April 8, 2022
Weideman Group Weekly

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Tragedy in Sacramento

Six people tragically lost their lives and a dozen more were injured in Downtown Sacramento during a shooting last weekend. The Governor and several state officials expressed their sympathy towards the victims and called for additional steps to be taken to curb gun violence. Earlier in the year, the Governor publicly stated his support for SB 1327 (Hertzberg), which allows Californians to sue gun manufacturers for damages caused by gun violence. This bill cleared its first committee this week and is part of a larger package of gun safety measures the Legislature will be moving.

Special Elections

Voters in three Assembly districts took to the polls this week to fill vacant seats left by former Assembly Members Jim Frazier, Autumn Burke and Lorena Gonzalez. Democrat and Suisun City Mayor Lori Wilson earned a victory in the uncontested race to succeed Frazier and has been sworn in as California’s newest Assembly Member. In the race to succeed Burke, Democrat candidates Tina McKinnor and Robert Pullen-Miles will face each other in a run-off election in June. In the race to succeed Gonzalez, Democrat candidates David Alvarez and Georgette Gómez will face each other in a run-off as well. 

Climate Focus

On Monday, the Newsom Administration released the state’s latest Climate Adaptation Strategy, laying out California’s response to the growing impacts of climate change, including drought, wildfire and extreme heat. The following day, the State’s Legislative Analyst’s Office released a set of reports highlighting the dire impacts of climate change in California. Among other items, the reports highlight that by mid-century, wildfire smoke and extreme heat may kill several times more people each year than currently die in automobile accidents.

Justice Brown Jackson

The United States Senate voted to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States. She makes history by being the first African American woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Brown Jackson will assume the seat held by Justice Stephen Breyer upon his retirement from the court in June. President Biden and Vice President Harris held a confirmation ceremony for Judge Jackson on the White House Lawn earlier today. In her remarks, Brown Jackson called her confirmation “the greatest honor of my life” and, while making the point that nobody can accomplish great things alone, Judge Jackson quoted Dr. Maya Angelou and said, “I do so now bringing the gifts my ancestors gave. I am the dream and the hope of the slave.”