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Wolk bill to grant Marina to City of Martinez earns unanimous support

April 22, 2014

Measure will facilitate Marina’s revitalization and development

SACRAMENTO—Senate Bill 1424, legislation to grant the City of Martinez the city Marina and surrounding property to facilitate the Marina’s revitalization and development, earned a 9-0 vote in the Senate’s Committee on Natural Resources and Water today.

Wolk bill to pay outstanding debt to counties earns unanimous support

April 22, 2014

Bipartisan-authored measure appropriates $19 million to make late payments

SACRAMENTO—Legislation to make good on outstanding debts the state owes counties earned a 9-0 vote in the Senate’s Committee on Natural Resources and Water today.

Panel OKs bill to restore fair cost for veterans’ spouses to live at veteran homes

April 08, 2014

Wolk bill receives bipartisan, unanimous vote

SACRAMENTO—On a bipartisan 6-0 vote today, the State Senate’s Committee on Veterans Affairs approved legislation to reverse a 2009-10 budget action that has caused considerable financial and personal hardship for numerous veterans and their spouses living at California’s homes for veterans.

In My Own Words

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.

Sacramento Bee, Viewpoints: Water challenges need a viable bond measure

December 19, 2012

By Lois Wolk
Special to the Bee

Too often in California, urgent water needs are neglected as political posturing prevents reasonable, consensus-based solutions from moving forward.