So This Happened Week of August 3-9

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Week of August 3-9

As the pandemic continues to devastate the economy, local governments are looking for ways to compensate.

So This Happened Week of August 3-9A boost for businesses

Concord has a plan to help local businesses, thanks to the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Business owners can apply for $5,000 grants Aug. 17-21. “The city of Concord is dedicated to supporting our local small businesses through this unprecedented and difficult time,” Mayor Tim McGallian said. Read the full story.

So This Happened Week of August 3-9Taking it to the streets

The Todos Santos Business Association is surveying members to see if Concord should close some streets to allow businesses to expand outdoors. The city has already made the permit process easier for those that want to use the sidewalks or parking spots. Read the full story.

So This Happened Week of August 3-9A $1.6 million bonus

The $725,000 small business grant program will use the bulk of Concord’s share of CARES funds. On Aug. 4, the City Council also allocated $450,000 to reimburse the city for COVID-19 related expenses, $375,000 for a rent relief program and $50,00 for improved technology access. Read the full story.

Sales tax strategies

Both Concord and Contra Costa County voted to place sales taxes measures on the November ballot. Concord’s one-cent tax would be an extension of Measure Q, while the county’s half-cent proposal is a new measure – but it’s contingent on state legislation that would allow Contra Costa to increase it’s sales tax cap. Read the full story.

Fun in the sun

If you’re looking to head outdoors for some exercise and relaxation, check out these stories from the East Bay Regional Park District:

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