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Pictured above, left to right: Damian Trujillo, host of NBC Bay Area’s Comunidad Del Valle; Kris Sanchez, weekend morning news anchor, NBC Bay Area; Hermelinda Sapien, executive director, Center for Employment Training; J. Manuel Herrera, president, East Side Union High School District; Ana Apodaca, Newark vice mayor; Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski; Al and Carmen Castellano, founders of Castellano Family Foundation; Patricia Montejano, senior community preservation specialist, City of Newark; Hilbert and Elizabeth (Betty) Rose-Morales, co-publishers, El Observador; Dr. Rita Cepeda, chancellor, San Jose-Evergreen Community College District; and Jeffrey B. Lease, president, San Jose-Evergreen Community College District.
Sacramento – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1710, a data breach bill jointly authored by Assemblymember BobWieckowski (D-Fremont) and Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento). The bill requires businesses that are the source of a data breach to offer appropriate identity theft prevention services to the victims at no cost for a minimum of 12 months if the breach includes social security or driver’s license numbers.
“Almost every day it seems there is breaking news about another data breach occurring,” Assemblymember Wieckowski said. “Consumers need more assistance to keep their personal information private. AB 1710 is a step forward and an improvement over existing law in California and I am glad to see Governor Brown signed it today.”
The Assembly Banking and Finance Committee and the Assembly Judiciary Committee, chaired by Dickinson and Wieckowski respectively, held a joint oversight hearing earlier this year to explore data breaches and determine if California’s laws needed to be updated. AB 1710 is the result of that hearing.
According to a Javelin Strategy and Research report, credit card fraud has increased as much as 87 percent since 2010, culminating in aggregate losses of $6 billion nationwide.
AB 1710 is supported by a number of consumer organizations, including the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, the Consumer Federation of California, the Consumer Attorneys of California and the ACLU of California.
The bill allows victims to file civil suits using a pseudonym to protect their identity when their private images are released publicly without their consent.
Sacramento – Governor Jerry Brown today signed a bill by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to assist women whose private intimate images are posted on-line or distributed without their consent. The bill, AB 2643, allows victims to pursue legal remedies, including restraining orders and injunctions while using a pseudonym to protect their identities.
“This is an effective and proactive way to start Domestic Violence Awareness Month because this type of cyber retaliation is an increasingly common tactic used to humiliate and harass victims, especially women,” Wieckowski said. “This legislation attacks this reprehensible behavior by creating a clear path for a civil remedy. Rather than having to argue in court on the grounds of invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress or other points in a complaint, lawyers can now pursue relief by directly showing the images were sent without the consent of the victim. It is more direct and aims to help women remove the images out of the public eye as soon as possible.”
Landmark legislation is part of a package of bills to reform oversight of assisted living centers
Sacramento – Governor Jerry Brown’s signing yesterday of several bills to aid California seniors by improving oversight of assisted living facilities will better protect the state’s growing elderly population, said Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), the author of one of the bills signed into law.
“The horrible stories of abandonment, abuse and neglect in these facilities sparked this reform package and these new laws are a positive step forward to securing safer environments for our seniors,” Wieckowski said. “With such a growing senior population and so many facilities to look after, the state must remain vigilant to ensure appropriate action is taken where it is needed.”
For Immediate Release
September 19, 2014
Contact: Jeff Barbosa
Wieckowski to hold State of the District Ceremony
Thursday in Milpitas
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.