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.
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.
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.
SB 1263 limits the proliferation of small public water systems that are more likely to violate safety standards
September 29, 2016
Sacramento – Governor Jerry Brown today signed a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to protect the quality of California drinking water by limiting the proliferation of small, unsustainable public water systems that are more likely to violate drinking water safety standards. The bill, SB 1263, is supported by a number of statewide environmental organizations.
SB 1069 is supported by business, environmentalists, teachers and affordable housing advocates
September 27, 2016
Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to reduce the barriers California homeowners face when seeking to build an accessory dwelling unit (granny flat) on their property will take effect this January after Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill today. Senate Bill 1069 is the most extensive bill on accessory dwelling units to be signed in almost 15 years. The Governor signaled his support for the bill in principle during his revise of the state budget in May.