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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

(Sacramento) – Hundreds of people gathered all around the State Capitol to view the Great Solar Eclipse. Assemblymember and astrophysicist Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) told the crowd the solar eclipse is an opportunity to think about the importance of solar power in California. Check out this video from the Great Solar Eclipse viewing party.  http://www.asmdc.org/quirk

Friday, August 18, 2017

When a therapy dog refused to drink at a San Diego grade school, it was the first clue that something was wrong with the water.

Tests revealed why the pup turned up its nose—the presence of polyvinyl chloride, the polymer in PVC pipes that degrade over time. But further analysis found something else that had gone undetected by the dog, the teachers and students of the San Diego Cooperative Charter School, and the school district: elevated levels of lead.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

(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 cpuc.ca.gov and energyupgradeca.org

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to back a state bill that would expand childhood screening for lead contamination.

Supervisors Hilda Solis and Kathryn Barger joined in asking colleagues to send a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators in support of AB 1316, sponsored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward.

Monday, August 7, 2017

This legislation might be hard to swallow: Lawmakers are considering a bill that would clear the way for California communities to put highly treated wastewater directly into the drinking water supply.

“The media likes to start off with the catchy phrase toilet to tap,” said Jennifer West, managing director of Water Reuse, about the intensive purification process. “But there’s a lot that goes on between toilet and tap.”

Those criteria could incorporate a level of public health protection as good as or better than what is currently provided by conventional drinking water supplies.” — Water Resources Control Board.

Assembly Bill 574, authored by Assembly Member Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, would require the State Water Resources Control Board to develop regulations in four years for “direct potable reuse” provided research on public health issues is completed.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Utility worker removes metallic film balloon from power line in Santa Monica in March 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 1091, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), to decrease the amount of power outages caused by metallic film balloons, also known as Mylar, has been vetoed.

Each year, electric utilities experience hundreds of power outages caused by the release of Mylar balloons when they come into contact with power lines. Over 1 million customers have been affected by a power outage caused by a metallic film balloon since 2015. CAL FIRE documented two fires in 2013 and 2015 caused by metallic film balloons, which burned over 10,000 acres combined, and cost millions of dollars to suppress.

Monday, July 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 1480, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), to reduce fraudulent activity related to the pesticide applicator licensing process, has been signed into law.

Monday, July 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 549, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), to ensure firefighters are properly notified when municipalities approve a building permit for an electrified security fence has been signed into law.

Existing law requires that signage be placed along a property indicating when there is an electrified security fence present. However, there is no requirement that the local firefighters or fire marshal be notified when a permit is approved. This poses a potentially significant safety risk for firefighters responding to an emergency call at these locations.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 895, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), will modernize the process for submitting important campaign related information to the Secretary of State.

 

The Political Reform Act requires nearly all elected officials, candidates and committees to file both electronic and paper reports of donations, revenues and expenditures to the Secretary of State. Specifically, AB 895 will remove the need to submit multiple paper copies and move to electronic filing only.