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Independent Review Panel says department overseeing toxic substances needs strong leadership, stability and accountability
February 1, 2017

Sacramento – Testifying before two environmental committees chaired by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today, the head of the Independent Review Panel (IRP) charged with making recommendations to improve the Department of Toxic Substances Control said the department needs consistent leadership, organizational improvements, a stable budget and increased transparency and accountability to fulfill its core functions in the future.

Passage of SB 1069 reduces barriers to building ADUs in California
January 30, 2017

Los Angeles Councilmember Gil Cedillo and Senator Bob Wieckowski highlighted the passage and enactment of SB 1069—Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) today at a press conference in City Hall. The most extensive bill on accessory dwelling units to be signed in almost 15 years, SB 1069 reduces significant barriers to building ADUs, often referred to as granny flats, helping to alleviate the housing crisis that exists statewide.

ARB Chair Mary Nichols will testify on Clean Air Act
January 17, 2017

Sacramento – The Senate Environmental Quality Committee, chaired by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will hold an oversight hearing tomorrow morning on the California Air Resources Board’s (ARB) programs that address its responsibilities under the federal and state clean air acts.   ARB Chair Mary Nichols will testify before the committee on the board’s actions to control air pollution.

Businesses should not get a tax break for malice, oppression or fraud
January 5, 2017

Sacramento – Corporations found by a court to be liable for punitive damages for committing the most egregious violations of law will no longer be able to deduct the amount of the damage awards on their taxes as a “business expense” under a bill introduced today by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).  SB 66 would eliminate the tax break for punitive damages and ensure corporations are not rewarded for their blatant violations of law.

Senator Wieckowski's SB 1069 goes into effect on Jan. 1 to remove obstacles on building second units
December 16, 2016

Sacramento – The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) today released guidelines to assist cities with the implementation of new laws, including SB 1069 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), that reduce barriers to building accessory dwelling units(ADUs) to increase the supply of lower-cost housing in the state.

SB 16 lowers the cap on how much private lenders can garnish to the federal loan level
December 6, 2016

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), who has successfully brought relief for low-income Californians fighting wage garnishment in the past, is now setting his sights on assisting private student loan borrowers by lowering the amount that can be taken from their paychecks to the same level as federal loan borrowers.  The senator introduced SB 16 yesterday, the first day of the legislative session.

December 1, 2016

Fremont – State Senator Bob Wieckowski will co-host a Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) workshop on the California Competes Tax Credit.  Small, medium and large businesses are encouraged to attend to receive instructions on how to apply for this tax credit.

Family Fun Day community mixer will be held Dec. 3 in Santa Clara
November 28, 2016

Santa Clara – California is the most racially and ethnically diverse state in the nation and November marks Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month, a time to recognize and acknowledge the contributions made by Californians of Sikh heritage.  A family fun day community mixer with food, crafts, games, short films and free health checkups will be held in Santa Clara this Saturday. 

November 14, 2016

Dear Neighbor,

The California Legislature recently concluded its 2015-2016 session with several key bills to improve conditions and wages for workers, provide more access to higher education, increase affordable housing and protect the environment.

For the second straight year, Governor Jerry Brown signed all of my bills that were approved by the Legislature. In this update, I am highlighting some of those bills so you can learn how my work and accomplishments are making a positive difference in the lives of California residents.

Awardees from Alameda, Santa Clara counties will be honored
October 4, 2016

Santa Clara – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will recognize three Latino leaders and the volunteers of an Alameda County non-profit organization who focus on housing, education, youth and social services at his 4th Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony at 3 p.m., Friday, October 7 in the Santa Clara City Council Chambers, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara.

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