Assemblymember O'Donnell Telephone Town Hall Recap

For immediate release:

Small Businesses

Federal and state government agencies are providing relief for small businesses impacted by COVID-19

Federal Assistance:

Under the Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loans Program:

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will provide loans of up to $2 million
  • As part of this program, an advance of up to $10,000 can be provided within 3 days after approval of the application. The advance does not have to be repaid.
  • Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance

State Assistance:  

The state is allocating $50 million for loans to small businesses and individuals who do not qualify for federal funds

Under the Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program:

Participating lenders will provide loans of up $50,000 for small businesses with less than 750 employees

  • This program provides support for small businesses in low-wealth and immigrant communities
  • To apply for a disaster relief loan, the first step is to contact a participating lender in your area by visiting
  • You can also contact the iBank by email at and they can help connect you to a participating lender as well as apply for the loan guarantee

Technical Assistance: 

  • Small businesses can also receive technical assistance from Go-Biz by calling the small business support center at 562-938-5020
  • The small business support center helps businesses figure out which loans are best for them, develop resiliency strategies, and find other resources

EDD/Unemployment Benefits

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance:

  • The federal stimulus package created the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program for individuals who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and those who are not currently eligible for state unemployment benefits
  • The California Employment Development Department (EDD) will be able to accept applications for the PUA program beginning on Tuesday, April 28th
  • PUA benefits will be issued within 24-48 hours – not the traditional 21 days ​for regular UI claims

Extended Hours:

  • EDD will extend call center hours and days to assist those filing claims
  • Representatives will be answering calls 7 days a week from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. starting on Monday, April 20

Additional Benefits:

  • Starting the week ending April 11, 2020, EDD began paying an additional $600 on top of the current weekly benefit amount

EDD Debit Cards:

  • Bank of America is responsible for administering debit cards with EDD benefits. To contact an EDD Debit Card Customer Service representative, call 1-866-692-9374

Property Taxes

  • Los Angeles County property owners can request a penalty cancellation if you were unable to pay your property taxes on April 10th because of COVID-19
  • After you apply for a penalty cancellation, the online application will display a confirmation page with your confirmation number
  • It typically takes 45-60 days for the County of Los Angeles Tax Collector to process penalty cancellations
  • After the tax collector processes the request for penalty cancellation, the department will contact each taxpayer on a case-by-case basis
  • Staff will advise the taxpayer of the outcome of the request, review payment options available and establish the timeline for payment based on the taxpayer’s individual circumstances


  • Schools are closed for the remainder of the academic year
  • Governor issued an Executive Order ensuring schools will continue to receive funding
  • Schools are expected to provide distance learning and offer meals
  • State has released funds for school districts to purchase protective gears, cleaning supplies, or use for distance learning or meals
    • Long Beach Unified received $1.2 million
    • Los Angeles Unified received $7.2 million



  • LBUSD Board appointed Jill Baker as Superintendent, the first woman to hold the job
  • Elementary students will not receive Achievement Reports (Report Cards) for the second semester
  • Students in grades 6 to 8 will receive Pass/Fail final grades
  • Students in grades 9 to 12 will receive Credit/No Credit final grades

Higher Education


  • UC and CSU will accept pass/fail or credit/no credit for high school courses taken during the winter and spring semesters
  • UC and CSU will not rescind an admissions offer just because a student is unable to send a transcript by the deadline
  • The UC and CSU will not require SAT or ACT for juniors who will be applying for college this fall.
  • The College Board will offer AP exams online


Constituent Services

My district office is always happy to assist you with state-related matters, such as:                

  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Foreclosure Prevention Programs
  • Consumer Complaints
  • Veterans' Benefits
  • Unemployment and Disability Insurance
  • State Taxes
  • Professional Conduct or Licensing Complaints
  • Medi-Cal and Covered California