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Press Release
March 17, 2020

(Sacramento, CA) – Today, Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) released the following statement following recent reports in Orange and Los Angeles Counties of price gouging during the statewide public health emergency declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in California. Senator Umberg reminds all Californians that, under California Penal Code Section 396, price gouging is illegal and punishable by law in all California communities during the declared state of emergency.

“Already, I have seen a number of cases of dramatically increased prices on goods like milk, cereal, cleaning materials and feminine hygiene products in my district (pictures attached). We cannot tolerate while those seeking to exploit an emergency for personal gains by taking advantage of their fellow Californians in a time of crisis,” said Senator Umberg. “There are clear-cut laws to defend our neighbors against price gouging, and we will enforce those laws to ensure that the many in need of supplies for themselves or their families are not left wanting.”

Price gouging refers to sellers trying to take unfair advantage of consumers during an emergency or disaster by greatly increasing prices for essential consumer goods and services. California’s anti-price gouging statute prohibits raising the price of many consumer goods and services by more than 10% after an emergency has been declared. Local laws may also contain their own prohibitions on price gouging. Violators are also subject to civil enforcement actions including civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation, injunctive relief, and mandatory restitution.

“It is critical that the people of California are protected from those that prey on our community during the trying times of a national, and global, emergency,” said Senator Umberg. “We will work aggressively to prevent any scams that attempt to defraud disaster victims, and I encourage anyone who has been the recent victim of price gouging, or has information regarding price gouging, to immediately contact our District Office. We will work in concert with our Orange County Delegation partners, the Orange County District Attorney, and the State Attorney General to find justice for the people in our community.”

To contact Senator Umberg’s District Office regarding any incidents of recent price gouging, please call (714) 558-3785.


Press Release
March 9, 2020

(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana), Chair of the California State Senate Elections Committee, announced today that he will introduce legislation that will move non-presidential year primaries back to June.

“Non-Presidential primaries should be set to their traditional date of June,” said Senator Umberg. “We need to set our elections on dates that will maximize voter turnout and engagement.”

Press Release
February 27, 2020

Woman of the Year Nomination

(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) announced today that he will be hosting his first ever 34th Senate District Women of Distinction Event in March, in honor of National Women’s History Month.

Press Release
February 26, 2020

Senator Umberg Logo

(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana), announced today that the City of Santa Ana would be the recipient of $5.2 million in state funds to build new park spaces.

Press Release
February 25, 2020


Orange County, CA - Nhân tháng Ba là tháng Lịch Sử Phụ Nữ Hoa Kỳ, Thượng Nghị Sĩ Tom Umberg sẽ tổ chức một buổi lễ vinh danh những người phụ nữ tiêu biểu trong năm “Woman of Distinction” trong địa hạt 34 của ông vào ngày thứ Năm 19 tháng 3 năm 2020 từ 5 giờ chiều đến 6 giờ 30 tối. Địa điểm tổ chức sẽ được thông báo sau.


Press Release
February 19, 2020

SB 1084

(Sacramento, CA) – Today, Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) will introduce Senate Bill 1084, the California Safe Dispensing Act, a measure to eliminate opioid pilfering – a powerful on ramp to the nation’s current opioid addiction crisis.

Press Release
February 14, 2020

(Sacramento, CA) – Today, Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) introduced Senate Bill 1025, the California Student Success Act, to automatically grant library cards to all K-12 students.  While similar efforts have been introduced in a few localities across the United States, SB 1025 is the first effort to take this initiative statewide.

Press Release
February 13, 2020

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) introduced Senate Bill 999 today, a measure that would restore local control and stem the tide of rapidly increasing rental rates for mobilehomes across California. The County of Los Angeles and Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League are cosponsors of the bill, representing a strong coalition between local government and residents.

Press Release
February 12, 2020

(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) announced today his introduction of legislation that would assure consumers that Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies will use their genetic data solely for the purposes they consented to.

Press Release
November 19, 2019

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Senator Tom Umberg (D – Orange County), Chairman of the State Senate Select Committee on the Growing Impact of Artificial Intelligence in California, will convene a hearing on November 20, 2019 on “The Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Law Enforcement Context.” The hearing will conduct a broad overview on the state of artificial intelligence, including policy implications and effects on law enforcement.