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  • Monday, February 22, 2021 10:29 AM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    On Monday, February 22, 2021, at approximately 9:00 a.m. PDT, Governor Gavin Newsom visited a vaccination site in Long Beach to highlight the city’s leadership in administering vaccinations to its residents.  The Governor has recently visited mass vaccination and mobile sites in Los Angeles, Hayward, Coachella, San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego and Santa Clara.

    To kick off the press conference, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia provided introductory remarks.  He offered complimentary comments regarding the Newsom Administration and the Governor’s actions to address the pandemic. He also highlighted Long Beach’s vaccination efforts and stated that the City begin immunizing teachers weeks ago.  This being the case, today some Long Beach teachers are receiving their second doses of the vaccine.  This is noteworthy because vaccinations have become an impasse in the school reopening debate.

    By way of background, last week, it was announced that elementary school students in the Long Beach Unified School District will return to campus for in-person instruction on March 29th.   See additional information here: https://www.lbschools.net/Asset/Files/District/Coronavirus/School-Reopening-Board-Update-2021-02-17.pdf.

    Consistent with other site visits, when Newsom spoke, he addressed the state's ongoing work to ramp up vaccination efforts.  California has now administered over 7.4 million vaccines. The state ranks 6th in the world.  In the last week, California administered 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and the state is averaging 200,000 shots/day. Statewide, the Governor reported, that the test positivity rate has plummeted from 8 percent to 3 percent over the last 30 days. Hospitalizations rates are also down. “We are making progress, there is not just a light at the end of the tunnel, there is bright light.”  

    Additionally, the Governor spoke about prioritizing vaccinations for teachers.  He acknowledged the City of Long Beach for "not waiting around" to get kids back in school, stating they have vaccinated more teachers than any county.  "I encourage that to be replicated around the state..," he said.

    Next, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn spoke.  She praised Newsom’s leadership and said his tough decisions have protected jobs, the economy, and public health. She said the Long Beach vaccination program "has been a model," noting again that the City is vaccinating teachers.  State Senator Lena A. Gonzalez offered similar comments in both Spanish and English.

    During the Q&A, Newsom said the City of Long Beach has been cited during school negotiations in Sacramento as “an example.” 

    Newsom also pointed to major Medicaid transformation "CalAIM" when discussing his commitment to reforming public health.

    Regarding the limited supply of vaccine doses, the Governor reiterated that vaccine distribution could ramp up in March and April if Johnson & Johnson vaccine could get emergency use authorization this week.

    The press conference concluded at approximately 9:40 a.m. PDT.

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.  There is now a total of 3,441,946 (+0.2 percent increase) confirmed positive cases and 49,105 (+0.6 percent) deaths in California.  As of February 20th, there have been 47,043,348 tests conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health. A total of 7,320,679 vaccines have been administered. More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here.  

    Also, on February 19th, CDPH issued new guidance for “Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports.” This guidance applies to all organized youth sports and recreation— including school- and  community-sponsored programs, and privately-organized clubs and leagues — and adult recreational sports (hereafter youth and adult sports). This guidance does not apply to collegiate or professional sports. For guidance, please see https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/outdoor-indoor-recreational-sports.aspx.

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com


  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:19 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Contact: Governor's Press Office

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021

    (916) 445-4571

    Governor Newsom, Legislative Leaders Announce Immediate Action Agreement for Relief to Californians Experiencing Pandemic Hardship 

    SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon today announced that they have reached an agreement on a package of immediate actions that will speed needed relief to individuals, families and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship from the COVID-19 Recession.

    The compromise builds on the initiatives in the Governor’s state budget proposal to provide cash relief to lower-income Californians, increase aid to small businesses and provide license renewal fee waivers to businesses impacted by the pandemic. In addition to these measures, the agreement provides tax relief for businesses, commits additional resources for critical child care services and funds emergency financial aid for community college students.

    “As we continue to fight the pandemic and recover, I’m grateful for the Legislature’s partnership to provide urgent relief and support for California families and small businesses where it’s needed most,” said Governor Newsom. “From child care, relief for small business owners, direct cash support to individuals, financial aid for community college students and more, these actions are critical for millions of Californians who embody the resilience of the California spirit.”

