> July 2018 Report
> Legislative Updates:
> All of Senator McGuire’s bills have moved onto their next step in the committee process!
> The following bills have moved onto their next step in the process:
> SCR 92: Rumfelt Memorial Highway
> SCR 124: Del Ponte Memorial Highway
> SB 1029: NCRA
> SB 269: Electronic Fish Tickets
> SB 1309: Fish Omnibus
> SB 1310: Dungeness Crab Task Force
> SB 896: Aggravated Arson
> SB 929: Special Districts Websites
> SCR 115: Opioid Crisis
> SB 1415: Ghost Ship: Housing
> SB 1416: Ghost Ship: Local Fees
> SB 175: Crisis beds (through its first committee)
> SB 965: Cattle Council
> SB 668: Commercial Feed
> SB 833: Emergency Alerts
> SB 175: Crisis Beds (second committee of the week)
> SB 629: Alcohol Fees: Websites
> Pawnee Fire:
> After the Pawnee Fire erupted on June 23, Senator McGuire immediately contacted Sheriff Martin, OES, and Cal Fire and continues to be in contact about the fire’s movements. The Senator is focused on resources for fire survivors.
> Senator McGuire is working with the County of Lake and the CA Department of Finance on solutions for the property tax losses that Lake has endured from 5 fires in three years.
> On June 6th, Senator McGuire honored North Coast Opportunities as Non-Profit of Year – an incredible organization serving Mendocino and Lake county communities that led individual recovery and donation distribution efforts after last year’s Redwood Complex and Sulphur fires.
> Bruder and NCO Board Chair Ross Walker joined Senator McGuire at the State Capitol Wednesday for a special ceremony in recognition of nonprofits across the state that have been chosen to represent their districts for California Nonprofits Day.
> 2. Senator McGuire secured $2 million in State funding for upgrades to the Redwood Valley County Water District.
> When the Redwood Complex Fire burned over 36,000 acres and destroyed over 500 structures last October in Mendocino County, that included 187 homes that are in the Redwood Valley County Water District. The District infrastructure faced significant damage due to the fires and it was discovered the main water line would need to be expanded in order to rebuild the homes to meet modern-day fire safety and building code requirements, with enough flow to accommodate fire sprinklers.
> For the past six months, Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Jim Wood have been working with the County of Mendocino, the Redwood Valley County Water District, California’s Office of Emergency Services, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine how $7 million in upgrades to the system could be funded.
> State Budget:
> For months, Senator Mike McGuire and the entire North Bay Legislative Delegation worked tirelessly and led the way with the California Fire Chiefs, the California Professional Firefighters Association, CalFire Firefighters, California Fire Districts Association, California State Fire Fighters Association and many other public safety organizations to secure millions in new funding for enhanced mutual aid. McGuire, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, is pleased to announce $50 million dollars will be dedicated to enhanced mutual aid response, which will better equip and prepare our state’s firefighting agencies to battle the “New Normal” of California’s wildfire season.
> $500 million from the General Fund will be available as emergency assistance for local governments to respond to homelessness. In addition, since he was first elected, Senator McGuire has pushed for dedicated funding for Career Technical Education to train our future workforce. In 2015, Senator McGuire – working with Governor Brown – secured $900 million over three years in Career Training and Job Skills programs in public schools. In this year’s budget deal, $300 million in ongoing funding has been allocated for Career Technical Education programs in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
> Senator McGuire is part of a leadership team in the Senate bringing a resolution on the issue of the Trump Administration’s immigration policy. The text of the resolution, SR 114, can be found here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SR114
> Senator McGuire also believes that the state of California should take legal action against the administration for their inhuman actions, and is working to pursue that avenue of response as well. Further, a letter was sent to Governor Brown signed by Senator McGuire along with several other legislators urging the Governor to recall the California National Guard at the border because we cannot tolerate our state resources to support government agencies detaining young children involuntarily ripped from their parents, many of whom were seeking refuge in accordance with national and international laws. CA doesn’t want take any part in President Trump’s inhumane, zero-tolerance policy separating children from their parents.
