October 15, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly


Got Your Goods?

In an effort to address the significant supply chain issues facing the country, two of the biggest ports – Los Angeles and Long Beach – have announced they will be expanding their operating hours to 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Major goods carriers are also taking steps to operate around the clock. While these steps are designed to help alleviate the supply chain backlog, more innovative and permanent solutions will be needed.

Oil Spill Committee

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has announced the formation of a select committee that will hold oversight hearings and investigate the Orange County oil spill. The select committee will be chaired by the area’s local representative, Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris, and other members who are largely from Southern California. The committee will investigate the cause of the spill and its environmental impact.

Truth and Healing Council

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California’s Truth and Healing Council will partner with the Decolonizing Wealth Project to support community engagement and philanthropic efforts that, among other things, will help inform and operationalize the recommendations in the Council’s final report. The partnership is designed to augment engagement from Native American tribes and provide healing tools.

Climate Change Season

As California prepares to send a delegation of legislators and Administration officials to the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, state agencies are active in implementing the state’s leading climate change policies. The California Natural Resources Agency released a draft Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy, which includes nearly 200 recommendations for accelerating nature-based solutions to climate change and will inform the California Air Resources Board’s upcoming Climate Change Scoping Plan and the State’s forthcoming State Adaptation Strategy.

Meantime, the California Air Resources Board held a workshop fleshing out its proposed Advanced Clean Cars II regulations, which will implement Governor Newsom’s Executive Order requiring 100% of new light duty vehicle sales to be zero emission by 2035, and the California Energy Commission hosted a high-level workshop on Accelerating Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Deployment and Grid Integration. These activities follow on recently released investment plans from CARB and CEC laying out how the agencies will implement $3.9 billion in authorized funding to support incentives for zero emission vehicles and infrastructure.