Small Biz Resources, Woman of the Year & FREE #BHM Event

Dear neighbor,

We are only a few days away from finalizing bill introductions in the Senate, and I am very excited about all the great work we will accomplish this year. I am also happy to share that I have joined the Senate Leadership Team as the new Majority Whip. It is truly an honor to take on this new role and I am looking forward to helping advance policies of equity and inclusion for the great people of California and everyone in Senate District 33.

There is important information I want to make sure you are aware of, including small business resources, vaccine updates, our Woman of the Year Nominations and more, so let’s get started!

  • Small Business Resources:  
    • The Los Angeles County Development Authority has launched an affordable and flexible business loan program to support and help stabilize businesses in the region. Small Business Stabilization Loans range from $50,000 to $3 million, and can be used for working capital, equipment purchases, inventory, or refinancing of existing loans at higher interest rates.
    • The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California. Businesses of any industry, size, or location compete for over $180 million available in tax credits. The next open application period is March 8, 2021 - March 29, 2021.
    • The City of Maywood Small Business Grant (SBG) Program is offered to local business that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The City is providing grants of up to $10,000 to businesses located in Maywood. Applications will be accepted March 1 - March 5, 2021.
    • For more information on small business resources across the state, subscribe to the CalOSBA newsletter and stay updated.
  • The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act - This Act extends eviction protections to COVID-19 impacted tenants and establishes the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • COVID-19 Vaccines: Wondering if you are eligible? Find out if it’s your turn by answering a few questions at My Turn. If it isn't your turn yet, you’ll be able to register to be notified when you become eligible. If you are eligible and would like to make an appointment, please see the information below.
    • To make an appointment at a Los Angeles County vaccination site visit Individuals who do not have internet access or who have a disability can call 1-833-540-0473 between 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. for assistance making an appointment.
    • To make an appointment in the City of Long Beach visit the VaxLB website. This service is for use by anybody who lives, works, or learns in Long Beach and is not being vaccinated through their employer. Individuals who do not have internet access or who have a disability can call (562) 570-4636. When prompted press (6) then wait on the line to speak to an agent.
    • Need help navigating the vaccine appointment websites or finding a vaccine site near you in SD33? Click here for a step-by-step guide.
  • CalEITC: is a refundable tax credit that can increase your tax refund or decrease the amount of taxes you owe. The amount of the CalEITC depends on your household status, income, and family size.
  • Woman of the Year: In celebration of Women's History Month in March, my office is now accepting nominations for the "Woman of the Year" virtual recognition ceremony. Every year we honor women who significantly contribute to the 33rd Senate District and bring positive change for the community. If you would like to nominate someone for this year’s recognition, please complete a nomination form by visiting my website.
  • You’re Invited! In celebration of Library Lovers’ Month and Black History Month, the Long Beach Public Library Foundation will host a free virtual celebration with Long Beach author Elise Bryant and me. We will talk about the importance of libraries and literacy and author Elise Bryant will answer questions about one of her newly released YA novels.

I look forward to receiving your Woman of the Year nominations and seeing you at our virtual event this month! As always, know I am here to assist you, if you need information on other resources or help with other state related matters, please contact my office. You can reach us at (562) 256-7921 or send us a message here.

In service,

Lena Gonzalez
33rd State Senate District