Ellenberg, Chavez: a plan to assist small companies
This month marks the primary anniversary of the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in Santa Clara County, however this March seems to be very totally different from final 12 months. We now have many causes to be optimistic in 2021 that we do not have in 2020 due to the large sacrifices and the tenacious work that has been undertaken by our whole group to combat again – with vaccines, with testing and with assist. mutual.
As our stunning and various communities endured the large burdens and ache introduced by COVID-19, we’ve fought to make sure that each side of our group receives the assist it must face the pandemic. Final month, we teamed as much as lengthen Hero Pay to individuals who work in our giant retail and grocery shops. We are actually reunited on what we see as the opposite aspect of this equity story. We have to assist our small companies, a lot of which have been crushed by the pandemic and the restrictions wanted to include it.
Our communities – from East Aspect to Gilroy, Sunnyvale to Palo Alto, downtown Willow Glen to Japantown – are made up of small companies that not solely make use of our residents and supply them with items and companies, however are pillars as properly. of their particular person neighborhoods. They become involved and provides again to those communities that they’ve referred to as residence, typically for a number of generations. Sadly, this pandemic has pressured a lot of them to shut, some quickly however others completely.
A latest report from the county signifies that 2,600 meals institutions are at the moment inactive and 1,000 have closed completely. Purposes for non permanent permits have fallen by 75% because the begin of the pandemic. These numbers symbolize the destruction of lives of laborious work and fervour, of careers that weren’t ended by market power or their very own fault.
Every of those companies represents lives and livelihoods, and whereas we can not reopen them, we should do every little thing in our energy to cease the numbers from rising.
Our plan is straightforward. Scale back or remove all county charges for companies with lower than 50 staff that stay affected by COVID public well being orders (e.g., grocery retailer, restaurant, physique artwork, and a few indoor swimming amenities) situated wherever within the Santa Clara County.
Simply as we must be paying extra to staff who work for giant nationwide chains who, fairly frankly, profited from the pandemic, we now want to return to the help of their smaller native rivals who’ve been closed or restricted of their operations.
States and localities throughout the nation have taken totally different approaches to this pandemic, every with benefits and drawbacks. Nevertheless, our residents and native companies have paid an enormous value to realize this well being final result.
It’s honest and equitable to share the sacrifice every time attainable. We are going to urge our colleagues on Tuesday to take this significant step to assist our smaller native companies get to the opposite aspect of the pandemic. The county can bear the lack of earnings rather more simply than it could actually and we have to take that accountability in order that we are able to all transfer ahead – collectively.
Susan Ellenberg and Cindy Chavez are the Santa Clara County Supervisors.