March 6, 2022
Weideman Group Weekly

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Masks Off

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced that unvaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask indoors and that the state will be lifting its school mask mandate on March 11. Additionally, the State Senate and Assembly will be lifting their mask mandates in the Capitol for members, staff and visitors on Monday. Governor Newsom has lifted all but 5% of the emergency executive orders instituted to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Remaining orders will allow the Governor to coordinate a quick response should there be another serious outbreak. 

Russian Divestment

Governor Newsom has called for the divestment of California assets from Russia due to the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Governor sent a letter to the leaders of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) and the University of California retirement system calling for the state to sanction Russia by divesting from it. California can pull more than $1.5 billion worth of investments from Russia. 

Movers & Shakers

Governor Newsom has appointed California Energy Commissioner Karen Douglas as his new Senior Advisor for Energy. Douglas has served as a CEC Commissioner since 2008 and previously worked for a number environmental and energy organizations.

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian is the latest incumbent to join the growing list of sitting legislators not seeking reelection. Due to redistricting, Assemblymembers Nazarian’s and Friedman’s districts were merged into Assembly District 44. Nazarian’s announcement avoids what could have been a costly Dem-on-Dem race. 

Care Courts

Governor Newsom released his new policy framework designed to overhaul the state’s conservatorship system and provide tools to assist those suffering from drug addiction, severe mental illness and homelessness. The state is investing $12 billion in mental health, including $3 billion to support home construction and wraparound services for those who need it. The new framework will allow for a court overseen action plan that includes providing individuals with an advocate and ensuring an individual’s civil liberties are intact all while establishing metrics for treatment and services.