Press Releases

July 23, 2018

SAN JOSE – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) presented a state resolution today to University of California, Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal and staff, faculty and community leaders on behalf of the South Bay legislative delegation in honor of the 130th Anniversary of the Lick Observatory. The presentation took place at the observatory’s 36-inch Great Refractor telescope.

SB 1265 will provide for fairer elections in HOAs
July 3, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A bill to curb abuses in California’s more than 55,000 homeowner associations (HOA) by adding requirements that will lead to fairer elections was approved today by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.  SB 1265, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) now heads to the Assembly floor.  It has already been approved by the state Senate.

June 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown today signed a bill by the Senate Environmental Quality Committee to modernize the way local air districts notify the public about hearings, workshops, and other information and events.  SB 1502 was approved by the Legislature without opposition before going to the Governor.

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.