Monthy Cleanup

Another successful clean up from the Toluca Lake Chamber, Garden Club and HOA!!! Our group was small but mighty!!

Consider coming to our next cleanup on Saturday, November 27th at 8:00 am. Stay as long or as little as you want. We generally go about 90 minutes!


California Grants and Other Information…

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California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

The Office of the Small Business Advocate announced new funding rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. The additional $1.5 billion expansion makes California’s small business relief program the largest in the country. The funding will support small businesses and nonprofits that struggled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New applications will be accepted starting September 9th.

Round 9: New applicants and waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds.

Application window: September 9th through September 30th.

Eligible applicants: Current waitlisted and new applicants who meet eligibility criteria.

Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000

Details: Applicants not selected to move forward in the review process in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, or 7 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 9. New applicants can apply below.

CalSavers Deadline Fast Approaching! State law now requires all businesses with five or more employees to facilitate CalSavers if they do not already sponsor a qualified retirement plan.
Eligible employers with more than 50 employees who have not yet registered may be out of compliance and must register as soon as possible to avoid penalties by June 30, 2022. For more information, visit here.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $150,000 or less through participating lenders to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA. Read more here.

If you are a small business interested in learning about contracting opportunities with organizations in Los Angeles County, join us at this virtual event to hear from panelists at L.A. Care Health Plan as well as our partners at the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer & Business Affairs.
Join us for an Employer Showcase where employers and interested interns can meet and discuss spring internships. Employers will share information about open opportunities, conduct group interviews, and identify candidates with whom they’d like to schedule a follow-up interview. RSVP Today.

Starting or managing a business? Separate business and personal finances and grow with Google! Discuss how to track your business finances and manage your money by joining the Chamber on August 18, 10 a.m. PST. Learn more about this two-part series here.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Future of Work Summit on July 20. By convening industry leaders, policy makers, and educators, we gained insight into our region’s current and future workforce needs while highlighting trends shaping the world of work. Interested in learning more about our workforce initiatives?Fill out this questionnaire.
• 18 – Grow with Google
• 18 – Facebook University Gear Up
• 19 – Employer Showcase & Intern Hiring
• 26 – Business BuilderSeptember
• 01 – State of L.A. Business
• 08 – Small Business Council
• 26 – Small Business Preparedness Month
  1. Small Business Summit
  2. OneLA Training Program Informational Session
  3. Future of Work
For more information and resources, visit here.


National Mosquito Awareness Week

The world’s deadliest animal is only a half inch in size. An infected mosquito can transmit West Nile Virus and other vector-borne diseases through a single bite. Learn what you can do to protect yourself from mosquito bites at to



Insect Repellent is one of the most effective ways to
protect yourself from mosquito bites. Apply any
repellent containing one of these 4 ingredients with
at least 15% of:
Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus

More information on how to apply insect repellent on you or your little ones.


Shop Toluca Lake

Dear Tolucans,

Your local merchants appreciate your support through these strange and unchartered times. Small businesses EVERYWHERE have had to either close temporarily due to the services they provide or play this day by day adjusting hours and services provided. Please know that those of us who are open are doing everything we can to create an environment that is safe for all Tolucans.

Our lovely customers have been asking “what can we do to help our favorite small business?”

Here are a few tips:

  • Merchant’s outgoing voicemail messages, websites or signs on shop windows will inform you of their current plans.
  • Visit your Chamber of Commerce websites for merchant phone or email information. Some of your favorite merchants can be found at:
  • Purchase gift cards online today for local merchants and use them when this is over. Hold your existing gift cards for later use.
  • Order take out or delivery from your local restaurants. This might be safer than waiting in line for an hour at Costco! PLUS food distributors have PLENTY of food and NEED to supply those that are capable of take out or delivery.
  • Be kind. Be patient. No need to OVER buy at Trader Joe’s or Pavillions etc., as they will be allowed to stay open.
  • Please thank those that are able to stay open especially in Grocery Markets and Doctor’s offices. We appreciate you!

Support the Garry Marshall Theatre



Brick by brick, we will build a path back to the arts.

Join us in adding a brick under the marquee, a tree in the garden, or a bench in the courtyard. All three naming opportunities are things Garry got excited about – a path to walk, a tree to help us look up, and a bench to simply take a moment to breathe. (And he really loved an engraved name). Now extended through early spring, make a tax-deductible donation to this arts sustainability campaign and have your name be part of the GMT.

Tom LaBonge

by Richard Bogy, past president of the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce

On January 7th Toluca Lake lost a great friend, supporter, leader and cheerleader with the passing of Councilmember Tom LaBonge. Tom was a man of limitless energy and passion, who possessed a huge heart. He loved people. He loved Los Angeles. He loved Toluca Lake.

Tom’s contributions to our community are simply too long to list here, but suffice to say that Toluca Lake continues to be a very special place thanks to Tom LaBonge.

Tom was born in the Silverlake community of Los Angeles in 1953. A generational Angelino who attended John Marshall High School, where he shined as a football player and later as a coach (while coaching at Marshall he mentored a young Andy Reid, now coach of the Kansas City Chiefs). A devout Catholic, Tom’s father was the publisher of the Catholic news “The Tidings.” Tom always had a loaf of pumpkin bread ready to say “thank you” to people who gave of their time for the 4th Council District. It was not just his way of showing his appreciation for people who gave to the community, but also his way to support the Monastery of the Angels, who baked the bread for him.



Tom loved Los Angeles and as a young man decided he wanted to commit his life to the City. In 1976 he went to work for Councilmember Peggy Stevenson, then joined Council President John Ferraro’s office in 1978. Tom also worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and was Chief of Field Operations for Mayor Richard Riordan. In 2001, after the passing of John Ferraro, Tom was elected to fill his mentor’s seat. He served as Councilman for the fourth district until he termed-out of office in 2015.
Tom was passionate about Griffith Park, the largest urban park in America. Under his leadership the Park acquired additional land, including expansions of the Cahuenga and Burbank Peaks, and he stopped planned development of surrounding open space. He worked to ensure the success of the Los Angeles Zoo and the Autry National Museum. Tom famously led tours through the Park, including his solstice walks to watch the sun go down over the City that he loved. He could be found hiking through the Park most mornings and was always quick to stop and talk to other park lovers. He especially enjoyed meeting visitors from other countries, and was always glad to tell them about the history and the sites of Los Angeles.

Tom famously carried garden tools, rakes, brooms and trash bags in the trunk of his car, and as he drove through the City if he was to see an overflowing trash can or litter in the street he would jump from his car, put on his orange safety vest, and clean the street, gutter and sidewalk.

Tom’s greatest love though was his family. The joy of his life was his wife Brigid, daughter Mary-Cate and his son Charles. Though we will all miss him greatly, he will live on in the memory of all who knew him.

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