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.
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.
Governor Brown recently declared a statewide drought emergency and urged residents to reduce water consumption by 20%. Additionally, my colleagues in the State Assembly and I have worked to develop a water bond proposal for the November 2014 ballot. The bond includes 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. This bond proposal is a responsible approach to addressing California’s water crisis.
As state lawmakers work to place the bond before voters, residents must also do their part to reduce water consumption. It’s imperative that we all work together to conserve California water. None of us can afford to waste it.
For detailed water conservation tips, visit www.saveourh2o.org. You can also contact my office to learn more.
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/)
(Sacramento) -- Covered California is the Golden State's version of the federal Affordable Care Act. In this PSA, California State Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) tells us that eligible Californians will have access to high-quality, affordable health insurance, starting January 1, 2014. But first, they must sign up. Open enrollment is from October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
‘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.
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.”
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.
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.
Senior Scam Stopper Series
CASTRO VALLEY - Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) is hosting several Senior Scam Stopper events throughout the 20th Assembly District this summer. The events, held in cooperation with the Contractor’s State License Board will help consumers learn how to spot commons scams and avoid falling prey to them. Attendees can get answers to their questions and obtain immediate assistance if they have been victims of a scam.
The seminar will feature a panel of experts from across the state, who will discuss topics including: how to protect oneself from identity theft, how to avoid investment related scams, and what to look for and ask about before engaging in home and auto repair contracts.
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.
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