COVID-19 & Economic Recovery
The COVID-19 pandemic has been unlike anything we’ve experienced in our lifetimes. Thousands have lost their lives in L.A. County alone, and the psychological and economic impacts on our community have been devastating.
When the crisis hit, Richard worked closely with his Assembly colleagues to codify several of Governor Newsom’s COVID-related executive orders regarding PPE, essential workers’ safety, and other measures for public and worker health:
- He co-authored AB 3088 with Assemblymember Chiu, helping to stave off potentially millions of evictions—especially of low-income renters—and the buy-out of local, small landlords by corporate big banks.
- He supported SB 1159, authored by Senator Hill, which makes it easier for essential workers who contract COVID-19 to obtain workers’ compensations benefits.
- Through the state budget, Richard and his colleagues required food-sector companies, healthcare providers, and emergency responders with more than 500 employees to provide two weeks of supplemental paid sick leave for full-time workers who are unable to work after being exposed or falling ill to COVID-19.
But there’s a lot more work to be done. Local businesses are the lifeblood of our community and essential to California‘s recovery—and they’re hurting. Unfortunately, much of the federal help has been scooped up by large corporations. So, at the state level, Richard is prioritizing tax relief for small businesses to help them survive the pandemic.