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This year marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day.

After a devastating oil spill off the coast of California, Congress took the opportunity to establish Earth Day in 1970 as a nationally recognized annual event.

Much progress in protecting our environment is being made and none of it would be possible without the work and research of scientists in the United States and around the world.  This year, March for Science, a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economy and government will coincide with Earth Day activities.  Two local events, March the Hayward Shoreline and March for Science Silicon Valley, will take place this Saturday.

The National Park Service is hosting National Park Week, providing free entry to national parks this weekend.

Below, is a list of several Earth Day events occurring in our local communities:

  • Castro Valley - Residents are invited to participate in a community cleanup on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Fremont - Let's Go Green Together Earth Day Fair, Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditorium, 2500 Mowry Ave.
  • Hayward - Keep Hayward Clean & Green, Saturday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Hayward Community Gardens, 25051 Whitman Street.
  • Union City - Earth Day Tour of Tri-Ced Community Recycling, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 33377 Western Ave.; Earth Day Run for Our Schools, Saturday, April 22, Registration 8:30 a.m., event start 9:30 a.m., Cesar Chavez Middle School, 2801 Hop Ranch Rd.
  • Milpitas - Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) Beautification Project.(Signed waiver form required for participation), Saturday, April 22, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Milpitas High School, 1285 Escuela Parkway.
  • Santa Clara - Arbor Day - Earth Day Celebration, Friday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Central Park Pavilion, 909 Kiely Blvd.
  • San Jose - Great American Pick Up for District 4, Saturday, April 22, Registration 8 a.m., event start 8:30 a.m., three locations: Alviso Youth Center, 5040 N. 1st St.; Berryessa Community Center, 3050 Berryessa Rd.; and Piedmont Hills High School, 1377 Piedmont Rd.

As chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, I am committed to protecting our environment and advancing California's position as a global leader on climate change issues.  Already this year, my committee has passed important bills and resolutions to protect our environment against adverse actions at the federal level and to raise awareness of California's ability to set its own Clean Air Act regulations.

Whether it's on Earth Day or throughout the year, please take a few moments to join me to help clean-up our planet.

Bob Wieckowski 
Representing the 10th District


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SB 641 grants important due process rights to consumers as states fight abusive, unfair practices
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Sacramento – Less than a week after the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 47 states announced a settlement forcing JP Morgan Chase to stop collecting on 528,000 accounts due to inaccurate information, robo-signing documents without proper verification and selling faulty, uncollectable debt, the Assembly Judiciary Committee passed a bill today by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to allow California victims of unfair debt collection practices to have their chance in court to set aside a default judgment wrongfully attached to their name.

SB 246 creates new program to coordinate state, regional and local adaptation efforts
July 13, 2015

Sacramento - Addressing a need to improve coordination of how California adapts to climate change, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee passed SB 246 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today.  The bill creates the Climate Adaptation & Resiliency Program and is supported by several environmental organizations, and the Little Hoover Commission, which cited the need for a more unified approach in a 2014 report after a year-long study.

July 7, 2015

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to allow low-income working Californians to keep a little more of their paychecks in order to meet their basic needs when their wages are being garnished passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee today.

SB 641 protects consumers who were never notified they owed a debt by allowing them to fight default judgments
July 6, 2015

Sacramento – The state Assembly Banking and Finance Committee today passed a bill authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to allow consumers to have their day in court if they did not receive notice of debt buyers’ lawsuits against them.  SB 641 will allow consumers to motion to set aside default judgments.

Low-income families would benefit from the badly-needed updates to state's bankruptcy laws
July 1, 2015

Sacramento – The Assembly Judiciary Committee yesterday passed Senate Bill 308 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to assist low-income families by modernizing the list of exemptions people can use for personal bankruptcies. 

“SB 308 prevents overly stripping the modest assets of California’s working poor in bankruptcy cases,” said Wieckowski, a member of the Senate's Judiciary Committee.  “It allows debtors to have a much better shot at becoming self-sufficient again, avoiding more bad debts and avoiding public assistance.”

June 29, 2015

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will hold a press conference to discuss SB 789, his water conservation measure aimed at taxing excessive users of potable water.  SB 789 will be heard in its first policy committee next week. Wieckowski chairs the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

 

Who:               Sen. Wieckowski will be joined by environmental leaders

What:              Discuss SB 789, a bill targeting excessive water users

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