Congressman Garamendi Holds Colusa County Meetings with Farmers, Local Officials, and Classrooms
COLUSA, CA – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) today held a number of meetings and events in Colusa County, one of the most rural counties in the 3rd Congressional District.
“When I was a boy, I was taught in a three-room schoolhouse in rural Calaveras County, so I’m very familiar with the unique needs and concerns of the most rural parts of California,” said Congressman Garamendi. “Today I had a very productive day in Colusa County, meeting with local officials, educators, health officials, tribal leaders, and land managers on the many federal issues that impact the local community. Clean and reliable water, good schools, safe public lands, health access for the sick, job opportunities, and honoring our historical commitment to the Native American community: that was the agenda today, and the only ‘D’ and ‘R’ I was concerned about was District and Representative.”
Garamendi started the day meeting with the Williams City Council, the Williams Fire Chief, the Williams Police Chief, the Forest Supervisor for Mendocino National Forest, and the Director of Colusa Head Start. At the meeting, they discussed the regional transportation needs, Williams’ allocation of recent federal money, ongoing environmental and access concerns in Mendocino National Forest, crime issues in Colusa County, and ways to further early education in the county.
After that meeting, Garamendi spoke with the Colusa County Farm Bureau to talk about the Congressman’s work trying to protect Northern California water rights and stop the construction of two massive tunnels in the Delta. He is the author of “A Water Plan for All of California,” which approaches water policy in a more comprehensive and balanced way than a mere extraction of water from north to south. At the meeting, the Congressman also discussed the Farm Bill. Its future is uncertain following House Republican leadership’s bad decision to separate the agricultural support and food assistance portions of the bill, severing a decades-long political coalition in support of the Farm Bill as a comprehensive food management policy.
Following the Farm Bureau meeting, Garamendi toured Premier Mushrooms, one of Colusa County’s largest employers. There, the Congressman learned about Premier’s planned expansion, its robust support for the local community, and its commitment to environmentally friendly practices, including a zero waste policy. Premier currently has 185 employees, and with their expansion, they expect to hire an additional 45 people.
When the Premier Mushrooms tour was completed, Garamendi went to a local restaurant and spoke with the Colusa Rotary Club, where he spoke about job opportunities in the local community that will stem from the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of rural health access.
He then traveled to Colusa High School, where the Congressman spoke to two government classes about the importance of public service and his experiences as a Congressman and state official.
After visiting with area students, Representative Garamendi toured the new Ampla Health Community and Dental Center, to learn more about the expanded health services now available in Colusa County. As a State Legislator, Garamendi authored the Rural Health Services Act, which dramatically increased access to medical care in the rural parts of California.
Garamendi concluded the day by meeting with tribal officials at the Colusa Casino Resort. The meeting focused on ways to advance economic development for the Native American community and their neighbors in the Sacramento Valley.