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Political Watch: October 22, 2020

• Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Oct. 16 the release of more funds for the state’s fifth round of Homekey awards, a program that allows jurisdictions to purchase and rehabilitate housing and then convert it into permanent housing to address homelessness. According to the governor’s office, with the Oct. 16 awards, “the state has now provided all available Homekey funding to local jurisdictions, ahead of schedule. To date, more than $627 million has been awarded to 45 applicants and 71 projects totaling 4,646 units.” The Oct. 16 Homekey allocation gave $2.2 million to the Yurok Tribe, $15 million to the city of San Luis Obispo, and $13.5 million to the city of Los Angeles. The San Luis Obispo funding will be directed toward acquiring 122 units in Paso Robles to provide both emergency shelter and permanent units. The statement from the governor’s office added that the administration is working with the Legislature to make an additional $200 million available for Homekey. “When it comes to homelessness, no community is immune, no person is untouched, and while the issue is widely thought to affect only our urban centers, the truth is that it occurs in rural areas, small towns, and remote parts of our state,” Newsom said in the statement. “Through Homekey, we are making historic investments that will have lasting impacts in our big cities, but also our small towns and tribal communities. These investments are helping thousands of Californians vulnerable to COVID-19 exposure get access to permanent, supportive housing.” 

• On Oct. 13, Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) announced that he received an endorsement from Cal Fire Local 2881, an affiliate of the International Association of Firefighters. “This year’s fire season has already demonstrated why we need capable firefighters and support systems,” Cal Fire Local 2881 President Tim Edwards said in a press release from Cunningham’s office. “Jordan understands the importance of appropriate staffing and giving our firefighters the resources they need to protect our state.” On Oct. 15, Cunningham announced that he had received an endorsement from the Peace Officers Research Association of California, which represents more than 77,000 public safety professionals. “As a former prosecutor and a leader in the fight against human trafficking, Jordan brings a unique, pro-victims voice to the Legislature,” association President Brian Marvel said in a statement. Cunningham, the incumbent, is facing off against Dawn Addis, a Morro Bay City Council member, for the state Assembly this November. Addis has received endorsements from the California Nurses Association, the California Labor Federation, and the Tri-County Building and Construction Trades Council, to name a few. According to Cobalt News, California Nurses Association co-President Malinda Markowitz said in her announcement of Addis’ endorsement, “As a teacher and City Council member, Dawn Addis is connected to the communities she serves and understands the unique challenges that families are facing right now. We believe that Dawn has the experience and commitment to help navigate through this pandemic and keep Central Coast families safe.”

• State Sen. Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) wrote in an Oct. 15 Facebook post that Santa Barbara County is in the process of planning a countywide Recreation Master Plan, and she encouraged constituents to give their input through quick surveys. “Let them know what you need to play, run, bike, hike, camp, and get outdoors in your community by taking the quick survey,” Limón wrote. The survey is available in both English and Spanish, and there’s a separate survey available for children. More information and links to the survey can be found at 

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Would a second stay-at-home order be effective at slowing the spread of COVID-19?

No, pandemic fatigue is too high to get people to follow a stay-at-home order.
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