August: Teleconference with OC Sheriff Don Barnes and OC District Attorney Todd Spitzer

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Dear Friend,

I’m hosting my 7th COVID-19 Teleconference Town Hall on Wednesday, August 12 at 3:00PM and invite you to participate in our discussion.

Our guest speakers include Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer and Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes.

Please RSVP here to receive a call-in number and passcode, which will be emailed to you on the morning of August 12. Due to the volume of callers we are expecting, live questions will not be possible but I encourage you to email me any questions you may have for our speakers.

As always, if there is anything my office can assist you with, please do not hesitate to contact me at or 714-671-9474.


Ling Ling Chang
29th District

California & COVID-19

DMV Driver’s License Extensions


Expiration Month


Age 69 & younger

Beginning Mar 2020

• Expanded eligibility to renew online or by mail for licenses

Age 70 & older

Mar-Dec 2020

• Extended one year from original expiration date

(all types and ages)

Mar-Sep 2020

• Extended to September 30, 2020

Learner’s permits

Mar-Nov 2020

• Extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application

Employment Development Department (EDD)

My colleagues and I have submitted a bipartisan letter to Governor Newsom requesting immediate action to improve EDD operations. We're requesting transparency and accountability, cleared backlogs, basic customer service practices, and a technology overhaul. View our full list of recommendations here.

Elementary School Waivers

Elementary schools that meet strict conditions can reopen for in-person learning with the approval of the local health officer. Los Angeles County will not consider reopening waivers. Learn about Orange County’s waiver process here, and San Bernardino’s waiver process here.

Helping Parents and Students

I recently supported legislation to help preschool and childcare providers decrease administrative costs. Childcare providers are struggling during this crisis and AB 123, a bill I co-authored, will relax some of the strict rules governing childcare and preschool. I also supported AB 1350 to allow high schools to retroactively grant students a diploma if they are in good academic standing and unable to complete the statewide graduation requirements as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and stay at home orders.


Even though many employers and workers are struggling, there’s still individuals in Sacramento pushing for billions in tax increases. It’s absolutely ridiculous. For example, AB 398 would impose a tax on certain employers based on the number of employees they have, creating an incentive to not employ people. Meanwhile, AB 1253 would impose a massive income tax hike. California is already the highest taxed state in the nation. The last thing we need is to further destabilize the economy.

Youth Sports Partially Resume

The California Department of Public Health released guidance for youth sports activities to re-open including school-based, club and recreational programs. The guidance document may be found here.

California COVID-19 By The Numbers