Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

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Photo is of the first 100% virtual Goleta City Council meeting held on April 7, 2020

 

Source: City of Goleta

At its first 100% virtual meeting held last night, April 7, 2020, the Goleta City Council approved a number of COVID-19 related measures to help protect residents and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

The actions included increasing penalties for violations of the City’s moratorium on evictions. The City passed a resolution prohibiting commercial and residential evictions due to COVID-19 on March 17 and on March 27 the Governor issued a similar order. The City order will impose a higher financial cost to disregarding the City’s orders to deter landlords from evicting a tenant who cannot pay rent due to loss of income due to COVID-19. The first violation would be subject to a $5,000 fine, second violation within one year of the first violation would be subject to a $7,500 fine, and subsequent violation within one year of the first violation would be subject to a $10,000 fine. For more details on City’s eviction prohibitions and associated fines go to our website at www.cityofgoleta.org/covid19.

Mayor Paula Perotte said, “It’s important that we do whatever we can to help ensure that residents don’t lose their homes due to this unprecedented health crisis. People need a safe place to call home now more than ever.”

The City Council also approved issuing administrative citations or prosecution of a misdemeanor for violations of the City’s orders issued during a declared local emergency. The City’s current emergency order, which was ratified on March 17, required the immediate closure of restaurants and bars, with the exception of take-out orders, the closure of gyms, bowling alleys, movie theatres and arcades. The order also prohibited the use of play structures and fitness equipment. The skatepark at Jonny D. Wallis park, group picnic sites and recreation courts are also closed. The action by Council gives the City a means to enforce the City’s emergency order, which is aimed at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The standard penalties would apply including $100 per occurrence for the first violation, $200 per occurrence for the second violation, and $500 for each subsequent violation. If a misdemeanor is pursued it would be punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment not to exceed six months.

Mayor Paula Perotte said, “While our community has been extremely cooperative and understanding of the City’s Urgency Order and the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, this gives us a means to hold people accountable who willfully violate these orders and put our whole community at risk.”

The City also passed a measure to help provide some relief to the City’s hotel industry which is experiencing a sharp decline in business with low occupancy rates. The City Council agreed to allow hotels, motels and short-term vacation rental operators within its jurisdiction, upon written request, to defer payment of the transient occupancy tax (TOT) for two months. The City Council granted the first deferral of payment of the TOT for the months of March and April 2020 and required payment to be made by June 30, 2020. The City Manager is authorized to grant subsequent deferrals at two month increments if the local emergency is still in place. The City’s TOT rate is equivalent to 12% of the cost of a room per night and is a tax imposed upon visitors.

Mayor Paula Perotte said, “The hotel industry provides jobs and important revenue to the City and we want to help ease the financial blow being dealt to them at this time.”

For updated information on the City’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, please go to our website at www.cityofgoleta.org. If you would like to receive City alerts, you can sign up on our website or text GOLETA COVID19 to 468311.

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a-1590517083 Apr 09, 2020 11:23 AM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

Goleta Beach, I was there yesterday, and lots of people walking around, no masks, close together. Also, require masks in grocery stores, and for picking up food at restaurants. Los Angeles, starting tomorrow/Friday, will require stores to refuse admittance to anyone without a mask on. Goleta, do this, too. Trader Joe's, Costco, restaurants, gas stations, buses, food stands/farmer's market. REQUIRE masks.

a-1590517083 Apr 09, 2020 01:58 PM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

LJMDANCE - a hair stylist is probably not essential, maybe consider reporting that. But first, think about that person's situation. Are they trying to feed their kids? Keep their home warm at night? This thing has been going on for over 3 weeks now. Some people need to survive and will, at some point, have to violate the order to feed their family. Then again, maybe not, but just try to feel for all parties involved.

ljmdance Apr 09, 2020 01:55 PM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

SANTABARBARAOBSERVER - I am a healthcare provider, doing my darndest to continue providing necessary care to my patients, while a hairstylist is potentially spreading disease in my community. I consider it an obligation to do what's necessary to "encourage" social distancing and community guidelines to close non-essential businesses. I haven't found "hair stylist" on any list of essential services yet.

sacjon Apr 09, 2020 01:26 PM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

12:52 - How do you know these businesses are non essential? THAT is my question. People running around reporting businesses that THEY think are non-essential wastes LE's (and others') time. What kind of business are we talking about? There's really only a few that are 100% non essential - tattoo shops, barbers (although I disagree), bars, gyms (since you can do it at home), nightclubs, etc. It's really only the entertainment only (excluding any food services) businesses that are non-essential. It's not up to us (or you) to decide what is or isn't, so there are many folks out there reporting "essential" businesses, just because they happen to disagree. Hope this helps!

