This week's recap - 4/9/2021

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April 9, 2021

Dear friend,

Encouraging news continues to come our way as San Diego County finds itself in the orange tier, a category with fewer restrictions and capacity limits, as the case rate has remained under six cases per every 100,000 residents for the last two weeks. In addition, Governor Newsom announced that the state's economy is looking to fully reopen on June 15th if vaccine supply is sufficient and hospitalizations remain low.

Please remain vigilant as we approach the end of this devastating pandemic. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.

This week, I continued my work here in San Diego. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.

Virtual press conference on the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

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On Tuesday, I participated in a press conference on this significant climate change proposal with Reps. Ted Deutch (FL-22), Judy Chu (CA-27) and Charlie Crist (FL-13.) The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act would put a price on carbon and return 100% of the net revenue as a rebate to American families. This legislation seeks to reduce U.S. carbon pollution by up to 45% by 2030, with a net zero target by 2050 by pricing carbon at $15 per metric ton of CO2e and increasing the price by $10 every year. Click here to watch the press conference.

District work

Virtual Discussion on the SBA's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program

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This week, I held a virtual discussion to announce the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. Last month, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act, which created several programs to help both employers and employees withstand the impact of this once-in-a generation pandemic. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program is a $15 billion dollar grant fund for music venues, movie and live theaters, performing arts operators, and talent representatives, along with some museums, aquariums and zoos.

During this event, we heard directly from the U.S. Small Business Administration about this program and application process. Local owners and operators, including Martha Gilmer from the San Diego Symphony, Joe Rinaldi from Music Box and Adolfo Fastlicht from TheLot shared how COVID-19 has impacted them and why this assistance is so urgently needed. As we recover from this crisis, I'm committed to help my constituents understand the benefits available to them. Find more information on this grant here. If you missed this event, click here to watch.

Meeting with Afira DeVries, CEO of Monarch School Project 

On Monday, I met with Afira DeVries, who became the CEO of Monarch School Project last August. Monarch has served San Diego homeless youth for over thirty years. We spoke about how trauma-informed interactions with students help their learning. We also discussed how the educational model employed at the Monarch School can be scaled across the nation to support vulnerable children.

Meeting with Evofem Biosciences

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Also on Tuesday, I met with the CEO and team of Evofem Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company located in the 52nd district. Their hormone-free birth control product, Phexxi, has been on the market since last May, but does not fall under any of the current categories on the Federal Drug Administration's (FDA) published contraceptive chart. Updating this chart with a new category would increase access to Phexxi, especially for women who are unable to take hormones or for those who seek an alternative to birth control with hormones. As a longtime advocate for a woman’s right to choose, I know that access to contraceptives remains an essential tool to securing the health and economic well-being of American women and their families.

This week's casework success story

Last month, Izzy from Mira Mesa contacted my office for assistance with his expedited passport renewal. He had applied for an expedited renewal ahead of an upcoming travel date, but then learned that the Department of State was overwhelmed. When he reached out to the State Department for assistance, they suggested he book an emergency appointment locally. With his travel date one week away, Izzy reached out to my office for assistance. My staff submitted Izzy's proof of travel plans as part of an inquiry to the National Passport Information Center. Three days later, the Information Center notified my office that the request was processed successfully, and Izzy received his passport in the mail the very next day.

"I cannot express in words how grateful my partner and I are for Congressman Scott Peters and his office’s help in getting my passport issued in time. The level of responsiveness and care we were given is something we truly take to heart."

- Izzy from Mira Mesa

Participate in our weekly poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

The San Diego Convention Center is currently serving as an emergency intake center for unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the U.S. as part of a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the City of San Diego. Do you agree with San Diego's role to support federal officials as they work to process large numbers of unaccompanied minors at our southern border?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter.

Last week's question was: President Biden released details on his new plan to rebuild America's infrastructure and reshape the economy. What investments do you think should be included in a comprehensive infrastructure package? Here are the results:

304 Responses: 17.1% Bridges, railroads, roads, broadband access 2.6% Wind power, solar power, sidewalks, bike lanes 51.6% All of the above 28.7% Other

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.

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