September 24, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly
Tackling Climate Change
Governor Newsom signed a package of climate measures yesterday that makes a $15 billion investment to tackle the climate change crisis in California. The package includes $1.5 billion for wildfire and forest resiliency, $5.2 billion for drought resiliency, $3.7 billion for climate resilience, $1.1 billion for climate smart agriculture, and $3.9 billion for zero emission vehicles. The Governor also signed legislation extending the use of fuel cells to meet California’s need for resilient energy. The multi-prong approach is designed to invest and mitigate the impact from a multitude of emission sources that contribute to climate change. Additional details on the package can be found here.
LA’s Mayoral Race
Los Angeles City Councilman and former California Senate pro Tempore, Kevin de León, has announced his candidacy for Los Angeles Mayor. His top priority is addressing the homelessness crisis and housing affordability. De León has served on LA’s City Council since October of 2020 and served in the California Legislature from 2006-2018. He joins a growing pool of candidates such as Los Angeles City Attorney and former Assemblymember Mike Feuer, City Councilman Joe Buscaino, Jessical Lall of the Central City Association and real estate broker Mel Wilson. It is also widely speculated that U.S. Representative and former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass will enter the race.
Time For A Booster
California is prepared to start administering booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine now that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the booster. The Department of Public Health released a Vaccine Action Plan, outlining how the state will be rolling out vaccine doses and the state’s priority populations – the unvaccinated, those with certain conditions, and children under 12 (once it becomes available). Pfizer-BioNTech have stated that their COVID-19 vaccine is safe for children 5 to 11 years old and have submitted results from their trials to the FDA.
New Decade, New Districts
The California Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, tasked with redrawing the state and congressional districts, was dealt a blow this week when the California Supreme Court did not grant their requested extension to release preliminary district maps. The Commission asked for the extension due to the delay in receiving necessary 2020 census data. The Commission has until November 15th to release their preliminary maps with a final certification deadline of December 27th. Elected officials throughout California are waiting anxiously for the release of the updated maps so they can get a sense of what their districts will look like as they approach their next elections.