Gov. Brown signs Chesbro bill allowing growlers to be filled by any brewery
Law taking effect Jan. 1 will make fresh, locally brewed craft beer more available to consumers
"Consumers would like to reuse their containers, not just at the original brewery but to sample beers from many breweries," Chesbro said. “Growlers have become an increasingly popular way for customers to buy beer because it allows them to sample and safely transport craft brews to their homes to enjoy. They won’t have to buy a growler for every brewery they enjoy, which promotes the reuse of glass containers.”
Governor signs Chesbro bill to expand preservation of private forests
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a groundbreaking forest management bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) designed to preserve California forestlands that are in private hands.
Assembly Bill 904 creates the Working Forest Management Plan, which expands upon the state’s existing Nonindustrial Timber Management Plan (NTMP). Currently, NTMPs allow landowners with fewer than 2,500 acres to enroll in a long-term timber management plan if they commit to environmentally friendly, sustainable forestry practices that include a prohibition against clear-cutting. The Working Forest Management Plan extends this concept to owners of up to 15,000 acres of nonindustrial timberland.
RECENT NEWS IN THE SECOND ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
Chesbro thanks judge for protecting salmon
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) released the following statement today after a federal judge ordered water released into the Trinity River to prevent a fish kill on the Klamath River:
“I’m glad that Judge O’Neill decided that salmon are the priority. These extra flows will benefit our rivers, our fish, our people and our economy on the North Coast. It’s critical that we protect these natural resources. It’s unfortunate that these releases were delayed. I want to thank all those who provided court testimony in support of fish, including the Yurok and Hoopa tribes and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations.”
Agenda finalized for special Salmon forum on Wednesday
Hearing will be webcast live by Cal Channel
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast), chair of Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, has finalized the agenda for this week’s special hearing on the state of California salmon. The hearing is scheduled for 1:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 21 in room 437 at the state Capitol in Sacramento.
The hearing agenda features five issues that will be explored during the hearing: genetic stock identification and population strong holds; perspectives from California’s salmon fishermen; funding for salmon habitat restoration; a report on the Klamath and Trinity rivers and a report on the Scott and Shasta rivers.
Chesbro announces hearing on California’s salmon fisheries
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast), chair of Legislature's Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, announced today the Committee will hold a special hearing on the state of California salmon on Aug. 21 at the Capitol. The hearing is scheduled for 1:30-4:30 p.m. in room 437.
The Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture has for decades held an annual Fisheries Forum, a day-long affair that serves as a report card on the state's vast and diverse fisheries and aquaculture industries.
"Salmon are an important part of California's economy, cultural heritage and natural environment," Chesbro said. "During this year's Forum it became evident that critical issues facing California salmon warranted a special hearing to receive input from fisheries managers, fishermen, California tribes and environmentalists."
The three hour hearing will provide a broad overview of the state's extensive salmon fisheries. The agenda includes presentations on genetic stock identification and population strongholds, the perspective of the salmon fishing community, funding for salmon habitat restoration and reports on the Klamath and Trinity and Scott and Shasta river systems. Fisheries managers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the federal NOAA Fisheries agency will also speak.
"Salmon are an iconic species of California and a vital component of the culture of Native American tribes on the North Coast," Chesbro said. "These fish are also a keystone species of coastal ecosystems, which are extremely rich biologically when healthy. There's no better indicator species of the health of our coastal environment than salmon."
Chesbro remembers Pat Wiggins as a partner in advocating for the North Coast
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) released the following statement today on the recent passing of former State Sen. Pat Wiggins:
“Pat Wiggins was a powerful leader for her constituents and for all of the people of California. Representing overlapping districts in the Assembly and state Senate, we were legislative partners who worked together to defend the coast, restore fisheries and protect rural health care and education. Pat Wiggins leaves a lasting legacy that will touch the lives of every Californian for many years to come.”
Vital children’s dental clinic to remain open
PDI Surgery Center saved from closing by exemption from Medi-Cal payment reductions
SACRAMENTO – A clinic in Windsor that specializes in treating the most severe dental decay cases in children from low-income families all over Northern California will be able to remain open after a state agency exempted the clinic from pending cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursements.
Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro< (D – North Coast) thanked the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) for the decision announced today that will exempt PDI Surgery Center from an impending 10 percent reduction in Medi-Cal reimbursement rates.
Ulyses Lopez of Ft. Bragg: Veteran of the Year for the Second Assembly District
Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro with Ulyses and Silvia Lopez of Fort Bragg on the Floor of the State Assembly on June 26, 2013. Chesbro presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Lopez, 2013’s Veteran of the Year for the Second Assembly District.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) today honored Fort Bragg native son Ulyses Lopez as the Second Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year. Chesbro presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Lopez on the Floor of the State Assembly at the Capitol. Following, he hosted Lopez and his wife, Silvia, at the Veterans Recognition Luncheon at the Sacramento Convention Center.
“Mr. Lopez gave so much of himself in service to his country while in the Army, which included a tour in Iraq,” Chesbro said. “And he continues to give by serving other veterans through his position as a service representative in the Mendocino County Veterans Services Office.”
