Governor Brown Signs Assembly Bill 692 – Making California a National Leader in Alternative Low Carbon Transportation Fuel Investment

SACRAMENTO – Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 692 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), making California a leader in reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from traditional transportation fuel. 

AB 692 defines “Very Low-Carbon Fuels” (VLCFs) and guarantees a market for those fuels. This bill sets a path to increasing VLCFs in the State’s fuel portfolio by 3 percent in 2017, increasing by 1 percent every year thereafter until 2024. The California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) sets aggressive goals for GHG reductions, increasing the use of VLCFs will help to meet those goals. 

Governor Brown Should Sign AB 764: Two Storefront Crashes This Week in Northern California Highlight Bay Area Lawmaker’s Assembly Bill to Reduce Similar Storefront Crashes

(Sacramento, CA) – Two storefront crashes in 24 hours highlight the need for Governor Brown to sign AB 764 into law. This morning, a car crashed through the front doors of a Livermore gym, killing a 49-year-old woman and injuring five others. Police said that an elderly woman inadvertently hit the gas instead of the brakes while parking, sending the vehicle crashing through the gym. Yesterday afternoon, a driver in Elk Grove drove into a store while attempting to park and injured an employee.

Right-to-die measure clears California Assembly on 43-34 vote

SACRAMENTO -- Legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients cleared a major hurdle Wednesday when the state Assembly narrowly passed the measure on a 43-34 vote after an emotionally wrenching debate that left many legislators in tears.

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

SACRAMENTO – Today, the members of the California Senate unanimously voted to support the use of protective barriers. “AB 764 has brought much needed awareness to storefront crashes.” Assemblymember Quirk stated after the bill passed the Senate floor. “This bill will encourage the use of vehicle protective devices, including vehicle barriers in building and parking lot design.”

Assemblymember Quirk introduced AB 764 after learning about how common store front crashes are and how easily they can be prevented. “Most of these crashes and injuries can be prevented with some simple and inexpensive steps.” Many businesses that have experienced these accidents have installed barriers on their own.

Today, the bill is one step closer to becoming law. By passing out of the Senate Floor on a 40-0 vote, AB 764 now moves to the Assembly for amendment concurrence, before heading to the Governor’s desk.

Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly.  He is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety and a member of the Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Revenue & Taxation, and Utilities & Commerce.

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.”