Monday, September 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO – In 2011, the City of Hayward was awarded $460,000 through a Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) grant. HCD’s grant money was part of the Building Equity and Growth Neighborhood (BEGIN) program that was created to provide financial assistance for the development of affordable housing. Hayward partnered with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley to develop Sequoia Grove, a 10-unit homeownership development.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Eye examinationHAYWARD – California State Assemblymember Bill Quirk, in partnership with Union City Kid Zone and Vision to Learn, provided FREE vision exams and glasses to over 80 students at Searles Elementary and Cesar Chavez Middle School last week.

Children with impaired vision can have difficulties learning in class, which can adversely affect grades and overall academic achievement. “If a student struggles to see in class they will struggle in life, today we are making sure our children are ready to learn in class and ready to be successful in school and in life,” said Assemblymember Quirk.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 1785, a bill to update the rules of the road relating to the use of electronic devices while operating a vehicle, was sent to Governor Brown today.

“Technology has improved so rapidly, and our cell phones are more capable of much more than just calls and text messages. Smartphones have an abundance of available features that demand a driver’s attention, leading to very dangerous behavior. However, such activities are not clearly prohibited by law,” Assemblymember Quirk, the author of AB 1785, stated.

Friday, August 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) and Assemblymember Tom Lackey (R- Palmdale) have successfully granted the California Highway Patrol (CHP) authority to develop educational guidelines on lane splitting.

Lane splitting, which occurs when a motorcycle drives between rows of stopped or moving traffic, is a gray area in California law. This is because statute is silent – California does not explicitly allow it, but also doesn’t explicitly prohibit this behavior.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The California State Assembly passed a resolution Monday declaring August 2016 as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.

The resolution — officially called HR 59 — marks the first time any state has set aside a month in recognition of the Islamic faith. The bill, which was introduced by Assemblymember Bill Quirk, D–Hayward, and which was passed unanimously, applies only to this August, but Quirk’s Chief of Staff Tomasa Dueñas said the assembly member hopes that the body renews the resolution in the future.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The California State Assembly voted Monday to pass a resolution that officially recognizes August 2016 as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.

The resolution comes at a time of increased anti-Muslim rhetoric, according to a recent civil rights report compiled by the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

HR-59, introduced by California Assemblymember Bill Quirk in June after Quirk was approached by a community activist on the issue, was officially passed Aug. 1 with bipartisan support.

Friday, July 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) authored AB 2161 to bring needed awareness to storefront crashes and find a solution to the number of crashes that occur annually. In fact, according to data compiled by the Storefront Safety Council, vehicle-into-building crashes occur as frequently as 60 times a day. Evidence suggests that more than 3,600 pedestrians, store patrons and employees are seriously injured every year nationwide, with more than 500 killed due to this type of accident.

Monday, July 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) has successfully banned the use of gas chambers to kill dogs and cats. Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed his bill, AB 2505.

In 1998 the legislature prohibited the use of carbon monoxide gas for the purpose of killings dogs and cats. Unfortunately, the use of carbon dioxide was not banned.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced AB 2505 to prohibit the use of gas chambers to kill dogs and cats after learning of a loophole in current law. “In 1998 the legislature prohibited the use of carbon monoxide gas for the purpose of killings dogs and cats and removed inspection requirements to ensure gas chambers were working properly” he stated. It was understood that this ban would end the use of gas chambers in California. Unfortunately, the use of carbon dioxide to kill dogs and cats was not explicitly banned.

“When I saw the scientific findings about how it induces pain and panic, I knew I had to take action and work on a bill,” he said. Assemblymember Quirk partnered with the Humane Society and the San Francisco SPCA to close this loophole after they discovered a shelter in Coalinga was killing animals in a gas chamber.

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