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.

Audit of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)

Audit of BART finances and employment practices requested by Assemblymember Quirk & Bay Area Legislators

SACRAMENTO – This afternoon, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) voted to approve the request by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) for a state audit of the finances and employment practices of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) over the last several years. The request garnered bipartisan and bicameral support.

“This call for an audit is about accountability and transparency. The state has an obligation to make certain taxpayers know where their money is going,” said Quirk. “Unfortunately, recent events have made it clear that there are disagreements on several critical issues including employee salaries by classification,  expenditures versus revenues to determine a structural deficit or surplus, projected costs of future capital improvements, and ongoing worker’s compensation practices regarding the use of temporary employees, just to name a few.”

East Bay State Legislators Issue Statement on Hearing of BART Labor Negotiations

OAKLAND, CA. – Following a hearing held today by the inquiry board appointed by Gov. Brown to review the labor dispute between BART and its labor unions, Assemblymembers Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) released the following statement:

“We’re pleased today’s meeting redirected focus on the ultimate goal of finalizing a fair contract that continues to ensure a safe, dependable public transit system. The panel asked important questions, obtaining documents and testimony that revealed the true financial picture of BART, the actual wages workers earn, and the significant safety issues confronted by employees every day.

East Bay Legislators Say Good-Faith Bargaining Must Underpin BART Negotiations

OAKLAND – In an op-ed appearing in the Bay Area News Group, State Assemblymembers Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) addressed BART negotiations, calling for good-faith bargaining in order to reach a solution before the Sunday night deadline. The East Bay legislators highlighted workplace safety issues, missed revenue opportunities and the bargaining tactics of BART’s lead negotiator Thomas Hock. 

“Before the two sides lock heads again, it’s time for the Board to ask pointed questions about BART’s negotiating tactics, how it values safety and the potential for new revenue opportunities. Respect for the Bay Area working families who keep the trains running and get riders where they need to go needs to underpin these negotiations.

Seminars to educate seniors on scams

Seniors are often targeted in scams, and four free seminars are being held to help them become more aware of current frauds.

Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, and the Contractors State License Board are hosting the Senior Scam Stoppers, where those attending will get information on frauds in home repair, auto repair, telecommunications, investments, identify theft, Medicare and other topics. The seminars are open to all.