Virtual Drought Town Hall

In case you missed it, watch Assemblymember Berman's virtual Drought Town Hall with experts from our community's local water providers. 

    Expert speakers include:

    • Tom Francis, Water Resources Manager, Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA)
    • Jeanine Jones, Interstate Resources Manager and Drought Manager, California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
    • Robert Seeley, Regional Community Affairs Specialist, California Water Service (Cal Water)
    • Vice Chair Gary Kremen, Board Member, Valley Water

    They provide:

    • An update on the decreasing water supply in our area
    • Important tips for water conservation
    • Breaking news updates on what to expect this summer in our community
    • Information about the threats posed by extreme drought



    Tuesday, July 27, 2021

    SACRAMENTO - Today Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 132, which provides a coordinated and integrated approach to meet college students’ basic needs. This postsecondary education trailer bill is based on legislation (Assembly Bill 775) by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) and implements a $30 million ongoing investment in the Budget Act of 2021 to support basic needs centers.

    Monday, July 12, 2021

    Getting more California students to graduate with associate degrees for transfer could be the key to ensuring they finish their undergraduate education, according to a new report by the Campaign for College Opportunity.

    Although California Community College students in Fresno County are among the most likely in the state to earn an ADT before moving on to a university, students are still taking too many credits, and taking too long to graduate, according to the report.

    A new bill authored by Assemblymember Marc Berman seeks to streamline the process, which could help more students in the Fresno-area, where high levels of poverty make it more difficult for students to finish school.

    Friday, July 9, 2021

    Assemblymember Marc Berman met with experts July 1 to discuss California’s drought in an online town hall going over updates on the decreasing water supply and water conservation efforts.

    “Climate change is here. It is impacting our lives in a very real way. And it’s not going to get better unless we do something about it,” Berman, D-Palo Alto, said.

    Jeanine Jones, interstate resources manager and drought manager at the California Department of Water Resources, emphasized the dryness of this year.

    “Many of our major Sierra Nevada watersheds are experiencing flows now that are about what we saw in 2014 and 2015, which were the driest years of our last drought,” Jones said.

    And statewide reservoir storage has also been dropping because of dry conditions, she said.

    Thursday, July 8, 2021
    Thursday, July 8, 2021
    Saturday, July 3, 2021

    Renovation plans for Carter Park in Half Moon Bay received a significant financial boost following the announcement from Assemblymember Marc Berman that the city will receive $4.75 million in state budget funding for the project.

    Berman, D-Palo Alto, successfully advocated for the funding as part of Senate Bill 129 Budget Act of 2021, which was passed by the state Legislature June 28. Berman visited John L. Carter Memorial Park a couple of years ago and saw the potential for events, plays and music festivals the community proposed.

    “I think once the renovation project is completed, it’s going to be something that people are really excited to go hang out at. Hang out with their family, hang out with their friends. It’s something that can draw people from surrounding communities for different performing arts events,” Berman said.

    Monday, June 28, 2021

    SACRAMENTO –Today Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) supported a number of budget bills that highlight the historic nature of the 2021-22 State Budget. In addition to the billions of dollars in critical funding to aid California’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the budget included funding to establish a statewide Office of School-Based Health, a concept that Assemblymember Berman has championed since 2019, and to support community projects in the 24th Assembly District.

    Thursday, June 17, 2021

    SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) have introduced new legislation, Assembly Bill 775, to ban political candidates or committees from pre-checking the recurring donation box on their websites, and to require them to obtain affirmative consent before enrolling campaign donors in recurring contributions.

    Monday, June 14, 2021

    SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) released the following statement in response to the Legislature’s passage of the 2021-2022 State Budget: 

    “Today we passed a state budget that will strengthen California’s recovery after fifteen long months of uncertainty and hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While millions of Californians are struggling, this budget makes critical investments in homelessness and housing, education, and small business support, all of which will contribute to the California Comeback.

    Monday, May 24, 2021