Bonta ‘food as medicine’ bill passes Assembly Health Committee

A bill to create a pilot program for some Medi-Cal recipients in Alameda County to receive healthy food was unanimously approved this week by the Assembly Health Committee. The legislation, sponsored by East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta, envisions a “food as medicine” approach to help lower-income Alameda County residents who are struggling with chronic ailments, … Continue reading Bonta ‘food as medicine’ bill passes Assembly Health Committee

Bill lowering threshold to pass local tax measures fails; Bauer-Kahan avoids vote

A proposed California constitutional amendment to lower the threshold for local tax and bond measures from 67 percent to 55 percent failed to gain its own two-third majority for passage Monday in the state Assembly. The amendment, which would require the approval of voters, needed 54 votes for passage. It managed just 44. Fifteen members … Continue reading Bill lowering threshold to pass local tax measures fails; Bauer-Kahan avoids vote

Quirk bill banning Ticketmaster’s secret scalping software is signed into law

A secret software program created by Ticketmaster to help buyers purchase large quantities of tickets to sporting events and concerts and then later re-sell them on the secondary market with huge mark-ups in price has caused an uproar in the ticket-selling industry ever since the practice was highlighted in an investigative report last year. A … Continue reading Quirk bill banning Ticketmaster’s secret scalping software is signed into law

AD25: Chu will not run for re-election to assembly seat that includes Fremont

Kansen Chu, the South Bay and Fremont assemblymember best known for his bids to abolish daylight-savings time in the state has seen the light yet again. Saying he can accomplish more at the local level than in Sacramento, Chu will relinquish his assembly seat next year and, instead, run in the growing Santa Clara County … Continue reading AD25: Chu will not run for re-election to assembly seat that includes Fremont

A’s ballpark bill comes before Assembly committee Monday

An Assembly bill that could aid a future exchange of trust lands for a new Oakland Athletics waterfront ballpark, faces its first legislative hurdle Monday. Assembly Bill 1191 comes before the Assembly Natural Resources Committee Monday morning, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. in Sacramento. The bill, introduced by Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta, follows a media … Continue reading A’s ballpark bill comes before Assembly committee Monday

Rumors of Quirk’s retirement are greatly exaggerated

Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk's move to Union City last year and profligate spending for a re-election campaign that faced token opposition raised questions last fall for many in the district who suspected the long-time official was signaling an end to service in public office. "Not retiring yet," Quirk wrote in an email to the East … Continue reading Rumors of Quirk’s retirement are greatly exaggerated

Bonta offers resolution opposing Trump’s latest attack on immigrants

A Trump administration proposed rule change that would greatly affect immigrants in California and elsewhere is being met by opposition from East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta, and other Alameda County officials. On the first day of the new legislative calendar Tuesday Bonta offered a concurrent resolution condemning the Trump administration's proposal to change the definition … Continue reading Bonta offers resolution opposing Trump’s latest attack on immigrants

A’s CEQA bill sent to suspense file

Bonta's AB 734 is expected to return to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday

Report: Quirk authored ‘PG&E bailout bill’ while son works for the utility

Legislation authored by Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk that would allow PG&E to pay off damages related to the destructive NorCal wildfires last year with state-backed bonds has been labeled by some critics as a bailout for the utility. The bill currently under consideration in the assembly is likely to face a rising tenor of opposition … Continue reading Report: Quirk authored ‘PG&E bailout bill’ while son works for the utility

Bonta adds green certification to A’s ballpark bill; passes senate judiciary

Bill that would expedite potential years-long CEQA lawsuits for a new A's ballpark in Oakland now heads to Senate Appropriations.

GET THE LEAD OUT! Bill Quirk lambastes the lead and paint industry

It may be one of the most dastardly political schemes in recent state history. After the lead and paint industry in California was recently ordered to pay penalties that could run into the hundreds of millions to remedy illegal lead hazards across the state, the industry is now moving toward placing an initiative on the … Continue reading GET THE LEAD OUT! Bill Quirk lambastes the lead and paint industry

Buffy Wicks again leads AD15 in fundraising as primary race heads toward stretch run

AD15 Democrat Buffy Wicks has $323,000for the final month of the primary campaign.CAMPAIGN FINANCE--ELECTION 2018--The fundraising juggernaut that is 15th Assembly District candidate Buffy Wicks shows no signs of abetting. Campaign finance reports released last Thursday show Wicks, a Democrat, raised $97,015 over the past four months. In addition, her campaign's $323,5765 in cash reserves … Continue reading Buffy Wicks again leads AD15 in fundraising as primary race heads toward stretch run

East Bay’s June ballot is set; AD15 features 12 candidates; sheriff, 2 supervisors to run unopposed

Just a portion of the AD15 field during aforum in Oakland last January.ELECTION 2018Voters in the contentious 15th Assembly District will have to choose from a list of 11 Democrats and a lone Republican this June. The wide-open race in the top-two primary is destined to be another tight Dem-on-Dem affair, just as it was … Continue reading East Bay’s June ballot is set; AD15 features 12 candidates; sheriff, 2 supervisors to run unopposed