Assemblymember Quirk Holds Hearing on Renewable Energy and Grid Integration

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), chair of the Assembly Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy, held an information hearing entitled “Renewable Integration – Ensuring Grid Reliability.” The hearing examined how the state can most effectively integrate an increasing amount of renewable energy with the electricity grid. 

Drummond: Time running out to clean up rap sheet under Prop. 47

One recent Saturday, a man walked into the UFCW Union Hall in Hayward for a "record clearance clinic." He had eight felonies on his rap sheet for crack possession and was seeking legal assistance to get them reduced to misdemeanors.

Tesla Crashes into Sunnyvale Mom and Pop Small Business Highlights Bay Area Lawmaker’s Work to Reduce Similar Storefront Crashes

(Hayward, CA) – About 9pm last night, a Tesla barreled through the storefront of a local business.  The family owned retailer, Liquor and Food Mart in Sunnyvale is closed indefinitely according to owners, because of the extensive damage.  The unidentified driver says he inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brakes, sending the vehicle crashing through the store.

Storefront crashes like the one in Sunnyvale happen far more frequently than many people realize.  A vehicle crashes in to a building over 60 times a day in the United States.  According the Storefront Safety Council, between 2013 and 2014, there were over 380 reported incidents in California.  Motivated by data and reports of these incidents, California State Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has authored legislation focused on curbing these dangerous and costly collisions.

California State Senate Committee on Public Safety Unanimously Passes Assembly Bill 909 – Rape Kit Tracking

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) announced that his bill to address the rape kit testing backlog passed the Senate Public Safety Committee with unanimous support today.

“AB 909 will require local law enforcement agencies to track and report on the number of rape kits they collect, test and decide not to test,” he described to committee members this morning. For untested rape kits, law enforcement agencies will be required to document the reason for not submitting the kit to be tested. Law enforcement agencies will also be required to submit this information to the Department of Justice on an annual basis. AB 909 now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Assemblymember Quirk Highlights $90,000 in Tax Credits Awarded to Local Businesses

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-20) today announced that $90,000 in tax credits was awarded to Control Air North, Inc. in Hayward. With the support of the tax credit, granted through the California Competes Tax Credit program, Control Air North, Inc. will add 48 additional full time employees in Assembly District 20.

“This program is rewarding innovative businesses. I’m glad to see that California is making investments in my district to create good-paying middle class jobs,” said Assemblymember Quirk. “I congratulate Control Air North, Inc. in being a recipient of this program.”

California State Senate Unanimously Supports Assembly Bill 764 - Focused On Reducing Storefront Crashes

SACRAMENTO – On January 14, 2014, an elderly woman lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the New Bridges Presbyterian Church in Hayward. The vehicle accelerated, nearly hitting several people in the church courtyard before smashing through a wooden fence, crashing through the church's double doors then driving through the church vestibule.

Vehicle-into-building crashes, like the one New Bridges Presbyterian Church experienced, have been reported to occur as many as 60 times per day in the United States. According the Storefront Safety Council, between 2013 and 2014, there were over 380 reported incidents in California.  Motivated by data and reports of these incidents, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) sought to propose new legislation to address this serious problem.

A reasonable bill on lane-splitting stresses safety

Just maybe, California may finally get sensible safety rules on lane-splitting, the highway maneuver – banned in every other state – that motorists hate but motorcyclists defend to the death. After far too many detours, it's about time, and it will make our roads safer for everyone.

The state Assembly has approved a bill that would officially authorize cyclists to scoot in between lanes of traffic. But they could only go 15 miles per hour faster than the cars they're passing, and they couldn't go more than 50 mph.

California State Assembly Passes AB 33 – Creating the Energy Integration Advisory Council

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State Assembly voted 64-3 to approve Assembly Bill 33, by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), which would help to ensure that California is able to successfully meet its renewable energy goals.

AB 33 would establish the Energy Integration Advisory Council (Council) consisting of representatives from the California Energy Commission (CEC), the Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).  The Council would then be charged with analyzing various strategies to integrate a 40%, a 50%, and a greater than 50% Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) in order to minimize over-generation and eliminate the need for energy curtailment. 

California State Assembly Approves Lane-Splitting Legislation Allowing Motorcyclists To Move Through Stalled Traffic

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — California may become the first state to explicitly allow motorcycles to weave between stalled cars in traffic.

The Assembly on Thursday approved legislation permitting lane-splitting.

Bikers who navigate congested roads by driving through the middle of lanes are in a legal gray area in California, though law enforcement has permitted the practice. Other states explicitly ban lane-splitting.

California could soon legalize motorcycle lane-splitting

Motorcycle lane-splitting — the rush-hour time saver for bikers that enrages many drivers — may be poised for formal legalization.

California would be the first state to sanction the traffic-evading tactic, already widespread on traffic-choked freeways of Los Angeles.

The state Assembly is expected to approve the legislation as soon as Thursday, and supporters believe it will clear the Senate as well.