The Pico Neighborhood Association (PNA) is focused on providing a family-centered approach to leadership in our community.

Established in 1979, the PNA is a non-profit organization that has been involved in a wide variety of issues – crime & safety, housing, neighborhood conditions, commercial development, City Hall watch, youth activities, parks, and traffic control.

CONTACT INFO: PNA90404@GMAIL.COM/ 2039 -1/2 Stewart St Santa Monica CA 90404

Rent Relief and New Eviction Moratorium

$750,000 in One-Time Rent Relief is Now Available to Tenants in Rent-Controlled Apartments 

The “Rent Control Adjustment Relief” (RCAR) program is open and is taking applications for a one-time relief program to help rent-burdened Santa Monica households in rent-controlled apartments unable to afford the upcoming Rent Control General Adjustment that will take effect September 1, 2022. 

The RCAR program is intended to keep families housed, shield tenants from eviction, and help both property owners and tenants manage this year’s unusually high General Adjustment increase. Currently, there is $750,000 of funding available for the RCAR program. Assistance will prioritize those households who are expected to be most impacted by the rent increase with priority given to very-low- and extremely-low-income households. The program will focus on tenants who have received a Notice of Rent Increase implementing the 2022 general adjustment and are severely rent-burdened households that are paying 50% or more of their income on rent.

The application period will open Monday, August 29 at 8 a.m., and close on Monday, September 19 at 6 p.m. Santa Monica residents in rent-controlled apartments are urged to review information and apply at santamonica.gov – Rent Control Adjustment Relief. Qualifying tenants should apply for this program as soon as possible. 

UP TO DATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

OVERVIEW June 17, 2022

  • June emergency allotments for CalFresh food benefits will be issued on July 17th for CalSAWS and July 24th for CalWIN. May allotments were issued on June 12th for CalSAWS and June 19th for CalWIN.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are free. Click here for more information.
  • Rapid COVID tests are also free, and can be shipped to you. Click here to order
  • Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is covered at no cost for all Californians.
  • California’s eviction moratorium has ended, but you should still apply for rent relief if you need it! If you receive an eviction notice, do not ignore it. Seek local legal help right away.
  • California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief program can be accessed here, or call 833-430-2122.
  • Federal Child Tax Credit payments are not considered income for any family, and will not change receipt of public benefits.

Food and Financial Security

  • Federal Child Tax Credit payments are not considered income for any family, and will not change receipt of public benefits, including unemployment insurance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, SSDI, TANF, WIC, Section 8, or Public Housing. Find out more about California’s Golden State Stimulus payments — if you qualify, and how to get it. También en español.
  • Restaurant delivery service is available for older Californians. Information and sign-up details for interested participants and restaurants are available here.
  • California households receiving SNAP food stamp benefits (CalFresh) can now purchase groceries online through a USDA pilot program.
  • Here is a Distance Learning Student Resource Guide from the California Department of Social Services. The guide includes information on free or low-cost internet, English language learning, adult education and workforce skills, video conferencing resources, and more.

Health Care

  • Keep your Medi-Cal contact information current. Make sure your county has your current address, phone number, and email address – especially if you moved since 2020. Later this year, counties will start contacting people to help them renew their Medi-Cal. If they cannot contact you, your Medi-Cal may end so you want to make sure they have your current information. Find your local county at this link.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are free. Click here for more information. All health plans must cover vaccine administration for free, and Medi-Cal covers vaccine administration for free.
  • Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is covered at no cost for all Californians. You will need to go to a state testing site, one run by your county, or get a test at a medical provider that can enroll you in a special Medi-Cal program for people without insurance. You can contact your county public health departmentlocal clinic, and medical provider to receive information about your options for free testing.
  • There is a conflict between the California regulation governing health plans for COVID-19 diagnostic testing and federal testing requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act. This conflict in current law might result in a health plan billing you for testing. If this happens and you want assistance with reviewing the bill, please contact Helen Tran at htran[at]wclp.org or (213) 235-2638.
  • Everyone is encouraged to seek care if they are sick, regardless of income or immigration status. For more information about your right to health care, visit the Health Consumer Alliance’s COVID-19 information site.

Housing

  • Here is Western Center’s Know Your Rights toolkit for California tenants. Inquilinos de California: Conozca Sus Derechos.
  • California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief program helps eligible renters and landlords with unpaid/future rent and utility payments due to COVID-19, regardless of immigration status. Get info, check eligibility, and apply here, or call 833-430-2122.
  • The fact sheet below explains the current protections and financial assistance available to California renters and landlords. Versions are also available in SpanishChineseRussian, and Vietnamese.

