The idea behind the REAL ID is straightforward: Create a new form of state driver license or identification card that requires stricter documentation to guarantee the identity of the person who has one. However, the details can be confusing.

Good News for California Veterans

Veterans exemplify the best values of our country, and have earned the respect and gratitude of a grateful nation.

To that end, I wanted to make you aware of two programs that may be of interest to you or the honorably discharged veterans in your life.

Online Exchange

One of the largest credit reporting companies in the United States, Equifax, recently announced that its databases were breached in a massive cyberattack back in July. The hack compromised credit information for an estimated 145 million people; their social security numbers, addresses and driver’s license numbers were taken.


List of legislation for 2017 cycle


Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Today marks the inauguration of a new president and we, as legislators in California, pause briefly to witness the event. While our goals differ from the incoming administration, we will waste no time in lament because we are intent upon our work for California.

Less than 20 miles from the State Capitol, the American Bald Eagle has been spotted in the wild. Its comeback from endangered status is symbolic, not only of California's commitment to the environment, but symbolic, too, of our commitment to continue the struggle against injustice. That's a struggle that began with the founding of the country that eagle represents.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) was recognized by the California Small Business Association (CSBA) for his help and commitment to small business growth in California.

“Finding ways to help small businesses thrive has been a central component of my work since being elected,” Assemblymember Quirk stated upon learning of the recognition. “Small businesses are the backbone of California’s economy and are at the forefront of innovation. I thank CSBA for the recognition and look forward to continuing to help small businesses during the 2017 legislative session,” he concluded.
2016-17 Budget

2016-17 CA State Budget

Earned Income Tax Credit

California is now offering an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working low-income families and individuals. In addition to the federal EITC, the new state Earned Income Tax Credit will put more money in the pockets of those who need it most.

If you qualify for the CA EITC and the amount of the credit is greater than the tax you owe, you will receive a refund.

Water Crisis

California is experiencing a serious drought. 2013 was the driest year in our state’s recorded history and reservoirs are below average. Almost 99% of California is considered abnormally dry or worse; almost two-thirds of the state is in extreme drought.