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Monday, September 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – AB 1665, Joint-Authored by several bipartisan Assemblymembers, including Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D – Winters), Eduardo Garcia (D – Coachella), and Brian Dahle (R – Bieber), was approved on the Senate Floor Wednesday before heading back to the Assembly for concurrence on Friday. It passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both houses. This bill is the result of the successful negotiation of a $330 million bill package to expand broadband access and digital literacy in communities deprived of a reliable internet connection.

Several past efforts to increase funding to close the connectivity gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots,” known as the “Digital Divide,” were intensely opposed by the largest telecommunications and cable companies. After a three-year stalemate, this bill represents a cooperative effort between legislators of both houses and both parties, consumer advocates, and representatives from the telecommunications and cable industries to invest in broadband access and rural development.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) passed AB 317 out of the Assembly, completing its journey through the legislative process. The bill, which secures a long-term funding solution for Napa County’s farmworker housing passed off the Senate and Assembly floors this week with bipartisan support.

“These centers are an invaluable asset to our farmworkers and our local economy,” said Aguiar-Curry after the bill’s passage. “This brings us one step closer to ensuring Napa County can keep its one-of-a-kind housing program running. AB 317 means safe, reliable, and affordable housing for our region’s farmworkers.”

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

DAVIS, CA – Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) reacted today to the Trump Administration’s action to rescind the Obama Administration’s Executive Order establishing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“Today, President Trump continued his Administration’s aggressive attack on immigrants when he turned his back on 800,000 undocumented young people by terminating DACA,” said Aguiar-Curry.  “Rounding up law-abiding children will not make anyone safer.  DREAMers, who were brought to this country as young children, have done nothing to deserve the President’s attacks.  In most cases, these children have struggled to succeed, as Americans, in school, work, and in their communities.”

Friday, August 4, 2017

DAVIS, CA – Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) announced today that she has relocated the Yolo County District Office to Davis. The new office is housed in the Yolo County Office building, within walking distance of Davis City Hall, the University of California, Davis, Congressman Garamendi’s office, and downtown businesses.

The Assemblymember hopes that by moving to Davis, she can foster stronger relationships with the UC Davis community. Aguiar-Curry believes that the state legislature needs to harness the resources and experts of the university to reach better policy decisions.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sacramento, CA – This week, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1572, authored by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters). This bill gives the California Department of Resources and Recycling Recovery (CalRecycle) greater flexibility in ensuring locals comply with sustainable waste management law while reducing burdens associated with oversight for areas that exceed state requirements.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Brown signed AB 768, authored by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), into law. This bill makes the Direct Marketing Program operated by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) permanent. The program empowers our state’s farmers to sell their produce and products directly to customers at Certified Farmers’ Markets without being required to follow the same packing and labeling requirements as products in grocery stores. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) voted to support a globally significant legislative initiative to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program, reduce local air pollution and protect workers and consumers from the cost of meeting the state's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets. The climate change package includes AB 398, AB 617 and ACA 1. Together, these bills will ensure that California continues to meet its ambitious environmental goals through extending and enhancing the cap-and-trade program, monitoring and reducing air pollution in our most vulnerable communities, and assuring a strong legislstive role in the management and spending of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund revenue. “This program is a model for governments around the world who share California's mission to stop global warming and the devastating effects of climate change. The package shows how we can strike a balance between aggressively protecting our environment and strengthening our economy,” said Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Today, Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) voted in strong support of landmark legislation to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program. The package includes AB 398 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), AB 617 by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), and ACA 1 by Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley). Together, these bills will ensure that California continues to meet its ambitious climate change goals through extending and enhancing the cap-and-trade program, monitoring and reducing air pollution in our most vulnerable communities, and holding the Legislature accountable for its management and spending of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund revenue.

“When I came to the Capitol, I knew the most important vote I would take this year would be on cap-and-trade. This program is a global model that shows how we can strike a balance between aggressive climate change goals and protecting and strengthening our economy,” said Aguiar-Curry. “For months I fought to bring the agricultural community and food processing industry to the table as participants in the discussion. I’m proud to say that we negotiated a cap-and-trade deal that strikes this balance. It holds all regulated industries accountable to reduce emissions, while also ensuring our agricultural industries get the support they need to make those reductions.”

Friday, June 30, 2017

Sacramento, CA – This week Governor Brown signed the 2017-2018 California State Budget into law. Among the numerous provisions of the budget are two that Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) fought for fiercely as they are vitally important to Yolo, Napa, and Lake counties.

The first provision provides $800,000 in critical funding for the reconstruction of the County Road 40 low water bridge that connects Yolo, Napa, and Lake counties. This bridge is vital during the fire season to ensure that emergency services have quick and ready access to northern Yolo County and the eastern mountainous regions of Lake and Napa counties.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Yesterday, Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) passed AB 317 out of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee without any opposition. This happened on the same day that Governor Brown signed the 2017-18 budget, which includes $250,000 for Napa County to support the farmworker housing centers. Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry championed this budget request in combination with her bill to ensure that Napa County’s farmworkers can continue to have access to safe and reliable housing.