State Senator Mike McGuire Asks Governor to Declare Disaster for Flood Areas

December 16, 2014

Sacramento, CA – California State Senator Mike McGuire and fellow legislators, today asked Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to issue a Disaster Declaration for Sonoma, Marin and Lake Counties due to the severe flooding in those areas.

“The flash flooding and storm damage experienced by communities in Sonoma, Lake and Marin is the worst we’ve seen in decades,” said Senator McGuire.  “We’re asking the Governor to issues a Disaster Declaration so that residents and business owners can get the help they need as soon as possible”

McGuire’s request was joined by Senator Lois Wolk and Assemblymembers Jim Wood, Marc Levine and Bill Dodd, all of whom represent the impacted areas.

In their letter to the Governor, the legislators highlighted the extreme weather conditions that impacted the region, including strong winds and record rainfall. Last week’s large storm event caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses throughout California.  Current damage estimates are over $20 million just between the three counties, and the total figure is anticipated to grow substantially as assessments of damaged public and private property advance in the weeks to come.

“The response from the Governor’s office of Emergency Services has been excellent during this storm event,” said McGuire, “and now we are asking for help in getting our communities the resources and services they need to rebuild and thrive.”

For more information or questions, please contact Jason Liles in my office at 916-651-4002 or at 707-570-7070.

Weekly Address: Giving Thanks for Our Troops

December 13, 2014

In this week’s address, the President thanked the men and women in uniform who serve and sacrifice to protect the freedom, prosperity, and security that we all enjoy as Americans. On Monday the President will visit troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey and voice his appreciation in person for their incredible service.

These troops, as well as the many who are still overseas, have met every mission they have been tasked with, from bringing a responsible end to our war in Afghanistan, to working to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, to saving lives by fighting to contain the spread of Ebola. During this holiday season, a time of blessings and gratitude, the President reminded everyone to find a way to thank and serve the members of the military who serve us every day.


Congressman Mike Thompson’s October and November Legislative Report

December 3, 2014

Congressman Mike Thompson’s October and November Legislative Report

Mike McGuire Sworn in as State Senator

December 2, 2014

Mike McGuire Sworn in as State Senator

Weekly Address: Immigration Accountability Executive Action

November 26,2015

Weekly Address: Immigration Accountability Executive Action | The White House

In this week’s address, the President laid out the steps he took this past week to fix our broken immigration system. Enacted within his legal authority, the President’s plan focuses on cracking down on illegal immigration at the border; deporting felons, not families; and accountability through criminal background checks and taxes.

Democratic Central Committee to meet December 4, 2014

November 26, 2016

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee will meet Thursday December 4, 2014 at the Lakeport
Senior Center Conference room at 527 Konocti Ave. in Lakeport at 6:30 p.m.

December 2014 Agenda for the Lake County Democratic Central Committee

November 2014 LCDCC Minutes

2015-2016 Member Survey (2)


We will be planning for the new year, electing officers and delegates for the 2015/2016 election cycle.

The agenda for the December 4, 2014 meeting includes reports from representatives for Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi, Assemblyman Bill Dodd and State Senator Mike McGuire, as well as reports from the Stonewall Democratic Club Chair Essie Coons and representative from the Lake County Democratic Club Paula Mune.

If you would like to get involved, please come to the meeting and we will find a way for you to participate.

Meetings are open to the public and committee membership is open to all registered Democrats.

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee is the official governing body of the Democratic Party in Lake County.

For more information about the Democratic Party in Lake County visit our visit our Facebook page

Contact the Democratic Party of Lake County at 707-533-4885 or by email at .


Bill Dodd Takes Oath as New Assemblymember for 4th Assembly District

December  2, 2014

Assemblymember Mariko Yamada Final Summary Report

November 19, 2014

Mariko Yamada


By The Numbers – Final Summary Report

As my staff and I complete six years serving our Assembly District, I am pleased to present our last “By the Numbers” report, a snapshot of the programs and services that have been among our top priorities made possible through invaluable partnerships and volunteers.


$6.9M - The total amount of tax refunds returned since 2010 to low- and moderate-income families through our work with the Yolo County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Coalition. Free tax preparation events with IRS-Certified volunteers help low-income working families, elderly, and workers with disabilities claim all eligible tax credits, including the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Look at our five-year record!

$45,000 – The student financial aid awarded since 2009 to Yolo County participants at our Cash for College workshops. Assisting students – many of whom are the first in their families to go to college – in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Cal Grant applications is the first step in attaining a higher education.

1,607 - The total number of District Office constituent cases throughout our six-county district mitigated since 2009. Helping people navigate the state bureaucracy, linking constituents to resources and other jurisdictions, and resolving problems has been a hallmark of our District Office operations.

698 – The number of people who visited Veterans Resource Fairs in Napa, Solano and Yolo counties. Approximately 620 cases were opened or updated by various agencies, including 395 veterans claims. During the fairs, participants were able to access information on federal, state, and local veteran services and programs. Veterans were also able to file and check the status of existing claims with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

133 – The number of Centenarians inducted in my “Century Circle” program since 2010. Based on the “Keiro No Hi” or “Respect for the Aged Day” national holiday celebrating centenarians in Japan since 1966, our office proudly recognizes those who have attained the esteemed age of 100 or over.

