Press Releases

Measure to protect consumers, help meet energy efficiency goals sent to Governor

August 26, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA)– The State Senate voted yesterday to send Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Senate Bill 1414 by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), legislation to protect energy consumers, and help California meet its energy efficiency goals.  

“Ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs are critical to the state’s energy and environmental policies,” Wolk said. “SB 1414 will help the state meet its energy efficiency goals and ensure customers receive the full benefits of the energy efficiency upgrades they purchase.”

Senate sends two Wolk resource measures to Governor

August 24, 2016

Bills promote water efficiency, role of farms & other open space in greenhouse gas reduction

(SACRAMENTO, CA)– The State Senate voted today to send two natural resources measures by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. for his signature, including Senate Bill 1340, a bill to close a loophole in state law enabling large new landscaping projects for existing homes and businesses to avoid state and local water efficiency requirements.

State Assembly approves Wolk resource measures

August 19, 2016

Bills promote water efficiency, role of farms & other open space in greenhouse gas reduction

(SACRAMENTO, CA)– The State Assembly voted yesterday to approve two natural resources measures by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), including Senate Bill 1386 to promote the protection and management of natural and working lands as part of California’s ongoing efforts to meet its climate change goals. 

In My Own Words

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.

Davis Enterprise: Two good measures for state’s long-term health

October 26, 2014

By Lois Wolk

Since I first came to the Legislature in 2003, I have been focused on two big issues: water and budget reform.

I’ll admit it has been frustrating at times, on both fronts. Changing the status quo is never easy, especially when dealing with powerful entrenched interests that are skeptical of any change in a system they see as working just fine for themselves, even if not for the greater good.

Contra Costa Times: Delta-friendly water bond is a win for all of California

August 23, 2014

By Sen. Lois Wolk

Two years ago, I introduced a measure to replace the doomed pork-laden water bond from 2009 with a trim, focused and noncontroversial bond that could win voter support and address California's critical water needs, without threatening the Delta region by funding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan or the Delta tunnels.

Last week, after months of pushing and pulling and tough negotiating -- with an injection of leadership from Gov. Jerry Brown -- the Legislature finished that work and put a new $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot.