CARES Act Unemployment Benefits Expire Sept 4, 2021 – What you need to know

September 4, 2021, federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefit programs created under the CARES Act will expire in California and across the states.

Three million+ California workers impacted by expiration of these critical federal programs were notified by the Employment Development Department (EDD). In an effort to support these Californians, EDD is partnering with Covered California, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Department of Social Services to promote other vital state-run benefit programs and that can help Californians in need. These include low-cost health care, rent relief and utility aid, and access to food assistance, which have been significantly expanded by the American Rescue Plan and California Comeback Plan

For example, these workers are entitled to over $234 per person per month for food via CalFresh (GetCalFresh.org). They are also eligible for 100 percent rent and utilities via Housing is Key (HousingIsKey.com), as well as free or low-cost coverage for as low as $1 per month for workers who received unemployment benefits through Covered California and Medi-Cal (coveredca.com). EDD recently posted links to these benefits to the on-line accounts of UI recipients, including to GetCalFresh.org, which boosted CalFresh (i.e., SNAP) applications by 108,000 people this summer.

EDD Fact Sheet

Hollywood studios can require COVID vaccines for actors, crews under new union pact

A new pact between Hollywood unions and studios allows producers to require that actors and crews on some sets be required to have a COVID-19 vaccination.

The deal comes as cases again begin to spiral upward in Los Angeles and across the nation as the highly contagious delta coronavirus variant spreads.

The agreement, reached between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and several Hollywood unions including those representing actors and directors, expires Oct. 1 unless extended, The Wrap said.

It allows producers to mandate COVID vaccines for actors and crew who work on sets with the most close contact, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

But the new rules also . . . . full story here

Next LAEDC Briefing – July 19, 11:00AM PDT – ONLINE

The next monthly installment of the LAEDC’s Economic Briefing will be on Monday, July 19th at 11:00 AM PDT. Bill Allen, LAEDC CEO, and the LAEDC Institute for Applied Economics (IAE) Director, Shannon Sedgwick, will be offering insights into the ongoing ramifications and slowing recovery from the COVID-19-induced recession with an update on jobs, unemployment and industry performance.

This update will share insights 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.

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The Future of Medical Research and Treatment: Impacts of the Pandemic

Join Via Zoom for a Virtual Conference: Thursday, March 18, 2021; 11:00am–12:15pm

From initial research, to testing potential cures and preventions, and now revolutionizing supply chains and distribution, the industry made front page news weekly while both experts and the general public followed developments like their lives depended on it – and they did.  

The past year’s innovations have accelerated the growth of an already burgeoning industry, with bioscience activity in Los Angeles County on the rise long before the pandemic. Medical research is constantly being impacted by new technology, and the typical process of FDA approval and access progress more rapidly each day. We’ll analyze how the events of the past year sped up growth of the industry and what long-term impacts the pandemic will have on medical treatment development, approval, and distribution.

During these unprecedented times, the future can be intimidating, but the bioscience industry provides a progressive pathway to developing treatments and cures across the disease spectrum. The LAEDC is focusing on timely research to provide updated regional insights to inform the bioscience stakeholders and decisionmakers about the state of the industry including challenges, opportunities, and how a year with the pandemic will affect future growth. Register for Event Here


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 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 speak to a case manager who can connect you with our career services, please contact us at (818) 937-8000 or AskVJC@glendaleca.gov.


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

Click Here to go to Labor Day Live


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