District Report - June 2022
Summer is here, and I hope your family has a chance to get out and enjoy our beautiful state.
In the Legislature, I am pursuing a number of improvements to essentials such as wildfire protection, drinking water access and expansion of broadband internet service. Also, we are working with the governor on a budget proposal to help families and small businesses adjust to inflation.
In this Issue:
- Fire Safety & Preparedness
- Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness Month
- Water Saving Tips
- Celebrating Juneteenth, Working for Change
- Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Anniversary
- In the News
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/
Senator, 3rd District
Our region has been hit hard by wildfires. Over the past few years, we have seen thousands of homes burn, hundreds of thousands of acres scorched and the tragic loss of life.
As we approach the start of fire season, it's important we take steps to prevent fires and to protect your home and family:
- Create defensible space
- Make your home more fire resistant
- Develop emergency plans and evacuation kits
- Fire prevention though safe equipment use
- And more
Ensuring fire victims recover and that our state is better prepared to prevent and respond to future wildfires is a top priority for me. For information on how to protect your home from wildfires, please visit my website.
Elder abuse is a growing problem in our country, with 6 million cases reported annually. More than 10 percent of those cases are in California. New evidence points to an increase in elder abuse during the coronavirus pandemic.
Abuse against seniors and disabled adults in general can be physical, emotional, financial or medical, restricting their ability to protect themselves, to report to authorities or to testify against perpetrators. The situation is worsened by the fact that one in eight people over 65 have Alzheimer's disease, making them more vulnerable. One in two people with dementia experience some form of abuse. Abuse of developmentally disabled adults is also staggering.
This is why I wrote legislation this year designating the month of June as Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness month. With 10,000 people turning 65 every day in our country, it is more important than ever to understand the problem, learn the signs and work on prevention.
California and most of the western states are in the grip of a serious drought. With reservoirs and agricultural supplies running low – and wildfire season on the horizon -- we must all work together to protect our environment, public health and our economy – all of which depend on clean, sustainable water supplies.
I’ve authored a number of water-related bills during my time in office. This year I’m proposing to help those who have fallen behind on their water bills. Other legislation increased water storage and efficiency. However, making it through this drought and preparing for future dry spells will take residents across our state working to conserve water.
Many of our local cities and water districts offer financial assistance for retrofitting water fixtures or offer incentives for saving water. Please check with your water provider to inquire about the programs available to you. For detailed water conservation tips, visit https://saveourwater.com/ or https://water.ca.gov/Programs/Water-Use-And-Efficiency
June 19 marked the day 157 years ago when Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and enslaved people were free. That was 2-1/2 years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. I find that delay as disturbing as ever.
What strikes me is that more than a century later, we still have much to do to ensure equality, justice, fair treatment and shared prosperity for African Americans. We need real systemic change at the federal, state and local level.
That’s why I’m supporting proposals to address inequalities, including in policing. We all know words are cold comfort. We need these changes to become law.
This 330,780-acre monument spanning parts of Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Yolo counties was created by a proclamation from President Barack Obama issued July 10, 2015. It came after a campaign by the Legislature and a coalition of counties, cities and tribal groups in the region.
I joined our congressional representatives in the Oval Office for the signing. It was a moment I will never forget.
The monument is a haven for recreational activity due to its proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. First exercised by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1906, the authority of the Antiquities Act has been used by 16 presidents to protect areas of unique significance to our national heritage. President Obama is responsible for 19 of those designations. In 2015, Berryessa Snow Mountain joined the ranks of such celebrated American landmarks as the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, and Muir Woods.
Berryessa Snow Mountain includes three separate wilderness areas: Snow Mountain, Cache Creek and Cedar Roughs. It also protects one wild and scenic river – Cache Creek -- and five areas of critical environmental concern.
- Is this California’s year for a long-term drinking water assistance program?
- Committee clears Dodd’s affordable housing bill
- Brewers can’t ship beer, liquor to California customers. Bill seeks to change that
- Feral pig bill wins Senate OK
- Dodd names Mentis nonprofit of the year
- Dodd’s mobile pharmacy, medical equipment bills advance
- To-go cocktail bill approved in state Senate