Latest News

June 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today to study how to reduce the worst-polluting fossil fuel plants that are negatively impacting the air quality of disadvantaged communities. SB 64, supported by a number of environmental justice organizations, now advances to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Priorities include climate adaptation, wildfire prevention and climate research
June 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO ­­– The California State Senate approved the 2018-2019 Cap & Trade budget spending plan today, including $1.4 billion in discretionary investments in climate adaptation, research, wildfire prevention and a number of other programs.

Recycling businesses, environmental organizations support SB 168 to strengthen recycling markets
June 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to direct the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to establish minimum levels of recycled content for use in the manufacture of all beverage containers by 2021 was approved today by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

SB 168 is a bipartisan bill co-authored by Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) and supported by recycling businesses and environmental organizations.

June 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to make it easier for homeowners to construct accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to help address California’s housing crisis passed the Assembly Housing and Community Development today.

SB 831 contains several elements to make construction easier, including prohibiting owner-occupancy requirements, and exempting ADUs from lot coverage ratio calculations. It also creates an amnesty program that would ease the process of approving a pre-existing unpermitted ADU.

June 19, 2018

FREMONT – Regan Nursery, which has been in operation for more than 60 years, providing a selection of flowers and gardening tips for local residents was recognized today as the Small Business of the Year by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) at a ceremony in Sacramento.

As renewable energy increases, SB 64 would study how to reduce negative air quality impacts without affecting grid's reliability
June 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Several environmental justice organizations spoke in support of legislation by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today to ensure that local air quality standards are met and a study is undertaken to prioritize the eventual retirement of natural gas facilities impacting the air quality of disadvantaged communities. The Assembly Natural Resources Committee approved Wieckowski’s legislation, SB 64, to help California transition to more renewable energy. 

Record budget makes responsible investments in education, transportation, environment; studies linking BART-ACE train in Fremont
June 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO ­– Today the California State Senate passed an on-time, record budget that includes the highest investment in school funding, the biggest reserves in a generation and investments in climate adaptation, fire prevention and transportation improvements.

SB 262 creates the California Council for Climate Adaptation and Resiliency
June 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly Natural Resources Committee overwhelmingly passed a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today to create the California Council for Adaptation and Resiliency (CCAR) to maintain a climate adaptation clearinghouse, provide technical and scientific support to local, regional and state agencies, and to handle various climate adaptation resiliency and financing documents. 

June 6, 2018

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski honored Next Door Solutions for Domestic Violence as the 2018 Nonprofit of the Year for Senate District 10 today during the 3rd Annual California Nonprofits Day in the state Capitol.

May 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate approved a package of housing bills authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today to boost construction of affordable housing and accessory dwelling units, and to improve governance of homeowner associations. The three bills, SB 1333, SB 831 and SB 1265 now head to the Assembly.

SB 1333 eliminates a loophole that allows charter cities to undermine the state’s housing element laws.