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For Immediate Release
September 19, 2014
Contact: Jeff Barbosa
Wieckowski to hold State of the District Ceremony
Thursday in Milpitasy
Local organizations and community leaders will be honored
Milpitas – Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will speak on the 2013-2014 legislative session and honor 10 local organizations and individuals who are making a difference in their communities at his State of the 25th Assembly District Address and Awards Ceremony, from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25 at SanDisk, 951 SanDisk Drive in Milpitas. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the public is welcome. Residents can RSVP to reserve a seat by calling 510-440-9030.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says students were lured in by false job prospects and sold high-cost loans
Fremont – Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), a strong-supporter of reforms to reduce student-loan debt, today said he supports the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s lawsuit against Corinthian Colleges and its effort to eliminate over half a billion dollars in outstanding private debt held by students.
“For too long, some irresponsible institutions in the for-profit higher education industry have ripped off taxpayers and loaded enormous amounts of debt on some of our most vulnerable students and their co-signers,” Wieckowski said. “These institutions benefit from a disproportionate level of loans given the amount of students they serve and they often provide far too little educational value in return. The students and their families are left heavily in debt and it’s a debt that will burden them financially for decades. This adversely affects our economy and benefits no one except the individual companies and their shareholders. I applaud the bureau’s action and the steps it is taking to protect consumers and taxpayers.”
Community celebration event signals more progress for north San Jose, as surplus state property will be transformed into schools and recreational amenities
SAN JOSE – State, city and school officials joined the north San Jose community today in celebration of the purchase of the former Agnews Developmental Center site by the City of San Jose and Santa Clara Unified School District. The 81-acre site on Zanker Road will be transformed into two schools and a regional park to serve the growing area. Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, who represents the region in the state Assembly, worked with district, city and state leaders to push for the acquisition.
“When I think back to almost two years ago, when I first met with Santa Clara Unified and its attorneys, then with the Department of General Services, and later the Governor’s office, I was confident a deal could be struck because a deal was in everyone’s best interests,” Wieckowski said.
The 2013-2014 state legislative session recently ended and I want to share with you several achievements that will have a positive long-term effect on California.
Fremont – Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) issued the following statement after reports that Tesla would be locating its battery gigafactory in Nevada.
“While I am disappointed in Tesla’s apparent decision to locate its battery factory in Nevada, I am proud of California’s partnership with Tesla resulting in significant job growth in Fremont, Santa Clara County and among the automakers’ suppliers. I am hopeful that as the company grows, Tesla may build additional battery facilities or other specialized facilities in California as it scales up manufacturing for current and future products. Our region continues to benefit from the growth of auto research and design investments in the Bay Area and Tesla is an important part of that industry growth locally. With more than 6,000 employees in our state and the new Model X on the way in 2015, Tesla will continue to contribute to California’s position as the green technology leader and highlight our commitment to job creation.”
The State Senate voted 23-8 to approve AB 1014, the Gun Violence Restraining Order bill, which would allow family members or law enforcement to petition a court to remove firearms from someone temporarily if they believe there is a likelihood of injury or death. The bill was introduced following the rampage in Isla Vista that left six people dead and 13 injured. The bill is authored by Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner, Das Williams and Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, and co-authored by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski and others. In the photo above, Wieckowski and Skinner listen to speaker Amanda Wilcox, legislative chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Wilcox’s daughter was killed in Nevada County by a man battling mental illness. Behind her are Richard Martinez and Bob Weiss, two parents of UC Santa Barbara students killed in the Isla Vista shootings.
Landmark legislation comes after series of stories detailing neglect, abuse and mistreatment
Sacramento – The California State Assembly today voted 55-16 to approve a bill by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) that would create a Bill of Rights for seniors in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly to ensure their basic dignity and autonomy. AB 2171, which is supported by a large number of senior and consumer groups, now goes to Governor Brown for his consideration.
“This is a tremendous achievement for our seniors and it moves us another step closer to raising the standard of care in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly,” Wieckowski said. “For the first time, we would have in statute a set of rights for RCFE residents that cover informed consent, financial management, privacy, adequate staffing and other issues. It is an important bill about protecting our mothers and fathers and our grandparents.”
Assemblymember Wieckowski’s bills will help victims of cyber retaliation and data breaches
Sacramento – Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to provide a direct civil remedy for victims whose private, intimate images were distributed without their consent was approved overwhelmingly today by the California State Assembly on a 73-0 vote. AB 2643 heads to Governor Brown for his consideration.
“This bill will enhance protection of women, who are increasingly being humiliated and harassed by the public distribution of private images without their consent,” Wieckowski said. “This type of deplorable action often leads to additional harassment and sometimes stalking of the victims. My bill is supported by Attorney General Kamala Harris, others in law enforcement, domestic violence prevention organizations and women’s groups because it would allow plaintiffs to use a pseudonym to protect their identity and to seek injunctions to take down the intimate images.”
Wieckowski’s AB 2643 will help revenge porn victims pursue civil remedies, restraining orders and injunctions
Sacramento – The California State Senate today approved a bill authored by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and supported by Attorney General Kamala Harris, Crime Victims United and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence that will allow victims whose intimate images are distributed without their consent to pursue civil remedies pseudonymously. The bill, AB 2643, passed 36-0 and now heads back to the Assembly for final approval before going to Governor Jerry Brown.
“The victims, who are primarily women, currently have to show intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy or other arguments that are often harder to prove,” Wieckowski said. “This bill creates a more focused remedy to better protect women from the devastating consequences of this form of cyber retaliation. It also would help prevent the embarrassment, humiliation and harassment associated with having private intimate images distributed in public.”
Awardees to be recognized at Assemblymember’s Annual State of the District Address and Awards Ceremony
Fremont – Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is seeking nominations for local heroes – volunteers and leaders making a positive difference in their community – who will be recognized at his State of the 25th Assembly District Address and Awards Ceremony. The nomination forms are available now and are due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 25. The Address and Awards Ceremony will take place from 6-8 p.m., Sept. 25 at SanDisk in Milpitas, located at 951 SanDisk Drive.
“There are many unsung heroes in any number of fields who contribute an enormous amount of time to improve their communities,” Wieckowski said. “This is my way of highlighting their work and thanking them for helping people in the 25th Assembly District. This is the fourth year I’ve held this ceremony and I am looking for nominees from Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, San Jose and Santa Clara.”