District Report - July 2022

A Message from Bill Dodd

Dear Neighbor,

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Northern California summer. It’s a time of barbecues, neighborhood parties and running through the sprinklers!

For many, it’s also a busy month. In the Capitol, we have passed a balanced budget that makes record investments in services you value most -- schools and public safety. In response to inflation, the state will send rebate checks up to $1,050 to most Californians.

As always, my staff remains committed to helping you get the state services you deserve. To contact us, please visit my website.

In this Issue:

As always, my office is available to help you with a state agency or to answer any questions. You can contact me by visiting my website at https://sd03.senate.ca.gov/



Bill Dodd
Senator, 3rd District

Disaster Preparedness

Last year’s wildfires in our district and across the state serve as an important reminder of the importance of disaster preparedness. Unfortunately, our district has experienced more than its fair share of natural disasters. Whether it’s a wildfire, an earthquake, or flashflood, families need to make sure they have a plan in place in case a natural disaster happens.

Please take a few minutes to review some of the ways you and your family can be prepared in case there is an emergency. Disaster Preparedness information can be found here.

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Unclaimed Property

The State of California is holding over $8 billion in unclaimed property and money. Do you know how to claim your forgotten property?

California's Unclaimed Property Law requires "holders" such as banks, corporations, California's Unclaimed Property Law requires "holders" such as banks, corporations, business associations, and insurance companies to annually report and deliver property to the State Controller's Office after there has been no customer contact for three years. Often the owner forgets that the account exists, moves and does not leave a forwarding address, or the forwarding order expires. In some cases, the owner dies and the heirs have no knowledge of the property.

I encourage you to see if you are owed money by visiting my website or by contacting the State Controller's office at (800) 992-4647. If there are any ways that I can assist you with state agencies or legislative matters, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

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Donate Life California

Did you know that only 40 percent of adults in California are signed up to be organ, eye and tissue donors? California ranks first among all states with more than 22,000 men, women and children on the organ transplant waiting list. By becoming an organ and tissue donor, you could give a second chance to tens of thousands of people in California and across the United States.

The facts are:

  • People of all ages and medical histories can be donors.
  • Your medical care and/or funeral arrangements will not be affected by your decision to donate.
  • There is no cost to you or your family for donation.
  • All major religions support or permit organ donation.

You can find more information on registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor at the Donate Life webpage found here.

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California State Library’s New Grants Portal

Legislation I supported in 2018 requiring the state to establish a central location for all grants has led to the opening of the state’s new Grants Portal, run by the California State Library. Now you can go to the library website, type in key words and have access to more than 100 grants available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Whether you are looking for grants for housing, helping disadvantaged communities or working on the environment, the Grants Portal has something for you. Grants can be obtained by individuals,  businesses, local government agencies, tribal governments or non-profit groups. Currently, there are 113 different grants available totaling more than $18 billion.

Visit the Grants Portal website here.

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In the News

Here is some of the latest news coverage in the district that may be of interest to you. As always, please contact my office if you have any questions about state policy or want to express your position or ideas for legislation.

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