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April 18, 2016

When Californians want to buy a car, data on fuel efficiency, safety, performance and virtually every factoid imaginable are just a quick online search away. However, California’s water managers have to do extensive research just to piece together the basic facts.

By making California’s existing water data open, transparent and publicly accessible, we could significantly improve our drought resilience. The problem isn’t a lack of information so much as a lack of accessible, user-friendly data.

March 19, 2016

By Assemblymember Bill Dodd

This month marks the start of Spring, which embodies new growth and presents us with an excellent opportunity to reflect on our growth as a community. Over the last year, we’ve been able to make meaningful progress in California in a number of areas, including creating some of the toughest equal pay laws in the country and supporting education, but there is still much work to be done. As I look ahead, I see closing the word gap as one of our greatest challenges and greatest opportunities.

My New Year’s Resolution: Recycling Food Waste

January 1, 2016

By Assemblyman Bill Dodd

As we embark on a new year, it’s a great time to reflect on our accomplishments over the last 12 months and also set goals for the upcoming year. In 2015 we made some meaningful progress on critical issues from investing in education, to strengthening our economy, to protecting our environment. However, there is still much to do, and one area of critical importance is reducing and diverting food waste from our landfills.

December 3, 2015

Winter is coming, and some experts are saying this year's El Niño could be one of the most powerful on record. After four long years of drought, increased rainfall this winter is certainly a welcome relief. As the saying goes, "when it rains, it pours," and we must ensure we are prepared for flooding and mudslides. At the same time, it is absolutely crucial in this wetter year that we continue to focus on water conservation and plan for the long term.

November 27, 2015

By Bill Dodd

Thanksgiving just might be my favorite holiday of the year, a time where families all across our nation gathered at the dinner table to give thanks and reflect on blessings that have been bestowed on them over the past year. We also ate a lot of food — nearly 50 million turkeys worth — making this time of year an excellent opportunity to focus on how we can better reduce and recycle our food waste.

October 28, 2015

By: Assemblymember Bill Dodd

We live in beautiful region, and it’s critical that we come together to ensure we protect and improve it. That’s why I decided to serve in the state legislature in the first place – I wasn’t happy with the state that we’re on course to leave to our children and grandchildren. Across Sonoma County and across our state, people are looking for a good quality of life for their loved ones, and together, I truly believe we can leave future generations a better and more sustainable world.

August 25, 2015

By Bill Dodd

This year marks the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, a significant milestone in the evolution of civil rights in our nation’s history. While we have made progress over the past 95 years, women still do not receive equal pay for equal work. California can play an important role in correcting this disparity.

May 21, 2015

By Assemblymember Bill Dodd

It’s graduation season, and many young people are celebrating their accomplishments and preparing for the next chapter in their lives. As I reflect on the promise of this generation and all they will accomplish, I also find myself concerned with the state they are inheriting. Pay equity is one of the fundamental issues we must address to provide our children a brighter future and a better state to call home.

April 14, 2015

By Bill Dodd

Tuesday, April 14, was National Equal Pay Day.