Updated May 26, 2020
The City of Tehachapi has declared a local emergency in response to the COVID-19 health crisis following Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order (N-33-20).
Mayor Susan Wiggins signed Resolution No. 11-20 on Friday, March 20. The declaration was ratified via special telephone meeting of the Tehachapi City Council. The minutes are available in the agenda center on this website, the entire meeting recording can be viewed here.
The City of Tehachapi, has adjusted business practices to adhere to standards to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 and the potential spread of this virus. The City of Tehachapi is also working in conjunction with the Kern County Board of Supervisors and the County Department of Public Health to assist certain businesses to reopen under an adjusted phase two reopening that was authorized by Governor Newsom on May 20th.
City services remain in operation.
City facilities, including the Senior Center, Museums, Visitor Center, and in-person services at City Hall, will be unavailable until further notice. If you have any questions regarding specific City services, please contact City Hall at (661) 822-2200 during business hours (M-TH, 7 A.M.-5:30 P.M.)
All meetings of the Tehachapi City Council and the Planning Commission will be held telephonically in compliance with California Executive Order N-29-20. Citizens can view the meetings live via our YouTube channel.
Public Comments for the City Council may be submitted in writing via email to Deputy City Clerk Ashley Whitmore at email@example.com no later than 6 P.M. on meeting day. You may also comment by calling (661) 822-2200 ext. 108 to leave a voicemail of no more than two minutes in length, no later than 6:00pm prior to the meeting. Please state and spell your name at the beginning of your message and clearly indicate the agenda item number you wish to address.
Public comments for the Planning Commission may be submitted to City Clerk Tori Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 6 P.M. on meeting day. You may also comment by calling (661) 822-2200 ext. 108 to leave a voicemail of no more than two minutes in length, no later than 6:00pm prior to the meeting. Please state and spell your name at the beginning of your message and clearly indicate the agenda item number you wish to address.
Parks and Equipment
Parks operated by the City of Tehachapi and the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District remain open.
Utility Payments/New Service
To eliminate the need for in-person payments at City Hall the following are available:
Online Payments at www.LiveUpTehachapi.com (No credit card convenience fee)
Payments or requests for new service or to terminate service by phone at (661) 822-2200, M-TH 7:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.
Drop Box Payments at City Hall
The City will continue to process permits as needed with online forms.
Please visit the Building Department Page with necessary documents
Contact Charles Arbaut, Building Inspector with any questions at email@example.com
Fill out and email to Tori Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be contacted to arrange payment for permit
You can also fill out forms and mail forms and payment to 115 S. Robinson Street, Tehachapi, CA 93561
For Planning questions please utilize the Planning Department’s website or contact Senior Planner Kim Burnell at (661) 822-2200 ex. 118, email@example.com
The following City events have been canceled
Book Drive for Porterville Library Recovery
Coffee with the Mayor and City Manager
Updated July 6, 2020
On May 20, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom approved the attestation from the Kern County Board of Supervisors allowing the County to move further into Stage 2 of the State’s reopening plan.
However, on July 1, 2020, Newsom ordered all bars in Kern County closed and ordered that all restaurants cease indoor dining operations.
In response, many restaurants in the City of Tehachapi have shifted to allow for patio dining and takeout orders.
Follow your favorite local restaurants on Facebook for updated hours, specials, outdoor seating and to-go options.
Kelcys- Curbside Pickup-Takeout, Outdoor Dining
Red House BBQ-Outdoor Dining (in back)-Takeout
Phone Orders: 822-0772
Menu-Subject to Change
Phone Orders: 822-1128
Gracian’s Grill-Outdoor Dining/Takeout
Phone Orders: 822-4016
Phone Orders: 822-7202
Jake’s Steakhouse- Curbside/Takeout/Special Family Meals (Details on Facebook)
Phone Orders: 822-6015
Text to Order: 501-0553
Phone Orders: 822-7533
Petra Mediterranean-Outdoor Dining-Takeout
Phone Orders (Closed Mondays) -822-1900
Menu and Order Online
Phone Orders (Tuesday-Saturday): 822-7211
Burger Spot-Outdoor Dining/Takeout
Phone Orders: 822-3145
The Coffee Mill-Outdoor Dining/Takeout
Phone Orders 822-6455
Menu and Order Online
Kohnen’s Country Bakery-Outdoor Dining/Curbside/Takeout
Phone Orders: 822-3350
Las Palmas-Outdoor Dining/Curbside/Takeout
Phone Orders: 822-5506
Menus (Facebook Link)
Phone Orders: 823-8947
TK Pizza and Pasta-Outdoor Dining/Takeout/Delivery
Phone Orders: 822-8366
Menu and Online Ordering
Burger King-Drive Thru, 6am-11pm
Tucker Road Corridor
Big Papa’s Steakhouse-Outdoor Dining/Takeout
Phone Orders: 822-7272
Menu and Online Ordering
Veritas Tapas & Wine Bar-Outdoor Dining-Curbside/Takeout
Phone Orders: 822-8220
Don Perico Mexican-Takeout
Phone Orders: 822-5366
McDonald’s Drive Thru, Curbside Pickup, 5am-Midnight
Hungry Howie’s Pizza-Takeout, Delivery
Domino’s Pizza- Takeout, Delivery
Taco Bell Drive Thru,10am-11pm
Jack In The Box Drive Thru, 5am-Midnight
Del Taco Drive Thru, 24 Hours
Blue Ginger Pho-Takeout
Phone Orders: 823-1199
Sonic Drive Thru, 7am-9pm
East Tehachapi Blvd.
