May 20, 2020 Media Brief


OC Register: Most of Orange County’s $554 million in CARES Act money already spent or spoken for

The biggest chunk, $203 million, is for general public health costs including COVID-19 testing, protective equipment such as masks and gloves, and related expenses, according to a report county supervisors heard Tuesday, May 19.


Voice of OC: Supervisors split over handling $75 million Coronavirus small business bailout

“I like the idea of the independent administrator and we have some fairness and take some politics out,” Supervisor Doug Chaffee said. “I think an independent administrator of this fund would be the best way to go.”


OC Register: Coronavirus: Orange County reaches 4,500 cases confirmed as of Tuesday, May 19

Of the 4,500 confirmed cases, 513 were residents in skilled nursing facilities and 350 were Orange County Jail inmates.


Daily Pilot: New Costa Mesa campaign urges shopping local to end ‘economic pandemic’

A new campaign in the making aims to impart to residents that recovery from what city officials are calling the “economic pandemic” of COVID-19 can only happen if people keep commerce inside city limits by shopping locally.


Voice of OC: Costa Mesa launches loan program to assist small businesses

The city will work with the Small Business Development Center, a federally funded network that helps small businesses, and the Main Street Launch Community Development Financial Institution, which provides loans to small businesses in California.


Orange County

Voice of OC: Early Santa Ana recall election results signal ouster for Councilwoman Iglecias

Early election night results from Santa Ana showed voters leaning toward recalling City Councilwoman Ceci Iglesias and replacing her with Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee Nelida Mendoza, who’s vying with two other candidates to take the seat.



LA Times: Inside the fight over opening churches amid coronavirus

The religious aspect of the shutdown has been much debated, though the vast majority of houses of worship have gladly complied with the rules to keep their members safe. Still, some churches have filed lawsuits, and a few have defied the order.


Publication Date: May 20, 2020