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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.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D – Winters) voted in support of SB 1 (Jim Beall), to fund the decades-long backlog of fixes to state and local roads, bridges, and transit systems.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CA Climate and Agriculture Network

Every legislative session, CalCAN reviews dozens of bills proposed by California legislators for their potential impact on farmers, their communities, and the climate. Below is an initial list of bills we have taken a position on (we are still tracking and analyzing more!)...

Assembly Bill 1348 (Aguiar-Curry): Farmer Equity Act
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This bill takes an important step toward ensuring equitable access to California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) programs by farmers of color by requiring that CDFA begin reporting outreach efforts and program usage data for “socially disadvantaged farmers,” which include farmers and ranchers who identify as African American, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander…

Monday, March 13, 2017

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) won bipartisan approval by the Assembly Human Services Committee of her legislation, Assembly Bill 273.  This important bill will help Californians who are pursuing English-language education or a High School Equivalency certificate receive state assistance for childcare services. Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry told the Committee she wrote AB 273 because English language learning and high school education are keys to job training, as well as educational and employment opportunities in California. “If you can’t learn English, you can’t finish your GED, enter job training, or pursue higher education,” said Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry. “If you can’t afford child care, you can’t get to your classes. This bill will help people who want to work take the first steps to get the training they need.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.