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Assemblymember Frazier condemns backroom water deal by Interior Secretary Bernhardt

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) condemned the recently announced sweetheart deal for Westlands Water District from former Westlands lobbyist and current Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, stating that “In the past two weeks, Secretary Bernhardt has demolished critical environmental protections and peddled special favors for his millionaire Ag bu

Frazier honors Wooden Valley Winery and Vineyards during CA Small Business Day Luncheon

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

Frazier addresses state budget impact on IDD community

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.