LOS ANGELES (April 9, 2020) – The BizFed Institute (BFI) has formed an unprecedented
partnership with all 39 State Senators and Assemblymember representing Los Angeles County,
Los Angeles County, the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC), Service Employees
International Union (SEIU) Los Angeles Locals, along with the Los Angeles County Business
Federation (BizFed) 195 business associations representing more than 400,000 employers. This
effort is in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic to mass mobilize the collection and
donation of much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to protect frontline

“The BizFed partnership shows what we can do when we all work together for the greater good. SEIU
school workers are distributing food to hungry families, and SEIU social workers are keeping track of
vulnerable elders and continuing to rescue abused children. This partnership will bring much needed
and welcome protection to the frontline workers serving us all” said Bob Schoonover, President of
SEIU Local 721.

“The BizFed Institute, with its vast connections to business and civic leaders will facilitate this
unique regional effort to turn over every stone to find safety equipment for our workers and
ensure that all people who want to be involved can make a donation” said BizFed Institute Chair
and National CORE CEO, Steve PonTell.

“Every part of our society must come together to protect the most vulnerable among us and the
people who offer their time, their hearts, and their hard work to care for them. Nursing home workers
and other long-term care workers are deeply grateful to every partner who is stepping up to fill this
need.” April Verrett, President of SEIU Local 2015, representing long-term workers.

“These efforts compliment the strong leadership we have seen from Governor Gavin Newsom
and our elected leaders,” said Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager, chair of the LA County
Legislative Delegation. “This partnership is business and labor coming together, understanding
the severity of this crisis and striving to protect the workers who protect us.”

“By leveraging these distinctive partnerships, we are reaching every corner of our County and
protecting those heroes who are on the front line” stated Kathryn Barger, chair of the Los
Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

“During these unprecedented times, it’s imperative that we assist our health care community in
every way possible,” concluded George W. Greene, Esq., President/CEO of the Hospital
Association of Southern California. “Multisector partnerships such as this one are providing our
health care heroes with the essential resources to continue delivering the exceptional care that
our communities deserve.”

The BizFed Institute asks all members and partners to take immediate action and make
a monetary or in-kind tax-deductible contribution by visiting




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Robert Hertzberg, Senate Majority Leader
Connie Leyva, Women’s Caucus Chair
Scott Wilk, Senate Rules Committee – Vice Chair
Susan Rubio, Senate Insurance Committee – Chair
Maria Elena Durazo, Latino Caucus Vice-Chair
Anthony Portantino, Senate Appropriations Committee – Chair
Ben Allen, Jewish Caucus Chair
Henry Stern, Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee – Chair
Ling Ling Chang, Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development – Vice Chair
Holly J. Mitchell, Senate Budget and Fiscal Committee – Chair
Bob Archuleta, Senate Veterans Affairs Committee – Chair
Lena Gonzalez, Senate Select Committee on Ports and Goods Movement – Chair
Thomas Umberg, Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee – Chair
Steven Bradford, Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee –Chair

Tom Lackey, Assembly Public Safety Committee – Vice Chair
Christy Smith, Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management – Chair
Luz Rivas, Assembly Select Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – Chair
Chris Holden, Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee – Chair
Laura Friedman, Assembly Natural Resources Committee – Chair
Jacqui Irwin, Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee – Chair
Jesse Gabriel, Select Committee on Jobs and Innovation in the San Fernando Valley – Chair
Adrin Nazarian, Assembly Aging and Long Term Care Committee – Chair
Blanca Rubio, Assembly Select Committee on Domestic Violence – Chair
Ed Chau, Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee – Chair
Richard Bloom, Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation – Chair
Wendy Carrillo, Select Committee on Uplifting Girls and Women of Color in CA – Chair
Freddie Rodriguez, Assembly Public Employment and Retirement Committee – Chair
Miguel Santiago, Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee – Chair
Sydney Kamlager, Los Angeles County Delegation – Chair
Phillip Chen, Assembly Banking and Finance Committee – Vice Chair
Ian Calderon, Assembly Majority Leader
Christina Garcia, Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies – Chair
Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., Assembly Public Safety – Chair
Autumn Burke, Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee – Chair
Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the Assembly
Mike Gipson, Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence in Communities of Color – Chair
Sharon Quirk-Silva, Assembly Select Committee on Orange County Chronic Homelessness – Chair
Al Muratsuchi, Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace – Chair
Patrick O’Donnell, Assembly Education Committee – Chair