On September 21, 2021, the Lomita City Council adopted a resolution allocating funds received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a federal initiative that provides direct and flexible aid to local municipalities. The City was allocated approximately $4.8 million under the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund to properly respond to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and help the community recover.
Working with the City’s Recovery Committee, and the Lomita Chamber of Commerce, the following categories were identified for funding:
- Economic Development
- Critical Infrastructure
- Small Business Development
- Workforce Development
- Public Health and Community Resiliency
Within each of these categories, Lomita is planning to cover all COVID-19 expenditures, fund the GAC Upgrades at the Cypress Water Production Facility, enhance the City’s Job Creation and Business Incentive Program, implement a Facade Improvement Program for local small businesses, partner with the South Bay Workforce Investment Board for workforce development and strengthen the City’s workplace safety and digital infrastructure.
The City Council has the flexibility to adjust the amount of funding for each program and project as needed to ensure funds are going where they are most needed. As the programs move forward, City staff will meet with the Economic Development Committee and present the City Council with recommendations for adjustments to funding levels as necessary.
“Councilmember Uphoff and I have been working closely with City staff to determine how these funds would best serve our community,” said Mayor Mark Waronek. “The pandemic has been a source of hardship for many, and I am confident that each of these programs will provide much needed relief for our residents and businesses.”