In response to the Coronavirus, the City of South Pasadena is interested in exploring outdoor dining and retail opportunities while maintaining the new social distancing protocols. The City will adhere to all Los Angeles County Public Health protocols for reopening.
Businesses interested in participating in the Al Fresco Dining and Retail Pilot Program should fill out this checklist and submit to AskPlanning@SouthPasadenaCA.gov.
We need your input to understand what may be feasible. Please participate in this brief survey.
Click here to view the Al Fresco Dining and Retail Pilot Program Presentation for the June 3, 2020 City Council Meeting.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expands the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. For more information please visit: www.SBA.gov/Disaster
United States Small Business Administration Customer Service:
- Protocols for Retail Establishments Opening for Curbside Pickup - The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health is adopting a staged approach, supported by
science and public health expertise, to allow certain retail businesses to safely reopen. The requirements are specific to retail establishments permitted to reopen for curbside pick-up by the Order of the State Public Health Officer on May 7, 2020.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program - Provides unemployed business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, and others not usually eligible for regular state Unemployment Insurance benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic. Applications available April 28, 2020.
- Guide to Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) - EIDL can provide small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and loan advances of $10,000 will not have to be repaid.
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (Paycheck Protection Program) - Paycheck Protection Program loan is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The Small Business Administration will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll. These loan payments can also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.
- Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit
- Small Business Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program - Offers loan guarantees up to $1 million. JumpStart Loan Program for loans up to $10,000 with accommodations for disasters. The programs are through local mission based lenders. Los Angeles County businesses must apply through Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation; Telephone: 213-739-2999, Ext. 222
- Los Angeles County Development Authority Business Recovery Loans - Offers loans for payroll, working capital, outstanding business expenses, or adaptations to remain open; South Pasadena is a Community Development Block Grant Participating City .
- California Capital Access Program - Offers loans to small businesses to assist them in growing or maintaining their businesses.
- Internal Revenue Services - The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed.
- California Franchise Tax Board - Various tax file and pay deadlines moved to July 15, 2020.
- California Department of Tax and Fee Administration - Offers relief and extensions for filing returns.
- How to File a California Employment Development Department Unemployment Insurance Claim
- How to File a California Employment Development Department Disability Insurance Claim
- How to File a California Employment Development Department Paid Family Leave Claim
- Southern California Edison Utility Bill Relief - Offers flexible payment plans to customers impacted by COVID-19
- Southern California Gas Company Bill Payment Options - Offers waived late fees for small businesses who are experiencing financing hardship to customers impacted by COVID-19. Please call 1-800-427-2200.
- United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration - Interim guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19
- Labor and Workforce Development Agency Guide for Employers and Workers
- Freelance Artist Resource - Designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.
- South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
- Housing Rights Center
- Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation - Offers immediate no-cost business assistance and crisis relief program consultation, please contact Joseph Torres at (213) 448-1804 email@example.com.
- Los Angeles County Consumer and Business Affairs - Offers a centralized call center and website providing free, one-on-one counseling and support for business owners.
- Small Business Development Centers
Support Local Businesses and Residents:
Here is a partial list of South Pasadena retail and food establishments that are open, some with modified hours and public access. There are no dine-in options at any food establishment. Only take-out, delivery or curbside pick-up. Please note, this list is not complete, and is current as of this date. The City encourages residents to help support local businesses while practicing good hygiene and social distancing protocols.
- Ai Japanese Restaurant
- Aro Latin
- Berry Opera
- Bistro de la Gare
- Blaze Pizza
- Cafe X2O
- Cos & PI
- Fiore Market Cafe
- Grassroots Natural Market & Kitchen
- Gus's BBQ
- Heirloom Bakery & Cafe
- Hi-Life Burgers
- Jones Coffee Roasters
- KJ Tofu
- La Fiesta Grande
- La Monarca
- Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta
- Mike & Anne's
- Modan Artisanal Ramen
- Nicole's Market & Café
- Oak Tree Inn
- Radhika Indian Bistro
- Simplee Boba
- The Munch Company
- Two Kids Coffee
- Union Bakery
Due to COVID-19, the City is delaying any penalties as a result of non-payment and renewals. Any business licenses that were previously past due will not incur any new fees during this period. Additionally, anyone who needed to renew and has not submitted their renewal will not incur late fees. New applicants will be required to pay their fees as usual. Further relief for small businesses is not available at this time, however, the Chamber of Commerce will be notified of any changes.
There is a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We continue to encourage all landlords and tenants - commercial and residential - to speak with each other to discuss your individual situation and come up with a plan. Please remember that both landlords and tenants are being affected by the "safer-at-home" conditions, and everyone still has financial responsibilities and obligations.
To ensure our vision of the future, residents, business owners and City government, working with planning and experts and through public forums, will develop an implementation plan. This plan will include developing design and planning guidelines, code revisions and enforcement, as well as economic development, which will serve South Pasadena well into the twenty-first century.