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.

20th Assembly District Small Business of the Year

Assemblymember Quirk Recognizes Castro Valley Bakery Helping At-Risk Youth as “Small Business of the Year”

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, recognized Swiss Delices bakery and its owner, Christine Clement, for mentoring the next generation of chefs and culinary stars by providing employment and educational opportunities to high-risk youth as the “Small Business of the Year” for the 20th Assembly District at the California Small Business Association’s annual ceremony at the Sacramento Convention Center last week.

Assemblymember Quirk Helps Seniors Turn the Table on Fraud and Notifies Owners of Unclaimed Property

Senior Scam Stopper Series

CASTRO VALLEY - Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) is hosting several Senior Scam Stopper events throughout the 20th Assembly District this summer. The events, held in cooperation with the Contractor’s State License Board will help consumers learn how to spot commons scams and avoid falling prey to them. Attendees can get answers to their questions and obtain immediate assistance if they have been victims of a scam.

The seminar will feature a panel of experts from across the state, who will discuss topics including: how to protect oneself from identity theft, how to avoid investment related scams, and what to look for and ask about before engaging in home and auto repair contracts.

Community Assistance Program

Tuesday June 4, 2013 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM A representative from Assemblyman Bill Quirk’s office will be available at the Castro Valley Library every first Tuesday of the month from 12 to 2pm to help you resolve California state-related issues. Assemblyman Quirk represents District 20 which includes Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Fremont, Hayward, San Lorenzo, Sunol, and Union City.

Select Committee Hearing to Address Gun Violence in the East Bay

Assemblymember Quirk Attends Hearing in Oakland to Examine the Root and Cause of Gun Violence and Identify Effective Strategies to Reduce It

OAKLAND – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) joined Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay Chair, Assemblymber Rob Bonta, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, Senator Loni Hancock, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Law Enforcement Officials, Community Based Organizations, and members of the public to address local and statewide issues related to gun violence.