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Friday, May 26, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) wrote Assembly Joint Resolution 15 to send a message to Trump – don’t mess with our country’s national monuments. AJR 15 urges the President “to protect federal public lands…and to honor and protect the integrity of all national monuments as they have been designated by Presidents since 1906.” Trump has described the national monument designations as a “massive federal land grab” and ordered the Interior Department to review and reverse some of them.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sacramento, CA –  Today, Assembly Joint Resolution 15, a bill expressing the support of the California State Legislature to continue protecting national monuments, passed out of the State Assembly on a  bipartisan vote of 56-16. The measure was introduced by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D – Winters) last week in response to the announcement of a federal review of national monuments, and was originally coauthored by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D – Santa Rosa), and Senators Bill Dodd (D – Napa) and Mike McGuire (D – Healdsburg). The measure has since gained such significant momentum that the four lead authors were joined by 49 additional Assembly coauthors as part of the action today on the Assembly Floor. Link to video of Assembly Floor Presentation

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sacramento, CA –  Today, Assembly Joint Resolution 15, a bill expressing the support of the California State Legislature to continue protecting national monuments, passed out of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife with a 9-4 vote. This measure was introduced by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D – Winters) last week in response to the announcement of a federal review of national monuments, and is coauthored by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D – Santa Rosa), and Senators Bill Dodd (D – Napa) and Mike McGuire (D – Healdsburg).

In late April, President Trump signed an executive order for the review of all national monuments designated by the federal government under the Antiquities Act since 1996. Since the Antiquities Act’s passage in 1906, no President has revoked the national monument designation of another president.

Friday, May 5, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) knows how important farmworker housing centers are to agricultural communities. These shelters help the state’s agricultural industry support its workers with safe housing. In Napa County, the three farmworker centers house 60 lodgers each, and provide renters with three meals per day, hot showers, laundry facilities, and other programs. Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry’s legislation (AB 317) establishes and funds the Napa County Farmworker Centers Account within the Department of Housing and Community Development to assist in the financing, maintenance, and operation of the Napa County Housing Authority’s Farmworker Centers. “The Napa County farmworker centers meet a critical housing need for the entire agricultural region,” said Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry. “The general lack of affordable housing has only exacerbated the problem. We need a long-term funding solution to support our state’s hardworking farmworkers.” Watch as Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry presents AB 317 to the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development in this Assembly Access video.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in Northern California is among 24 national monuments that are at risk of losing their federally protected status.

President Trump issued an executive order Wednesday asking for an unprecedented review of the two dozen monuments that make up 100,000 acres of more, and were created by presidential proclamation since 1996.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) knows the availability of high-speed Internet access is essential for economic competitiveness and quality of life…and she knows many rural and low income communities still don’t have broadband access. That’s why she’s pressing for passage of Assembly Bill 1665, the Internet For All Now Act.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A bill unanimously approved by the Assembly Agricultural Committee Wednesday could significantly alter the way the California Department of Food and Agriculture works with farmers of color.

The Farmer Equity Act would support minority farmers by adding them to the definition for “Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers” in existing California Food and Agriculture code.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A new bill unanimously approved by the Assembly Agricultural Committee Wednesday could significantly alter the way the California Department of Food and Agriculture works with farmers of color. 

The Farmer Equity Act would support minority farmers by adding them to the definition for “Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers” in existing California Food and Agriculture code.  Kristyn Leach is a Korean grower who runs a small vegetable farm in Alameda County. She says the bill gives farmers of color that have been subject to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice a larger say in California agriculture.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) and affordable housing advocates gathered at an affordable housing facility near the State Capitol to push for solutions to the housing affordability crisis. Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry reminded everyone that the housing issue is not just an urban problem. She has authored ACR 4 as one way to attack the housing crisis. “ACA 4 would reduce the local vote threshold for approval of bond and special tax measures from two-thirds to 55% putting housing and infrastructure projects on par with school proposals, so that cities, counties, and special districts have a practical financing tool to address community needs.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) presented her legislation (Assembly Bill 707) to establish a Blue Ribbon Committee for the Rehabilitation of Clear Lake to the Natural Resources Committee. Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry says the Blue Ribbon Committee will spearhead activities aimed at cleaning up Clear Lake for environmental gains, so that it may have greater recreational usage and entice new economic development. “Clear Lake has been determined to be an environmental hazard by several state agencies. The fish are too toxic for consumption due to the high levels of mercury in the water and cyanobacteria blooms on the water’s surface produce an unpleasant odor and excrete scum that is unsafe to swim in.” Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry told the Resources Committee. “By working towards improving the environmental quality of the lake, this bill will benefit Lake County as a first step in helping the local economy through promoting tourism and job creation.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.