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Friday, July 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Furthering the State’s continued efforts to address the effects of climate change, California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird today announced the appointment of 14 leaders in state climate science and infrastructure design to the Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group.

 

“I am proud to announce the appointees of the Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group,” stated Secretary Laird. “These dedicated professionals, with expertise in engineering, science, and policy will provide science-based recommendations to California decision-makers to enable the best infrastructural investment strategies for the state.  As changes to the environment continue to affect the public, the establishment of this Working Group reveals California’s ongoing leadership in climate adaptation.”

 

Friday, July 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 1044, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), will provide critical information to vote-by-mail (VBM) voters on how to verify if their ballot was counted.

 

In October 2002, President George W. Bush signed the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) to improve the administration of federal elections.  HAVA directed states to develop a platform voters can access to ascertain whether or not their vote was counted, and, if it was not counted, the reason why it was not counted.

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

(Sacramento) – When the State Assembly debated the package of landmark climate change legislation, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) stood in strong support of Assembly Bill 398, the companion measure to Assembly Bill 617. The two bills balance our economic, health and environmental concerns as California works to reach its 2030 climate targets and improve the lives of all residents. “We have a choice,” Assemblymember Quirk said. The choice is let the Air Board decide to tell this industry to go down by 5%, that one by 10% or that one by 40% or you can have a market. The Chamber of Commerce and virtually every industry in the state wants to have a market. I agree.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Downloadable Link: https://vimeo.com/226081867/933627e534

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Earlier this month, the Department of Toxic Substances Control issued enforcement action against eight retailers in Oakland and three wholesale suppliers in Los Angeles for allegedly selling costume jewelry for children and adults containing dangerous levels of lead and cadmium.

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter

 

California's Legislature passed a 10-year extension of the state's cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions with a robust, bipartisan two-thirds vote, a move leaders hailed as evidence that the Golden State will lead on climate change.

"Tonight, California stood tall and once again, boldly confronted the existential threat of our time," Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said in a statement after yesterday's vote. "Republicans and Democrats set aside their differences, came together and took courageous action. That's what good government looks like."

Lawmakers approved A.B. 398, which extends cap and trade through 2030, and partner measure A.B. 617, which sets up rules aimed at cutting local pollution. They also passed A.C.A. 1, a constitutional amendment. Starting in 2024, the Legislature have a say in how all program revenues are spent.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

On Wednesday, the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee will consider a bill that is critical if California is to stay at the leading edge of technological innovation. (“Democratic legislators take bold stands, except when they don’t” Editorials, July 10)

Senate Bill 649, by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, and me, would establish a standardized, expedited process for statewide deployment of the equipment necessary to power 5G, the most advanced wireless technology ever to come to market.

Monday, July 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 730, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), will make a public safety program administered by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) permanent. Specifically, AB 730 will grant permanent authority to BART to issue a prohibition order to bar a person from entering BART property for 30, 60 or 90 days for committing certain acts that includes robbery, domestic battery, or violence against BART riders and personnel.

 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Assemblymember Quirk honored the Hayward Area Historical Society as the 2017 Non Profit of the Year for the 20th Assembly District.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) honored the Hayward Area Historical Society as the 2017 Non Profit of the Year for the 20th Assembly District.Norman Fobert, President of the Hayward Area Historical Society Board of Directors, Assemblymember Quirk and A.T. Stephens, Executive Director, Hayward Area Historical Society

 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

By BRIAN ROKOS | brokos@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise

 

Southern California Edison officials don’t want to pop your balloon.

 

Actually, they want you to do it.

 

With hundreds more electrical outages attributed to metallic balloons short-circuiting power lines in 2015 and 2016 than in previous years, Edison is mounting a campaign in large type on roadside billboards and movie theater screens, asking revelers to party carefully.

 

That means weighing down those metallic helium balloons you’re buying for Father’s Day on June 18, never releasing them outside and cutting them into pieces to dispose of them.

 

‘It’s about being responsible’