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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

(Sacramento) –  At a state capitol news conference to introduce a package of legislation to combat the opioid epidemic, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), spoke about the importance of using multiple strategies to decrease the number of opioid deaths. “As a healthcare provider and an Assemblymember who represents two counties in California, Humboldt and Mendocino, with opioid prescription death rates that are two to three times higher than the national average, I strongly believe we need to do more,” said Assemblymember Wood.

Friday, February 9, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) joined a bipartisan group of legislators in forcefully condemning the Trump Administration’s proposal to permit oil and gas drilling off California’s coastline

Wood, who is a co-author of Assembly Joint Resolution 29, said, “I represent more coastline than any other Assembly District in California – 300 beautiful miles of it to be exact. Our coastline is rugged, majestic and pristine and it should stay that way.”

Thursday, February 8, 2018

(Sacramento) – While the Trump administration pushes for expansion of oil and gas drilling off the coast of California, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), other legislators and hundreds of supporters gathered on the steps of the State Capitol for a #ProtectThePacific rally. Assemblymember Wood’s district includes 300 miles of California coastline. “This President seems to like walls,” Assemblymember Wood said. “So, I suggest we build him a wall. A wall of people, arm in arm, on the coastline saying “Hell no! Not now! Not tomorrow! Not ever!”

Thursday, February 8, 2018

(Sacramento)  – Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) forcefully condemned the Trump Administration’s proposal to permit oil and gas drilling off California’s coastline during a debate on Assembly Joint Resolution 29. Assemblymember Wood, a co-author of the resolution, said, “I represent more coastline than any other Assembly District in California – 300 beautiful miles of it to be exact. Our coastline is rugged, majestic and pristine and it should stay that way.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

(Sacramento)  – Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), co-chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage, says the committee has gathered massive amounts of information during the series of hearings it has held and will be producing a report on the best way to improve health care sometime this spring. “Our work has been comprehensive and thorough,” Assemblymember Wood said. “We must ensure that any significant changes to our health care system work for all Californians. It must be affordable. It must be quality.

Monday, February 5, 2018

(Sacramento) –  During the latest hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage, Committee Co-chair Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), spoke about the challenges of making significant changes to California’s health care system. “As we dig deeper into this policy issue, we recognize that in order to be successful defining a pathway to universal coverage, we must address some obvious and potential challenges related to state and federal law,” Assemblymember Wood said.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Co-chairs Assemblymembers Jim Wood, DDS (D-Healdsburg), and Joaquin Arambula, MD (D-Fresno), announce the fourth and fifth in a series of hearings of the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage to be held February 5 and February 7 in Sacramento at the State Capitol, Room 4202 and will be televised on the California Channel at www.calchannel.com. The hearing on February 5 is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm or upon adjournment of the Assembly Floor Session. The hearing on February 7 is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am. The final agendas, once confirmed, will be posted at the select committee’s website, http://healthcare.assembly.ca.gov/content/2017-2018-hearings.

The February 5 hearing will discuss some of the challenges to making significant changes to Californian’s health care system,” said Wood. “We will hear from experts on Prop 98 tax allocations, the Gann Limit, accessing the Medicare Trust Fund, ERISA and other federal law considerations.”

Friday, January 26, 2018

On Friday, January 26, Assemblymember Jim Wood Will Join Senators McGuire and Dodd and Assemblymember Levine, who represent communities ravaged by the wildfires in October, to co-host the subcommittee hearing. We encourage members of the public to attend. The meeting will be held at Santa Rosa City Hall, Main Council Auditorium, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, in Santa Rosa, and will begin at 10:00 am. 

The legislators will call on utility representatives, regulators and ratepayer advocates to discuss industry best practices for addressing wildfire prevention, mitigation and response, ratepayer and public expectations, setting and implementation of safety policies, and oversight.

Assemblymember Wood, D-Healdsburg, said, “The wildfires throughout California have devastated people’s lives, whether it’s the home they raised their families in or the businesses that were the heart of our economy. When we look at what role the utilities played in these horrific fires, we need to be sure that they are following the very best practices and procedures, and if not, what should be done to ensure that future families and businesses are better protected.”

“The wildfires that swept Northern and Southern California communities and woodlands as 2017 came to a close have raised many questions,” said Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. “While the investigations of the fires’ cause are not yet complete, the public has a right to know what utilities’ safety priorities and practices are, how they set them and whether serious consideration has been given to successful practices by others in the industry. California ratepayers should not have to wait months or years to find out what utilities are doing to protect the safety and security of our electrical grid and the communities it serves.”

Senator McGuire, D-North Bay/North Coast, said, “Thousands of North Bay residents have lost their homes and businesses and many escaped these devastating fires with nothing but the clothes on their backs. While there is an active fire investigation taking place, it is imperative that we review current utility safety measures and advance the conversation about potential enhancements which will better protect our communities in the years to come. We look forward to welcoming Senator Hill back to the North Bay and greatly appreciate his presence and support during the devastating October firestorm.”

Senator Dodd, D-Napa, said, “As we look at ways to better protect homes and lives from wildfires, it’s critical that we prevent fires from starting in the first place. This year I’ll be working with my colleagues in the Legislature to push for policies to help prevent wildfires caused by electrical lines. We need to see best practices adopted across the state.”

Assemblymember Levine, D-Marin County, said, “Legislative oversight brings accountability to the utilities’ practices and behavior. We must be proactive as there is no time to waste to protect Californians from potential dangers like the wildfires that claimed too many lives and destroyed thousands of our neighbors’ homes.”

The hearing follows an earlier wildfire panel that Senator Hill, as chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, held in November 2015. The hearing, “Wildfires Caused by Power Lines,” examined what electric utilities had done in the years following California’s 2007 fire siege to improve safety.