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  • 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.

  • Apr062015

    Press Release: Assemblymember Dodd Resolution to Protect Berryessa Wilderness Passes Legislature

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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.

  • Mar102015

    News Clips: Rushing Honored as 4th Assembly District Woman of the Year

    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.”

    Read the full article here.

  • Mar032015

    News Clips: Assemblyman Dodd takes aim at closing gender pay gap in California

    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.

    Read the full article here.