Last week, the Chamber presented the Lomita State of the City event to over 100 guests virtually. As we’re now going through another wave of challenges for our community, businesses and economy due to COVID-19, we wanted to take a moment share some of the uplifting highlights from the event and thank everyone for their participation.
The event reminded us that “Lomita is a community that continues to move forward regardless of what’s in our way,” said Mayor Jim Gazeley. As we Lift Up Lomita and keep Lomita Strong, Captain Jim Powers of Lomita Sheriff’s Station shared his definition for the acronym TRUST to be “Truth, Respect, Understanding, Support, Teamwork” — another commonality that bonds us and brings the community together especially during these hard times.
As we heard from Mayor Pro Tem Mark Waronek, “Even with all of these new challenges that 2020 has thrown at us, Lomita still continues to shine as a strong, resilient and focused community, that cares for our neighbors, supports our businesses, and always looks to better days in the future.”
We thank Mayor James Gazeley, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Waronek, Captain James Powers, Unit Commander of Lomita Sheriff’s Station and Captain Chris Vazquez of LA County Fire Department, Lomita Station 6 for being a part of the event. We also thank all of our Councilmembers, Elected Officials, Sponsors and Guests for your support and participation.
And for one last quote to carry forward with us “It really is the hardest times that make Lomita shine the brightest.”
Planners work to improve the well-being of all people living in our communities by taking a comprehensive perspective. This approach leads to safer, resilient, more equitable, and more prosperous communities. The role that planning plays in creating great communities is celebrated each October with National Community Planning Month.
From economic development and land use planning to reinventing what our communities look like post-COVID-19, this October the City of Lomita recognizes how planning and planners are leading the way forward for all in our community. Change is onstant and community planning and plans help manage this change in a way that provides better choices for how people work and live. In addition to our staff, Lomita also recognizes our City Council, Planning Commission and other citizen planners who contribute their time and expertise to the improvement of our community.
Please visit the City of Lomita’s Planning staff at the Lomita Farmer’s Market this Sunday, October 25, 2020 from 10AM to 2PM and see some of the plans and development projects that will be shaping the future of Lomita.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, will host a webinar on Wednesday, October 14th at 11:30 a.m. The webinar will navigate small businesses through the emergency Covid-19 legislation congress passed last spring. Participants will be provided the opportunity to ask Congresswoman Waters and her staff questions.
Despite federal assistance, the ongoing pandemic and necessary COVID-19 social distancing restrictions have made it increasingly difficult for small businesses to survive. As a result of these challenges, Congresswoman Waters will explain the legislation passed this year to help businesses and talk about the range of federal programs available.
Congresswoman Waters has been on the frontlines, leading the Democratic Caucus in crafting legislation to address the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus on our nation’s small businesses. As a result of legislation Congress passed this year, our district (CA-43) received $1 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, according to data provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Member Spotlight with Lomita Chamber Member of the Board of Directors and Health & Wellness Committee: James Leedom, Owner of Home Health Depot. In our live chat, we learned about Jim’s journey running his businesses for 20+ years and the services he provides. A chance to ask questions, network and connect personally.
Member Spotlight with Lomita Chamber Member & Chamber Ambassador: Dee Dee McGuire, Financial Services Professional representing New York Life Insurance/Investment. In our live chat, we learned about the importance of financial planning and got to know this Chamber member on a more personal basis.