First Steps toward Recovery: Saving Small Businesses

Report #254, December 2020
First Steps toward Recovery: Saving Small Businesses

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2020
 
For Additional Information Contact:
Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
(510) 205-8042

 

Increase Efforts to Support California’s Small Businesses, Urges Little Hoover Commission

 

California has taken strong first steps toward helping small businesses survive the pandemic, but the state must do more, including an expanded loan program, deeper collaboration with the private sector, and additional emphasis on organizations that focus on the underserved, according to a new report from the Little Hoover Commission.

The report, First Steps toward Recovery: Saving Small Businesses, details how the pandemic has impacted small businesses – which accounted for nearly half of the private sector workforce prior to COVID. The Commission notes that the pandemic hit minority- and women-owned businesses hardest and has magnified the structural inequalities facing California.

“California’s small businesses have been devastated by the pandemic with marginalized groups feeling the worst of impact,” said Commissioner David Beier, member of the subcommittee studying economic recovery from the pandemic. “It is crucial that we are intentional with our economic rebuilding efforts and that we actively work to support small businesses in underserved communities in their efforts to survive and reorient towards a changing economy.”

Although the state’s budget outlook has recently improved, the Commission acknowledges that California still faces budget constraints and that state government lacks sufficient resources to fully address the enormous impact of COVID on small businesses. The Commission details the need for the state to leverage private resources – financial, institutional, and human talent—toward addressing the economic impact of COVID.

“California’s fiscal challenges have strained its ability to fully address the enormous impacts of the pandemic,” said Vice Chair Sean Varner, who also served on the study’s subcommittee. “By leveraging public-private partnerships, California can foster and enhance economic recovery while also addressing the pandemic’s disparate impacts.”

The Commission also calls on the state to work with institutions that focus on underserved communities, especially Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which have a strong record of supporting minority- and women-owned businesses by providing them with credit and technical assistance.

The Commission identifies the California Rebuilding Fund as a key mechanism for supporting small businesses and encouraging economic recovery.  The Rebuilding Fund is a partnership of state and local governments and private organizations – some for-profit, some nonprofit – that will aggregate and leverage funding and work through CDFIs to provide financial support to small businesses in underserved communities.

The Commission urges the state to expand the Rebuilding Fund, both by maximizing private participation and by increasing the size of the state’s contribution. The Governor’s Office recently announced that the state will add $12.5 million to its initial contribution of $25 million.

“The state’s recent additional investment into the California Rebuilding Fund offers a critical step towards developing a robust public-private partnership to support small business recovery,” said Chair Nava. “We ask that the state continue its work in expanding the Rebuilding Fund to meet the scale of the crisis confronting small businesses.”

In addition to increasing the state’s contribution to the Rebuilding Fund, the Governor’s Office recently announced several other measures to support small businesses, including $500 million for COVID relief grants for small businesses. These measures complement the aims and recommendations outlined in the Commission’s report and demonstrate the bold leadership in support of small businesses that the Commission encourages.

About the Little Hoover Commission

The Little Hoover Commission is a bipartisan, independent state oversight agency created in 1962. It includes 13 Commissioners appointed by the Governor and legislative leaders. The Commission’s mission is to investigate state operations and promote efficiency, economy and improved service.

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Study Description

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Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic led to the deepest economic contraction since the Great Depression and has left millions of Californians unemployed. The impact of the pandemic-induced recession has fallen disproportionately on communities of color and on underserved communities, amplifying existing inequities in California’s economy.

The pandemic has also pushed small businesses to the edge of extinction. Small businesses are the cornerstones of vibrant communities and employed nearly half of California’s private sector workforce prior to the pandemic. They have been devastated by the pandemic. More than 30 percent of California’s small businesses remained closed in early November and thousands have shut-down permanently. Minority- and women-owned businesses have been disproportionately affected and face numerous barriers to accessing the financial and technical assistance they need to survive.  

To address the crisis facing California’s small businesses and promote an equitable recovery, the Commission recommends state government take an even bolder leadership role in providing and coordinating support for small businesses and in establishing public-private partnerships to advance small enterprises.

The Commission intends to release additional reports that study the impacts of COVID and that examine additional approaches for supporting those impacted by the pandemic.

