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This website was created due to the fact that applying to unemployment is an extremely confusing and overwhelming process. We're here to provide you with information that is easy to navigate!

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Erica Chan

IATSE Local 600 - 1st AC

Molly Bailey

IATSE Local 80 - Art Director

Erica Chan is the creator of the Unofficial CA Unemployment Help page on Facebook. She started the group in March when she offered to help her film industry friends through the confusing process of California unemployment. Her friends asked her questions she did not know the answer to so she created a Facebook group to gather the collective knowledge of the internet to help each other. Her group has grown to over 50,000 members.

Erica understands not having money is stressful, but not knowing how to get help is even more frustrating. Not only is the EDD website confusing and convoluted, but the Facebook group buries good information deep within the comments. She created this website in hopes that finding information was easier. 

Hi there! My name is Molly I bring with me over ten years of  design for broadcast, film, live events, episodic television, and print, catering to the needs of many including major brands, networks, and large scale festivals. In every instance building and supporting a team to provide excellent creative services. I love being a part of my community and helping others.

Andrew Parrotte

IATSE Local 600 - 1st AC

Andrew Parrotte is a 1st Assistant Camera in Los Angeles. Working freelance means you are on and off unemployment throughout the year when between gigs. This made Andrew quite familiar with the UI process. Andrew joined the group once Erica created it and became an admin soon after.

Ashley Perry

Brand Development in the fashion industry and Photography Studio Management.

Lynn Dow

Sales Support Manager

When she's not helping others with their EDD claims she enjoys the beach and water with family and three dogs.

Lynn lives in Northern California right in the center of the fires. She is well versed in recouping what wages she can during fire seasons. With Covid-19 also affecting her children, she has several unique situations that she wants to help others avoid. I stumbled upon the Unofficial CA site and found so much information that helped me solve both the kids issues!

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