Press Releases

SB 323 strengthens the integrity of elections and improves voting rights in the 50,000 HOAs in California
September 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Stronger oversight of elections in California’s more than 50,000 homeowner associations (HOAs) is one step closer to taking effect after the state Assembly approved SB 323 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).  The bill will go to the Senate today for a concurrence vote.

SB 13 targets obstacles cited by HCD as barriers to creating more of the affordable units
September 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO ­– With bipartisan support, the state Assembly today approved an accessory dwelling units, often referred to as granny flats, bill that targets some of the biggest remaining barriers blocking their construction in California.  SB 13, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is strongly supported by ADU advocates across the state.  

Wieckowski, Hertzberg's SB 707 would stop companies from gaming the rules in arbitration
September 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The state Assembly today passed a major arbitration reform bill to give workers and consumers several remedies when companies that have forced them into mandatory arbitration agreements obstruct those deliberations by refusing to pay the required arbitration fees.  SB 707, jointly authored by Senators Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), now heads to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

September 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The state Assembly today approved a critical anti-poverty bill to ensure debt collectors leave at least $1,724 in a bank account, rather than taking the entire amount and leaving people with insufficient funds to cover day-to-day expenses.  The bill, SB 616, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is supported by a large coalition of legal aid providers, advocates for low-income consumers and many progressive statewide organizations.  The bill goes to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

SB 518 prevents public agencies from shifting attorney costs onto public records requesters
September 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Advocates of a strong California Public Records Act (CPRA) achieved a victory today when the state Assembly approved Senate Bill 518 by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to prevent government agencies from transferring the costs of attorney’s fees onto public records requesters.

August 30, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The state Assembly today overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to protect consumers with mortgages from abusive debt collection tactics.  SB 187 now goes to Governor Newsom for his consideration.

The Senator welcomed India's Consul General Sanjay Panda, who made his first visit to the Senate floor.
August 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) welcomed India’s Consul General Sanjay Panda on the Senate floor today and led the chamber’s recognition of India’s Independence Day.

Every year, I have the honor of hosting my annual State of the 10th Senate District Address. In conjunction with this year's event,
August 1, 2019

Every year, I have the honor of hosting my annual State of the 10th Senate District Address. In conjunction with this year's event, to be held in early October, I will be giving out the 2019 Local Hero Awards, recognizing community leaders and organizations throughout the District.

As a constituent in our community, I am writing to you today to ask for your help in submitting nominations for these awards from the areas I represent:

Hayward event will help business owners improve communication and build a strong brand
July 30, 2019

HAYWARD – Local business owners can learn how to improve their marketing on-line and increase their communication with customers at a Yelp Workshop co-hosted by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), the City of Hayward, the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and local Chambers of Commerce.

SB 13 eliminates impact fees on accessory units below 750 square feet to reduce building costs for homeowners
July 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO – A major accessory dwelling unit (ADU) reform bill authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to eliminate developer impact fees on units below 750 square feet passed the Assembly Local Government Committee today.  SB 13, which also eliminates owner occupancy restrictions for five years, passed with bipartisan support.