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City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 11/10/2020  

  1. Adopt a Resolution entitled: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF CHINO HILLS, CONFIRMING AND CONTINUING THE EXISTENCE OF A LOCAL EMERGENCY.                                                                                                                                  
  2. Find that the Resolution is exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
On March 4, 2020, the Governor proclaimed a State of Emergency relating to the coronavirus identified as COVID-19 and the worldwide spread of this new disease for which most people do not have immunity. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, and on March 13, 2020, the President declared a National Emergency. On March 17, 2020, the City Council ratified a local emergency declaration and adopted a resolution declaring a local emergency in support of the action taken by the City Manager on March 16, 2020.
Subsequent to the local emergency declaration, the Governor and the San Bernardino County Health Department Officer have issued numerous health orders and directives designed to save lives by reducing the number of Californians who contract COVID-19 before an effective treatment or vaccine is available.
On May 12, 2020, the City Council approved a resolution confirming and extending the current local emergency related to COVID-19 pandemic. This was based on the increasing number of cases in the City of Chino Hills and throughout the County of San Bernardino.
At the same time, the City Council also introduced an ordinance amending sections 2.44.160 and 2.44.190 requiring the City Council review the necessity for continuing a local emergency every 60 days.

Additionally, on July 14, 2020, and September 8, 2020, the City Council approved a resolution confirming and continuing the existence of a local emergency based on how COVID-19 pandemic has continued to adversely impact both the residents and business communities in the City of Chino Hills.

On October 31, 2020, there were 1,149 known cases of COVID-19 and nine related deaths in Chino Hills. Approximately 812,372 tests had been administered throughout the County, with 23,840 provided to Chino Hills’ residents. Given the continuing dangers associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the likelihood the number of cases and deaths will continue increasing, it is recommended that the City Council approve the attached resolution continuing the local emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all facets of our community. Continuing the local emergency will provide flexibility to the City for rapidly responding to this crisis. Doing so will help protect the City's residents and visitors. The City Council is in frequent communication with the City Manager and key staff to stay apprised of the situation. The City Council will continue to evaluate this local emergency and take appropriate official action at least every 60 days, and will terminate the local emergency as soon as condition warrants.
The City Council must proclaim the termination of the local emergency at the earliest possible date that condition warrants. (Gov. Code§ 8630.)
The proposed Resolution, and the actions anticipated by the Resolution, were reviewed pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (Public Resources Code §§ 21000, et seq., "CEQA") and the regulations promulgated thereunder (14 Cal. Code of Regulations §§15000, et seq., the "CEQA Guidelines"). Based upon that review, this action is exempt from further review pursuant to CEQA Guidelines§ 15269(a) because the protection of public and private property is necessary to maintain service essential to the public, health and welfare. CEQA findings regarding an anticipated imminent emergency are valid (see CalBeach Advocates v. City of Solana Beach (2002) 103 Cal.App.4th 529).
Staff is continuing to monitor the fiscal impacts associated with this public health emergency. Direct expenditures to date are estimated at $50,000.
This agenda item has been reviewed by the City Attorney and the Finance Director
Local Emergency Proclamation

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