> Other states that have already pulled their National Guard troops, including states that are led by both Republican and Democratic Governors, include: Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, while Colorado, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Oregon have refused to send troops
> July 2018 Report
|LBM||Proposition 1||Bonds||Issues $4 billion in bonds for housing programs and veterans’ home loans|
|LRSS||Proposition 2||Bonds||Authorizes state to use revenue from millionaire’s tax for $2 billion in bonds for homelessness prevention housing|
|CISS||Proposition 3||Bonds||Issues $8.877 billion in bonds for water-related infrastructure and environmental projects|
|CISS||Proposition 4||Bonds||Issues $1.5 billion in bonds for children’s hospitals|
|CICA/SS||Proposition 5||Taxes||Revises process for homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments|
|CICA||Proposition 6||Taxes||Repeals 2017’s fuel tax and vehicle fee increases and requires public vote on future increases|
|LRSS||Proposition 7||Time||Authorizes legislature to provide for permanent daylight saving time if federal government allows|
|CISS||Proposition 8||Healthcare||Requires dialysis clinics to issue refunds for revenue above a certain amount|
|CISS||Proposition 9||Statehood||Asks government to divide california into three states|
|CISS||Proposition 10||Housing||Allows local governments to regulate rent|
|CISS||Proposition 11||Labor||Allow ambulance providers to require workers to remain on-call during breaks paid|
|CISS||Proposition 12||Animals||Bans sale of meat from animals confined in spaces below specific sizes|
LBM – statewide bond
LRSS – legislatively referred state statute (referred from legislature)
CISS – initiated state statute – (initiated from signature gathering
CICA – initiated constitutional ammendment
CICA/SS – combined initiated constitutional ammendment and state statute
Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry’s
June 2018 Lake CC report (1)
AB 2292 – Improving Infant and Toddler Care
• Assembly Bill 2292 will strategically invest in California’s child care system by increasing state rates for infant and toddler care, creating a grant program to fund implementation and start-up costs of new child care facilities, and establishing a fund to recruit a new generation of family child care providers.
• Passed Assembly Floor, In the Senate
AB 2576 – Emergencies: Healthcare
• AB 2576 is critical to ensure that communities continue to receive timely access to care when disaster strikes. This bill takes into account the experiences of clinics and health providers in communities impacted by the 2017 wildfires, and proposes policy streamlining that will provide for improved continuity of care even in the face of natural disasters. AB 2576 is a comprehensive bill to address a variety of challenges identified during the disaster response to the wildfires of 2017. These changes will improve the ability of community health clinics and their health care providers to deliver timely access to services after a disaster occurs.
• Passed Assembly – In the Senate
In the District
• Met with SEIU Local 2015
• Spoke with League of CA Cities
• Attended and spoke at Lake County Early Child Educator Awards
• Cecilia is honored with the overwhelming support she received in the election.
• There were three official ‘write in’ candidates – one from Dixon, one from Davis and one from Lake County. We are waiting for the final results as to who will move on to the November election with Cecilia. She received 94.1% of the Lake County vote.
May 2018 Report
• SB 897 – Residential property insurance: wildfires passed through the Senate Insurance Committee last week!
o Senator McGuire’s SB 897 would waive inventory claim form requirements (an itemized contents list) during a governor-declared state of emergency, allowing homeowners the option of foregoing the itemization and instead automatically collecting at least 80 percent of the policy limit. Without the itemized lists, some insurance companies will provide as little as 30 percent payoff.
• SB 833 – Emergency Alert Legislation passed the first Senate Committee Hearing with bipartisan support.
• SB 1453 – Illegal Conversions just passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today. The bill would extend statute of limitation for illegal conversions of timberland from one year to three years in order to go after illegal cannabis operations. Additionally, this proposal would allow the cause of action to accrue upon discovery of the violation.
