Mayor Garcia Proposes $5 Million Restaurant, Brewery & Bar Resiliency FundRelease Date: 2020-11-30
Long Beach, CA – Mayor Robert Garcia has proposed a $5 million Restaurant, Brewery & Bar Resiliency Fund from the anticipated federal COVID-19 stimulus package to assist local Long Beach small businesses who are closed or at limited capacity due to health orders.
Long Beach and Los Angeles County health officials recently closed outdoor service at restaurants, breweries, and bars due to a spike in hospitalizations and a dangerous increase in the region’s COVID-19 positivity rate.
Mayor Garcia has already begun communicating the strong need for additional support for cities and small businesses in discussions with city mayors, President-elect Biden and the Biden transition team. President-elect Biden is speaking out about the importance of a new stimulus package and he has publicly said it is a top priority for his new administration.
Long Beach is expected to receive significant funding in the new COVID-19 relief package. Mayor Garcia was instrumental in securing over $40 million in direct stimulus from the state and federal government in the first bill passed earlier this year.
The proposal is being supported by Councilmembers Suzie Price, Daryl Supernaw, Stacy Mungo and Mary Zendejas. The $5 million would start the fund and could be increased depending on need and available federal stimulus dollars.
“I spent four years waiting tables at local restaurants as a student at CSULB. That job got me through college and I know how painful and devastating these closures have been for our restaurants and bars,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “These small business owners are our neighbors and friends and we know that these closures have been horrific. As we work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 we are committed to helping them see this pandemic through and recover.”
Mayor Garcia has also begun working on a similar proposal for personal services who have also been hit hard due to the pandemic closures.
The restaurant proposal will be considered at the Long Beach City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8.