Good morning, California. It’s Tuesday, May 11th.
Good timing for Newsom
Governor Gavin Newsom will hold a press conference at Unity Council in Oakland on May 10, 2021. Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters
The message was clear on Monday when Governor Gavin Newsom, who recently attended public events in jeans and a bear-adorned jacket, stood in a suit and tie behind a podium with the slogan “California Roars Back”.
The message: I’m serious – and the callback is decreasing.
“I’m about to make an announcement that no other governor in America has ever made,” said Newsom in the Oakland neighborhood of Fruitvale, before unveiling a proposal to share part of California’s staggering $ 75.7 billion budget surplus Use to issue discounts of $ 11.9 billion to households earning less than $ 75,000 per year, families with children, and undocumented immigrants. He also rolled out a number of other funding proposals, as Jackie Botts reports from CalMatters::
- Federal funding of $ 5.2 billion to help low-income tenants stay housed.
- $ 2 billion to help Californians pay overdue water and electricity bills.
- $ 1 billion in college scholarships to help employees whose jobs have been decimated by the pandemic find better jobs.
A few hours later Newsom was in the Central Valley Declaration of a drought emergency in 39 other counties and propose a $ 5.1 billion investment in the state’s immediate response to drought and long-term water resilience.
The rapid-fire announcements are the first in a week-long series of events that will take Newsom across California to reveal portions of its proposed $ 100 billion stimulus plan before he officially presented his revised national budget on Friday. The hurricane journey is similar to the tour of the mass vaccination sites Newsom began earlier this year, to the groups of Democratic officials praising the governor’s leadership in a not-so-subtle attempt to close the party ranks ahead of the upcoming recall elections.
- Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf: Newsom and lawmakers create “one of the largest California budgets we have ever seen”.
The tax rebates, however, could be in somewhat murky constitutional waters. The governor’s office suggests using the rebates to comply with a law requiring the state to reimburse taxpayers if it earns more income than it is allowed to spend. But, as reported by Ben Christopher from CalMattersIt remains unclear whether Newsom can meet the law by diverting billions of dollars raised primarily by California’s richest taxpayers to low and middle income residents without reimbursing the high earners themselves.
The conclusion of the coronavirus: As of Monday, California had 3,655,922 confirmed cases (+ 0.04% from the previous day) and 61,241 deaths (+ 0.02% from the previous day), according to a CalMatters tracker.
California has administered 32,669,323 Vaccine doses, and 45.1% are from Californians fully vaccinated.
Plus: CalMatters regularly updates and tracks this pandemic timeline the daily actions of the state. Were too Tracking State Coronavirus Hospitals By Counties and Lawsuits against COVID-19 restrictions.
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Wanda Johnson, left, Addie Kitchen and Stevante Clark at a celebration of life for Steven Taylor on the one year anniversary of his death at the San Leandro Marina on April 18, 2021. Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters
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Mario Chavez will hold Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at the St. Johns Well Child & Family Center in southern Los Angeles on February 9, 2021. Photo by Shae Hammond for CalMatters
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Regarding vaccines, local school officials are hoping more teenagers will return to campus once the doses are cleared for their use. As it stands, only 7% of Los Angeles Unified High Schooler decided to return to face-to-face tuition – significantly lower voter turnout than expected. It remains unclear how many will return San Francisco Unified, who announced this weekend that it will welcome high school graduates back to campus on Friday, just a few weeks before the last day of class. Both districts use the “expand space” model, in which students log into online lessons that may be taught by the teacher who is physically in the room. All over the stateMost high schoolers have chosen to keep studying online even after schools open their doors – meaning many will be away from the classroom for 17 to 18 months. The high-profile numbers come when lawmakers debates whether to allow distance learning in the fall – a practice Newsom expects to finish this school year on Monday.
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