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September 12, 2017

Student loan debt in the United States tops $1.3 trillion, considerably more than credit card debt and auto loan debt.  More than 40 million Americans are saddled with this burden.  They include recent graduates, mid-career professionals and seniors who co-signed onto loans.  But unlike federal loans, many private loans do not provide borrowers with helpful repayment options.  In fact, borrowers who default on their private loans can see 25 percent of their paychecks garnished by lenders.

September 11, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to enhance privacy protections for victims of cyber retaliation (revenge porn) who are using a pseudonym in their court case was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown.  SB 157 passed the Legislature with strong bipartisan support.

September 11, 2017

Sacramento – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to protect the political speech rights of residents living in one of California’s more than 52,000 common interest developments was signed by Governor Brown today. SB 407 passed the Legislature with bipartisan support late last month.

Thursday, August 31, 2017
August 30, 2017

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) , California State University students and advocates for student debt relief spoke in support of SB 16, the senator’s bill to assist Californians who default on private loans, today at a press conference at Sacramento State. The bill has already passed the Senate and is on the Assembly floor.

SB 16 helps level the playing field for borrowers who have defaulted on their private loans
August 28, 2017

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will be joined by California State University students at a press conference in support of his Senate Bill 16, which would lower the cap on the amount of wages private student loan lenders can garnish from borrowers.  The bill, supported by a large group of consumer advocates, is currently on the Assembly floor and is one step away from going to the Governor.

August 18, 2017

San Jose –Sen. Bob Wieckowski and Assemblymember Evan Low will host a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar to educate local residents to protect themselves from a variety of financial, home improvement, insurance, telemarketing, and real estate scams.  Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager and San Jose Councilmember Dev Davis will speak, along with representatives from law enforcement and state agencies.

August 18, 2017

Dear Friend,

I will be hosting a “Senior Scam Stopper” Seminar at the Rose Garden Library on Monday, August 21st with the Contractors State Licensing Board, Assemblymember Evan Low, Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, and San Jose Councilmember Dev Davis.

July 21, 2017

Sacramento – Sen. Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to provide more transit-oriented developments and affordable housing near BART stations was signed today by Governor Jerry Brown. Senate Bill 680 is supported by affordable housing advocates throughout the Bay Area.

SB 680 extends the boundaries where BART can pursue commercial, residential or mixed-use development from a quarter mile to a half-mile of its stations.  The move is consistent with policies for other transit village developments in California.