The State of California is facing an unprecedented $54.3 billion budget deficit as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to address this devastating shortfall, Governor Newsom has proposed deep reductions to the 2020-2021 state budget which would be extremely difficult to endure.
I wanted to provide you an ongoing update on COVID-19 and share important information regarding steps we are taking and resources that are available as we navigate through these challenging times together.
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My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences go out to Steven’s family, loved ones, and friends. Steven’s life was cut short. There are life’s milestones and experiences that he will never experience. As a fellow father of three, I can only imagine the loss and grief. As we come together in our shared humanity, we are saddened and hurt.
The death of Steven Taylor is tragic and something no one wanted. And I support the implementation of policies that help prevent similar incidents in the future.
Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and nearly thirty colleagues sent a letter urging Governor Newsom to issue executive orders to protect the health, safety and legal rights of people who are detained in immigration detention facilities in California during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read letter here: