. While the City is continuing to perform street sweeping weekly, the City will not be enforcing parking restrictions related to that service.
State: The Governor signed an Executive Order updating his previous order regarding residential evictions through May 31 and outlined a process by which a tenant can request relief from a landlord. Read the Governor’s statement and the text of the Order here. He also announced that financial institutions will provide major financial relief for millions of Californians suffering financially as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Californians economically impacted by COVID-19 may receive 90-day grace periods to make mortgage payments. To read more about the plan click here.
The State has launched a webpage linked here targeted at businesses and employers to provide information on several assistance programs. The page also links to Federal small business stimulus programs such as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance, Paycheck Protection Program and Small Business Debt Relief.
Governor Gavin Newsom is asking retired doctors and medical students to help with the anticipated surge of coronavirus cases. His Executive Order can be found here. To meet this moment sign up for the California Health Corps by clicking here.
The “Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.” includes a statewide hotline — 833-544-2374 — in coordination with the non-profit local 2-1-1 systems, so that Californians have a one-stop shop to answer their questions and get assistance during this crisis. More information about this program can be found here.
Federal: Apple and CDC, together with the White House and FEMA, launched a new website and app with a COVID-19 screening tool and resources to help people protect their health. That can be found here. The President has also updated his 15 days to slow the spread to 30 days, that document can be found here. Social distancing orders are in place until April 30th.
County of Orange: The County of Orange has announced the launch of the Great Plates Delivered program to support seniors and local businesses needing assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. The County will partner with multiple local food providers to deliver three nutritious meals a day to adults 65 and older and adults 60-64 who are at high-risk from COVID-19, to support them staying home and healthy. For more information about this program call (714) 480-6500 or click here.
Dana Point Harbor: Dana Point Harbor is in alignment with State and local guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. There is no beach access parking in the Harbor. The remaining public parking lots remain open for essential workers and food pick-up only. Boater designated parking lots are for boater parking only. Dana Point Harbor’s Essential Businesses including restaurants offering take-out and delivery service will remain open. For customer convenience, they have set up pick-up and delivery zones marked for each tenant. All public parking areas, some restrooms, picnic areas, seating areas, and the Baby Beach Pier are closed. The Marina at Dana Point is open, including guest slips. Embarcadero at Dana Point is open, including the launch ramp. Dana Point Fuel Dock will be open daily 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., service is by appointment only. For more information about Harbor operations during COVID-19 and contact information for Essential Services and Businesses, please click here.
2020 Census: 2020 Census online survey and phone response lines are wide open. The phone line is 844-330-2020 and the online survey can be accessed here.
Treasurer-Tax Collector Freidenrich has announced she will grant penalty relief for property taxpayers as allowed by existing State Law for taxpayers that fail to make a timely property tax payment. More information on this announcement can be found here.
Dana Point Social Security Office: On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the Social Security Administration closed ALL local Social Security offices to the public for in-person service. With offices closed, the agency encourages the public to access services online. You can go online to apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card, or print a benefit verification letter. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions section.
U.S. Representative Mike Levin’s office is also available to assist with accessing Federal resources and information about programs and benefits. His office can be reached at (760) 599-5000 or here.
Dana Point Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber has a great website offering resources and recommendations for business assistance and a list of restaurants offering takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery in Dana Point: https://danapointchamber.com/
Business Impacts - Unemployment Benefits: The City has compiled information for both employers and workers regarding resources and programs related to labor impacts. Visit our website here to learn more.
Orange County Transportation Authority: OCTA will temporarily implement a Sunday Service Schedule on all days, along with regular Stationlink and iShuttle service, until further notice. View and download the entire Bus Book with routes, fares and schedules.
Capistrano Unified School District: The District has extended school closures through the end of the school year. For additionalupdates check out their resources page by clicking here.
South Coast Water District is asking everyone to be mindful and not flush wipes and other non-flushable items down toilets. Having fully operational wastewater services is critical to containing COVID-19 and protecting our community from other public health risks. More information can be found here.
Tax Filings: California State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced she has added new resource lists on tax relief and food access to the State Treasurer’s website, which already includes a list of resources for small businesses. View the tax relief list here, the food list here, and the small business list here. The federal deadline to file taxes has been extended to July 15th. The State deadline which was previously pushed to June 15th is now July 15th.
Volunteer Opportunities: Our non-profits are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle. To support their activities, Orange County has activated its virtual Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) managed by OneOC. Social distancing of 6 feet or more and personal protective measures to prevent close contact are in place. To volunteer, please visit https://volunteers.oneoc.org/
California State Guard (CSG) has an urgent request for volunteers who are ready and willing to serve their fellow citizens. The CSG is looking for volunteers that are willing to join the CSG now and for the long-term. This isn’t a one-time effort; it is a chance to make a difference here in California. The CSG needs individuals with the following skills: ASE certified automotive and diesel mechanics and technicians, FAA certified aviation airframe and powerplant mechanics and technicians, Marine powerplant and hull mechanics and technicians, Medics/Corpsmen/EMT, Healthcare professionals and Cyber security. Volunteers must be willing to join the CSG, pass a background check and meet minimum health standards. There is no age limit. Prior service in the armed forces is preferred, but not required. If called to emergency duty the service member will receive pay and benefits commensurate with their pay grade and be covered by the State of California for travel, workers compensation and disability benefits. If you believe that you are ready to respond - contact CSG recruiting at: email@example.com, 1-866-526-4543.
Donations Needed: Orange County relies on community partnerships to fill the gap and support the various needs of low-income and dependent residents, including foster children and seniors. The items collected will be distributed through existing processes to the appropriate government agencies and non-profits who support our most vulnerable Orange County residents. More information on what’s needed and where to take it, click here.