Press Releases

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire released the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s announcement today on the death penalty:

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Sacramento, CA – California has faced an unprecedented series of mega-wildland fires over the past decade – some of the most destructive and deadly in American history.

This week, a joint hearing of the Senate Governance & Finance Committee and the Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee will review residential development in some of the Golden State’s most fire prone regions and how state and local governments can keep residents safe in communities that are within the Wildland Urban Interface.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Sacramento, CA – Legislation requiring online and out-of-state retailers like EBay, Etsy or Amazon to collect sales taxes like local brick and mortar California businesses passed its first committee today.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry released the following statements in response to Monday’s vote in the Senate to approve a spending bill that would backfill Lake County’s property tax losses from wildfires for three years:

Funding ask will go to California Transportation Commission for final approval on March 13

Friday, February 8, 2019

Sacramento, CA – For decades, the residents of Del Norte and Humboldt Counties have been in search of a permanent fix for Highway 101's Last Chance Grade as it continues to slide into the Pacific. 

The Last Chance Grade is the lifeblood of Del Norte County’s economy and a catastrophic failure would have a $1-1.5 billion negative impact on the regional economy.

Planning kicks off for the 300-mile-long trail from San Francisco Bay to Humboldt Bay

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Sacramento, CA - The Great Redwood Trail got a big kickstart today in Ukiah, when a spillover crowd of trail advocates and local agencies from all over the North Coast gathered for the first time to begin the Trail’s master planning process.

The Trail, envisioned by Sen. McGuire’s landmark law SB 1029, turns the crumbling 300-mile North Coast railroad line into the Great Redwood Trail. 

Sister Cities exchanged ideas on emergency response and disaster preparedness

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Sacramento, CA – On Monday, the Sister City Delegation of Crescent City/Del Norte County and Rikuzentakata, Japan joined Assemblymember Jim Wood and Senator Mike McGuire in the State Capitol for meetings with California Emergency Managers focused on tsunami preparedness.

Following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (the event that hit the Fukushima nuclear power plant), a small boat belonging to Takata High School in Japan, was swept out to sea and arrived on the shores of Crescent City in beautiful Del Norte County two years later.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire issued the following statement in response to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announcement of its intention to file for bankruptcy:

“The number one priority must be to protect ratepayers and fire survivors. We must ensure PG&E doesn’t miss a beat with their electric and gas contracts and we must have survivors at the top of mind to make sure they are taken care of every step of the way.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s budget released this morning:

“As promised, Governor Newsom is aiming high with bold approaches and new initiatives launching California forward by investing in our shared priorities.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s new executive actions to prioritize and accelerate the state’s response to wildfires.