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May 9, 2022
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Assemblymember Haney

The newest member of the California State Assembly, Matt Haney, was sworn in this week. Accompanied by his mother at the ceremony, Assemblymember Haney now represents the 17th Assembly district, which includes the eastern half of San Francisco. He previously served on the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors.

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May 2, 2022
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Senate Budget Blueprint

State Senate leaders released their budget priorities blueprint “Putting Wealth to Work” yesterday. The blueprint accounts for an estimated $65 billion in additional, surplus revenue based on projections from the Legislative Analysts’ Office, that the Senate proposes be utilized to fund their priorities.

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April 23, 2022
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Assemblymember-Elect Haney

San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney will become the newest legislator in the Assembly after winning the runoff special election against David Campos earlier this week. Haney received 62% of the votes cast and will succeed David Chiu who vacated the seat after being appointed to serve as San Francisco’s City Attorney. Assemblymember-Elect Haney is expected to be sworn in as soon as the election results are certified.

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April 16, 2022
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California’s Climate Investments

California has released an annual report showing the state’s total investment of $10.5 billion in projects funded by the Cap-and-Trade program were expected to reduce emissions by 76 million metric tons. Between December 2020 to November 2021, more than 75,000 new California Climate Investments projects were launched with more than $1 billion in funding directed to projects in disadvantaged communities.

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April 8, 2022
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Tragedy in Sacramento

Six people tragically lost their lives and a dozen more were injured in Downtown Sacramento during a shooting last weekend. The Governor and several state officials expressed their sympathy towards the victims and called for additional steps to be taken to curb gun violence. Earlier in the year, the Governor publicly stated his support for SB 1327 (Hertzberg), which allows Californians to sue gun manufacturers for damages caused by gun violence.

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April 1, 2022
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Eleni Makes History

Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis made history by becoming the first woman in California to sign a bill into law. Kounalakis is serving as Acting Governor while Governor Newsom is out of the state and memorialized this moment, which happened to also be the last day of Women’s History Month, by signing AB 2179 (Grayson) extending eviction protections for Californians waiting on rental relief applications to be processed.

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March 25, 2022
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Gas Money

Governor Newsom unveiled his proposal to provide relief to Californians amid soaring gas prices. His $11 billion dollar proposal includes $2 billion to provide free public transit to Californians for 3 months and $9 billion in tax refunds for drivers. The refund will come in the form of $400 debit cards distributed to drivers with cars registered at DMV.

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March 21, 2022
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Newsom Administration Honors AVTA

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) spearheaded a celebration honoring the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) for becoming the first all-electric transit agency in North America. AVTA, a Weideman Group client, serves the cities of Palmdale, Lancaster, and Northern Los Angeles County, with annual ridership of over three million.

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March 11, 2022
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State of the State

In an uncharacteristically short 18-minute speech, Governor Newsom delivered his annual State of the State address this week. Newsom highlighted homelessness, crime, education and health care, but seemed to get most excited when talking about addressing the impact of high gasoline prices on Californians and addressing climate change. Acknowledging that gas prices are hitting Californians hard, the Governor announced he will be unveiling a proposal to put money back in the pockets of consumers to combat rising gas prices.

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March 6, 2022
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Masks Off

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced that unvaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask indoors and that the state will be lifting its school mask mandate on March 11. Additionally, the State Senate and Assembly will be lifting their mask mandates in the Capitol for members, staff and visitors on Monday. Governor Newsom has lifted all but 5% of the emergency executive orders instituted to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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February 26, 2022
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Crisis in Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is causing ripple effects across the globe. In addition to the humanitarian impact of the crisis, we have already seen this conflict create stock market volatility and experts are warning that supply chain issues will intensify and that we are likely to experience an increase in gas prices and grocery costs. In a recent address to the nation, President Biden stated he will order the release of oil from the nation’s strategic reserves as needed to head off spikes in gas prices.

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February 11, 2022
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Endemic Plan 

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state is looking to move towards a COVID-19 endemic strategy and details on the plan could come as early as next week. The state will treat COVID-19 much like other viruses, still living in the community, but manageable without the need for aggressive mitigation efforts such as a shelter in place order. A preliminary step towards the endemic comes as California’s indoor mask mandate will be lifted on February 15th.

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February 4, 2022
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Deadline Votes 

Monday marked the last day for bills that were introduced in 2021 to pass their house of origin. Some of the most watched bills at the deadline included AB 257 (Holden), creating a commission to regulate labor standards for fast food industry workers, and AB 1400 (Kalra), establishing a government run single payer health care system in California. AB 257 successfully cleared the Assembly Floor marking a big win for organized labor and now moves on to the Senate.

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January 24, 2022
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Tests & Masks

The federal government launched a website allowing households to place their order for free COVID-19 rapid tests. The tests will be delivered to households by the U.S. Postal Service in the next couple of weeks. This is one of the latest tools the White House is implementing to slow the spread of the omicron variant, which is causing a surge across the nation. Additionally, the federal government will be delivering N95 masks directly to Americans as part of this effort.

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January 17, 2022
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Show Me the Money!

Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his budget proposal for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The Governor’s proposed budget totals $286.4 billion, which takes into account an estimated $45.7 billion surplus. This marks consecutive years where California will see a significant surplus, giving the Governor and the Legislature the opportunity to make historic investments in some of the most pressing issues facing the state.

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January 10, 2022
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Back in Action

The California Legislature is back in Sacramento for the 2022 legislative session and so is omicron. The new COVID-19 omicron variant has taken a little of the excitement out of back to session – causing both houses of the legislature to limit the number of staff in the Capitol – but lawmakers are forging ahead introducing new measures, considering two-year bills that were introduced last year and getting ready for the Governor’s unveiling of his state budget proposal on Monday.

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December 24, 2021
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New Maps Solidify Democrats

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission has released their final maps for Congressional, Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization districts. For Congress, the maps seem to favor Democrats, who are expected to hold strong in competitive districts with Republicans playing defense to hold onto their seats in the state. In the State Legislature, the new maps are likely to result in several members of the same party being forced to run against each other.

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December 17, 2021
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Mask Up

Following an increase in California’s COVID-19 cases and the highly transmissible Omicron variant, California has reinstated its mandatory indoor mask mandate. The mandate will be in place until January 15, 2022 and applies to all individuals in indoor public spaces and workplaces.  Health and state officials are hoping the mask mandate will deter another increase in cases following the holidays and prevent a strain in the healthcare system.