    “We’re nearly a year into this pandemic, and millions of Californians continue to feel the impact on their wallets and bottom lines. Businesses are struggling. People are having a hard time making ends meet. This agreement builds on Governor Newsom’s proposal and in many ways, enhances it so that we can provide the kind of immediate emergency relief that families and small businesses desperately need right now,” said Senate President pro Tempore Atkins. “People are hungry and hurting, and businesses our communities have loved for decades are at risk of closing their doors. We are at a critical moment, and I’m proud we were able to come together to get Californians some needed relief.”

    “Californians have been hurting. Our response tackles the human and the economic impacts of COVID in a way that echoes President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and will help those who are hurting most. We are building an economic foundation for the recovery of jobs, small businesses and, indeed, our everyday lives,” said Speaker Rendon.

    Separately, the Governor and legislative leaders said that discussions are continuing on measures for the safe reopening of the state’s K-12 schools, including strategies to address learning loss caused by the pandemic. 

    Below are key provisions of the Immediate Action Agreement:

    Direct Relief to Individuals and Families

    The agreement incorporates the Governor’s Golden State Stimulus plan to assist California households that have borne the disproportionate economic burden of the COVID-19 Recession – those with incomes below $30,000, as well as those unfairly excluded from previous federal stimulus payments.

    The agreement provides $600 in one-time relief to households receiving the California EITC for 2020. In addition, the agreement provides a $600 one-time payment to taxpayers with Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs) who were precluded from receiving the $1,200 per person federal payments issues last spring and the more recent $600 federal payments. The agreement would provide the $600 payments to households with ITINs and income below $75,000. ITIN taxpayers who also qualify for the California EITC would receive a total of $1,200. The payments will be provided to these households shortly after they file their 2020 tax returns.

    The agreement broadens this initial plan and now provides direct relief to more lower-income Californians through a $600 one-time grant to households enrolled in the CalWORKS program and recipients of SSI/SSP and Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI). Grant payments for CalWORKS households are expected by mid-April; timing for the delivery of SSI/SSP and CAPI grants is currently under discussion with federal officials.

    Combined, the agreement represents a total of 5.7 million payments to low-income Californians.

    Immediate Relief for Small Businesses Quadrupled

    The agreement reflects a four-fold increase – from $500 million to more than $2 billion – for grants up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, and also allocates $50 million for cultural institutions.

    The agreement also partially conforms California tax law to new federal tax treatment for loans provided through the Paycheck Protection Plan, allowing companies to deduct up to $150,000 in expenses covered by the PPP loan. All businesses that took out loans of $150,000 or less would be able to maximize their deduction for state purposes. Larger firms that took out higher loans would still be subject to the same ceiling of $150,000 in deductibility. More than 750,000 PPP loans were taken out by California small businesses. This tax treatment would also extend to the Economic Injury Disaster Loans as well.

    Fee Waivers for Most Impacted Licensees

    The agreement provides for two years of fee relief for roughly 59,000 restaurants and bars licensed through the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control that can range annually from $455 to $1,235. The agreement also reflects fee relief for more than 600,000 barbering and cosmetology individuals and businesses licensed through the Department of Consumer Affairs.

    More Resources for Critical Child Care

    The agreement adds just over $400 million in new federal funds that will provide stipends of $525 per enrolled child for all state-subsidized child care and preschool providers serving approximately 400,000 children in subsidized care statewide. The new federal resources will extend care for children of essential workers through June of 2022, and funds increased access to subsidized child care for more than 8,000 children of essential workers and at-risk children – who are not currently served in the system – through June of 2022.

    Additional Aid for Individuals and Families

    The agreement provides an additional $24 million for financial assistance and services through Housing for the Harvest – a program providing support for agricultural workers who have to quarantine due to COVID-19. The agreement also provides a combined $35 million for food banks and diapers.

    Emergency Financial Relief to Support Community College Students

    The agreement provides an additional $100 million in emergency financial aid for qualifying low-income students carrying six or more units, with award amounts to be determined locally and made available by early April. The agreement also provides $20 million to reengage students who have either left their community college studies because of the pandemic or to engage students at risk of leaving.

    CalFresh Student Outreach and Application Assistance

    The agreement provides roughly $6 million to support outreach and application assistance to University of California, California State University and California Community College students made newly eligible for CalFresh – the state-administered federal program for supplemental food assistance. The agreement also provides $12 million in state funds to support associated county administrative workload.

