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Thursday, April 16, 2020


Flatten the Curve

By Sen. Bill Dodd and Mayor Jill Techel (Napa Valley Register)

Coronavirus has brought unprecedented change to our community, forcing us to pause our normal lives.

Families are feeling the burdens of economic uncertainty as businesses shut down and workers stay home to stop the spread. Parents face the daunting challenge of home-schooling kids. And there is widespread fear about what infection could mean to loved ones.Sadly, our county recently suffered its first coronavirus death.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020


By Sen. Bill Dodd and Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan (Times~Herald)

We face unprecedented change in Vallejo as we pause our normal lives in response to coronavirus.

Economic uncertainty looms as businesses shut down and workers stay home to slow the spread. Parents experience the daunting challenge of home-schooling kids. And there is widespread fear about what infection could mean to loved ones. Sadly, Solano County recently suffered its first coronavirus deaths.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

By Sen. Bill Dodd (Winters Express)

Counting every Californian in the upcoming 2020 census is extremely important.

It determines where billions in federal dollars are spent for over 70 federal programs that pay for things across our state and in Yolo County like roads and schools.

At the same time, the census decides the number of seats states get in the House of Representatives and the allotment of electoral votes toward picking the president.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

By Sen. Bill Dodd (Davis Enterprise)

Anyone who’s ever noticed the same advertisements following them around the web knows their personal data is anything but private.

Companies collect information on all your online activities -- from the things you buy to your Google searches. They sell it to other businesses looking for clever ways to pitch you on more products – or worse.

Monday, July 15, 2019

By Sen. Bill Dodd and Sen. pro Tempore Toni Atkins (Vallejo Times-Herald)

As California enters peak fire season, we take stock of the horrific wildfire disasters that are less than a year old, and of the urgent actions Gov. Newsom and the Legislature have taken to ensure those disasters don’t happen again.

No one can predict the future, and wildfires will always be part of our natural landscape. At the same time, state leaders have taken aggressive steps to address the underlying causes of these fires even as we know we have much more work to do.

Monday, April 1, 2019

By Bill Dodd

(The Press Democrat, March 24, 2019)

The smell of smoke and the sound of sirens shouldn’t be the first indication to Californians that another wildfire is near. As we’ve seen in our own communities and, more recently, in Butte County, that approach has deadly consequences.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

By Bill Dodd

(Sonoma County Gazette, August 3, 2018)

At a time when the federal government is rolling back protections, we are moving forward here in California.

On so many fronts – from safeguarding the environment to helping undocumented immigrants – we lead the nation, setting standards for things like stewardship and human rights that we hope other states will follow.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

By Bill Dodd

(The Davis Enterprise, 8-1-18)

Protecting consumer personal and financial information is not only the responsible thing to do. It’s good business.

Last week, Facebook found out the hard way that to act otherwise can affect the bottom line. It suffered the largest drop in Wall Street history, losing $120 billion in stock value, on projections of slower user growth tied to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Clearly, being reckless with data can have disastrous effects. And consumers are demanding better safeguards.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

By Bill Dodd

(The Press Democrat, 6-17-18)

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s especially true in light of last year’s fire season, which underscored the need to think innovatively and proactively about fire prevention. Policymakers have a moral imperative to act – we cannot sit idly by and wait for the next disaster. That is why my partners in the Legislature and I are working to help victims and communities recover, while also taking steps to prevent fires, implement best practices and reduce harm. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

By Bill Dodd

(San Francisco Chronicle, 7-27-18)

A committee of California lawmakers this week took the first step toward addressing one of the biggest problems facing our state — the stunning rise in devastating wildfires. 

In the first in a series of hearings expected to play out over the next month, members of the bipartisan Senate-Assembly conference committee in Sacramento heard from experts on a range of issues — from the role of electric utilities and climate change, to what might be done to prevent future fires to finding a way to make needed investments.