Wood and Caltrans reach broadband agreement

MENDOCINO VOICE--After more than two years of legislative discussion, the north coast’s Assemblyman Jim Wood has announced an agreement with Caltrans over the installation of broadband conduit during Caltrans projects. According to a press release from Wood sent last week, Caltrans has agreed to establish a policy by July 1 that would require the agency to install broadband conduit in priority corridors throughout the state when undertaking trenching projects.

California PUC Approves 299 Broadband Infrastructure Project

SACRAMENTO—Today, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) announced that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the “Digital 299” broadband infrastructure project along California State Route 299. This project, by Inyo Networks, Inc. (Inyo), will receive almost $47 million in funding from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF), which is a fund that promotes deployment of high-quality advanced communications services to Californians.

Assemblymember Wood Says No to Commercial Fishing Landing Fee Increase

SACRAMENTO—Today, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) sent a letter to an Assembly budget subcommittee to protest the Governor’s proposal to increase landing fees on commercial fisheries in order to balance the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s $20 million budget deficit.

Assemblymember Wood Honors District Woman of the Year Alena Wall

SACRAMENTO—Today, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) announced Alena Wall of Santa Rosa as the second Assembly District’s Woman of the Year.

“When Alena’s name came up many times over as leading the fight in Sonoma County to defeat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease,” said Wood, “I knew she deserved to be recognized.”

AB 275 Protects Residents Affected by Skilled Nursing Facility Closures

SACRAMENTO —Today, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), introduced AB 275 that would provide additional protections to residents of skilled nursing facilities when those facilities have a change in license status or operation, such as closure. “Residents of skilled nursing facilities are among our most vulnerable citizens and they must be protected,” said Wood.