 

Relevant Reports
(Report #257, February 2021)

 

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  • September 24
    2020
    Public Hearing on Public-Private Partnerships
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    Public-Private Partnerships in the State's Response to the Pandemic Recession, Part 2
     
    1. Debbie Yaddow, Senior Director of Pathways, Futuro Health (Written Testimony)
    2. Ana Bertha Gutierrez, Senior Director, Jobs for the Future (Written Testimony)
    3. Alison Schmitt, Senior Program Manager, Jobs for the Future
    4. Tim Rainey, Executive Director, California Workforce Development Board
    5. Public Comment

     

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    Public Notice

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    August 6, 2020

    For Additional Information Contact:
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    Notice of Meetings

    The Little Hoover Commission – America’s only permanent, independent citizens commission working to improve state government – will conduct a business meeting beginning at 10 a.m. on August 27 and two public hearings beginning at 10 a.m. on September 10 and 24. These meetings will be conducted via Zoom, under the provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act as revised by Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the meeting by joining online or by phone. Please find the details for each meeting below: 

    Business Meeting, August 27, 10 a.m.:
    Phone Number: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 976 4806 8946
    Password: 473371
     
     
    Public Hearing, September 10, 10 a.m.: 
    Phone Number: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 954 8414 4162
    Password: 936199
     
    Public Hearing, September 24, 10 a.m.:
    Phone Number: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 953 6196 7904
    Password: 635271
     

    Add to your calendar

    We highly recommend members of the public access the meeting through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. During the meetings, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to LittleHoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the meeting. As is the Commission’s normal procedure during physical meetings, public comments will be heard at the end of the meeting, following the final agenda item, and will be limited to three minutes each.

    The Commission may act on any item listed on the meeting agendas. Agenda items may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The meeting may be cancelled without notice.  

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or LittleHoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, August 20 for the August 27 Business Meeting; Thursday, September 3 for the September 10 Public Hearing; and Thursday, September 17 for the September 24 Public Hearing. 

    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. We appreciate your patience.

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  • September 10
    2020
    Public Hearing on Public-Private Partnerships
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    Public Hearing
    Agenda
    AGENDA:
    Public Hearing
    10 a.m.
    Thursday, September 10, 2020
     
    Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
    Toll Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 954 8414 4162
    Password: 936199 
     
    Public-Private Partnerships in the State's Response to the Pandemic Recession
     
    1. Kenya Blane, RN, EMHA, Chief Executive Officer, Infusion Partners 360, LLC
    2. Hilda Kennedy, Founder and President of AmPac Business Capital (Written Testimony)
    3. Susan H. Mac Cormac, Corporate Partner at Morrison & Foerster and Co-Founder of the California Small Enterprise Task Force (Written Testimony)
    4. Isabel Casillas Guzman, California’s Director of the Office of the Small Business Advocate and lead on the Entrepreneurship Task Force for the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Written Testimony)
    5. Public Comment
     
    Additional Written Testimony
     
    • Michelle DiGangi, Executive Vice President, Head of Small Business and Medium Enterprise Group, Bank of the West (Written Testimony)
     
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    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 6, 2020

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meetings

    The Little Hoover Commission – America’s only permanent, independent citizens commission working to improve state government – will conduct a business meeting beginning at 10 a.m. on August 27 and two public hearings beginning at 10 a.m. on September 10 and 24. These meetings will be conducted via Zoom, under the provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act as revised by Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the meeting by joining online or by phone. Please find the details for each meeting below: 

    Business Meeting, August 27, 10 a.m.:
    Phone Number: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 976 4806 8946
    Password: 473371
     
     
    Public Hearing, September 10, 10 a.m.: 
    Phone Number: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 954 8414 4162
    Password: 936199
     
     
    Public Hearing, September 24, 10 a.m.:
    Phone Number: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 953 6196 7904
    Password: 635271
     
     

    We highly recommend members of the public access the meeting through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. During the meetings, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to LittleHoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the meeting. As is the Commission’s normal procedure during physical meetings, public comments will be heard at the end of the meeting, following the final agenda item, and will be limited to three minutes each.

    The Commission may act on any item listed on the meeting agendas. Agenda items may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The meeting may be cancelled without notice.  

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or LittleHoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, August 20 for the August 27 Business Meeting; Thursday, September 3 for the September 10 Public Hearing; and Thursday, September 17 for the September 24 Public Hearing. 

    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. We appreciate your patience.

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  • July 23
    2020
    Hearing on Long-Term Economic Impacts of COVID-19
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    Public Hearing: 1 p.m.

