I won my appeal before the Employment Development Department.
Now the EDD wants to interview me to see why I did not submit my unpaid claims forms in a timely manner. The answer: because the idiots didn't send them to me. After two email requests without results, I finally sent a certified letter demanding that they send me the forms; they finally did. (I tried calling but the telephone system there was hopelessly jammed for weeks.)
Fortunately, I documented both the emails and have a copy of the certified letter and receipt. So now I have some more waiting and aggravation from the bureaucrats before I get paid, if and when I do.