A lifeline that helped many people who lost their jobs during the recession stay afloat could be cut at the end of the month.
That’s when extended unemployment benefits provided by the federal government since 2008 are set to expire, impacting more than 2,200 Sonoma County residents who receive them.
‘There’s a lot of concern out there,’ said Steven Czegus, manager of Sonoma County Job Link, which partners with the state Employment Development Department to help people apply for unemployment insurance and find jobs.
Healdsburg City Councilman Jim Wood has virtually cornered endorsements from local Democratic leaders in his bid for the Assembly seat representing the North Coast.
North Coast lawmakers are continuing to be paid during the federal government shutdown despite a growing list of members of Congress who said they will voluntarily forgo their salaries while government workers are furloughed.
A partial federal government shutdown starting Tuesday is the likely outcome of this weekend’s Capitol Hill drama over federal spending and Obamacare, the Redwood Empire’s two Democratic congressmen said.
North Coast politicians joined the debate on U.S. intervention in Syria as the Obama administration sought congressional approval to strike the Syrian army for its alleged use of chemical weapons.
Rep. Jared Huffman said Wednesday he is rejecting the city of Sonoma’s request that he support a congressional investigation into the federal government’s decision to close an oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore.
Situated about 50 miles from Drakes Estero in Marin County, the landlocked city of Sonoma would seem an unlikely place to take a stand in an oyster company’s fight for survival. But colorful signs supporting the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. have popped up all over town, and the Sonoma City Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution calling on state and federal legislators to intervene on the company’s behalf.
In a move laden with election-year political implications, Rep. Mike Thompson announced Tuesday that he has more than 100 co-sponsors for a bill to expand background checks on gun buyers.
In March, Norman Solomon began a campaign apparently intended to scare seniors, create division in the Democratic Party and discredit Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, for not signing a pledge which only 25 of the 535 members of the 113th Congress chose to lend their name. He claimed that Huffman was throwing seniors under the bus.
President Barack Obama is proposing to reduce the Social Security cost of living adjustment. And the president is also putting cuts in Medicare benefits on the negotiating table. But Social Security keeps vast numbers of seniors out of poverty, and Medicare is vital to keeping many people alive. At this historic moment, a principled position would be to commit to fully defending Social Security and Medicare benefits, as well as the federal Medicaid program that funds Medi-Cal in our state. But the North Coast’s new congressman, Jared Huffman, has been hedging.