February 18, 2022
Weideman Group Weekly

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End in Sight

Governor Gavin Newsom revealed his SMARTER plan designed to move into the endemic stage of COVID-19. Some of the highlights of the plan include the state goal to administer 200,000 COVID-19 vaccinations a day, maintain a stockpile of 75 million face masks, add clinical staff to health care facilities, survey positive cases for potential new variants, and maintain testing ability to administer 500,000 tests a day. The plan will allow the state to continue to ease COVID-19 restrictions and treat the virus in a similar fashion to the way the state manages serious flu outbreaks. California’s decreasing hospitalizations and death rates compared to other states has provided an avenue to implement the endemic plan. Additional details can be found here.

Special Election Results

Democrat Mike Fong, a Los Angeles Community College Trustee and candidate in Assembly District 49 to succeed Assemblymember Ed Chau, secured the necessary votes on Tuesday to avoid a runoff election. Fong will be sworn in as soon as the election results are certified. In the Assembly District 17 race to replace David Chiu, San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney and former Supervisor David Campos were the top two vote getters and will face each other in a run-off election on April 19.

Judicial Nominee

Governor Gavin Newsom has nominated Patricia Guerrero to serve as an Associate Justice on the California Supreme Court. Guerrero has served as an Associate Justice at the Fourth District Court of Appeal since 2017 and previously served as a trial court judge and an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Guerrero will be the first Latina to serve on California’s highest court. She will be replacing Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, who left the bench in October. Guerrero must be confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments.

Looking Out for You

Today marks the last day for bills to be introduced in the 2022 California legislative session. Once a bill is introduced, it must sit idle for 30 days to allow for public review before it can be moved through the legislative process. Weideman Group will be thoroughly reviewing all bills to determine their impact on our clients and will be communicating to clients about potential opportunities and threats.