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  • Monday, June 22, 2020 2:31 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    On Monday, June 22nd at 12:45 PDT, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press briefing to provide an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Today, Newsom began by discussing face covering and the importance of wearing masks.  Recall, on June 18th, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings, which broadly requires the use of face coverings in California when in public or common spaces. 

    Newsom also referenced the slide depicted below and the following video featuring former governors to underscore the importance of face coverings: https://twitter.com/GavinNewsom/status/1275059931897421833.


    As he does regularly, Newsom provided the latest COVID-19 hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) patient figures.  He reported that there are 3,574 positive COVID-19 hospital patients.  This figure represents a 2.3 percent increase over the previous day.  Of those patients, 1,163 are in the ICU.  The ICU figure represents a 1.6  percent decrease.  As additional context, there has been a 16 percent hospitalization increase within the last two weeks.  On these sober figures, Newsom said, “But we're not just victims of fate.  We have a surge capacity of over 52,000 beds.  Even with that 16 percent increase in hospitalizations, it is still a very modest subset of available beds.  So we still are in a position to absorb even greater increases.  We are managing this."

    On county variance, Newsom said that 54 of 58 counties have provided "self-attestation" plans to reopen.  A list of these counties is available here.  Further, he said California is monitoring and supporting all counties.  Specifically, he noted, his administration is actively engaging with 11 counties, down from 13 last week.  These counties have seen an increase in cases and hospitalizations and could eventually experience a strained health care capacity due to those early warning numbers.  California Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Dr.  Mark Ghaly was also present at the briefing and offered additional details.  He listed the 11 counties, including Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, and Tulare.  The state will share an updated version of the county list every Monday, Dr. Ghaly said.

    Additionally, Dr. Ghaly reiterated that slowing the spread of the virus is done through limiting exposure to other people using the graphic below.  He also highlighted the importance of hand-washing and staying home when possible.

    Regarding contact tracing, Dr. Ghaly said the state’s goal is to train 10,000 contact tracers by July 1st.  There are 31 counties onboarded to the California Connected platform and 20 counties in the process of doing so.

    In closing, Newsom offered a reminder that California is not out of the “first wave” of this pandemic.  He said that a spike in cases could force the state to pull back on reopening efforts. "We do not intend to do that nor do we want to do that, but we are prepared to do so if we must."  Newsom also encouraged people to report businesses that are not following the rules.  “We look to local governments to enforce… But we do have the capacity to go after people who are thumbing their nose at this moment and not putting their best health interests or those of their workers first."

    During the Q&A portion of the press briefing, Newsom was asked to grade California’s COVID-19 safety net programs.  In response, he said he is proud of the work that has been done.  “We've distributed over $33.4 billion since March in unemployment and pandemic unemployment assistance, 5.7 million people have applied.   We have not been shy about the frustrations we have all shared to support phone lines… There are opportunities to do more and better."

    On whether reopening is occurring too quickly, Newsom stated: “We have been concerned about this virus from day one, but at a certain point when unemployment is the highest it has been, the social determinants of health, poverty, hunger, also cause disease and a profound public health impact.  One has to be mindful of that as well.”

    When asked about the state’s budget, Newsom responded by simply stating that compromises were made across the spectrum to reach an agreement.  He also said additional details will be released soon.

    Regarding the mask requirement, Newsom said the specific sectoral guidance is currently being updated to reflect the new statewide guidance on face coverings.

    The press briefing concluded approximately at 2:00 PM PDT.

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.  There are now a total of 173,824 (+2.7 percent increase) confirmed positive cases and 5,495 deaths (+1.3 percent increase) in California.  As of June 20th, 3,319,25 tests have been conducted in California and reported to the CDPH.  This represents an increase of 84,844 tests over the prior 24-hour reporting period.  Also, as of June 20th, local health departments have reported 13,373 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 83 deaths statewide.  More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here.

    Additional information regarding open sectors in counties with variance can be found here.


    The https://www.covid19.ca.gov/ website is being updated continuously.   A complete list of the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response efforts here.

