Thursday, April 27, 2017

Legislation proposed by Assemblyman Jim Frazier – and suggested by a Vacaville resident – to require public schools to provide education for students to recognize abusive relationships should win Fairfield-Suisun School District support, the superintendent says.

Trustees for the school district meeting Thursday will consider a resolution backing Assembly Bill 643. Superintendent Kris Corey recommends approval of the resolution.

Frazier, D-Discovery Bay, has said the bill would teach students about healthy teen dating.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Discovery Bay) presented his Delta protection bills to the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. Assembly Bill 732, on Delta levee maintenance, passed on a 10-4 vote. Assembly Bill 791, for Delta transparency and ratepayer protection, passed on an 8-6 vote.

“When millions of Californians rely on fresh water, it can’t be emphasized enough how fragile the Delta ecosystem is,” said Frazier. “Just one levee failure could raise the salinity of the Delta, wash out nearby roads or ruin vital agricultural land. We practically saw that exact scenario with Tyler Island and the millions in emergency costs. In future drought years, the WaterFix Project is only going to exacerbate those concerns when there’s bound to be debt financing and greater environmental concerns.”

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Two bills that would protect Delta levees and ratepayers were passed in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on Tuesday.

Assemblyman Jim Frazier’s two bills — AB 732 and AB 791 — passed through their first hurdle. AB 732, which extends reimbursements for levee maintenance, passed on a 11-to-4 vote. AB 791, which requires Delta project leads to provide anticipated rate information, passed 8 to 7.

Currently, 75 percent of maintenance costs for levees in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is reimbursed through the Delta Levees Subvention Program. That reimbursement is set to drop down to 50 percent in 2018. AB 732 will extend that 75 percent reimbursement indefinitely. The bill passed through committee by a 10-to-4 vote.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Genentech now has one of California’s largest non-utility solar power installations at its facility in Vacaville.

Powered by more than 29,000 solar panels, the massive 8.9 megawatt project will provide 24 percent of the site’s total electrical power. During the course of the system’s lifespan, this equates to powering more than 22,000 homes or removing more than 23,000 cars from the road for an entire year.

“Not many state representatives can say they have one of the world’s leading and largest biotechnology facilities in their district, and one with this kind of renewable energy and environmental innovation,” said Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Solano. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Frazier, D-Oakley, offered little in the way of details except to note that the transportation package, in conjunction with Sen. Jim Beall, D-Campbell, will cover the estimated $6 billion in road and highway needs in the state.

“We are right now putting the final touches on it,” Frazier said.

Frazier said his and Beall’s versions should be introduced in the next couple of weeks. He also promised the kind of “reform language” voters want to see to emphasize efficiency.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Framed by red, pink, yellow and white roses, several hundred veterans and their friends and families gathered in Capitol Park on Sunday for the reciting of each of the 5,660 names on the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial – including three new names etched into history.

A bill authored by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, changed the law in 2013, and the first group of 32 names was added last year.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off 2016 optimistic on one policy area: After years of stalling, he said it was time for California to finally start making long-overdue repairs to its freeways and bridges.

“If we overlook the maintenance of our roads, it’s going to cost us more to get this done,” said Frazier, who has proposed raising $7 billion a year through higher gas and diesel taxes, a $38 annual registration fee increase and a $165 annual fee on zero-emission vehicles.