December 5, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly
The first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant has been identified in California. With growing concerns around the transmissibility of the new variant and a potential spike in cases due to the holidays, President Biden has outlined an approach designed to curb the spread of the virus. Steps include ensuring all eligible adults can receive their COVID-19 booster shot, tighter COVID-19 testing for inbound international flights, and expanding testing access, including in-home testing kits. The President also announced more than 60 winter Covid-19 emergency response team deployments available to states to combat outbreaks and rising cases.
Time to Move On
The Assembly will have two additional open seats going into the new session. Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Chair of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, announced his resignation from the Assembly which will take effect at the end of the year. In a statement, the Assemblymember said that he is leaving to pursue work in the transportation field. Additionally, Assemblymember Ed Chau was appointed by Governor Newsom to a Judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Both legislators were elected in 2012 and would have been termed out in 2024.
State officials have announced that due to the worsening drought conditions, they do not expect any water allocation under the State Water Project. To date, the Governor has urged Californians to voluntarily reduce water usage by 15% over the summer, but usage only fell by about 3.9% and a number of local governments have self-imposed water use restrictions. If California does not experience a wet winter, there is a high likelihood that a statewide water restriction will be issued by officials.
The Governor and First Partner hosted the 90th Annual California State Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony. In line with the tradition, the tree was procured from within the state and adorned with hundreds of handmade ornaments by children and adults across the state.