McDonald’s Dine In-Drive Thru, 24 hours
Wendy’s-Dine In-Drive Thru, 24 Hours
Unincorporated Greater Tehachapi
P-Dubs Brew Pub (South Street, Old Towne)- Outdoor Dining/Takeout
Phone Orders: 823-4766
Menu P-Dubs Grille & Bar (Stallion Springs)-Outdoor Dining/Takeout
Phone Orders: 823-7777
Steampunk Cafe and Grill (Old Towne)-Takeout
Phone Orders: 823-4469
Old Towne Pizza-Takeout/Delivery
Phone Orders: 822-3558
Domingo’s Bar and Grill-Takeout
Phone Orders: 822-7611
Phone Orders: 809-8936
Gold Mountain Sports Tavern- Dine In-Takeout
Phone Orders: 823-4615
Frosty King-Dine In-Drive Thru/Takeout
Phone Orders: 822-1943
- Albertson's, Senior Hours 7AM-9AM, Additional Hours 10 AM-9 PM
- Dollar General Market, Senior Hours 6 AM-7AM, Additional Hours 7AM-10PM
- Dollar Tree, Hours 8AM-9PM, Sunday 9AM-9PM
- Family Dollar, Hours 8AM-8PM
- Save Mart, Senior Hours Tues./Thurs. 6AM-9AM, Additional Hours 9 AM-10PM
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In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.
Kern Recovers: Kern County Small Business Forgivable Loan Program
The Kern Recovers Program provides $25 million in forgivable loans of up to $75,000 each to local small businesses like restaurants, gyms, and salons to directly mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19.
While similar to the federal Payroll Protection Program, the county’s program provides increased flexibility and will only be available to local small businesses with less than 50 employees and under $5 million in annual revenue.
Four local financial institutions — Valley Republic Bank, Mission Bank, Valley Strong Credit Union and AltaOne Federal Credit Union — have partnered with the county to process applications and administer these funds to eligible applicants.
Interested businesses don’t need to be customers of the banks in order to apply for the loans, nor will they be required to become customers.
United States Treasury Paycheck Protection Plan (CARES Act)
The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.
Local SBA-Approved Lenders for PPA Funding:
- Bank of the West
- Mechanics Bank
- Bank of the Sierra
- Valley Strong Credit Union
NEW! June 17,2020
SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:
- Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
- Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
- Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.
The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form.
Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period. These changes will result in a more efficient process and make it easier for businesses to realize full forgiveness of their PPP loan.
SBA Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
New!! June 16, 2020
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.
SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue. EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.
SBA’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance
The SBA is offering low interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories.
These loans may be used to pay debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that are not already covered by a Paycheck Protection Program loan. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
To keep payments affordable for small businesses, SBA offers loans with long repayment terms, up to a maximum of 30 years. Plus, the first payment is deferred for one year.
In addition, small businesses and non-profits may request, as part of their loan application, an EIDL Advance of up to $10,000. The EIDL Advance is designed to provide emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This advance will not have to be repaid, and small businesses may receive an advance even if they are not approved for a loan.
SBA’s EIDL and EIDL Advance are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response.
The SBA is also assisting small businesses and non-profits with access to the federal forgivable loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program, which is currently accepting applications until June 30, 2020.
For additional information, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at SBA.gov/Disaster.
Any Questions regarding the application process email the City of Tehachapi’s Economic Development Director Corey Costelloe at firstname.lastname@example.org
USDA Federal Rural Resource Guide
Resources, Training and Recovery Links for Businesses, Non-Profits and Agriculture Producers
City of Tehachapi Programs
Utility Payment Deferral Program Flier (City-billed water, sewer, trash)
Resources for Telecommuting:
Open For Business: Free Tech For Remote Work
NPRs Guide to Working From Home
Balancing Working From Home, Parenting and Homeschooling
Business Central’s Guide for Remote Work
Sempra Energy Foundation (Grants)
COVID-19 Testing Site:
Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley Hospital at 1100 Magellan Drive has been designated as a drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 through the Kern County Department of Public Health.
Any resident wishing to have the test performed may call for an appointment at 661-771-8775 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Appointment times range from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Appointments are required.
Please note: This is a COVID-19 testing site that only tests for the active coronavirus. It is not an antibodies testing site and will only be able to determine if a patient has the virus, not if they have had it prior.
Social Distancing: Apps for Seniors (Tech Savvy or Not)
California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Updates
Updated May 14, 2020
TUSD Food Services During School Closures:
TUSD is offering a free drive-through and walk-up meal plan program beginning Wednesday, March 18th to help ensure that children have access to nutritional meals when school is not in session. The program will provide free lunch to all children age 18 and under and all individuals with disabilities regardless of age. All children and individuals with disabilities must be present to receive the meals provided. TUSD staff will hand our pre-bagged meals which will include lunch for the day and breakfast for the following morning.
The three meal service locations include:
Jacobsen Middle School
711 Anita Drive
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Monday through Friday
1120 South Curry Street
11:45 am - 12:15 pm Monday through Friday
Golden Hills Elementary
20215 Park Road
11:00 am - 11:30 am Monday through Friday
We ask for those utilizing the drive up option to remain in their cars to ensure a safe environment for all during the distribution of this interim meal program.
ABC Mouse (Free 30-day Trial)
National Geographic Kids
Activities & Crafts for Kids
Kern County Library eBooks & eAudiobooks
As part of the City Council approved policy on March 18th, 2020, the City of Tehachapi is suspending all late fees for utility payments until further notice. In addition all water shutoffs have been suspended during the duration of this emergency.
Southern California Gas Co.
For information on payments, shutoff suspensions, etc.