August 7: California & COVID-19

Friday, August 7, 2020

DMV Driver’s License Extensions

 

Expiration Month

Status

Age 69 & younger
(noncommercial)

Beginning Mar 2020

• Expanded eligibility to renew online or by mail for licenses

Age 70 & older
(noncommercial)

Mar-Dec 2020

• Extended one year from original expiration date

Commercial
(all types and ages)

Mar-Sep 2020

• Extended to September 30, 2020

Learner’s permits
(noncommercial)

Mar-Nov 2020

• Extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application

Employment Development Department (EDD)

My colleagues and I have submitted a bipartisan letter to Governor Newsom requesting immediate action to improve EDD operations. We're requesting transparency and accountability, cleared backlogs, basic customer service practices, and a technology overhaul. View our full list of recommendations here.

Elementary School Waivers

Elementary schools that meet strict conditions can reopen for in-person learning with the approval of the local health officer. Los Angeles County will not consider reopening waivers. Learn about Orange County’s waiver process here, and San Bernardino’s waiver process here.

Helping Parents and Students

I recently supported legislation to help preschool and childcare providers decrease administrative costs. Childcare providers are struggling during this crisis and AB 123, a bill I co-authored, will relax some of the strict rules governing childcare and preschool. I also supported AB 1350 to allow high schools to retroactively grant students a diploma if they are in good academic standing and unable to complete the statewide graduation requirements as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and stay at home orders.

Taxes

Even though many employers and workers are struggling, there’s still individuals in Sacramento pushing for billions in tax increases. It’s absolutely ridiculous. For example, AB 398 would impose a tax on certain employers based on the number of employees they have, creating an incentive to not employ people. Meanwhile, AB 1253 would impose a massive income tax hike. California is already the highest taxed state in the nation. The last thing we need is to further destabilize the economy.

Teleconference Town Hall

Please RSVP here to join my 7th town hall on Wednesday, August 12 at 3:00PM for an update from Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes and Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. Due to the expected volume of callers, participants will be on listen only mode. Please email me any questions you may have.

Youth Sports Partially Resume

The California Department of Public Health released guidance for youth sports activities to re-open including school-based, club and recreational programs. The guidance document may be found here.

As always, if there is anything my office can assist you with, please do not hesitate to email Senator.Chang@senate.ca.gov or call 714-671-9474.

Sincerely,

Ling Ling Chang
29th District

California COVID-19 By The Numbers