Assemblymember Quirk Announces AD20 2014 Inaugural “Distinguished Women of the Year”

Assemblymember Quirk on the Assembly floor with Woman of the Year honoree Hafsa Burt

HAYWARD – California State Assemblymember Bill Quirk is pleased to announce the Inaugural Honorees of deserving women residing or working within Assembly District 20. These women were selected because of their significant contributions or accomplishments throughout District 20. Every March, the State Assembly honors women from across the state for their remarkable contributions to the community in celebration of Women’s History Month.

AD20’s Inaugural “Distinguished Women of the Year” Honorees, along with their area of recognition are:  Hafsa Burt – AD20 Woman of the Year; Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz –Education; Betty DeForest – Lifetime Achievement; Lilian Galedo – Social Justice; Rahima Haya – Health; Pamela Ross – Law; and Soraya Wright – Business.

Assemblymember Quirk Seeks Nominations for “Distinguished Women of the Year”

HAYWARD – California State Assemblymember Bill Quirk is seeking nominations of deserving women residing or working within Assembly District 20 who have made a significant contribution or accomplishment in their communities. Every March, the State Assembly honors women from across California for their remarkable contributions to the community in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Nominees must live, volunteer, or work in the 20th Assembly District, and may not be a currently serving public elected official. The 20th Assembly District includes all or portions of the following communities: Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Fremont, Hayward, San Lorenzo, Sunol, and Union City. To confirm the candidate lives or works in the district, visit http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

Governor Signs Law to Expand Amber Alert

A new bill signed into law Monday will expand the circumstances that activate the AMBER Alert system.

The bill, AB 535, which was authored by local assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), adds an amendment that now allows law enforcement to trigger an AMBER Alert when anyone — including parents and legal guardians — takes a child with intent to cause harm to the victim, according to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. The Alameda County District Attorney's Office and Alameda County were co-sponsors of the bill.

What’s Next for California Climate Policy post-2020

‘AB 32 Implementation Group’ hosts panel discussion at State Capitol

SACRAMENTO – A standing-room only crowd attended this morning’s policy forum aimed at providing a framework for determining California climate change policies beyond year 2020.  Assemblymember Quirk was invited as a panelist among experts in the field recognizing his current policy efforts and his career in the science of climate change and energy prior to becoming a legislator. 

Moderated by Shelly Sullivan of the ‘AB 32 Implementation Group’, Asm. Quirk was joined on the panel by Tiffany Roberts with the Legislative Analyst’s Office, Alex Jackson with the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Dorothy Rothrock with the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. 

State Approves Auditing BART’s Finances, Employment Practices

SACRAMENTO(KCBS) — While BART and its unions remain without a contract agreement, a state committee voted on Wednesday to open the transit agency's books and audit their finance and employment practices. The results, however, won't be known for months.

According to the committee, the audit is not expected to begin until after the 60-day cooling-off period imposed on BART and its unions by the state. The cooling-off period ends on October 10th. If an agreement is not reached by then, workers could declare another walkout.