(Click image below to access PDF – Español aqui – Tiếng việt ở đây – Русский здесь –

UP TO DATE COVID-19 INFORMATION

April 27, 2022

OVERVIEW

  • April emergency allotments for CalFresh food benefits will be issued on May 15th for CalSAWS and May 22nd for CalWIN. March allotments were issued on April 17th.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are free. Click here for more information.
  • Rapid COVID tests are also free, and can be shipped to you. Click here to order
  • Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is covered at no cost for all Californians.
  • California’s eviction moratorium has ended, but you should still apply for rent relief if you need it! If you receive an eviction notice, do not ignore it. Seek local legal help right away.
  • California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief program can be accessed here, or call 833-430-2122.
  • Federal Child Tax Credit payments are not considered income for any family, and will not change receipt of public benefits.

Food and Financial Security

  • Federal Child Tax Credit payments are not considered income for any family, and will not change receipt of public benefits, including unemployment insurance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, SSDI, TANF, WIC, Section 8, or Public Housing. Find out more about California’s Golden State Stimulus payments — if you qualify, and how to get it. También en español.
  • April emergency allotments for CalFresh food benefits will be issued on May 15th for CalSAWS and May 22nd for CalWIN. March allotments were issued on April 17th.
  • Restaurant delivery service is available for older Californians. Information and sign-up details for interested participants and restaurants are available here.
  • California households receiving SNAP food stamp benefits (CalFresh) can now purchase groceries online through a USDA pilot program.
  • Here is a Distance Learning Student Resource Guide from the California Department of Social Services. The guide includes information on free or low-cost internet, English language learning, adult education and workforce skills, video conferencing resources, and more.

Health Care

  • Keep your Medi-Cal contact information current. Make sure your county has your current address, phone number, and email address – especially if you moved since 2020. Later this year, counties will start contacting people to help them renew their Medi-Cal. If they cannot contact you, your Medi-Cal may end so you want to make sure they have your current information. Find your local county at this link.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are free. Click here for more information. All health plans must cover vaccine administration for free, and Medi-Cal covers vaccine administration for free.
  • Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is covered at no cost for all Californians. You will need to go to a state testing site, one run by your county, or get a test at a medical provider that can enroll you in a special Medi-Cal program for people without insurance. You can contact your county public health departmentlocal clinic, and medical provider to receive information about your options for free testing.
  • There is a conflict between the California regulation governing health plans for COVID-19 diagnostic testing and federal testing requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act. This conflict in current law might result in a health plan billing you for testing. If this happens and you want assistance with reviewing the bill, please contact Helen Tran at htran[at]wclp.org or (213) 235-2638.
  • Everyone is encouraged to seek care if they are sick, regardless of income or immigration status. For more information about your right to health care, visit the Health Consumer Alliance’s COVID-19 information site.

Housing

  • Here is Western Center’s Know Your Rights toolkit for California tenants. Inquilinos de California: Conozca Sus Derechos.
  • California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief program helps eligible renters and landlords with unpaid/future rent and utility payments due to COVID-19, regardless of immigration status. Get info, check eligibility, and apply here, or call 833-430-2122.
  • The fact sheet below explains the current protections and financial assistance available to California renters and landlords. Versions are also available in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Vietnamese.

(Click image below to access PDF – Español aquiTiếng việt ở đâyРусский здесь – 这里的中

  • The Eviction Laws Database captures state, territorial, and local laws covering the eviction process — from pre-filing to post-judgment, as of January 1, 2021. The database was launched by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in partnership with the Center for Public Health Law Research, and consists of two datasets:
    • State/Territory Dataset – covers eviction laws, regulations, and court rules that were in effect as of January 1, 2021 in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and eight U.S. territories
    • Local Dataset – covers eviction laws, including those at the county and local level, in 30 local jurisdictions in effect as of January 1, 2021

Additional Resources

Date Change: The PNA Monthly Meeting Has Been Changed to the 3rd Thursday of every Month. Thank you.

City Extends Emergency Health Orders

By Lookout Staff: January 31, 2022 — Santa Monica extended its protections against evictions for reasons other than nonpayment of rent under an emergency supplement signed by the City Manager on Friday.

