Category: Announcements


Newsom Administration Rolls Out COVID-19 Response Initiatives on Food Insecurity, Child Care

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom launched new initiatives related to food insecurity and access and childcare amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The initiatives are detailed below: Farm to Family Program Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, California food banks have seen an unprecedented level of demand, seeing a year-over-year increase in demand of approximately 73 percent, according…

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LAO Issues Report on Federal COVID-19-Related Funding to California

On Tuesday, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) published a report summarizing recent federal legislative and other actions to allocate funding to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The post details federal emergency funding streams and the process by which federal COVID-19-related funding will flow to public and private entities throughout the state. The full LAO…

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EPA Announces Grant Opportunity for Environmental Justice Communities Impacted by COVID-19

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new grant program to provide funds to states, local governments, tribes, and U.S. territories to work collaboratively with environmental justice communities to understand, promote, and integrate approaches to provide meaningful and measurable improvements to public health and the environment in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These…

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FDA Orders 10 E-Cigarette Manufacturers to Cease Sales of Certain Products

On Monday, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued ten warning letters to manufacturers and retailers who sell, manufacture, and/or import unauthorized electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products targeted to youth or likely to promote use by youth. The warning letters targeted unauthorized products, including backpacks and sweatshirts designed with stealth pockets to hold…

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Newsom Announces Initiatives to Support Older Adults During COVID-19

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a series of initiatives to support vulnerable older adults in California who are isolating at home during the statewide stay-at-home order. The initiatives announced today focus on providing older Californians with nutritious meals, social connection and support, and wellness checks. The initiatives include: Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors California…

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Newsom Issues Executive Orders on Medi-Cal Flexibilities, Social Services Programs, Financial Assistance Garnishment, Others

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom issued two executive orders amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These orders include: Foster Youth Services Newsom late last week issued Executive Order N-53-20 allowing for temporary waivers of certain youth programs to ensure the continuity of care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive order provides county welfare agencies…

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Newsom Assembles Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the formation of a state Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery to chart a path forward on recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The task force will be co-chaired by Governor Newsom’s Chief of Staff Ann Leary and philanthropist, environmentalist, and businessman Tom Steyer. Steyer was also…

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This Week’s Newsom Executive Orders Include Juvenile Justice, EDD Call Center, Food Sector Sick Leave, Others

Governor Gavin Newsom this week issued a series of executive orders related to COVID-19. Below, these orders are detailed: Juvenile Justice Discharge and Reentry Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-49-20 calling for all Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) discharge and reentry hearings to be held via videoconference to minimize participants’ exposure to COVID-19. The order…

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DHCS Delays CalAIM Implementation, Will Seek Extension of Section 1115 and 1915b Waivers

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on Wednesday announced via email it is postponing its California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) proposal implementation timelines in order to allow for the continued response to COVID-19. DHCS further indicated it plans to engage stakeholders and the federal government in both an extension of the existing Section…

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