Business Resources

Federal, State and Local Resources

The City is also actively monitoring programs and resources available through the federal, state and county governments to assist small business and employers navigate this economic disruption. We will continue to update this information as more details regarding the Federal economic stimulus plan are rolled out. Below is a list of helpful resources. 

Federal Resources

State Resources

  • CA iBank Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program – up to $10 million loans
  • EDD Tax Assistance: Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from in the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes. A written request for extension must be received. Call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center (1-888-745-3886)
  • Employment Development Department: Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program
  • Bridging the Re-Opening: Digital Tools and Strategies 
    • The California Governor's Office of Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) hosted a webinar focused on using digital tools and strategies.  The webinar focused on connecting and sharing resources, challenges, barriers and opportunities for small businesses to improve, pivot and adapt to this new marketplace. 

Local Resources

If you have any questions about any of the programs above, please contact the City's Business Hotline at (310) 253-5765. Culver City staff are available to provide one-on-one case assistance and connect businesses with the latest resources and programs.

 

COVID-19 Community Survey

The Economic Recovery Task Force is committed to exploring and progressing recovery efforts to sustain Culver City’s economic vitality, support our  businesses community and ensure equity for the most vulnerable in our community. We want to hear from Culver City’s residents, businesses, community organizations, and visitors to understand current priorities and how the City can best support you as we recover, today, and into our shared future.

Take the COVID-19 Community Survey Now (Disponible en Español)

 

Commercial Evictions due to COVID-19 Prohibited

Eviction of a commercial tenant for reasons related to COVID-19 is prohibited in Culver City through the termination of the local emergency. This is known as the "Eviction Moratorium". On February 25, 2021, the City issued the Thirty-Fourth Supplement to Public Order(PDF, 212KB) and on March 10, 2021 the City issued the Ninth Amended Implementation Measures(PDF, 317KB) regarding the Eviction Moratorium.

  • Effective April 1, 2021, tenants must pay 25% of current rent due in order to receive the protection of the moratorium.  If the landlord and tenant already have another payment arrangement in place for current rent, that agreement will supersede this condition.
  • Effective March 1, 2021, the definition of Commercial Tenant will be modified as follows (changes in bold):

“Commercial Tenant” means any individual, agency, association, branch, corporation, estate, group, partnership, or other entity or organization entitled by Lease or by sufferance, to the use or occupancy of a Commercial Property, provided that such person holds a valid business license issued by the City of Culver City, unless exempt from business license requirements under the Culver City Municipal Code.  Effective June 1, 2020, “Commercial Tenant” shall not include a multi-national company, publicly traded company, or a company that employed 200 or more employees on March 20, 2020.  Effective March 1, 2021, “Commercial Tenant” shall not include a multi-national company, publicly traded company, or a company that, together with that company’s parent, subsidiary, affiliated, and related companies, employed 200 or more employees on March 20, 2020.

  • Tenants should pay all or partial rent if they are financially able to do so.
  • The CTEM protects a tenant from eviction for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 related circumstances, but does not preclude a landlord from seeking payment, by other lawful means, of current or past due rent

Evidence of the inability to pay rent due to COVID-19 and other details regarding the Eviction Moratorium can be found in the 9th Amended Rules and Implementation Measures Regarding Commercial Tenant Eviction Moratorium(PDF, 317KB).

Report a violation of the Eviction Moratorium via email or call (310) 253-5708.

 

Culver City Community Workforce Resource Poster

All businesses Must Display by October 16, 2020.

The Culver City Community Workforce Resource Poster promotes local workforce safety awareness and access to resources such as the City’s coronavirus hotline, webpage, and other health and employment resources.

All businesses that have re-opened are required by the 27th Supplement to Public Order to post the Community Workforce Resource Poster in both English and Spanish, and in a visually accessible location in proximity to other employee postings (such as minimum wage posters), by October 16, 2020.

The Community Workforce Resource Poster consists of two pages and must be printed on letter size paper with dimensions of 8.5” x 11”, in portrait orientation. It may be printed in black and white or color.

The City will provide limited prints to businesses who do not have access to a printer or printing services. Please email business.assistance@culvercity.org or call (310) 253-5765 to request a printed copy for pick up at City Hall.

 

 

General Business Reopening Protocols

As California reopens and physical distancing requirements and capacity limits for customers have been lifted, protecting LA County workers is a top priority, especially those communities that were hardest hit during the worst of the pandemic. Review the Best Practices to Prevent COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses for details and signage.

