EDD is "buried" with unemployment claims -- and the offices are understaffed, due to state budget complaints. The passage of Proposition 30 will probably result in the addition of new unemployment benefit officers -- but, at the moment, you are, as the old saying goes: "fighting city hall" trying to expedite your claim and benefit payments, because there is no one on the other side of the transaction that can handle your claim any faster than it's being handled already.
That said, if you want to try to push, then you could file an appeal with EDD using form DE1000M
. You would explain that your appeal is intended to expedite your claim, which appears to have been delayed based on the facts that you have described in your question.
The administrative law judge (ALJ) may reject your appeal, however, the judge may also make a couple of phone calls, just to see what's happening, and that could scare some of the EDD personnel into moving your claim to the top of the queue.
That's about the only thing that you can do at this point.
Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
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