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09.10.20 $2,460,000 state grant allocated to Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy

Excerpted from OC Breeze

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris has announced that the California State Coastal Conservancy has allocated a $2,460,000 grant to acquire the 44-acre Newland Marsh property in Huntington Beach from the California Department of Transportation, and to transfer the property to the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy (HBWC).

RELEASE: Legislature Passes Bill to Keep Laboratory Jobs Based in California

Legislature Passes Bill to Keep Laboratory Jobs Based in California AB 1327 Passes with Bi-Partisan Support

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2020

SACRAMENTO — In an effort to keep high-paying jobs in the state and maintain a robust laboratory force to provide COVID-19 testing, the Legislature has passed Assembly Bill 1327 with bipartisan support.

08.24 State EDD not answering 60% of calls amid backlog of unemployment claims

Excerpted from Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s unemployment agency is not answering 60% of the calls it receives for help as the overwhelmed department struggles to work through a backlog of more than 1 million pending claims five months into the pandemic.

Employment Development Department Director Sharon Hilliard told a panel of frustrated state lawmakers on Monday that the agency is on pace to have 3,700 people working in its call center by January, up from the 350 employees prior to the pandemic.


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