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  Agenda Item   26.    
City Council Meeting
Meeting Date: 07/20/2021  
FROM: Bill Gallardo

Local Emergency Termination
Adopt Resolution No. 2021-049, terminating the existence of a local emergency.
On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency as part of the State of California’s (State’s) response to the developing COVID-19 crisis to help preserve available medical resources and prevent the catastrophic failure of the hospital system due to an anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases. On March 16, 2020, the City Manager, as the Director of Emergency Services, issued a Proclamation of Local Emergency in response to guidance from the State about controlling the spread of the coronavirus. City Council ratified the Proclamation on March 19, 2020. City Council’s action authorized the City’s Director of Emergency Services (City Manager) to take certain actions to protect the health and safety of the community and stated that the local emergency would remain in effect until terminated by City Council proclamation.

In early April 2021, Governor Newsom announced the State’s intention to move beyond its Blueprint for a Safer Economy and fully reopen the California economy on June 15, 2021, provided that California has a sufficient vaccine supply for all Californians aged 16 years and older who desire immunization, and the State’s hospitalization rate remains stable and low. As of June 15, 2021, the State has met those conditions and all sectors, except mega events (defined as having 5,000 indoor or 10,000 outdoor attendees) have permission to return to normal business operations with no capacity limits nor social distancing required.

California law states that a legislative body should terminate all states of emergency at the “earliest possible date” (California Government Code Section 8629). Therefore, staff has prepared the attached resolution, which would terminate the March 19, 2020 local emergency effective July 20, 2021. Repeal of the current local order would still leave the City in compliance with Governor’s State of Emergency and would not impact staff nor our partner agencies’ continued coordination in the pandemic and vaccination response.
William Gallardo, City Manager
Prepared by:  Melissa Davis, Management Analyst
Concurrence:  Adam Loeser, Fire Chief

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