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.”

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A bill that will raise the penalties for public candidates who make “willful misrepresentations” on their candidate statements passed the Assembly Elections Committee on Wednesday.

“We can’t allow candidates to dupe the voters saying that snake oil is an actual remedy to their ills,” Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, said in a statement released by his office.

The legislation, Assembly Bill 894, would increase the current fine for a willful misrepresentation in a candidate statement to $10,000.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Assemblymember Jim Frazier’s (D – Discovery Bay) Assembly Bill 377 recently passed unanimously out of the Assembly Committee on Human Services on a 7-0 vote.

AB 377 provides the authority to the counties of Solano and Diego to develop and implement pilot programs on individualized county child-care subsidy plans.

“Our counties have a far better understanding than the state of needs of their communities,” said Frazier. “AB 377 appropriately allows families who live in high-cost counties to continue having access to quality child care that provides early learning and educational support.”