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March 26, 2020

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Mayor Steve Ly.

As we near the end of another week, our community is continuing to adjust to the changes required by the public health order. We’re staying home and giving each other plenty of space when we need to go out. Please continue to follow these orders to help slow the spread of the virus. We know that staying home and closing local businesses are necessary measures to combat the pandemic, but they make it harder for many families and business owners to make ends meet.

To help ease the stress of this difficult time, we’re working hard to connect the community with the resources they will need to get through this. Last night, the City Council passed an ordinance that will temporarily prohibit evictions for renters, residential and commercial, who, through no fault of their own, are unable to pay their rent due to illness or job losses caused by COVID-19.

But renters aren’t the only ones getting relief. Governor Newsom announced yesterday that a 90-Day mortgage payment relief is also on the way. These steps are a significant hand-up for those who may be feeling knocked down by the current crisis.

And a new federal stimulus package was also approved yesterday. We’re looking closely at the details of this package and will be sharing more about what this could mean for our local businesses, employees and families very soon.

But make no mistake…we remain in the midst of an emergency, but these recent developments suggest that help is on the way. Elk Grove has always been a caring and giving community and these past few weeks are no exception. You continue to show your generosity for those who need help.

The Elk Grove Food Bank has received nearly $150,000 in contributions in the past few days including $100,000 from Apple Computer, $20,000 from Assemblymember Cooper, and many community contributions of all sizes from fundraisers organized by the Rotary Club of Laguna Sunrise and the City. These funds will help the Food Bank to continue to serve those residents facing food insecurity.

The City, Visit Elk Grove, and the local Chamber of Commerce also rolled out a campaign encouraging residents to support local restaurants 3 times a week with take-out or delivery. We need to support our small business restaurants.

Vice Mayor Detrick and I are continuing our work on the COVID-19 Task Force to secure essential supplies for those who need it. We’ve turned our attention to securing medical masks and other supplies to protect our first responders and local healthcare workers.

I’m pleased to announce that as of yesterday, Dr. Sireesha Penumetcha of Lakepoint Dental has made a donation of gloves, masks, and disinfectant wipes to our police officers. Dr. Penumetcha has also put us in contact with several direct safety medical supply distributors, who’ll be assisting in making sure that our first responders have access to whatever protection equipment they will need.

Additionally, I will be donating enough N95 masks to our men and women of the police and fire departments. They protect us and the least we can do is provide them with the tools to protect themselves in the course of performing their duties.

As you gather supplies for your families, please remember to be kind and considerate to your neighbors. Only buy what you need.

The City Council cares about our community. City Hall and our services are here for you. For a complete list of any service modifications, visit the City’s website. And as always, wash your hands, cover your cough, and exercise social distancing.

Please stay calm, please stay informed and please stay at home.

Together, we will get through this.


March 20, 2020

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, I'm Mayor Steve Ly.

As we work through another week of this crisis, I wanted to share a few of the things happening within our city. On Wednesday, the City Council ratified Elk Grove’s Proclamation of Local Emergency. This could help our community and local businesses receive funding and resources they need.

The county also stepped up measures to slow the spread of the virus. We are working hard to help our residents understand what that means for their daily lives. The Public Health Order, which was issued by the Sacramento County Health Officer, requires residents to stay home for all but essential services, like buying groceries or picking up medication.

It also puts new restrictions on local businesses. I would encourage all business owners to review a copy of the Public Health Order posted on our web site. I know these restrictions are likely to generate hardships for many business owners. To assist businesses and employees, the City is launching a new website this week with the Sac Metro Chamber of Commerce that consolidates a number of federal and state financial resources. Visit rapidresponse.metrochamber.org for details.

Lastly, I want to share some good news about store hours set up for seniors and residents at a higher risk for catching COVID-19. Target and Safeway have already introduced special shopping hours and Raley’s and Walmart will start offering exclusive shopping hours later this week. I’m sure more stores will participate soon. Contact your local store or visit our website for details.

Ladies and gentlemen, I want to remind you, this is not a time to panic. Please stay calm. Please stay informed. And please, stay at home as much as you can.

Together, we will get through this.


March 16, 2020

Good evening ladies and gentleman, I'm Mayor Steve Ly. Last Friday, the City Manager proclaimed a state of emergency in Elk Grove. Declaring an emergency could help our community and our local businesses receive the funding and resources they need to recover from this public health emergency. The City Council is expected to ratify the proclamation during a special meeting on Wednesday.

The vice mayor, myself, along aside leaders in the faith community, service club and nonprofit communities have come together to form a task force to secure provisions for those who may need it, especially our older adults.

We’re working with the food bank to secure food, donations and volunteers needed to get through this crisis. We need your help. Make a donation online at elkgrovefoodbank.org. Drop donations at the Food Bank on Dino Drive.

If you can help, sign-up to volunteer. The Rotary is helping to organize volunteers. Details are available on their facebook page.

Elk Grove students and their families may also receive food through their drive thru meal service at some schools. Visit the school district website for details.

As you pick up supplies you may notice that some store shelves are empty. Supplies are coming. I assure you of that. But make sure that when you pick up supplies only pick up what you need. Save some for your neighbors.

We care about you and together we will get through this. Don’t forget on a daily basis visit the city’s webpage for updates.

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March 12, 2020

Hello, Elk Grove, I am your Mayor, Steve Ly.

I want to share with you the steps the City is taking in response to COVID-19, better known as the novel Coronavirus.

This has been a difficult week for our city, starting with the closure of our schools. As a parent with children in the Elk Grove Unified School District, I understand the concerns many of you expressed with this closure and the challenges it has created for many working families.

Two days ago, the city lost one of our own residents to COVID-19. It was the first death from the virus in Sacramento County and I want to extend the City’s deepest sympathies to her family and friends as they grieve this loss.

To protect our community and especially older adults and chronically ill residents who may be most at risk for the virus, the City has decided to postpone some public events. We have made this decision in accordance with state guidelines and at the recommendation of county health officials.

We’re also encouraging all of our residents to follow the commonsense advice of health officials around the globe:

  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your cough
  • Avoid crowds whenever possible
  • And practice social distancing

In other words, avoid shaking hands and give each other a little extra personal space.

The City is working closely with Sacramento County public health officials and other local response agencies to determine how to best protect the health and safety of our residents.

New information is being shared daily and I encourage you to visit our website for the latest updates.

This is a very uncertain time and we know that our community has questions and concerns. I want to assure you that the City is doing everything it can to keep our community safe and healthy.

We care about you and your loved ones. Together, we will get through this.

Thank you.

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