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  • Friday, March 27, 2020 2:14 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    Today, March 27th, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference in Los Angeles at approximately 1:00 PM.  Newsom met with Mayor Eric Garcetti (who also spoke at the press conference) and County public health officials.  The Governor also visited the USNS Mercy hospital ship with the Mayor and received a briefing on the mission in San Pedro.  The ship is set to become an additional hospital in the Los Angeles area with up to 1,000 beds.  The ship may be able to start taking patients as early as tomorrow.

    During the press conference, Newsom said progress is being made on every front in terms of the State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   In terms of testing, Newsom says total CA COVID-19 tests as of this morning are up to 88,400.  However, results are still forthcoming.

    As far as enforcement, Newsom noted the ongoing questions. He said the National Guard will be out this weekend with flyers.   Garcetti said that the City of Los Angeles is prepared to enforce the stay-at-home order – whether it's shutting the power off to a still-open business, issuing citations, etc. But, Garcetti also added, social pressuring seems to be working pretty well.

    Earlier today, Newsom issued an executive order (EO) banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020.  The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts.   It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.  A copy of the full news release can be found here.  A copy of the Governor’s EO can be found here.

    This morning, Newsom issued a statement on the passage of the Federal Supplemental Stimulus Bill.  A copy of the news release can be found here.

    On March 25th, Newsom announced that financial institutions will provide major financial relief for millions of Californians suffering financially as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.   Following the announcement Newsom’s office issue a new release.  A copy of that news release can be found here.

     As of March 25, 2020, 2 PM Pacific Daylight Time, there are a total of 3,006 positive cases and 65 deaths in California (including one non-California resident).  More information can be found here.

    Also, the https://www.covid19.ca.gov/ website is being updated continuously. 

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com


  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 2:08 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    Today, March 25th, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference at approximately 12:45 PM to “make a major announcement to help families during the COVID-19 outbreak.”  He spoke for approximately 30 minutes, with a Q&A following.   The press conference concluded at 1:42 PM.

    Newsom opened the press conference by thanking Congress for the stimulus deal.  He said California will receive a $10 billion block grant and additional money from other portions of the bill.  Newsom further said that this federal stimulus bill "will be very helpful" as the state is trying to procure additional medical supplies and address the surge in unemployment applications.  Since March 13th, one million Californians have applied for unemployment insurance. 

    The Governor also announced that four of the largest banks (including Wells Fargo, Citi, US Bank, JPMorgan Chase)  and other financial institutions have agreed to give people a "90-day waiver of payments" on residential mortgages for those that have been impacted by COVID-19.   He called this, “a big sigh of relief for millions of California families.”  Newsom noted that Bank of America committed only to 30 days.  When asked, Newsom said there are no income requirements with regards to the 90-day mortgage forbearance.  Also, as of now, Newsom said there is not a statewide eviction moratorium nor statewide rent grace periods.

    The governor was also asked about the upcoming November election and ballot initiatives specifically.  In response, Newsom said only that he has been in constant communication with the Secretary of State.  He specifically said that he has no new information to share as it pertains to extending the signature gathering deadline.

    In terms of testing, as of today, 66,800 tests have been conducted in the state, a significant increase from yesterday.   Newsom continues to urge people that individuals “take seriously” stay-at-home orders.  He specifically said, "Don't think for a second that we're a day or two from lifting that order. We're not. We're not even a week or two."

    Newsom provided an update on COVID-19 figures.  As of 10 AM, 2,535 Californians have tested positive – a 17 percent increase from yesterday. 

    Also, the https://www.covid19.ca.gov/ website is being updated continuously. 

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com


  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 7:00 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    Today, March 24th, Governor Gavin Newsom held another press conference at approximately 5:35 PM to provide an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  He spoke for roughly 15 minutes and then opened it up for questions from the public (no press questions tonight).  The press conference concluded at 5:53 PM.

    During the press conference, Newsom announced issuing an  Executive Order (EO) directing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary to temporarily halt the intake and/or transfer of inmates and youth into the state’s 35 prisons and four youth correctional facilities.  Additionally, the EO directs the Board of Parole Hearings to develop a process to conduct all scheduled parole suitability hearings through videoconferencing starting no later than April 13, 2020, and for the next 60 days.  A copy of the EO can be found here.  A copy of the press release can be found here.

    The Governor said this latest EO was issued to protect the health, safety and welfare of state inmates, youth, and staff following the recent confirmed COVID-19 cases in four separate state prisons affecting five correctional officers and one inmate.  Please see CDCR’s COVID-19 Status page here.  Also, here is a link to CDCR’s “COVID-19 Preparedness” page: https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/.

    Additionally, it is also worth noting that earlier today, State's Department of Finance (DOF) sent a letter to the both the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees noting that there will be no Spring Finance Letters (policy changes) to Governor's January Budget.  A copy of this letter can be found here.  In a separate policy guidance memo to state agencies, the DOF said it will now reevaluate all budget changes within the context of a workload budget.   Further, the memo specified, “agencies and departments should have no expectation of full funding for either new or existing proposals and adjustments. The only exception to this new evaluation criteria will be proposals or adjustments necessary to support the emergency response to COVID-19. New requests which fall outside these parameters will not be reviewed.”  A copy of the memo can be found here.

