By Andreas Borgeas
July 23, 2020
As your state senator, I have listened to people in our community voice their experiences and concerns on California’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
… We must become more disciplined in our efforts to protect public health, responsibly restore our economy, and ultimately eliminate the pandemic so we can return to normalcy.
In addition to anecdotal insights from community members, my office recently administered two online surveys to better understand public sentiment within the 11 counties of the 8th Senate District. We received over 15,000 responses. …
Senator Borgeas outlines a detailed list of community feedback and recommendations found in the full version of the op-ed in GV Wire.
We Must Do Better If We Are to End the Pandemic
… local authorities should do everything in their power to allow businesses to expand their operations to outdoor or alternative facilities and remove any local regulatory impediments….
We cannot allow political discord on the pandemic to continue to divide us in destructive and irreversible ways.
Finally, there must be a coordinated state and national procurement strategy for personal protective equipment, trained medical personnel, and medical supplies so states and municipalities are not competing against one another in future emergencies. … As a member of the Senate’s Pandemic Emergency Response Committee, I will continue to make these and other recommendations to the governor and Legislature.
… We cannot allow political discord on the pandemic to continue to divide us in destructive and irreversible ways.
If we insist on productive solutions, based on reason, data and science, and the collective discipline to implement such solutions, we will emerge as a stronger state and nation. To do otherwise, would be a dereliction of our obligations as Americans.
Read Senator Borgeas’ full op-ed here.