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June 1, 2016
Mobile Office hours are held to facilitate communication between my office and the communities we serve.
Veterans Day Message
November 10, 2015
On this Veteran’s Day – and any other day -- please remember to thank a veteran for the service he or she gave us all. Without their service the United States and the world would be a much different place.
Reflections on September 11
September 11, 2015
Fourteen years ago America endured a horrendous assault by extremist terrorists. The intent of their attack was not only to kill thousands of individual Americans but to shake our nation’s faith in our core values. Have we won the fight against terrorism? Not yet. But the brave patriots in our...
Will California arbitrarily ban suction dredge mining? The court says no, but the legislature is looking at a ban
July 8, 2015
Eureka! Gold was discovered and California exploded into existence. Since that time, miners have continued to search for gold either by panning, sluicing, or--until 2009--suction dredging.
Remembering Those Who Died For Our Freedom
May 25, 2015
General George S. Patton said “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men that have died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” May is the month to remember our fallen heroes. This weekend Americans will observe Memorial Day, a day to honor the Americans who have died serving our country...
"Gotcha Lawsuits" Must Stop
February 27, 2015
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) was enacted to ensure our businesses and their facilities are accessible to the physically disabled. Compliance with the act is enforced by private legal action and therein lies the problem. Up and down the valley expensive “gotcha lawsuits” have been filed...
A New Year, a New Legislative Session
January 5, 2015
Beginnings – whether it is the New Year or the new legislative session - traditionally bring a whirlwind of optimism, collegiality and excitement for the future. 2015 should be no exception. On January 5 Governor Jerry Brown will be sworn in for a record 4th term and will lay out his vision for the...
Rural Legislators set the tone on water bond negotiations
August 26, 2014
Albert Einstein said, “Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.” Legislators from rural California, particularly those from the Central Valley, put partisan bickering aside and stood firm on what was right for our region and by extension, all of California. How ironic, those...
Weekly Drought Update: August 25, 2014
August 25, 2014
Weekly Drought Update: August 25, 2014 (pdf)
In Case You Missed It: Latino Water Coalition
August 12, 2014
STATEMENT BY MARIO SANTOYO, Executive Director Re: Proposed Water Bond and Adequate Funding for Surface Storage “The California Latino Water Coalition, along with many Central California elected officials, business and agricultural leaders, continue to call for the proposed rewrite of a...
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