New Bill Would Permanently Change Winery Container Laws

AB 239 would allow winery customers to fill their own containers with wine during downturn

Earlier this week, a bill that would allow winery customers to fill their own containers with wine, or for wineries to deliver wine in personal containers to customers, was introduced in the Assembly.

Assembly Bill 239, authored by Assemblymen Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) and Robert Rivas (D-Hollister), would allow reusable containers to be refilled at wineries and tasting rooms. While Californian breweries are currently allowed this practice with containers such as “growlers,” it is currently not allowed at wineries.

Security remains high at Capitol as California lawmakers return to work

Security at the California state Capitol in Sacramento remained heightened Tuesday. A heavy law enforcement presence has been disbursed around the Capitol building grounds and throughout the city’s surrounding downtown area since last week in anticipation of protests and violence after the Jan. 6 siege in the U.S. Capitol. 

All remained fairly placid near the Capitol well into the afternoon, where dozens of California Highway Patrol officers and National Guard soldiers were stationed and patrolled the grounds behind a chain-link fence surrounding the building.

Assemblymember Villapudua Responds to Governor’s Proposed Budget

Broad, inclusive economic recovery at top of mind amidst pandemic wake

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s proposed 2021-22 State Budget, which totals $227 billion.

Carlos Villapudua: Elected to serve His Community

By Bob Highfill

Carlos Villapudua took a moment to look up at the ceiling from the floor of the state Capitol in Sacramento.
There to undergo training as the newly elected State Assemblyman, District 13, the 52-year-old Stockton native could see the same balcony where he once stood and looked down as a 10-year-old during a tour. Villapudua called it a “wow moment,” when he realized his path from community center director, legislative aide, county supervisor and businessman had led him to the state legislature.

Carlos Villapudua Receives Committee Assignments for 2021-22 Legislative Session

Sacramento, California - On Saturday, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced the 2021-22 legislative session committee assignments.

Speaker Rendon appointed Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua to serve on the following committees:

  • Agriculture
  • Water, Parks & Wildlife
  • Human Services
  • Rules

“I am excited to get to work and to be given the opportunity to serve on these committees,” said Villapudua. “These assignments give me the perfect opportunity to work on issues that affect my district, as well as the state.”

These committee assignments allow Villapudua to weigh in on issues ranging from the agricultural Issues that affect San Joaquin County farms, to our San Joaquin Delta to the wide variety of Human Services issues that are vital to so many in the 13th Assembly Disitrict.

Assemblymember Villapudua is married to his wife Edith, and their blended family of four daughters. From his youngest who just started Pre-K to his oldest who just began her college journey at San Diego State University. To learn more about Assemblymember Villapudua please visit his website at https://a13.asmdc.org/

Assemblymember Villapudua Urges Governor to Prioritize Educators and Essential School Staff in Vaccination Distribution

Stockton, California – Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) this week urged Governor Gavin Newsom to prioritize educators and essential school staff in the State’s COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan.

In his letter to the Governor urging that educators and essential school staff be prioritized in the same grouping with First Responders, Villapudua stated that, “it is critical that we include our teachers and educators in the initial round of vaccinations along with first responders so that we may begin to stem the flow of learning loss and elevated academic disparity that has become commonplace in schools across the state and that is becoming more profound and felt across my District.”

“As Parents and State Representatives, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that we mitigate the harm that has occurred to learning and our classroom environments during the pandemic as much as is possible. By prioritizing vaccinations for teacher and educators, we can ensure that the classroom setting is once again safe and productive, that learning-loss and pandemic produced disparities no longer occur and begin to put the COVID-19 era behind us”.

Born and raised in Stockton, Carlos attended Stockton schools and continued his education at Delta College and graduate from Sacramento State University earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services. Carlos as his wife, Edith, live together with their blended family.

Learn more about Assemblymember Villapudua’s background and legislative priorities on the most recent episode of the Look West podcast.

Contact: Lee Neves | Lee.Neves@asm.ca.gov

Carlos Villapudua Takes Oath as Newest Assemblymember for the 13th District

Sacramento, California – Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) took the oath of office to serve as Assemblymember for the 13th Assembly District today in a special ceremony at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. The oath was administered by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-63). The 13th Assembly District encompasses the San Joaquin Delta communities of Stockton, Tracy, Thornton, and Mountain House.

“Today I took an oath to work tirelessly for the people who elected me to serve them in the State Legislature. It’s an honor to represent Assembly District 13,” said Villapudua. “From working on issues like Education, to Transportation, from job creation to our homeless crisis, I’m looking forward to representing our community in Sacramento.”

Carlos Villapudua served on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors from 2008 – 2016. As a supervisor, Carlos was able to help turn around the County General Hospital to save healthcare in the county allowing for good paying jobs and proper care to the residents of San Joaquin County.

Born and raised in Stockton, Carlos attended Stockton schools and continued his education at Delta College and graduated from Sacramento State University earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services. Carlos and his wife, Edith, live together with their blended family.

Learn more about Assemblymember Villapudua’s background and legislative priorities on the most recent episode of the Look West podcast.