Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) to help preserve land and expand recreational opportunities in Solano County. The bill, co-authored by Assemblymembers Tim Grayson and Jim Frazier, permits Solano County to establish a regional parks district.
“With this bill being signed into law, the county can now move forward to preserve its lands for future generations of Californians to enjoy,” said Senator Dodd. “I commend the Board of Supervisors for their leadership, and I want to thank Governor Brown for supporting the creation of a parks district in Solano County. Parks are critical to supporting our environment, health, and quality of life.”
In 2015, the Solano County Board of Supervisors formed a subcommittee tasked on researching the establishment of a regional park and open space system. A final report by the subcommittee recommended that the Board of Supervisors form a regional parks and open-space district, spurring this legislation. Allowing Solano County to move forward with forming a park district could create opportunities to give the public access to lands they did not already have and provide new opportunities for the county’s existing parks and open spaces.
“Senator Dodd continues to be a strong voice in the legislature when it comes to preserving California’s precious lands,” said Erin Hannigan, Vice Chairwoman of the Solano County Board of Supervisors. “I want to thank him for his support in our efforts to establish our own parks district, and thank the Governor for signing the Senator’s legislation.”
“With the Governor’s signature on SB365, Solano County has taken a big leap forward in being able to form its own parks district,” said Supervisor John M. Vasquez, Chair of the Solano County Board of Supervisors. “Senator Bill Dodd, along with co-authors, Assemblymember Tim Grayson and Assemblymember Jim Frazier, have championed this long-awaited piece of legislation. Our state representatives have made protecting open space and enhancing quality of life in Solano County a priority. I am extremely grateful for Senator Dodd’s diligent work on behalf of Solano County residents and for assisting the Board of Supervisors, who continue to work toward preservation of our beautiful vistas and increased access to open space.”
Over the years, the state has authorized several counties throughout California to form regional park districts, including Napa County. By signing Dodd’s legislation, SB 365, the Solano County Board of Supervisors can move forward in establishing a parks district by resolution.
Elected in November of 2016 to represent California’s 3rd Senate District, Senator Bill Dodd is a fifth generation Californian and lifelong resident of the district, where he grew up on a small family farm in Napa County. California’s 5th State Senate District includes portions of Sacramento, Yolo, Napa, Sonoma, Solano and Contra Costa Counties.
Prior to his election to the State Senate, Bill represented the 4th Assembly District. In the Assembly, Bill worked to help small businesses, protect the environment, and support seniors and working families. He advanced a balanced, sustainable budget that invests in our education system from preschool through higher education. Bill helped establish the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit, promote career technical education, and create the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument – preserving over 330,000 acres of the California Coast Ranges in Napa, Yolo, Solano, Lake, Colusa, Glenn and Mendocino counties.
Prior to his election to the Assembly, Senator Dodd served on the Napa County Board of Supervisors for thirteen years. His accomplishments include the completion of Napa’s flood control project, which protects thousands of properties from flooding, restored 900 acres of environmental wetlands and produced $1 billion of investment in local businesses.
Prior to his time in elected office, Bill was a successful small business owner. He owned and operated one of the largest full-service Culligan Water operations in California, and served as president of the water quality industry’s state and national trade associations. Senator Dodd is a graduate of California State University, Chico.
Bill and his wife Mary live in Napa and have five grown children and five grandchildren. The Napa Valley Chamber of Commerce recognized their philanthropic efforts by awarding Bill its 2014 “Citizen of the Year” for raising over $3 million for local charities. You can learn more about the district and Senator Dodd at www.sen.ca.gov/dodd.