Press Releases

Legislators oppose petition to change water rights, divert more water from Delta

October 05, 2016

Say proposal would be ‘catastrophic’ for Delta ecosystem, agriculture and fishing

(SACRAMENTO, CA)– Late yesterday state legislators called upon the State Water Resources Control Board to reject a petition to change water rights that would reduce fresh water flows to the Delta as part of the controversial WaterFix proposal, a move the lawmakers say will cause catastrophic damage to the environment and economies of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay region.

Governor signs bill to provide disadvantaged communities safe, affordable drinking water

September 28, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA)–Today Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a measure by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to help failing public water systems provide services in disadvantaged communities throughout California.

Wolk’s Senate Bill 552 enables the state to contract with third party administrators with the expertise to help provide customers of these failing water systems with safe and affordable drinking water.

Governor signs bill enabling sale of UC Davis wine

September 26, 2016

Prevents waste of student-made wine, creates revenue for university

(Sacramento, CA)-Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday signed into law legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) enabling UC Davis’s Viticulture and Enology Department to sell wine made by its students, which was otherwise being discarded. 

In My Own Words

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.

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.