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10.06.21 New California laws aim to combat fraud in jobless benefits

By Adam Beam

Excerpted from the Fresno Bee

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed new laws Tuesday to tighten security in the state's unemployment system after his administration OK’d billions of dollars in fraudulent payments during the pandemic while legitimate claimants languished in a backlog awaiting approval.

RELEASE: Small Business Roundtable Convened by Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris

Business Owners, Local Leaders & Statewide Advocates Discuss Cutting Red Tape

COSTA MESA – At a small business roundtable held by the Chair of the Select Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SB&E), Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris; economists, business experts, and local business owners shared their thoughts on regulatory hurdles facing small businesses.

10.06.21 Local leaders survey oil spill cleanup at Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach

By Matt Szabo

Excerpted from the Daily Pilot 

Local elected officials took a tour of the oil-spill-affected Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach on Wednesday, as the cleanup continues.

Workers from Patriot Environmental Services, based in Wilmington, used rakes and large white bags to remove oil from the area near the rocks by the shore. The oil was then deposited in a dumpster at the marsh, located south of Brookhurst Street off Pacific Coast Highway.

RELEASE: Rampant EDD Unemployment Insurance Fraud Prevention Measure Enacted

New Law Will Safeguard Taxpayer Unemployment Funds

SACRAMENTO – After California lost more than $810 million taxpayer dollars last year to unemployment insurance (UI) fraud, legislation to implement standard fraud-prevention practices at California’s Employment Development Department (EED) was signed into law. 

10.5.21 Gov. Newsom Declares State Of Emergency as Officials Say Oil Leak is Shut Off

Excerpted from Voice of OC

By Noah Biesiada 

Governor Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency late Monday over the oil spill off the coast of Orange County while officials say that the leak is stopped and not continuing to leak.

The letter calls on a variety of state agencies to continue and enhance their work in Orange County after an oil spill dumped around 126,000 gallons into the water just a few miles off the coast of Orange County. 

10.4.21 Orange County Oil Spill - Request for Emergency Declaration.pdf

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach), Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine), Senator Tom Umberg (D-Orange County) sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom calling on him to declare a State of Emergency for the oil spill off the Coast of Orange County to cut red tape and help the state quickly mobilize all available resources.


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