Op Eds by Bill

Veterans Cemetery Status Report

July 10, 2014

By, Senator Monning and Congressman Farr

Keeping California's Waterways Safe

June 27, 2014

Summer is the time of year that most of us flock to lakes, rivers and ocean beaches to enjoy the numerous recreational opportunities California's waterways have to offer. When the weather heats up, most of us want to cool down, and one of the most popular recreational activities is boating.

Environmental Report on Veterans Cemetery Enters Comment Phase

June 19, 2014

Two decades of anticipation, legislation, disappointments and progress have marked the path to the establishment of a veterans cemetery at the former Fort Ord. We are positioned to meet the fall 2014 deadline to secure final grant approval by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and begin construction of the California Central Coast State Veterans Cemetery.

End poverty in California

January 30, 2014

 Until recently, poverty in California and our nation has received little attention. The 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of a national “War on Poverty” resurrected some attention to the progress and setbacks made over the years. The growing number of Americans living in poverty impacts not only the health of our nation’s economy, but also the condition of our nation’s morality.

Sugary Drinks and Obesity: We All Shoulder the Costs

November 14, 2013

The Tribune’s recent editorial entitled, “Soda tax is well meaning but unfair”, about my efforts to combat childhood obesity in Senate Bill (SB) 622 missed the mark.  Calling the proposal unfair for singling out one unhealthful product is analogous to what we heard from the tobacco industry more than 25 years ago.  The sad truth is that the unique and proven harm from liquid sugar, combined with aggressive marketing targeted at children, create a dangerous mixture.

Viewpoints: Obesity crisis demands tax on sugary drinks

June 05, 2013

The beverage industry is in a real bind. On one hand, the major drink manufacturers that produce soda, energy drinks, sweet teas and sports drinks are an American success story. They have made some of the most iconic products in the world and have developed some of the most ingenious ad campaigns. They have found ways to sell their products everywhere, increase portion sizes, keep prices low, and expand product lines in response to changing consumer tastes.


Sam Farr, Bill Monning: Setting the record straight on Fort Ord ballot measure

May 07, 2013

Efforts to qualify a county ballot measure focused on land-use policies at the former Fort Ord have provoked confusion, debate and highly emotional responses. It is time to set the record straight.

The stakes are high as the deadline to apply for the Federal Cemetery Grant, through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is Aug. 15. We have been working diligently at the federal, state and local levels to make the proposed veterans cemetery a reality. Unfortunately, political infighting and constant delays have put this partnership at risk.

Workplace Wellness Programs:Good Health Policy or Subterfuge for Discrimination?

May 02, 2013

The partial implementation of the federal health care reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has been historic.  Already children with pre-existing medical conditions can no longer be denied health insurance coverage, insurers can no longer put lifetime caps on benefits, and over 400,000 Californians under 26 years of age have gained health insurance coverage under a parent’s plan.  Additional ACA patient protections and expanded eligibility will take effect in January 2014.

Town Hall with Assemblymember Bill Monning

October 02, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown had approximately 700 bills awaiting his signature as the Sept. 30 bill-signing deadline approached. Which of your bills was signed during this last-minute rush, and were there any bills that didn't get signed that you feel should have been?