On January 31, 2020, the United States federal government declared a nationwide emergency in response to growing concern for public health related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For this same reason, on February 26, 2020, the County of Orange declared a local health emergency and on March 4, 2020, Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency in California.
On March 16, 2020, in response to these actions, and pursuant to Government Code Section 8550 et seq., including Section 8558(c), City Manager Sadro, acting in his lawful capacity as Director of Emergency Services for the City of La Habra, proclaimed the existence of a local emergency in La Habra (Attachment 1). On that same day, the City Council ratified the proclamation through its approval of Resolution No. 5934 (Attachment 2).
Pursuant to Government Code Section 8630, the City Council is required to review the need for continuing the local emergency at least once every 60 days until the governing body (i.e. the City Council) terminates the local emergency. Given continuing actions by the federal government, the State of California, and the County of Orange to control the spread of COVID-19, the City Council reaffirmed the 60-day emergency declaration by approving Resolution No. 5943 on May 4, 2020 (Attachment 3), and again on June 15, 2020, through Resolution No. 5955 (Attachment 4), and again on August 3, 2020, through Resolution No. 5967 (Attachment 5), and again on September 21, 2020, through Resolution No. 5974 (Attachment 6), and again on November 2, 2020, through Resolution No. 5976 (Attachment 7).
Due to the spread of COVID-19 and its impacts on the availability of hospital and ICU beds, on December 3, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued a "stay-at-home" order that imposed new lockdown rules for regions in the state predicated upon ICU capacity falling below 15%. In the Southern California region, which includes La Habra, the threshold to trigger the stay-at-home order was reached on December 5, 2020, and the order took effect on December 6, 2020.
It does not appear that the local emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic will conclude within the extended 60-day window approved by the City Council's most recent emergency declaration reaffirmation, which is scheduled to end on January 1, 2021. Therefore, staff recommends the City Council adopt the attached draft resolution (Attachment 8) and reaffirm the local emergency declaration for an additional 60-day period, as well as authorize the temporary suspension of enforcement of street sweeping violations in accordance with La Habra Municipal Code Chapter 10.20.30.
Staff will continue to monitor County, State and Federal actions regarding the pandemic emergency and will advise Council at a future date whether the local emergency declaration should once again be extended, or if it can be terminated.