The state is working in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the San Mateo County and Santa Clara County Departments of Public Health to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19. My office continues to place our highest priority on the safety and well-being of you and your loved ones. Please see our dedicated page for information and resources related to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Town Hall
Join Assemblymember Marc Berman and special guest Dr. Yvonne Maldonado for a virtual COVID19 Town Hall on Thursday, December 17th from 5:30 - 6:30pm to learn more about how the Regional Stay-At-Home Order impacts our community and about the recent developments in vaccines and what we can expect over the coming months.
Dr. Maldonado is a member of the Governor’s Vaccine Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, and will provide updates on COVID-19 vaccines, including safety and distribution plans for our community.
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Assemblymember Marc Berman, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California, convened a virtual conversation on the college transfer process with higher education system leaders.
-- Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges
-- Dr. Joseph I. Castro, Chancellor, California State University
-- Dr. Michael V. Drake, President, University of California
-- Kristen Soares, President, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
California’s legislative and higher education leaders on Wednesday committed to increase the number of students who can transfer from the state’s community colleges to universities this year.
Thousands of college students each year aim to make that leap to enter the nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California, the 23 campuses of California State University or private universities each year, but many don’t make it.
Only 19% of community college students who intend to transfer reach that goal within four years, and 28% do so within six years, according to a September 2020 report from the Public Policy Institute of California. The study is a snapshot of 2019 based on students who started in 2014-15.
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) released the following statement in response to the violent siege of the United States Capitol today.
"Today we saw our nation's Capitol come under attack, an attempted coup to disrupt one of the foundational bedrocks of our democracy - the peaceful transition of power after a free and fair election. We are in the midst of the greatest threat our democracy has ever faced, an assault from fellow Americans who are being encouraged and emboldened by the President of the United States himself.
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park), Chair of the Assembly Elections Committee, offered his congratulations to Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber on her nomination to become California’s next Secretary of State.
Though it may be hard to imagine now, sometime in the not distant future, the emergency measures adopted this year to control the spread of COVID-19 will no longer be necessary. But California would benefit by keeping at least one of them in place for good: mailing a ballot to every active registered voter in the state.
When it became clear this spring that the pandemic was not likely to end before the Nov. 3 election, lawmakers acted to ensure that all active registered voters in California could participate without risking infection. Counties were directed to mail ballots to all voters, whether they requested one or not, and, with an onslaught of mail ballots expected, were allowed to start processing ballots extra early. The state also extended the grace period for mailed-in ballots to 17 days.
SACRAMENTO — Today Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) will introduce legislation which would require elections officials to mail every active registered voter a ballot for all future elections and ensure that all California voters continue to have access to vote-by-mail ballot tracking. Similar requirements were implemented prior to the 2020 General Election in November and have since been credited with the state’s success conducting a safe and secure election during a global pandemic and boosting voter turnout to recent highs.