WHEREAS, on January 17, 2001, I proclaimed a State of Emergency to exist due to the energy shortage in the State of California; and

WHEREAS, there is a high probability that the electricity supply shortage will continue throughout California affecting millions of Californians; and

WHEREAS, all reasonable conservation, allocation, and service restriction measures will not alleviate the energy supply emergency; and

WHEREAS, a portion of California's 16.5 million member workforce may suffer total or partial unemployment due to power outages resulting from a lack of electrical supply during critical summer peak consumption periods; and

WHEREAS, these unemployed workers and their families will face significant financial hardship resulting from loss of employment and will need immediate financial assistance to mitigate the effects of this emergency;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GRAY DAVIS, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, do hereby issue this order to become effective immediately:

IT IS ORDERED that the Employment Development Department shall waive the one-week waiting period for all unemployment insurance applicants who are unemployed due to power outages resulting from a lack of electrical supply after May 8, 2001, through December 31, 2001, and who are otherwise eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

The activities herein are authorized to be carried out pursuant to the Emergency Services Act, Government Code section 8550 et seq., and Unemployment Insurance Code section 1253, as necessary to mitigate the effects of the emergency.