Press Releases

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Photo: Assemblymember Jim Frazier with Ken, Rick, Larry and Ron Lanza at the 2019 Small Business of the Year luncheon Ceremony at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento on June 19, 2019.

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) honored Wooden Valley Winery and Vineyards as the Small Business of the Year for Assembly District 11 during a luncheon ceremony today in Sacramento.

Owned by the Lanza Family, Wooden Valley Winery, situated in the Suisun Valley, has been producing award-winning wines since 1933.

“It is my honor to recognize the Lanza Family and present them with this much deserved recognition,” Frazier said. “Today, four generations of family continue the traditions set in place by the first generation - crafting exceptional varieties of wine from the surrounding vineyards of the Suisun Valley. The Lanza family proudly supports the Wounded Warrior Project with its Food Truck Friday events. I can’t thank the Lanza Family enough for their commitment to veterans. Hard work and dedication has led to great success for the family, and in turn they give back through charitable giving and enhance the quality of life in the community in which they work and live.”

Assemblymember Frazier with the Lanza family.Ev

Thursday, June 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay), chair of the Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, said today he is grateful for a few small gains for the IDD community in the state budget the Legislature adopted today. These include a rate increase for some service providers – $125 million in this year’s budget and $150 million in next year’s – access to state minimum wage adjustments and restoration of a service exclusion (uniform holiday schedule) adopted during the 2009 recession.

However, Frazier said he is disappointed that the IDD community is still being left behind in budgets that each year increase spending in other parts of the social safety net. He expressed his frustration in an address to his colleagues in the Assembly during today’s Floor vote to adopt the budget:

“While this Budget puts funding into programs that serve Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we all have to acknowledge that we aren’t doing enough and will need to do more, maybe even this year.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

AB 2441 CSLC Abandoned Commercial Vessel Removal Plan draft 06042019.pdf

Draft of plan, mandated by Frazier legislation, open for public comment

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay), author of AB 2241 that directed State Lands to develop a plan to remove abandoned commercial vessels from Delta waterways by July 1, announced that a draft of the plan is ready and available for public comment.

 “I am grateful the State Lands Commission is fulfilling the requirement of AB 2441 on schedule,” Frazier said. “These abandoned, derelict commercial vessels pose a serious threat to the Delta’s ecosystem and navigation of its waterways. I urge interested parties to read and comment on the draft plan. I look forward to the final plan so that we can move forward with clearing the Delta of these hazards.”

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Every summer since Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) has served in the State Assembly, his district and Capitol staff – Team Frazier – has volunteered at the annual Summer Special Olympics. This year is no exception, Team Frazier will help with the tennis competition on Saturday, June 22 at UC Davis.

“My staff looks forward to this every year,” said Frazier, who has volunteered at the Special Olympics for 15 years running. “It’s such a rewarding experience for the athletes and for those who volunteer. The athletes have an opportunity to showcase their talents and expand their lives. The Special Olympics is an amazing organization. The annual Northern California summer games draw athletes from all over the region to compete in a variety of sports.”

Thursday, May 30, 2019

AB 1172 would require greater oversight of nonpublic schools

SACRAMENTO – The full Assembly today approved a bill by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) to better protect special needs students at nonpublic schools by expanding local and state oversight of these schools.

Frazier, chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, introduced AB 1172 in response to the November 2018 death of a 13-year-old autistic student after he was improperly restrained by staff at a nonpublic school in El Dorado Hills.

“This boy’s death was a tragedy that should never have happened,” Frazier said. “AB 1172 will ensure that these specialized nonpublic schools have the appropriately trained staff to educate and care for our most vulnerable students. It will also give the Department of Education the tools it needs to protect students across the nonpublic school system.”

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The full state Assembly unanimously approved a bill by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) to increase apprenticeship opportunities for Californians with an intellectual or developmental disability.

“California has created more than 3 million jobs since the economic expansion began in February 2010,” Frazier said. “But there has been minimal growth in the employment rate for persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities in that time.”

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Frazier bill to increase fairness and security by online traffic violator schools also approved today

SACRAMENTO – The full Assembly today unanimously approved a transportation spending transparency bill by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay).

“Assembly Bill 313 is a common-sense good government bill that will create accountability and transparency for how research dollars under the Road Repair and Accountability Act are spent,” Frazier said.