Chesbro: Supreme Court rulings on same sex marriage a victory for civil rights
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) released the following statement today following the U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8:
“This is a good day for all who believe in fairness and equality. I applaud today’s Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex couples in California the right to marry as well as to give married same-sex couples the over one thousand federal rights previously denied them. The ability to marry the person of one’s own choosing is directly in keeping with our Constitution’s promise of ‘…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’
Chesbro thanks Gov. Brown for signing Wiyot gaming compact
Table Bluff on Humboldt Bay, overlooking the Eel River Estuary. Legislation recently signed by the governor ensures a casino and hotel won’t be built on environmentally sensitive lands near the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Kalt.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast), chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, today thanked Gov. Jerry Brown for quickly signing AB 277, a tribal gaming compact that ensures a casino won’t be built on environmentally sensitive lands next to Humboldt Bay. Under the legislation, the 650-member Wiyot Tribe, which has 88 acres of tribal land abutting the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, will share in the gaming revenues from a casino that will be built by the North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians in Madera County.
John and Natali McClurg Model Successful Sustainable Business
Chesbro chooses Fire & Light Originals as Small Business of the Year
John and Natali McClurg with Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro at the annual California Small Business Association’s annual luncheon in Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) recognized Fire & Light Originals as the Second Assembly District’s Small Business of the Year for 2013.
John and Natali McClurg took over Fire & Light Originals in 1999 to prevent it from closure with a vision to build a sustainable business. Fourteen years later, the company sells products made up of 90 percent recycled glass, it also uses recycled cardboard for packaging materials, and repurposed kegs as vats to cool ladles.
Chesbro swears in Jacqueline Hostler-Carmesin to Fish & Game Commission
Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro administers the oath of office to Jacqueline Hostler-Carmesin to serve on the California Fish and Game Commission during a brief ceremony on the Floor of the State Assembly on June 4, 2013. Photo by Speaker's Office of Member Services
SACRAMENTO – In a brief ceremony today on the Floor of the State Assembly, Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) administered the oath of office to Jacqueline Hostler-Carmesin of McKinleyville, whom Gov. Jerry Brown appointed to serve on the California Fish and Game Commission. Hostler-Carmesin will be the only woman currently serving on the five-member Commission.
"Jacque's background and tireless work on behalf of North Coast fisheries makes her extremely qualified to sit on the Fish and Game Commission," Chesbro said. "Jacque played a key role in uniting fishermen, environmentalists, tribes and other stakeholders during the Marine Life Protection Act planning process on the North Coast, resulting in the state's only unified MLPA proposal. Jacque will make an excellent addition to the Commission. She has earned it."
Assembly Approves Chesbro Bill to Save California’s Program that Rescues Birds and Mammals Injured By Oil Spills
Legislation also salvages state's Oil Spill Prevention and Preparedness Program
SACRAMENTO – The State Assembly Thursday approved AB 881, a bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) to save California's Oiled Wildlife Care Network and the state's Oil Spill Prevention and Preparedness Program.
Chesbro excited by Gov’s vision for education, health care, economic recovery and combating climate change in State of State Address
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) released the following statement following Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address this morning.
“As a legislator, I’ve listened on the Assembly Floor to 13 State of the State addresses, delivered by three different governors. Today’s speech was by the far the best and most optimistic vision for California I’ve ever heard from a governor.
Chesbro adjourns Assembly session in memory of Charlie Rudd
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) adjourned today’s session of the State Assembly in memory of Charlie Rudd of Arcata, who died on Nov. 19, 2012. Chesbro shared Rudd’s life with members of the Legislature during a brief speech on the Assembly Floor.
“Charlie Rudd left this world early Monday morning, November 19, 2012,” Chesbro said. “He had resided in Arcata since 1979, and was well known and respected within the local folk music and academic communities. He was a beloved member of the Humboldt County community and a role model for persons with disabilities, as all his life he ignored his own serious physical challenges to live life to the fullest.
Lorraine Plass of Healdsburg: Vet of the Year for the First Assembly District
St. Bernard’s High & HSU alum serves on Gov’s Interagency Council on Veterans
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) has honored Lorraine Plass of Healdsburg as the First Assembly District’s 2012 Veteran of the Year.
“Lorraine has given so much of herself in the service of veterans, ensuring that those who served have their needs met after their military careers are over,” Chesbro said. “She is highly respected by both sides of the aisle here at the state Capitol for her tireless advocacy on behalf of veterans.”
Gov. Brown signs Chesbro bill to protect Forest Legacy Program
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law legislation authored by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast) that streamlines the process and reduces the cost of acquiring conservation easements under California’s Forest Legacy Program. AB 2169 ensures these acquisitions are not subject to needless duplicative review.
“Gov. Brown recognized this legislation accomplishes his goal of streamlining governmental processes while protecting the public’s interest,” Chesbro said. “His signature on AB 2169 helps ensure we can continue to preserve critical ecosystem habitat and maintain employment for rural communities under the Forest Legacy Program.”
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