Op Eds by Bill

May 04, 2012

The recent announcement by Arysta LifeScience, the manufacturer of the soil fumigant methyl iodide, of its product withdrawal from the California and U.S. markets represents a significant development in the campaign to protect workers, rural residents and the environment from the pesticide's potentially adverse effects.

April 17, 2012

What happens now that the maker of methyl iodide has removed its product from markets in California and the United States?

March 23, 2012

By Assemblymember Bill Monning

Legislation to limit the access of mobile food vendors to elementary and secondary schools has provoked outcries of “nanny government” and interference with free enterprise.  As the author of Assembly Bill (AB) 1678, I would like to inform the debate with some data that inspired the bill’s introduction.

March 20, 2012

What is currently being done at the state level to address the foreclosure crisis?

Several weeks ago, California and 48 other states agreed to a $25 billion legal settlement with the nation’s five largest banks based on their illegal practice of robo-signing foreclosure documents. As a result of this settlement, five pieces of legislation known as the California Homeowner Bill of Rights have been introduced in the legislature to enact aspects of the agreement.

February 21, 2012

You will be giving the keynote address at the first-ever Central Coast regional health summit, the “Health from Field to Sea” event on March 9. What will your message be, and what are your near-term hopes for health policy and action in the Santa Cruz area?

The regional “Health from Field to Sea” Summit is a new collaborative effort to support healthy eating and active living, and my keynote address will be to provide an update on the state budget, Medi-Cal, federal healthcare reform implementation in California, and the promotion of health and wellness.

January 24, 2012

by Assemblymember Bill Monning

Gov. Jerry Brown recently released his 2012-13 proposed budget, which includes continued cuts to services and the ability to ask voters to raise taxes. How do you feel about the proposed budget and what does it means for our area?

September 25, 2011

by Assemblymember Bill Monning

What is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States? If you guessed car accidents, you would be wrong. In fact, more women are hurt by their partners than by any other kind of accident. Forty-two percent of murdered women are killed by their intimate partner.

September 14, 2011

By Assemblymember Bill Monning

Saturday, September 17th is California Coastal Cleanup Day, the annual beach and inland waterway cleanup and the state's largest volunteer event. This year represents the 27th annual state Coastal Cleanup Day and is part of an international network of environmental and civic organizations; government agencies and industries; and individuals who remove debris and collect information about the amount and types of debris they find in order to educate the public on marine debris issues.

July 19, 2011

What is your response to FEMA’s denial of Capitola's request for emergency funds following flooding damages sustained during the spring?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) denial of a Presidential Declaration of a Major Disaster with regard to the series of severe storms that occurred in March of 2011 was a major disappointment. It is important to note that FEMA not only denied Capitola's request, but that FEMA denied California's request for all storm related damages in the state, including other impacted areas in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

July 10, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed an on-time balanced budget, passed by majority vote. This first on-time budget in years positions California to begin to restore its bond ratings and continue the governor's commitment to eradicate the years-old structural deficit. Despite these achievements, though, this balanced budget is hardly cause for celebration.