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AG BONTA APPEALS THE BANKRUPTCY DECISION OF PURDUE
On September 17, a federal bankruptcy judge in New York paved the way for Purdue pharma – maker of Oxycontin – to reorganize itself so that the Sackler family, owners of the company, enjoy lifetime immunity from any future civil liability related to the opioid crisis.
California Attorney General Friday Rob bonta announced that he is appealing this decision.
“We are appealing the bankruptcy plan because the Sackler family must be held accountable for their role in creating and fueling the devastating opioid crisis,” Bonta said in a statement. âToo many California communities have unfairly paid the price for their willful misconduct, and this bankruptcy plan falls short of the responsibility families affected by this epidemic deserve. My office remains committed to holding the Sacklers accountable and providing much needed relief to our communities. ”
According to California Department of Public Health, opioid overdoses killed more than 5,300 Californians in 2020.
PROTEST ON THE CLIMATE IN THE CAPITOL PLANNED
On Tuesday, climate activists and public health professionals will take to the northern steps of the Capitol to call attention to the climate change crisis “with a visual demonstration,” according to a statement announcing the event.
Activists call Gov. Gavin Newsom end fossil fuel extraction in California. They say a package of climate change spending bills he signed last week falls short of the crisis they see.
âGov. Newsom’s $ 15 billion climate package announced yesterday did not directly address fossil fuels. Communities are direct witnesses to the âcode redâ climate emergency that UN scientists warned against earlier this summer. Yet the continued extraction and combustion of California oil is blocking climate damage that sets the stage for more historic fires like the Dixie and Caldor fires, âthe statement said. âThe recall is over. Our fight against the climate is not.
The demonstration is scheduled to take place Tuesday at noon on the north steps of the Capitol. The visuals will include inflatable oil derricks and “vibrating posters” demanding the end of oil and gas licensing in the state.
The event is organized by Hollywood united, a campaign by members of the entertainment industry “to free California from oil and gas extraction, according to the group’s site.
FIGHTING POVERTY IN CALIFORNIA
Although California’s poverty rate remains above the national rate, the state experienced a decline – from 16.2% to 12.3% – between 2019 and 2020, according to a recent blog post of California Institute of Public Policy.
“In California, federal stimulus payments (also known as economic impact payments) and major extensions of Unemployment Insurance (UI) have helped millions of people make ends meet,” according to the message.
The decline in poverty underscores the ability of government action to reduce poverty, according to the blog.
âIn California, federal stimulus payments have lifted 1.58 million Californians out of poverty, and Unemployment Insurance has helped 940,000 Californians stay out of poverty. These two programs have played an important role in all racial / ethnic groups, but have had greater effects for Latin Americans, Asian Americans and black Californians, âaccording to PPIC. âThe poverty disparities between Latinos and Whites have narrowed significantly – in 2019, Latinos were 2.3 times more likely to be in poverty than Whites, up from 1.8 times more likely in 2020. The disparities between blacks and whites and the disparities between whites and Asians also narrowed slightly during this period. Time range.”
However, according to the PPIC, there are still strong racial and ethnic disparities in poverty, with food insecurity increasing among households with children and for black families, while decreasing for white families.
Housing costs continue to play a role in inhibiting efforts to reduce poverty, PPIC said.
Given the effectiveness of these pandemic-era relief programs in reducing poverty, state and federal lawmakers may well re-evaluate the role of long-standing safety net programs in the future, according to the PPIC. An example of this in California would include the state’s efforts to expand school lunch programs and expand eligibility for earned income tax credits regardless of immigration status, the PPIC said.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Eternal political rule: if you lose an election, it’s always because of the media / the money, never because of what voters think.”
– Politico reporter (and former Capitol Bureau) Jeremy B. White, via Twitter.
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