HOT OFF THE PRESS:
DUNN & DONE: You’ll see ANOTHER story today about California’s failed Employment Development Department or EDD, responsible for getting out unemployment checks to the millions of folks struggling in pandemic. This is outrageous. The Newsom administration must fix this now. Decades behind in technology and delay after delay while fraud is rampant. Prioritize this. Talk about this in your Nooner briefings. Get it done. That’s my opinion. –Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, OCBC.
OC COVID-19 CASES ARE AT A RECORD HIGH. STAY HOME. STOP THE SPREAD:
While vaccinations are being deployed, most of OC’s population has not yet received the vaccine. OC’s rate and spread of coronavirus is at an all-time high. Please #MaskUp, limit gatherings with people outside of your household, get tested and stay safe.
EDD SUSPENDS OVER ONE MILLION COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS:*
1.4 million unemployment claims have been frozen by CA Employment Development Department to combat fraud. Claimants will be contacted to prove their identities before their claims are unfrozen. Hundreds of millions of COVID-19 unemployment funds have been given to fraudsters during the pandemic. Read more.
UCI PODCAST: THE ARTS RESPONSE TO COVID-19:*
How have OC’s artists and performers adapted to the challenges of the pandemic? Listen to the UCI Podcast to hear from Stephen Barker, dean of UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, on how the school responded to COVID-19 and the potential for arts to heal the community.
U.S. CHAMBER 2021 STATE OF AMERICAN BUSINESS – UBER CEO TO KEYNOTE:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host the 2021 State of American Business Program on Tuesday, January 12, featuring Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi among other leaders. The program will explore how a united business community can support a divided nation and rebuild the economy. Register here.
OC REPS CALL FOR CALSTA’S DAVID KIM APPOINTMENT TO DOT:
- OC Representatives Mike Levin, Lou Correa and Alan Lowenthal are among House members calling for President-Elect Biden to appoint David Kim, who currently leads CA’s State Transportation Agency, as Deputy U.S. Transportation Secretary. Kim has held numerous leadership roles at U.S. DOT, LA Metro and Hyundai Motor Co. He would be the number two federal transportation official.
NEXT WEDNESDAY! JOIN TCA FOR VIRTUAL GRAND OPENING OF OSO PARKWAY BRIDGE:*
Transportation Corridor Agencies, County of Orange and Caltrans are hosting a virtual grand opening for the Oso Parkway Bridge Project. Join local elected officials and stakeholders to celebrate this much needed safety and traffic improvement! Watch on Facebook Live or on YouTube at 10:00 a.m. on January 13.