Carson closes all public facilities
Mayor Albert Robles. Courtesy City of Carson City staff subordinate to managers ordered to work from home in effort to stem the spread of coronavirus CARSON (MNS) – City officials here voted unanimously to close City facilities,
Mayor Albert Robles. Courtesy City of Carson
City staff subordinate to managers ordered to work from home in effort to stem the spread of coronavirus
CARSON (MNS) – City officials here voted unanimously to close City facilities, including City Hall, the Carson Community Center, and all city parks, to the public, on March 17, through the end of April, or until further notice to address the COVID-19 health crisis.
City leadership team will remain in City Hall, but much of the staff will be working from home to practice responsible social distancing. The operational changes took effect immediately.
“We need to take serious action now to suppress any spread of COVID-19, and that is going to include restricting access to City Hall and temporarily closing all public facilities throughout the City of Carson,” said Mayor Albert Robles.
“To assist residents and businesses financially during this difficult time, the City will be suspending penalties and interest for late payments of parking citations and business license fees, and will consider stiffening penalties for price gauging and evictions during this emergency. The City will be returning City park fees or other City fees for canceled activities and events at City facilities,” Robles added.
The operational changes are as follows:
City Hall and Corporate Yard Building
City Hall and the Corporate Yard Building will be closed to the public through the end of April, or until further notice. Essential City services will continue, but in-person services at City Hall will be suspended through the end of April, or until further notice.
City Hall will transition to online services; residents and businesses are encouraged to use online public services. In addition to online services, the City will accommodate the lack of in-person services by heavily staffing phone lines.
Community Center and Parks
All park buildings, including gymnasiums will be closed to the public through the end of April or until further notice:
Parks and Recreation Administration Office
All services requiring in-person visits or public service counter assistance (including licensing and building permits) suspended or made available via phone, online or through email. Building inspection services will continue.
The Carson Sheriff’s Department will remain open, although the City encourages everyone to call (310) 830-1123 for non-emergency police assistance for general information and questions regarding filing police reports. Jail visitation will be curtailed with the exception of clergy and lawyers.
All Public Works services will remain in place. Refuse collection and street sweeping will continue per the usual schedule.
Financial Support for Residents and Businesses
To aid residents and businesses financially during the difficult time, the city will delay city fines for infractions at least through the end of April.
The city also will be returning City Park fees or other City fees for canceled activities and events at City facilities.
City Council meeting will take place via teleconference and livestream online. The City Council meetings of March 17 and April 7, 2020, will be conducted by teleconference. Electronic comments are encouraged.
All Commission, Board and Committee meetings are suspended with the exception of the City Council, Planning Commission, Carson Reclamation Authority meetings which will be conducted by teleconference or virtually at least through April, or until further notice.
Written comments may also be submitted by email to email@example.com.
For additional assistance call (310) 830-7600. These changes were put into effect by City Manager Sharon Landers in accordance with the emergency declaration for COVID-19.
Residents are encouraged to visit www.carson.ca.us for up-to-date information on COVID-19, and can follow updates, tips and notices on the City’s social media pages www.facebook.com/CityofCarson and Instagram at www.instagram.com/CityofCarsonCa and by following hashtag #CarsonHealth.
Metropolis News Service.