Friday, October 22, 2021

Government & Business

California Announces Four Rounds of Funding For Small Businesses

California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), announced today, March 3, four new funding rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program following Governor Gavin...

Re-start Loans Available for Goleta Businesses

Goleta-based businesses are encouraged to apply for ReStart Loans up $25,000 each to provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Goleta contributed $200,000 to support the small business loan program administered by Women's Economic Venture (WEV). Goleta ReStart...

Goleta Launches On-Line Site for Permits & Licenses

For the first time ever, you can now apply for and track permits and licenses online using the City of Goleta’s new Magnet Permit Tracking System Public Portal. The City launched the new user-friendly, intuitive Public Portal today, March...

City Tax Revenues Decline

The City of Santa Barbara received $5.6 million in sales tax revenue during the quarter ended December 31, 2020, which is 12.6% below the same quarter last year. This decline is largely a result of reduced economic activity due...

Pre-approval From City Now Required for Parklets

The Santa Barbara City Council extended the Emergency Economic Recovery Ordinance until March 8, 2022. The ordinance continues the temporary closure of certain streets, on-street parking, and public parking to allow outdoor dining and outdoor business uses in the...

City Council Allows Zoning Change, Residents Opposed

A Carpinteria residential area will be gaining a new office building as the City Council recently voted to approve the rezoning process necessary to change the land previously designated as residential. Council members Quinn Sawyer and Debra Soula were...

California to allow haircuts, salon services outdoors amid coronavirus spike

(The Center Square) – Several types of salons, along with barber shops, can offer outdoor services as long as certain safety guidelines are met as the state continues to grapple with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, California Gov. Gavin Newsom...

Policy experts: California needs to reform its tax system

(The Center Square) – California’s reliance on a notoriously fickle tax system has exacerbated the state’s budget problems in light of Covid-19, an economics professor said. The state of California relies heavily on income tax and capital gains tax for...

Newsom orders statewide shutdown of indoor activities at bars, restaurants, other businesses

(The Center Square) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all indoor operations statewide to shut down for restaurants, bars, wineries, theaters, zoos, museums and cardrooms as the number of new coronavirus cases continued to climb through the weekend. The latest...

Applications Open for $75 Million “We Are Small Business” Grants

The California Economic Development Corporation will begin accepting applications online for the $75 million We Are Small Business Grant program. The program, which will provide $2,500 grants to 30,000 small businesses, is designed to help small businesses get back...

Streets Closed to Cars, Open to Pedestrians

5 miles of roads on the Eastside of Santa Barbara have been blocked off to motor vehicles. This is part of the city’s efforts to promote alternative transportation options, such as biking and walking, across the city. At volutpat diam...

Council Temporarily Expands Downtown Liquor Licenses

On Monday the Santa Barbara City Council approved requests from several bars and restaurants to temporarily expand their liquor licenses to include larger outdoor areas. In previous years, the Council has denied similar requests from downtown businesses, but outdoor...

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California Announces Four Rounds of Funding For Small Businesses

California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), announced today, March 3, four new funding rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program following Governor Gavin...

Re-start Loans Available for Goleta Businesses

Goleta-based businesses are encouraged to apply for ReStart Loans up $25,000 each to provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Goleta contributed $200,000 to support the small business loan program administered by Women's Economic Venture (WEV). Goleta ReStart...

Goleta Launches On-Line Site for Permits & Licenses

For the first time ever, you can now apply for and track permits and licenses online using the City of Goleta’s new Magnet Permit Tracking System Public Portal. The City launched the new user-friendly, intuitive Public Portal today, March...