    Yesterday,  March 23rd, the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) announced COVID-19 emergency homelessness funding grant allocations.  Specifically, California’s 13 largest cities, or cities that are also a county, will receive $42,968,750, while the state’s 58 counties will receive $27,343,750 and California’s 44 Continuums of Care will receive $29,687,500.  Allocations can be found here.  A copy of the press release can be found here.

    As of March 23, 2020, at 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the California Department of Public Health said there are a total of 2,102 positive cases (17.5 percent increase from the previous day) and 40 deaths in California (including one non-California resident).   For more information, please see https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-32.aspx

    Also, the https://www.covid19.ca.gov/ website is being updated continuously. 

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com


  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:24 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    Attached is the link to the webinar March 26 by CEA (CA Employers Association) that will addressed the new federal Families First Covid-19 Response Act which provides Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family Medical Leave, along with employer tax credits:

    https://www.employers.org/pages/additional-resources/

  • Monday, March 23, 2020 7:00 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    Today, March 23rd, Governor Gavin Newsom held another press conference at 4:35 PM to provide an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  He spoke for approximately 20 minutes and then opened it up for questions.  The press conference concluded at 5:24 PM.

    During the Q&A, Newsom was asked about COVID-19 in jails and prisons.   He noted that strong isolation protocols exist and further that he has spoken with CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz about the issue.  Newsom also stated that he has no interest in releasing violent criminals.  More specifically, to the extent a release valve in reducing the prison population is needed, Newsom said, "it will be for those nonviolent offenses and we will do it in a very systemic way.”

    During the press conference, Newsom stressed how “dynamic” the situation continues to be.  Based on updated modeling, California is looking to significantly increase procurement of assets, particularly beds.  It is estimated that the state will need 50,000 additional hospital beds to meet the surge of patients.  For reference, a few days ago, this figure was 20,000.   Additionally, Newsom said  our health care system needs tens to hundreds of millions of units of personal protective gear –including gloves, masks, and shields.

    Newsom also said the State is shutting down parking lots at all state parks/beaches.   The governor said parks officials would also be “significantly increasing” their patrolling of state beaches and noted that authorities “have the capacity to fine if necessary."

    Also notable, this afternoon President Trump announced he plans to postpone the October 1st deadline for Americans to obtain a Real ID card.  More details to follow.

    Yesterday, Sunday March 22nd, Newsom announced that President Trump has approved California’s request for a presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster California’s COVID-19 emergency response efforts.  According to the press release, “The Major Disaster Declaration makes federal funding available to state, tribal and local governments for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, and makes funding available for crisis counseling for impacted individuals.”  A copy of the full press release can be found here.

     As of March 22, 2020, at 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the California Department of Public Health said there are a total of 1,733 positive cases and 27 deaths in California (including one non-California resident).   For more information, please see https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-031.aspx

    Also, the https://www.covid19.ca.gov/ website is being updated continuously. 

    Thank you,

    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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  • Saturday, March 21, 2020 8:30 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    Today, March 21st, Governor Gavin Newsom held another press conference at 5:15 PM to provide an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  He spoke for approximately 20 minutes and then opened it up for questions.  The issue of how the statewide stay at home order interacts with local orders was raised, and specifically, if the statewide order supersedes the local orders.   Newsom did not offer a definitive response, and instead, he said his team is working to answer that question in real-time.

    The press conference concluded at 6:06 PM.

    During the press conference, Newsom noted an increase in masks, gowns,  gloves, and other supplies statewide.  These resources are coming from the Strategic National Stockpile as well as private sources.   In this vein, he thanked manufacturers and a handful of companies for stepping up to “meet this moment” and offering their assistance to address the crisis.  California is also getting 2,000 beds from the Federal Government in field medical units.  Based on his remarks, it is clear that the state continues to prioritize the most vulnerable residents, including the homeless population.  As of today, 2,400 hotel rooms have been secured for the homeless, with 7 counties having secured beds. 

    Additionally, Newsom noted that daily unemployment claims now over 100,000 – with 114,000 yesterday.  He also called for “targeted” COVID-19 testing so we can get a better understanding of what the spread is and if migration efforts are working/bending the curve.  In terms of enforcement, the Governor again noted social pressure rather than licensing penalties or fines.  Towards the end of his comments, Newsom made mention of the corrections system.   Specifically, he said the state is working aggressively to make sure people – both inmates and employees— are protected. 

    Also, the https://www.covid19.ca.gov/ website continues to be updated continuously.  The site now contains an FAQ  page as well as a list of Essential Critical Infrastructure works.

    Earlier today, Newsom directed more than $42 million in emergency funding to expand California’s health care infrastructure and secure equipment and services to support California’s response to COVID-19.  A copy of the news release can be found here.

