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  • Jun152015

    Mojo’s Kitchen 428 selected as small business of the year

    Mojo’s Kitchen428, a farm-to-table restaurant located in downtown Woodland, was honored Wednesday in the state Capitol as the 2015 Small Business of the Year for the 4th Assembly District.

    Each year, the state Assembly honors one small business from each of the state’s Assembly Districts who has significantly contributed to their local communities.

    “Being named Small Business of the Year is a tremendous honor since we have so many wonderful small businesses in our area. It’s truly a pleasure to serve the Woodland community,” said Christy Hayes, owner of Mojo’s Kitchen428. “I want to thank Assemblymember Dodd for the recognition.”

    Mojo’s Kitchen428 is an upscale yet casual restaurant in Woodland that is known for local food sourcing, having subscribed to the farm-to-fork movement since 2012. As a locally owned small business, Mojo’s Kitchen428 strives to invest back in the community through sponsoring local civic and charity events and generously donating to various causes in the Woodland area.

    Read the full article here.

  • Jun042015

    Dodd’s Pay Equity Bill passes Assembly

    A gender pay equity bill authored by Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Sonoma Valley) was passed by the state Assembly on Wednesday with bipartisan support. The legislation would require companies that contract with the state to have policies in place to help ensure gender pay equity, and to provide data on employee income by gender and race to document compliance.

    “We need to ensure people aren’t paid less for doing the same job simply because of their gender or the color of their skin,” Dodd said.

    Read the full article here.

  • Jun032015

    Dodd earthquake relief bill passes Assembly

    A bill by Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and co-authored by Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to provide assistance to the communities impacted by the South Napa Earthquake passed the Assembly on Monday with bipartisan support, Dodd’s office announced.

    “When a natural disaster strikes, it is critical that we pull together as a state to help impacted communities,” Dodd said in a statement. “Our local families and businesses have done an amazing job coming together and recovering, but the impacts of the South Napa Earthquake are still being felt by many. With the passage of the additional relief outlined in this bill, the Assembly has shown its support for our communities.”

    Read the full article here.

  • May192015

    News Clips: Assembly subcommittee approves $1 million for Clear Lake restoration in 2015-16 state budget

    NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa) addressed the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation in a continued attempt secure much needed funding to help protect and improve Clear Lake.

    In response, the subcommittee approved $1 million in funds to be included in the Assembly Budget for 2015-16.

    “Clear Lake is a state treasurer and the fight to restore it will be a long one. We’ve come a long way in raising the awareness of this issue, which can no longer be ignored in Sacramento. People are taking note, and sooner or later we will see Clear Lake get the increased resources it needs,” Dodd said.

    Dodd is pursuing multiple avenues to secure critical funding for Clear Lake. 

    Dodd’s petition to the Budget Subcommittee to appropriate additional funds in the state budget toward restoration of the lake accompanies his bill, AB 367, which seeks to allocate funds for water quality improvement, wetland restoration and protection against invasive species.

    Read the full article here.

  • Apr202015

    Baum of Napa recognized at Holocaust event in Assembly

    Every year during Holocaust Remembrance Week, the state Assembly holds a special ceremony and recognizes a Holocaust survivor, liberator or a child of a survivor from each Assembly district. This year, Napa resident Irving “Irv” Baum was selected to receive this recognition on behalf of the 4th Assembly District.

    “The Holocaust is one of mankind’s darkest moments, and we must never forget those who suffered through that atrocity,” said Assemblymember Bill Dodd. “The extraordinary story of Irv Baum and his humility exemplifies why his is often called the greatest generation.”

    Then-1st Lt. Irving Baum served as a B-17 bombardier in the 92nd Air Force Bomb Group. During a bombing run over Germany in March of 1944, a German fighter hit the wing of Irving’s aircraft during a firefight, and the B-17 caught fire. The crew, bailed out, and were captured on the ground by enemy forces. After being interrogated by the Germans, Irving was processed as a POW and spent the next 13 months in captivity. Read the full article here.