Recent Events

(Sacramento) – The Great Solar Eclipse will pass over California on August 21st, reducing the amount of  renewable power going to the state’s electrical grid. To offset the lost solar power, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), and millions of other Californians, will be conserving power. Be a part of the Great Solar Eclipse energy conservation team, watch and share this video. 

For three hours on August 21, more than 60 percent of the sun will be obscured by the moon during a solar eclipse the likes of which won’t be seen again until 2045.

This is the first time in California’s history that the renewable energy infrastructure developed throughout the past decade will be challenged by a major eclipse. Regulators are predicting a loss of nearly 5.6 gigawatts in solar power production.

Without a doubt, our power grid will operate with ease. We can use this brief drop in solar production as an opportunity to demonstrate how we have overcome energy obstacles without the use of antiquated and even harmful forms of energy.

Conserving energy during the eclipse will alleviate the stress on the state’s solar energy grid and signal a move away from reliance of fossil fuels to power our homes and cities. Californians are encouraged to unplug unused appliances, upgrade to more energy efficient LED lightbulbs and be conscious of the appliances they use in preparation for the eclipse.

Let’s do our part to cut our energy consumption during the eclipse.

In my office, we are unplugging any device not in use, keeping lights off in areas where staff is not working and meetings are not taking place.

For more information about the eclipse, how it will affect us and what you can do visit and

Happy 4th of JulyFreemont:

4th of July Parade – 10 a.m. (FREE)
The parade begins at the Fremont Library, continues north on Paseo Padre Boulevard toward the new "downtown" area of Fremont and ends at Capital Avenue. PLEASE NOTE: Capital Avenue will be closed to the public due to construction, the sidewalks are torn up and it is unsafe to walk on/near.

Watermelon Seed Spitting & Tug of War Festival – 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Go back in time, all the way to the 1900's, at Ardenwood Farm's fun-filled, family festival celebrating America's 241st birthday.

(Fee: $10/adults, $8/seniors (62+), $5/children (4-17), under 4 years FREE)

Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd.


Tennyson All America Festival – Saturday, July 1, 2017 – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (FREE)
Join the Tennyson Community to celebrate the 241st Birthday of our country and build pride in the Tennyson Community.

2451 W. Tennyson Road

Independence Day Celebration at Meek Park – Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (FREE)
17365 Boston Road

California Competes Tax Credit WorkshopDo you own a business?  You might be eligible for a California Competes Tax Credit. 

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting a workshop on the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC).  Small, medium, and large businesses are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instructions on how to apply for the $200 million in available tax credits.

Event Details:

Tuesday, June 27
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Fremont City Hall
Council Chambers
3300 Capitol Ave.
Freemont, CA 94538

What is the Credit?

The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to stay and grow in California.

Who Can Apply?

Any business can apply for the CCTC and there are no geographic or sector-specific restrictions that impact eligibility.  In addition, 25% of the total credits available each fiscal year are specifically reserved for small businesses. The application is free.

Mark Your Calendars!

The application period begins July 24, 2017.  Go to to apply. Please register to reserve your space.

For more information about the CCTC, click here or call my office at (510) 583-8818.

Learn about the scams targeting seniors and how to avoid falling prey to them!

These seminars will feature experts from government agencies who will present on topics including home improvement projects, identity theft, auto repair, health care fraud and investments.

The dates and locations are as follows:

Thursday, May 11, 2017
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Ralph & Mary Ruggieri Senior Center
33997 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA 94587
Cosponsoring with Senator Bob Wieckowski

Thursday, June 15, 2017
1-3 p.m.
Kenneth C. Aitken Senior & Community Center
17800 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Cosponsoring with Senator Bob Wieckowski

Friday, June 16, 2017
1-3 p.m.
Fremont Multi-Service Senior Center
40086 Paseo Padre Parkway
Fremont, CA 94538
Cosponsoring with Senator Bob Wieckowski AND Assemblyman Kansen Chu

Know Your RightsI am pleased to co-sponsor a FREE Spanish “Know Your Rights” workshop with Centro Legal De La Raza, Eden United Church of Christ, and Housing Economic Rights Advocates to bring valuable information to our immigrant and refugee community. Come learn how to be prepared and how to protect yourself if faced with deportations and ICE raids. Individual consultations will be available on site with an immigration and/or family attorney.

Friday, May 12
6 - 8 p.m.

Eden United Church of Christ
Oliver Hall
21425 Birch Street
Hayward, CA 94541

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  • Free childcare for school-aged children (5-12 years).
  • Light dinner and refreshments provided.

For more information and registration: Lyanne Mendez, (510) 583-8818.

Know Your RightsEs un placer ser un copatrocinador junto al Centro Legal De La Raza, Eden Iglesia Unida de Cristo, y Housing Economic Rights Advocates para traer un taller gratuito de “Conozca Sus Derechos” a nuestras comunidades inmigrantes y refugiados. Infórmese de cómo estar preparado y seguro si debe enfrentar una deportación o redada de inmigración. Se proveerá consultas individuales con abogados de inmigración y familia.

Viernes 12 de mayo
6 - 8 p.m.

Eden Iglesia Unida de Cristo
Oliver Hall
21425 Birch Street
Hayward, CA 94541

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  • Habrá cuidado de niños gratuito (5-12 años).
  • Se proveerá una cena ligera.

Para más información y registración: Lyanne Mendez, (510) 583-8818.