Since the beginning of this pandemic, I have promoted and practiced safe, careful measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Yesterday, despite my cautious actions, my fellow caucus members and I were denied the right to vote on over 30 bills. We were not even given the option to vote remotely.
On Monday, all Senators on the floor were exposed to a member who tested positive for COVID. I, like my Republican and Democratic colleagues, was on the floor with him and we were all wearing masks. The only other time I saw this Senator was at a caucus meeting, where I wore a mask and social distanced. (I have since tested negative for COVID).
Instead of rescheduling votes for all senators or providing an option for remote voting, Senate Leadership opted to disregard precedence from earlier this year when the Capitol shut down after two Assembly Members contracted COVID-19. Leadership only denied caucus members from voting. This means that an entire caucus was forbidden from voting when members from both caucuses were exposed, defying logic and robbing constituents of their voice. Because of this, nearly 10 million Californians didn’t have a say in 30+ bills. I am disappointed to report that this wasn’t about public health. This was about politics.
I have resumed voting today and will continue doing my best to represent you.
As always, please share your priorities with me at Senator.Chang@senate.ca.gov or 714-671-9474.
Ling Ling Chang
Updates on California & COVID-19
Driver’s License Accepted by TSA
If your driver’s license or state-issued ID expired on or after March 1, 2020 and you are unable to renew at your state driver’s license agency, you may still use it as acceptable identification at the checkpoint. TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses or state-issued ID a year after expiration; DHS has extended the REAL ID enforcement deadline to October 1, 2021.
California secured $4.5 billion for the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program. The LWA supplemental payment of $300 per week will be available for a limited period of time for claimants who are currently eligible to receive at least $100 per week in benefits, and who have provided a self-certification that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to employment disruptions caused by COVID-19. The LWA supplement will be available for weeks of unemployment dating back to August 1.
Electric and Gas Utilities – Discounted Rates
Depending on your household income, you may be eligible for discounted rates and gas electric services. Click here to see if you qualify.
November General Election
Have questions about the upcoming election on voter registration, polling or vote centers, or mail in ballots? Please email me any questions you may have and I will work with the county or state to get them answered.
State Auditor: California’s Management of COVID-19 Funding Designated High Risk Issue
The California State Auditor provides objective evaluations and solutions to enhance the transparency, accountability, and performance of the state government. A recent report added the state’s management of federal COVID-19 funding to the high risk list, identifying issues that warrant further review.
State Fumbles with Technology to the Detriment of Californians
We’re the cradle of world-changing technology, but our government has relied on worthless tech and paid billions repeatedly for failed fixes. It’s proof that something is wrong with our state government – something that must change now. The DMV, EDD, and many agencies the state has tasked with COVID-19 response have put millions of Californians at risk because of chaotic and ineffective leadership. Click here to read more in my op-ed published in OC Register.
California continues to deploy every possible resource as we battle historic wildfires. As of August 26, 2020 15,00 firefighters and 2,400 engines have been deployed to combat the 700 fires across the state. If you or someone you know is a survivor of California fires, click here to learn about expedited insurance claims. I assure you that I am actively following the fires. In fact, a member of my team is currently with the Red Cross helping with mass evacuations.