Third District Supervisor Don Wagner, third from left, presents a CARES check to the City of Orange, represented by, from left, Al Ricci, President of the Orange Chamber of Commerce; Mayor Mark Murphy; Wagner; City Manager Rick Otto. City businesses may apply to receive funds to help resuscitate their businesses following COVID-19.

Stimulus funding approved for OC small businesses

The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a $75 million stimulus package to help small businesses, May 26.

The funds are part of $555 million the county received from the federal CARES distribution.

Two supervisors, Don Wagner and Michelle Steel, wanted the funds passed on to cities to let the municipalities determine who gets the money and how much.  Supervisors Lisa Barlett, Andrew Do and Doug Chaffee wanted the $75 million to stay with the county and be doled out via a newly-hired small business administrator.

More than a dozen mayors told the board they preferred that the funding go directly to cities.  The board compromised, agreeing to give $15 million to each of the five county districts, and allowing that district supervisor to decide how the stimulus funds would be passed on to small business.

Wagner is allocating the third district’s share to cities based on population.  Villa Park will receive $150,000; Orange $3.4 million.  The supervisor is holding on to $7 million for the unincorporated canyons and North Tustin.

June 2020

Villa Park City Manager Steve Franks, left, watches as Mayor Robbie Pitts, center, accepts a CARES funds check from Third District Supervisor Don Wagner. The funds will be used to assist city businesses impacted by COVID-19.