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 09, 2020 01:13 PM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

Just practice the Golden Rule. You are the only person who you can control. Dont become paranoid or worse, a nosy, busy-body, tattletale. Remain calm and do your duty. That is all you can do.

a-1590517083 Apr 09, 2020 12:52 PM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

Disagree with SBOBSERVER and SACJON. Community spread is happening. Community health = individual health. I feel bad for non-essential business owners, I do. But that's not the point - operate remotely or not at all, this is bigger than just your business. SB County COVID19 numbers are jumping up rapidly. Our case rate is in the upper percentiles of all counties in California.

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 09, 2020 11:24 AM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

LJMDANCE, This is not a war. We do not have enemies. These are your neighbors and your fellow humans. If they are engaged in criminal acts, call the police. Otherwise, mind your own P's and Q's . Worry about your own health and your own actions. You cannot control other people. We are not under Martial law.

a-1590517083 Apr 09, 2020 10:57 AM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

LJMDANCE - What type of business? I would hold off on reporting anything unless you know for sure it's not essential. Some businesses may seem "non-essential" to the laymen, but in reality they are. Just my thoughts.

Red Creek Apr 09, 2020 10:31 AM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

The Goleta City Council and staff have done a superb job of handling this crises. Really appreciate the online presence, the measured, reasonable and appropriate steps to protect the citizens of Goleta and the daily updates on the virus.

a-1590517083 Apr 09, 2020 05:35 PM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

Yeah, like making sure that landlords are not permitted to evict tenants for non payment of rent. But they are allowing hotels/motels a tax deferment to the City. Apparently they really like the revenue it creates - but it doesn’t apply to landlords who rely on rental income. Oh well, liberal logic.

El Barbareno Apr 09, 2020 08:58 AM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

It's great that everyone is protecting renters from being evicted for not paying rent, but why isn't anything being done to force banks to extend the same courtesy for mortgage payments? Certainly there are many landlords who depend on rent to make their payments on personal property as well as the rental property. What are they supposed to do? My bank offered a three-month pass on my house payments but it is ALL due on the fourth month! If I'm not working and can't make a monthly payment, how the hell am I suddenly supposed to have $12,000 in 90 days!

a-1590517083 Apr 09, 2020 11:14 AM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

I'm in those same shoes. What I charge in rent doesn't cover the mortgage and I use the rent to pay the mortgage plus add a few hundred. Some banks are offering to defer the 3 payments to the back of the loan but others aren't. My bank Is asking for all the 3 missed payments to be paid the 4th month if my renters can't pay this is really going to hurt. I will have to use all my savings to pay, I hope homeowners are given some options that will help too

a-1590517083 Apr 09, 2020 08:45 AM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

So this is only for Goleta? People can walk around in SB and not get tickets but goleta will ticket? I hope SB catches on and starts to ticketing people as well. Lots of people still on the beach and walking around

a-1590517083 Apr 09, 2020 11:10 AM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

I completely understand being outside is fine I am talking about the groups of 10 or more that are outside in the public beaches playing volleyball and putting up their own nets after the city took them down. I am talking about the people who let their kids go on the playground still.

sacjon Apr 09, 2020 09:41 AM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

8:45 - Please understand, being "on the beach and walking around" are both completely legal and allowed. Doing so in groups from other households, however, is not. So, when you a family on the beach or someone walking down the street, don't call the cops. There's nothing wrong with that. In Goleta, we're out at the parks, walking on the beach, going to the store, etc. BUT we are doing it smart and safe. Distancing and keeping only near family from the same household. I even stay away from my parents when I drop their groceries off. It can be done!

yiannis93101 Apr 08, 2020 04:28 PM
Goleta Approves COVID-19 Related Measures in Virtual Meeting

Low occupancy rates at local hotels?! Ya think! Have you checked the rates at some of the hotels in the Goleta area? They still think they can charge $200 plus a night when a disaster is going on, get over yourselves. I just now am looking at an arrival date of April 13 for one night. The Residence Inn—-$283! And the Courtyard $186! Are you insane! They should be giving rooms away for about a hundred bucks.....you might get a few people to do a staycations but not for $300 bucks at a Residence Inn in the middle of nowhere next to an airport runway! Get real.

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