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SACRAMENTO – Around 7:00pm last night, an Altamont Cooridor Express (ACE) commuter train derailed in Sunol. There were 214 passengers on the train and I can only imagine the fear and anxiety that they all felt during and after this incident. Nine passengers were injured and were transported to local hospitals, the rest of the passengers were transported to the Alameda County Fairgrounds where rescue organizations, including the Red Cross, were available to assist.
While the cause of the derailment is still under investigation, preliminary investigation suggests that a mudslide caused this incident.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk has introduced all of his bills for the 2016 legislative session, covering a range of important issues. “This is probably one of my most diverse legislative packages to date,” he said. “This year I am working on a range of issues covering education, elections, transportation, climate change, energy, and public safety. It’s going to be a busy year but I look forward to the challenges and successes.”
HAYWARD – California State Assemblymember Bill Quirk is pleased to announce the list of Honorees for his 3rd Annual Women of the Year Celebration. 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. These women were selected because of their significant contributions and accomplishments to the 20th Assembly District which includes the cities of Hayward, Union City, the northern portion of Fremont and the unincorporated communities of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, San Lorenzo and Sunol.
Assemblymember Bill Quirk and the California Contractors State License Board are hosting a series of FREE Senior Scam StopperSM Seminars. 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.
Join us and learn how to protect yourself. Seniors, their families, and caregivers are welcome to attend this FREE Seminar.
SACRAMENTO –Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 793 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), which will increase the deployment of energy management technologies and will aid in achieving the State’s goal of doubling the energy efficiency of existing buildings.
“I am extremely pleased that the Governor has signed AB 793, which is a crucial step in ensuring that the State can meet its energy efficiency goals,” Quirk said. “Study after study has shown that the more access customers have to their own energy use data, especially data that is provided in real-time or near real-time, the greater potential there is for significant energy savings, resulting in lower utility bills.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 692 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), making California a leader in reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from traditional transportation fuel.
AB 692 defines “Very Low-Carbon Fuels” (VLCFs) and guarantees a market for those fuels. This bill sets a path to increasing VLCFs in the State’s fuel portfolio by 3 percent in 2017, increasing by 1 percent every year thereafter until 2024. The California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) sets aggressive goals for GHG reductions, increasing the use of VLCFs will help to meet those goals.
(Sacramento, CA) – Two storefront crashes in 24 hours highlight the need for Governor Brown to sign AB 764 into law. This morning, a car crashed through the front doors of a Livermore gym, killing a 49-year-old woman and injuring five others. Police said that an elderly woman inadvertently hit the gas instead of the brakes while parking, sending the vehicle crashing through the gym. Yesterday afternoon, a driver in Elk Grove drove into a store while attempting to park and injured an employee.
(Sacramento) – Vehicle-into-building crashes happen more than many people realize. A driver accidently pushes the accelerator instead of the brakes, and the vehicle, weighing several tons goes flying through walls, sometimes injuring and killing people. It happens 60 times a day, and an average of 500 hundred people a year die in these crashes. That’s why California State Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) authored Assembly Bill 764. When enacted, AB 764 would direct the state to come up with standards for storefront barriers that would prevent vehicles from crashing into buildings. Watch this Assembly Web Report to learn more about AB 764 and how the measure will save lives.
SACRAMENTO -- Legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients cleared a major hurdle Wednesday when the state Assembly narrowly passed the measure on a 43-34 vote after an emotionally wrenching debate that left many legislators in tears.
SACRAMENTO – Today, the members of the California Senate unanimously voted to support the use of protective barriers. “AB 764 has brought much needed awareness to storefront crashes.” Assemblymember Quirk stated after the bill passed the Senate floor. “This bill will encourage the use of vehicle protective devices, including vehicle barriers in building and parking lot design.”
Assemblymember Quirk introduced AB 764 after learning about how common store front crashes are and how easily they can be prevented. “Most of these crashes and injuries can be prevented with some simple and inexpensive steps.” Many businesses that have experienced these accidents have installed barriers on their own.
Today, the bill is one step closer to becoming law. By passing out of the Senate Floor on a 40-0 vote, AB 764 now moves to the Assembly for amendment concurrence, before heading to the Governor’s desk.
Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly. He is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety and a member of the Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Revenue & Taxation, and Utilities & Commerce.