Following the June 17, 2021 vote by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to adopt the revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to allow the revisions to immediately take effect on June 17, 2021. The revised regulations reflect the state’s latest COVID-19 public health guidance. The updates include changes to face coverings and physical distancing requirements. More information on the revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards can be found in Cal/OSHA's Frequently Asked Questions.

In addition to getting vaccinated, Public Health is keeping several other prevention measures top of mind.

Testing – As more people intermingle with others outside of their households, testing will be an essential part of the County strategy after June 15 to prevent outbreaks. Public Health recommends testing for anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status or recent infection. Testing is also recommended for unvaccinated people who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 infection or who has had a potential exposure. Testing is still widely available across the county.

Public Health Best Practices - After most sectors reopen fully on June 15, there will continue to be sector-specific protocols for schools, day cares, camps, hospitals, health care facilities, and high-risk congregate settings; these protocols will continue masking, distancing and infection control safety measures as appropriate. And while businesses may not be required to maintain distancing, masking, and infection control after June 15, Public Health recognizes that many businesses may want to continue some public health measures for the safety of their workers and customers. Public Health will post best practices next week to help businesses make plans.

Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (e.g., retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public). In settings where masks are required only for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to:

  1. Continue to require all patrons to wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status (Strong recommendation for all indoor settings);
  2. Post clearly visible and easy to read signage, with or without having an employee at all entry points to communicate the masking requirements for patrons who are not fully vaccinated, and allow fully vaccinated patrons to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry; or
  3. Implement a proactive COVID-19 vaccination verification process to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask prior to entry onto their premises.

Review the Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings to take effect June 15, 2021

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How We Enforce Public Health Rules for Businesses

The City of Culver City is continuing its efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health and safety by ensuring local businesses follow all City and LA County public health regulations.  Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City and LA County have issued a variety of public health orders and regulations for businesses with the aim of reducing the spread of COVID-19 and preventing illness and death. Although most essential and non-essential businesses in the City have been allowed to re-open since the issuance of the Governor’s “Safer-at-Home” Order (with few exceptions), those businesses are required to adhere to the re-opening protocol enacted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of those businesses’ employees, patrons, and the general public. For example, retail establishments are required to implement health screening of employees, ensure employees and patrons wear masks, and maintain social distancing.  Other businesses, such as gyms/fitness centers, museums, and hair salons, barbershops, and personal care establishments (e.g., nail salons, tanning salons, and cosmetology) are authorized to operate outdoors only in compliance with mandated social distancing and sanitization requirements (and some of these outdoor operations are subject to the acquisition of a City “Temporary Use Permit”).

Personnel from the Culver City Fire Department’s Community Risk Reduction team make frequent in-person visits to local businesses to proactively distribute information on how businesses can keep their customers and employees safe and healthy.  The Community Risk Reduction team also responds to complaints made to the City’s Coronavirus Hotline about businesses that are not following public health rules. Community Risk Reduction inspectors review the on-site business activities with business operators, discuss any public health protocols the business is implementing, and educate business owners and managers on any improvements that must be made.  After educating operators during their first visit, Community Risk Reduction inspectors will return to the business a second time to ensure that the business has followed through on the recommendations. Community Risk Reduction will make additional visits if additional complaints are made about the business, however, in nearly all cases, upon receiving the information from the Community Risk Reduction inspectors, businesses take immediate steps to comply with the public health orders.

Recognizing that these are difficult times for everyone, the City goes to great lengths to ensure that enforcement is educational in nature. However, in certain circumstances, businesses have refused to comply with public health guidelines, despite multiple attempts to obtain their voluntary compliance with the mandated re-opening protocols necessary to protect public health.  In these rare circumstances, and with the goal of protecting public health, the City has had to escalate its enforcement methods. This includes issuing administrative fines, which start at $100 and escalate to $500 for each daily violation of the public health orders. If a business were to fail to comply after the imposition of administrative fines, the City would pursue misdemeanor charges against the business owner, manager, and other responsible parties, which can result in fines of up to $1,000 and/or 6 months in jail for each day the business violates the public health orders. The City may also seek a court order prohibiting the unlawful business activities, or, in extreme circumstances, the City could revoke the business’ Culver City Business Tax Certificate, in which case it would be required to cease all operations.