Assemblymember Kansen Chu and 32 Other Legislators, Small Businesses, And Nonprofits ask for Statewide Eviction Moratorium

Thursday, April 2, 2020

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Assemblymember Kansen Chu submitted a letter signed by 33 members of the California Legislature to ask for a statewide eviction moratorium on commercial properties for small businesses and nonprofits in addition to improving language access, providing help with the loan process, and ensuring that financial relief is promptly distributed. This letter is a coordinated effort with California small business associations and nonprofits.

“We are going through a crisis unlike anything we have seen before, and the suffering is universal,” said Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose). “Small mom-and-pop businesses and nonprofits statewide have been crying out for help, and we need to act promptly. Some small businesses are at risk or have been forced to close their doors permanently. Even with financial assistance, the application process and language barriers prevent many from getting the help they desperately need. As we all continue to obey the stay-at-home order, we need to ensure that these small businesses and nonprofits can weather the loss in revenue and lack of funding. We need to keep these small businesses and nonprofits open so people have jobs to go back to after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.”

“As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy, I remain committed to ensuring that small businesses in all parts of our state have access to the resources and support they need to respond to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona). “We must work together to protect California’s small businesses from being evicted due to a loss of income related to lost revenue or other economic impacts during these unprecedented times.”

“Small businesses have been impacted tremendously by the requirement to close their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The struggle to make payroll and pay the rent when your business isn’t operating is causing a severe impact on the 3.9 million small businesses in this state. We commend Assemblymember Kansen Chu for his leadership in urging the Governor to immediately place an urgent moratorium on renters’ and businesses’ evictions,” said Scott Hauge, President of Small Business California. Small Business California is a statewide trade association whose membership is comprised of small and micro businesses.

“It has never been clearer that nonprofits play a crucial role not just during crisis but in the everyday life of Californians,” said Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits, a policy alliance of more than 10,000 nonprofit organizations. “One in every 14 California jobs is at a nonprofit. To enable nonprofits to retain their staff and their facilities, we urge the Governor to stop evictions of nonprofits and to provide the necessary funds to keep nonprofits working for our communities. We applaud the work of these legislators for a moratorium on commercial property evictions, including the thousands of properties rented by nonprofits.”

California is home to close to 4 million small businesses that make up 99.8% of all businesses in the state and employ more than 7 million people. Among those businesses, 1.6 million are minority-owned. These small businesses are suffering tremendous revenue losses during COVID-19 pandemic and need relief now.

Another job creating sector in California are nonprofits, which makes up 15% of the state’s GDP. One in 14 jobs in California is in the nonprofit sector. These nonprofits help fill service gaps ranging from helping with legal advice to providing physical and mental health support. These organizations play important roles in the communities they serve, and they are often the trusted sources for information and assistance.

Assemblymember Kansen Chu is proud to represent the 25th Assembly District, comprised of the Cities of Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, Santa Clara and San Jose.

CONTACT: Annie Pham, (916) 319-2025