Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Assemblymember Bill Quirk and the California Contractors State License Board are hosting a FREE Senior Scam StopperSM seminar.  A panel of experts will provide information to seniors on how to avoid becoming victims of fraud.  Attendees can get answers to their questions and obtain assistance if they have been scammed.

IN UNION CITY- Join us on Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ralph & Mary Ruggieri Senior Center, 33997 Alvarado-Niles Road in Union City.

IN San LORENZO- Join us on Friday, June 13, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association, 377 Paseo Grande in San Lorenzo.

For more, call Assemblymember Quirk’s District Office at 510-583-8818

Monday, April 28, 2014

Holocaust Survivors Honored at the California State Capitol in April 2014 from California Assembly Access on Vimeo.

On April 28, the California State Assembly observed Yom HaShoah, also known as 'Holocaust Remembrance Day' to commemorate the humanity of the six million Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust, between 1933 and 1945.  Assemblymember Quirk honored, Herta Jacobi, a resident of Hayward and Holocaust survivor, who, at 92 years old, has had a long journey of freedom from Kristallnacht to Shangai before arriving in the Bay Area. 

“I was honored to be in the presence of women and men whose lives are a testament to the endurance and the strength of the human spirit.” said Quirk. “To Herta, and to the rest of the survivors, thank you for not giving up and for teaching us an important lesson of never ignoring injustice and to always speak up for those who cannot.” 

Herta Jacobi is a holocaust survivor, 92 years old and from the city of Hayward. Herta, who still remembers the time of Kristallnacht vividly, was accompanied by her daughter Judy and son-in-law Dale.

Assemblymember Quirk honors Holocaust survivor Herta Jacobi, along with her daughter Judy and her son-in-law Dale.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Assemblymember Quirk on the Assembly floor with Woman of the Year honoree Hafsa Burt

HAYWARD – California State Assemblymember Bill Quirk is pleased to announce the Inaugural Honorees of deserving women residing or working within Assembly District 20. These women were selected because of their significant contributions or accomplishments throughout District 20. Every March, the State Assembly honors women from across the state for their remarkable contributions to the community in celebration of Women’s History Month.

AD20’s Inaugural “Distinguished Women of the Year” Honorees, along with their area of recognition are:  Hafsa Burt – AD20 Woman of the Year; Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz –Education; Betty DeForest – Lifetime Achievement; Lilian Galedo – Social Justice; Rahima Haya – Health; Pamela Ross – Law; and Soraya Wright – Business.

Water Crisis

Even though this has been a wet year, California experienced a serious drought. 2013 was the driest year in our state’s recorded history and reservoirs fell below average. Almost 99% of California was considered abnormally dry or worse; almost two-thirds of the state was in extreme drought.

My colleagues in the State Assembly and I worked to develop a water bond proposal which was passed by voters in November 2014. The bond included funding for improving drinking water quality, protecting rivers and watersheds, improving the reliability of clean water delivery, protecting the state’s Delta water system, and funding storage projects that will protect us from future droughts. 

I commend the constituents of the 20th Assembly District for the efforts to reduce water use. For detailed water conservation tips, visit www.saveourh2o.org

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

October 17, 2013 at 10:17 a.m.
Get Ready to ShakeOut!

At 10:17 a.m. on October 17, 2013, millions of Californians will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great California ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill ever!

Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you work, live, or travel in California. The ShakeOut is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared. The goal is to prevent a major earthquake from becoming a catastrophe for you, your family and your community.

Why is a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill important? As with anything to act quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you.

The Great California ShakeOut is held on the third Thursday of October each year. Everyone can participate! Individuals, families, businesses, schools, colleges, government agencies and organizations are all invited to register.

For more information on local participation, please call my office at 510- 583-8818.

Click here for more information on The Great California Shake Out. (http://www.shakeout.org/california/)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

‘AB 32 Implementation Group’ hosts panel discussion at State Capitol

SACRAMENTO – A standing-room only crowd attended this morning’s policy forum aimed at providing a framework for determining California climate change policies beyond year 2020.  Assemblymember Quirk was invited as a panelist among experts in the field recognizing his current policy efforts and his career in the science of climate change and energy prior to becoming a legislator. 

Moderated by Shelly Sullivan of the ‘AB 32 Implementation Group’, Asm. Quirk was joined on the panel by Tiffany Roberts with the Legislative Analyst’s Office, Alex Jackson with the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Dorothy Rothrock with the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Audit of BART finances and employment practices requested by Assemblymember Quirk & Bay Area Legislators

SACRAMENTO – This afternoon, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) voted to approve the request by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) for a state audit of the finances and employment practices of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) over the last several years. The request garnered bipartisan and bicameral support.

“This call for an audit is about accountability and transparency. The state has an obligation to make certain taxpayers know where their money is going,” said Quirk. “Unfortunately, recent events have made it clear that there are disagreements on several critical issues including employee salaries by classification,  expenditures versus revenues to determine a structural deficit or surplus, projected costs of future capital improvements, and ongoing worker’s compensation practices regarding the use of temporary employees, just to name a few.”

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

OAKLAND, CA. – Following a hearing held today by the inquiry board appointed by Gov. Brown to review the labor dispute between BART and its labor unions, Assemblymembers Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) released the following statement:

“We’re pleased today’s meeting redirected focus on the ultimate goal of finalizing a fair contract that continues to ensure a safe, dependable public transit system. The panel asked important questions, obtaining documents and testimony that revealed the true financial picture of BART, the actual wages workers earn, and the significant safety issues confronted by employees every day.

Friday, August 2, 2013

OAKLAND – In an op-ed appearing in the Bay Area News Group, State Assemblymembers Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) addressed BART negotiations, calling for good-faith bargaining in order to reach a solution before the Sunday night deadline. The East Bay legislators highlighted workplace safety issues, missed revenue opportunities and the bargaining tactics of BART’s lead negotiator Thomas Hock. 

“Before the two sides lock heads again, it’s time for the Board to ask pointed questions about BART’s negotiating tactics, how it values safety and the potential for new revenue opportunities. Respect for the Bay Area working families who keep the trains running and get riders where they need to go needs to underpin these negotiations.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Assemblymember Quirk Recognizes Castro Valley Bakery Helping At-Risk Youth as “Small Business of the Year”

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, recognized Swiss Delices bakery and its owner, Christine Clement, for mentoring the next generation of chefs and culinary stars by providing employment and educational opportunities to high-risk youth as the “Small Business of the Year” for the 20th Assembly District at the California Small Business Association’s annual ceremony at the Sacramento Convention Center last week.