Press Releases

May 8, 2018

FREMONT – Community leaders in health care, housing, business and domestic violence prevention will be honored by state Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) at his Eighth Annual Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Leadership Awards, Thursday, May 10 in Fremont.

SB 1265 strengthens HOA election process by reining in boards that abuse their powers
May 8, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A bill by state Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to strengthen the election process in California’s 52,000 homeowner associations (HOA) by making sure all homeowners have a vote, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon and now heads to the Senate floor for approval.

April 26, 2018

SACRAMENTO ­– After two companies running offshore oil and gas drilling and production facilities off the Central Coast declared fiscal insolvency, a Senate budget subcommittee today approved $108.5 million in funding over three years to permanently secure, plug and abandon oil wells and facilities in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, according to State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).

April 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Governance and Finance Committee today passed two significant housing bills authored by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to reduce the cost of building an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) and to require California charter cities follow state planning and zoning laws for housing.  

SB 1333 strengthens the obligation of the 121 California charter cities to make sites available for housing development to meet the needs of their residents at all income levels.

April 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) new bill to make it easier and less costly for homeowners to construct accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on their property, passed the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee today.  Senate Bill 831 will now go before the Senate Governance and Finance Committee.

April 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Longer fire seasons, floods and increasing heat waves are already affecting California’s residents and natural environment, and as these and other dangers posed by climate change threaten more aspects of everyday life the state is working to adapt by investing in coordinated programs that integrate information, modern science and best practices to protect the public.

April 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO ­ – Increasing threats posed by climate change, including sea level rise, diminished snow pack, longer fire seasons, rising temperatures and the spread of vector-borne diseases into new habitats, are having a profound impact on all areas of California.  The state has sought to aggressively fight climate change and become more resilient to protect the health and safety of California lives and livelihoods.

Castro Valley High, Live Oak Academy students recognized for their recitations
March 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) honored Stephanie Bucuroaia of Castro Valley High School and Luke Cho of Live Oak Academy in the state Capitol today as the California Poetry Out Loud champions for Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

“Stephanie and Luke understand the power and magic of words and their ability to inspire, move and educate us,” said Wieckowski, whose district includes parts of both counties. “They are two outstanding students who have excelled in this competition.”

March 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to improve flood protection, restore ecosystems and enhance recreation along the southern San Francisco Bay unanimously passed the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee today.  SB 881 now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

March 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO – After developing Alopecia Universalis, an illness causing total hair loss, when she was 2 years old, Alanna Robin Powell struggled for years with mental and emotional health issues as she got older.  But in 2012 she took charge of her life and fully accepted her illness. She began to use her personal experience to help others overcome their suffering.  Now she is the founder and president of Boldly Me, a nonprofit organization she started in 2012 that has served over 17,000 children, including more than 150 with suicidal thoughts or plans to hurt themselves in some way.

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