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GG council tackles coronavirus crisis

HOTELS in Garden Grove may get a deferment in the payment of transient occupancy taxes under a proposal to be considered by the Garden Grove City Council Tuesday (Marriott photo).

A series of measures relating to the coronavirus pandemic are on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Garden Grove City Council.

Topping the agenda for the meeting – which will be conducted by teleconference – will be an update on emergency measures taken by the city including information on the city’s financial situation as well as a “Resource and Resiliency Plan” by Lisa Kim, assistant city manager and director of community and economic development.

The latter item will propose – among other things – the potential deferment of penalties, fines and enforcement actions against hotels and motels that pay transient occupancy (“bed tax”) tax to the city.

Additionally, the plan calls for an exploration of Meals on Wheels for those impacted by the virus and possible expansion of rental assistance.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on Channel 3 and live-streamed from the city’s website.

H. Beach parking meters off limits

In an effort to further discourage people from parking near the beaches in Surf City, the City of Huntington Beach is closing all metered parking along the beach side of Pacific Coast Highway starting today (Friday).

METERED parking along PCH will be closed along the beaches (Pexels).

The closure will remain in effect until further notice. Police will patrol the metered stalls and any vehicles parked there illegally will be ticketed or towed.

Additionally, motorists are discouraged from parking in adjacent residential neighborhoods. Additional police patrols are planned to assist with parking and overcrowding issues.

Huntington Beach is one of the Orange County cities with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases, with 76 as of Thursday’s count.

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