• SB 929 – Special Districts Transparency Act passed the Senate Governance & Finance Committee with bipartisan support.
o The bill will require every independent special district to create and consistently maintain a website with specific and detailed information including meeting agendas, clear information on the district’s budget and expenditures, compensation reports, information on how to contact representatives of the district and more.
• SB 1029 – the Great Redwood Trail Act Updates:
o Senator Mike McGuire’s bill that will create the Great Redwood Trail from the San Francisco Bay to the Humboldt Bay is one step closer to reality after it was approved with a unanimous, bipartisan 9-0 vote in the Senate Natural Resources and Water committee.
o The Great Redwood Trail will be a significant economic driver for the rural North Coast communities it would wind through. California outdoor recreation is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Golden State’s economy. It generates over $92 billion a year here in California, is responsible for nearly 700,000 jobs with over $30 billion in wages, and brings over $6 billion in tax revenues back to state and local communities. The trail will attract hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors alike to hike this spectacular landscape and inject needed funds into the small, rural economies that would neighbor the potential future trail.
o The North Coast Rail Authority will be dissolved through SB 1029, and the 300 mile long right-of-way will be segmented roughly at the halfway point. The Northern Segment – from Arcata to Willits – will be temporarily transferred to the state Department of Transportation, who is charged with beginning the “railbanking” process, cataloging property easements and advancing environmental work. The Great Redwood Trail Agency would then take over to start building the actual trail. The legislation supports freight where it is currently existing and supports rail around Humboldt Bay.
o While there are years of planning, community meetings and work ahead, the Great Redwood Trail is gaining momentum. SB 1029 will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee in May.
• Senator McGuire’s advanced a critical state budget request to fund enhanced screening and counseling for opioid and meth addiction.
o Senator Mike McGuire is fighting to secure millions that would allow California to implement a successful enhanced drug screening program, which has been proven to help combat drug addiction in other states. The funding would be focused on screening of opioid and methamphetamine addiction when patients see their doctors.
o The funding will allow for all Medi-Cal patients to receive screening from their providers, which would ask them about any potential drug use. This results-driven practice is not currently deployed in California for the state’s more than 7 million Medi-Cal patients, 21 and older.
o If this funding is secured, when a patient goes to their doctor for a regular visit, they would receive a questionnaire asking if they use any opioid prescriptions or illicit drugs to help them sleep, relax, calm down, feel better, or lose weight. Their answers could lead to additional drug screening, counseling and substance abuse treatment.
o Senator McGuire has officially requested that the budget committee advance an allocation from the state’s General Fund to cover the costs of this data-driven screening program. This would include allocating $8.4 million ($2.58 million from the State General Fund/$5.82 million in matching dollars from the Federal Financial Participation).
o The screening dollars, if secured, would be invested with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to expand the Medi-Cal benefit for Alcohol Misuse, Screening and Counseling (AMSC) to include screening for overuse of opioids and other illicit drugs.
o Routine screenings for excessive alcohol use in California, followed by brief intervention or counseling and referral to treatment has helped countless Californians get the help they need to combat their addiction. The program, Screening Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT), has been in place in emergency rooms, public hospitals and federally qualified health centers across California for 15 years focused solely on alcohol. Now, Senator McGuire wants to take the same results driven process and apply it to opioid use and methamphetamine.
• The Senator spoke at a Middletown Area Town Hall in April discussing legislation updates and all things fire recovery.
• Senator McGuire & First 5 hosted a town hall on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Humboldt last Friday. The forum discussed community response and initiatives that have been launched to positively change the lives of some of Humboldt’s most vulnerable kids. Humboldt County has some of the highest rates of ACEs in California. The town hall featured presentations from community leaders on trauma informed care programs and community action teams, as well as an update from the county on reforms taking place following the Attorney General’s report on Humboldt County Child Welfare.