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com


  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:00 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    REMINDER - LA CITY NOTICE TO TENANTS DUE NO LATER THAN THIS THURSDAY - JUNE 18, 2020

    Self Storage Owners and Operators in the City of Los Angeles, 

    The Los Angeles self storage ordinance requires that operators provide notice of the ordinance to their tenants by June 18. The notice must be provided in English and Spanish.

    Click HERE for the mandatory notice in English and Spanish.

    Thank you, 

    Ross Hutchings, CAE
    Executive Director – California Self Storage Association
    5325 Elkhorn Blvd., # 283, Sacramento, CA 95842
    ross@californiaselfstorage.org
    888.CSSA.207 (888.277.2207) – toll-free office, 949.554.3292 – mobile


  • Monday, June 15, 2020 4:06 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    On Monday, June 15th, at noon PDT, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press briefing to provide an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Newsom began by stating California remains focused on mitigating the spread of COVID-19.  “We are by no stretch of the imagination out of the woods.  We still have a lot of work to do,” he said.  

    He then addressed California’s reopening approach using a slide deck.  One of the slides noted that the state is not using an on/off switch but rather a dimmer based on science and data.  Today, Newsom again reiterated  the idea that the state develops guidelines for reopening, but does not prescribe when counties adopt this guidance.  Counties should make data-informed decisions for reopening.

    On testing, Newsom’s slide (see below) showed that testing has increased, but the positivity rate has dropped.   Specifically, in early April, the positivity rate averaged 40.8 percent.  In the last fourteen days, the positivity rate has been 4.5 percent.   


    Newsom continued by stating that the spread rate of COVID-19  and the COVID-19 hospitalization trendlines remain stable even after risky dates like Memorial Day.  Based on current capacity figures, Newsom believes California can absorb a surge in patients.  He also reported that California has 11,652 ventilators within the hospital system and in the state's cache.  The state is also growing contract tracing capacity.

    On county variance, Newsom said California is monitoring and supporting counties.  Specifically, he stated, "We actively monitor all 58 counties and target engagement in areas where numbers are a bit concerning.  Right now we have targeted engagement in 13 counties.  We're providing human and physical resources."  California Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Dr.  Mark Ghaly was also present at the briefing and offered additional details about county variance.  Dr. Ghaly listed the seven counties that for three consecutive days have continued areas of concern.  Those counties are Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, and Tulare. 

    As an update, Newsom said that 52 of 58 California counties have provided "self-attestation" plans to reopen.  Recall, the Governor’s administration outlined a process where counties who met specific criteria can move further ahead in the resilience roadmap.  On May 18th, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) revised the COVID-19 County Variance Attestation Form.  The revision has allowed more and more counties to meet the necessary thresholds.  A list of these counties is available here 

    Finally, Newsom provided an update on efforts to support vulnerable populations, including Project Roomkey. He said of the 15,638 hotel rooms that have been acquired for homeless individuals, 66 percent are occupied.  Of those, 82 percent are occupied by asymptomatic people and 17 percent by positive patients.

    In closing, Newsom reiterated that the 1918 Flu pandemic reminds us to be cautious, wear a face mask, physically distance, and wash our hands.  "We don't want to experience a second wave, as they experienced in 1918," he said, referring to the devastating outbreak.  He stressed the pandemic has not gone away.

    During the Q&A portion of the press briefing, Newsom was asked about reopening and whether he put the economy ahead of public health.  He defended his actions and cited that counties are making the decisions regarding when/which activities are permitted.  However, he did acknowledge there were other factors considered by the state when issuing guidance.  “You cannot be in a permanent state where people are locked away for months,” Newsom said.  He noted that the stay-at-home order's negative effects on mental health and the economy became health issues as well.

    Newsom was also asked if the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA, will be sent to factories as reopening continues.  In response, he largely deferred to the leadership of Cal/OSHA to make those decisions.

    On the budget, despite no deal yet with Legislature, Newsom said he remains confident that something will happen at the federal level to help mitigate the impact of cuts at the state level.

    The press briefing concluded around 1:00 PM PDT.

    On Friday, June 12th, the CDPH released guidance for expanded personal services for counties with attestations, which includes personal care that requires touching a client's face, e.g. facials, electrolysis, and waxing.  This guidance also applies to esthetician, skin care, and cosmetology services; electrology; nail salons; body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops; and massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings).  The CDPH also released updated guidance for places of worship, providers of religious services and cultural ceremonies, and corresponding direction for other constitutionally protected activities, such as the right to protest.   A copy of the CDPH news release can be found here.

