Press Releases

Monday, April 13, 2020

WOODLAND – Janet Ruggiero, who led a distinguished career as a community development director in Yolo and Sacramento counties before applying her skills in her retirement to helping the homeless and creating housing, has been named Woman of the Year for Yolo County by Sen. Bill Dodd.

Friday, April 10, 2020

PLEASANT HILL – Dawn Block, the owner of an executive search firm who has served the community on boards for the John Muir Land Trust and Chamber of Commerce, has been selected woman of the year for Contra Costa County by Sen. Bill Dodd.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

NAPA – Dr. Andrea “Andi” M. Clarke has been named Woman of the Year for 2020 by Sen. Bill Dodd. Dr. Clarke has shown her commitment to the physical and emotional well-being of Napa Valley residents as physician-in-charge at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices in Napa and board member of Mentis, a nonprofit mental health group serving low-income families.

Monday, March 23, 2020

VALLEJO – Peggy Cohen-Thompson, president of the Solano County Board of Education, longtime advocate for African-American business and Vallejo civic leader, has been named 2020 Woman of the Year by Sen. Bill Dodd.

Friday, March 20, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today regarding Gov. Gavin Newsom’s deal to reform PG&E:

Thursday, March 12, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, released the following statement today on official efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus by limiting large public gatherings, social distancing and continued frequent hand-washing:

“We must follow the direction of experts at the California Department of Public Health, who have deemed it prudent for the time being to halt exposure to large groups of people,” Sen. Dodd said. “Our actions must be dictated by science and facts in order to limit the spread of this virus and ensure the public’s well-being.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, released the following statement today regarding the report from the California Horse Racing Board on racing horse deaths at Santa Anita Park:

“The board issued a thorough investigative report that makes a number of key findings and recommendations,” Sen. Dodd said. “Ensuring safety is and must remain our top priority. Already, the board has adopted important changes. Where statutory authority is needed, I’ve introduced my own bill to reduce the risks to horses and jockeys.”

Monday, March 9, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, reminds taxpayers of two key benefits as they approach the April 15 deadline to file taxes:

Free preparation assistance is available from California’s Franchise Tax Board’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and a Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program to help individuals with limited incomes complete their tax returns.

Monday, March 2, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, today recognized the month of March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month in an effort to bring attention to gambling addiction and connect people with treatment.

“Problem gambling is not only an addiction but it’s also a serious public health concern,” Sen. Dodd said. “Awareness and access to services are critical for anyone struggling with addiction, and that includes those facing gambling problems. I hope to promote a better understanding of problem gambling and prompt people struggling with problem gambling to seek help.”

Thursday, February 27, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, made the following statement today about a Solano County resident becoming the first person in the United States to contract novel coronavirus from an unknown source.

“I have been in contact with state and local public health officials who are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of this virus,” Sen. Dodd said. “We must take this situation seriously and monitor it closely. However, there is no cause for alarm or panic. People are not advised to change their daily routines.”