SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) today thanked President Barack Obama for using his authority to add the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands in Mendocino County to the California Coastal National Monument.
EUREKA – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) announced today that a legislative hearing scheduled for Friday in Eureka to discuss California and North Coast water issues will be televised live locally and live-streamed on the Web.
At Chesbro’s request, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), chair of the State Assembly’s Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, agreed to hold one of a series of regional water hearings in Eureka.
EUREKA – At the request of Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast), the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee will hold an informational hearing in Eureka Feb. 7 to discuss North Coast water issues, California’s drought and the Assembly’s water bond proposal.
“We are fortunate to have an opportunity to hold a hearing like this in Humboldt County,” Chesbro said. “Only a few of these hearings are scheduled around the state this year. The Legislature is considering a new water bond proposal, after a proposal passed in 2009 was postponed twice because it was deeply flawed. Additionally, California is now facing a deepening crisis because of record drought and the effects of climate change.”
The Rev. Eric Freed of St. Bernard’s Parish in Eureka, affectionately known as “Father Eric” to his parishioners, met a tragic and untimely death on New Year’s Day. Rev. Freed was beloved on the North Coast for his easy approachability and willingness to help others. His teachings focused on equality, especially when it came to access to God, and on the concept of joy. Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) stood on the Floor of the Assembly to remember and honor Rev. Freed for his service to the community. Hear more about Father Eric’s life of compassion in this Assembly Access Video.
Law taking effect Jan. 1 will make fresh, locally brewed craft beer more available to consumers
"Consumers would like to reuse their containers, not just at the original brewery but to sample beers from many breweries," Chesbro said. “Growlers have become an increasingly popular way for customers to buy beer because it allows them to sample and safely transport craft brews to their homes to enjoy. They won’t have to buy a growler for every brewery they enjoy, which promotes the reuse of glass containers.”
“The new law will help the craft brew industry continue to grow in California, making us more competitive with neighboring states and create more jobs here,” Chesbro continued. “Craft breweries are small businesses, which means the profits they earn and the taxes they pay boost their local economies.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) released the following statement today after a federal judge ordered water released into the Trinity River to prevent a fish kill on the Klamath River:
“I’m glad that Judge O’Neill decided that salmon are the priority. These extra flows will benefit our rivers, our fish, our people and our economy on the North Coast. It’s critical that we protect these natural resources. It’s unfortunate that these releases were delayed. I want to thank all those who provided court testimony in support of fish, including the Yurok and Hoopa tribes and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations.”
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a groundbreaking forest management bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) designed to preserve California forestlands that are in private hands.
Assembly Bill 904 creates the Working Forest Management Plan, which expands upon the state’s existing Nonindustrial Timber Management Plan (NTMP). Currently, NTMPs allow landowners with fewer than 2,500 acres to enroll in a long-term timber management plan if they commit to environmentally friendly, sustainable forestry practices that include a prohibition against clear-cutting. The Working Forest Management Plan extends this concept to owners of up to 15,000 acres of nonindustrial timberland.
Hearing will be webcast live by Cal Channel
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast), chair of Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, has finalized the agenda for this week’s special hearing on the state of California salmon. The hearing is scheduled for 1:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 21 in room 437 at the state Capitol in Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) released the following statement today on the recent passing of former State Sen. Pat Wiggins:
“Pat Wiggins was a powerful leader for her constituents and for all of the people of California. Representing overlapping districts in the Assembly and state Senate, we were legislative partners who worked together to defend the coast, restore fisheries and protect rural health care and education. Pat Wiggins leaves a lasting legacy that will touch the lives of every Californian for many years to come.”
PDI Surgery Center saved from closing by exemption from Medi-Cal payment reductions
SACRAMENTO – A clinic in Windsor that specializes in treating the most severe dental decay cases in children from low-income families all over Northern California will be able to remain open after a state agency exempted the clinic from pending cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursements.
Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro< (D – North Coast) thanked the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) for the decision announced today that will exempt PDI Surgery Center from an impending 10 percent reduction in Medi-Cal reimbursement rates.