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

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

Joseph Hilson, three-term Hayward councilmember, passes

Joseph Hilson served on the Hayward CityCouncil from 1992 to 2004.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILJoseph Hilson, a three-term Hayward councilmember, who was an early adopter of technology in local government, has died.Hilson was elected in 1992 and served through 2004, before he was defeated in a watershed Hayward council election."He was a pleasure to work with and … Continue reading Joseph Hilson, three-term Hayward councilmember, passes

Quirk bill seeks to avoid screwing the pooch in divorce settlements

Assemblymember Bill Quirk and his dog Luna.20TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTThe halcyon days of a new relationship often extends to include the adoption of pets. But in instances where the partnership dissolves, the couple's fur babies are often caught in the middle.A bill introduced Tuesday by Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk seeks for the state to view pets … Continue reading Quirk bill seeks to avoid screwing the pooch in divorce settlements

Quirk introduces bill allowing public pot use at special events

Assemblymember Bill Quirk has long beena strong supporter of cannabis.20TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTWith the East Bay on the cusp of becoming awash in legal cannabis, a bill introduced Monday by Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk would afford local governments the ability to host cannabis-related special events in their cities.Under the legislation, to be heard in an assembly … Continue reading Quirk introduces bill allowing public pot use at special events

Quirk helps Assembly committee turn away concealed carry weapons bill

Assemblymember Bill Quirkwasn't in the mood Tuesdayto debate concealed guns.20TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTRepublican gubernatorial candidate and Assemblymember Travis Allen confidently laid out a case Tuesday for reform of the state's concealed carry permitting rules."Innocent Californians deserve a right to protect themselves and their loved ones," Allen told the Assembly Public Safety Committee.Just 179 concealed carry permits … Continue reading Quirk helps Assembly committee turn away concealed carry weapons bill

Quirk co-authors bill requiring ‘panic buttons’ for hotel maids in danger of sexual harassment

Assemblymember Bill Quirk20TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTMaids and other hotel employees who find themselves alone in rooms with guests in a daily basis often face high incidents of sexual harassment, surveys have found. And with the issue of sexual harassment casting a large shadow over the state Legislature this year, a bill co-authored by Hayward Assemblymember Bill … Continue reading Quirk co-authors bill requiring ‘panic buttons’ for hotel maids in danger of sexual harassment

2017 Year in East Bay Politics: The wild and wacky: Let’s Taco About It and Bill Quirk ‘Jumps Around’

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICS>>>>The state legislature decides in January that a new portrait of Assemblymember Bill Quirk would be a good idea for his 20th District website. The resulting creation, though, inparts vampire-like features to Quirk's face. Funny thing, according to his district staff, is the web designers thought the new photo looked good. By … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics: The wild and wacky: Let’s Taco About It and Bill Quirk ‘Jumps Around’

5 THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS

Assemblymember Bill Quirk needs asignature legislative achievement andhe needs it to happen soon.ELECTION 2018➤I think the burgeoning scandal in Sacramento with legislators meting out punishment in secret to colleagues accused of sexual harassment in the workplace is going to result in some special elections across the state next year. ➤I think if you have followed the … Continue reading 5 THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS

Bill Quirk jumps up, jumps up and gets down!

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FBillQuirkAD20%2Fvideos%2F1725361617482866%2F&width=500&show_text=false&height=893&appId20TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTHayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk just became the coolest elected official in the state legislature. On Sunday, he posted a Facebook video of himself hopping to the beat of the hip-hop classic "Jump Around." Quirk was attending the Alvarado Fall Fest in Union City. (NOTE: You may have to unclick the mute button on … Continue reading Bill Quirk jumps up, jumps up and gets down!

During marathon legislative session, Bill Quirk walks 52 laps around Assembly floor

20TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTGoing back to his days on the Hayward City Council, a departing colleague once noted with a smile that Bill Quirk's surname matched his personality. Assemblymember Bill Quirk, in fact, fully embraces his quirkiness and it showed again Thursday night.While the Assembly was continuing a long slog through hundreds of bills Thursday night … Continue reading During marathon legislative session, Bill Quirk walks 52 laps around Assembly floor

Quirk’s Mylar balloon bill is vetoed by the governor

Assemblymember Bill Quirk called Gov.Jerry Brown's veto "misguided."20TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTLegislation that would have added criminal liabilities for those who willfully release metallic helium balloons at power lines was vetoed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.The bill, authored by Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk, however, was deemed by Brown as an unnecessary expansion of criminal law. Violations in Assembly … Continue reading Quirk’s Mylar balloon bill is vetoed by the governor

San Leandro councilman says dispensary permit holder lobbied council colleague’s employer

San Leandro Councilmember Pete Ballewslammed the city's second dispensary permitholder for acting unethically.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe cross section of cannabis and politics clashed Monday night in San Leandro after one elected official said the group seeking to retain its previously approved dispensary permit has acted unethically in its zeal to protect their investment.San Leandro Councilmember … Continue reading San Leandro councilman says dispensary permit holder lobbied council colleague’s employer

Ro Khanna endorsed Kimberly Ellis for state party chair, but didn’t vote for her

Rep. Ro Khanna17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTLt. Gov. Gavin Newsom last month famously announced support for both candidates in the hard-fought state Democratic Party chair race. But in the aftermath of the contentious campaign won by Los Angeles Democratic Party Chair Eric Bauman over the progressive Richmond upstart Kimberly Ellis, it was later learned that Newsom didn't … Continue reading Ro Khanna endorsed Kimberly Ellis for state party chair, but didn’t vote for her

Bonta, Thurmond, Quirk join new Assembly Progressive Caucus

STATE ASSEMBLYLast January, when a groundswell of progressive angst coarsed through the veins of local activists hoping to secure spots as delegates to last weekend's state convention, many in the East Bay were surprised to learn the most left-leaning state party in the nation didn't even have a dedicated progressive caucus. Self-described Berniecrats and Bernie bros … Continue reading Bonta, Thurmond, Quirk join new Assembly Progressive Caucus