In a Year Rife With Challenges, Our Santa Monica Community Rallied to Support One Another

December 28, 2020 11:27 PM
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In 2020, the City of Santa Monica focused on saving lives and supporting our entire community through the COVID-19 public health emergency. 97.5% of Santa Monicans have not contracted the virus due to our community’s commitment to following state and county health and safety protocols in all facets of our daily lives. Through early, difficult budgetary action, the City closed a $224 million anticipated deficit caused by the severe economic impacts of the pandemic, and focused on our community’s essential needs and protecting those most vulnerable by quickly implementing a residential and commercial eviction moratorium, distributing over 4,000 boxes of free food, and supporting over 600 vulnerable households with rent relief. New economic recovery measures like no-cost expanded outdoor commercial zones and fee deferment programs jumpstarted our business community despite the devastating consequences of COVID-19.

We look forward to working together in 2021 as we begin to stabilize after the winter COVID-19 surge, advance racial equity projects underway, and make progress on the regional challenges of homelessness and affordability exacerbated by the pandemic.  While we have much work ahead, this year has demonstrated that our community can get through anything, in partnership with one another. Here are some key highlights from 2020.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE


ECONOMIC RECOVERY


CITY SERVICES


HOUSING


ADVANCING EQUITY & INCLUSION


MOBILITY & TRANSPORTATION


LEARNING & RECREATION


SUSTAINABILITY

 

 

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