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A MESSAGE FROM CITY MANAGER SHARON L. LANDERS

PHASED REOPENING OF OUR COMMUNITY

The state of California announced that there would be a phased reopening beginning in June, following the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Since the announcement, the City has heard from residents with passionate opposing points of view and we understand your concerns. The City of Carson is committed to following Los Angeles County and State guidelines.

As we move forward in our phased reopening we would like to maintain the progress we made in slowing down the virus with a re-imagined future where social distancing, hand-washing and safety directives remain imperative.

This means learning to use new processes in familiar places, adjusting and adapting to these processes and understanding that they have been implemented for everyone's protection.

Some new processes include:
1) An appointment
system instead of walk-in services at City facilities,
2) One-way walking paths,
3) Health checks prior to entry at City facilities,
4) Face mask complianceEstablishments serving the public have a right to require masks and refuse service to those who don't comply.

I ask that we show patience and grace towards one another. We are all adjusting to new social norms and re-wiring old habits to adapt to our new environment; things that we used to do without a second thought now take planning and intention.

TRANSPARENCY AND PUBLIC ACCESS

In March 2020 the City held its first virtual City Council meeting, meaning all participants were not in physical attendance. The City Council meetings are still being held virtually via Zoom and shall continue as long as allowed by the state.
Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month and are broadcast on Channel 35 (Spectrum), Channel 99 (AT&T) and on the City's website. The public is able to participate via email, phone and submitting written comments in person before the 3:00 p.m. deadline. Instructions on how to participate, agendas and minutes are all accessible on our website at ci.carson.ca.us

CITY BUDGET OUTLOOK

It is difficult to anticipate how long, far reaching and profound the financial impact of COVID-19 will be on municipalities. However, I am confident that Carson's conservative approach to budgeting will see us through this crisis and allows for cautious optimism.

The City has applied for reimbursements that would substantially assist with the unforeseen costs expended due to COVID-19 pandemic. Be reassured to know that the City Council passed a balanced budget unanimously on June 15, 2021. Budgeting decisions will be adjusted throughout the year as needed as more data is collected and processed.

The City continues to move forward and make progressive strides and I want to thank our incredible community for your civility and compassion. I am proud of our community's resiliency and willingness to come together during a time when uncertainty could have torn us apart. There is so much that we cannot control, but we can control the amount of grace we extend to one another as we navigate this unprecedented time.

City Hall Contact

701 E Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745
(310) 830-7600, 7 AM - 6 PM
Monday - Thursday
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