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Governor Brown signaled support of SB 1069 as a way to increase affordable housing supply
May 16, 2016

Sacramento – With strong bipartisan support the California State Senate approved a bill today by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to reduce barriers on building accessory dwelling units and expand the supply of affordable housing throughout California. SB 1069 now goes to the state Assembly.  

“These units cost less to build, are managed by a homeowner, and require no public subsidy,” said Wieckowski, a member of the Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee.  “In fact, each unit can cost as little as 25 percent as much as a conventional infill development unit.”

May 12, 2016

Sacramento – The California State Senate passed a pair of bills today to make the binding, private arbitration process fairer for California workers and consumers by ensuring that they have access to a court reporter and cannot be forced by a corporation to travel out of state to resolve a dispute. Both bills, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) now head to the state Assembly. 

Smaller public systems, including school districts, often lack resources to meet safety standards in the long term
May 9, 2016

Sacramento – The California Senate approved a bill today to better ensure the long-term delivery of safe, clean drinking water by public water systems, including school districts, across the state.  SB 1263 now heads to the state Assembly. 

May 6, 2016

FREMONT – Four local community leaders from Alameda and Santa Clara counties who are active in education, technology, arts, culture and the non-profit sectors will be honored by state Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) at his 6th Annual Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Leadership Awards ceremony Thursday, May 12 in Fremont.  

Domestic violence prevention executive director and co-founder of Lincoln High donation pantry will be recognized
April 27, 2016

Fremont – The executive director of SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) and the co-founder of the Spirit of Giving Donation Pantry at Lincoln High School in San Jose are the Women of the Year in Senate District 10, Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) announced today. 

 

WHO:           Senator Wieckowski, Dr. Yassi Safinya-Davies (SAVE), Kelly Phillips (Lincoln High)

WHAT:          “Women of the Year” Awards

Consumers and employees would not be forced to travel out of state to represent themselves in binding arbitration; could have a court reporter present
April 26, 2016

Sacramento – Californians forced to resolve a dispute through private, binding arbitration would no longer be additionally forced by a corporation to travel out of state to represent themselves, under a bill by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) that was approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

April 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO - The California State Senate delegation to the 2015 Paris, France, United Nations Framework on Climate Change Conference of Parties released the following statement commemorating the national holiday of Earth Day.

Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), and Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) said:


Secondary units are overdue alternatives that will provide affordable housing
April 20, 2016

Sacramento – The supply of accessory dwelling units, a long under used approach to providing affordable workforce housing, would increase across the state under a bill by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) that is receiving widespread backing from the business community, affordable housing advocates and urban planners.  SB 1069 was approved with bipartisan support this morning in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, and yesterday in the Transportation and Housing Committee.

April 13, 2016

Fremont – With the deadline for filing income taxes coming Monday, local families with incomes below $54,000 can receive free income tax preparation assistance at an event co-hosted by State Senator Bob Wieckowski, State Controller Betty Yee and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, April 14 at the Fremont Family Resource Center, Building EFGH, 39155 Liberty Street in Fremont.

SB 1400 prevents minors' exposure and access to tobacco by reducing its pervasive presence in retail locations
April 11, 2016

Sacramento – The tobacco industry’s heavy marketing of its products in stores frequented by minors would end under a bill by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) that limits sales to only tobacco stores, where minors are prohibited unless accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.  SB 1400 passed the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee today and heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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