May 19, 2020
My Fellow Yucaipians:
As Mayor of the city of Yucaipa, I’d like a few minutes of your time to share some positive information with you regarding some of the programs/opportunities now being offered here in the city of Yucaipa.
On Monday, May 18, 2020, the city of Yucaipa extended its S.T.A.R.S. Before and After School Program to support those starting to return to work as the State is slowly allowing businesses to reopen. Participants will be placed in groups no larger than 10 and should bring snacks, a sack lunch, water, and distance learning resources for academic assistance. The city of Yucaipa is closely monitoring updates from the CDC and/or the county Health Department related to COVID-19 are following the recommended guidelines of both in order to provide a safe environment for participants and staff. For more information on COVID-19, please visit www.yucaipa.org
The city of Yucaipa will offer summer camp beginning June 8 until Aug. 7, with new county regulations in place. Registration is now available.
Our public parks, public open spaces and multipurpose trails continue to be open as long as we all continue to practice social distancing.
On May 18, 2020, the governor announced new variances that could allow eligible counties to move further into Phase 2. We are hoping the county will have an announcement very soon on how this will affect our community.
I would highly encourage all businesses to have their own individual operational plans ready, ensuring the appropriate employee safety measures, customer distancing and sanitation protocols are implemented in conformance with industry specific guidelines, and the Governor’s, and CDC’s guidelines for your type of business.
In addition, the County “rolled-out” a $30M COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program for small businesses. The website for this new COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program is now live! View more information, check eligibility, and apply at http://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/. Through this program, businesses committed to safety measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 will receive $2,500 in grant funds to offset costs and impacts directly related to complying with COVID-19 protocols. In addition to the $2,500 grant funds, businesses participating in the COVID-19 Compliant Program will have access to receive PPE from the county at a discounted rate (“county cost”) and be issued a window graphic to recognize the business for its commitment to public health and safety as a designated COVID-19 compliant Business Partner. Businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible! Funds are disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis, and it is anticipated that funding will be exhausted quickly.
The city also applied for and tentatively obtained funding through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and will be administering its own small business grant program if ratified by the full council at the next city council meeting. If approved, this program will provide grants to small businesses here in Yucaipa to aid in their recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID-19.
I would also like to update you on a few non-COVID-19 related topics in the community.
With the warmer weather recently, the city of Yucaipa’s contractors have been busy resurfacing and repaving city Streets. The micro-surfacing of many arterial, collector and residential streets was completed in early May and the repaving of streets began this week after an extensive street patching effort. The streets being resurfaced and repaved were prioritized as part of the city’s five-year Pavement Management Program after using special measuring and testing equipment to determine which streets required resurfacing and repaving with the highest priority. The amount of traffic on these streets was also taken into consideration in prioritizing these streets. In addition, the Avenue E street widening paving, and sidewalk project is progressing on schedule. Please be patient and cautious driving through these construction areas.
Again, I would like to thank you for your continued efforts in keeping Yucaipa a safe and wonderful place to live.