    CDPH also announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.  There are now a total of 148,855 (+2.2 percent increase) confirmed positive cases and 5,063  deaths (+1.5 percent increase) in California.  As of June 13th, 2,801,996 tests have been conducted in California and reported to the CDPH.  This represents an increase of 77,603 tests over the prior 24-hour reporting period.  Also, as of June 13th, local health departments have reported 12,173 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 73 deaths statewide.  More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here.

    Additional information regarding open sectors in counties with variance 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, May 29, 2020 2:02 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    On Friday, May 29th, at noon PDT, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press briefing to provide an update today on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Newsom began by speaking about race relations and policing in the wake of the news from Minneapolis.  He told a story about his 10-year old daughter who somehow saw on TikTok the video of George Floyd's arrest and the police officer's knee on his neck.  She wanted to make sure that her dad had seen the image.  Newsom also mentioned that Assemblymember Shirley Weber reminded him earlier today that it’s been a year since the Assembly passed her landmark police use of force legislation. 

    Tying his opening remarks to the COVID-19 pandemic,  Newsom said racism is connected with public health efforts and noted that there are "disparities that came into this crisis and that persist through this crisis."  He then presented slides with data on Testing; COVID-19 by Race/Ethnicity; Contact Tracing; the State’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Inventory; and Vulnerable Populations.  More specifically, the slides showed:

    • On testing – The positivity rate in the last 14 days is about 4.1 percent.  One key point, he noted, is that additional testing means additional cases.  But the percentage of positives, Newsom insisted, remains steady. 
    • On COVID-19 by race/ethnicity – Newsom’s slide notes the disparities in COVID-19 cases when race and ethnicity are considered.  Latinos, for example, make up about 40 percent of the population but 55 percent of the cases.  The black community makes up 6 percent of the population but 10 percent of the deaths in California. 
    • On contact tracing – There were about 3,000 contact tracers in the state before COVID-19. The state plans to increase that to 10,000 by July 1.  Newsom said 3,000 county employees have been "redirected" to do this work.  Hundreds of people are being trained every day as part of the "tracing corps".
    • On state PPE inventory –  85.9 million procedure masks, 8 million face shields, 5.6 million gloves.  
    • On vulnerable populations – Newsom said the state has secured 15,678  hotel rooms as part of Project Roomkey for unhoused people, with a 60 percent occupancy rate.

    As he does regularly, Newsom also provided the latest COVID-19 hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) patient figures.  He reported that there are 3,091 positive COVID-19 hospital patients.  This figure represents a 0.7 percent decrease over the previous day.   Of those patients, 1,092 are in the ICU.  The ICU figure represents a 0.3  percent decrease over the previous day.   Newsom said there have been trend lines for weeks showing slight declines in hospitalizations.  This stability has given his administration "confidence" to hand more control to counties who want to reopen their economies.  

    Today, Newsom stressed he does not intend to mandate a statewide pace for reopening – repeating multiple times “localism is determinative”.  The state has put out guidelines for HOW to reopen but the counties get to decide WHEN to reopen. 

    As an update, Newsom said that 48 of 58 California counties have provided "self-attestation" plans to reopen.  Recall, the Governor’s administration outlined a process where counties who met specific criteria can move further ahead in the resilience roadmap.  On May 18th, the CDPH revised the COVID-19 County Variance Attestation Form.  The revision has allowed more and more counties to meet the necessary thresholds.  A list of these counties is available here Today,  Newsom announced these counties can gradually move into Stage 3 of the resilience roadmap, but not Stage 4.

    California Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Dr.  Mark Ghaly was also present at the briefing.   He highlighted county variation trends. "Each county has a little bit of a different story," Ghaly said.

    During the Q&A portion of the press briefing, Newsom was asked about Los Angeles County loosening its stay-at-home restrictions. In response, he doubled down, by saying it’s the local public health official's call.

    Yesterday, May 28th, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) publicized that in the last 14 days alone, they has distributed 40.7 million surgical masks.  Cal OES also announced they now has more than 90.4 million surgical masks staged and ready to be distributed.  The Cal OES press release can be found here.

