Oct 2: Town Halls on Small Businesses, General Election, and Local Issues

Friday, October 2, 2020

Dear Friend‚

With many businesses experiencing tremendous economic loss‚ it is imperative for Californians to receive up to date information on services and resources. That’s why I’m hosting a Small Business & Wildfire Assistance Town Hall with California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and North Orange County Chamber President & CEO Theresa Harvey.

Please join us for this virtual town hall on wildfire assistance and insurance resources available for small businesses during COVID-19. Kindly RSVP here to reserve your spot‚ and email me your questions here.

As always‚ if there is anything I can do to assist you‚ please do not hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help.

Ling Ling Chang
29th District

California & COVID-19 Updates

DMV: Summary of California Driver’s License Extensions

  Expiration Month Status
(all types‚ all ages)
Mar-Dec 2020 Extended to Dec 31‚ 2020
Age 70 & older
Mar-Dec 2020 Extended one year from original expiration date
Age 69 & younger
Beg. Mar 2020 Expanded eligibility to renew online or by mail for licenses expiring during the emergency
Learner’s permits (noncommercial) Mar-Nov 2020 Extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application

Emergency Preparedness

Missed my Emergency Preparedness Telephone Town Hall with Cal Fire‚ Cal-OES‚ and Red Cross? Simply email me‚ and we’ll send over a copy of the recording.

General Election Questions?

What questions do you have for the Registrar? I’m lining up telephone town halls with individuals such as Orange County Registrar Neal Kelley and encourage you to email me questions to ask our speaker.

Outdoor Playgrounds Are Open

All outdoor playgrounds across California can now reopen regardless of tier status. However‚ the choice to move forward is up to local jurisdiction and there are a few rules involved such as no eating or drinking and children must be supervised. For additional details from the California Department of Health‚ click here.

Price Gouging

A bill I coauthored that tightens California law to assist law enforcement in prosecuting instances of price gouging was signed into law. You can learn more about how SB 1196 closes a loophole criminals used here.

Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors

The governor signed SB 1141‚ expanding the definition of domestic violence in the law to include threatening force or intimidation‚ depravation of basic needs‚ and coercive control. Unfortunately‚ we’ve seen horrifying spikes in domestic violence during this pandemic‚ and I’m grateful this legislation I coauthored will provide much needed legal tools for survivors.

Mental Health Bills Signed

Mental health bills SB 803SB 855AB 2112‚ and AB 2265 were signed into law. With COVID-19 increasing the need for mental health services‚ it’s more important than ever to help Californians access care and these bills will do just that. I’m especially thankful the governor signed a bill I coauthored‚ establishing an Office of Suicide Prevention.

Theme Parks

My colleagues and I sent a bipartisan letter to Governor Newsom‚ requesting him to consider the immediate reopening of California’s theme parks and provide the theme park industry with clear guidance to ensure the safety and health of everyone involved.

As you may have heard‚ Disney plans to lay off 28‚000 employees as COVID-19 affects its theme park businesses. California is home to the Disney family and the loss of even more jobs not only hurts the families of those employees‚ but is another hit to our state’s economy. If you are affected by the layoffs‚ please don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance. We’re here to help.