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Businesses damaged by looters can seek federal loans

LOS ANGELES — A new disaster loan program launched by the Small Business Administration in coordination with Los Angeles County can speed recovery for businesses that suffered damage from looters and other vandals during recent civil unrest. Hundreds of retailers and shops may need the disaster aid.  The SBA recently issued a civil unrest declaration Read More…

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Independent contractors lose jobs teaching park programs

DOWNEY — Randy Ignacio saw the coronavirus’ infliction of economic pain firsthand as the deadly disease forced the city of Downey to shut down all recreational tennis classes for youth and adults. A contracted class instructor, Ignacio was scheduled to teach 36 short-term classes from beginning to intermediate and advanced players, as part of a Read More…

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Southeast communities hard hit by coronavirus

Survey reveals severe economic impacts on cities LOS ANGELES — A new survey released by the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles reveals severe economic impacts of COVID-19 in Southeast Los Angeles County and neighboring communities served by the university. The survey of 500 adults provides a quantifiable portrait of Read More…