    The press briefing concluded around 1:10 PM PDT.

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.  There are now a total of 101,697 (+2.7 percent increase) confirmed positive cases and 3,093 deaths (+2.3 percent increase) in California.  As of May 27th, 1,790,559 tests have been conducted in California and reported to the CDPH.  This represents an increase of 53,665 tests over the prior 24-hour reporting period.  Also, as of May 27th, local health departments have reported 9,647 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 56 deaths statewide.  More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here.

    The https://www.covid19.ca.gov/ website is being updated continuously.   A complete list of the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response efforts here.

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com



  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:13 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    On Monday, May 26th, at noon PDT, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press briefing to provide an update today on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Newsom opened by stating we are very close to reaching a milestone in this country – 100,000 lives lost to COVID-19.  Additionally, California is coming close to 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  “And while we've fared better than other states in terms of mortality, in no way have we been immune.  More than 3,800 individuals have died,” he said.  As the state begins to relax the statewide restrictions,  Newsom stressed that individual responsibility is key and further highlighted the importance of wearing masks when appropriate and practicing physical distancing.  "It's incumbent upon all of us to continue to take seriously.  The reality is – We're not even out of the first wave of this pandemic."

    Newsom also noted that California can begin to re-open houses of worship and in-store shopping for retail.  Yesterday, May 25th, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced specifics related to the the statewide reopening of places of worship for religious services and in-store retail shopping.  Under new guidance for religious services and cultural ceremonies, places of worship can hold religious services and funerals that limit attendance to 25 percent of a building's capacity – or up to 100 attendees, whichever is lower – upon approval by the county department of public health.  Additionally, the existing guidance for retailers, previously allowed for counties approved to advance in the reopening process, now applies statewide. Retail can now open for in-store shopping statewide.  Finally, CDPH also released guidelines for in-person protests and events designed for political expression.  The guidance limits attendance to 25 percent of an area's maximum occupancy – or up to 100 attendees.  A copy of the CDPH press release can be found here.

    As an update, Newsom said that 47 of 58 California counties have provided "self-attestation" plans to reopen.  Recall, the Governor’s administration outlined a process where counties who met specific criteria can move further ahead in Stage 2 of the resilience roadmap.  On May 18th, the CDPH revised the COVID-19 County Variance Attestation Form.  The revision has allowed more and more counties to meet the necessary thresholds.  A list of these counties is available here.   Today,  Newsom announced, in these counties, barber shops and hair salons can resume services with appropriate safety precautions.  As a personal anecdote, he shared that he had his own hair cut a few days ago by his kids because his wife said his hair had grown into a "mullet" that needed to be fixed.

    Additionally, more guidance and directives are coming.  Newsom said guidelines will be issued tomorrow for summer camps, child care facilities, and schools.  He also reported working with entertainment (film and TV) industry on guidance.  Finally, he said his Administration is working with the Legislature to put out guidelines for nail salons and personal care services.    However, as it relates to ending the stay at home order which is Stage Four on the Resilience Roadmap, Newsom stated, “We're not there yet.  And the state will hold the line in terms of large venues, but begin to push down the responsibility to counties as we move into Stage 3 in a thoughtful, phased approach."  As a reminder, Stage 4  includes the gradual opening of larger gathering venues, such as nightclubs, concert venues, and live audience sports.   

    As he does regularly, Newsom provided the latest COVID-19 hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) patient figures.  He reported that there are 3,015 positive COVID-19 hospital patients.  This figure represents a 1.2 percent increase over the previous day.   Of those patients, 1,062 are in the ICU.  The ICU figure represents a 0.8  percent decrease.   

    On personal protective equipment (PPE),  Newsom said California has distributed over 41.2 million masks in the last 14 days.  As it relates to testing, Newsom reported, “Testing has taken off.  Over the weekend, we averaged north of 50,000 tests every day.  The positivity rate holds strong at around 4 percent.  We're seeing an increase in the number of people testing positive, but a huge increase in the number of tests.”

