Press Releases

Thursday, January 30, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bill 150, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), was approved today by the California State Assembly. The bill seeks to improve high school graduation rates and post-secondary education success for foster youth and other highly-mobile youth.

Over the past decade the Legislature has passed numerous bills to improve graduation rates among foster youth. While rates have improved, currently only 58 percent of highly-mobile youth graduate from high school compared to 84 percent of all other students statewide.  

Thursday, January 23, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), released the following statement in response to the death of an unidentified homeless individual in the City of Elk Grove:

“Today is a sad day for the City of Elk Grove and the people of the 9th Assembly District.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – On Friday, January 17, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) introduced Assembly Bill 1958. The bill would help protect Sacramento’s critical flood protection infrastructure by maintaining, inspecting, and protecting levee integrity and stability throughout California.  

Friday, January 10, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), Chair of Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration, released the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget:

“I am encouraged by Governor Newsom’s plan to continue balancing our budget, strengthening our rainy day fund, and reducing pension liabilities, while at the same time continuing to address California’s homelessness challenge.

Monday, December 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – In a ceremony today, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), presented City of Sacramento officials with a $750,000 check that will help fund Sacramento’s Summer Night Lights Program, which provides greater opportunities and after-school programs for at-risk youth and underserved families in South Sacramento.  

Monday, December 9, 2019

LODI, CA – In a ceremony today, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), presented City of Lodi officials with a $500,000 check that will help pay for much-needed cybersecurity upgrades to the City of Lodi’s infrastructure. The money was allocated after Cooper organized and led an effort for the funding to be included in this year’s California 2019-2020 State Budget.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bill 1033, authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), was signed today by Governor Gavin Newsom. The bill will ensure that individuals who are offered employment by a state agency are provided an explanation of the salary, benefits, and protections that accompany state service.

According to a 2016 Statewide Workforce Planning Report, recruiting and hiring competent employees and addressing compensation disparities were the two biggest challenges state agencies face in attaining a 21st century workforce.