    1. Laura D. Tyson, Professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and former Chair of the U.S. President's Council of Economic Advisors 
    2. Lenny Mendonca, Former Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Newsom and director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
     
    Public Comments
    Public Notice
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 29, 2020
     
    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125
     
    Notice of Meetings
     
    On Thursday, July 9, 2020, and Thursday, July 23, 2020 the Little Hoover Commission will conduct public hearings on the long-term economic impacts of COVID-19. The meetings will be conducted via Zoom, under the provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act as revised by Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20.
     
    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the hearings by joining online or by phone. Please see find the details for each hearing below:

    July 9, 10 a.m.
     
    Add to your calendar

    July 23, 1 p.m.:
     
     
    We highly recommend members of the public access the meeting through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone.
    During the hearings, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the hearing. As is the Commission’s normal procedure during physical hearings, public comments will be heard at the end of the hearing, following the final agenda item, and will be limited to three minutes each.
     
    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The hearings may be cancelled without notice.  
     
    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, July 2, 2020.
      
    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We appreciate your patience.
     
    AGENDA
    Public Hearings on Long-Term Economic Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic
     
    These hearings will focus on California's long-term economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, including how the state's economy is likely to change, which industries will suffer and which will benefit, how workers' lives will change, and how state government and policy should respond to these and other changes.
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  • July 9
    2020
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    Hearing on Long-Term Economic Impacts of COVID-19
    10:00 a.m.
    Thursday, July 9
     
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    1. Fernando A. Lozano, Ph.D., Professor of Economics Pomona College and Co-Chair of Governor's Council of Economic Advisors
    2. Marianne Page, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis and Member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors
     
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    Public Notice
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 29, 2020
     
    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125
     
    Notice of Meetings
     
    On Thursday, July 9, 2020, and Thursday, July 23, 2020 the Little Hoover Commission will conduct public hearings on the long-term economic impacts of COVID-19. The meetings will be conducted via Zoom, under the provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act as revised by Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20.
     
    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the hearings by joining online or by phone. Please see find the details for each hearing below:

    July 9, 10 a.m.
     
    Add to your calendar

    July 23, 1 p.m.:
     
     
    We highly recommend members of the public access the meeting through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone.
    During the hearings, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the hearing. As is the Commission’s normal procedure during physical hearings, public comments will be heard at the end of the hearing, following the final agenda item, and will be limited to three minutes each.
     
    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The hearings may be cancelled without notice.  
     
    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, July 2, 2020.
      
    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We appreciate your patience.
     
    AGENDA
    Public Hearings on Long-Term Economic Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic
     
    These hearings will focus on California's long-term economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, including how the state's economy is likely to change, which industries will suffer and which will benefit, how workers' lives will change, and how state government and policy should respond to these and other changes.
    Video
  • June 25
    2020
    Hearing on Long-Term Economic Impacts of COVID-19
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    Public Hearing
    Agenda
    AGENDA
    Public Hearing on Long-Term Economic Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic
    Thursday, June 25, 2020
    10 a.m.
     

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    Public Hearing: 10 a.m.
     
    1. Dr. Jerry Nickelsburg, Director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast
    2. Dr. Mark Schniepp, Director of the California Economic Forecast
    3. Kevin Klowden, Executive Director, Center for Regional Economics and California Center, Milken Institute

     

    Public Comments

     
    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 16, 2020

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meeting

     

    On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom, under the provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act as revised by Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the hearing by joining online or by phone. Click the URL to join online: https://bit.ly/3e353L6. To join via phone, call toll free from the U.S. by dialing (888) 788-0099. The webinar ID is 914-6740-2803. The password is 362627. We highly recommend members of the public access the meeting through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362233-Where-Do-I-Download-The-Latest-Version- for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone.

    During the hearing, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the meeting. As is the Commission’s normal procedure during physical meetings, public comments will be heard at the end of the meeting, following the final agenda item, and will be limited to three minutes each.

    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The meeting may be cancelled without notice.  

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, June 18, 2020.

    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. We appreciate your patience.

