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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Investigative Reporters Robert Cribb and Marco Chon Oved, The Star

Ticketmaster is the target of proposed legislation in California that would ban its scalper program for doing the same thing that bots do — help resellers buy and sell vast quantities of tickets and make it harder for fans to get in the door at face price.

TradeDesk, a service the world’s largest ticket seller quietly markets to its high-volume customers, was the subject of an undercover investigation by the Star and CBC at a Las Vegas scalping convention last year that revealed how it allows scalpers to link dozens or hundreds of Ticketmaster accounts to gather vast quantities of seats in breach of ticket purchasing limits.

A proposed California consumer protection law draws parallels between ticket-harvesting software, which is already illegal there, and Ticketmaster’s TradeDesk program.  (CBC)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

HAYWARD – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) celebrated National Small Business Week with his fourth annual Small Business Event at Buffalo Bill’s restaurant in Hayward. According to Assemblymember Quirk, “Small businesses are truly the backbone of the state’s economy. California’s small businesses employ half of the state’s private workforce. I am proud to see small businesses thriving in the 20th Assembly District.”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Kaiser Permanente, and Legal Assistance for Seniors hosted a Senior Care and Life Planning Seminar last week at the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior Center where seniors and their families were in attendance. Attendees received valuable information on planning for their futures, like how to complete an advance directive or “living will”, and learned about the type of conversations they need to be having now with their agent, family, and doctor.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Social Compassion for Legislation

SACRAMENTO –Today, AB 733 , authored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, passed the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials by a unanimous vote of 7-0. Co-sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, AB 733 would end the use of massive numbers of fish in hazardous waste tests.

For decades, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control has tested water by putting live fish in waste water. If the fish live, the water is safe. If the fish are killed from the waste water, it is deemed unsafe. Under this bill, the Department of Toxic Substances Control would be tasked with looking into viable alternatives to live-fish water testing, and, if able, putting those alternatives into action.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The California Association of Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA) named Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) as their 2019 Legislator of the Year. The award was revealed at the 21st Unified Program Training Conference during their Leadership Session at opening ceremony in Anaheim Marriott.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature celebrated Women’s History Month by honoring women who have contributed to their community. Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) chose to honor Hayward City Councilmember, Aisha Wahab, at this year’s Woman of the Year Ceremony.

“This annual celebration is an opportunity for us to collectively celebrate the strides women have made in our communities and how they have changed history. Moreover, I hope that this ceremony serves to inspire young women,” said Assemblymember Quirk.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Letters to the Editors: Former San Jose Councilman, Pierluigi Oliverio, The Mercury News

This bill will ban the cruel practice of cat declawing, which is similar to cutting off the first knuckle of a human finger.

Back in 2014, I hosted a community viewing of the documentary film “The Paw Project.” The veterinarian-filmmaker attended the city hall event, and participated in an audience discussion.

The film exposes the barbaric practice of declawing cats, and advocates for the termination of this unnecessary and harmful procedure. Declawing — which is much more aggressive than trimming fingernails and is similar to cutting off the first knuckle of a human finger — often leads to extreme anti-social and aggressive behavior in otherwise adoptable and companionable animals.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Zack Ruskin, SFWeekly

A new permitting program aims to regulate pot purchases — but not consumption — at certain large-scale cultural festivities. Again: not consumption.

District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman readily admits that the development and implementation of cannabis regulations in San Francisco has been a bit of an adventure so far.

“We’re in a brave new world here,” Mandelman says. “We’re making new laws and figuring stuff out as we go along.”

The latest edict on Mandelman’s agenda is the matter of permitting local cannabis events. Thanks to the efforts of California Assemblyman Bill Quirk, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2020 into law last September.

In essence, the bill allows cities in California to define and issue permits for local events that involve the commercial sale of regulated cannabis as long as the permit-holder also has the necessary state license.