Press Releases

State, federal, local leaders, advocates, agencies coming together in Ukiah on October 27 for public event

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire has been active and engaged working to secure resources, funding and support for programs and initiatives that address homelessness in our communities. Following a series of meetings, round-table discussions and workshops held throughout the North Bay and North Coast this year on the issues surrounding homelessness and mental health, Senator McGuire will host the first ever Northern California Homeless Services Town Hall, inviting anyone who is interested in tackling homelessness to attend.

Bill signing caps tremendous progress made this year to identify problems, find solutions to the over-prescription of psychotropic medication among California’s foster children

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Over the past two years, Senator Mike McGuire has chaired four oversight hearings, requested and received a scathing state audit, held countless meetings with foster youth, advocates and families, and today has passed legislation that will become the strongest law in America focused on protecting foster youth from medical professionals who are overprescribing psychotropic medication.

Informational hearing will also include update and briefings on outlook of upcoming Dungeness & Rock Crab seasons

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire, chairman of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Congressman Jared Huffman will convene a special hearing on Tuesday, October 4 at the Bodega Marine Laboratory to take an in-depth look at the aquaculture industry in California, as well as receive an update on the outlook for the upcoming Dungeness and Rock crab seasons.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sacramento, CA – With the Sonoma Developmental Center slated for closure, nearly 400 of the most medically fragile patients in the state system will be transitioning into the community system with no developmental center to fall back on if the placement fails. In fact, across the state, over 1,000 developmental center residents will be moved out over the next five years. 

SB 1287 will protect whales from lost or abandoned crab gear

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sacramento, CA – A record number of whales are suffering from entanglements in California waters – 2015 saw 57 whales entangled off our coast, which is the highest total since the National Marine Fisheries Service started keeping records in 1982. Just in the first half of this year alone, there were another 40 reports of entangled whales off California’s coast. Many of these whales are becoming entangled in lost or abandoned crab fishing gear.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire released the following statement regarding the new closure and relocation plans submitted by Rockport Healthcare Services for three of its Humboldt County skilled nursing facilities.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sacramento, CA – With word of potentially dangerous closures of three skilled nursing facilities in the greater Humboldt Bay region, Senator Mike McGuire is urging the state Department of Public Health to reject Rockport Management's closure plan. McGuire is spending the week meeting with several stakeholder groups to work on solutions, both short term and long term.

SB 1287, just approved in the Assembly, will protect whales from crab gear

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sacramento, CA – A record number of whales are suffering from entanglements in California waters – 2015 saw 57 whales entangled off our coast, which is the highest total since the National Marine Fisheries Service started keeping records in 1982. Just in the first half of this year alone, there were another 40 reports of entangled whales off California’s coast. Many of these whales are becoming entangled in lost or abandoned crab fishing gear.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sacramento, CA – After months of delay, the audit Senator Mike McGuire and the Senate Human Services Committee requested over a year ago, which focused on dangerous over-prescribing patterns in California’s foster care system, was released today. The document states that the state and counties have “failed to oversee the prescribing of psych meds in the foster care system” and it disclosed a system-wide failure regarding the tracking of psychotropic medication patterns, which has put the health and safety of thousands of California’s foster youth at risk.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sacramento, CA – With a unanimous show of support in the Assembly Thursday, Senator Mike McGuire’s bill that will assist rural counties by again requiring the State to fund Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) reimbursements to counties will now head to Governor Brown’s desk for his signature.

In fact, support for the bill was so strong in the legislature that it was approved by all Senate committees, Assembly committees and both houses without receiving any votes in opposition.