Constituent Casework Office Hours Coming to Brentwood and Antioch

District 11, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) will have staff available to meet for constituent casework on Monday, September 8th in Brentwood and Antioch. Constituents are welcome to discuss any thoughts, concerns or issues regarding a state agency.

Appointments are encouraged, but not required. To make an appointment, please visit Jim’s websiteor please call 707-399-3011 or…

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We Get by with a Little Help from Our Friends

Jim Frazier came by to help us get some of the equipment up and running in the shop. He’s the kind of guy that knows soooo much about this equipment. He had one piece of machinery that had been left outside for the better part of a decade – he broke it down, threw an old Navy surplus motor on it and rebuilt it.

We are deeply appreciative to him. Here are a few shots of Jim at the Meber bandsaw. It’s an Italian machine we bought from a cabinet-maker who was closing up shop. It takes a minute to come up to speed, but once it gets its momentum up, it is a hoss of a machine. And much like a train, it takes a looooong time to wind down.

Pot Law Reformers Killed A Slew of Sick Bills This Year

The California legislative session is over for 2014 without much change in the status of medical cannabis — and that’s kind of a good thing, given what was being proposed.

SB 1262: This bill left most patients trapped in access deserts, while disrupting the working medical cannabis regulations in Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, and elsewhere.

AB 1588 would have decreased cannabis access by increasing the minimum space (from 600 feet to 1,000) between legal patients’ cooperatives and collectives and schools statewide. Liquor stores can be 200 feet from schools.

AB 2500: Jim Frazier’s bill would have criminalized driving with even a minuscule amount of cannabis in the blood (2 nanograms per milliliter). It’s the third year patients have had to defeat this “Sober DUI” make-work bill for police.

SB 1193: And patients helped kill Senator Noreen Evans’ SB 1193 after it was amended at the last minute to allow police to destroy lawful pot crops. 

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Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Bill Passes State Assembly on Second Try

If at first you try and do not succeed, try again. That is exactly what occurred in a vote on SB 270 which was approved by the State Assembly 45-31 Thursday which puts California on the verge of becoming the first state to ban single-use plastic bags.

SB 270 will:

  • Prohibit, beginning July 1, 2015, grocery stores and pharmacies from making available single-use plastic bags. If paper bags are…

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The Antioch Police Activities League (PAL) kicked off its 2014 Jr. Giants Baseball League Saturday July 5 as all the league participates were able to run from third base to home plate in front of friends and family.

This year, 630 kids will be able to participate in the league which costs roughly $13,000 to run for six-weeks of baseball. Last year, about 600 kids were able to participate.

The opening ceremonies included comments from Mayor Wade Harper, city council members and Assemblyman Jim Frazier.

Photos: Antioch PAL Kicks Off 2014 Jr. Giants Baseball Season The Antioch Police Activities League (PAL) kicked off its 2014 Jr. Giants Baseball League Saturday July 5 as all the league participates were able to run from third base to home plate in front of friends and family.
Antioch Councilman Kicks off Campaign With "Fiesta Day at the Park"

Antioch City Councilman Tony Tiscareno kicked off campaign season early in East County as he hosted a campaign fundraiser over the weekend where he announced his candidacy to run for Antioch City Council this November.

The event had an estimated 100 guests at the Antioch Community Park off James Donlon where attendees were served tacos and a variety of drinks in a relaxed atmosphere.

Tiscareno…

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Assemblymember Frazier Issues Statement on Legislature’s Approval of 2014-15 State Budget

Sacramento, CA – Today, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) made the following statement regarding the Legislature’s approval of the 2014-15 Budget:

“After months of collaboration between the Governor and the Legislature, I am pleased to see a balanced budget that restores many cuts from recent years, pays down significant debt and establishes a healthy reserve for our state.

This budget…

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Assemblymember Frazier Urges Discovery Bay to Attend Community Meeting About Aquatic Invasive Plants

Discovery Bay, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) invites residents to attend a Community Meeting to discuss Aquatic Invasive Plants Management on Tuesday, July 8th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Discovery Bay Elementary School.

“Invasive aquatic weeds impact the well-being of our wonderful natural resources and threaten our Delta way of life,” said Assemblymember Jim Frazier. “I want…

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Assemblymember Jim Frazier Honors Sergeant Philip V. Grant of Solano County

Sacramento, CA – Thursday, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) honored Sergeant Philip V. Grant of the California Highway Patrol with an Assembly Resolution at the California State Capitol.

“Over the last three decades, Sergeant Grant has exhibited integrity and professionalism in his career as a California Highway Patrolman,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “I thank Sergeant Grant, his wife…

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Senior Scam Stopper Event Set for Bethel Island on Friday

Bethel Island, CAAssemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) invites the community to attend a free Senior Scam StopperSM Workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 9th at Scout Hall in Bethel Island.

This event is co-hosted by the Contractors State License Board and the Department of Consumer Affairs.

A panel of experts will provide information to seniors about how to avoid becoming victims…

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Oakley: Fred Lambert Recognized for Twenty Years of Volunteer Service

On Friday April 11, Assemblyman Jim Frazier honored Fred Lambert of Oakley during National Volunteer Week at Laurel Elementary School.

Lambert has been a volunteer at Laurel Elementary School for the past 20 years. His responsibilities have included assisting with administrative duties, participating in reading hour and lending a hand when teachers were in need of classroom assistance. At 88…

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Assemblyman Jim Frazier Receives Legislator of the Year Award from Vietnam Veterans of America

Sacramento, CA – Today, the Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council (VVA-CSC) honored Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) as Legislator of the Year for 2013. The VVA-CSC Legislator of the Year award is given to legislators who have supported California veterans and their families while serving in the Legislature.

