No Stopping CSAC Advocacy in Sacramento
March 12, 2020
It’s been a busy week as the state and nation grapple with coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. However, County advocacy remains a top CSAC priority with a series of meetings and public testimony in Sacramento.
Second Vice President and Siskiyou County Supervisor Ed Valenzuela, Immediate Past President and Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass and CSAC leadership met with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to share updates on CSAC priority issues. Topics of discussion included the need for additional county resources to address homelessness, county interest in modernizing the Mental Health Services Act, County response to COVID-19 and emergency preparedness as it relates to the pending resiliency bond.
Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Director Connie Beck and Ventura County Executive Officer Mike Powers offered testimony on how California Counties are responding to the homelessness crisis during a Senate joint hearing.
Justin Garrett, CSAC Legislative Representative for Human Services, testified on behalf of County priorities related to In-Home Supportive Services at Senate and Assembly budget subcommittee hearings, while Nick Cronenwett, CSAC Legislative Analyst for Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, shared California County concerns regarding wildfire-related public safety power shut offs (PSPS) and advocated for improvements to PSPS at the Wildfire Safety Advisory Meeting.
CSAC and counties remain relentlessly focused on advancing our top priorities and will continue to provide updates as we approach the May budget revision.