Press Releases

September 26, 2016

SANTA CLARA – State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill allowing the state Department of General Services to modify the terms of a property sale with the Santa Clara Housing Authority to allow an innovative housing development to move forward, was signed by Governor Brown today.  SB 680 is an urgency bill and takes effect immediately. 

September 25, 2016

Sacramento – California Governor Jerry Brown signed a major arbitration bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to protect California workers from two of the worst kinds of provisions found buried in arbitration clauses.  Gov. Brown also signed a second Wieckowski arbitration bill guaranteeing people the right to a certified court reporter in arbitration proceedings.

Governor Brown's Appointments Secretary will explain how to apply for state boards, commissions
September 23, 2016

FREMONT – Residents seeking to put their skills and experience to work on a local or state commission can learn how to access information on vacancies and apply for positions at an appointments workshop hosted by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) this Tuesday night at the Fremont Senior Center. 

September 21, 2016

State & Local Board and Commission Appointments Workshop

Have you ever considered serving your community as an appointee to a local or statewide board or commission? Please join Senator Bob Wieckowski and California Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil, from the Office of Governor Jerry Brown, for an appointments workshop to learn about the process.

Here you will learn:

September 14, 2016

HAYWARD – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will honor the work of local activists in the 10th Senate District and highlight accomplishments from the 2015-2016 legislative session during his annual State of the District Address and Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m., Thursday, September 15 at Cal State University, East Bay’s New Student Union, 25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard in Hayward. 

SB 1241 ensures California law governs arbitration proceedings on employment contracts
August 31, 2016

Sacramento – The state Legislature today approved a major arbitration bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to protect California workers from two of the worst kinds of provisions found buried in arbitration clauses.  The bill now awaits the Governor’s signature. 

SB 1241 targets both choice of venue provisions that require a worker to arbitrate in a different state and choice of law provisions that intentionally pick a different state’s law to control the arbitration.  This allows the companies to circumvent California law in order to disadvantage California workers.  

SB 1069 heads to Governor Brown; It would increase the supply of affordable rental housing throughout California
August 30, 2016

Sacramento – California homeowners seeking to build an accessory dwelling unit (granny flat) on their property are one step closer to facing fewer barriers and lower fees after the California State Senate approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today.  Senate Bill 1069, the most extensive bill on second units to be passed by the Legislature in decades, now goes to Governor Brown for his consideration.  The Governor signaled his support for the bill in principle during his revise of the state budget in May.

SB 1263 limits the creation of unsustainable small water agencies
August 29, 2016

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to limit the proliferation of small, unsustainable public water agencies that are more likely to violate drinking water safety standards, passed the Senate today and now goes before Governor Jerry Brown for his consideration.  Senate Bill 1263 will improve the long-term delivery of safe drinking water to many disadvantaged communities.

SB 1069 is most extensive accessory units bill in California in decades
August 29, 2016

Sacramento ­– The California State Assembly today approved State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D - Fremont) bill to eliminate excessive fees and restrictions that discourage the building of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as granny flats, in California.  Senate Bill 1069 is the Legislature’s most far-reaching bill on ADUs since 2002. The bill has the support of business, labor, affordable housing advocates, teachers and seniors.  It now heads back to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

SB 680 allows Santa Clara to pursue unique agrihood project
August 29, 2016

Sacramento – An urgency bill by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to modify the terms of a land sale between the state Department of General Services and the Santa Clara Housing Authority, was approved with strong bipartisan support in the Senate today. Senate Bill 680 will allow an innovative affordable housing project to move forward in the city of Santa Clara.  The bill now goes to Governor Brown.

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