“I am truly humbled to be selected by the VVA-CSC as Legislator of the…

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Veteran Driver’s License Bill Clears Assembly Transportation Committee

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill 1637 by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) and Assemblymember Bloom (D-Santa Monica) was approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee. The bill would allow California veterans to apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a “Veteran” designation on their driver’s license or identification card.

“47 other states have already passed legislation to…

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Assemblymember Frazier Issues Statement on State of the Judiciary Address

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) made the following statement in response to the 2014 State of the Judiciary Address given by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

“I applaud the Chief Justice on her ambition to promote democracy by supporting diversity, accessibility and transparency within the judicial system.

California’s courts play an integral role in ensuring…

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Assemblymember Frazier Names Lillian Pierce as 2014 Woman of the Year

Sacramento, CA: Today, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) honored Lillian “Lill” Pierce on the Assembly Floor as his 2014 Woman of the Year for the 11th Assembly District.

“Receiving this award would not have been possible without the wonderful people I work with and the community who has offered their unwavering support,” said Pierce. “I feel humbled at the opportunity to follow in the…

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Local veterans from East Contra Costa County continued to put service above self last week as they battled rain and wind to guard a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall when it was on display in Sacramento last week.

In total, 12 veterans from the Delta Veterans Group, VFW Brentwood, and East County Veterans volunteered their time February 26 through March 2, to stay in Sacramento and provide security. Memorial had 24-hour security.

The Replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original Memorial, is complete with the 58,249 names of those killed or missing in action from the conflict.

The idea of veterans guarding the wall came with Assemblyman Jim Frazier was in Brentwood at the VFW Hall in December and announced the wall was coming to Sacramento. The cost of security came up and the group was told it was going to be roughly $9,000.

That is when Steve Lopez Todd responded veterans should guard it.

“Veterans would guard it more passionately than any other law enforcement or security company. Nothing was going to happen to it with us watching it,” said Todd. “We were next to the wall the entire time. Why not have veterans guard something for veterans.”

Todd explained that the cost for security was not appropriate so he and others offered a solution and volunteered their time.

“I couldn’t see Assemblyman Jim Frazier paying money for security when we could do it for free. It was our honor to do it for free,” said Todd. “I look at it being a great honor and being included in something that big. The Opening Day Ceremony was awesome and the closing ceremony was very moving. It’s a proud feeling to be a part of it.”

Assemblyman Frazier credited veterans for continuing to serve their country and finding new ways to do it.

“Their duty to service this country continues to remain,” said Frazier. “After I asked them to volunteer without fail they jumped right in to be a part of the project and protect the wall from vandalism.”

According to Todd, attendees came throughout all hours including veterans who came in the middle of the night because they wanted privacy to find their friends and acknowledge their comrades. Todd admitted at one point he was up for 40-straight hours.

“Not only did we provide security, but we also helped usher people to help find names on the wall but also be an ear and provide comfort,” explained Todd.  “The wall was a big wow and was an emotional four days talking with Vietnam Veterans.”

JR Wilson also assisted with security and explained how seeing all those names is very powerful. He couldn’t help but read names and think about their sacrifice.

“It was a great pause for reflection that soldiers gave the ultimate sacrifice and reflection of their sacrifice. Each name was not only a solider but represented a family.” said Wilson. “It was a pause and think what their sacrifice means and what it meant to that family and this country.”

Wilson shared he was proud that three local organizations came together for one cause saying that it wasn’t about any one organization, but it was about standing proud and having an opportunity to honor the fallen.

“Veterans would come at all hours and you can tell the veterans who came at night because  you would watch them drop to their knee and feel the pain they had for the person not being there,” said Wilson.  “It was an absolute honor. Even in the rain and cold, you look pass that to honor their sacrifice for this country.”

Both Todd and Wilson explained the work behind the scenes was great in order to get the replica to Sacramento. For example, many people did not see the National Guard set up the replica. There were also counselors on site for those who needed to speak with someone.

“My job there was a very small part, anyone can do security, we just wanted to make sure that wall was open to everyone and everyone while letting everyone know about it,” said Todd. “In my eyes, the veterans should be there guarding the wall, not anyone else. It means so much more to us to protect our own.”

Todd also thanked Assemblyman Frazier for helping bring the replica to Sacramento.

“I am so thankful Jim Frazier took us up on the offer to guard the wall. He does a lot for veterans and a lot behind the scenes no one knows about. Its wow, it is somebody for the people,” said Todd.

Wilson agrees.

“I have to salute Jim Frazier for bringing it out for those four days and bringing a voice to us veterans. It was awesome. The candlelight ceremony at the end was an awesome reflection, the light spread out to the entire memorial,” said Wilson. “Here we have a guy who gives us an ear; this was confirmation to me that it was more than ear. He really respects and honors the sacrifice of our veterans. That cemented it for me”. 

Frazier says he will continue to support veterans and work on ways to help.  

“Our veterans continue to be part of the giving community. They are not takers, they are givers and I have the utmost respect all my veterans and we will continue to fight for their quality of life after they have given so much for me,” said Frazier.

Photos by Steve Lopez Todd & Scott Smith

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Assemblyman Frazier Wants Safeguard for Veteran Students at For-Profit Colleges

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) has introduced legislation to help ensure veteran student success at for-profit colleges.

Assembly Bill 2099will require for-profit colleges to meet a minimum graduation rate of 30 percent and default rate of less than 15.5 percent before they can admit veteran students who receive GI Bill financial aid. This bill establishes the same…

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