The First 100 Days
can't believe the first 100 days of my term have already passed. This
past year has been a year like no other, with many of us facing
challenges that were unthinkable just over a year ago. Nothing could
have prepared me for the awesome responsibility of representing you in
the State Senate, especially in the midst of a pandemic, but it's been
such an honor to advocate on your behalf on such important issues like
climate change, economic mobility, and criminal justice reforms.
state continues to administer hundreds of thousands of doses per day
and more than half of all Californians have received at least one dose.
Thankfully, we are well on our way to defeating this virus. Here are
the latest numbers as of Monday:
- 11,622,180 (36.5%) Californians fully vaccinated
- 6,465,804 (20.3%) Californians partially vaccinated
- 28,398,915 doses administered in California
- 344,523 average doses administered per day
Friday, the CDC lifted the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
And over the weekend, the Western States Scientific Safety Review
Workgroup, which is made up of independent public health experts from
California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, also affirmed the safety of
the vaccine and recommended resuming its use. This is great news.
Californian 16 and up is now eligible for vaccination. It's safe,
effective, and free. And the most important tool to protect ourselves
and our loved ones and end the pandemic for good. If
you have still not received a vaccine or scheduled an appointment, you
can sign up for an appointment at myturn.ca.gov or by calling
833-422-4255. If appointments are not available, you can sign up to be notified when appointments open up.
the progress we've made, the state is still on track to reopen on June
15th, but that can only happen if we continue to stay vigilant, keep
wearing our masks, and get vaccinated.
office has opened almost 400 EDD cases since taking office in December.
Half of these cases have been closed and we continue to work to resolve
the remaining open cases. We remain available to assist anybody who
needs assistance with EDD or any state agency.
Hearing From You
month my staff fields thousands of calls, emails, and letters from
constituents like you expressing their concerns and asking questions
about bills before the Legislature. This month, we received over 6,000
comments from constituents including:
constituents in support of SB 467 to ban oil and gas production across
California and require a 2,500 foot buffer between drilling sites and
schools, homes, and playgrounds.
constituents in support of SB 556 to create a statewide process for 5G
deployment on local governments' streetlights and traffic poles.
constituents in support of SB 90 to add to each state measure on the
ballot a short list of the official proponents and opponents from the
voter information guide.
Thank you for sharing your comments with me.
- TONIGHT, Wed, 4/28: Understanding Hate: Rise in Violence and Impact on Our Communities - Register here
- Tomorrow, Thur, 4/29: SD 13: COVID Champions Event - RSVP here
the Capitol, we are well into the Legislative calendar and are nearing
the deadline to pass bills out of their respective policy committees.
My team and I continue to push forward my legislative agenda that is
centered around fighting climate change, increasing economic mobility,
and improving equal access to justice.
note, this week I will be presenting my bill to sharply reduce the
carbon intensity of concrete in its first policy committee.
Surprisingly, cement and concrete account for 7% of greenhouse gas
emissions globally, and California is on track to use 40% more concrete
and cement in the next two decades. Clamping down on the carbon in
these essential building materials is crucial to combating climate
will also be presenting my first bill on the Senate Floor next week.
Named the California Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, this bill
will encourage and support job training work models, like Employment
Social Enterprises and worker co-ops, that help community members
overcoming barriers -- such as exiting the justice system -- to return
to the workforce.
This is just a snapshot of the many issues I am advocating for this year. You can read all of my bills here.
District Staff Update
I'm very excited to let you know that we've expanded our district office staff to better serve you.
have added Helen Wolter as a full-time District Representative, who
will be focusing on environmental, agricultural, and wildfire-related
issues, and Antonio Lopez as a part-time District Representative, who
will be focusing on our communities hardest-hit by COVID, including
East Palo Alto and Fair Oaks, and our Latinx and veterans/Armed Forces
As always, we are here to assist you. Please contact me at Senator.Becker@senate.ca.gov or by calling my District Office at 650-212-3313 if you have any questions or concerns.
Senator, 13th District