    In addition, the following provision is included in the agreement:

    Restoration of Reductions

    The agreement restores previously enacted reductions, effective July 1st, for the University of California, California State University, the Judicial Branch, Child Support Services and for moderate-income housing.

     

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  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:15 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at approximately 9:00 a.m. PDT, Governor Gavin Newsom visited a vaccination clinic in the Coachella Valley. The Governor has recently visited vaccination sites in Los Angeles, Fresno, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara to highlight the state’s efforts to ramp up vaccinations, which have now topped 6.2 million doses administered.

    To kick off the press conference,  local leaders including the Mayor of Coachella, the Riverside County Public Health Director, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D., and Supervisor V. Manuel Perez provided introductory remarks.  Each speaker offered complimentary comments regarding the Newsom Administration and the Governor’s early and “decisive actions” to address the pandemic.  Many offered their statements in both English and Spanish.

    More specifically, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia acknowledged the work of community-based organizations and also thanked Tribal Chairman, Darrell Mike of Twenty Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, among others. Congressman Ruiz said this is the first time, in recent memory, a governor has visited the city of Coachella.  Several speakers noted that farmworkers have continued working throughout the pandemic and have disproportionately been affected by COVID-19. It was also stated that there are fewer resources available to these essential food supply workers.  

    Consistent with other site visits, Newsom addressed the state's ongoing efforts to ramp up vaccination efforts across the state while at the Sea View Packing facility.  The facility supplies and packs the Coachella Valley's renown Medjool dates and other fruits, according to its website.  A spokesperson for the governor, conveyed that this is the first farmworker vaccination clinic that Newsom has visited. 

    Riverside County was the first in the state to begin vaccinating farmworkers through an innovative model-- registering farmworkers in the field for upcoming vaccine pop-ups and working with local organizations to conduct education efforts.  In that vein, Newsom spoke about the importance of equity and thanked local officials working to get farmworkers vaccinated.

    The Governor also highlighted the state’s progress.  The positivity rate has plummeted to 3.5 percent and  the case numbers have dropped. He reported that the state is averaging about 200K vaccines per day and ramping up as quick as possible. However, supply continues to be a challenge. The state is expected to receive about 1.3M doses of vaccine next week, up from just shy of 1.2M this week.  Federal efforts have increased state supplies, but more is still needed.

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.  There is now a total of 3,412,057 (+0.2 percent increase) confirmed positive cases and 47,107 (+0.1 percent) deaths in California.  As of February 15th, there have been 46,227,725 tests conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health. A total of 6,262,781 vaccines have been administered. More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here 

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com


  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 12:14 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at approximately 11:00 a.m. PDT, Governor Gavin Newsom joined federal, state and local leaders at the opening of a new community vaccination site at the California State University, Los Angeles.  The site is a partnership between the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

    Today is a continuation of Newsom’s vaccine site visits across the state.  Last week, the Governor visited vaccination sites in Fresno, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara to highlight the state’s efforts to ramp up vaccinations.

    To kick off the press conference, William A. Covino, president of California State University, Los Angeles, offered introductory remarks.  Following his comments, Bob Fenton, a regional FEMA official as well as General Glen D. VanHerck, Commander, United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, made statements.   It was noted that FEMA selects mass vaccination sites based on a combination of factors including population, poverty rate, vehicle access of communities, etc.

    Governor Gavin Newsom then spoke and thanked the Biden Administration for their leadership.  “The Biden administration gets it, and they're getting it done,” he said. 

    The Governor did acknowledge vaccine supply remains a challenge.  However, he also highlighted the state’s progress.  Thus far, he reported, California has administered 6.3 million vaccinations.  Also, Newsom noted that the positivity rate has plummeted to 3.5 percent.

    U.S. Representative Jimmy Gomez, Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Hilda Solis,  Councilmember Kevin de León, were attendance at the event, among others.

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.  There is now a total of 3,406,365 (+0.2 percent increase) confirmed positive cases and 47,043 (+0.4 percent) deaths in California.  As of February 7th, there have been 45,964,127 tests conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health. A total of 6,153,109 vaccines have been administered. More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here 

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com


  • Friday, February 12, 2021 2:44 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    OSHA Issues COVID-19 Guidance in Response to Biden's Executive Order

    OSHA clipboard

    In response to an Executive Order, OSHA issued updated guidance on January 29, 2021, regarding how most employers should address COVID-19. Note, the guidance is not mandatory and does not currently affect employers in terms of legal enforcement.

