Happy New Year from Trustee Martinez

To say 2020 has been a challenging year is an understatement. We spent this year navigating an unprecedented pandemic that overwhelmed our healthcare system and workers; students, teachers and staff adapted to online distance learning from home; strict stay-at-home orders were implemented, millions are facing unemployment, and too many loved ones have regrettably been lost.

As we approach a new year, I encourage all of you to look forward, beyond the hardships of 2020, to the positive changes that are to come in 2021. The prospect of multiple new vaccines are promising; we will welcome a new administration, as well as new leaders and voices for the Central Valley, and I have every confidence that we will receive more assistance from our government to fully reopen our schools, provide assistance to our most vulnerable and marginalized communities, and to support our essential heroes in healthcare, agriculture, and other service oriented industries.

Let us put social, economic and political differences aside – we’ve endured this year TOGETHER! Now let’s lead the charge for change in 2021 together too.

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