Legislative Hearings Begin in Earnest, CHEAC Sponsored Bill Advances


Governor and Legislative Leaders Strike Deal on $536m Wildfire Preparedness Package

Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on Thursday announced an agreement reached to provide $536 million in funding to help improve California’s preparedness for and resilience to wildfires. The package consists of investments in forest health, improvements on defensible space, home hardening, fire prevention grants, and prevention…

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California Can’t Wait Coalition Hosts Successful Legislative Briefing

Today, the California Can’t Wait Coalition, led by CHEAC, HOAC, SEIU California, CSAC, Urban Counties of California (UCC), Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), and Public Health Advocates, convened a legislative staff briefing to educate members of the Capitol community of the critical role of our local public health departments and essential workers. The event…

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Siador Named CDPH Assistant Director

Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced his selection of Christine Siador as the next Assistant Director for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). This past year, Siador has been Acting Director for the Population Health Division at the San Francisco Department of Public Health where she also served as Deputy Director from 2012-2020. Siador…

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Little Hoover Commission Issues Brief on COVID-19 Impacts on Housing

The Little Hoover Commission, California’s independent state oversight agency, this week issued an issue brief in response to questions posed by a series of California State Senators relative to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on housing in California. In developing its brief, the Commission determined that thousands of renters, landlords, and homeowners across California, particularly those…

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CDC Declares Racism a Serious Public Health Threat

This week, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH declared racism a serious public health threat. Director Walensky, as part of the agency’s declaration, announced a series of new efforts being led by the CDC to accelerate its work to address racism as a fundamental driver of racial and…

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Biden Takes Action on Gun Violence Prevention

This week, the Biden-Harris Administration outlined a series of actions to address the country’s “gun violence public health epidemic.” Following numerous high-profile mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia, the Biden-Harris Administration called on Congress to pass legislation to reduce gun violence. In the meantime, however, the Administration announced it is taking a set of actions…

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Legislature Set to Return to Sacramento from Spring Recess

On Monday, the California State Legislature will return to Sacramento from its week-long spring recess. Lawmakers face an extremely busy month ahead as they work through policy committee hearings, facing deadlines in late April and early May to advance to the floor bills introduced in their house of origin. Recall, the Legislature is operating in…

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