Thanks to a $16.5 billion surplus, California has been able to respond to the public health crisis brought on by the coronavirus in real time. Countless needs were addressed without having to pull funds from different programs and agencies.
Over the last six weeks, the Bay Area has been successful in physical distancing and flattening the curve. As public health officials debate when and how they will begin lifting restrictions, our attention is turning towards economic recovery.
Unfortunately, we can’t just flip a light switch and hope everything will be back to normal. It’s going to be a long road ahead to build the economy back up, and California needs a plan to support our small businesses and ensure working families have the means to survive.
As a parent of kids in local public schools, I share concerns many of you feel about the future of the educational landscape for our children, educators, administrators and staff:
The coronavirus emergency has disrupted the daily lives of individuals, families, and communities, many of whom are now struggling to make ends meet. With few customers, small businesses have shut down or have limited services due to necessary physical distancing efforts to limit the spread of this pandemic.
Before tomorrow’s 2:00 pm virtual town hall (ask questions here), I wanted to update you on expanded unemployment. If you’ve lost your job or had hours reduced due to coronavirus, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance or other assistance.
In this time of crisis and uncertainty, I believe it is extremely important for people to have access to the answers they need. Monday morning, I hosted a virtual Town Hall on Facebook Live on the impacts of COVID-19. I spoke about the state’s response to this crisis and answered many questions from community members and constituents. Click here to view the Town Hall.
The number of Real IDs issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles is lagging behind projected demand. If you anticipate needing one, I advise you go to the DMV now because I expect the lines to worsen as we get closer to the summer months.