     

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  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:56 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at  approximately 11:30 a.m. PDT, Governor Gavin Newsom provided an update on California’s efforts to ramp up COVID-19 vaccinations in Fresno.  He was joined by local representatives, including Senator Melissa Hurtado, Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula, Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer, Congressman Jim Costa, and others.

    Joe Prado, who is leading the vaccine distribution effort in Fresno County, kicked off the press conference with introductory remarks.  He spoke about the importance of equity when it comes to vaccine distribution.  Following his comments, other representatives, including Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula and Senator Melissa Hurtado, spoke and thanked the Governor for his efforts to address the pandemic, making mention of the tough decisions faced.  Among the comments made, Mayor Dyer stated, "The thing we need just as much as vaccines is unity.”  He was urging people not point fingers as California awaits more vaccine doses.  Congressman Costa made similar comments.

    As has occurred in all of his vaccine site press conference events this week, Newsom again received praise from local officials before being introduced to give his comments.  However, today, protesters shouting "Recall Gavin!" and chanting were audible in the background of the livestream of the press conference.

    Governor Newsom then spoke and provided an update on the latest COVID-19 figures.  "We've seen progress in every category,'' he said. One month ago, the state reported over 50,000 cases. Today, 8,400 cases were reported. One month ago, the state reported a 13.9% test positivity rate.  Hospitalization rates and ICU admissions are also trending downward.

    Additionally, the Governor briefly addressed the issue of COVID-19 variants.  He noted that two cases of the South African variant have now been detected in California. 

    On reopening schools, Newsom stated that a deal with the Legislature allowing for students to return to in-person instruction could come as soon as Friday. 

    Finally, Newsom spoke about the process that has been made regarding vaccine distribution statewide, but also in the Central Valley. Thus far, he stated that 1 in 10 people have been vaccinated in California.  He highlighted Maria Suarez, who is 85 and a former farm worker who lives in Fresno.  Newsom said she just helped California pass a new milestone — 5 million vaccines administered. 

    Newsom also announced that new vaccine sites are coming to the Central Valley for those hardest hit by COVID-19, including farmworkers.  Reedley College will be the first of the OptumServe sites to be turned into a COVID-19 vaccination site.  He hopes it will be up and running by February 18th and said it could provide more than 400 shots a day.

    During the Q&A portion of the presser, Newsom was asked about youth sports.  He said he has been working on this issue and is hopeful to make further announcements soon.

    Regarding the state’s contract with Blue Shield on vaccine distribution, Newsom reiterated that he state will formalize this relationship next week.

    "I'm focused every single day on getting businesses open, our schools reopened," Newsom responded when asked what he would say to small business owners and other angry Californians who want him recalled.  Again, he did not comment on recall efforts.

    The press conference concluded at approximately 12:20 AM PDT. 

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.  There is now a total of 3,354,591 (+0.2 percent increase) confirmed positive cases and 44,477  (+0.7 percent) deaths in California.  As of February 7th, there have been 44,583,304 tests conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health. A total of 4,914,630 vaccines have been administered. More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here 

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com


  • Tuesday, February 09, 2021 3:28 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    The City of El Monte passed this Urgency Ordinance the week of February 8, 2021 which places a temporary moratorium on self storage evictions.

  • Tuesday, February 09, 2021 1:35 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom joined the San Francisco 49ers and the County of Santa Clara in hosting a press conference to announce the opening of Levi’s Stadium as a COVID-19 vaccination site for residents of Santa Clara County.  The site will have the capacity to give 15,000 shots/day when supply increases.

    Newsom said one month ago, the state reported 53,000 cases. Today, 8,251 cases were reported. One month ago, the state reported a 14% test positivity rate. Today, the positivity rate is 4.8%.  However, the Governor did note that even as the daily number of new coronavirus cases has dropped to less than a fifth of what it was a month ago, California is still averaging more than 500 deaths per day over the past two weeks.  Also, hospitalizations are down 34% in last 2 weeks.  ICU admissions are down 26% in last 2 weeks.

