Press Releases

Budget subcommittees approve $3 million for NCRA audit/Trail master planning

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Sacramento, CA – It has been a week of great news for The Great Redwood Trail which will stretch through California’s rugged North Coast.  

Both the Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees on Resources and Transportation approved the Governor’s request for $3 million dollars to carry out the next steps outlined in Senator McGuire’s landmark legislation SB 1029. And separately the North Coast Railroad Authority’s (NCRA) Board of Directors approved a legal settlement, bringing an end to a near decade old bitter fight over their EIR. 

Legislation by Senators Wiener and McGuire would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Sacramento, CA – Transparency is a nonpartisan issue. And it’s transparency that provides the basis for accountability in Government. For the past forty years, every US President – Republicans and Democrats alike – have released their tax returns. That is, until President Trump took office.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Sacramento, CA – The State of California is making a massive investment in Highway 101 and the Last Chance Grade. Senator Mike McGuire, Assemblymember Jim Wood and Congressman Jared Huffman, in partnership with Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission (CTC), announced that $40 million in funding to complete the environmental review of the Last Chance Grade Project was approved by a vote of the CTC today.  The funding will allow Caltrans to evaluate each of the potential routes and ultimately decide on a preferred route alternative.

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.