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RES 2020-04l I RESOLUTION NO. 2020-04 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF DIAMOND BAR PROCLAIMING EXISTENCE OF A LOCAL EMERGENCY REGARDING NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) WHEREAS, the Emergency Services Act (Government Code sections 8550 et seq.), and in particular California Government Code sections 8630, et seq. thereof, and Chapter 8.00 of Title 8 of the Diamond Bar Municipal Code, provide that the City Council may proclaim the existence of a local emergency when the City of Diamond Bar is affected or likely to be affected by public calamity; and WHEREAS, the City Council has been requested by the City Manager as the Director of Emergency Services to proclaim the existence of a local emergency in the City of Diamond Bar; and WHEREAS, COVID-19 has spread globally to over 117 countries, infecting more than 126,000 persons and killing more than 4,600 individuals worldwide. As of March 18, 2020, there were 190 cases, including increases in community transmission, and one death in Los Angeles County related to COVID-19. Two cases were identified in Diamond Bar. Due to the expanding list of countries with widespread transmission of COVID-19, increasing travel alerts and warnings for countries experiencing sustained or uncontrolled community transmission issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC"), the escalation of United States domestic cases of and deaths from COVID-19, and the identification of COVID-19 cases in California, including Los Angeles County, COVID-19 has created conditions that are likely to be beyond the control of local resources and require the combined forces of other political subdivisions to combat; and WHEREAS, on February 26, 2020, the CDC confirmed the first possible case of community transmission of COVID-19 in the United States. On March 4, 2020, the Health Officer of Los Angeles County determined that there is an imminent and proximate threat to the public health from the introduction of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County and declared a Local Health Emergency and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors concurrently proclaimed the existence of a local emergency for the County of Los Angeles; and WHEREAS, on March 4, 2020, Governor Newsom of the State of California declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 19); and WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) publicly characterized COVID-19 as a global pandemic; and Resolution No. 2020-04 WHERAS, on March 12, 2020 Governor Newsom of the State of California issued Executive Order N-25-20 in a further effort to confront and contain COVID-19 that among other things suspended certain provision of the Ralph M. Brown Act providing local agencies with greater flexibility to hold meetings via teleconferencing; and WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a National Emergency due to the continue spread and the effects of COVID-19; and WHEREAS, the State of California and numerous other public and private organizations have announced the cancellation or postponement of all events where social distancing cannot be reasonably achieved; and WHEREAS, six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area have adopted shelter in place ordinances requiring residents to stay in their homes subject to limited exemptions; and WHEREAS, the City's ability to mobilize local resources, coordinate interagency response, accelerate procurement of vital supplies, use mutual aid, and seek future reimbursement by the State and Federal governments will be critical to successfully responding to COVID-19. NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY PROCLAIMED that as authorized by Government Code section 8630 and Diamond Bar Municipal Code section 8.00.050, the City Council proclaims that as defined in Government Code section 8558 and Section 8.00.020 of the Diamond Bar Municipal Code, a "local emergency" exists throughout the City of Diamond Bar, which proclamation is based on the following findings by the City Council: · 1. That the above recitals are true and correct and based thereon, hereby finds that the spread and potential further spread of COVID-19 constitutes a situation that severely impairs the public health and safety, and constitutes conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property within the City of Diamond Bar; 2. That these conditions are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of the City of Diamond Bar; and 3. That the conditions of extreme peril warrant and necessitate the proclamation of the existence of a local emergency. IT IS HEREBY FURTHER PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED that during the threatened existence and actual existence of the local emergency, the powers, functions and duties of the Director of Emergency Services and the emergency organization of the City shall be those prescribed by state law, by ordinances and resolutions of the City and approved by the City Council. 2 I I l Resolution No. 2020-04 IT IS FURTHER PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED to ensure that City vendors are paid in a timely manner, the City Manager and the City Treasurer are authorized and directed to approve the claims and demands, make payments thereon, and finally to bring those claims and demands to the City Council at future meetings for ratification of the payments made. IT IS FURTHER PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED that the City Council will utilize, to the extent reasonably feasible and appropriate, the ability to conduct its council meetings via teleconferencing and other electronic means to permit council members and members of the public to implement recommended social distancing while still proceeding with the efficient handling of the City's business, in compliance with California Executive Order N-25-20. IT IS FURTHER PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED that a copy of this proclamation be forwarded to the Director of California Governor's Office of Emergency Services requesting that the Director find it acceptable in accordance with State law that the Governor of California, pursuant to the Emergency Services Act, issue a proclamation declaring an emergency in the City of Diamond Bar; that the Governor waive regulations that may hinder response and recovery efforts; that response and recovery assistance be made available under the California Disaster Assistance Act and the Stafford Act; and that the State expedite access to State and Federal resources and any other appropriate federal disaster relief programs. IT IS FURTHER PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED that the proclamation of a local emergency shall be reviewed at least once every 60 days and deemed to continue to exist until its termination is proclaimed by the City Council of the City of Diamond Bar, State of California. PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 19th day of March, 2020 . Stev~~ 3 Resolution No. 2020-04 ATTEST: I, Kristina Santana, City Clerk for the City of Diamond Bar, hereby certify that the foregoing resolution, Resolution No. 2020-04, was duly passed, approved and adopted by the City Council of the City of Diamond Bar at a special meeting held on the .19th day of March, 2020, by the following vote: AYES: COUNCIL MEMBERS: Chou, Low, Mahlke, MPT/Lyons, M/Tye NOES: COUNCIL MEMBERS: None ABSENT: COUNCIL MEMBERS: None ABSTAIN: COUNCIL MEMBERS: None Krist ~City Clerk 4