Sept 24: Update on my wildfire visit with first responders

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Message from Ling Ling Chang

We owe so much to our brave firefighters who have worked many long hours away from their families to keep us safe. It was an honor to join Cal Fire‚ U.S. Fire Service‚ California Highway Patrol‚ San Bernardino County Fire‚ San Bernardino County Sheriff’s‚ and other agency partners to visit the wildfire-damaged communities‚ learn how we can better help‚ and personally thank the 1‚200 firefighters on the frontlines.

Due to the overwhelming support of the 29th Senate District‚ I was able to deliver supplies‚ providing disinfectant wipes‚ N99 masks‚ cloth masks‚ and many well-wishes. Thank you for your generous support of our first responders. Whether it is a house or a vegetation fire‚ firefighters are the first to rush in to help save lives.

We – Cal Fire‚ Cal-OES‚ and American Red Cross and I – are doing our best to serve you and hope you will join our Emergency Preparedness Telephone Town Hall on Wednesday‚ September 30 at 1PM. We’ll be discussing what steps to take for emergencies in your home‚ business‚ or school‚ and also answering your questions.

Please RSVP here to receive the call-in number and passcode‚ which will be emailed to you on the morning of September 30. Due to the volume of callers we are expecting‚ live questions will not be possible. Kindly submit any questions you may have to

El Dorado Fire First Responders
To view photos of our first responders at El Dorado Fire‚ click here.

California Updates

Employment Development Department (EDD)

On September 19‚ EDD started taking a “two week reset.” This means they aren’t accepting any new unemployment applications and their UI claims support line will be unavailable until October 4‚ 2020. However‚ my office is here to help. If you need assistance with EDD or another state agency‚ please email me.

I am also requesting an immediate Senate oversight hearing. EDD’s appalling failures are a disgrace. Oversight‚ reforms‚ and accountability couldn’t come sooner.

ICYMI: Governor Signs Executive Order to Ban Gas-Powered Cars & Trucks

Learn about the governor’s orders to phase out gas-powered vehicles and call for a fracking ban here. Personally‚ I think this should have gone through the CA Legislature. What are your thoughts?

Small Business & Wildfire Assistance

Join CA Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and I for a virtual town hall on wildfire assistance and insurance resources available for small businesses during COVID-19. Please register here and email me any questions you may have.

2020 Census

Last day to complete the 2020 Census is Wednesday‚ September 30. If you haven’t already participated‚ please do so. You’ll be helping our community receive its fair share of $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools‚ hospitals‚ roads‚ public works‚ and other important programs. Participate online‚ by phone at 844-330-2020 or by mail if you received a paper form.