English learners now eligible for child care assistance

Source Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 273 by Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Solano, a priority bill for the California Legislative Women’s Caucus this year. The governor signed it during a public ceremony held at Women’s Empowerment in Downtown...

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Ceremony starts Anderson Springs project

By Tammy Murga | Source ANDERSON SPRINGS >> About 80 people gathered in Anderson Springs Saturday morning to mark the start of a recovery project by breaking ground on a new wastewater system and homes for the area. The celebration was co-hosted by Senator Mike...

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Local reps secure funding for farmworker housing

Source The California State Legislature approved the 2017-18 State Budget, with $250,000 included to support farmworker housing in Napa County. Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Solano, and Senator Bill Dodd, D-Solano, championed this funding proposal, which will...

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Aguiar-Curry Wins Assembly Seat

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | Source Winters Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry will represent the 4th Assembly District in the state Legislature for the next two years, having defeated Republican Charlie Schaupp in Tuesday’s general election. Aguiar-Curry had received 63.6...

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Aguiar-Curry Thankful For the Support

Source I am gratified and overwhelmed by the supporters across District 4 that came out to vote for me for Assembly on June 7th. I want to thank them and the many volunteers and individual donors who helped make our campaign possible. And I want to congratulate all my...

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By the Editorial Board | Source

Winters Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry is an energetic, accomplished, down-to-earth candidate who would be an effective advocate for rural communities in the State Assembly.

Aguiar-Curry, a Democrat, is competing with Republican Charlie Schaupp for the District 4 Assembly seat being vacated by Bill Dodd. In an interview, Aguiar-Curry impressed us with her knowledge of the issues facing the district and her common-sense, centrist approach to governance. She’s exactly the sort of candidate we’re drawn to: A moderate who can collaborate across party lines to achieve results.

Aguiar-Curry has been a driving force behind the revitalization of Winters, which is adding two new hotels and trying to embrace tourism while preserving its small-town charm (sound familiar?).

As mayor, Aguiar-Curry has prodded telecommunications companies to enhance broadband access for rural areas. She showed great passion for the issue, which she sees as crucial to public health, education, business and agriculture. She also showed solid command of the policy details, pointing out that the cell tower locations being recommended by the Federal Communications Commission don’t match the neighborhoods that desperately need service.

District 4 stretches across six counties, and Aguiar-Curry spoke with authority about the issues facing various regions: from the poverty and drug problems in Lake County to the social consequences of second homes in the upper Napa Valley. She mentioned she’s put 5,000 miles on her car during five weeks of campaigning, and her travels have obviously taught her a lot.

She cited transportation, infill affordable housing and vocational education as a few of her overarching interests, and said she would look for state money to help with local projects.

She criticized the state’s onerous water regulations that make it difficult and expensive for small water systems like Winters and St. Helena to stay in compliance, even though their water is perfectly safe to drink and well within federal guidelines.

Aguiar-Curry came across as an energetic leader who governs through relationship-building and compromise rather than grandstanding and partisanship. We’re supporting her for her energy, open and collaborative at