City of San Diego passes COVID-19 package

March 23, 2020
Skyline San Diego

Sandy Huffaker

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On March 17, the San Diego City Council President ratified the Mayor’s state of emergency declaration and passed a comprehensive package of legislation to help lessen the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on San Diego’s most at-risk residents.

The full package includes:

• A temporary moratorium on residential evictions due to non-payment of rent resulting from a loss of wages caused by the outbreak of COVID-19.

• A temporary moratorium on evictions and mortgage foreclosures for property owned by the San Diego Housing Authority due to non-payment of rent or mortgages resulting from a loss of wages caused by the outbreak.

• A resolution requesting the San Diego Superior Court to suspend all pending residential eviction cases during the pendency of state of emergency related to the outbreak of COVID-19.

• A resolution requesting the San Diego County Sheriff suspend service of unlawful detainer actions and enforcement of evictions.

• A resolution calling on the Department of Homeland Security to suspend immigration enforcement operations in sensitive locations including hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities.

• A request that San Diego Gas & Electric and any other utility provider to evaluate potential relief from late fees and utility shutoffs.

• Temporary relief funding for workers who were laid off or furloughed because of the outbreak of COVID-19 to help those workers pay rent and/or utility bills.

• A temporary moratorium on evictions for small businesses under commercial leases, who cannot pay rent.

• Evaluation of options to work with banks and lenders to halt mortgage payments or foreclosures for individuals and landlords.

• Prioritization of requests for emergency funding and support from the state and federal governments.

• Enforcement the Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance.

• A delay on collection and enforcement of the City’s Business Tax Certificate fees.

• Suspension of enforcement of the Vehicle Habitation Ordinance.

• A request that the Mayor, working with the hotel association, labor partners, and homeless service providers, open hotel rooms that include provider services to unsheltered individuals and families.

Read more: San Diego Community News Group