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Friday, May 15, 2020

Local lawmakers awed at the depth of the severe spending cuts proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in the revised California budget racked by COVID-19, while echoing calls for federal support to help the state weather the economic storm.

Assemblymen Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, and Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, along with state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, acknowledged the painful decisions ahead of the July budget deadline.

“We’ve never seen anything like this,” said Mullin, regarding the immediate reversal of fortune in a state which recently expected a $6 billion surplus. Newsom’s most revised budget proposed a $54 billion deficit.

Berman shared a similarly bleak perspective.

“We are facing a situation that none of us could have imagined in our worst dreams just three months ago,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hill framed the hard choices ahead for lawmakers.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised budget:

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

(Sacramento, CA) – Today, Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D - Orange County), Chair of the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments, and Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting,  announced legislation to protect public health and voting rights amid concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic before the 2020 General Election.

 

Monday, April 13, 2020

San Mateo County’s elected leaders, including those from local, state and federal offices are standing with the API Caucus in San Mateo County against racism and xenophobia. 

Those pledging to support actions against hate crime and assaults on Asians include U.S. representatives Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo, state Sen. Jerry Hill and assemblymen Kevin Mullin, Marc Berman and Phil Ting. According to U.S. Census 2018 and 2019 estimates, some 30% of San Mateo County’s 766,570 residents are of Asian heritage, compared with 15.3% for all of California, according to a press release. 

The Stop-AAPI-Hate center has gathered more than 1,000 reports of anti-Asian discrimination in just over a week’s time. Created by San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies program, Chinese for Affirmative Action and the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, the center continues to receive about 100 reports a day, according to the release.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Assemblyman Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) is proposing that every California voter get a ballot in the mail, in case the coronavirus outbreak requires physical distancing during the November election.

"It's critically important that we create a system that provides maximum safety and reliability for voters and for the people who volunteer at the polls," Berman said.

Under the proposal, which Berman plans to introduce as Assembly Bill 860, limited in-person voting would still be available.

More than three-quarters of California voters already receive a ballot in the mail. But only fifteen counties automatically send voters a ballot, as part of their participation in the state's Voters Choice Act.

 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting, has announced he will introduce legislation to require that all registered California voters be mailed a ballot for the 2020 General Election.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

By Marc Berman

What if I told you that, in exchange for just a few minutes of your time, you could personally generate from the comfort of your home thousands of dollars for your community? And, if you have a spouse and two kids, that the amount would increase to tens of thousands of dollars? Sounds like a pretty good deal, right?

It is — and all you have to do is answer nine questions. That is the power of the national once-a-decade population count known as the Census.

Last year California received roughly $78 billion from the federal government distributed based on the results of the Census. These dollars fund programs that are critical to the strength of your community, including, for example, education, housing and transportation. These are programs that you, your loved ones and your neighbors rely on like Head Start, affordable housing grants, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Forty-five percent of San Mateo County households have completed the census — the second highest rate in the state — and the highest self-response has been in San Carlos, Hillsborough and Belmont.

Only Santa Clara County is ahead of San Mateo County statewide, Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, said Wednesday.

“California is a big, bold, beautiful, diverse state,” Berman said.

He spoke during a telephone town hall about impacts of COVID-19 on the 2020 census.

Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, who with U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, and San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom also participated in the town hall, said California has been seen as the hardest state in the nation to count.

Its diverse population and geographic size help explain that challenge, Mullin said.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Now more than ever, it’s time to be counted

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically upended all of our lives, and sometimes it can feel like everything is out of our control. But in this very unique moment, every household in San Mateo County has the ability to generate tens of thousands of dollars for your family, and your community, by filling out the 2020 census.

If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of achieving a complete census count. Census results are used to distribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds for essential programs and services that will be more important than ever in a post COVID-19 world, including job and child care assistance for needy families, unemployment insurance, and emergency food and shelter programs.