California liquor bill aims to make restaurant parklets permanent, plus zones for open containers

A post-pandemic California could potentially feature permanent restaurant parklets, open-container zones in cities. and an easier road for opening pop-up restaurants, if a new bill introduced Friday is passed by the Legislature.

Sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, the Bar and Restaurant Recovery Act, or SB314, would loosen certain alcohol laws throughout the state. The goal, Wiener said, is to give more flexibility to bars, restaurants and music venues in order to help them stay afloat.

Hall of Fame case for Tom Flores gets a boost from state Latino legislators

The push to get former Raiders coach and quarterback Tom Flores into the Pro Football Hall of Fame — which picked up speed as a nationally broadcast beer commercial earlier last month — took a political turn Monday when a group of California Latino legislators introduced a resolution urging the NFL to make it happen.

Assembly House Resolution 13 was introduced Jan. 25 and adopted Monday “with overwhelming support,” according to a statement sent by the office of Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, a Democrat from Coachella whose 56th District includes Indian Wells, where Flores lives.

CDFA would help farmers adapt to SGMA under new bill

A new measure aims to offer technical assistance grants to help landowners reduce water usage under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). It targets critically overdrafted basins in the San Joaquin Valley and prioritizes socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The bill would allocate up to $300,000 for each project.

The bill’s author, Asm. Carlos Villapudua of Stockton, recognizes the “staggering effect” SGMA will have on the valley, with as many as a million acres of productive farmland to be fallowed.

Villapudua Works to Establish the California Apprenticeship Grant Program

AB 299 looks to lower barriers to access and prepare our workforce for the jobs of tomorrow

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) has introduced legislation to create the California Apprenticeship Grant Program. This will provide supplemental financial resources for qualified individuals working as an apprentice, aiming to lower the barriers to access for these valuable work-based learning opportunities. 

Villapudua Addresses Barriers to Accessing Homeless Shelters

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) recently introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 258, addressing existing barriers homeless individuals face when seeking a shelter or temporary housing by ensuring that they will not be separated from their pet during their stay.

Villapudua Authors Bill to Legalize the use of Personal Wine Containers

Legislation seeks parity, reduction in consumer waste

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) recently introduced Assembly Bill 239, which would allow licensed winegrowers to fill their customers personal, refillable wine containers at wineries and tasting rooms.

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.