    Additionally, the Governor briefly spoke about the COVID-19 variants, working with the Biden Administration, and the anticipated Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  Again, Newsom stated the contract with Blue Shield and Kaiser for vaccine distribution will be made public on February 15th

    During the Q&A portion of the presser, Newsom was asked about the recall and he sidestepped the question by stating he is not focused on those efforts. "I'm focusing on increasing vaccines," he said.

    Also, no deal yet but progress is being made on reopening schools.  Specifically, Newsom said negotiations on schools are focused on statewide standards on vaccinations, PPE, testing, spacing and other safety measures. They are also negotiating over possible extensions to the school year and school days to make up for lost learning.

    Newsom is also hoping to reach a deal on allowing more youth sports this week.

    When asked why mass vaccination sites are just open to residents of specific counties, such as Levi’s Stadium only being open to Santa Clara County, Newsom cited concerns of individuals jumping in line.

    In response to recent judicial rulings, the state guidance for places of worship has been updated.  Read the guidance.

    Asked specifically about vaccinations for teachers, Newsom said he believes schools can reopen safely before every single person in the school is vaccinated.

    The press conference concluded at approximately 9:40 AM PDT. 

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.  There is now a total of 3,346,340 (+0.3 percent increase) confirmed positive cases and 44,150  (+0.5 percent) deaths in California.  As of February 7th, there have been 44,323,530 tests conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health. A total of 4,746,539 vaccines have been administered. More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here.  

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com


  • Monday, February 08, 2021 1:12 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    On Monday, February 8, 2021, at noon PDT, Governor Gavin Newsom joined local leaders at the Petco Park Vaccination Super Station in San Diego, one of the many locations administering COVID-19 vaccinations in communities across the state.  In less than a month, the site has administered over 100,000 vaccinations -- averaging 5,000 people a day, 7 days a week.

    San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria kicked off the presser by providing introductory remarks.  He praised the Governor’s leadership and stated that Newsom has consistently done the right thing to protect public health, even when it has been difficult. Other local representatives present included San Diego County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Nora Vargas, San Diego Padres CEO Erik Greupner, and San Diego County’s Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten.   Notably, each of them celebrated/defended Governor Newsom's pandemic related decisions. 

    Then, Newsom spoke and provided the latest COVID-19 case numbers.  Again, he reported, "Everything that should be up is up, everything that should be down is down." Specifically, Newsom said California is down from around 60,000 COVID-19 cases a day to just over 10,000.  Overall, cases are down 29 percent in the last 7 days. The seven-day positivity rate is down from 14.3 percent in early January to 5 percent over the last seven days.  Also, he noted that hospitalization rates, ICUs patients are dropping steadily.  Hospitalizations are down 34 percent in the last 2 weeks. ICU admissions are down 25 percent in the last 2 weeks

    On vaccines, Newsom said California has now administered over 4.65 million doses.  He also highlighted the importance of these “additive” mass vaccination sites like Petco Park and said a new site in the Central Valley will be announced soon.  Further, the Governor said the state has been able to speed up the pace of vaccinations in part by redistributing vaccine doses from areas that are not able to use up their supply quickly to other places that have run out. 

    Additionally, he briefly spoke about the COVID-19 variants, working with the Biden Administration, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  Again, Newsom stated the contract with Blue Shield and Kaiser for vaccine distribution will be made public on February 15th

    During the Q&A portion of the briefing, Newsom said "flexibility is challenging when there is scarcity," referring to when different groups, like teachers, can get vaccinated.  He said he has been working with the Legislature on reopening schools safely and hopes to announce a “prioritization framework” to get teachers vaccinated “very, very soon.”  The state already allows teachers to get shots now, along with 65+ tier, but counties are short on supply – "We want to clarify that further."

    The Governor declined to answer a question about how much discretion Blue Shield will have in allocating vaccine doses.  He said that the details of the agreement with Blue Shield to manage distribution are still being worked out. Newsom will “socialize” those details later this week on February 15th.

    When it comes to where people with disabilities and underlying conditions should be placed in vaccine distribution line, Newsom said, "Dr. Ghaly and I made a pact to resolve this once and for all by the end of the week."

    Right now, distribution of first vs. second vaccine doses is up to counties, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly conveyed.  For context, California has reported administering first shots to 3.8 million people. Of those, 847,000 have received both vaccine doses, according to CDC data.

    More on reopening schools, Newsom said the biggest obstacles are “fear” and “trust.” – "We need to prove that we can safely reopen our schools."

