Press Releases

SB 168 also requires a study of extended producer responsibility to improve California's Bottle Bill program
January 29, 2018

Sacramento – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) requiring CalRecycle to establish minimum content standards for beverage containers passed the state Senate today with bipartisan support.  SB 168 is supported by a number of environmental groups and recycling organizations. The vote was led by a bipartisan group of senators, including Senator Jeff Stone, who agreed to co-author the bill moving forward. It now heads to the Assembly for consideration.

January 25, 2018

Castro Valley – Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will be the guest speaker at a free Castro Valley forum, “Political Free Speech in Homeowner Associations: Impact of SB 407 on the 2018 Elections,” this Saturday at the Castro Valley Public Library.

Senator Wieckowski successfully authored SB 407 last year and it went into effect on Jan. 1.  The new law prevents homeowner associations from denying basic First Amendment rights of residents living in a community interest development.

Sen. Wieckowski says transparent analysis is needed to make sure state achieves 2030 GHG reduction goals
January 17, 2018

Sacramento – As California embarks on an ambitious attempt to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a level that is 40 percent below 1990 figures by 2030, a transparent, thorough analysis of the state’s Air Resources Board’s (ARB) Scoping Plan is needed to meet the ambitious goals and stay on target, Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) said today during a Senate joint oversight committee hearing.

Will the plan's modeling and assumptions enable California to meet 2030 GHG reduction goals?
January 12, 2018

Sacramento – A joint oversight hearing of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and the Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation, chaired by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), will explore whether the California Air Resources Board’s (ARB) new Scoping Plan Update provides an accurate roadmap for achieving a 40 percent reduction from 1990 levels in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030.

January 8, 2018

Sacramento – Seeking to build on the success of two prior bills that have sparked a large increase in applications to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs), Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) introduced SB 831 to address remaining issues brought to light by Californians seeking to build an ADU on their property.

December 19, 2017

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) authored a number of bills that will go into effect on January 1, 2018.  The bills protect revenge porn victims, reduce fees on accessory dwelling units, protect free speech rights in homeowner associations, increase transit-oriented development, clarify financial disclosure requirements in family law cases and improve oversight of special districts.  

Senate Environmental Quality Committee 5-year survey finds only 1 percent required an EIR, despite claims by critics
December 7, 2017

Sacramento – Over 90 percent of the thousands of projects done by 47 state agencies between 2011-12 and 2015-16 were exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), strongly suggesting the environmental law is not a barrier to the completion of important projects.  

Senator will recognize four awardees for their distinguished service to the community
October 12, 2017

Hayward – Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will recognized four outstanding community leaders for their contributions to the 10th Senate District at his 5th Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony, this Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Pancho Villa Event Center, 1026 B Street in Hayward.

October 9, 2017

Sacramento – Yesterday, following up on a major reform bill from last year that streamlined the development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 229, legislation by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to clarify that limits on sewer and water connection fees and charges apply to special districts and water corporations, as well as cities and counties. 

Last year, Wieckowski, a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, successfully authored SB 1069 to eliminate the most onerous barriers to the construction of ADUs. 

SB 178 authorizes transfer of Centerville Community Park property to help address student overcrowding
October 3, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to help Fremont address school overcrowding issues by developing an elementary school near downtown was signed by Governor Brown today.

SB 178, supported by both the city of Fremont and the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD), expedites the transfer of 4.6 acres of undeveloped land at Centerville Community Park from the city to the district.  The bill will lead to a new joint use park on the remaining portion of the Centerville property and another new 4-acre park nearby on Dusterberry Way and Peralta Boulevard.

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