Press Releases

New State Budget Cuts Funding to Town’s Water District While unveiling his revised budget Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom turned his back on fire victims and the struggling Town of Paradise.   The Governor’s May Revise budget claws back $7.3 million in funding that was approved in last year’s budget to help keep the Paradise Irrigation District (PID) financially stable after its customer base was decimated in the 2018 Camp Fire. Without this promised funding, the ability to provide water to Town residents is now in question. “It’s beyond the pale - taking funds from Camp Fire recovery.  …
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) introduced new legislation to allow adjacent counties to establish joint multidisciplinary personnel teams (MDTs) to combat homelessness. “We must allow and encourage counties to work more effectively to address homelessness by permitting information sharing on their homeless populations. Homelessness does not occur in a one-county vacuum, and counties must be able to work together to provide essential services,” said Assemblyman Gallagher. MDTs are a proven tool that allow teams from a variety of disciplines to coordinate their…
SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) introduced Assembly Bill 1983 that would safeguard victims of sexual violence from reliving their trauma in Sexual Violent Predator Act (SVPA) probable cause hearings.   “Victims of sexual violence suffer every day from the impacts of their assault. We must protect the victims of these heinous crimes from reliving their traumatic experience,” Gallagher said.  The SVPA was designed to accomplish the dual goals of protecting the public from sexual offenders likely to reoffend and providing mental health services to those offenders…
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Assemblyman James Gallagher introduced new legislation on Monday that will help expedite the construction of the Paradise Irrigation District intertie project. PID said after the Camp Fire, a rough estimate of customers lost was around 9,000, nearly its entire customer base. The District is searching for new revenue streams in order to sustain itself into the future and provide water to the Town of Paradise. This new project would allow PID to temporarily sell surface water that is otherwise stranded in two reservoirs located near a water treatment facility. “Paradise…
BUTTE COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The California Legislature urged FEMA officials to reconsider its pursuit of reimbursement from PG&E's $13.5 billion fire victim fund. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City), who represent Camp Fire survivors, pushed for the signing of the letter to FEMA's Acting Administrator: "We write to express our concern regarding efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to pursue claims against the settlement fund for wildfire victims created by PG&E as a part of their ongoing bankruptcy case.  The purpose of this…
To further protect their constituents, state lawmakers - Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) - who represent the Town of Paradise and Camp Fire survivors, announced their intent to introduce legislation that will help prevent future wildfires and Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) by PG&E.  The lawmakers are authoring legislation to direct additional funding into utility infrastructure upgrades and forest fuel reduction projects – two of the leading factors in catastrophic wildfires and cited by PG&E in declaring power shutoff events. PG&…