November 12, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly

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Winter is Coming

Governor Newsom is warning that as winter takes hold, California will see a rise in COVID-19 infections during the winter months for the second year in a row. As part of a winter surge strategy, the Governor signed an Executive Order to ensure health care facilities continue to maintain necessary staffing and resources. The order extends provisions for the expansion of the healthcare workforce, including enabling certain medical personnel to administer vaccines, and providing flexible use of space in health care facilities to accommodate patients. California is currently seeing an increase in case rates with hospitalizations up 4% over 2 weeks, and experts expect this to be the trend through the winter months. Text of the executive order can be found here.

California Climate Leadership

California leaders joined the global community in Scotland at COP 26, the UN Climate Change Conference, and pledged to take action to fight climate change. The U.S. and China made a joint declaration committing to enhance climate action over the next decade, while the U.S. and other countries made commitments around green shipping corridors and zero emission vehicles, ending deforestation, and transitioning away from coal. 

Among other activities, California joined the Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance launched at the conference to phase out oil and gas production, signed onto the Edinburgh Declaration to halt biodiversity loss, assumed presidency of the Transportation Decarbonization Alliance with a call to action on zero emission vehicle infrastructure, signed a Joint Declaration with New Zealand and Québec to cooperate on climate change, and as part of the Pacific Coast Collaborative, launched the Low Carbon Construction Task Force to advance low carbon building materials and reduce embodied carbon in the built environment. Additionally, State Senator Josh Becker announced that he will be introducing bills to streamline project development and “build clean faster” and for California to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from state government operations by 2035.

Infrastructure Week

Congress passed the long awaited $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill this week in a win for President Biden. The legislation includes $550 billion in new federal spending in infrastructure over 5 years, $65 billion for broadband infrastructure, and $7.5 billion for plug-in electric vehicle chargers. The companion Build Back Better spending package is still being negotiated, with the budgetary figure currently hovering at $1.75 trillion. Moderate Democrat Senator Joe Manchin (D – WV) has called the package too expensive and recently came out against a provision that would give a tax credit to manufacturers of electric vehicles that are made by union workers. Hoping to build on the momentum of the infrastructure bill passing, Democrats will continue negotiations. President Biden is set to sign the infrastructure bill on Monday.

New Districts

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission released their drafts of new district maps for Congress, State Senate, Assembly, and Board of Equalization. The new maps reflect California losing a Congressional seat after the most recent census and split districts. The city of Sacramento is currently split right through downtown in two districts, and the 3rd district in northern California has been drastically cut up and reshaped. The commission will make small alterations to the maps based on public feedback and will release final maps by December 23rd. The final maps must be certified by the Secretary of State no later than December 27th. The drafts of the new district maps can be found here.