As 2021 is just around the corner, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a safe and healthy new year. In so many ways, 2020 has brought unprecedented challenges to families and communities across the 20th State Senate District and California. In spite of all of these hardships, my staff and I have been honored to continue working hard on your behalf—in Sacramento and in the district—to help both legislatively and throughout our local neighborhoods and communities.
I have witnessed incredible generosity and kindness by neighbors helping neighbors, as well as all of us rallying around and helping families and businesses that are continuing to struggle and facing tremendous challenges due to the tough economic climate caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
SB 275 (Healthcare and Essential Workers Protection Act)
This year, Team Leyva condensed its legislative package so that we could focus on the urgent and ongoing needs of the serious public health and economic impacts of the pandemic. Among all that we worked on in the Capitol and the district, we were able to get an important bill signed into law that I joint authored with Senator Richard Pan. Taking effect on January 1, 2021, SB 275 will make sure that nurses, doctors, housekeeping staff and all other essential workers in California have the protective gear they need to do their jobs and keep both themselves and others safe. It is critical that we are better prepared for any future public health emergencies, so that California workers have the PPE they need to stay protected.
Helping Senate District 20 Communities and Families
Since the start of the pandemic, my office has worked closely with other county, state and federal officials to address the evolving crisis. Locally, I have partnered with Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes to provide thousands of masks and PPE to our local hospitals. I have also worked with Supervisor Hilda Solis and Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez to provide thousands of residents with food and resources.
My office has also partnered with local legislators to provide lunch to our essential workers, including nurses, doctors and grocery workers. We have additionally joined forces with local legislators to provide money, resources and food to our local food pantries—that we know are doing so much right now during this time of tremendous need. Just a few weeks ago, I hosted my 6th Annual Operation Gobble where we provided hundreds of Thanksgiving meal bags with poultry, potatoes and other dinner items to help feed families throughout the 20th State Senate District.
I am truly honored to serve the residents of the Inland Empire and will continue fighting on your behalf in the months and years to come. As we enter the new year, California still faces many challenges but I am confident that—by working together—we will emerge stronger, healthier and more united. Vaccines are now being given to our heroic health care workers and those most vulnerable residents among us but, soon enough, we will all have access to those same vaccines.
I wish you and your family good health and a prosperous 2021. Please stay safe and healthy and, as always, do not hesitate to contact my district office at 909-469-1110 if we can be of assistance.
Connie M. Leyva
Senator, 20th District