• Legislature’s Wine Committee held a hearing in April in Healdsburg to talk fire recovery, ag tourism, and water supply.
o Senators Mike McGuire and Bill Dodd and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry united their respective Select Committees on Wine for a hearing in Sonoma County’s Wine Country to discuss wildfire recovery following the devastating North Bay Firestorm and receive a report on water supply issues.
June Legislative Update
“Protecting California’s Water
As always, I am doing everything I can to stop the disastrous twin tunnels. Unfortunately, a Southern California member from the majority party recently introduced legislation that would invalidate all current lawsuits against the project and prohibit any future suits. I have been doing everything I can to sound the alarm on this threat, and I will fight to ensure this language does not pass the House of Representatives. And if it does, I will work with California’s Senators to ensure that the Senate rejects it.
On a more positive note, I am pleased that the House passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2018, H.R 8. This critical bill authorizes flood control projects across the country, and I was able to insert a number of 3rd district priorities. Specifically, the bill includes language to expedite completion of the lower Cache Creek Feasibility Study, which will provide greater flood protection for the City of Woodland, and language to allow the Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority to construct three miles of levee on the Yuba River.
Supporting Our Troops
As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I’m also working on giving our servicemembers the support they deserve while setting policy to make our military as strong and wise as it can be. Recently, I voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, H.R. 5515. It contains a 2.6 percent pay raise for our troops the largest in nearly a decade. I also ensured that the legislation supports Travis AFB and Beale AFB and provides the vital facility and equipment upgrades they need to continue their missions to keep America safe.
However, I am extremely concerned about the direction the recently-passed defense bill sets for America’s nuclear weapons policy. The bill authorizes the development of dangerous new low-yield nuclear warheads. Not only does this pull us even further into a dangerous arms race with Russia, but it would also increase the risk of miscalculation in a conflict. I submitted amendments to the bill that would have stripped this authorization, but they were defeated. I will continue to work with the Senate to remove this dangerous provision from the Defense Authorization Bill.
Honoring Our Veterans
I’m also working on giving a very important group of veterans a well-deserved honor. I’ve introduced H.R. 5879, the World War II Merchant Marine Congressional Gold Medal Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would award one of our nation’s highest public honors to the brave Merchant Marine veterans from World War II.
In World War II, our armed forces relied on Merchant Mariners sailing American-made Liberty Ships to transport supplies and cargo to the front. It was a dangerous job: The Merchant Marine had the highest casualty rate of any of our forces. Over 8,300 mariners died and 13,000 were wounded. But despite their heroism and bravery, these mariners didn’t even receive veteran status until 1988.
I recently had the chance to meet some of these veterans and hear their stories about braving waters infested with German and Japanese submarines to deliver vital supplies to our troops in the field. After all they did for us, this honor is the least we can do in return.
These are just a few of the things I’m working on in Congress to give Americans a Better Deal. As always, it’s an honor to represent you in Congress.”
- Congressman Thompson convened Members of Congress from the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force for a forum with students from Parkland, Florida and other schools from around the nation to hear from the young leaders. Students shared their experiences with gun violence and their proposals for reform with over 40 members of Congress.
- The Congressman also joined with local, state, and federal officials to mark the completion of major debris removal from the 2017 wildfires. This was the most expansive removal since the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, including 2.2 million tons of debris. Thompson’s work to secure federal dollars and resources for relief efforts continues.
- Congressman Thompson’s legislation to help combat the opioid crisis passed the Committee on Ways and Means. His bills will help remove barriers to care for those suffering from addiction and increases treatment options. This is an important step forward but work to fight the crisis must continue. Thompson remains committed to studying all causes and exploring all options to promote access to treatment and help those still suffering.
