The November 3 election is fast approaching and unlike past elections, due to COVID-19 ALL California voters will be mailed a ballot that can be returned to election officials by mail or dropped off at designated locations.   California’s voter registration statistics show that a record-high 83 percent of those eligible are registered to vote and that number will…

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The Governor is slowly working his way through the few hundred bills that made their way to his desk at the end of session.  This week, he signed bills intended to provide relief for those who are working during COVID-19, specifically bills related to workers’ compensation, employee notifications related to infection, and an expansion of…

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legislative update 9-15

Tragically, whether you look at fatalities, structures burned, or acres burned, California sets new records every wildfire season.  In 2020, the SCU, LNU, and August Complex fires have all made their way onto the top five list of destructive fires measured by size.  Yet another California community, Berry Creek, has been destroyed by the Bear…

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September 3, 2020 On Monday August 31, the Legislature adjourned for final recess, marking the end of the 2019-2020 legislative session. As we have detailed in previous updates, the 2020 legislative year has been the strangest in modern times.  The COVID-19 pandemic has forced legislators out of the Capitol twice this year, both in the…

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The 2020 legislative year has been the strangest in modern times.  The COVID-19 pandemic has forced legislators out of the Capitol twice this year, once between March and mid-May and once for two weeks at the end of July when two Assemblymembers contracted the virus. The unanticipated recesses have injected a dose of chaos into…

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No one ever said being the Governor of California was easy, but things were looking pretty good for Governor Newsom when he took office in 2019.  His fellow Democrats held some of their largest majorities in the Legislature in history with well over 2/3 of the Senate and Assembly in their control.  Newsom also inherited…

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The state’s Director of Public Health, Dr. Sonia Angell, resigned Sunday after a week of embarrassing revelations for the Governor’s Administration. During his July 3 press conference, Governor Newsom pointed out a 21% weekly drop in confirmed cases of COVID-19 and described it as a positive signs for the state’s efforts to combat the spread of…

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Governor Newsom has walked a political tightrope since March when he issued a first-in-the-nation order for Californian’s to shelter in place.  The shelter in place order was highly effective at reducing the rate at which COVID-19 spread in California.  At the same time, it brought economic devastation on a level that pales in comparison to…

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California continues to face challenges on many fronts related to COVID-19. As you know, roughly 9,000 new cases of COVID-19 pop up every day. The state has set record death rates four times this week. While the Governor continues to grapple with the spread of the virus, he is facing political challenges on a number of other fronts. …

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CAA Legislative Update

On March 19, California became the first state to issue a statewide shelter in place order.  The shelter in place order proved to be an effective tool to slow the spread of COVID-19.  In fact, California bent the curve so successfully that Governor Newsom confidently sent hundreds of ventilators to the east coast and began…

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