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(Sacramento).- Assemblymember Das Williams (D–Carpinteria), Chair of the Natural Resources Committee expressed his concern regarding the unfortunate oil spill on one of the most popular beaches in the Central Coast of California. Refugio State Beach is located in the 37th Assembly District.
“I am deeply saddened and angered to see our beautiful Gaviota coast covered in crude oil and one of our most beloved beaches and campground closed. I am grateful for the first responders and cleanup crews who are working to limit the damage and address the mess.”
(Sacramento) - AB 356 (Williams), requiring ground water monitoring plans for underground injection projects, was heard in Assembly Appropriations Committee today. The bill was sent to the suspense file for further review.
This week, the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) admitted that even more oil and gas wells are injecting into aquifers that did not go through a proper aquifer exemption process; and identified 30 more oilfield injection sites as high-priority potential risks to nearby water wells. DOGGR is continuing to allow further wastewater injections in those wells until more testing is done.
SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) released the following statement regarding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s May Revise of the 2015-16 state budget:
“I’m pleased with the majority of the Governor’s May Budget Revision. The priorities outlined in his revision look promising for higher education students and the environment. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Governor to find ways to improve the budget and adequately invest in California’s future.”
SACRAMENTO — Assembly Bill 3, authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria), which seeks to establish the Isla Vista Community Services District within the densely populated unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County, has passed out of the Assembly Local Government Committee today.
“This is ultimately an issue of self-determination for the people of Isla Vista,” said Assemblymember Williams. “The formation of this bill has been happening at the local level in a way typically unseen in the legislature. I’m glad the Assembly Local Government Committee has been respectful and supportive of our local process while being a helpful partner in the shaping of the bill thus far. Passing this bill out of committee is a huge step forward in moving this option for the community forward.”
In response to the recent shootings in Isla Vista, Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Santa Barbara), issues the following statement:
“I was deeply saddened and disappointed to hear of another violent incident in Isla Vista. My thoughts and prayers are with the community and those affected by this attack. Students, residents and families who live in Isla Vista deserve a safe place to call home. As neighbors, we need to continue to work together to find solutions to improve and protect this vulnerable community.”
(Isla Vista, Ca) – The residents of Isla Vista, a unique unincorporated part of Santa Barbara County surrounded by the University of California, Santa Barbara, have being trying to find ways to improve the safety and infrastructure of their community through self-governance. So far, all of those attempts have failed, until California State Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) stepped in and authored Assembly Bill 3. If enacted, AB 3 would create a special legislative community services district or (CSD) for the densely populated one square mile that is home to over 20,000 people.
Assemblymember Williams’ office has gone through an intense community input process to hear directly from those who live in Isla Vista, and to make sure the CSD would address Isla Vista’s needs. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn the story “Behind the Bill.”