     

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  • September 24
    2020
    Public Hearing on Public-Private Partnerships
    10 a.m., Join Online or by Phone via Zoom.
    Public Hearing
    Agenda
    AGENDA:
    Public Hearing
    10 a.m.
    Thursday, September 24, 2020
     
    Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
    Toll-Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 953 6196 7904
    Password:  635271
     
    Public-Private Partnerships in the State's Response to the Pandemic Recession, Part 2
     
    1. Debbie Yaddow, Senior Director of Pathways, Futuro Health (Written Testimony)
    2. Ana Bertha Gutierrez, Senior Director, Jobs for the Future (Written Testimony)
    3. Alison Schmitt, Senior Program Manager, Jobs for the Future
    4. Tim Rainey, Executive Director, California Workforce Development Board
    5. Public Comment

     

    Add to calendar: https://evt.mx/FlgTuWFd
    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 6, 2020

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meetings

    The Little Hoover Commission – America’s only permanent, independent citizens commission working to improve state government – will conduct a business meeting beginning at 10 a.m. on August 27 and two public hearings beginning at 10 a.m. on September 10 and 24. These meetings will be conducted via Zoom, under the provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act as revised by Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the meeting by joining online or by phone. Please find the details for each meeting below: 

    Business Meeting, August 27, 10 a.m.:
    Phone Number: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 976 4806 8946
    Password: 473371
     
     
    Public Hearing, September 10, 10 a.m.: 
    Phone Number: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 954 8414 4162
    Password: 936199
     
    Public Hearing, September 24, 10 a.m.:
    Phone Number: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 953 6196 7904
    Password: 635271
     

    Add to your calendar

    We highly recommend members of the public access the meeting through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. During the meetings, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to LittleHoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the meeting. As is the Commission’s normal procedure during physical meetings, public comments will be heard at the end of the meeting, following the final agenda item, and will be limited to three minutes each.

    The Commission may act on any item listed on the meeting agendas. Agenda items may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The meeting may be cancelled without notice.  

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or LittleHoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, August 20 for the August 27 Business Meeting; Thursday, September 3 for the September 10 Public Hearing; and Thursday, September 17 for the September 24 Public Hearing. 

    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. We appreciate your patience.

    Video
  • September 10
    2020
    Public Hearing on Public-Private Partnerships
    10 a.m., Join Online or By Phone via Zoom Online: https://bit.ly/3a
    Public Hearing
    Agenda
    AGENDA:
    Public Hearing
    10 a.m.
    Thursday, September 10, 2020
     
    Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
    Toll Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 954 8414 4162
    Password: 936199 
     
    Public-Private Partnerships in the State's Response to the Pandemic Recession
     
    1. Kenya Blane, RN, EMHA, Chief Executive Officer, Infusion Partners 360, LLC
    2. Hilda Kennedy, Founder and President of AmPac Business Capital (Written Testimony)
    3. Susan H. Mac Cormac, Corporate Partner at Morrison & Foerster and Co-Founder of the California Small Enterprise Task Force (Written Testimony)
    4. Isabel Casillas Guzman, California’s Director of the Office of the Small Business Advocate and lead on the Entrepreneurship Task Force for the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Written Testimony)
    5. Public Comment
     
    Additional Written Testimony
     
    • Michelle DiGangi, Executive Vice President, Head of Small Business and Medium Enterprise Group, Bank of the West (Written Testimony)
     
    Add to calendar: https://evt.mx/bxiUTTyJ
    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 6, 2020

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meetings

    The Little Hoover Commission – America’s only permanent, independent citizens commission working to improve state government – will conduct a business meeting beginning at 10 a.m. on August 27 and two public hearings beginning at 10 a.m. on September 10 and 24. These meetings will be conducted via Zoom, under the provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act as revised by Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the meeting by joining online or by phone. Please find the details for each meeting below: 

    Business Meeting, August 27, 10 a.m.:
    Phone Number: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 976 4806 8946
    Password: 473371
     
     
    Public Hearing, September 10, 10 a.m.: 
    Phone Number: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 954 8414 4162
    Password: 936199
     
     
    Public Hearing, September 24, 10 a.m.:
    Phone Number: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 953 6196 7904
    Password: 635271
     
     

    We highly recommend members of the public access the meeting through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. During the meetings, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to LittleHoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the meeting. As is the Commission’s normal procedure during physical meetings, public comments will be heard at the end of the meeting, following the final agenda item, and will be limited to three minutes each.

    The Commission may act on any item listed on the meeting agendas. Agenda items may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The meeting may be cancelled without notice.  

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or LittleHoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, August 20 for the August 27 Business Meeting; Thursday, September 3 for the September 10 Public Hearing; and Thursday, September 17 for the September 24 Public Hearing. 

    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. We appreciate your patience.