535 – Unlicensed drivers in our district attended one of our 5 informational presentations on Assembly Bill 60. We hosted these workshops in collaboration with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), California Highway Patrol (CHP), local law enforcement agencies, the Sacramento and San Francisco Mexican Consulate, and several local organizations. An additional Napa workshop will take place on November 20th.


26 – The number of oversight and informational hearings conducted in my role as Chair of the Aging and Long Term Care Committee. Issues ranging from homecare to the end-of-life and our 2014 “Faces of Aging” Informational Hearing series highlight the competencies necessary to meet the needs of California’s 21st century aging population.

8 - As Chair of the Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, we examined organic certification, agricultural solutions to climate change, and, in a joint hearing with the Select Committee on Wine, took a look at sustainable winegrowing issues in California.

2 - As Chair of the Select Committee on State Hospital and Developmental Center Safety, hearings convened in Sacramento and Napa examined the changes needed to preserve treatment and protect workers and patients in an increasingly violent environment.

19 – Committee assignments held since 2009:

Chair, Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care; Chair, Assembly Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture; Chair, Assembly Select Committee on State Hospital and Developmental Center Safety; senior member of the Assembly Committees on Agriculture; Veterans Affairs; and Water, Parks, and Wildlife where we were engaged in the next chapter of the Delta “water wars”; and member of the Committees on Rules, Housing and Community Development and Labor and Employment; member of the Select Committees on Homelessness; Foster Care; Local Emergency Preparedness; Mental and Behavioral Health; Regional Approaches to Addressing the State’s Water Crisis; State Hospital Safety; State School Financial Takeovers; The 2010 Census; Wine; and Workforce Development within the Developmentally Disabled Community.


36 – The total number of bills and resolutions chaptered since 2009 with an emphasis on aging and long-term care reforms, regulating private long-term care insurance policies, funding Alzheimer’s research, protecting victims of dependent adult abuse, consumer protection and civil rights. For a full list of our legislative accomplishments, please visit the California Legislative Information website.

Your new Assemblymember will begin serving the 4th Assembly District on Monday, December 1st. My staff and I will continue our service through Wednesday, November 26th. Please contact us at (916) 319-2004 or (800) 965-6765 if you have any concerns or questions regarding a State agency or legislative matter. Thank you for the great honor of serving you.


Mariko Yamada
Assemblymember, 4th Assembly District

Weekly Address: Open Enrollment Starts Today

November 15, 2015

In this week’s address, the President reminded Americans that Affordable Care Act open enrollment begins this weekend. In the past year, more than 10 million people have gained health insurance, including more than 7 million who enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplace coverage. They are proof that the Affordable Care Act is working, making health care more affordable, accessible, and of higher quality for millions of people.

Historic Joint Plan to Curb Climate Pollution

November 12, 2014

The White House

Last night, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping jointly announced crucial new actions to protect our climate. And because of American leadership, China is making critical new commitments.

Building on the progress we’ve already made, the U.S. will set a new target of cutting our net greenhouse gas emissions 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. And President Xi announced new plans to increase the share of renewable energy and nuclear power that China uses to roughly 20% by 2030 — up from only 8% in 2009 — and, for the first time, set a target for when China will max out its carbon emissions.

The U.S. and China together account for more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions — so together, we have an especially important role to play in fighting climate change.

To put it plainly: This is a big deal. Find out more about the announcement, and share the news with someone who needs to know.

Back in 2009 when President Obama took office, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were projected to continue increasing indefinitely, at a rate of about 1.2% each year. But the President set an ambitious goal that November to cut emissions “in the range of 17% below 2005 levels” by 2020.

We’re on track to achieve that goal. Since taking office, President Obama has:

  • Put in place appliance efficiency standards that will save American consumers more than $450 billion on their utility bills through 2030
  • Established standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks, nearly doubling the fuel efficiency of our vehicles and saving consumers $1.7 trillion at the pump over the lifetime of the program
  • Released the first-ever proposal for carbon pollution standards for both new and existing power plants
  • Increased electricity generation from solar more than ten-fold, and tripled electricity production from wind power
  • Invested more than $80 billion in clean energy technologies

And the new emission reduction target that the President announced last night will roughly double the pace of our carbon pollution reduction — from 1.2% per year from 2005 to 2020, to 2.3-2.8% from 2020 to 2025.

This target keeps us on track to reduce our carbon pollution on the order of 80% by 2050, and means the U.S. is doing our part to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius.

Learn more about last night’s announcements, and forward this message to make sure people know just how important this is.



John Podesta
Counselor to the President
The White House

Weekly Address: This Veterans’ Day, Let’s Honor Our Veterans

November 8, 2014

In this week’s address, in advance of Veterans’ Day, the President paid tribute to the men and women in uniform who have given so much in service of America.

Veterans have risked their lives to protect our freedom, and we need to be there for them when they return from duty by ensuring they get the care they need and the opportunities they deserve. The President asked every American to thank and welcome home the veterans in their lives who, like all who fight for our country, are heroes worthy of our constant gratitude and support.

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