    During the Q&A portion of the press briefing, Newsom was asked whether he was worried about directives/warnings from the US Department of Justice.  In response, he said, “I don't lose sleep over that.  This is California, we're involved in over 70 lawsuits with this administration.''   Newsom also rebuffed Trump's claim that voting by mail will result in fraud.  “There’s no evidence of that," he replied.  "Quite the contrary”

    When asked whether his administration is allowing enough time in between each loosening of the restrictions to measure their impact, and make sure it's safe to proceed with further modifications—  Newsom insisted that all decisions are being made based on metrics, such as PPE, testing, tracing etc.

    The press briefing concluded around 12:45 PM PDT.

    Following Friday’s briefing, the Governor’s office issued a news release on Saturday noting that Newsom issued a proclamation declaring May 25, 2020, as “Memorial Day” in the State of California.  The release also highlighted the state’s efforts to protect vulnerable residents in California’s veterans homes.  The text of the Governor’s proclamation can be found here and a copy can be found here.  A copy of the news release can be found here.  

    Also on Friday, May 22nd, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) has released its Evaluation of Cost Impact of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on Rebuttable Presumption for California COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Claims.  The WCIRB estimates the cost of COVID-19 claims filed by workers subject to the Executive Order ranges from $0.6 billion to $2.0 billion with a mid-range estimate of $1.2 billion.  This mid-range estimate comprises 7 percent of the $18.3 billion estimated annual cost of workers’ compensation claims in the system prior to the pandemic.  A copy of the WCIRB new release can be found here.

    The CDPH announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.  There are now a total of 94,558 (+2.0 percent increase) confirmed positive cases and 3,795 deaths (+0.6 percent increase) in California.  As of May 24th, 1,644,102 tests have been conducted in California and reported to the CDPH.  This represents an increase of 61,357 tests over the prior 24-hour reporting period.  Also, as of May 24th, local health departments have reported 9,328 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 50 deaths statewide.  More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here.

    The https://www.covid19.ca.gov/ website is being updated continuously.   A complete list of the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response efforts here.

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com


  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:17 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

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    In case you missed any of the data discussed, a recording of the webinar and the accompanying slides are now available.

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  • Friday, May 22, 2020 1:18 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    On Friday, May 22nd, at noon PDT, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press briefing at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville (VHC-Yountville).  With Memorial Day coming, his opening remarks were focused on those who served and veterans affairs programs.  Newsom also shared a personal story.  His grandfather was a prisoner of war for nearly five years who eventually took his own life after returning home.  

    Vito Imbasciani MD, Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), joined Newsom at the briefing.  He highlighted that there has been a robust plan in place to contain the spread of the virus at veterans homes.  More specifically, Dr. Imbasciani stated, “There are eight veterans homes throughout the state.  They all shut down visits about two weeks before the state declared a shelter-in-place emergency.  I'm delighted that we've had such success in protecting the wonderful men and women who are our connection to our past."

    Shifting gears, Newsom said that 43 of 58 California counties have provided "self-attestation" plans to reopen.  Recall, the Governor’s administration outlined a process where counties who met specific criteria can move further ahead in Stage 2 of the resilience roadmap.  On May 18th, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) revised the COVID-19 County Variance Attestation Form.  The revision has allowed more counties to meet the necessary thresholds.  A list of these counties is available here.

    Also, Newsom has been working with the interfaith community to find ways to keep parishioners safe.  He said the state is "days away" from putting out guidelines on churches, likely on Monday.  Notably, California has been under pressure from the U.S. Justice Department to allow religious services to resume.

    As he does regularly, Newsom provided the latest COVID-19 hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) patient figures.  He reported that there are 3,048 positive COVID-19 hospital patients.  This figure remained stable over the previous day.   Of those patients, 1,051 are in the ICU.  The ICU figure represents a 1.6 percent decrease.   On these trendlines, Newsom said it's not just stability anymore— "We are actually seeing declines."   Over seven days, there has been an 8 percent decrease in overall hospitalizations, with a 6 percent decrease in ICU patients.

    Additionally, Newsom spoke about California’s tracing efforts.  This morning, just prior to Newsom’s press briefing, his office issued a news release announcing the launch of California Connected, the state’s comprehensive contact tracing program and public awareness campaign.  Specifically, the release states, “As part of California Connected, public health workers from communities across the state will connect with individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and work with them, and people they have been in close contact with, to ensure they have access to confidential testing, as well as medical care and other services to help prevent the spread of the virus.” A copy of the release can be found here.

