Due to the local emergency confirmed and ratified by the City Council, the state of emergency declared by Governor Newsom, and the CDC’s social distancing guidelines and shelter in place orders, the City Administrator is empowered in his capacity as the Director of the Emergency Operations Center to promulgate orders, rules, and regulations on matters reasonably related to the protection of life and property and the preservation of public peace and order. This is in accordance with Article 14 of the California Emergency Services Act.
As a result, the City has closed City Hall and a number of other City facilities to slow the spread of the virus and the City Administrator has issued this emergency order to protect the public health and safety of our residents and employees. The order is in accord with the Governor’s orders allowing the City to suspend a number of its procedures as they are not feasible in light of the shelter in place and social distancing requirements. Accordingly, during the emergency the City is granting more time for filing of claims, planning to conduct Council meetings via teleconference, and suspending requirements that are difficult or not feasible to comply with during this emergency.