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Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA) questioned Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra about telehealth access and expanding opportunities for Americans to receive care. Last year, Rep. Steel introduced the Telehealth Expansion Act, bipartisan legislation that would make permanent a waiver created by the CARES Act to allow Americans with Health …continue reading

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A federal jury convicted a California man yesterday for submitting fraudulent applications seeking money from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), submitting false statements to a financial institution, and money laundering. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Robert Benlevi, 53, of Encino, submitted 27 PPP loan applications to …continue reading

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Rep. Michelle Steel’s (R-CA) funding request for the Surfside-Sunset & Newport Beach Replenishment Project passed the House of Representatives. $15.5 million was included in this year’s major funding bill, which now heads to the Senate for passage before being signed into law by President Biden. With the support of Orange …continue reading

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A former California Employment Development Department (EDD) employee was sentenced today to 63 months in federal prison for causing nearly 200 fraudulent COVID-related unemployment relief claims to be filed in other people’s names, resulting in nearly $4.3 million in ill-gotten gains. Gabriela Llerenas, a.k.a. “Maria G. Sandoval,” 44, of Perris, …continue reading

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The County’s Budget Office will hold a public workshop at 1:30 pm on Thursday, September 30, 2021 in the Board of Supervisors Hearing and Planning Commission Rooms to educate the public on the County’s strategic financial planning and budget development processes and use of the ARPA funds. Members of the …continue reading

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A West Los Angeles man pleaded guilty today to federal charges stemming from a scheme that used a series of corporations he controlled to fraudulently obtain approximately $9 million in loans from COVID-relief programs, some of which he used on gambling excursions to Las Vegas and transferred to his stock …continue reading

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.5 million grant to the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California to develop a technical assistance program in support of small businesses and communities in Southern California. This EDA grant will be matched with $375,022 in local …continue reading

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Top Ten Stories for December 2020 include seasonal events, unemployment benefits, COVID-19 orders, and a traffic fatality. The Top Ten Stories for December 2020 were the most read stories at Orange County Breeze over the month of November 2020 (excluding weather forecasts and events): Community invited to free drive-through Christmas …continue reading

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On December 21, 2020, Congress passed legislation which would extend federal unemployment benefits that are set to expire after December 26, 2020. If signed into law by the President, the Employment Development Department(EDD) cannot implement the new programs until it receives guidelines from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) describing …continue reading

Top Ten Stories for August 2020 include EDD (again), SNAP benefit increase, and Cypress Parking Lot Cinema. The Top Ten Stories for August 2020 were the most read stories at Orange County Breeze over the month of August 2020 (excluding weather forecasts and events): California launches second phase of extension …continue reading