An Update on Shelter in Place in California

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We’re into week four of our efforts to #ShelterInPlace and #FlattenTheCurve. And while I could have never anticipated legislating from my living room—the work we’re doing now is more important than ever.

I wanted to provide a quick update on the work we’re doing.

Over the course of this month, we’ve been in regular communication with the Governor’s Office; are working alongside our public health and local elected leaders in advocating on behalf of our communities; and getting our constituents the help and information they need.

  1. FOCAL POINTS FOR UPDATES AND INFORMATION
    One of our offices’ primary roles in this unique moment is to stay in constant communication with the Governor, state agencies, and local leaders and residents. This allows us to pass information from the State down to local leaders, and vice versa.

    To that end—Gov. Newsom updates us regularly; our offices have frequent calls with the CA Governor’s Office of Emergency Services for the latest news on the #COVID19 pandemic, and Sen. Nancy Skinner and I have been hosting check-in calls with our local county and civic leaders—so they keep us informed about what they need.
  2. ADVOCATING FOR OUR COMMUNITIES
    Given our unique roles as legislators, we can take what we learn at the local level and advocate. Together we’ve pushed for increased funding for California Food Banks, more tenant protections, help for small businesses, and assistance for those with student loans.

We’ve also been fighting for our nonprofits; for greater funding for survivors of domestic violence; called on the State to enact greater oversight and accountability for immigrant detention facilities in California; and called on CEOs of top internet sites to crack down on price gouging.

  1. PROVIDING CONSTITUENTS NEEDED HELP AND INFORMATION
    While our physical offices may be closed due to #COVID19, we continue to work hard to get our constituents the help and information they need.

    Residents of #AD15 needing assistance can call my office at (510) 286-1400 or submit a message here.

    Every day during this pandemic brings with it a flood of new information—it can be hard to keep up and sort through it all. That’s why I’ve been hosting tele-town hall and Facebook live events, to provide updates and answer your questions.

    Our next Facebook Live is THIS Friday.

This is a unique and challenging time—but every day we’re reminded how lucky we are to live in our East Bay community. Whether it’s Ayelet Waldman’s efforts to feed ER workers and support local restaurants, or volunteers collecting much-needed PPE—folks are stepping up.

This is a strange new reality we’re finding ourselves in—and it isn’t easy. In fact, for some, it’s extremely difficult.

We must look out for one another, #CheckIn with those we can, and act with kindness.

I’m so incredibly proud to represent the people of #AD15.

Originally posted on Twitter. Re-posted with permission.


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Before being elected to the California State Assembly in 2018, Buffy worked as a community organizer, an advocate for kids, and a grassroots activist with experience at the local, state and federal level. She was born in a small town in rural California and grew up in a trailer, raised by working class parents who pushed her to work hard and think big.

Buffy is proud to have been an architect of President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. She is credited with innovating Obama’s grassroots organizing model – from right here in Oakland. In addition to playing a critical role in his momentous electoral victories, Buffy served alongside him in the White House. In her leadership role at the Office of Public Engagement, Buffy brought stakeholders and advocates from across the country together to support and eventually pass the Affordable Care Act, which has provided more than 20 million Americans with health care, including 5 million here in California.

Since arriving in Sacramento, Buffy has been a tireless advocate for working families across California, using her experience as an organizer and leader on policy to fight for and pass bills defending the rights and strengthen the livelihood of all her constituents.

Buffy lives in Oakland with her husband Peter and her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Josephine, also known as JoJo.

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