NOW HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON AS OF 2/18/2021
|Downtown Main Street Moves Extended Through January 7, 2022|
On February 8, 2021, the Ventura City Council voted unanimously to extend the popular Main Street Moves (MSM) program through January 7, 2022. This program, which allows restaurants and retail establishments within a six block area of historic downtown Ventura to expand onto City streets and sidewalks, is a partnership between the City of Ventura and Downtown Ventura Partners.
|Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion Program|
Businesses located outside the Main Street Moves street closure area that are interested in expanding their business operations onto sidewalks, private parking lots and some sections of the public-right-of-way are encouraged to visit the city’s website for more information on the Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion Program which includes program requirements and how to apply. There is no cost to participate in this program.
|Calling All Ventura Community-Based Organizations, We Need Your Help Sharing This With The Public|
An Emergency Rental Assistance Program has been launched by the State of California to aid income-qualified tenants most at-risk of eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Housing is Key program provides resources to help Californians stay in their homes or understand housing options during COVID-19 and beyond.
First round applications must be submitted by 3pm on Friday, February 19, 2021.
|Registered nonprofits and qualified entities may apply to provide assistance for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program via one or more of the following three tiers:Promotion of the programTargeted outreach to eligible householdsTechnical assistance as individuals navigate the application process|
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Learn more and access the Partners Application here: https://lisc.tfaforms.net/308
More information can be found at HousingIsKey.com.
|Paycheck Protection Program For Sole Proprietors|
Self-employed, business owners with no employees, contractors, free lancers, gig economy workers and sole proprietors – Did you know you are eligible for PPP?
Sole proprietors qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program under the concept of “owner compensation replacement.” Even if you do not have employees or do not make a payroll, you may be eligible to apply for this economic relief loan. Common examples of sole proprietors include, but are not limited to, owners or operators of in-home daycare facilities, web designers, consultants and artisan chefs.
Sole proprietors eligible include:
Business owners of a single member LLC with no employees
Gig Economy Workers
Single-person companies with no employees
|Ventura Water Shares Proposed Rate Adjustments With The Community |
Ventura’s Water Commission unanimously voted to approve the proposed five-year water and wastewater rate increases. The recommended adjustments include a maximum annual rate increase of 7% for water service and 6% for wastewater service for the next five years. “Ventura must continually invest in our water and wastewater systems to ensure safe and reliable services,” shared Ventura Water General Manager Susan Rungren. “It has been nearly three years since Ventura Water has increased rates. As a result, Ventura’s water and wastewater rates have remained relatively low compared to our neighboring communities.”
Over the last ten months, the Water Commission, with the support of City staff and financial consultants, has undergone a Water and Wastewater Rate Study to ensure sufficient revenue is available to operate and maintain existing systems and to invest in future projects.
“Responsible investments are needed now to secure future water supply, replace and repair aging infrastructure, improve water quality, and meet legal and environmental regulations,” stated Assistant City Manager Akbar Alikhan.
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