SACRAMENTO – Following months of work to identify state drought funding for a Lake Cachuma emergency pumping project, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) announced today that significant progress is being made. In a recent meeting Jackson and Williams had with leaders of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the Department of Water Resources (DWR), these agencies indicated a funding announcement will likely be made in coming weeks.
“We know how critical this issue is to our district, and so we have and will continue to make it a top priority,” said Jackson. “We are pleased to have received word that funding agreements between the state and local agencies are likely to be completed within weeks. We look forward to continuing to work to ensure that this money gets into the hands of our local communities and local water agencies as soon as possible, given the extraordinary urgency of the Lake Cachuma situation. While it’s important that we continue to conserve water, it’s also vital that we ensure our residents have access to water in the midst of this historic drought.”
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly has passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria) and Nancy Skinner (D - Berkeley), which would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from individuals who are at-risk for committing acts of violence. Earlier today the Assembly Committee on Public Safety passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1014 with strong support. The bill is now headed to the Governor’s desk to be considered for a signature.
“As I learned more about the details of the incident, and that the family of the perpetrator of this violence had made an effort to alert law enforcement of possible danger, it was clear that the system was not equipped to take their input, and I viewed that as a fundamental flaw. AB 1014 addresses this flaw by providing an avenue for family members and loved ones to provide their input”, said Williams. “I ask Governor Brown to listen to the broad collation of supporters and families of the victims crying out for a means to keep our communities safe and to sign AB 1014.”
SACRAMENTO – The legislature has passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), to eliminate the loophole that gives local governments recycling credit for landfilling trimmings and other green waste. Assembly Bill (AB) 1594 is now headed to the Governor’s desk to be considered for a signature.
“Despite California’s robust recycling infrastructure for traditional recyclables like bottles and cans, the state continues to landfill organic materials, like yard trimmings, at an alarming rate,” said Williams. “We need to stop incentivizing this polluting practice.”
SACRAMENTO – The Senate has passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria) and Nancy Skinner (D - Berkeley), which would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from individuals who are at-risk for committing acts of violence. Assembly Bill (AB) 1014 is moving on to the Assembly for a hearing and full vote of the house before the end of the month.
“This is a huge success for our community,” said Williams. “The tragedy in Isla Vista is a horrific example of how our mental health laws and gun laws are not working together. This bill will help close the gap and provide the necessary legal tools to empower immediate family members and law enforcement to protect loved ones and the public from the dangers of gun violence.”
SACRAMENTO – The Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus announces that it has elected Assemblymember Das Williams (D- Carpinteria) to serve as its new chair, starting September 1, 2014. Previously, Assemblymember Williams served as the vice chair for the API Legislative Caucus, and he will be the first Dutch-Indonesian American to serve in the position.
“It has truly been an honor to serve as the chair of the API Legislative Caucus these past two years,” said Assemblymember Paul Fong (D – San Jose), chair emeritus of the Caucus. “As vice chair of the Caucus, Assemblymember Williams played a vital role in our recent successes – together, we continued to build a pipeline of API leaders to make a difference in California, while working on policies that increase and improve access to services to the API community and all Californians. I am confident that, with Assemblymember Williams at the Caucus’ helm, the API community in California will thrive.”
August 26, 2014 - Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on California Governor Jerry Brown, State Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins to pass and enact Assembly Bill 1014, a bill to allow law enforcement officers or immediate family members to request a court order prohibiting a person who poses a danger to others from possessing a gun.
“When the mother of 22-year old Elliot Rodger saw signs that her son was dangerous, she could not prevent him, even temporarily, from possessing a gun,” Feinstein wrote in a letter. “AB 1014, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, would give families the tools to take action under these and similar circumstances. I strongly believe this bill will help save lives by keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.”