Skepticism growing toward ‘twin tunnels’ project: Gov. Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan in hot water

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If you haven’t heard about the “twin tunnels” yet, get ready to hear a lot.

By now, most California residents have heard about Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to construct two 40-foot diameter peripheral tunnels 150-feet below the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the state’s largest and most critical water supply. The plan has been estimated to cost between $25 and $67 billion, depending on whom you ask – opponents or proponents.


Frazier Seeks to Enhance Driver Safety

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Assembly Bill 1646 by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) successfully passed through the Assembly Transportation Committee with bipartisan support. This bill will impose firm penalties to offenders who disregard the safety of others by illegally using their cell phones while driving.

“AB 1646 is intended to serve as a deterrent for drivers who blatantly ignore road safety,” said Frazier. “This change in the law will help reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that are caused by distracted drivers and make California’s streets a secure place for all.”


Assemblymember Frazier Issues Statement on 38th Annual California Peace Officers’ Association Memorial Ceremony

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Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier made the following statement after attending the 38th Annual California Peace Officers’ Association Memorial Ceremony in Sacramento:

“I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families and friends of California’s fallen peace officers. These heroes have made the ultimate sacrifice in their commitment to protect the public, and we will remember them for the courage and valor they displayed in the line of duty.”


Frazier and Bloom Move Forward With “Veteran” Driver’s License Bill

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Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill 1637 by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) and Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica) passed the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee with bipartisan support. This bill would allow California veterans to apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a “Veteran” designation on their driver’s license or identification card.

“California is home to nearly two million veterans, yet nearly half of that population remains unaccounted for,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “Not only will this bill simplify the lives of already identified veterans, it will also assist County Veteran Service Officers in outreach efforts to recognize those who are not obtaining the benefits they have rightfully earned as a result of their service.”


Bill by Assemblyman Jim Frazier aims to help veterans obtain educational benefits

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Legislation, authored by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Solano, that aims to safe guard veteran students from misleading and deceptive recruiting techniques from colleges successfully passed the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

"AB 2099 is intended to help our veteran students obtain the educational benefits they rightfully deserve," Frazier said in a press release announcing the latest vote. "It is my hope that this legislation will also help facilitate a path that supports their assimilation back into civilian life."


Frazier honored by Donate Life California

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Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Solano, was honored by Donate Life California with the "Rising Star" award and recognized for his leadership and support of saving lives through organ and tissue donation.

"To be involved with an organization that gives people a second chance at life is an incredible opportunity," Frazier said in a press release. "Donate Life California provides hope and healing for over one million people each year, and I am proud to know that I can be a part of that."


Assemblyman Frazier Talks “Delta” at Antioch Kiwanis Meeting

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On Tuesday, Assemblyman Jim Frazier joined the Kiwanis Club of the Delta-Antioch to discuss issues facing East Contra Costa County and the Delta.

Although the meeting provided several updates, a majority of the 30-minute discussion was spent on the Delta and Governor Jerry Brown’s Plan to build a tunnels to help transport water to Southern California.


Oakley: Fred Lambert Recognized for Twenty Years of Volunteer Service

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On Friday April 11, Assemblyman Jim Frazier honored Fred Lambert of Oakley during National Volunteer Week at Laurel Elementary School.

Lambert has been a volunteer at Laurel Elementary School for the past 20 years. His responsibilities have included assisting with administrative duties, participating in reading hour and lending a hand when teachers were in need of classroom assistance. At 88 years of age, Lambert still goes in at 6:15 in the morning to volunteer, and is a noon duty fill-in when there are sick or vacation replacements needed.


Assemblyman Jim Frazier Fights Afresh for Financial Aid Regulations

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If at first you don't succeed, try, try again may well be the motto for Assemblymember Jim Frazier, D-Solano, who has again introduced legislation to protect students' financial aid from what he says are outrageous fees charged by financial institutions.

Assembly Bill 1927 would set basic guidelines that colleges can follow when outsourcing their financial aid distribution to financial firms.

Initially Frazier introduced Assembly Bill 1162 that addressed similar issues, but that bill didn't pass the Senate Banking and Financial Institution Committee. His new bill is designed to take a different approach to protecting students receiving financial aid on debit cards.


Frazier Wants Safeguards for Veterans at At-Profit Schools

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FAIRFIELD — For-profit colleges would have to meet a minimum graduation rate of 30 percent and default rate of less than 15.5 percent before they can admit veteran students who receive GI Bill financial aid if legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jim Frazier passes.

Frazier, D-Oakley, said his measure is to help ensure veteran student success at for-profit colleges.

The bill establishes the same graduation rate and default rate that the Legislature recently enacted as a requirement for these for-profit colleges to receive Cal Grant dollars, the assemblyman said.


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