Anna's Weekly Report
October 28, 2022
Did you feel the 5.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the South Bay on Tuesday? The United States Geological Survey (USGS) needs your help to better understand earthquake hazards in our community. Filing a Did You Feel It? report allows citizen science to inform the USGS’s critical work to keep our community safe.
Thank goodness that the earthquake didn’t cause much damage, but it was an important reminder that they can happen at any time without warning and we need to be ready. The best time to prepare for any disaster is before it happens. Visit ready.gov/earthquakes to learn how you can prepare and best tips to stay safe during an earthquake.
Thanks to the dedicated work of USGS employees at the Earthquake Science Center in Menlo Park, the ShakeAlert early warning system provided several seconds of warning to residents in the Bay Area. I’ve consistently supported the essential work of our local USGS branch and secured $28.6 million for ShakeAlert this year.
Stanford Biodesign’s “From the Innovator’s Workbench”
I participated in a fireside chat with Dr. Kavita Patel, Senior Advisor to the Stanford Biodesign Policy Program, as part of the Stanford Biodesign “From the Workbench” event. Stanford Biodesign has been hosting “From the Workbench” events since 2003 to enable the Stanford Biodesign community and the public to learn from health technology innovators. It was an honor to be interviewed by Dr. Patel with an accomplished audience, including many of Stanford’s brilliant Biodesign fellows. I discussed my personal journey to Congress and becoming the first woman in the history of the House of Representatives to chair the Health Subcommittee, and the new policies that support innovative health technologies and research.
Golden Acorn Awards
This week I participated virtually in the annual Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce Golden Acorn Awards. For the past 45 years, the Golden Acorn Awards have been a Menlo Park tradition that bring the community together to honor the City’s changemakers and celebrate their achievements. This year’s winners create a culture of leadership through community contribution in the arts, public service, and civic engagement. I was thrilled to be part of this year’s ceremony.
Palo Alto Chief Swearing-in Ceremony
I attended the swearing-in of Palo Alto’s new Police Chief Andrew Binder. The Chief has served in law enforcement for 25 years and has held several leadership roles in Palo Alto and San Jose over his career. It was wonderful to witness him being sworn into this new role.
Legislation Anna Cosponsored This Week
Resolution Calling for Tribunal on Russian Aggression in Ukraine
I cosponsored a bipartisan resolution calling for the establishment of an international tribunal to investigate Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The resolution establishes there is significant evidence that Russian officials have committed crimes of aggression against Ukraine and recognizes the need for an international tribunal to investigate and prosecute these crimes. The Resolution also urges President Biden to take all available measures to support the establishment of such a tribunal.
Resolution Recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month
I cosponsored a bipartisan Resolution to recognize the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. First observed in October 1981 as a national “Day of Unity” by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), Domestic Violence Awareness Month is held each October to unite advocates across the nation in their efforts to end domestic violence. The Resolution recognizes the ongoing epidemic of domestic violence in the U.S. and pledges continued support for programs and activities aimed at domestic violence intervention and prevention.
INVITE: Climate Town Hall Meeting
I invite you to join me next week for a Virtual Town Hall Meeting to discuss the largest investment in U.S. history to address climate change. Special guest, former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and I will answer your questions about this historic legislation and how it will benefit you and your family. The meeting will be on Thursday 3 November at 1:15 p.m.
It will be held live on Zoom, and I ask that you register and submit your questions for us ahead of the meeting HERE.
Covid-19 and Flu Vaccines
The FDA authorized the bivalent Covid-19 booster for children ages 5 years and older last week. This booster targets the highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19, as well as the original strain of Covid-19.
Those 5 years and older who had a Covid booster at least two months ago are now eligible for this new booster. For those who experienced a Covid-19 infection and it was at least three months ago, you are also eligible for the new bivalent booster. You can sign up immediately for a free appointment at your county’s website below, and it’s very easy to do.
Flu season is upon us! The flu and Covid-19 vaccines are safe to receive together, and most vaccination centers will have both available. Learn where you can get your flu vaccine here: www.vaccines.gov/find-vaccines
In the Words of My Constituents
Every week hundreds of constituents call and write to me to express their concerns, share their passions, and ask questions regarding legislation and policies. Over 113,776 constituents have contacted me this year. I actually read every communication and every constituent receives a personal response to their specific questions and comments from me. This week, 1,731 constituents contacted me about issues including:
- 104 messages in support of the protests against repression in Iran
- 79 messages in support of the Boundary Waters Pollution and Prevention Act
- 50 messages in support of the Sustaining America’s Fisheries for the Future Act
Anna’s Work in the News
- Medicare changes designed to cap expenses for some – Half Moon Bay Review
- Where my Climate Doubts Began to Melt - NY Times
- Plummeting U.S. test scores aren’t a red state vs. blue state thing—Washington Post
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I close with this thought. Always know how deeply grateful I am for the trust you’ve placed in me to represent you. I work daily to live up to it.
Anna G. Eshoo
Member of Congress