Weideman COVID-19 Update
July 1, 2021
Show Me the Money
The legislature passed a package of budget bills, some of which have already been signed by the Governor, just in time for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to begin. Highlights of the package include investments to fund universal school meals for all students, expansion of Medi-Cal coverage to all income eligible Californians 50 years or older regardless of immigration status, $6 billion for broadband infrastructure, and $8.1 billion in direct stimulus payments to Californians making under $75,000 a year. Negotiations are ongoing between the administration and legislative leadership on additional items, including the details on how to best direct many allocations that have been agreed to in the current budget. We expect a flurry of budget trailer bills to move through the legislature over the next couple of months laying out the details of the state’s spending. A summary of the Legislature’s budget package can be found here.
Assembly District 18 Special Election
Voters took to the polls in Assembly District 18 to cast their votes for Attorney General Rob Bonta’s successor. Since no candidate in this crowded field will be able to secure a majority of votes, the top two candidates will face off in a runoff election held on August 31st. Current tallies have Mia Bonta, wife of the Attorney General and President of the Alameda Unified School District, leading the pack with 37.8% of the vote and Janani Ramachandran, Vice Mayor of the City of Alameda, coming in second with 21.6% of the vote.
Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis has set the date for the gubernatorial recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom for September 14, 2021. This follows the certification of 1,719,900 valid signatures on the recall petition by California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber. The tight election timetable gives prospective candidates just over two weeks to decide whether to jump into an expected frenzied race in an effort to try to replace Newsom. One the greatest potential threats to Newsom’s political survival would be a challenge from the left. Thus far, no prominent California Democrats have publicly entertained entering the race. In fact, most Democrats have pledged to stay out. Current polling shows Newsom handily defeating the recall.
Governor Gavin Newsom joined President Joe Biden at a wildfire panel of western states governors. At the event, President Biden said the federal government will provide California $37 million for wildfire mitigation projects in Sonoma County. This is additional money on top of the investments the state is providing across the board to mitigate wildfire threats.
Happy 4th of July!
The Weideman Group team would like to wish you and your family and friends a happy and safe Independence Day weekend.