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    9.    
City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 03/09/2021  

SUBJECT:
ADOPT A RESOLUTION CONFIRMING AND CONTINUING THE EXISTENCE OF A LOCAL EMERGENCY- COVID-19 PANDEMIC
RECOMMENDATION:
  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).
BACKGROUND/ANALYSIS:
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 made widely available.
 
On May 12, 2020, July 14, 2020, September 8, 2020, November 10, 2020, and January 12, 2021, the City Council approved resolutions continuing the current local emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic based on the increasing number of cases in Chino Hills and throughout San Bernardino County. The City Council also amended sections 2.44.160 and 2.44.190 of the Municipal Code, requiring the City Council to review the necessity for continuing a local emergency every 60 days. 

On March 3, 2021, there were 5,633 known cases of COVID-19 and 29 related deaths in Chino Hills. Approximately 2,500,799 tests had been administered throughout the County, with 72,625 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 the condition warrants. 

The City Council must proclaim the termination of the local emergency at the earliest possible date that conditions warrant (Gov. Code Code§ 8630).
ENVIRONMENTAL (CEQA) REVIEW:
The proposed Ordinance and 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 the 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 Cal/Beach Advocates v. City of Solana Beach (2002) 103 Cal.App.4th 529).
FISCAL IMPACT:
Staff is continuing to monitor the fiscal impacts associated with this public health emergency. Direct expenditures to date are estimated at $102,546.64.
REVIEWED BY OTHERS:
This agenda item has been reviewed by the City Attorney and the Finance Director.
Attachments
Resolution
Local Emergency Proclamation

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