Coronavirus crisis: California lawmakers approve $1.1 billion package

California lawmakers set aside up to $1.1 billion Monday for health care needs, homelessness services and school cleaning to help the state deal with crushing costs being brought on by the coronavirus crisis.

Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, said he would carry a bill giving schools more flexibility on how they make up the instructional time lost while they are closed.

Assemblymember O’Donnell Statement on School Closures

Chair of Assembly Education Committee Supports School Closures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) issued the following statement in support of school closures: 

Editorial: Proposition 13 had a terrible name. That’s not a reason to stiff kids and schools

One of the biggest surprises of the March primary was that California voters rejected the proposed $15-billion bond measure that would have paid for school construction and much-needed maintenance around the state. It’s the first time in a quarter of a century that a statewide school bond measure failed.

But did voters really want to stiff kids and schools? Or was the bond tanked, at least in part, by its name: Proposition 13? Anecdotal evidence suggests it may have been.