February 2020 Newsletter
It’s been a busy and productive month since my colleagues and I returned to Sacramento for the current legislative session.
We were presented with Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget that addresses the immediate needs of our great state to recover from the devastating pandemic by prioritizing a plan for vaccinating all Californians; assisting those out of work and in danger of losing their homes or facing eviction; and providing financial support to small business owners.
It also invests in education, funding a safe way to reopen our schools for our students and teachers, as well as focuses on the homeless crisis and the dangers of wildfires that devastate our state.
My colleagues and I are working to achieve a final budget that is fiscally responsible while meeting the needs of the state as we recover from this pandemic and move forward to a brighter outlook for all Californians.
In the district, my staff and I are continuing to help resolve issues our constituents are experiencing with EDD regarding their unemployment insurance and pandemic unemployment assistance benefits.
As always, please reach out to either my Capitol or District offices for assistance at 562-406-1001 or visit https://sd32.senate.ca.gov/.
Senator Bob Archuleta
Thirty-Second Senate District
It’s a new day in America, as we support the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to bring our citizens together; to combat the deadly pandemic; to restore our faith in one another; revive our economy; care for our environment; and strive for social justice and equality for all.
I echo President Joe Biden’s words in his inaugural address – “This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve.”
Congratulations to President Joe Biden, a dedicated public servant for five decades and a man of deep faith.
Congratulations to Vice President Kamala Harris, a proud daughter of California, and the first woman elected to the second-highest office in the nation.
May God bless President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as they lead the way to healing our country.
Residents 65 years and older are currently eligible to be vaccinated. Call 833-540-0473 between the hours of 8 am and 8:30 pm to make an appointment. You can also book an appointment by visiting VaccinateLACounty.com.
Anyone of any age can visit https://myturn.ca.gov/ to find out when you are eligible to receive a vaccination, and to schedule an appointment.
If it isn't your turn, you can register to be notified when you become eligible.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, my staff has helped hundreds of Senate District 32 constituents with EDD issues, ensuring they receive their benefits.
My staff is continuing to work through cases as constituents contact us. If you need assistance, please call 562-406-1001.
You can also find answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at https://bit.ly/3ikvzm6
California Paid Family Leave includes a new claim type: Military Assist. Military Assist applies to eligible California workers who need time off work due to a family member’s (spouse, registered domestic partner, parent, or child) military deployment to help with qualifying activities. Qualifying activities include making childcare or parental care arrangements, attending military sponsored events, or taking care of legal or financial arrangements. Learn more by clicking on the attached link: Bit.ly/CA-PFL
Behind-the-wheel driving tests for both commercial and non-commercial drivers have been suspended through at least February 11, 2021. Those with appointments will be notified of the cancellations. Appointments will be rescheduled at a later date. Motorcycle driving tests have not been canceled.
DMV offers a variety of Online Services that makes completing your DMV business easy and efficient.
For more information on DMV renewals and driving test click on the link attached: https://www.dmv.ca.gov
Second Application Round Opens for California’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), today announced that Round 2 of the Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is open.
The $500 million program is intended for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. Grants range in size from $5,000 to $25,000. Approximately half of the available funds were awarded in Round 1, with disbursement beginning January 22, and the remainder will be awarded to eligible businesses in this second round. The application portal opened at 8:00 a.m. today and will remain open through 6:00 p.m. February 8. Eligible applicants who submitted all necessary documents in Round 1, but did not receive a grant, will be rolled over for consideration in this second round – there is no need to reapply.
For more information please click on the link below.
As we move forward, please continue to do your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 by staying home as much as possible, wearing a mask, social distancing and washing your hands.
For the latest information on COVID-19 in California, visit covid19.ca.gov.