Weideman COVID-19 Update
March 19, 2021

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It’s Time for Some More Shots

California expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to include everyone over 16 that is deemed at a higher risk of COVID-19 morbidity by their healthcare provider. It is advised that individuals in this new category contact their health provider, work through myturn.ca.gov and check with their local county health department on the availability of the vaccine. Additional details on the state’s eligibility guidelines can be found here. The state has now distributed 13.3 million doses and the COVID-19 positivity rate is holding steady at around 2%. Nationally, the Biden Administration has surpassed their original goal of administering 100 million doses in 100 days – 100 million doses were given in 58 days. 

Dozens of California counties have moved to less restrictive tiers per the Blueprint for a Safer Economy - 11 counties are in the purple tier, 42 counties are in the red tier, 4 counties are in the orange tier, and 1 county is in the least restrictive yellow tier. The move to less restrictive tiers will allow the reopening of certain industries, such as gyms and theaters.

Newsom Comes Out Swinging 

Governor Newsom officially rolled out his anti-recall efforts, hiring some of the top campaign veterans in California. Newsom took a sharp tone when characterizing the recall supporters – referring to them as pro-Trump, anti-vaxxers, and Q-Annon believers. The Governor’s message is that the recall is a costly Republican power grab. He took this message national by appearing on The View and CNN. The launch of this campaign is a signal that a recall election is very likely to qualify.

Biden’s Cabinet Takes Shape  

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was confirmed by the United States Senate to be Health and Human Services Secretary. Becerra will become the first Latino to lead the Agency. Governor Newsom will soon announce his pick to fill the AG vacancy. Contenders for the role include Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Southern California Congressman Adam Schiff, LGBTQ advocate Rick Chavez Zbur, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and others. 

Representative Deb Halaand of New Mexico also made history by becoming the first Native American to be confirmed to be the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, which is tasked with being the liaison between the federal government and Indian Country and manages about one-fifth of all land in the country.
 

Another Welcome Addition

Weideman Group is excited to announce the addition of our newest team member, Renée Estoista. Renée joins the firm as an Associate and will provide direct lobbying, strategic counsel, legislative tracking, regulatory monitoring, and procurement services for the firm’s clients. She brings nearly a decade of experience in the California Legislature to the team. Renée most recently served as the Legislative Director for Assemblymember Autumn Burke. Prior to that she worked in the offices of former Senators Ricardo Lara and Loni Hancock. She brings extensive experience managing legislation and budget issues to the firm’s clients. Renée graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine and is a native Sacramentan.