    Regarding the Central Valley, Newsom said that initially more vaccines were sent to some parts of the state because they had more health workers, who were the first group to receive vaccines. But now he promises to send more to the Central Valley and referenced his earlier comments about a mass vacation site there.

    When it comes to reaching diverse communities, Newsom said the state has a $40M public messaging campaign around vaccinations that will be spread across the state. He also added that state is "learning from the lessons of the Census" and working with community organizations.  

    The briefing concluded at approximately 12:55 PM PDT. 

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.  There is now a total of 3,335,926 (+0.5 percent increase) confirmed positive cases and 43,942 (+0.7 percent) deaths in California.  As of February 6th, there have been 43,994,322 tests conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health. A total of 4,650,637 vaccines have been administered. More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here.  

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com


  • Wednesday, February 03, 2021 4:09 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 10 a.m. PDT, Governor Gavin Newsom provided an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine distribution efforts.

    Prior to the briefing, the Governor’s office announced a pilot project with the Biden-Harris Administration to establish community vaccination sites in Oakland and Los Angeles.  According to a press release, these pilot sites, which will be based at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum and California State University, Los Angeles, are part of the wider effort to establish 100 vaccination sites nationwide in the federal administration’s first 100 days. The sites will be co-run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of California through the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).  The sites are expected to be open to eligible members of the public beginning February 16th.  Registration for vaccine appointments at these two sites will be available through the state’s MyTurn scheduling system in the coming days.

    Today’s briefing today took place at the Oakland Coliseum to unveil the new vaccination site.  At the start, Oakland A's President Dave Kaval and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf provided introductory remarks.  Other local representatives were present, including Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Senator Nancy Skinner.  Then, Newsom spoke in greater detail about this partnership with the Biden Administration. "The whole idea is to speed up the throughput," and "maintain an equitable lens," he said.

    Newsom also provided the latest COVID-19 case numbers. "Everything that should be up is up, everything that should be down is down," he reported. Specifically, Newsom said California is down from 60,000 COVID-19 cases a day to just 10,501 yesterday.  The seven-day positivity rate is down from 14.3 percent in early January to 6.1 percent over the last seven days.  Also, he noted hospitalizations rates, ICUs patients are dropping steadily. 

    On the vaccine, Newsom said California is administering more than 1 million doses per week, tripling the pace of vaccinations from a month ago.  He said the state has given out more than 64 percent of its COVID-19 vaccine doses so far, and now ranks 30th among the 50 states, per Bloomberg tracker.   Further, Newsom stated the contracts with Blue Shield and Kaiser for vaccine distribution will be made public on February 15th

    Following Newsom’s remarks, Senator Skinner offered some complimentary comments about the Governor’s leadership.  She said thanked Newsom for helping bringing the surge down.  A local county supervisor also provided favorable remarks about the Governor and his efforts.   Notably, each speaker this morning celebrated/defended Governor Newsom's pandemic related decisions.

    During the Q&A portion of the briefing, Newsom said that the state has been assured it will receive sufficient additional doses to accelerate vaccine program, at least 6,000 a day.  

    Regarding recent polls showing low approval rates of his Administration’s vaccination efforts, Newsom replied by citing the progress being made. He also said that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be a “game-changer.”

    Newsom dismissed the suggestion that he chose Blue Shield to run the vaccine program because of close political ties and their campaign support.  He said, “they have the kind of scale, they have the capacity, they have the allocation distribution mindset that we were looking for.”

    Asked about schools reopening, Newsom said, "I believe we can safely reopen schools and I want to do it in a sustainable way."  Senator Skinner added that the Legislature is hammering out details to reopen schools and that she is confident they will get there.  Regarding whether all teachers need to be vaccinated before reopening, Newsom cited CDC guidance and says he believes teachers can safely return to classrooms "as" they're being vaccinated. 

    Regarding appointments, Newsom said he is "very close" to making a decision on the next Attorney General, but won't make that announcement until Xavier Becerra is confirmed as Biden's HHS secretary.

    The briefing concluded at approximately 11:00 AM PDT. 

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.  There is now a total of 3,270,770 (+0.4 percent increase) confirmed positive cases and 41,330 (+1.2 percent) deaths in California.  As of January 23rd, there have been 42,851,891 tests conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health.  More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here 

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com


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