Assemblymember Frazier Statement Following Governor Newsom’s State of the State 2021

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Sacramento – Today, Governor Newsom delivered his State of the State, he spoke largely on the state’s continued progress in battling the pandemic, reflected on the Californians who have been lost to COVID-19, and recognized everyday Californians who have risen to meet the challenges of this unprecedented time. The Governor also touched on key issues facing California such as homelessness and the worsening effects of climate change.

Following the Governor’s speech, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Fairfield) had the following comments in response:

“California owes a huge debt of gratitude to our frontline and essential workers. They have kept our communities running despite the unprecedented circumstances they continue to face every day. The State’s ramped up vaccination efforts as well as the slowly declining numbers of COVID cases in my district are exciting to see. Solano County has moved into the red tier with Contra Costa and Sacramento Counties closely following suit.

Homelessness remains an issue across our state and my district, but I'm encouraged by the early success of Project Homekey which only just launched in July. Project Homekey has already provided Contra Costa a $21.5 million state grant to turn a 174-room motel in Pittsburg into a permanent service hub to help county residents transition into stable living situations.

I agree with Governor Newsom that the record-breaking wildfire season our state faced is a crisis that will only continue to worsen. We need to prepare our state for the inevitable. And I also agree that the state needs to continue to work towards the reduction of fossil fuel emissions. However, the threat of wildfire and the subsequent consequences are far more pressing and immediate. It is also critical that we strengthen our efforts to educate and provide incentives for home hardening efforts across the state.

Governor Newsom said, “But California isn’t the world’s best place by birthright – we have to earn it every day.” Frazier adds, “The past twelve months have proven difficult for families across California. We have our work laid out for us, but through bipartisan effort, I believe we will soon be able to safely reopen and ensure that our state emerges from this pandemic more united than ever.”

Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville, and Walnut Grove.