- The Congressman also announced his 2018 Student Leaders of the Year for each county in the Fifth Congressional District. Chosen for their academic achievements, leadership, and engagement in their community, the winners are:
- Naya Murdock, Juliet Stephenson, Harmony Soffer, Phoeben Tang, Kate Wohlford, and Alan Kobylik in Contra Costa County;
- The entire Middletown High School Leadership Class, including Kassandra Agapoff, Ellie Bazzano, Abbey Brown, Noah Brown, Treeanna Brownfield, Cade Browning, Aaliyah Cerveny, Casey Chicoine, Thomas Cook, Rose Duncan, Jack Farres, Alyssa Ferguson, Andrea Garcia, Julisa Garcia, Victor Guzman, Colton Hall, Kenna Harbison, Alyssa Hart, Yasamine Heidary, Amy Herrmann, Luke Holt, Jon Hoogendoorn Jr., Dimitrios Imbrunetti, Kaylee McKenney, Willard Morris, Trey O’Neill, Tyler Olson, Shea Rockwell, Taelor Roderick, Veronica Rosales, Alessandra Diaz, and Kyle Pryor-Landman in Lake County;
- Travis Risely, Anthea Johnson, Isabella Goldman, Savanna Harwood, Larkin Dewyer, and Juan Carlos Mora in Napa County;
- Carson Rendell, Shannon Sweeney, Azaria Riggins, and Olivia Sanchez in Solano County;
- And Jonah Gottlieb, Jacquelyn Torres, Cian Martin, Kimberly Uzzo, Ellie Bon, and Lauren Worona in Sonoma County.
Join all 3 Superior Court Judge candidates for a debate hosted by LakeCoNews and the Lake County Bar Association.
Come out and support our candidate, Shanda Harry for Superior Court judge
Wednesday May 2, 2018 6pm-8pm
Clearlake Senior Community Center, 3245 Bowers Ave, Clearlake, CA
Susan Krones, the Senior Deputy District Attorney, received the party’s endorsement for the open County District Attorney seat. She has 25 years of experience in prosecuting criminal cases in Lake County. Krones started out in the Family Support Division in 1992 and then transferred to the Criminal Division in 1997 where she has prosecuted serious and violent felonies including murder, child sexual assault, domestic violence, vehicular homicide and animal abuse cases, along with other cases. While assigned to the Child Sexual Assault cases, Krones was instrumental in establishing the first child interview center in Lake County for victims of sexual assault.
In the District 2 Board of Supervisor race,Clearlake City Council Mayor, Bruno Sabatier, received the endorsement. Sabatier’s main goals upon his election to the Board are increased access to education, putting our county’s economy back in the positives, and working on solutions to homelessness in our county.
California Democrats met last weekend in San Diego at the annual convention – Our party voted to recommend the following positions for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Ballot Measures
Proposition 68 – Support – Parks, Environment & Water Bond
- A “yes” vote supports this measure to authorize $4 billion in general obligation bonds for state and local parks, environmental protection projects, water infrastructure projects, and flood protection projects.
- Ballotpedia Description
- Proposition 69 – Support – Transportation Taxes and Fees Lockbox and Appropriations Limit Exemption Amendment,
- A “yes” vote supports this amendment to:
- require that revenue from the diesel sales tax and Transportation Improvement Fee, as enacted by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), be used for transportation-related purposes; and
- exempt revenue generated by SB 1’s tax increases and fee schedules from the state appropriations limit.
- Ballotpedia Description
Proposition 70 – Oppose – Vote Requirement to Use Cap-and-Trade Revenue Amendment
- A “no” vote opposes this amendment to require a one-time two-thirds vote in each legislative chamber in 2024 or thereafter to pass a spending plan for revenue from the state’s cap-and-trade program.
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Proposition 71 – Support – Effective Date of Ballot Measures Amendment
- A “yes” vote supports this amendment to move the effective date of ballot propositions, including citizen initiatives and legislative referrals, from the day after election day to the fifth day after the secretary of state certifies election results.
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- Proposition 72 – Support – Rainwater Capture Systems Excluded from Property Tax Assessments Amendment
- A “yes” vote supports this amendment to allow the state legislature to exclude rainwater capture systems added after January 1, 2019, from property tax reassessments.
- Ballotpedia Description