Weideman COVID-19 Update
June 11, 2021

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Reopen California

On Tuesday next week, California will move past the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and reopen after more than a year of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While larger congregate events or mega events are still discouraged, most businesses and activities will be allowed to resume at full capacity with little or no restrictions. The Newsom administration will begin the process of winding down various executive orders that waive statutes and regulations. The provisions will sunset in phases with some terminating at the end of June and other later into summer and potentially the fall. Additionally, Cal/OSHA will be drafting new COVID-19 workplace guidelines that are more in line with recommendations by the California Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The Capitol building is also set to reopen on June 15th with Capitol and District Offices officially open 9-5, but access to the public will remain limited.

Weapons Ban Appeal

Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Rob Bonta announced they will appeal a ruling by a federal judge striking down California’s assault weapons ban. The judge ruled the ban to be in violation of the Second Amendment. Attorney General Bonta has asked the court to leave the law in place while the case works its way through the appeals process.

Recall Election Cost

A cost analysis provided to the Legislature by the Department of Finance estimated that the recall special election would cost counties $215 million. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins released a statement saying they will include funding in the budget, which should eliminate the need for the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to review the election cost, allowing for the recall to be set earlier than originally anticipated. An early election date is viewed as a positive development for Newsom as the Governor currently enjoys strong approval ratings.

Carbon Neutrality Kick-Off

It’s go-time in California for plotting the path to carbon neutrality. The California Air Resources Board kicked off the Carbon Neutrality Scoping Plan process by hosting a series of 5 workshops this week, reviewing foundational reports that will support development of the plan and covering four specific focus areas: natural working lands, equity and environmental justice, transportation sector, and electricity sector. CARB will discuss the Scoping Plan at its upcoming June 24th Board hearing and will continue hosting workshops and meetings of the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee in advance of a draft plan. The draft plan is expected to be released in Spring of 2022 and finalized later that same year.

Additionally, Senator Connie Leyva was appointed as an ex officio member of the California Air Resources Board. Senator Leyva is known to be an environmental justice advocate focused on advancing clean trucks. Weideman Group is proud to enjoy a strong relationship with Senator Leyva and applauds this appointment.