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SACRAMENTO – Agriculture Committee Chairman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) released the following statement regarding the drought legislation passed today:
“Facing the fourth straight year of the drought puts California and our resources in critical condition, and leaves families struggling to put food on the table and have access to clean drinking water. This drought legislation is an important step in providing resources and solutions to communities most impacted by the drought.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) and Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego) will lead a high-level trade mission to Cuba comprised of 27 California Legislators and government officials, academia, and representatives of the California agricultural industry.
Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) and Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego) will be joined by Assemblymembers Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), Adam Gray (D-Merced), Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Rudy Salas Jr. (D-Bakersfield), and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond).
FRESNO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) hosted a district Woman of the Year Awards Ceremony in honor of Women's History Month at 1821 Gallery & Studios in Fresno. Perea presented awards to six Assembly District 31 residents who made significant contributions to our community in six categories including: youth activism, volunteerism, community advocacy, education, health, and public safety.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 31 designated March 18, 2015 as California Agriculture Day. This day has been celebrated in California since 2002 and is a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others from across California gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by California agriculture.
“California has been the leading agricultural state in the nation for over 60 years,” said Assemblymember Perea. “It's important to recognize the socioeconomic benefit agriculture provides to our state, and the public benefit agriculture provides by producing the safest and highest quality food in the world. California Agriculture Day gives us a chance to show off the bounty of California.”
FRESNO – This morning, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) honored Fresno County head Public Defender as the 31st Assembly District’s 2015 Woman of the Year. Ms. Diaz was selected for her unwavering dedication to safety and justice in the community.
SACRAMENTO – On Friday, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1308 which would strengthen the state's apprenticeship system by establishing basic, but necessary procedures for the approval of new programs. The bill would clarify that contractors must actually request apprentices before existing programs may be found to lack the capacity or willingness to dispatch them.
“As our infrastructure continues to age, the building and construction trades apprenticeship programs are vital to address the need for a highly skilled workforce for new construction and modernization projects,” said Assemblymember Perea. “AB 1308 would ensure apprenticeship programs are performing at the highest standard.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1265 which will prevent losing a great tool in California - public private partnerships (P3s) for transportation infrastructure. The provision that allows private public partnerships for state roads will sunset in 2017, and AB 1265 will lift the sunset.
“California needs access to every avenue possible to rehabilitate our crumbling roads. Public private partnerships are an asset to California’s infrastructure development system we cannot afford to lose,” said Assemblymember Perea. “AB 1265 will ensure we can continue utilizing P3s.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1176 which would direct a greater portion of funds available under the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Fund and Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology program towards California’s most impacted and disadvantaged communities (DACs). These funds would help facilitate the deployment of low-carbon based fueling infrastructure that demonstrate reasonable and cost-effective GHG reduction strategies that provide residents with immediate benefits in air quality, public health, environment and the local economy.
“It’s important we deploy projects in the communities that are most impacted by pollution and GHG emissions,” said Assemblymember Perea. “Increased funding for these projects ensure our families are breathing cleaner air, and create good paying jobs.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 904 which would increase access to clean vehicles by creating a secondary clean vehicle market place that is more affordable for low income Californians. The bill would incentivize Californians who cannot afford a new vehicle to purchase a clean used vehicle rather than a conventional one.
“AB 904 will give people who are new to the market the ability to purchase a clean vehicle right from the start, and give them the opportunity to create a culture of sustainability in their family,” said Assemblymember Perea. “This bill will allow low to middle income Californians to participate in the clean economy.”
“There are a significant number of electric vehicles leases that will expire in the coming years,” said Seyed Sadredin, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Executive Director/Air Pollution Control Officer. “This bill will provide a mechanism to help deploy these vehicles in disadvantaged communities.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 722 which would help start-up and emerging small businesses gain access to capital. Under this proposed legislation, small businesses would be able to find investors who can provide capital through a process known as crowdfunding to help them grow and create jobs. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet.
“Access to capital is an issue I hear about from small businesses and constituents consistently,” said Assemblymember Perea. “This bill will enable businesses to get the investors they need to jumpstart their businesses and boost our local economies and provide good paying jobs while providing peace of mind for investors.”