Business rent help
Livermore city officials are accepting joint applications from eligible commercial landlords and their small business tenants or lessees as part of the city's "Commercial Rent Abatement Matching Grant Program."
Open to businesses with gross receipts of no more than $10 million that have experienced financial loss due to the pandemic, the program provides up to $7,500 in matching funds when a commercial landlord has or will permanently waive unpaid rent during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The program currently has $409,000 in available funding; it will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until all of the money is exhausted, according to city officials.
To obtain an application or learn more, visit oied.net or email [email protected]
The Alameda County Superior Court last Friday unveiled its new "Alameda Superior Court" app for iOS and Android devices that is designed to make it easier for the public to access court services and information.
Key functions include "the ability to search for criminal calendar and case information, finding upcoming court dates across case types, listening to live audio streaming of in-session courtrooms, and obtaining general court information, including department telephone numbers and email addresses, and courthouse locations (with directions)," officials said.
Future updates to the mobile app would include the ability to pay traffic tickets and to view civil case documents, among other functions, officials said.
Free ride to vaccine
The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority on Monday launched a program that will provide free rides on existing Wheels, Rapid and Dial-a-Ride services to and from any COVID-19 vaccination site in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin, including hospitals, pharmacies and other immunization locations.
The program, which will remain in effect until further notice, aims to reduce barriers to vaccination access caused by transportation-related costs and other impacts.
To receive the free trip, passengers would need to show their physical or digital confirmation of their same-day vaccine appointment to the bus operator at boarding.
"As an essential service, LAVTA has continued operations and has provided needed transportation to essential workers and the general public, many of whom have no other reliable form of transportation. Providing free rides to and from vaccination sites will help ensure that all persons have access to be vaccinated in a timely manner," said Livermore Mayor Bob Woerner, chair of the LAVTA Board of Directors.
The city of Dublin is seeking sponsorships for its "Military Banner Program," which honors local military veterans or active duty members with custom banners to be displayed along Dougherty Road between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
The banner will include a photo of the honoree along with their name, rank, military branch and service status. To qualify, the military honoree must be a current Dublin resident, or have an immediate family member living in the city, or be a former Dublin resident with a demonstrated long-term, positive impact on the community.
The application deadline is March 31; the $230 sponsorship fee is due after approval.
The Zone 7 Water Agency is hosting a free webinar on "Gardening with Natives" next Wednesday (March 10) from 4-5:15 p.m.
Shining a spotlight on native plantings, the webinar will feature Lesley Hunt, of the East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, talking about the benefits of native gardening, considerations to keep in mind when planning a garden, key examples and answers to attendees' questions.
For more information, visit www.zone7water.com.
Bus Ticket Drive
Livermore resident Jacky Poulsen, in collaboration with Asbury United Methodist Church, is holding the sixth annual Bus Ticket Drive to help provide transportation to Tri-Valley residents who are homeless or struggling financially.
"Transportation is a huge challenge for these people and the number of people in our community who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness has increased substantially with the COVID-19 pandemic," Poulsen said.
"It's our goal this year that everyone in our community who needs public transportation to obtain services such as hot meals from Open Heart Kitchen, groceries from food pantries, health care from Axis Community Health, and showers and laundry at Asbury United Methodist Church, can receive bus tickets to transport them there. No one should have to forego these services just because they cannot afford the cost of transportation," Poulsen added.
Poulsen said she works with the service organizations to provide them with the bus tickets so they can distribute them to their clients as appropriate. To make a donation online, visit https://bit.ly/2020bustickets. The drive ends later this month.