    Video
  • July 23
    2020
    Hearing on Long-Term Economic Impacts of COVID-19
    1:00 p.m., Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom Online: https://bit.ly
    Public Hearing
    Agenda

    1:00 p.m., Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
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    Toll Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
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    Click here to add this event to your calendar.

    Public Hearing: 1 p.m.

    1. Laura D. Tyson, Professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and former Chair of the U.S. President's Council of Economic Advisors 
    2. Lenny Mendonca, Former Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Newsom and director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
     
    Public Comments
    Public Notice
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 29, 2020
     
    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125
     
    Notice of Meetings
     
    On Thursday, July 9, 2020, and Thursday, July 23, 2020 the Little Hoover Commission will conduct public hearings on the long-term economic impacts of COVID-19. The meetings will be conducted via Zoom, under the provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act as revised by Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20.
     
    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the hearings by joining online or by phone. Please see find the details for each hearing below:

    July 9, 10 a.m.
     
    Add to your calendar

    July 23, 1 p.m.:
     
     
    We highly recommend members of the public access the meeting through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone.
    During the hearings, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the hearing. As is the Commission’s normal procedure during physical hearings, public comments will be heard at the end of the hearing, following the final agenda item, and will be limited to three minutes each.
     
    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The hearings may be cancelled without notice.  
     
    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, July 2, 2020.
      
    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We appreciate your patience.
     
    AGENDA
    Public Hearings on Long-Term Economic Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic
     
    These hearings will focus on California's long-term economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, including how the state's economy is likely to change, which industries will suffer and which will benefit, how workers' lives will change, and how state government and policy should respond to these and other changes.
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  • July 9
    2020
    Hearing on Long-Term Economic Impacts of COVID-19
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    Hearing on Long-Term Economic Impacts of COVID-19
    10:00 a.m.
    Thursday, July 9
     
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    1. Fernando A. Lozano, Ph.D., Professor of Economics Pomona College and Co-Chair of Governor's Council of Economic Advisors
    2. Marianne Page, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis and Member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors
     
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    Public Notice
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 29, 2020
     
    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125
     
    Notice of Meetings
     
    On Thursday, July 9, 2020, and Thursday, July 23, 2020 the Little Hoover Commission will conduct public hearings on the long-term economic impacts of COVID-19. The meetings will be conducted via Zoom, under the provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act as revised by Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20.
     
    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the hearings by joining online or by phone. Please see find the details for each hearing below:

    July 9, 10 a.m.
     
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    July 23, 1 p.m.:
     
     
    We highly recommend members of the public access the meeting through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone.
    During the hearings, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the hearing. As is the Commission’s normal procedure during physical hearings, public comments will be heard at the end of the hearing, following the final agenda item, and will be limited to three minutes each.
     
    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The hearings may be cancelled without notice.  
     
    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, July 2, 2020.
      
    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic. We appreciate your patience.
     
    AGENDA
    Public Hearings on Long-Term Economic Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic
     
    These hearings will focus on California's long-term economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, including how the state's economy is likely to change, which industries will suffer and which will benefit, how workers' lives will change, and how state government and policy should respond to these and other changes.
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  • June 25
    2020
    Hearing on Long-Term Economic Impacts of COVID-19
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    AGENDA
    Public Hearing on Long-Term Economic Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic
    Thursday, June 25, 2020
    10 a.m.
     

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    Public Hearing: 10 a.m.
     
    1. Dr. Jerry Nickelsburg, Director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast
    2. Dr. Mark Schniepp, Director of the California Economic Forecast
    3. Kevin Klowden, Executive Director, Center for Regional Economics and California Center, Milken Institute

     

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    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 16, 2020

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meeting

     

    On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom, under the provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act as revised by Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the hearing by joining online or by phone. Click the URL to join online: https://bit.ly/3e353L6. To join via phone, call toll free from the U.S. by dialing (888) 788-0099. The webinar ID is 914-6740-2803. The password is 362627. We highly recommend members of the public access the meeting through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362233-Where-Do-I-Download-The-Latest-Version- for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone.

    During the hearing, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the meeting. As is the Commission’s normal procedure during physical meetings, public comments will be heard at the end of the meeting, following the final agenda item, and will be limited to three minutes each.

    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The meeting may be cancelled without notice.  

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, June 18, 2020.

    Please be aware that there may be delays in responding to emails or other communications to the Commission as our staff is now working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. We appreciate your patience.

     

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