California State Assembly 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.

Assembly Member Quirk issues statement on his authorship of AB 764 on anniversary of fatal crash into Farrell’s Restaurant in Buena Park

On April 23, 2014, an elderly driver, attempting to park in a disabled parking stall in front of Farrell’s in Buena Park accidently pressed on the gas pedal. The driver crashed into the store, killing one patron and injuring several others.

Vehicle-into-building crashes, like the one Farrell’s experienced, have been reported to occur as many as 60 times per day in the United States. Evidence suggests that more than 3,600 people are seriously injured every year nationwide, with more than 500 killed due to this type of accident.

Most of these crashes can be prevented with some simple and inexpensive steps.

Assemblymember Quirk Announces 2015 ‘Bill Quirk STEAM Works Scholarship’ Winner

FREMONT – Assemblymember Bill Quirk attended the 2015 Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair where he spent time visiting with students and learning about their creative and innovative science projects. In order to encourage more young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), the Assemblymember established the ‘Bill Quirk STEAM Works Scholarship’. This Scholarship is awarded to a student in the 20th Assembly District who participates in the Fair and shows an interest in the field of physics. After much deliberation, the Assemblymember awarded Vanessa Wang of American High School in Fremont, California this year’s $1,000.00 scholarship for her project entitled Little Insect.

Bread, Milk and Mayhem II

Spurred by deadly crashes involving cars plunging into stores, day care centers and other sites, a California lawmaker has introduced a bill to prod commercial property owners to install special safety barriers.

The measure, if approved, would give California the nation’s first state law encouraging wider use of bollards, a type of barrier already found in front of some stores and sidewalks to block wayward vehicles.

Law Enforcement and Community Trust in California

California State Assembly and Senate Public Safety committees to hold a joint informational hearing on February 10th

Please join Assembly Public Safety Chair Bill Quirk at a joint hearing with Senate Public Safety to discuss: Law Enforcement and Community Trust in California.  The hearing will bring together community leaders, law enforcement, educators, criminologists, and elected officials to find ways to build trust and confidence between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2015

Joint Hearing Assembly Public Safety Committee And Senate Public Safety Committee
ASSEMBLY MEMBER QUIRK, SENATOR HANCOCK, Chairs
9:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - (please note lunch break from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.) - State Capitol, Room 4203 (Listen to this hearing)

For more, call Assemblymember Quirk’s Committee Office at 916-319-3744
Or visit: http://apsf.assembly.ca.gov/hearings

Legislature Approves Pair Of Campaign Finance Disclosure Bills

A pair of bills that would tighten California’s campaign finance disclosure laws has passed out of the legislature.

One would require the disclosure of the top five contributors to ballot measures; the other would require that paid actors appearing in campaign ads be identified as such.

Asm.Quirk to host a pair of community events seeking to protect seniors from fraud

Senior Scam Stopper events held in East Bay

Assemblymember Bill Quirk and the California Contractors State License Board are hosting a FREE Senior Scam StopperSM seminar.  A panel of experts will provide information to seniors on how to avoid becoming victims of fraud.  Attendees can get answers to their questions and obtain assistance if they have been scammed.

In Castro Valley- Friday, June 27, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior & Community Center, 17800 Redwood Road

For more, call Assemblymember Quirk’s District Office at 510-583-8818