Category: Announcements


Jimenez, Burke Harris Appointed to State First 5 Commission

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom announced two appointments to the First 5 California Children and Families Commission. CHEAC Secretary/Treasurer and Monterey County Health Department Director Elsa Jimenez was appointed to the commission as the commission’s public health representative. Jimenez has served in her current role in Monterey County since 2016 and has been with the…

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Homekey Projects Close Escrow

This week, the Governor announced that all 94 Homekey projects closed escrow, providing 6,029 housing units for people experiencing homelessness in California. Under the Homekey program, local entities partnered with the state to acquire and rehabilitate various housing types to serve people experiencing homelessness or those at risk of serious illness from COVID-19. A total…

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Governor Releases California’s Safe Schools for All Plan

This week Governor Newsom released the California State Schools for All Plan, California’s framework to support schools to continue operating safely in-person and expand the number of schools resuming in-person instruction. The framework has four key pillars: Funding to Support Safe Reopening. Governor Newsom’s January budget will propose $2 billion to support safety and mitigation…

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Newsom Names Padilla U.S. Senator, Weber Secretary of State

On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced his selection of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to be the next United States Senator from California, filling the term being vacated by Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. Padilla was first sworn in as California’s Secretary of State in January 2015 after serving in the California State Senate and…

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CDPH Extends Limited Stay-at-Home Order

This week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a supplement to its State Public Health Officer Order requiring non-essential work, movement, and gatherings to cease between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am in Tier 1 (Purple/Widespread) counties. Recall, the state issued its limited stay-at-home order in mid-November amid rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations….

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Happy Holidays from CHEAC!

CHEAC Staff wishes all a very happy holidays and a happy new year! The CHEAC Weekly Update will take a brief hiatus during the next two weeks and will resume publication during the week of January 4, 2021.

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CHEAC Welcomes New Legislative Assistant Karla Ambriz

This week, CHEAC welcomed a new staff person, Legislative Assistant Karla Ambriz. Karla received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis in June 2020, as well as completed an internship with Health Access California. Karla will play a key role in supporting CHEAC’s legislative advocacy efforts and internal organization operations. Her email address…

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Pfizer Vaccine Arrives in California, Moderna Vaccine Secures EUA

Following the issuance of an emergency use authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late last week, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has begun arriving at dispensing points nationwide, including in California. Over the past weekend, the Western States Scientific Review Workgroup confirmed the Pfizer vaccine is safe and efficacious for distribution in…

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