Press Releases

Senate Environmental Quality Committee 5-year survey finds only 1 percent required an EIR, despite claims by critics
December 7, 2017

Sacramento – Over 90 percent of the thousands of projects done by 47 state agencies between 2011-12 and 2015-16 were exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), strongly suggesting the environmental law is not a barrier to the completion of important projects.  

Senator will recognize four awardees for their distinguished service to the community
October 12, 2017

Hayward – Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will recognized four outstanding community leaders for their contributions to the 10th Senate District at his 5th Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony, this Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Pancho Villa Event Center, 1026 B Street in Hayward.

October 9, 2017

Sacramento – Yesterday, following up on a major reform bill from last year that streamlined the development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 229, legislation by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to clarify that limits on sewer and water connection fees and charges apply to special districts and water corporations, as well as cities and counties. 

Last year, Wieckowski, a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, successfully authored SB 1069 to eliminate the most onerous barriers to the construction of ADUs. 

SB 178 authorizes transfer of Centerville Community Park property to help address student overcrowding
October 3, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to help Fremont address school overcrowding issues by developing an elementary school near downtown was signed by Governor Brown today.

SB 178, supported by both the city of Fremont and the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD), expedites the transfer of 4.6 acres of undeveloped land at Centerville Community Park from the city to the district.  The bill will lead to a new joint use park on the remaining portion of the Centerville property and another new 4-acre park nearby on Dusterberry Way and Peralta Boulevard.

September 27, 2017

Sacramento – Today Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 448, a bill by state Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) that will increase transparency on special districts and make it easier to eliminate districts that are no longer performing the services for which they were established.

Special districts often serve narrow and technical purposes, which helps to render them largely opaque and often unaccountable.  SB 448 will improve oversight of California’s special districts.

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.

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.

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