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Assemblymember Dodd Resolution to Protect Berryessa Wilderness Passes Legislature
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Dodd’s resolution urging President Obama to create the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument passed the Senate on Monday and is on its way to the President’s desk. The establishment of the Berryessa Snow Mountain region as a national monument would help safeguard the area, enhance visitation, and provide an economic boost to the surrounding communities.
“The passage of this resolution sends a clear message to the President that the protection of this unique wilderness is important to both our region and our entire state,” said Dodd. “Preserving the region’s natural splendor for future generations is critical, and I want to thank all of those who have been working so hard towards that goal.”
Congressman Mike Thompson, along with a broad coalition of environmental and outdoor recreation groups, hundreds of local businesses and local governments have been working to conserve the area for a number of years. The region’s other legislative representatives – Senators Wolk and McGuire and Assemblymember Wood – also joined Assemblymember Dodd in supporting the resolution, which passed the legislature with bipartisan support.
“California contains some of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire country, and the Berryessa Snow Mountain region is one of those gems that needs to be protected,” said Sara Husby-Good, Executive Director of Tuleyome. “Assemblymember Dodd’s resolution marks the first time our state has formally urged the President to create a national monument, which is a powerful call for action.”
The Berryessa Snow Mountain region includes some 350,000 acres of existing public lands in close proximity to the Bay Area and Sacramento, making it easily accessible for millions of Californians. Each year tens of millions of Californians participate in outdoor recreation, supporting over 700,000 jobs. A study commissioned by the Winters Chamber of Commerce projects the national monument designation would result in $50 million of new economic activity for the region over five years.
“The Senate’s vote to approve AJR 4 serves as yet another show of the widespread support that the Berryessa Snow Mountain Monument proposal has not just among regional stakeholders, but across the entire state. With local officials, the governor, and now the legislature behind him, President Obama should act quickly to designate the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.” said Congressman Mike Thompson.
Assemblymember Bill Dodd represents the 4th Assembly District, which includes all or portions of Yolo, Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Solano, and Colusa Counties. You can learn more about the district at www.asm.ca.gov/dodd.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Former Lake County Supervisor Denise Rushing was honored Monday in the state Capitol as the 2015 Woman of the Year for the 4th Assembly District.
Every year, the state Assembly honors one woman from each of the state’s Assembly Districts who has significantly contributed to her local communities.
“I am humbled to receive this honor, and I want to recognize that any accomplishments credited to me were done with the support of others,” said Rushing. “Serving Lake County has been a tremendous privilege, and I will continue working to better our community and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.”
Rushing served eight years on the Lake County Board of Supervisors until January of this year, deciding not to seek a third term.
Sas served on numerous community boards and commissions. During her time on the board, Rushing built a track record advancing environmental stewardship and revitalizing the Northshore.
“Denise has been a dedicated public servant, and really exemplifies the spirit of commitment to community,” said Assemblyman Bill Dodd. “We are very fortunate to have caring, hard-working people like her in our district.”
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa) on Monday introduced legislation requiring companies that do business with the state of California to provide the state with data on employee income by gender and race.
With the introduction of Assembly Bill 1354, Dodd is taking an important step towards gender pay equity in California.
“While California is often a driving force for social change, one area that has been greatly overlooked has been the promotion of equal pay for women,” Dodd said. “Income inequality is not a problem anybody should have to bear, and AB 1354 begins to address this challenge.”
Dodd was joined in introducing the bill by co-authors Senators Lois Wolk, Holly Mitchell, Connie Leyva, Loni Hancock and Cathleen Galgiani, and Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla, Lorena Gonzalez, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Rob Bonta, Rocky Chavez and Patty Lopez.
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa) has introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 401, which calls on the Department of Community Services and Development to develop a plan for a statewide Low-Income Water Rate Assistance Program.
“The time has come to develop a comprehensive program to help relieve the financial burden on low-income households dealing with significant increases in the cost of water,” Dodd said.
Over time, water districts across California have slowly raised the average cost of water in order to maintain and upgrade water treatment and delivery systems.
In some cases water rates have jumped over 300 percent since 2006, Dodd's office reported.
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