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(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) is happy with the direction that Governor Jerry Brown took in his State of the State Address delivered before a joint session of the California Legislature today. Immediately following the speech, Assemblymember Williams praised the Governor for taking a strong stand to improve our state’s infrastructure, protect our environment and improve our education system.
“The Governor issued a strong dose of reality and laid out a clear plan of what needs to be done. I fully support his call for continued strong action on climate change. Protecting our environment and reducing the pollution associated with greenhouse gas emissions is important. Infrastructure improvements and protecting our investment in education will strengthen our great state,” said Assemblymember Williams. “The toughest challenge issued was on transportation. We need to get past partisanship, past ideology, and past intransigents to be able to raise enough revenue to put towards our infrastructure.”
VENTURA – Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) spent the afternoon touring the Solimar Burn Area as part of a briefing hosted by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES).
The visit came just after a heavy bout of rain which caused large mudslides and the flow of debris downhill, resulting in partial flooding of Highway 101. After downed, arcing power lines ignited the Solimar fire that burned 1,388 acres near Highway 101 in Ventura, the hillsides were left barren and prone to debris flows. In order to prevent a major disaster that could result in further danger to nearby motorists and result in more roadway closures, Caltrans crews are performing maintenance and preparing for future storm events.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) released the following statement regarding Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal for 2016-17.
“I am pleased that the Governor’s budget included $100 million for Cal Recycle to expand waste management infrastructure. This proposal is a good first step in supporting the Air Resources Board’s proposed ban on organics disposal in landfills by 2025 included in the Draft Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy. Short lived climate pollutants (SLCP) like black carbon and methane are especially powerful climate forcers responsible for about 40 percent of current global warming. Slashing SLCP emissions immediately is necessary to address climate change and realize tremendous economic, food security, health, and water benefits.
SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria) today introduced Assembly Bill 1564, which seeks to improve the 9-1-1 emergency call system when calling from a cell phone.
The introduction of AB 1564 is in response to a recent tragedy in Santa Barbara where a father, seeking assistance for his unresponsive daughter, experienced significant delays after dialing 9-1-1 from his cell phone. His emergency call was routed to CHP instead of to local emergency services. The delay in dispatching assistance resulted in his daughter’s untimely death. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident as many wireless calls statewide are routed to CHP and delays in response time result in tragedy. AB 1564 will ensure that wireless 9-1-1 calls are routed to the appropriate emergency response center. In some areas that will be the CHP and in others it will be the local law enforcement.
SACRAMENTO — Following a successful legislative year in 2015, Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) announces that the following laws he has authored will become effective January 1, 2016:
AB 1014 (passed and signed in 2014) – Gun Violence Restraining Order
AB 1014 allows families who fear a loved one is likely to cause harm to themselves or others to obtain a Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO), modeled after our state’s domestic violence restraining order laws. AB 1014 establishes a process for obtaining a GVRO from a court in order to temporarily limit (for one year, unless renewed) the individual’s access to firearms when there are warning signs or indications that the person is at risk for violence.