Events

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.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Day of Remembrance Santa Rosa Junior College 10/28/17

Community gathering to remember those who we have lost, celebrate community heroes, and support neighbors in need

Over the past several weeks, we have seen the very best of our county come through during the worst of the terrible fire storm we experienced: our resilience, strength, and grit; kindness, decency, and generosity; and above all, our essential humanity.

We invite the community to join a gathering this Saturday morning, October 28th, to remember those who have passed away from the North Bay Fires, support the thousands of our neighbors who have lost their homes and businesses, and thank the countless community heroes who were called to duty in our darkest hours.

The Sonoma County Day of Remembrance will provide all of us a time to reflect, celebrate our community’s heroes, and support those who need it most.

The event will feature Fire Department Color Guard and bagpipes, honor guard from local law enforcement, brief choir and musical performances, Interfaith Leaders, Incident Commanders Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano, CalFire Chief Ken Pimlott, and Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner, and the ringing of the firefighter memorial bell on behalf of our residents who passed away from these devastating fires.

Event Details:
What: Sonoma County Day of Remembrance
When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 11 am to 12:30 pm. Doors open at 10 am
Where: Santa Rosa Junior College Bailey Field, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Parking on the SRJC campus will be free to the public.
There will be seating on the field, in the bleachers, and families are welcome to bring blankets and sit on the grass.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Assemblymember Jim Wood and the California Civil Justice Foundation invite you to learn from certified access specialists on how to improve access for the disabled, make your business compliant with The Americans with Disabilities Act, and reduce your risk of litigation.

Wednesday, August 2
5 - 6:30 pm

Ukiah Valley Conference Center
200 South School Street, Ukiah

Topics include:

  • How to improve access for the disabled
  • Tips for making your business ADA Compliant
  • How to reduce your risk of litigation

RSVP Online  View Flyer

Free parking is available. Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, call Ruth Valenzuela at (707) 463-5770.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Please join me for a community town hall meeting in Eureka. I look forward to sharing the latest legislative news from Sacramento and hearing about the issues important to you.

Joining me will be representatives from Caltrans, local health centers and immigration experts. During the event, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions about state policy, discuss issues impacting our community and learn about services that these agencies and my office can provide.

Friday, March 24
5 - 6:30 p.m.

Eureka High School Cafeteria
1915 J Street
Eureka, CA

If you have any questions, please contact my office at (707) 445-7014.