Press Releases

Wolk named ‘2016 Food and Agriculture Champion’

November 18, 2016

Senator honored for leadership in sustainable agriculture 

(Sacramento, CA)–Supporters of the sustainable food movement recognized State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) last night with a 2016 Food and Agriculture Champion Award for her contributions to sustainable agriculture and support of agriculture’s overall contributions to the health of the public and the environment.

UC honors Senator Wolk’s long-time commitment to higher education

November 17, 2016

Senator recognized for championing accessibility and affordability for California students

(San Francisco, CA) – University of California President Napolitano and Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano honored State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) with an Outstanding Advocacy award yesterday in recognition of her efforts to champion public higher education and fight consistently to keep it accessible and affordable for California students.

Senator Wolk honored by the California Library Association

November 09, 2016

Wolk only the second honoree in 20 years

(Sacramento, CA)– On Saturday, the California Library Association (CLA) bestowed a rare honor on Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis).  For the only the second time in two decades, they gave an award for “Outstanding Legislative Achievement.”

“This special award intends to recognize Senator Wolk’s entire body of work and leadership on behalf of California libraries.  Senator Lois Wolk was a tenacious, tireless advocate for all Californians who use and love our libraries.

In My Own Words

The Sacramento Bee: California agencies must shift flood management approach to work with nature

November 17, 2016


Special to The Bee

It’s hard to think about floods after five years of drought. But in Sacramento, we don’t have a choice.

Scientists tell us that climate change will bring drier years and more severe storms. Recent history shows this threat, as California has bounced between drought and flood. As the recent catastrophic flooding in Baton Rouge, La., makes clear, we can’t wait for rising waters to plan for floods.

Read the full op-ed at

The Sacramento Bee: SB 877 would give California answers to many violent deaths

September 15, 2016

By Lois Wolk and Richard Pan

Special to The Bee

Somebody’s friend, parent or child – an average of 16 people each day – dies violently in California. These deaths are investigated by police, coroners, doctors and others. There may be a story in the newspaper or on television at which we shake our heads at the tragedy of it all. But it doesn’t have to stop there; we can prevent violent deaths if we have the data to understand the root causes.

San Francisco Chronicle: Time for Plan B to save the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta

April 07, 2016

By Lois Wolk

After years of spending millions of water ratepayer and taxpayer dollars on a flawed plan to build tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, it’s time to develop a realistic and cost-effective plan to save the delta and address the state’s water supply needs. It’s time for Plan B.