Press Releases

September 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO- In this time of unprecedented drought it is extremely vital that water agencies throughout California provide due attention to regional sustainability. This includes finding ways to reduce reliance on the Delta and looking at ways to increase local water storage options.

August 14, 2014

"In this time of unprecedented drought, I am proud to support a water bond that includes both above-ground and underground storage, water re-use and recycling and funds for safe, clean drinking water.  Importantly, this proposal is Tunnel neutral.     

I am looking forward to continued work with the Administration to ensure full appropriation of levee protection and flood prevention.     

Voters will now have the final say in November on the critical issue of California’s future water availability."

August 01, 2014

Statement from Senator Cathleen Galgiani:

 “As the author of Prop 1A, I am intimately familiar with the language of the bond measure, and the context in which it was enacted. Therefore, I filed a separate Amicus in the Third Appellate District Court asking that the Trial Court be reversed, to allow the High Speed Rail project to move forward."

July 17, 2014

 “I’m sickened to hear about the tragic events that happened in Stockton yesterday afternoon.  My heart and prayers go out to the family of the hostage who was killed.  What these callous gang members did using a hostage as a human shield, putting hundreds of law enforcement lives at risk and the safety of the community is unconscionable. I stand ready to provide our officers and community the resources we need to make our home safer.” Senator Cathleen Galgiani

June 16, 2014

Prop 1A & Regional Rail Funding

In 2008 I authored Assembly Bill 3034, Proposition 1A which provided $950 million dollars of funding for capital improvements to intercity and commuter rail lines and urban rail systems that provide direct connectivity to the high-speed train system and its facilities.

 This funding source has since been fully allocated, even though a number of projects remain that meet the initial funding criteria.

May 21, 2014

Bath Salts are on the rise amongst teenagers across the U.S. 

More and more young people are trying the drug for recreational use.  While it is illegal to sell the substance, it’s not illegal to possess it.

 Now there’s a huge push to change that.  “Kids believe that it’s not dangerous if it isn’t illegal,” says John Lovell, an attorney working with a number of law enforcement agencies across the state.  Lovell is committed to educating the public on the dangers.  “Someone who takes them becomes hyper-active and hyper-aggressive.”

May 09, 2014

Receiving an education is the most important tool young adults have available to them.  However, the rising costs of higher education have made college less accessible for many low and middle income communities.  Cal Grants help thousands of deserving students throughout California start and finish their college careers.

Senator Cathleen Galgiani is leading the way, making sure Cal Grants will be available to those students who’ve already started their education.

April 21, 2014

The State of California is in the middle of the worst Drought in recent years. This issue is taking center stage around the state, including at the State Capitol.  Senator Cathleen Galgiani has proposed a bill to fully fund additional water storage projects.    

"If we are to provide enough water to support an ever-growing population of thirty-nine million people, to sustain the country's best agricultural land, to protect and restore the Delta, and to maintain adequate river flows for salmon runs and groundwater recharge, then it is crucial that we create more storage."

April 09, 2014

I’m happy to be a part of emergency legislation that’s helping drought-impacted communities. The overall package includes $684 million in funds for those who need it the most.

On Friday, the California Department of Food and Agriculture will hold its first public meeting on a grant program for agricultural water efficiency. The $10 million grant program for farm-based water efficiency projects, which was expedited by the recent emergency drought legislation, is funded by cap and trade proceeds.

April 04, 2014

Nicole Schiffmann couldn’t wait to become a nurse.  The mother of three went back to school and graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Modesto Junior College. “It’s all about the patients,” says Schiffmann. “That’s why I’m in it.” Schiffmann thought the hard part was over. Instead, it was just beginning.  She’d already qualified for a job at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, but still had to take the exam to become a licensed nurse. After filling out an application, the California Board of Registered Nursing told Schiffmann it would take months before she’d get to take the test


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