Weideman COVID-19 Update
March 26, 2021

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Vaccines for All

Governor Newsom announced that the state will be dramatically expanding vaccine eligibility in the coming weeks. Beginning April 1st, all individuals aged 50+ will be eligible to make an appointment to receive their vaccination and individuals aged 16+ will be eligible starting April 15th. This expansion has been made possible by an increase in vaccination supply and is supported by an expanded capacity to administer vaccines that Blue Shield of California is spearheading. California has now administered nearly 16 million doses, including 2.5 million last week, and the state expects to have the capacity to administer 4 million doses per week next month. More details on the eligibility expansion can be found here.

L.A.’s 100% Renewable Energy Roadmap

The City of Los Angeles released a study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory analyzing potential avenues the city can take to achieve 100% clean energy. NREL’s study concluded that L.A. is capable of achieving 98% clean energy within the next decade and 100% by 2035. Among others, the study recommends the city invest in energy efficiency, solar, batteries, green hydrogen, electric cars, and heat pumps. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti also recently testified before Congress, highlighting the city’s commitment to meet these goals and to continuing leading on renewable power and greening of the ports.

End of Life Option Act Clears First Hurdle

On Wednesday, the California Senate Health Committee heard and passed SB 380 (Eggman), a bill seeking to make the End of Life Option Act permanent by removing the law’s sunset date and to reduce barriers hindering access to the law. Weideman Group client, Compassion and Choices, is leading this effort to provide terminally ill Californians mercy and peace of mind at the end of their life.
 

Rob Bonta Nominated for Attorney General

Governor Newsom has named Assemblymember Rob Bonta as his nominee to fill the Attorney General vacancy. Assembly member Bonta has an extensive public service career and has been serving in the Legislature since 2012. He was the first Filipino American elected to the Assembly and will be the first Filipino American Attorney General once confirmed by the Legislature. Bonta is a champion of criminal justice reform, such as ending cash bail, ending for-profit prisons, and strengthening hate crime protections. Bonta also happens to be the childhood friend of firm Principal Mark Weideman. The Legislature has 90 days to confirm Bonta’s nomination.