Aug 21: Latest on California & COVID-19

Friday, August 21, 2020

California & COVID-19 Updates

DMV & EDD Assistance

Our office has helped resolve 2,700+ cases, a majority of them related to the DMV and EDD. If you need assistance with the DMV on issues such as vehicle registration, rescheduling, and verifying extensions, please email me. For the EDD, we’re also able to help with issues such as backdating claims, identity verification, status updates, switching claims from UI to PUA, and flagging possible fraudulent claims for small businesses owners.

EDD Update: California submitted an application this week to participate in the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. If approved, it would provide a supplemental payment of $300 per week for a limited period of time for claimants who are currently eligible to receive at least $100 per week in benefits, and who have provided a self-certification that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

In the meantime, the prior $600 stimulus payment is still available to claimants with any eligible weeks of benefits between March 29 and July 25, even if those payments are processed at a later date. Otherwise, weekly benefit payments without the stimulus can continue to be made on all regular UI, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) or FED-ED extensions, or PUA claims in which individuals meet bi-weekly eligibility requirements.

Legislative Update

August 31, 2020 is the deadline to pass any bills from the Legislature to the governor, and there are hundreds to consider. Here several bills I co-authored that have earned support from key committees:

  • Domestic Violence (SB 1141) – During the pandemic, domestic violence has unfortunately increased. I’m pushing a bill to expand the definition of domestic violence to include isolation of victims, deprivation of basic needs, and coercive control.

  • Stopping Elder Abuse (SB 1123) – This bill sets forth important reforms so law enforcement agencies will have accurate and clear direction on responding, reporting, and investigating claims of abuse.

  • Protecting Mom & Pop Owners From Foreclosures (SB 1447) – This will provide protections against foreclosure for mom and pop landlords who may be experiencing income disruption due to the virus, and close loopholes that could allow unscrupulous individuals to prey on scared and desperate homeowners.

Mental Health

This year has tested us all, forcing us to adapt to new normal and overcome unimaginable challenges. What you feel is real. If you need help, please call 877-910-9276 or visit this website.

November General Election

California is encouraging all voters to make sure their voter registration is up to date. Have you moved, changed your name, or want to update your political party? Update your registration at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.

Election officials depend on reliable, dedicated teams of poll workers to make every Election Day run smoothly. During COVID-19, poll workers will be even more critical to our democracy. Learn how you can get involved here.

Rolling Blackouts

Southern California Edison has said that if customers are impacted by a rotating outage, it should last for roughly one hour. Determine if you might be affected by viewing Rotating Outage Groups.

SafeDine OC

Local businesses have made incredible sacrifices throughout this pandemic, and we must support them. Apply for a $1,000 grant to reimburse you for masks, employee training, site reconfiguration, cleaning supplies and more. Details here.

Teleconference with OC District Attorney Todd Spitzer & OC Sheriff Don Barnes

Missed my town hall? Email me to request a copy of our discussion on issues such as early inmate release, $0 bail, safety, victim services, and price gouging.

2020 Census

When you respond to the census, you help our community get its fair share of more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other important programs. Easily participate in the 2020 Census online, by phone at 844-330-2020, or by mail if you received a paper form.

As always, please don't hesitate to email Senator.Chang@senate.ca.gov or call 714-671-9474. We’re here to help.

Sincerely,
Ling Ling Chang
29th District

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