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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Pioneer, Elijah De Castro

Many Californians are caught up in the recent legalization of marijuana, but another controversial topic came to the forefront recently: lane splitting. Also known as lane filtering, it is when motorcycles ride in between lanes of traffic.

Motorcyclists lane split everyday. All drivers have seen motorcycles riding in between lanes during traffic, it is essential in motorcycle riding. Lane splitting helps with traffic congestion, increases rider safety and helps motorcyclists avoid overheating. It also gives an escape route to avoid rear ending. Simply, motorcyclists lane split to get places faster and it’s just one of the benefits of riding a motorcycle.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Sacramento Bee, Tony Bizjak

Faced with a tough year-old cellphone law, more California drivers are putting their devices aside entirely when behind the wheel, a new study shows.

The study by the state Office of Traffic Safety found that fewer than 4 percent of drivers appear to be picking up and using their cellphones, a notable drop from a year ago when the same analysis found that nearly 8 percent of drivers were on their cellphones.

California safety officials are cautiously cheering what they say may be the start of a trend toward less distracted driving.

Office of Traffic Safety spokeswoman Camille Travis said the tough California law is a key part of the decreasing numbers, along with several years of public-service messages urging people to put their cellphones down and focus on the road.

“This is behavioral change,” Travis said. “People are starting to get the gist of it.”

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), the Chair of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, introduced AB 2053 today to strengthen California’s management of harmful algal blooms, which release toxins in recreational lakes and drinking water reservoirs.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Cannifornian

A state lawmaker wants the state to relax its policies prohibiting organizers of festivals and other special events in California from allowing marijuana sales and use unless the event is at a county fairground.

Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) said Monday he introduced a bill on behalf of the city of Oakland, which wants marijuana sales to be allowed at its annual Art and Soul Festival this summer.

“These events support local economies and small businesses,” Quirk said in a statement.

“Despite the fiscal and communal benefits such events bring to a city or local community, current law prohibits local governments from approving applications for cannabis sales at special events if they are held anywhere but county property,” he added.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Steven Tavares, East Bay Citizen

Monday, February 5, 2018

Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

A state lawmaker wants the state to relax its policies prohibiting organizers of festivals and other special events in California from allowing marijuana sales and use unless the event is at a county fairground.

Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) said Monday he introduced a bill on behalf of the city of Oakland, which wants marijuana sales to be allowed at its annual Art and Soul Festival this summer.

“These events support local economies and small businesses,” Quirk said in a statement.

“Despite the fiscal and communal benefits such events bring to a city or local community, current law prohibits local governments from approving applications for cannabis sales at special events if they are held anywhere but county property,” he added.

Monday, February 5, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The sale and consumption of cannabis at temporary special events will soon become legal with a bill introduced today by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward). AB 2020 will allow greater flexibility for cities that seek to host cannabis related special events.

 

Friday, February 2, 2018

(San Leandro, CA) - Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) was on hand for a special ceremony to mark the transfer of a portion of State Route 185 (E. 14th Street) from state control to Alameda County. Assemblymember Quirk spoke to the importance of expediting a corridor improvement project to make the area a better place to live. “A place that is a destination, rather than a place that you just go by,” Quirk said. To see all of Assemblymember Quirk’s comment on the planned Alameda County improvements watch this Assembly Access Video.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

SAN LEANDRO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) presided over a ceremony to celebrate the first phase of long-needed road improvements to SR-185. The gathering at Ashland Place was to celebrate the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 333 that bill authorizes Caltrans to relinquish the segment of SR-185 (between the City of San Leandro and Hayward) to Alameda County and clears the way for Alameda County to implement the next phase in significant improvements along this route.

 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) is named “Legislator of the Year” by the California Tax Reform Association (CTRA). The award was presented to him at the conclusion of CTRA’s Legislative Education Day.  

 

“I am truly humbled and honored to be recognized by the California Tax Reform Association as their Legislator of the Year,” said Assemblymember Quirk.