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Thursday, July 30, 2020

SACRAMENTO–AB 890 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) would provide full practice authority to nurse practitioners and is headed to the Senate in the final month of this legislative session.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed what we have known for some time – there is a serious shortage and continuing decline of primary care physicians in the state,” said Wood. “Yes, we can increase funding for medical residencies and loan repayment programs, which I have always supported, but the reality is it will never be enough to meet the current and future need in California.”

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

SACRAMENTO—AB 2100 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa), will help California’s most vulnerable Medi-Cal beneficiaries continue to have access to high-cost specialty drugs that treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and serious mental health conditions by helping independent, often urban and rural, community pharmacies remain financially viable. This bill is scheduled to be heard in Senate Health Committee on Saturday, August 1.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

SACRAMENTO—AB 2644 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa), has introduced a bill to help protect residents and health care workers in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) from the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases by increasing reporting requirements.

Friday, June 19, 2020

This week, the Coastal Conservancy held a virtual Board meeting and awarded funding totaling over $1.4 million to five projects in AD 2, including $500,000 to the Sonoma County Regional Parks to acquire approximately 515 acres in the Dutch Bill Creek watershed and $150,000 to the City of Crescent City to construct a new section of the California Coastal Trail connecting the Crescent City Harbor with Crescent City’s Beachfront Park in Del Norte County. 

Monday, June 15, 2020

These are uncertain times. This pandemic has turned our world upside down and the people we represent are hurting. Some have lost loved ones, many have lost jobs, and small businesses are closing and struggling to stay financially afloat. Approving this budget today rejects some of the severe cuts proposed in the Governor’s budget last month, but I think we cannot in good faith cut programs without knowing all the financial facts.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The protests that have arisen across this country in response to the tragic killing of George Floyd represent a real and valid frustration over systemic racism, law enforcement practices and the criminal justice system.

I see the peaceful protesters as courageous and inspiring. For every one of them, I know there are many more people at home who support their cause.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

SACRAMENTO–Today in a rare event, the Assembly convened as a Committee of the Whole on the State Budget and Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) took his allotted time to tell his colleagues that he is strongly opposed to the drastic cuts in senior programs proposed in Governor Newsom’s May Revise state budget.

“The cuts to senior programs in this state budget revision completely ignores the value of prevention and are extremely short-sighted,” said Wood. “Maintaining these key preventive and assistance programs for seniors don’t just save the state money, they save lives.”

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Jim Wood have been diligently working with county officials to ensure rural Californians are not left behind in coronavirus testing deserts as the state boosts the number of testing sites. 

Currently, there are over 700,000 Californians who still aren’t within an hour’s drive of a testing site after a commitment was made by the state that all Californians will be within a one-hour drive of a site. Obviously, this is unacceptable to both the Assemblymember and Senator.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

SACRAMENTO—Today Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) and Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom, signed by a bipartisan group of 50 legislators, asking the state of California to assure funding for rural counties that have been left out of federal COVID-19 assistance programs because their populations are smaller than 500,000. Legislators are hearing from many smaller local governments about the financial impact the COVID pandemic has had on the counties and cities they represent.