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. Information on the Senate’s plan can be found here and the Assembly’s here.

Musical Chairs

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced changes to committee chairmanships. Assemblymember Miguel Santiago will succeed Assemblymember Jim Frazier, who is resigning at the end of this year, as the Chair of the powerful Governmental Organization Committee (which oversees tribal and gaming matters); Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva succeeds Assemblymember Santiago as the Chair of the Communications and Conveyance Committee; and, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks fills the Chair vacancy in Housing Committee left by now SF City Attorney David Chiu.

Martha’s Appointment

California Public Utilities Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves has been tapped by the White House to lead EPA’s Region 9. Based in San Francisco, the region covers California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. Guzman has been a member of the CPUC for five years and worked as a deputy legislative affairs secretary for Governor Jerry Brown. Governor Newsom is now tasked with appointing someone to fill the CPUC vacancy.


Weideman Group is pleased to announce the addition of its newest Associate, Bernadette Sullivan. Bernadette has extensive legislative expertise as she oversaw legislation for Senator Richard Pan for 11 years. She also previously served as a field representative for now Treasurer Fiona Ma. Bernadette received her Bachelor of Arts degree in politics from the University of San Francisco. She has two daughters and enjoys traveling.