Press Releases

Governor signs bill to meet disadvantaged communities’ infrastructure needs

September 29, 2014

New Wolk law provides financial tool to provide clean drinking water, sewer lines

SACRAMENTO– Today Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed into law legislation by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to provide local governments throughout California with a tool to finance desperately-needed infrastructure in disadvantaged, unincorporated communities.

Wolk urges federal government to increase safety measures for crude-by-rail shipments

September 29, 2014

Presses US Department of Transportation to make changes on rail car safety, speed of trains

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) continued her push for increased rail safety Monday, sending a letter to the US Department of Transportation with specific suggestions and recommendations regarding the shipment of crude oil by railroad.

Wolk applauds new law supporting crisis nurseries in Yolo, throughout state

September 29, 2014

Governor signs bill to remove unnecessary restrictions driving up nurseries’ operation costs

SACRAMENTO–State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) applauded the Governor’s signature Sunday of legislation by Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) to allow crisis nurseries statewide, including the Yolo Crisis Nursery, to continue providing a safe environment for young children of families in crisis.

In My Own Words

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.

San Diego Union Tribune: State needs cost-effective water bond

November 23, 2013

By Lois Wolk

The Legislature will return to Sacramento in January and will immediately face a trio of questions about water.

Can California break the gridlock and move forward on investing in a sustainable water supply for our future?

Can legislators from every region of the state come together on an affordable plan that benefits everyone?

Can we find common ground on the highest priority solutions that support local and regional self-reliance while we avoid the expensive and controversial large-scale boondoggles that voters will reject?

San Francisco Chronicle: Let public review bills before vote

March 15, 2013

By Lois Wolk and Kristin Olsen

Each year the California Legislature considers thousands of proposed new laws. After extensive public review and input in multiple committees in both houses, the Legislature approves several hundred of these laws that go to the governor for his signature. At least that's what is supposed to happen.