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Sacramento – Sparky Harlan, the executive director/chief executive officer of the Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara and a tireless advocate for homeless youth is the 25th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year , Assembly member Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) announced today. She will join other Woman of the Year honorees today in a ceremony in the state Assembly.
“For over 30 years Sparky Harlan has used her expertise, experience and most of all her compassion to improve the lives of thousands of runaways, homeless youth and foster children,” Wieckowski said. “Her passion to provide these children the counseling, housing and education they need to improve their circumstances has changed the lives of countless youth in the South Bay.”
CNA, Greenlining Institute, CRLAF also call for transparency to ensure private, tax-exempt hospitals are adequately serving low-income patients
Sacramento – Assembly members Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) are renewing their effort to make sure private, tax-exempt hospitals are providing measurable health care benefits that meet the needs of their communities. The legislators amended Assembly Bill 503 today to provide more transparency and clarity on the community benefits provided by the hospitals.
“A number of studies and state audits have shown that without a standard definition of charity care it is nearly impossible to determine if local communities are receiving the health care services low-income residents need,” Wieckowski said. “Taxpayers are providing these hospitals with almost $2 billion in tax benefits and yet there is no system in place with a standard method to calculate the amount of community benefits.
AB 2643 would create a civil remedy for victims and allow for pseudonymous complaints
Sacramento – A bill by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) would establish a clear civil remedy for victims whose intimate images are distributed without their consent. The bill also allows the victim the option to file a case pseudonymously.
AB 2643 creates a private right of action against a person who intentionally distributes a photograph, videotape or image of another that exposes the intimate body parts of that person without his or her consent.
Major reforms are designed to make sure seniors are treated with dignity and their civil liberties are fully honored.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) introduced comprehensive legislation today, AB 2171, to strengthen the rights of residential care facility residents and to give them more choices concerning the treatment and care they receive.
“Too many seniors are spending their remaining years living in deplorable conditions, being mistreated and feeling like their voices are not being heard,” Wieckowski said. “This bill will make sure more seniors are treated with the dignity they all deserve.”
AB 802 would make it easier to research outcomes of arbitration cases to better understand how consumers, companies are treated
Sacramento – A bill by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to require arbitration companies to publish information on consumer arbitration cases in easily sortable formats was approved by a 54-21 vote in the California State Assembly this morning. The bill now heads to the state Senate.
Sacramento – With enormous progress made in state government in just the past three years, Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) agrees with Governor Jerry Brown that California is on a comeback.
“California is moving forward and we are not turning back,” Wieckowski said. “We’ve had three years of on-time, balanced budgets with a fourth on the way, and we are adding jobs, investing in our schools and universities, and building a rainy day fund.”
With a focus on jobs and education, the state has worked to expand opportunity to all Californians through a variety of new programs.
Sacramento - TechAmerica, a leading U.S. technology trade association, named Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) its California Legislator of the Year today for his “continued championing of California as the world’s innovation center.”
“Our state is bouncing back after suffering through the Great Recession and our technology sector is driving our recovery,” Wieckowski said. “By growing more jobs here in California and making the most of our state’s competitive advantages, we can strengthen our economy and put more people back to work.”
In a press release, TechAmerica said Wieckowski stood out as a true leader for the technology sector by working to ensure that tech continues to thrive and grow within the state.
Fremont – Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) released the following statement on the passing today of His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community.
“My prayers and condolences go out to the Dawoodi Bohra community here in Fremont and around the world on the passing of His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. His Holiness was honored by governments across the globe for his work promoting educational and social development.
Sacramento – California's courts need additional funding if they are to adequately meet the demand for access to justice, Assembly Judiciary Chairman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) said today during a press conference on the steps of the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building, across from the state Capitol. Wieckowski joined Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, legislative colleagues, judges and small business owners in calling for restoration of funding after years of budget cuts.
"Californians rely on a fully functioning court system to protect their constitutional rights, secure protective orders, resolve child custody issues, and settle business disputes," Wieckowski said. "I share the concerns of the Chief Justice regarding the importance of access to justice and the need to provide fair and adequate funding for the judicial branch."
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) released the following statement on Governor Brown’s proposed state budget.
“This year’s budget proposal shows not only the amazing turnaround the state has achieved in the past three years, but also the major challenge ahead for California: how do we bring down our wall of debt while making the key investments that will best benefit the state in the long term?
“I support the increased investment to our schools and universities and paying down the deferrals that have accumulating from previous economic slowdowns. This is a responsible approach that supports our students who have seen tuition increases and course cutbacks that have not only hurt their ability to graduate on time, but have also adversely affected out state’s workforce. Educating a 21st-century workforce is vital to our long-term economic growth.