    On personal protective equipment (PPE) distribution, Newsom noted that over 86 million surgical masks have come into the state. The masks are going to nursing homes, grocery stores, and other sectors that are reopening.

    Also, during the Q&A portion of the press briefing, Newsom was asked about casinos and card rooms reopening.  He said anticipate guidance around June 8th.  He also acknowledged that Tribes are working collaboratively with the state on these efforts.  

    Newsom was also asked about Republican congressional candidate Darrell Issa suing to block the state’s move to an all-mail November election.  In response, he said California is on “firm legal ground” as it relates to this issue.

    On the state budget and Assembly Budget Chairman Phil Ting’s comments regarding the need for oversight – Newsom insisted he has been engaging lawmakers and looks forward to continuing to do so.  It should be noted that earlier today, Ting kicked off his budget subcommittee hearing by echoing the Legislature's concerns that Newsom's administration is not collaborating with them as it should on COVID-19 response.  

    On summer school/camps, Newsom conveyed guidelines are coming for this also. This updated guidance should be released within “a week or so.”  He is working "aggressively" to deliver on this one, as his own kids have also asked this question.

    The press briefing concluded at 1:02 PM PDT.

    Yesterday, May 21st, the Employment Development Department (EDD) announced that $3.9 billion in unemployment benefits was paid to California workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic last week.  This brings the total to $16.1 billion since a surge in demand for unemployment assistance began during the week ending on March 14th.  According to the latest data from EDD, a total of 5.1 million claims have been processed over that same timeframe.  A copy of the EDD news release can be found here.

    Earlier this week, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has posted a Question and Answer page regarding Newsom’s Executive Order N-62-20, which provides that under certain circumstances it is presumed that workers who contract a COVID-19-related illness between March 19 and July 5, 2020 have done so at work and are thus eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.  A copy of the Q&A can be found here.

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.  There are now a total of 86,197 (+2.5 percent increase) confirmed positive cases and 3,542 deaths (+3.1 percent increase) in California.  As of May 20th, 1,421,127 tests have been conducted in California and reported to the CDPH.  This represents an increase of 41,007 tests over the prior 24-hour reporting period.  Also, as of May 20th, local health departments have reported 8,793 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 47 deaths statewide.  More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here.

    The https://www.covid19.ca.gov/ website is being updated continuously.   A complete list of the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response efforts here.

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com


  • Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:45 AM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    Are you looking to open up your entire self storage facility? Here are some great articles and a FREE webinar to help:

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    A Starter Kit from FEMA to Help Reopen Your Business

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    FEMA's Exercise Starter Kit has sample documents your organization can use to conduct your own planning workshop to navigate the complexities of returning to full operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    The Top "What if" COVID-19 Questions From Employers

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    What do I do if my employees don't want to come back to work? What if my employee doesn't want to return to work because they are earning more money on Unemployment Insurance? Get the answers to these and more of employer's top questions.

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    Plan Now for When Employees Return to Work

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    Starting today, May 8, California has partially entered Stage 2 of California's "Pandemic Roadmap" for reopening the economy. Governor Newsom announced limited business sectors can begin reopening if they meet set industry guidelines.

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    06.02.2020 | 12 - 1 pm

    Governor Newsom has recently allowed many industries to begin opening, with restrictions in place. Before reopening, all facilities must be in compliance with a strict set of guidelines.

    Safety expert James Boretti will lead you through these and more, including:

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  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020 1:52 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, May 20th, Governor Gavin Newsom is not scheduled to hold a press briefing.  Instead,  Newsom will continue the Economic Recovery & Reinvention Listening Tour by hosting a digital roundtable today with Californians who work in the film and television industry.   The livestream can be found on the Governor’s YouTube page.

