Senator Leyva Responds to Governor Newsom’s State of the State Address

Applauds Focus on Equity and Assisting Struggling Families and Communities

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) issued the statement below following Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State address in a virtual presentation to the California State Legislature:

“As the Chair of the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Democratic Caucus, I appreciate Governor Newsom’s focus on improving the lives of children and families in communities across California.  Now one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, I am encouraged by the Governor’s continued focus on equity and his ongoing commitment to helping California families, businesses and communities after many months of difficult personal, economic and educational losses.”

“In my role as a Senate education leader, I worked recently with the Administration—as well as legislative, education and labor leaders—to craft a school reopening plan that accomplishes greater in-person instruction while doing it safely and in a way that provides funding so schools can get back on track.  I agree with the Governor’s statement tonight that ‘there’s nothing more foundational to an equitable society than getting our kids safely back into classrooms’, so I look forward to continue working with him and other leaders to make that a reality in communities across the 20th State Senate District and California.”

“I join with the Governor’s closing comment that ‘we place faith over fear – optimism over pessimism’ and I will work with Senate President pro Tempore Atkins and my other Senate colleagues to address the ongoing and vital needs resulting from the pandemic, which has disproportionately affected women, low-income Californians, people of color and others.  From education to our economy, from public health to housing—and so much more—I thank the Governor for his leadership on the many difficult issues facing our great state, and I am confident that we will emerge stronger and better.”