At approximately 10:40 am, the USGS registered a Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake. The epicenter was approximately 15 miles south of Lone Pine and north of Olancha in the Owens Valley at a depth of 2.9 km. At about 10:50 am I received an Emergency Alert on my phone with the following message: Earthquake! Expect shaking. Drop, […]
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House passes the expanded COVID-19 relief bill. The bill will now head to the President’s desk where he is expected to sign it into law. The bill includes $310 billion for the Pay Check Protection Program, $75 billion in emergency funding for hospitals and $25 billion to increase testing capacity and contact tracing.
Governor Newsom signed an executive order denying debit collectors the ability to garnish stimulus checks. It also retroactive, collectors will have to return already garnished stimulus check money. The exceptions are for people who owe child care, spousal support or have a responsibility to a victim or victims account.
The Governor Newsom announced 21 out of 24 of the largest student loan servicers in California have agreed to a 90-Day forbearance which impacts over 1.1 million Californians. There will be no late fees, no fines and no impact to credit ratings. Servicers will also support the development of new payment plans for future processing.
There is a critical need for community support and volunteers across the state. The California Volunteers’ #CaliforniansForAll service initiative seeks to connect Californians with safe volunteer opportunities and encourage those unable to physically volunteer to think creatively about ways to make a difference in their communities. Visit californiansforall.ca.gov to signup and find resources.
President Trump signed an order banning any new immigrants seeking permanent status in the United States. The ban doesn’t include temporary visitors and foreign agricultural workers. “We want to protect our U.S. workers,” Trump said. “By pausing immigration, we will put Americans first in line for jobs as America reopens.”
The Senate passed a $480 billion relief package which included funding for small business, hospitals and for additional COVID-19 testing. The bill will now go to the House which is expected to vote on Thursday. Legislators are already planning for another relief bill to help keep the economy going.