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January 17, 2022
Weideman Group Weekly

Show Me the Money!

Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his budget proposal for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The Governor’s proposed budget totals $286.4 billion, which takes into account an estimated $45.7 billion surplus. This marks consecutive years where California will see a significant surplus, giving the Governor and the Legislature the opportunity to make historic investments in some of the most pressing issues facing the state.

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January 10, 2022
Weideman Group Weekly

Back in Action

The California Legislature is back in Sacramento for the 2022 legislative session and so is omicron. The new COVID-19 omicron variant has taken a little of the excitement out of back to session – causing both houses of the legislature to limit the number of staff in the Capitol – but lawmakers are forging ahead introducing new measures, considering two-year bills that were introduced last year and getting ready for the Governor’s unveiling of his state budget proposal on Monday.

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December 24, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly

New Maps Solidify Democrats

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission has released their final maps for Congressional, Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization districts. For Congress, the maps seem to favor Democrats, who are expected to hold strong in competitive districts with Republicans playing defense to hold onto their seats in the state. In the State Legislature, the new maps are likely to result in several members of the same party being forced to run against each other.

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December 17, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly

Mask Up

Following an increase in California’s COVID-19 cases and the highly transmissible Omicron variant, California has reinstated its mandatory indoor mask mandate. The mandate will be in place until January 15, 2022 and applies to all individuals in indoor public spaces and workplaces.  Health and state officials are hoping the mask mandate will deter another increase in cases following the holidays and prevent a strain in the healthcare system.
 

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December 10, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly

Legislative Budget Preview

Leadership and budget chairs in the Senate and Assembly released their respective key values for the upcoming 2022-2023 budget. The budget plans serve as a marker outlining priority issues ahead of the Governor’s January Budget release. Highlights include maintaining the state’s historic reserves, aligning new commitments with Gann Limit requirements such as maximizing infrastructure investments, expanding access to healthcare, investments in combating climate change, addressing housing affordability and homelessness, and more.

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November 24, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly

New CPUC President

Governor Newsom has named Alice Reynolds to succeed Marybel Batjer as President of the California Public Utilities Commission. Reynolds has been a senior energy and climate advisor to both Governor Newsom and Governor Brown since 2017 and previously worked at the California Environmental Protection Agency.

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November 12, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly

Winter is Coming

Governor Newsom is warning that as winter takes hold, California will see a rise in COVID-19 infections during the winter months for the second year in a row. As part of a winter surge strategy, the Governor signed an Executive Order to ensure health care facilities continue to maintain necessary staffing and resources.

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October 15, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly

Got Your Goods?

In an effort to address the significant supply chain issues facing the country, two of the biggest ports – Los Angeles and Long Beach – have announced they will be expanding their operating hours to 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Major goods carriers are also taking steps to operate around the clock.

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October 8, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly

Oil Spill

Southern California beaches are covered in crude oil after the rupture of a pipeline from an off-shore oil rig. Orange County beaches are currently closed as crews attempt to prevent further damage and clean up the spill.

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September 17, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly

Newsom Defeats Recall

Governor Gavin Newsom decisively defeated the effort to recall him. Within about 30 minutes of the polls closing on Tuesday, the election was called for the Governor. Nearly 10 million votes were cast in the recall election and, per the Secretary of State’s current tally, an overwhelming 63.6% of voters voted to oppose the recall. This win gives Newsom significant momentum leading up to his 2022 gubernatorial reelection, where we do not expect him to draw a serious challenger.

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September 10, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly

Turn Out the Lights

The legislature wrapped up the first year of the 2021-22 legislative session today. Weideman Group helped secure a number of legislative victories in the final days of session, including:

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September 3, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly

Newsom Creating Separation

recent recall poll was released by the Public Policy Institute of California showing that 58% of likely California voters oppose the recall of Governor Newsom compared to 39% who favor it. These are welcome numbers for the Governor, who had seen polls narrowing up until recently.