    Additionally, yesterday evening the Governor’s press office announced, that Newsom issued an executive order addressing a variety of issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   According to the news release, “The order helps ease the strain on domestic violence service providers by waiving the 10 percent cash or in-kind matching requirements for state grants awarded to these organizations.  The order also waives the deadline to verify grade point average and waives certain certification requirements and selective service registration verification for Cal Grant applicants.  The order suspends programmatic deadlines for entities that receive funding from the Energy Commission for the development and deployment of new technologies that support the state’s clean energy and decarbonization goals.  In addition, the order extends the timeframe for local governments to submit claims for reimbursement to the State Controller’s Office.”  The text of the Governor’s executive order can be found here and a copy can be found here.

    Also yesterday, members of  Newsom’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery sent a letter to congressional leaders asking them pass $1 trillion in direct relief for state and local governments.  The letter, signed by 91 California leaders outlines the budgetary challenges facing state, local and tribal governments caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  A copy of the Task Force’s letter can be found here.  A copy of the Governor’s press release can be found here.

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.  There are now a total of 81,795 (+1.7 percent increase) confirmed positive cases and 3,334 deaths (+1.0 percent increase) in California.  As of May 18th, 1,339,316 tests have been conducted in California and reported to the CDPH.  This represents an increase of 46,644 tests over the prior 24-hour reporting period.  Also, as of May 18th, local health departments have reported 8,405 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 46 deaths statewide.  More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here.

    The https://www.covid19.ca.gov/ website is being updated continuously.   A complete list of the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response efforts here.

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com




  • Monday, May 18, 2020 2:58 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    On Monday, May 18th, at noon PDT, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press briefing at Mustard’s Grill in Napa to provide an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Today, he announced 24 counties have self-attested, certified, with containment and protection plans, for regional variation to the statewide stay-at-home order.  A list of counties that have met the criteria is available here.

    As he does regularly, Newsom provided the latest COVID-19 hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) patient figures.  He reported that over the last 14 days, the state has seen a hospitalization decline of over 7 percent and an ICU decline of 8.7 percent.   Additionally, Newsom said the state has also seen an unprecedented number of masks be delivered, “tens of millions of masks.”  Also, he highlighted the state’s improved testing and tracing capabilities.  

    Given the positive trendlines, Newsom announced new county criteria to move ahead in Stage Two.  Specifically, he said, “We are moving forward to allow some of the larger counties to continue to make progress deeper into Phase Two.  And to do so effective immediately -- but on their own pace.''  Newsom estimates 53 of the state’s 58 counties would be eligible to move into this phase.   He also said the state is starting to focus in on the hotspots within counties.

    Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly joined Newsom at the briefing and offered additional details regarding county variance.  Specifically, the new criteria counties must meet to move ahead includes the following:

    Stable or down trending hospitalizations

    • Stable hospitalizations of COVID individuals on a 7-day average of daily percent change of less than 5% OR no more than 20 COVID hospitalizations on any single day in the past 14 days 

    Cases per population count and Test positivity rate

    • Less than 25 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past 14 days OR less than 8% testing positive in the past 7 days

    Additional information can be found here.

    If the current trendlines hold, Newsom said expected additional statewide modifications to the stay-at-home order.  He projected that professional sporting events, without spectators, could occur in the first week of June.  Additionally, he said hair salons and in-store retail could reopen in the next few weeks statewide.  When asked, Newsom said, he expects the same for houses of worship.  Faith-based leaders and the administration are working on guidelines, he reported.

    Also, during the Q&A, Newsom was asked about spilt-roll initiative.  He largely punted on the question and did not offer his position on the ballot measure.

    Earlier today, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Sacramento Kings announced the lease for the Sleep Train Arena and practice facility which housed Alternate Care Facilities have been amended by reducing the rental rate from $500,000 per month to no cost.  View a copy of the amended lease agreement here.  A copy of the Cal OES news release can be found here.

    On Friday, May 18th,  Newsom issued a statement following the House’s vote on the HEROES Act.  A copy of the statement can be found here.

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.  There are now a total of 78,839 confirmed positive cases and 3,261 deaths in California.  As of May 16th, 1,235,243 tests have been conducted in California and reported to the CDPH.  This represents an increase of 56,117 tests over the prior 24-hour reporting period.  Also, as of May 16th, local health departments have reported 8,248 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 46 deaths statewide.  More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here.

    The https://www.covid19.ca.gov/ website is being updated continuously.   A complete list of the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response efforts 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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