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Monday, April 23, 2018

By Todd R. Hansen

Fairfield Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors on Tuesday will consider authorizing a pilot program that will provide more flexibility on how state funds are spent.

In essence, the program would allow the county to keep more of the child care funds that the county has been required to return to the state because of narrower regulations.

“Solano County is often not able to use all of the child care funding allocated by the state because of unreasonably strict state program regulations that fail to accommodate the needs of local families and child care providers,” Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, said in a statement as the bill was traveling through the legislative steps.

Friday, April 20, 2018

BY JIM FRAZIER

Special to The Sacramento Bee

April 20, 2018 12:00 PM

Over many generations, the Delta has been overtapped and bureaucratically manhandled to provide stability to California’s water delivery system. Roughly a decade ago, the state began the difficult process of trying to develop a credible plan for the future.

In 2009, the Delta Stewardship Council was created to achieve the co-equal goals of providing a more reliable water supply and restoring the Delta’s ecosystem to protect its unique cultural, recreational, natural resource and agricultural assets.

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However, the council has neglected most of its mandate. In recent years, it has behaved more like the “Tunnels Stewardship Council,” becoming little more than a shill for the proposed tunnels project that threatens to destroy the Delta as we know it.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Today, The California Transportation Commission (Commission) began two days of workshops and meetings aimed at answering questions related to the implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act.

With the passage of the Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1), California’s drivers are making a strong investment in the future of state and local roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure. To expedite the needed work, the Commission is actively working on guidelines for project allocations. 

“It is clear that everyone in California is looking to us to lead the way. The Commission takes very seriously its charge to make thoughtful, effective, and efficient mobility investments” said Commission Chair Bob Alvarado.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

One day in the 10th grade at Armijo while I was waiting for the bus after school, I noticed a guy and girl arguing nearby. Well, she wasn’t arguing. He was doing all the talking but I couldn’t make out what he was saying.

Several students watched with no one intervening. I didn’t know them. I just knew that the girl rode my bus. She was usually quiet and demure just like she was on this day with her boyfriend chastising her. I got on the bus and so did she, sitting a few seats in front of me. Outside, her boyfriend stood at the window telling her to come back outside to talk. When she refused, he leaped up and punched the bus window, shattering it. She got off the bus and he took her by the arm and led her away, while the rest of us just sat on the bus watching.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

For big game hunters, another bill, Assembly Bill 521 was passed by the Appropriations Committee. This bill would lower the cost of a resident elk tag.

Sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, it would lower the cost of a California resident elk tag from $450 to $100 and also add an allocation for youth tags to go to $20. Previously, youth hunters had to pay the full adult price for a tag. California’s elk tags are much higher than all of the western states.

Friday, May 12, 2017

California lawmakers blasted state water officials Thursday for their oversight of the half-century-old dam that anchors the state’s water system in a hearing focusing on the design problems and aging that contributed to the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people downstream.

“This frightens me, that this was built in this manner,” state Assemblyman Jim Frazier, a Democrat and an engineer by training, told the state officials overseeing the Oroville Dam, the nation’s tallest.

Frazier cited post-crisis inspection reports of concrete as thin as the width of the palm of a hand on Oroville’s main spillway. “We have some things we need to address so this doesn’t happen again.”

Friday, May 12, 2017

On Thursday, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Discovery Bay) presented ACR 49 on the Assembly Floor that designates an eastern Contra Costa County portion of State Route 4 in memorial to Sgt. Scott Lunger for his service to public safety and personal contributions to his community.

“Sgt. Lunger’s sacrifice, made in the line of duty, deserves every bit of respect and recognition that can be give,” said Frazier. “Not only a dedicated officer of the law, Scott was also an active member of the East County community as a beloved volunteer coach for the Freedom High School girls’ softball team. We will miss Scott greatly and owe a debt of gratitude to him and his loved ones for their sacrifices.”