Government

Seal of the Governor and photo of Gavin Newsom courtesy of the Office of the Governor of the State of California.

Governor Gavin Newsom previewed his $100 billion California Comeback Plan – the biggest economic recovery package in California’s history – including unprecedented investments to address the state’s most persistent challenges, starting with nearly $12 billion in direct cash payments to Californians hit hardest by the pandemic. Chief among the new …continue reading

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The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following post: A Framework for Allocating Federal Recovery Funds In the coming months, the Legislature will face important decisions over how to use California’s share of the state fiscal recovery funds included in the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Estimated at approximately $26 …continue reading

featured graphic for California State Senator Dave Min representing District 37 during COVID-19

Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine) announced his Senate Bill (SB) 408 advanced out of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee today with unanimous, bipartisan support. As new reports indicate small businesses are at risk of being left behind in the economic recovery efforts, the bill establishes a tax credit available for …continue reading

Seal of the Governor and photo of Gavin Newsom courtesy of the Office of the Governor of the State of California.

As the country continues to confront a history of racial injustice, deeply rooted in the legacy of slavery and systemic racism, today, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed five individuals to serve on the newly formed Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. The formation of this task …continue reading

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Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer issued the following statement on Friday, May 7: An independent outside law firm hired by the County’s CEO conducted an investigation and concluded what the Orange County District Attorney’s Office had previously uncovered and disclosed to the County: a former OCDA manager sexually harassed …continue reading

featured graphic for California State Senator Dave Min representing District 37 during COVID-19

Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine) released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom halting the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ proposal to eliminate 25 language options from its written driving test, including Korean: Yesterday, I released a statement criticizing the DMV’s attempt to eliminate 25 language services, including Korean, …continue reading

Seal of the Governor and photo of Gavin Newsom courtesy of the Office of the Governor of the State of California.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared that May 2021 shall be both Small Business Month and Older Californians Month. Small Business Governor Gavin Newsom today issued a proclamation declaring May 2021, as “Small Business Month” in the State of California. Last week, Governor Newsom signed legislation providing small businesses hit …continue reading

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The Senate Governance and Finance Committee rejected Senate Bill 706 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) on a partisan vote that would have corrected an outdated interpretation of property “change of ownership” that has been part of the long running debate around commercial property and Proposition 13 (the 1978 initiative …continue reading

Cottie Petrie-Norris

Legislation to expand domestic violence services, authored by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, has passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee with unanimous bipartisan support. AB 689 will allow for survivors of domestic violence to seek help via text and other computer-based technologies. “We have seen a horrific rise in domestic violence throughout the …continue reading

featured graphic for California Assembly District 72 represented by Janet Nguyen during COVID-19

Assemblywoman Janet Nguyen’s bill, AB 1336 to create regionalized task forces to address hate crimes, passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee unanimously last week. Hate crimes have gone up at alarming rates during the past year. There have been over 1600 hate related crimes reported nationwide. Currently crimes of this …continue reading