Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California

Information relating to COVID-19 is rapidly changing each day, and I want to provide the latest information to address your concerns.

We will continue to update this page to provide you and your families with resources and assistance. My office will remain in contact with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of Public Health, as efforts to deal with COVID-19 continue to develop. In addition, we are also providing updates from cities, communities and school districts in our region.

Stay at Home Order

California has announced an immediate order for all residents to stay at home. The following services will remain open through the order:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, takeout and delivery restaurants
  • Banks
  • Laundromat/laundry service

Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

To learn more about the order, click here.

Employees

The Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) has centralized information on its website on the assistance and benefits available to employees and employers. Due to a dramatic increase in requests, please expect that benefits approvals will be slower than usual. For more information about the benefits and resources available, click here.

Small Businesses

The United State Small Business Association (SBA) is now offering low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits in designated parts of California. For additional information, click here.

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the COVID-19 outbreak. For additional information, click here.

The IBank has a Small Business Finance Center loan guarantee program designed for Disaster Relief specifically and is currently available to small businesses needing assistance to overcome economic injury caused by COVID-19. For more information, click here.

The California State Treasurer's Office is also providing a resource list for small business owners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, click here.

Taxes

Income Tax
As we continue to fight this COVID-19 outbreak, the state and federal government have pushed back deadlines to file taxes until July 15.

The California Franchise Tax Board provides a table with details on deadlines for filers. For more information, please click here.

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by COVID-19. For more information, please click here.

Property Tax
There is no extension to the April 10 deadline. However, the penalties and costs imposed due to a late payment may be waived under certain circumstances. For more information provided by the County of Los Angeles Tax Collector, please click here.

Sales Tax and other Special Taxes
The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) provide tax relief, which includes granting extensions for filing returns and making payments, and relief from interest and penalties. Taxpayers seeking assistance should contact the Customer Service Center at 800-400-7115, or visit CDTFA's website.

Housing and Homelessness

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is suspending foreclosures for homeowners with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac for at least 60 days. Additionally, the FHFA called for a moratorium on evictions of renters living in homes with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. For more information, click here.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is halting foreclosures for homeowners with mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) at least 60 days. Additionally, it is suspending eviction for renters living in single-family properties with FHA-insured mortgages. For more information, click here.

Governor Newsom authorized $150 Million in Funding to Protect Homeless Californians from COVID-19. For more information, click here.

The Business Consumer Services and Housing Agency and the Department of Business Oversight have issued guidance to limit foreclosures and evictions of those experiencing financial hardships associated with closures and other steps taken to contain the coronavirus. For more information, click here.

Department of Motor Vehicles

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Department of Motor Vehicles asked law enforcement to exercise discretion for 60 days in their enforcement of driver license and vehicle registration expiration dates. The DMV is taking this action so that at-risk populations, including seniors and those with underlying health conditions, can avoid required visits to DMV field offices for driver license or vehicle registration renewals. Dozens of DMV tasks can easily be taken care of through other channels. For DMV service options, please click here.

Covered California

In partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Covered California responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding its Special Enrollment Period. Effective immediately, anyone who is uninsured and meets eligibility requirements for health care coverage through Covered California can sign up through June 30, 2020. You can get free and confidential assistance over the phone, in a variety of languages, from a certified enroller. For more information, click here, or call (800) 300-1506.

The Health Consumer Alliance also provides helpful COVID-19 information found here.

Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation and has committed to making any necessary changes. However, it has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker. The online and phone options are available in 14 languages. For more information, please click here.

Scam Alert

Some are attempting to exploit the pandemic at the expense of everyone else. To avoid becoming a victim of scams you should plan before shipping, shop from places you trust and avoid hoarding so that scammers and price gougers have less of an opportunity to engage.

The California Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently issued a consumer alert declaring that price gouging is illegal. If you think you have been the victim of price gouging, or have information regarding potential price gouging, you can file a complaint with the Attorney General Office by calling (800) 952-5225. For more information, click here.

Seniors

California’s seniors are the population most impacted by COVID-19. As such, the best thing you can do is to say informed. To that end, please visit the California Department of Aging to receive resources. For more information, click here.

Students

Students at all levels statewide are affected by COVID-19. The challenges posed by this pandemic may take years for some students to overcome. There is information available to assist parents of school-age children; low-income families who depend upon free or low-cost meals; and working families who are now faced with caring for children and in many cases being unable to work. There is also information for college and university regarding student loans.

Student Resources
The California Department of Education (CDE) is monitoring the (COVID-19) situation and working closely with agency partners. Local educational agencies should identify plans for communicating with families and consider learning supports for possible school closures. For more information, click here.

The CDE “CA Meals for Kids” mobile app has been updated to help students and families find meals during COVID-19-related emergency school closures. For more information, click here.

Part of the COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools provides resources to support distance learning. For more information, click here.

Student Loans
The US Department of Education announced that all borrowers with federally held student loans would automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days. In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexibility during the national emergency. For more information, click here.

For now, Californians with private student loans can contact their loan servicer directly and ask for relief. If loan servicers are willing to pause payments, borrowers should also ask the servicer to stop assessing interest during the pause. Before contacting their servicer, borrowers should be prepared to provide detailed information about how their income has been affected by the response to COVID-19. The California Department of Business Oversight also issued guidelines to its private student loan servicer licensees on how they should work with consumers during this crisis. For more information, click here.

Veterans

The Veterans Administration has worked with Congress to preserve GI Bill benefits for those impacted by COVID-19. New legislation will continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies, including education benefits and monthly housing.

California student veterans who have been receiving GI Bill benefits are still receiving those benefits and it is likely that they will continue to do so uninterrupted and without reduction until approximately the end of this calendar year. The US Department of Veterans Affairs recommends that students with inquiries about specific circumstances contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday. For more information, click here.

Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center

The API Legislative Caucus joined Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action and San Francisco State University Asian American Studies Department to launch the "Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center" to collect and track incidents of anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander hate, violence and discrimination in California and throughout the country. These incidents will help inform future policy discussions. For more information, click here.

General Information

If you are interested learning more about the State’s efforts regarding COVID-19, the latest numbers, latest news, and what you can do, please click here.

FEMA has also established a COVID-19 rumor control page on their website to clear up misconceptions about the virus. For more information, click here.

Local Information

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
If you are interested learning more about the efforts by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health regarding COVID-19, the latest number, latest news, and what you should know, please click here.

Los Angeles County Superior Court
Courts are advised to follow the guidance provided by the Department of Public Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the virus. Updates will be communicated through local court websites, as appropriate. For information from the Los Angeles County Superior Court, click here.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is working to ensure law enforcement services in the areas we serve remain uninterrupted by theCOVID-19 situation. For information regarding public services, such as, Patrol/Community safety, Court Services, and Inmate/Custody information updates, click here.

Local Governments
For local updates on how our communities in the 49th Assembly District are responding to COVID-19, you can turn to the following resources:

Cities
City of Alhambra
City of El Monte
City of Monterey Park
City of San Marino
City of South El Monte
City of Rosemead
City of Montebello
City of San Gabriel
City of Temple City
City of Arcadia

School Districts
Mountain View School District
Valle Lindo School District
El Monte City School District
El Monte Union High School District
Rosemead School District
Temple City Unified School District
Arcadia Unified School District
San Marino Unified School District
San Gabriel Unified School District
Alhambra Unified School District
Montebello Unified School District
Los Angeles Unified School District
Garvey School District