The City’s Forty-Second Emergency Supplement also extends the City’s remaining local emergency orders through June 30 or “the termination of the County Health Officer Order,” City officials said Monday.

The order also extends the City’s temporary curbside pickup program through February 28 “to support restaurants and essential food service in Santa Monica.”

“As long as COVID-19 is impacting our residents, businesses, and social life, the City will continue to respond in all the ways we can to keep our community safe and to ensure we adapt to the moment,” said City Manager David White.

Friday’s order continues the City’s 41st Emergency Supplement issued October 29 that bars no-fault termination of leases and evictions for owner move-ins, nuisance and unauthorized occupants or pets.

Under the order, those who have applied for rental assistance from the State and are waiting to learn if they are eligible cannot be evicted through March 31, 2022 if they have met certain conditions.

Friday’s supplement also extends other orders set to expire January 31, including the suspension of water shutoffs for nonpayment of water bills, time limits on loud construction activities and extensions of deadlines for planning and permit-related activities.

Also included are orders adopting the enforcement of County public health orders and reporting requirements on notices of endeavors to evict.

The latest order comes as Los Angeles County Health officials announced Monday that the county of more that 10 million had “likely passed the peak of Omicron transmission.”

In Santa Monica, case numbers dropped last week to the lowest level since the Omicron variant became the dominant strain in mid-December (“Local COVID Cases Drop to Lowest Level Since Omicron Took Hold,” January 31, 2022).

“As we begin to see a reduction in cases, please remember your best protection is to be vaccinated, boosted, and masked when indoors with people outside your household,” White said.

“These steps not only protect one another, but they also safeguard our incredible local hospitals that are still operating at capacity.”

Due to Technical Difficulties tonights PNA Zoom Meeting is CANCELED/ WE Apoligize fo any inconvenience caused. Reshuduled meeting Thur 27 January 7PM.

Meeting Date Change: January 20th 7PM

Jauary 2022 Monthly Meeting Date has Been Changed to the 20th January 7PM

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022 TO EVERYONE

LETS HOPE 2022 WILL BE COVID 19 FREE

NOV 30th 2021 PNA Monthly Meeting

Come and Meet the new City Manager and New Police Chief

Meeting Starts @ 7PM, Dont be Late.

President Joe Biden makes ‘Juneteenth National Independence Day’ a federal holiday.

  • President Joe Biden signed a law Thursday to make ‘Juneteenth National Independence Day’ a federal holiday 
  • On Wednesday night, the House of Representatives passed the bill. 
  • In the Senate, it passed by unanimously
  • ‘Juneteenth marks both the long, hard night of slavery and subjugation and a promise of a brighter morning to come,’ Biden said at the White House 
  • He called it a day to ‘remember the moral stain and the terrible toll that slavery took on the country – and continues to take’  

President Joe Biden signed a law Thursday to make ‘Juneteenth National Independence Day’ a federal holiday, starting from tomorrow.  

‘Juneteenth marks both the long, hard night of slavery and subjugation and a promise of a brighter morning to come,’ Biden said at the White House signing ceremony, surrounded by Democratic and Republican guests. ‘This is a day of profound weight and profound power, a day in which we remember the moral stain and the terrible toll that slavery took on the country – and continues to take.’

On Wednesday night, the House of Representatives passed the bill.. 

 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9698387/Biden-makes-Juneteenth-National-Independence-Day-federal-holiday.html

Governor Newsom Signs Legislation to Extend Eviction Moratorium and Assist Tenants and Small Property Owners Impacted by COVID-19

Legislation extends statewide eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021 and protects tenants’ credit

Creates State Rental Assistance Program to allocate $2.6 billion in federal rental assistance dollars to assist struggling tenants and small property owners

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed legislation to extend the state’s landmark eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021, protecting millions of Californians struggling as a result of the economic hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the passage of SB 91, California leads all states by enacting the strongest renter protections in the nation.

“Once again, California is leading the way by enacting the strongest eviction protections in the nation, which will provide relief for millions of Californians dealing with financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19,” said Governor Newsom. “This law not only provides greatly needed support for tenants, but also provides relief to small property owners in need of assistance to pay for mortgages, thanks to $2.6 billion in federal stimulus funding.”

On Monday, Governor Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced an agreement on the legislation to extend the eviction moratorium established last year under AB 3088, which was set to expire at the end of the month.

