October 1, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly
School Vaccine Requirement
Earlier this morning, Governor Newsom announced that all California students will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine if attending in-person classes. The mandate applies to kids in public and private schools alike and will take effect once the vaccine has been officially approved by the Food and Drug Administration. School districts are tasked with enforcing the mandate just as they do with the other school based vaccine requirements.
Movers & Shakers
CPUC President Marybel Batjer announced she will be stepping down from her post at the end of the year. Batjer was appointed by Newsom in 2019 and has led the CPUC through tumultuous times - the bankruptcy of PG&E, historic wildfires and power shutoffs. The Governor’s office will conduct a thorough search for Batjer’s replacement over the next couple of months. Assemblymember David Chiu is stepping down from his post to serve as San Francisco’s first Asian American City Attorney following an appointment by San Francisco Mayor London Breed. The Assemblyman is expected to officially resign his post at the end of the month and the Governor will set dates for a special election to replace him.
Governor Newsom held several ceremonies this week commemorating the signing of a number of high profile bills the legislature passed this year. Newsom signed over thirty bills designed to increase affordable housing and building units for the unhoused. The housing bill package streamlines the construction of new homes, addresses barriers to construction, creates a Housing Accountability Unit within the Housing and Community Development department that will support local jurisdictions to meet their housing needs, and more. Newsom also signed a package of criminal justice reform bills, including a police decertification bill that will allow the state to decertify officers who engage in serious misconduct.
Let’s Make a Deal
Thursday came and went without movement on the much anticipated federal bipartisan infrastructure bill. President Biden has personally gone to Capitol Hill today to directly engage in the negotiations and Speaker Pelosi insists there will be a vote on both BIF and the reconciliation bill, however the timing for the votes remains unclear. The Speaker and the White House are hoping to appease both the centrist Senators – Sinema (D-Arizona) and Manchin (D-West Virginia) – and move a Build Back Better framework that secures progressive votes.