When Will Californians Start Spending Again? – Virtual Event

Tuesday, October 13, 1:00PT

California isn’t just the world’s fifth largest economy—it’s also a global capital of consumer culture. And now its culture, and the everyday habits of its people, are being profoundly disrupted by the pandemic and its associated economic collapse. A sudden, sharp decline in consumer satisfaction has laid open the profound fragility of the California economy. How is COVID-19 changing the way Californians participate in the economy, particularly in the counties hit hardest by the pandemic? How can California bounce back from COVID? And what might Californians’ changing feelings about consumer culture portend for the rest of the country?

Cameron Shelton, director of the Lowe Institute of Political Economy at Claremont McKenna College and a lead investigator in the California Consumer Sentiment Indices, visits Zócalo to explore Californians’ rapidly changing feelings about consumerism.

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Verdugo Jobs Center, Glendale CA – Jobs & Services Information During Covid-19

Covid-19 Assistance Program

The VJC continues to offer its COVID-19 assistance program for workers who access our employment services.
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Covid -19 Information for Workers

Please see our COVID-19 Information for Workers webpage for up-to-date information and resources for job seekers.
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VJC Program Update

To help protect the health and safety of our community, the VJC continues to provide services virtually. Our job search area is closed to the public. To speak to a case manager who can connect you with our career services, please contact us at (818) 937-8000 or AskVJC@glendaleca.gov.


New Training Opportunity for People with Disabilities

Individuals with disabilities are invited to apply to participate in our free Safety CQIA training program.
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AFL-CIO to Host Labor Web Conferences Friday-Monday of Labor Day Week-End

Join AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka for a conversation with union members who are serving on the front lines as we battle COVID-19. From teaching our kids to caring for the sick to serving our communities, these workers will share their personal journeys and discuss why we need to pass the HEROES Act to protect and support those on the job.

LABOR LIVE: FRONT-LINE WORKERS AND COVID-19 – Friday Sept 4, 3pm PT

LABOR LIVE: THE ONGOING ECONOMIC FALLOUT OF COVID-19 – Sat. Sept 5 9am PT

LABOR LIVE: PROTECTING THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE AND VOTE BY MAIL Sunday Sept 6 3pm PT

LABOR DAY LIVE: A CONVERSATION WITH VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, Monday, Sept 7, 1:15p PT

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Glendale Businesses – Get Free Hand Sanitizer by the Gallon

Residents and businesses can pick up free hand sanitizer and face masks while supplies last through a number of events:

  • Drive-Thru Pick-Up Friday, August 28 from 10AM – 1PM780 Flower St., Glendale CA 91201
  • Walk-Up Pick-Up Event #1 Tuesday, September 1, 2020 from 10AM – 1PM 117 N. Artsakh Ave., Glendale, CA 91206
  • Walk-Up Pick-Up Event #2 Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 2PM – 5PM 117 N. Artsakh Ave., Glendale CA 91206

Must be a Glendale business or resident. Please present a recent utility bill as proof. Businesses will receive a minimum of 8 gallons; more available upon request. Residents will receive a minimum of 1 gallon.

For your protection, please practice social distancing and wear a face covering when picking up hand sanitizer.

3 Mistakes Businesses Make During a Crisis

No business is immune to a crisis, but some recover better than others by avoiding these business mistakes.


Throughout the course of any technology business–from start-ups to established businesses–periodically, crisis hits. These crises could be related to finances, a key employee leaving, industry changes, and so on. There are three mistakes that most often affect a company’s ability to cope with and recover from a crisis.

Mistake #1 – Dissemination of Information

When things go south, there are often two information-related mistakes management makes. First, they ignore sharing information with employees, which churns the rumor mill. In many cases, the rumors that come about are far worse than reality and can lead to poor decision-making further down in the business structure. It is incredibly important to share information as quickly as possible, even if that is simply to state that you have no further information.

Second, when management does decide to tell employees what is going on, they often do not have a . . . . click here for full story

Important Updates from LA County Economic Development Corporation

LA Covid-19 Community Connectory

Due to COVID-19, employers and workers in our region are facing challenges of epic proportions.

During these unprecedented times, the LAEDC has established this LA Covid-19 Community Connectory which seeks to provide crucial resources for vulnerable residents, small businesses, and nonprofits. The Community Connectory:

  • Engages LAEDC’s award-winning staff of business assistance and layoff avoidance professionals to directly help employers overcome challenges, retain staff and position for economic recovery.
  • Spotlights a growing array of financial resources that directly support individuals, as well as programs to help businesses and community-based organizations.
  • Provides frequent analysis and economic outlooks from LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics to help all people in our region plan for economic recovery.

All the services of LA Community Connectory are provided at no charge, in keeping with LAEDC’s public-benefit mission, and true to our history of helping save over 240,000 direct jobs in LA County over the past 20 years.

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The Future of Single-Use Packaging in a Post-Pandemic World

We were throwing out our plastic bags – until suddenly the supermarkets don’t want our reusable bags brought into their stores any more.  Even the most vocal anti-plastic critics are now relying on a soap or sanitizer pumped or poured from a plastic container. . . .

Rather than all out bans on plastic, are there ways to make them less harmful to the environment, more sustainable?

Single-use packaging can evolve towards lightweight cartridges used in conjunction with durable soap and sanitizer dispensers. The lighter package, which may not have ideal aesthetics, could be hidden inside a shroud or housing so that it is not visually jarring. The design of the dispenser itself can be optimized for minimal human contact, or even touchless, to help improve hygiene and sanitation. . . . what else? more

LAEDC June 1st COVID-19 Economic Implications Briefing – 11am PT

The LAEDC’s COVID-19 Economic Implications Briefing series continues next Monday, June 1st at 11:00 AM PDT. Bill Allen, LAEDC CEO, and the LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics (IAE) will discuss their findings on the economic implications for Los Angeles County related to this pandemic. Join us for this quick update to gather insight on your local economy. Space is limited, and registration is required.

We invite you to submit questions to shane.cullen@laedc.org to have them answered on the webinar by the IAE team.

By registering to take part in this webinar you agree to receive regular updates from our organization about future events, data, research, programs and initiatives. When you receive such updates, you will be able to opt-out, if you wish to unsubscribe from future communications on behalf of the LAEDC.

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