“Today, we took the boldest action in the nation to protect California renters and support mom and pop landlords, but we know that we have more work to do and that we need to help the folks hurting in our communities understand how to access this critically-needed help,” said Senate President pro Tempore Atkins. “This is an important step. But it’s not the last step, and we will keep working on this issue so that no one has to walk this path alone.”

The legislation signed today pauses evictions for tenants who declare under penalty of perjury an inability to pay all or part of the rent due to a COVID-related reason. Tenants are still responsible for paying unpaid amounts to property owners, but those unpaid amounts cannot be the basis for an eviction, even after the moratorium ends.

SB 91 also establishes the State Rental Assistance Program to allocate the $2.6 billion in federal rental assistance California will receive. The program will target aid to income-qualified tenants most at-risk with unpaid back rent. Assistance will also be extended to property owners who agree to waive 20 percent of unpaid rent. By agreeing to this waiver, property owners will become eligible for 80 percent in rent reimbursements for amounts owed between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

“Those of us pushing to get this done knew that there were literally homes and lives at stake. I am grateful for the collaboration that helped us succeed in the face of a very tight deadline. Our work is not over- we must push to find more lasting solutions that protect Californians at risk,” said Speaker Rendon.

Approximately $150 million of the federal funds will be reserved for tenants in counties with populations of 200,000 or less and the additional funds will be available to counties with populations larger than 200,000. The state will directly administer $1.5 billion through contracted entities, and local governments can either join forces with the state or administer their own programs. The State Rental Assistance Program will begin accepting applications from property owners and tenants in March.

SB 91 prohibits the selling or assigning of rental debt that was accrued from March 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 until the end of the moratorium. However, the prohibition is permanent with respect to the rental debt of people at or below 80 percent of Area Median Income who meet the eligibility requirements of the Rental Assistance Program. Property owners or other housing providers are also prohibited from using COVID-19 related debt as a negative factor for evaluating a housing application, or as the basis for refusing to rent to an otherwise qualified tenant.

The Governor signed the following bills into law today:

  • SB 89 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Budget Act of 2020.
  • SB 91 by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review – COVID-19 relief: tenancy: federal rental assistance.

Today’s legislation and AB 3088 build on the state’s strongest-in-the-nation rent cap and eviction protections passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor in 2019. Continuing efforts to address the housing availability and affordability crisis that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor’s proposed 2021-22 State Budget provides $500 million for infill infrastructure and an additional $500 million in low-income housing tax credits to support low-income housing development. The Administration is streamlining and reorganizing state housing programs to maximize housing production, while also continuing to support affordable housing.

The Governor has signed major legislation to boost housing production, remove barriers to construction of accessory dwelling units and create an ongoing source of funding for borrower relief and legal aid to vulnerable homeowners and renters. The 2019-20 State Budget made a historic $1.75 billion investment in new housing and created major incentives for cities to approve new home construction. In the first weeks of his administration, Governor Newsom signed an executive order that created an inventory of all excess state land and the Administration has launched partnerships with California cities to develop affordable housing on that land.

California has launched the “Housing is Key” campaign in vulnerable communities aimed at connecting renters and property owners with helpful information and resources.

Historic Belmar Park Virtual Grand Opening and Site Dedication
Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 3 p.m. 

Historic Belmar Park is a 3.5-acre multi-purpose sports field complex. This opening will mark the expansion of Santa Monica’s parks system and, through the Belmar History + Art project, provide a historical reflection on a site where African American residents lived and contributed to making Santa Monica a vibrant and unique place.

The new park showcases an outdoor exhibition that includes the public art installation “A Resurrection in Four Stanzas,” created by artist April Banks and historical interpretive panels created through the work of historian Dr. Alison Rose Jefferson. This is the culmination of the Belmar History + Art project, a collaboration between the City of Santa Monica and community leaders to mark the site of this historical injustice and tell the stories of the historical Black community members who lived there until being displaced in the 1950s.
Learn More and Register
A recording of the event will be re-broadcast on CityTV Channel 16 on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 8 p.m, and be available on the City’s Youtube channel.

Eligibility requirements, a video tutorial on how to complete the online application, and the application portal can be found at childcaregrant.lacda.org. Applications will be accepted starting today at 12 p.m., and will remain open through Friday, September 25, 2020, at 12 p.m.

All media may contact Elisa Vasquez, LACDA Public Information Office

at (626) 586-1762.

The PNA Zoom Meeting June 3rd 2020 can be viewed here.