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SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) announced today an agreement between the State Legislature and the Governor to move forward a $1 billion drought response package to expedite bond funding to make the state more resilient to the disastrous effects of climate change and help ensure that all Californians have access to local water supplies, while considering critical operations to protect fish and wildlife.
In the fourth year of a historic drought, the Legislature is taking swift action to put Prop 1 water bond dollars approved by voters last November to action in preparation for the dry summer months ahead. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which Californians rely on heavily during the summer for their water needs, is at a near record low. The March snowpack measurement came in at 0.9 inches of water content in the snow, just 5 percent of the March 3rd historical average for the measurement site. The overall water content for the Northern Sierra snowpack came in at 4.4 inches, just 16 percent of average for the date. Central and southern Sierra readings were 5.5 inches (20 percent of average) and 5 inches (22 percent) respectively. Only in 1991 has the water content of the snow been lower.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) has selected Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Trudy Arriaga to represent the 37th Assembly District as the 2015 Woman of the Year.
“It has been a privilege to work with Dr. Arriaga during my time in the Assembly,” said Williams. “She has been an invaluable resource and advisor to me on educational issues. It is with great honor and appreciation to recognize her exemplary leadership, unwavering dedication to our students, and tremendous commitment to service at the Ventura Unified School District for the past 40 years.”
SACRAMENTO — On March 3, 2015, Senator Fran Pavley, chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, and Assemblymember Das Williams, chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, sent a joint letter to the chair of the State Water Resources Control Board and the supervisor of the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) expressing their concerns about the recent revelation that hundreds of unlined, open-air, oil and gas wastewater pits in California are operating without adequate permits.
In the letter (a copy is attached), Senator Pavley and Assemblymember Williams state that these pits may be endangering groundwater resources, including drinking and irrigation water, as well as air quality. They asked the Water Resources Control Board and DOGGR to respond to numerous questions about the types of actions they are taking to resolve the problem and ensure proper regulatory oversight of these unpermitted pits.
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) today introduced Assembly Bill 741, which would ensure that mental health services for children and youth experiencing a crisis is available and accessible. Services include mobile crisis support teams, crisis intervention, crisis stabilization, crisis residential treatment, and rehabilitative mental health services. AB 741 is supported by the Steinberg Institute on Advancing Behavioral Health Policy and Leadership, the California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies, the California Alliance of Child and Family Services and the National Council for Behavioral Health.
“It is imperative that families have access to these critical mental health services and receive the necessary follow up support needed,” said Assemblymember Williams. “The absence of these effective services combined with the dwindling number of inpatient psychiatric facilities for children (less than 100 beds for children 11 years old and under) has created an urgent need for a comprehensive response.”
Assemblymembers Freddie Rodriguez and Das Williams introduced AB 510 to improve the location accuracy of 9-1-1 calls made from cellular phones. This bill would help to eliminate costly delays in receiving emergency medical care that can happen when a 9-1-1 call is placed from a cell phone.
“When someone calls 9-1-1, every second counts,” said Rodriguez. “It is alarming that, in an age where cell phones are so prevalent in our society, our 9-1-1 systems are not able to pinpoint a callers location. We need to fix our systems so no more lives are lost to senseless delays.”
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymembers Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) and Anthony Rendon
(D-Lakewood) today introduced Assembly Bill 645, which aims to help achieve Governor Jerry Brown’s climate change goals by implementing a renewable energy target of 50% by 2030.
California leads the nation in developing and implementing successful clean energy policies. The California Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) has been a tremendous success and we are now on target to achieve 33% renewable energy by 2020.