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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Bill before the Legislature would pay off fire victims and minimize costs to utility’s customers

OPINION: Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Mercury News

AB 33 would provide timely compensation to the victims of the 2017 Northern California wildfires, ensure safe and reliable electric service to PG&E customers and hold PG&E accountable for its actions. Further, AB 33 assures that PG&E stockholders would pay for any damages the CPUC finds unreasonable. This is why I have introduced AB 33, the 2017 Northern California Wildfires bill.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

OPINION: Mike Florio, San Francisco Chronicle

The 2017 wildfire season left behind immense and tragic harm throughout California. Latest estimates show insurance claims totaling $12 billion statewide, leaving families and business reeling to recover. Some argue that financial fallout for the disaster belongs wholly to electric utilities, and it appears likely some of it will. Unfortunately, it is not the case that even large companies like PG&E — or any other utility — could foot the bill for all of the wildfire-related costs without causing serious harm to its customers and the rest of the state.

Based on the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention’s findings from its investigation into some of last year’s fires, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. improperly maintained trees that contacted power lines and ignited some fires. Should those findings be upheld, PG&E must take responsibility for its role in the disaster.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Bay Area Council Statement

The Bay Area Council applauds Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislative Leadership’s decision to convene a conference committee dedicated to Wildfire Preparedness and Response. We are pleased that the Governor and Legislature are actively following up on the commitments made in January to ensure a solution focused approach to the critical climate change and weather disaster-related issues facing California. While this response is a major step for the state, we cannot understate the need to address the issue of 2017’s wildfire season liability.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) selected The Cobblers of Hayward as his Small Business of the Year Honoree. Rudy Grasseschi, owner of The Cobblers joined the Assemblymember for the annual ceremony and luncheon that is held in Sacramento on June 19.

Rudy Grasseschi and Assemblymember Quirk

Thursday, June 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) honored Mr. Mickey Ganitch as his 2018 Veteran of the Year for the 20th Assembly District at an annual eMr. Gantich stands during the pledge of allegiance vent in Sacramento.

 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Steven Tavares, East Bay Citizen

It may be one of the most dastardly political schemes in recent state history. After the lead and paint industry in California was recently ordered to pay penalties that could run into the hundreds of millions to remedy illegal lead hazards across the state, the industry is now moving toward placing an initiative on the statewide ballot this November.

The lead lobby’s proposed initiative essentially negates the court ruling and transfers their financial liabilities to taxpayers by requiring the state to back a $2 billion bond to aid in the cleanup of lead. In 2000, Alameda County was one of 10 cities and counties in the state that initially sued five leaders in the lead industry.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) honored The Kids Breakfast Club as the 2018 Non-Profit of the Year for the 20th Assembly District.

 

The Kids’ Breakfast Club, otherwise known as TKBC, was founded by Dr. Marlena Uhrik 26 years ago to ensure neighborhood kids and their families have access to adequate nutrition and educational activities outside of school.

 

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Assemblyman Quirk with Vannoy Elementary School at CA State Capitol
Assemblyman Quirk with Vannoy Elementary School at CA State Capitol
Assemblyman Quirk with Vannoy Elementary School at CA State Capitol
Assemblyman Quirk with Vannoy Elementary School at CA State Capitol
Assemblyman Quirk with Vannoy Elementary School at CA State Capitol
Assemblyman Quirk with Vannoy Elementary School at CA State Capitol
Assemblyman Quirk with Vannoy Elementary School at CA State Capitol
Assemblyman Quirk with Vannoy Elementary School at CA State Capitol
Assemblyman Quirk with Vannoy Elementary School at CA State Capitol
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kathy Murphy, The Mercury News

SACRAMENTO — In dramatic fashion, state lawmakers on Wednesday ripped into a California ballot initiative to have taxpayers, not paint companies, pay for lead-paint cleanup while overturning a landmark court ruling that made three manufacturers liable for the cost.

After hearing a panel of paint company representatives and initiative supporters quote President Barack Obama and invoke the racially discriminatory and since-banned practice of “redlining” in mortgage lending, lawmakers exploded.

“I’ve never heard such deceptive testimony in my life,” Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, told the panel, which included an attorney for Sherwin Williams. “It takes a lot to get me angry — you have gotten me angry.”

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sarah Cafasso, Woods Institute

The perennial threat of wildfire is a growing reality for many California communities. In 2017, almost 9,000 wildfires burned over one million acres of California’s forests and communities across the state, with major fires burning as late as December. Longer, more frequent droughts, higher temperatures, and unpredictable winds from climate change all factor in to the developing landscape of fire modeling and resiliency in California.

To tackle this issue, a group of Stanford scholars joined California State Assemblymember Dr. Bill Quirk in Sacramento, speaking at a briefing on “Fire and the Future of California Forests.” Over 120 people from government, non-profit, and business sectors gathered at the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento, where the panelists focused on practical solutions to wildfires.