No one can accuse Assemblyman Jim Frazier of not being available.
You may have seen Frazier, D-Oakley, while you were out and about. That’s because he’s become a fixture at community activities and events across the district, including right here at home. Tomato Festival? He’s there. A child safety seat event at the local California Highway Patrol office? He’s there. A Saturday basketball game between Fairfield police and firefighters? He’s there.
Granted, he’s not everywhere, but he’s giving it a solid try. I sat down with him this week to catch up on the legislative session.
Frazier commutes to the Capitol each day the Legislature is in session. That takes him through Fairfield-Suisun City-Vacaville twice daily. He said he works six days a week, which I believe, and that he only grudgingly takes Sundays off, which I also believe. He said he’s put 28,000 miles on his car since December. I believe that, too. I made a similar commute for a few years while living in the central San Joaquin Valley, and the miles add up quickly.
Our freshman legislator hasn’t just been pressing the flesh here in the district. He’s also been working at the Capitol.
Frazier offered up 14 bills this year for consideration. He was allowed up to 40, but focused his attention on bills he thought could (1) pass muster with Gov. Jerry Brown and (2) make a difference. Thus far, he’s doing well. Four bills have been signed into law:
Three other bills are on the governor’s desk. Even if none are signed into law, it’s been a productive year. If all become law, it will be an exceptional freshman year.
Frazier backs a water bond measure authored by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and like Wolk opposes the governor’s massive – and massively expensive – twin-tunnels project in the Delta. He said he doesn’t want to risk the health of the Delta on the expectation that the twin-tunnels project will not harm the Delta.
Frazier said the governor’s twin-tunnels plan risks harm to the economy of a third of the state to benefit the economy of two-thirds of the state. He said it’s better to fix what’s on the ground now, and work from there. Frazier notes – correctly so – that the state does not have a solid track record with large public works projects. He named the new Bay Bridge project to make his point.
“It’s my drinking water. I’ve fished and hunted on the Delta my whole life,” he said. “It’s a big project that they think might work, but they don’t know. . . . And there’s no Plan B.”
Amen to that.
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