Small Business Federal Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Director Mark S. Ghilarducci of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on March 13, 2020.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in several California counties including San Diego and Imperial.

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•       Check for updates specific to SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Price Gouging – It is against the law

It is illegal for businesses to raise prices on certain products and necessities more than 10% unless the business can show their cost also went up. The law applies to several products and necessities including: food and drink (including food and drink for animals); emergency supplies such as water, flashlights, radios, batteries, candles, blankets, soaps, diapers, toiletries; and medical supplies such as prescription and nonprescription medications, bandages, gauze, isopropyl alcohol, and antibacterial products.  

It is also a misdemeanor for a hotel or motel to increase regular rates by more than 10 percent during a declared emergency and for the 30 days following the state of emergency. 

Violations of the price gouging statute are subject to criminal prosecution that can result in one-year imprisonment in county jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Violations are also subject to civil enforcement actions including civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation, injunctive relief and mandatory restitution. You can report suspected price gouging to the District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit at (619) 531-3507 or to the California Attorney General’s Office

San Diego County COVID-19 Information by Text Message

County residents can now receive information about the novel coronavirus via text thanks to the County COVID-19 public information text message alert system.

The system allows County health officials to send real-time information about COVID-19 in the region. To sign up to receive the messages, text COSD COVID19 to 468-311.

The system was set up to let County public health officials issue information and instructions on changes related to COVID-19 in the region.

Recommended COVID-19 Websites

The World Health Organization COVID-19 Pandemic webpage ( offers global information on the disease, how it is spread, and how it can be prevented.

John Hopkins University of Medicine ( ) offers an excellent graphical ‘drill-down’ map showing the spread of COVID-19 across the globe.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( is an excellent way to keep up-to-date on ongoing developments. In particular, pay attention to CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers  and CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations.

The California Department of Public Health ( is similar to the CDC site but more geared to California.

The County of San Diego also has a webpage dedicated to current important information in our county. Visit this site on a daily basis to keep locally informed.

Two other websites with up-to-date information about COVID-19 for people and businesses looking for ways to get relief include: Susan Davis, U.S. House of Representatives Corona Virus Webpage and 211 San Diego

The California Labor & Workforce Development Agency ( is an excellent source for important labor information on what employees and employers are entitled to.  Great website to help determine what is best for you, your family, and your workplace.

You will find COVID-19 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office on the State of California Department of Industrial Relations website.

Information Package: Risk-Related Business Issues for Reference in the Casa de Oro Specific Plan

Download the first Information Package produced by the Casa de Oro Alliance here:

Information Package Risk-Related Business Issues for Reference in the Casa de Oro Specific Plan

Here are some important hyperlinks for reference included in the Information Package


  1. Maps of Alcohol Sales (On and Off Site) Overconcentration
  2. List of ABC License Outlets in 91977 zip code
  3. Map of Casa de Oro Risk-related businesses
  4. California ABC Twitter Posting
  5. SANDAG Meeting Update (June 1, 2018)Draft Project Rankings and Funding Recommendations
  6. California League of Cities – Alcohol Regulation
  7. Campo Road Revitalization, Casa de Oro Alliance
  8. Issue Briefing; Reducing Harms Related to Risk-related business in Casa de Oro: A Review of Best Practices (Casa de Oro Alliance and Institute for Public Strategies)/; July 2018)
  9. Best Practices in Municipal regulation to Reduce Alcohol-Related Harms from Licensed Alcohol Outlets (Ventura County Health Care Agency, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, and Center for the Study of Law and Enforcement Policy; January 2014
  10. Reducing Community Alcohol Problems Associated with Alcohol Sales: The Case for Deemed Approved Ordinances in California; Alcohol Policy Consultants, September 2009
  11. A Case for Deemed Approved Ordinance – a video
  12. Group Home FAQ Sheet, City of La Mesa
  13. Santa Cruz Fee Structure Proposal
  14. Rancho San Diego Specific Plan
  15. Tobacco Retailer Licensing Model Ordinance

  1. Model Ordinance for Smokefree Places

  1. City of El Cajon Alcohol Sales Ordinance & Deemed Approved Ordinance

  1. City of El Cajon Smoking Ordinance

  1. City of Oceanside Adult Business Ordinance

  1. Casa de Oro Business Survey; Casa de Oro Alliance and Institute for Public Strategies (March 2017)
  2. A Community Understanding of “Deemed Approved” FAQ; Alcohol Policy Panel of San Diego County, January 2015
  3. Article: El Cajon business stripped of ability to sell alcohol; San Diego Union Tribune, Karen Pearlman, March 18, 2015
  4. Tobacco Retailer Licensing is Effective; The Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing, September 2013
  5. Tobacco Retailer Licensing- An Effective Tool for Public Health; Change Lab Solutions, September 2012.
  6. Unincorporated San Diego County Youth Tobacco Purchase Survey; Community Action Service Advocacy and Live Well San Diego, Spring 2016
  7. Lemon Grove getting serious about halting tobacco sales to youths; San Diego Union Tribune (August 2018)
  8. California Community Health Assessment Tool – Unincorporated San Diego County, December 2016

State of Tobacco Control 2016 – California Local Grades, San Diego County; American Lung Association, 2016