21 Jan Entering the new year with safety in mind: The 2021 safety checklist
The Law Offices of William D. Shapiro: A New Years Resolution
The Law Offices of William D. Shapiro is looking forward to a healthy, prosperous, and especially safe 2021 for all! We wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year! Seeing as this article is dedicated to health and safety, our resolution at the firm is to continue to provide the highest quality, personal legal representation with integrity and spirit for our clients. We will continue to embrace challenging cases and take pride in making a difference in the lives of our clients and community.
As we continue to follow the CDC guidelines of wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing, we look forward to this new year with confidence in vaccines, society following guidelines, and America returning to the post-pandemic normal (what that looks like, we’re still curious).
We are eager to have civil courts reopen, resuming jury trials, live depositions, and client meetings. We look ahead to being able to shake hands and hug our clients, family, and friends as well as gather once again. Although the days seem admittedly dim because of the world’s current conditions, we don’t doubt that our future is bright!
Some Things to Keep in Mind to Support Safety in 2021 (for California & the World)
1. How COVID-19 vaccines can affect the community. As we all likely are aware, COVID-19 vaccines are up and running. We want to remind those who are interested in the vaccines that California instructed counties to open the first phase of eligibility to a wider pool of workers in the healthcare industry, including public health field staff, primary care clinics, specialty clinics, laboratory workers, dental clinics and pharmacy staff.
Your role in this: The Board of Supervisors voted to hire Costa Mesa marketing consultant Idea Hall to develop a plan to reach out to communities who have expressed skepticism about getting the vaccine. Although county officials did not specify which communities they will be focusing on, a recent survey conducted by the Orange County Health Care Agency indicated that women, people ages 35 to 54, Latino and Black people and residents of Anaheim, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana showed the lowest willingness to be vaccinated.
2. Violent Breach In D.C. Raises Questions About Safety At California State Capitol. Is the California State Capitol safe from potential rioters? Several law enforcement officials and lawmakers say they believe so. However, the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump extremists in Washington D.C. — along with weekly protests near the Capitol in Sacramento, which have seen violent clashes between far-right groups and counter-protesters — raises difficult questions about whether the state building is vulnerable to a similar attack. Several dozen people were arrested during and after the riots, though hundreds stormed the building. One person who broke in was shot and killed by police, while three others died of medical emergencies, based on news reports.
Your role in this: Shelby Moffatt, a retired Sacramento police officer and current Sacramento State criminal justice professor, said: “Trends occur immediately now. That same thing can happen in my neighborhood. And someone could say, ‘They did it. I can do the same thing.’ And I don’t want to see those kind of things happen.” Moffat said the most dangerous strategy is to allow extremists to break the law without consequences, as happened in the nation’s capital. There’s no doubt that law enforcement must do a better job preparing for, and calling out, violence, but we also have a responsibility to do the same. While we all want to stand up for something we support, keep in mind that mobs are especially disorderly and intent on causing trouble or violence. If you want to support safety, steer clear from any large crowd of people that show signs of disorder.
3. New plan to safely reopen schools in the spring. Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new plan to safely reopen schools in the spring. With some schools possibly opening by next month, more schools could be reopening. Just how will students return to class? The plan is called the California “Safe Schools for All” plan and it’s intended to get grades K through 6 back into schools safely. “We want to improve our efforts to get everybody moving in a similar direction to be back on track across the spectrum by early spring of 2021,” said Newsom. “It’s especially important for our youngest kids, those with disabilities, those with limited access to technology at home, and those who have struggled more than most with distance learning.” Part of the plan states that in-person learning is the best option for students learning, mental health, and social needs.
Your role in this: While the safe reopening has four core pillars that include frequent testing, masks, health officials to provide hands-on support to schools so they implement COVID-19 Safety Plans, and a web-based “hotline” for staff and parents to report concerns, you can still do your part by following the steps provided by the CDC and implementing healthy practices.
4. More criminal justice reforms will create a just and safe California. California must continue to be a leader in justice reform by addressing the residual impacts from decades of mass incarceration. State laws prevent people from moving forward constructively with their lives after completing their sentences, paying their debt and exiting the justice system. In practically every county across the state last November, Californians resoundingly rejected the law enforcement-backed Proposition 20, which would have once again increased the number of people in prisons.
Your role in this: In communities up and down the state, Proposition 47-funded programs have reduced recidivism by investing in services and supports that have helped people regain stability after contact with the justice system. On their own, these programs are still not enough. Continue to vote to advance policies that make us safer instead of spending on ineffective prisons.
5. New California Roadway Safety Law(s) for Motorists. Exempts a person from civil or criminal liability for trespassing or damaging a vehicle when rescuing a child who is 6 years old or younger and who is in immediate danger from heat, cold, lack of ventilation, or other dangerous circumstances. The law takes effect January 1, 2021. Along with several other laws for motorists, this law is aimed at helping to keep motorists in the Golden State safer. The circumstances where this applies is when a child under the age of 7 has been left unattended in a vehicle under dangerous conditions “that reasonably could cause suffering, disability, or death,” such as the heat or cold, or a lack of ventilation, the bill reads.
Your role in this: Do not hesitate to save a life. If the circumstances mentioned above apply, the steps that should be taken include: calling 911; ensuring the vehicle is locked and there is no other way to enter the car without forced entry; and having a “good faith belief” that rescuing the child is necessary due to imminent potential harm.
What We’re Doing to Help: Remembering Those Who Lost Their Lives
Some years are hard to forget — 1914 (WWI), 1929 (The Great Depression), 2001 (The Attack on 9/11), and we’re sure 2020 is a year that will also be difficult to forget. We will all surely remember 2020 as a year of unique challenges. From the pandemic to the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement — through it all, we remember that many people lost their lives. In these events, those who passed and the tragedy suffered by each family should not be forgotten.
Each loss has a tremendous story behind it as we often see featured on the news. At the Law Offices of William D. Shapiro, we’ve been telling similar stories with each one of our cases. Whether it be the loss of a limb, paralysis, brain injuries, other catastrophic injuries, or death from a trucking or car crash to injuries and deaths related to defective products, dangerous roadway conditions or medical malpractice, we are proud to tell the stories behind our clients, their lives, tragedies, and impact.
We are sympathetic to the families and victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and civil imbalance and we are likewise sympathetic and honored to represent those whose lives have been impacted by the negligence of others.
Though it might not be easy, we encourage all to help others year round! The world has become society’s jury and we are proud of humanity for allowing losses to come to the forefront of current events so people can develop a better understanding of victims, losses, and justice.
We at the Law Offices of William D. Shapiro join so many who provide contributions to charities and worthy causes during the holidays. However, at the same time, we urge everyone to make this a year-round effort. We give year-round to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, to Legal Aid, to associations that promote legislation for the consumer, and more.
The holiday seasons might be over, but we still welcome everyone to keep that same positive, supportive end-of-year holiday spirit throughout the year! Why make a difference once a year, when you could do so throughout the year?
Contact the Law Offices of William D. Shapiro for Representation
The main office of William D. Shapiro is located in the Inland Empire, within minutes of freeway off-ramps. However, the Inland Empire isn’t our only area of service. We’re also proud to serve Orange County as well, with offices near the courthouse in Santa Ana. Moreover, we’ve arranged office spaces throughout the state of California for your convenience!
We welcome use of our local Inland Empire and Orange County local numbers or our toll free hotline: (877) 611-1529