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Monday, April 23, 2018

Ruth Schneider, Eureka Times-Standard

While the recreational cannabis market continues to pick up steam, lawmakers in Sacramento continue to work out the kinks in the system. Several marijuana-related measures are moving forward.

Lawmakers say the goal is to limit black market activities.

Here’s where some of those proposals stand:

Temporary event licenses >> Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) proposed AB 2020, which would allow consumption and sales of cannabis at certain special events.

In Humboldt County, this would allow cannabis farmers markets or cannabis festivals to take place. Restrictions on the types of special events have curtailed both activities. Organizers of Cannifest 2018 put the event on hold earlier this year because of a “lack of policies” being in place.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Entertainment Software Association Press Release

WASHINGTON — APRIL 17, 2018 — The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents the US video game industry, today applauded California Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) for his leadership in taking steps to empower consumers and parents alike to make informed purchasing decisions.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Daily Republic, Todd R. Hansen

FAIRFIELD — Perhaps the last thing on anyone’s mind on a rainy Monday morning was the threat of mosquitoes.

However, according to the state Department of Public Health, “there has been a steep rise in detections of invasive mosquito populations in California . . . which increases the risk of local transmission of imported diseases.”

April 15-22 is Mosquito Awareness Week.

The end of the recent drought and the lifting of water restrictions also mean the return of water practices that create more mosquito habitat, the state agency reports.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) recognized Holocaust Survivor Len Talis at the annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony in Sacramento.


Friday, April 13, 2018

CASTRO VALLEY – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and the California Contractors State License Board hosted a Senior Scam StopperSM Seminar in Castro Valley, where more than 80 people were in attendance.  A panel of experts provided information to seniors on how to avoid becoming victims of fraud.  Topics included home repair, auto repair, Medicare, phone and computer solicitations, foreign lotteries, annuities, and more.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Paul Rogers, The Mercury News

In a campaign that critics are calling one of the most brazen examples in recent years of corporations trying to saddle taxpayers with the bill for cleaning up pollution, three large paint companies are sponsoring a $2 billion statewide ballot measure to clean up lead paint contamination that courts have ruled is the manufacturers’ responsibility.

In January, the companies invested $6 million to fund the measure, which they call the “Healthy Homes and Schools Act.” If approved by voters in November, it would declare that lead paint, which was banned for consumer uses in 1978 and causes brain damage and other physical problems in children and pregnant women, is no longer a public nuisance under California law, and the companies are not liable for cleanup costs.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

California Democrats say they're introducing legislation to hold chemical companies accountable for fixing the harms of lead paint.

Jonathan J Cooper, Associated News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democrats said Thursday they're introducing legislation to hold chemical companies accountable for fixing the harms of lead paint as manufacturers try to get a measure on the ballot to make taxpayers cover the costs.

The legislation is the latest shot in a growing battle since court rulings declared lead paint to be a public nuisance and required three companies to pay for cleanup.