SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) — A project to replace the scaffolding around the state Board of Equalization building at Fifth and N streets in Sacramento has been delayed.
The announcement was made late Thursday. The project was scheduled to be completed this weekend.
Jack Ohman's cartoon is a reference to my bill AB 1656, which requires that the state begin the process to consider a new building to house the agency.
Dickinson’s Bill (A.B. 1739) Addresses Groundwater Sustainability
Sacramento, CA— Assemblymember Roger Dickinson issued the following statement about the studies released on groundwater, public attitudes, and California’s drought:
“The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences study, California Water Foundation report, and Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates and Public Opinion Strategies report released this week underscore the immediate necessity of taking legislative action that will manage groundwater on a sustainable basis. Groundwater is the source for approximately 40 percent of the state's water demands in an average year and up to 60 percent or more during droughts, such as the drought California is currently experiencing. Despite the critical role groundwater plays in water supply for Californians, our state is the only state without comprehensive statewide groundwater management programs.
Today's drought -- the third most severe on record -- is responsible for the greatest water loss ever seen in California agriculture.
UC Davis released key finding on California's drought. Direct costs to agriculture total $1.5 billion (revenue losses of $1 billion and $0.5 billion in additional pumping costs).
(Sacramento) – Shipments of crude oil coming into California by train have increased 4000% percent since 2008. As crude by rail transportation increases, so does the possibility of an accident that would surely result in a hazardous materials emergency. Large crude oil spills have led to deadly fires and explosions. California State Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) wants to ensure that if a rail tanker carrying crude oil or other hazardous materials crashes in California, that emergency responders are fully aware of the situation and materials they are dealing with. That’s why Assemblymember Dickinson authored Assembly Bill 380. If passed, and signed into law, AB 380 would ensure that state and local emergency response agencies are ready, by requiring railroads to report to the California Office of Emergency Services (OES), information regarding hazardous materials transported into this state by rail.
At a recent press conference as part of “North American Week of Action on Oil” Assemblymember Dickinson stated, “In 2013, we had 2.6 million barrels of oil spilled in derailments across the nation. That’s more than the past 40 years combined. We need to take action to ensure that within the power of the state government, we exercise our jurisdiction to bring as much safety as we can to the transport of this commodity,” Dickinson continued.
Watch this Assembly Access Video to see a portion of the press conference regarding the need for AB 380.
(Sacramento) – Private First Class R. Burnett Miller, the former Mayor of Sacramento, served in the U.S. Army during World War II. California State Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) honored Miller as the 7th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year. And although many may know of Miller’s civic service to our City, many are unaware of his military service to our country. Private First Class Miller fought in the Battle of the Bulge and helped liberate the Mauthausen-Gusen Concentration Camp. Miller was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his service. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear Assemblymember Dickinson’s proud words about his Veteran of the Year.
On June 26,, I spoke at the 14th Annual Unity Ball for the Greater Sacramento Urban League. I commend the great work this organization does in education, job development and management skills for people in the Sacramento region.
Louie's Restaurant & Catering, run by Frank and Gloria Wong Louie, deserve the exceptional recognition and commendation on their restaurant's 25th anniversary! Since 1989, they have generously supported civic and charitable organizations and have been serving fresh & flavorful Cantonese Chinese cuisine. Our office gathered for this special occasion to celebrate their contribution and involvement in the community.
On June 26, I gave awards to the Annual American Legion California Boys at their State Conference. I spoke with them about the importance of youth participation in government and civic leadership.
Happy Gay Pride Day! On June 14, I marched with Sacramento Stonewall Democrats to promote the LGBT community's self-affirmation, dignity, and equal rights.
On June 10, I hosted the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Veterans Day ceremony. I recently introduced the resolution to establish June 11 as "California LGBT Veterans Day." The Resolution recognizes the significant contributions made by Californians in the LGBT community who have served in the military.
I was proud to announce LGBT Veterans Day along side Lawson C. Stuart, Chair of the Veterans Caucus of the California Democratic Party, Brigadier General Matthew Beevers, Deputy Adjutant-General of the California Military Department, and Deputy Secretary of Minority Veterans of California Department of Veteran Affairs.
On June 5, I spoke with California Education, Juvenile Justice, and Community Leaders about this report and the strong connection to my bill AB 420 which aims to reduce school suspensions.
Since 2001, The Sikh Coalition reports that more than 700 Americans have sought legal assistance after an incident of discrimination or bias.
On June 4, I spoke about the unsolved and discriminatory murders of two Sikh men in Elk Grove. I was interviewed for the new series 916 Hollywood Initiative, a show with producers of VH1 and Fox Network. Its important that we raise awareness around the intolerable violence against minority groups like this.
What do you think should be done about discrimination in California?
On May 11, I joined the Gurdwara Sahib West Sacramento during Sunday temple and met students and teachers of the Sacramento Valley Charter School. I announced my resolution (ACR 147) to establish November as "Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month." The resolution calls attention to the many contributions to California by Sikh Americans and denounces discrimination against the Sikh community.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson’s (D-Sacramento) Assembly Bill 1790 (AB 1790) passed the Senate Health Committee. This bill would improve the stability of adoptive and guardianship families by increasing the pool of mental health professionals specializing in permanent placement of adopted children.
“This is the first legislation in the country to address the need for adoption and permanency of competent mental health providers,” said Assemblymember Roger Dickinson. “AB 1790 will increase the pool of clinicians who understand the unique challenges facing adoptive families and in turn, give more foster children a successful, permanent home,” he added.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson’s (D-Sacramento) bill 578 (A.B. 578) passed the Senate Human Services Committee with a 4-0 vote. Dickinson’s bill would authorize a 2-year pilot project to evaluate the effectiveness of the Sacramento and Yolo crisis nurseries in reducing the number of children entering the Child Welfare System or Child Protective Services. Additional research on crisis nurseries will provide the necessary information to guide child abuse policy and promote nursery development in California communities. The research available indicates that crisis nurseries prevent neglect and abuse by providing families assistance, resources and support during unforeseen circumstances. Verification of effectiveness would enhance child abuse prevention public policy and validate the potential for nursery development in other California communities.