“We cannot continue to fail our future, our kids,” she wrote in a Twitter post. “Europe has kept in-person learning open for the majority of the pandemic. Which now provides us with evidence that schools are not major spreading centers. The social and emotional development during the foundational years of preschool to second grade cannot be replicated through distance learning. Returning young students to schools is vital and long overdue. Most states had plans in place months ago.”
“The COVID shut-downs have devastated our local small businesses that we can’t afford to lose,” said Suzette Martinez Valladares (R-Santa Clarita). “They employ our family members, our neighbors, and keep the economic engine of California running strong. I’m signing on to The Keep California Working Act which will invest $2.6 billion in grants so we can keep small businesses alive and running.”
SANTA CLARITA - Statement from Assemblywoman-Elect Suzette Valladares regarding the Governor's recent announcement of a secondary business and school lockdown. "Californians have done an amazing job responding to this pandemic and protecting its most vulnerable residents. The Governor and public health officials have repeatedly cited family gatherings as one of the main causes of the increase in COVID-19 cases. Despite these statements, the Governor continues to punish workers and small business owners without providing any real contact-tracing data that would…
“Knowing that those in our restaurant industry will be unemployed, I’m really eager to get phone lines open and emails open to help our community,” she said, adding that among her priorities include looking at ways to safely reopen businesses and schools and “(asking) the tough questions, looking at long-term consequences” of what a full closure could do to communities.