Press Releases

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Jim Patterson will hold a virtual press conference Thursday at 10am to share concerns from constituents who have been cut off from their disability benefits by EDD. The EDD has suspended an unknown number of claims due to a new scam involving “organized criminals using stolen medical provider credentials.” Until EDD can verify the identity of the doctors in question, their patients won’t get paid. Dozens of people have reached out to Assemblyman Patterson’s office for help. People with debilitating illnesses, injuries and even new mothers have been without payments…
SACRAMENTO – Legislation was approved in an Assembly committee Monday to exempt victims of recent wildfires from a law requiring all new homes to have solar panels beginning in 2020. Assemblyman Jim Patterson introduced AB 1078 in order to include victims of numerous devastating 2020 wildfires in an exemption granted to previous wildfire victims. Without this bill, every person seeking to rebuild would be required to put solar panels on their home. “Thousands of homes were lost in 2020 wildfires. Many of these victims already do not have enough insurance money to cover the cost of…
SACRAMENTO – Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jim Patterson to make it faster and easier to build new escape routes in high fire danger areas in rural neighborhoods was approved in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee Monday. AB 1154 would eliminate CEQA requirements for projects that build additional escape routes in high fire-hazard zones. The exemption would apply to neighborhoods identified by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection where a second access road is needed. Newly released reports by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection show many mountain and foothill…
  AB 262 is now in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This is where a lot of great bills meet their demise. We don’t want AB 262 to be one of them. We need as many letters of support as possible sent to the Chairwoman, Lorena Gonzalez. This committee will decide if the bill moves to the Assembly Floor for a vote. Simply email approps.committee@assembly.ca.gov. The subject should be "SUPPORT AB 262".  There are two ways to help: 1. PUT THE SAMPLE SUPPORT LETTER ON YOUR LETTERHEAD 2. COPY & PASTE TEXT INTO EMAIL – FEEL FREE TO ADD PERSONAL COMMENTS TO THE VERBIAGE BELOW…
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 262 passed unanimously in the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Victims of human trafficking are commonly forced to commit various crimes to survive. AB 262 will make it faster and easier for them to clear their record of nonviolent offenses so they can begin their new lives.  AB 262 addresses several problems: ELIMINATES REQUIREMENT TO PAY FEES BEFORE COURT HEARING PROBLEM: Current law creates a catch-22 that makes it almost impossible for survivors to clear their criminal records. Survivors often have to pay all fines and meet all probation requirements before…
Last year, Gavin's Law (AB 582) fell one vote short in the Senate Public Safety Committee. Assemblyman Patterson and the Gladding family are not giving up, but we need your help.Today the maximum sentence for a driver who hits, kills and runs is only four years behind bars. The driver who hit Gavin only served 1 year. Gavin’s Law will increase the maximum sentence for a fatal hit and run from 4 to 6 YEARS. AB 582 closes a loophole that actually benefits drunk or drugged hit and run drivers. By fleeing, they avoid a potential 15-year sentence from a DUI charge. --- WE NEED YOUR HELP…
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R- Fresno) announced Monday he has selected Lorna Roush as the 23rd Assembly District’s 2021 Woman of the Year. Lorna is a fifth-generation family farmer in Fresno County and a tireless advocate for agriculture. On top of the day-to-day operations on the farm, Lorna is active in many community organizations including California Women for Agriculture and Central Valley Women for Agriculture, My Job Depends on Ag, the Ag One Foundation at Fresno State, Riverdale Community Foundation, Fresno County Farm Bureau, Horizon Pistachios Company, and American…
  The Fresno County Assessor may be able to reduce your property tax assessment if your property was damaged or destroyed by a calamity or disaster such as the Creek Fire. If your property sustained $10,000 dollars or more in damage that was not caused by your actions you may qualify for a reduction of your assessed value by submitting a completed Calamity Application for Reassessment within 12 months of the date of loss. To qualify for a possible reassessment, all of the following requirements must be met: The damage must have occurred within the past year. The physical damage to the…
  PHASE ONE CLEANUP UNDERWAY Phase 1 cleanup of toxic household hazardous waste has begun. As a reminder, this first step is available at no out-of-pocket cost. If your home is on the county's map of damaged or destroyed buildings, you don't need to do anything else to receive this service. If your parcel is not on this map, please contact the Creek Fire information line at (559) 600-4636.SIGN UP NOW FOR PHASE TWO DEBRIS REMOVAL Debris removal will begin in December as part of the Phase 2 cleanup. Those who want this service need to fill out the Right of Entry form online and…
  I have heard from many confused and concerned people eager to cleanup. There have been many unanswered questions. There are some simple but important things we have learned about property cleanup.  This information has been gathered from reliable sources and has been confirmed by Fresno County. It will soon be available on their website. Until then, this is what we know. Complete property cleanup will begin soon for all with homes destroyed in the Creek Fire with no out-of-pocket cost. If you begin cleaning up your property on your own, you could be disqualified from the government…