Assemblymember Gloria, Colleagues Urge Governor to Enact Sweeping Reform to EDD

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Gloria: “EDD is Failing Californians and Enough is Enough"

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) joined 60 of his legislative colleagues to urge Governor Newsom to enact sweeping reform to the State’s Employment Development Department (EDD). This comes as millions of Californians still have yet to receive a single unemployment payment despite having no income for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a state legislator, I have exhausted every avenue to try and get EDD to operate quicker, more efficiently, and with some basic customer service. EDD is failing Californians and enough is enough,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “We are urging the Governor to take swift action to make the necessary changes at EDD. There is no more time to waste.”

In the ten-page letter sent to the Governor today, Gloria and his colleagues detail the significant challenges with EDD, and the insufficient responses from EDD leadership. Further, it requests that the Governor take additional action to improve EDD’s operations and clear the backlog of unprocessed unemployment claims. Legislators also propose a series of solutions in order to provide Californians with relief sooner rather than later. Among the solutions proposed is an immediate awarding of initial or partial benefits for claimants while their case is reviewed and an expansion of call center hours.

The full letter can be accessed here.