    Yesterday, March 20th, Newsom issued an executive order to permit vote-by-mail procedures to be used in three upcoming special elections.  The order further extends the deadlines for ballot counting, tabulation, and other responsibilities related to the official canvass of California’s Presidential Primary Election.   A copy of the executive order can be found here.

    Also on Friday  Newsom announced the deployment of California National Guard members to assist food banks statewide with the goal of providing short-term food security to isolated and vulnerable Californians.   A copy of the news release can be found here.

     As of March 20, 2020, at 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the California Department of Public Health said there are a total of 1,224 positive cases and 23 deaths in California (including one non-California resident).   For more information, please see https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-029.aspx.

    Thank you,

    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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    Office of the Governor

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Contact: Governor's Press Office

    Saturday, March 21, 2020

    (916) 445-4571

    Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Fight the COVID-19 Surge

    Order expands capacity to combat COVID-19 in health care facilities

     

    SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order that expands the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The order gives the state the ability to increase the health care capacity in clinics, mobile health care units and adult day health care facilities. It also allows local governments more flexibility to utilize the skills of retired employees and reinforces the importance of the delivery of food, medicine and emergency supplies.

     

    “The State of California is fighting hard to get the resources that Californians need to meet the COVID-19 surge. These emergency legal tools will increase California's health care capacity and help facilities treat more patients,” said Governor Newsom.

     

    A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here and the text of the order can also be found here.

     

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    Governor Gavin Newsom
    State Capitol Building
    Sacramento, CA 95814


  • Saturday, March 21, 2020 5:57 AM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    Description: Stay at home except for essential needs (link)

    See the list of: Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers (pdf). (link)

    Q: How does this order interact with local orders to shelter in place? Does it supersede them?

    A: The CA Shelter-in- Place is is a statewide order. Depending on the conditions in their area, local officials may enforce stricter public health orders, but they may not loosen the state’s order.

    List of Local County Ordinances: Local County DPH (Dept Public Health) Ordinances


  • Friday, March 20, 2020 5:11 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    SSA held a second webinar on issues surrounding Coronavirus:

    Monday, March 23, 2020  on Operational Best Practices in the Age of COVID-19

    with Carol Mixon, SkilCheck Services and Joe Doherty, Self Storage Association

    Link to listen to the recording: 

    https://www.selfstorage.org/Products-Services/Public-Library



  • Friday, March 20, 2020 6:03 AM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    The State order is broad and advisory and defers to each of the individual municipalities to determine the definition of essential businesses. However, basically self storage is considered essential business during Shelter-In-Place order: 

    https://www.cisa.gov/commercial-facilities-sector

    For list of essential businesses:

    https://www.cisa.gov/critical-infrastructure-sectors

    However, we do recommend you be aware of what your county ordinance says. 


  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 7:22 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    Today, March 19th, Governor Gavin Newsom held another press conference at  6:30 PM to make a major announcement on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.”   He announced a statewide Executive Order for people to stay at home . The directive goes into effect this evening.  It was mentioned that 21.3 million Californians are currently already living under similar shelter at home guidance.  A copy of the Executive Order can be found here.   

    Notably, the Executive Order references the  guidance issued earlier today by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with an initial list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”  A copy of that memorandum can be found here.  In addition, the Order states  the Governor in consultation with CAL OES, may designate additional sectors as critical. 

    In speaking about enforcement of this order, Newsom noted a social contract and social pressure to help Californians “meet the moment” to protect themselves, their families, and the broader community.  Newsom said that the state is looking at a hospitalization rate of 20 percent for acute care, which amounts to 19,543 people that would need to be hospitalized above the existing capacity of California’s system.

    Tonight, Newsom spoke for roughly 25 minutes and then like previous nights opened it up for Q&A.  When asked about how long the Order will be in effect, Newsom said it is “open ended” and did not offer a definitive deadline. 

    Additionally, earlier this afternoon, Newsom sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy requesting additional federal assistance to supplement California’s efforts to prepare for a COVID-19 surge.  A copy of the letter can be found here.

    As suggested at yesterday’s press conference, Newsom also sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting the immediate deployment of the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship to the Port of Los Angeles through September 1, 2020, to help decompress the state’s health care delivery system in Los Angeles in response to COVID-19.   A copy of the Governor’s letter can be found here.  In this letter, it projects  that roughly 56 percent of the state’s population or 25.5 million people will be infected with the virus over an eight week period.   However, a spokesperson for Newsom clarified to POLITCO that the dramatic figure does not account for the types of aggressive "mitigation efforts" that jurisdictions around California have adopted.

    Also,  Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general calling on Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli to halt implementation of its “Public Charge” Rule while the COVID-19 outbreak and response are ongoing.  A copy of the letter can be found here.

    The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) extended the filing and payment deadline for all California taxpayers until July 15, 2020, due to COVID-19.   A copy of the press release can be found here.

    As of 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on March 18th, the California Department of Public Health announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.  California now has 675 confirmed cases.  For more information, please see https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-027.aspx.

    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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