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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St. Helena Star Endorses Cecilia Aguiar-Curry for Assembly

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...

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The Reporter and The Daily Democrat in Woodland are endorsing Winters Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry for the state Assembly, District 4, due to her experience as an elected official coupled with her background in agriculture.

Aguiar-Curry is running against Esparto farmer and retired Lt. Col. Charlie Schaupp, a Republican who was the top vote-getter in the June primary. Schaupp has sought election many times in the past.

And while we’ll admit that we would like to see someone with a stronger background in public office, we also acknowledge that Aguiar-Curry has made considerable strides during her years of community service. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s been endorsed by former opponent Dan Wolk, the former mayor of Davis, and one of her four opponents in the June primary election, and by former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin among other high-profile public officials.

Wolk said that he “respects Cecilia’s tenacious leadership style and her ability to drive the revitalization of Winters forward. Her knowledge and understanding of how to spur economic development at the local level is greatly needed in the Assembly.” And Eastin, a long time Davis resident, has said that Aguiar-Curry has a “willingness to stand up and fight for what she believes in.” Eastin, who spent four years in the legislature as an East Bay Assemblywoman, was elected in 1994 as the first, and to this date, only woman to serve as State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“I’ve seen Cecilia in action,” Eastin said. “She has the ability to bring people together, the strength of character to stand up for her values, a great work ethic, and a history of getting things done. I know that, if she’s elected to serve in the Assembly, she will deliver for our children and make a lasting impact on our state.”

Cecilia Aguiar-Curry is the current mayor of Winters, a businesswoman, and, along with her three brothers, is a co-owner of an 80-acre walnut orchard. She has served on the Winters Planning Commission, Winters City Council and is now the first woman mayor of Winters. Aguiar-Curry has also been a board member of the Water Resources Association of Yolo County and Sacramento Area Council of Governments, and has served as chairwoman of the Yolo County Housing Commission.

Aguiar-Curry also shouldn’t be cast as a farmer only. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from San Jose State University, which when coupled with her other public experience gives her the necessary background to negotiate the halls of the state Capitol.

We think this will be especially crucial when it comes to issues of immigration and affordable housing. In the 4th District, there are a large number of immigrants, farmworkers, low-income wage earners, students attending UC Davis and Woodland Community College. Each of these groups needs help with affordable housing and while Aguiar-Curry acknowledges that she doesn’t have all the answers, she also says people need to be properly housed.

On other issues, she seems to be a consensus builder. High-speed rail is an example. A number of people across California oppose it. But Aguiar-Curry says people need to be brought to the table to find a way to make it work by serving the greatest number of people while staying on budget.

We are also intrigued by her approach to water. She says the state needs a comprehensive solution that meets the needs of farmers, consumers and environmentalists. She doesn’t feel Gov. Jerry Brown’s “twin tunnel” idea, however, is the solution. Rather she thinks one solution starts with conservation and continues from there. That sounds as though she’s channeling outgoing state Sen. Lois Wolk, who has worked for years to find workable solutions to state water issues.

Finally, regarding the November ballot initiative to legalize recreational use of marijuana, Aguiar-Curry is probably like everyone else. She doesn’t want marijuana to be in the hands of young people, but admits the measure will probably pass and that she’ll have to live with the judgment of voters. That’s a mature attitude which reflects an ability to strive for consensus.

That’s why we think Aguiar-Curry will make a good Assemblywoman. What she may lack in experience will be made up for in teamwork. And if there’s anything our Legislature needs it’s collaboration on key issues, an agreement to at times disagree and a willingness to give and take when it comes to the best interests of the state as a whole.