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Thursday, May 11, 2017

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and Fremont area students told the Assembly Budget Sub-Committee-3 it’s time for the state to include money to cover some of the cost of care for retired police dogs in the state budget. “I was moved by the passion these students brought to our meeting in advocating for a retirement program for police dogs,” said Assemblymember Quirk. “I could tell they spent a considerable amount of time researching this issue and were very concerned that police dogs, who do heroic and strenuous work, receive no retirement stipend to help cover their high medical costs.” Learn more about the proposal to create a 401K-9 plan in this Assembly Access video.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Efforts to prevent vehicle-into-building crashes gain traction across the U.S.

By Mark Wright

Imagine: The future has arrived. Driverless vehicles flow seamlessly and safely through streets and parking lots, guided flawlessly around corners and into resting places nestled safely next to the doors and windows of shopping-center retailers and convenience stores, child care centers, and campus buildings, thanks to interconnected systems of sensors that reliably exert inch-by-inch control over the vehicles’ movements and speed. Flowers bloom. Birds chirp. All is right in the parking world.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and Fremont students testified in front of the Assembly Budget Sub-Committee-3 to request a modest budget allocation to help cover the cost of care for retired police dogs.

 

These students, from Niles Elementary School and Washington High School, are members of “We Love Pi,” which is part of the First Lego League (FLL), an international robotics competition. As part of the program, students are required to identify a problem based on the year’s theme and develop a solution. This year’s theme is “Animal Allies.”

Friday, May 5, 2017

UNION CITY – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) celebrated National Small Business Week with his second annual Small Business Breakfast at Mexico Tipico in Union City. 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.”

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

HAYWARD – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), in partnership with REACH Ashland Youth Center and VSP, provided FREE vision exams and glasses to over 50 children and families.

 

“REACH provides a wide variety of programs and services to youth – from job training to dance and music courses. All programs are provided free of charge. They have been providing opportunities to the youth of the Ashland community since 2013 and I am honored to partner with them by bringing critically needed vision services,” said Assemblymember Quirk. 

 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, responsible for reviewing bills on topics including hazardous waste, lead contamination and water quality passed AB 1316 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) on a 4 to 2 vote.

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows.

The data shows how lead poisoning affects even a state known for its environmental advocacy, with high rates of childhood exposure found in a swath of the Bay Area and downtown Los Angeles. And the figures show that, despite national strides in eliminating lead-based products, hazards remain in areas far from the Rust Belt or East Coast regions filled with old housing and legacy industry.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Growing national concern about lead poisoning in children has prompted a California lawmaker to introduce legislation to ensure that all of the state’s kids are tested for the toxic metal.

The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), would change the state’s Health and Safety Code to require testing for all children ages 6 months to 6 years.

Current regulations require lead testing only for children in government assistance programs, such as Medi-Cal and WIC, a supplemental nutrition program, as well as for kids who spend a significant amount of time in buildings built before 1978. That leaves many children untested who nevertheless may be exposed, said Quirk, who also chairs the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) is named “Legislator of the Year” by the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA).

 

“Assemblymember Quirk has given me advice for years. Anytime there is legislation impacting the cannabis industry, he always wants to know how CCIA feels about it,” said Nate Bradley, Executive Director of CCIA, before presenting Assemblymember Quirk with the award.

 

Monday, March 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, 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 Moina Shaiq at this year’s Woman of the Year Ceremony.

 

“This annual celebration is an opportunity for us to collectively reflect on 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.