Former Assemblymember Nancy Skinner named policy fellow at U.C. Davis

Nancy Skinner, right, is a likely candidate forthe 9th State Senate District in 2016, as is Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, right.PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | Former East Bay Assemblymember Nancy Skinner has something to do while she contemplates a likely run for the State Senate next year. The termed out legislator was named a senior policy fellow … Continue reading Former Assemblymember Nancy Skinner named policy fellow at U.C. Davis

Oakland City Council Not On Board with Fossil Fuels Rolling Through

Activist before Tuesday's Oakland CityCouncil meeting in support of a resolution against transport of fossil fuels.PHOTO/Steven Tavares OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The Oakland City Council is thinking globally and acting locally. On Tuesday, it passed two resolutions hoping to do the city’s part in fighting back against the transport of fossil fuels through the East Bay and … Continue reading Oakland City Council Not On Board with Fossil Fuels Rolling Through

Assemblyman Quirk Says He Paid Out of Pocket to Attend Criticized Maui Junket

ASSEMBLY | 20TH DISTRICT | A recent report revealed 18 previously undisclosed California legislators attended an all-expense, lobbyist-paid junket to Maui late last year. One of the lawmakers named in the article was Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk. However, Quirk says, although he attended the days of meet and greets and conferences offered, the costs came … Continue reading Assemblyman Quirk Says He Paid Out of Pocket to Attend Criticized Maui Junket

Dr. Quirk’s Scientific Knowledge Adds To Approval Of Controversial Fracking Bill

Asm. Bill QuirkLEGISLATURE//FRACKING | When it has to do with science, he becomes Dr. Quirk. On Wednesday, a controversial and water-down fracking bill cleared the State Legislature, but not before Assembly Speaker John Perez called on Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk to urge for its passage, while bestowing him the honorific of doctor.Critics say the bill allows the fracking industry … Continue reading Dr. Quirk’s Scientific Knowledge Adds To Approval Of Controversial Fracking Bill

Budget Issues In San Leandro Stymie Implementation Of Climate Action Plan

CO2 levels in San Leandro havedropped by 8.2 percent since 2009.SAN LEANDRO | The city's three-year-old climate action plan may not reach its goal of reducing emissions in San Leandro before its 2020 target date following years of tight budget cuts leaving the program underfunded.The City of San Leandro’s climate action plan update this week detailed a less than … Continue reading Budget Issues In San Leandro Stymie Implementation Of Climate Action Plan

Quirk’s First Flurry Of Legislation Focuses On Streamlining Government, Renewables

Asm. Bill QuirkASSEMBLY//LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP | On Feb. 19, just three days away from the deadline for new legislation in the California State Legislature, freshman Assemblyman Bill Quirk made like one of those exotic chefs on any given number of cooking game shows who struggle because of one deflated soufflé, only to rally at the last second to … Continue reading Quirk’s First Flurry Of Legislation Focuses On Streamlining Government, Renewables

Freshman Assemblyman Bill Quirk Still Learning the Ropes in Sacramento

ASSEMBLY | Assemblyman Bill Quirk has been relatively quiet in his first few months as a legislator, but in an interview last Sunday, he admits having some initial difficulties understanding how Sacramento works.There had been some talk among Democratic insiders questioning whether Quirk had a post-election plan going forward. Quirk, a former two-term Hayward councilman, in all … Continue reading Freshman Assemblyman Bill Quirk Still Learning the Ropes in Sacramento

East Bay Assembly Members Receive Top Committee Assignments

>>SKINNER, WIECKOWSKI GAIN PARTY INFLUENCE>>”Democrat's faith in Bonta appears evident in at least two committee posts”ASSEMBLY | East Bay Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner and Bob Wieckowski could be big players in the Legislature this year, if the committee assignments handed down by Speaker John Perez is any indication. Oakland’s freshman Assemblyman Rob Bonta may also be … Continue reading East Bay Assembly Members Receive Top Committee Assignments

[VIDEO] Quirk Following Swearing-In: ‘I’m On Cloud Nine’

ASSEMBLY | Following Hayward Assemblyman Bill Quirk's swearing-in last Monday, he spoke to California Politics TV and described the moment as a "dream come true."In the video below, Quirk says his priorities are improving education and creating a more friendly environment for businesses to thrive. Near the end, Quirk, who beat Democratic challenger Dr. Jennifer Ong … Continue reading [VIDEO] Quirk Following Swearing-In: ‘I’m On Cloud Nine’

One Wind Turbine, Four Notices And One Day To Respond Has Residents Irate

SAN LEANDRO | The city’s zeal to attract green technology firms to San Leandro may be alienated a growing group of residents at the shoreline’s Heron Bay development upset over a proposed wind turbine rising in their backyards and the lack of notice given to them by city staff.Halus Power Systems, a firm specializing in refurbishing wind turbines and … Continue reading One Wind Turbine, Four Notices And One Day To Respond Has Residents Irate

After Solyndra Bankruptcy, Corbett Calls on Lawmakers to Create Jobs

Sept. 1, 2011 | It was not long ago that the Solyndra solar panel facility was a symbol of President Barack Obama's support of new green technologies. After the company filed for bankruptcy Wednesday and cut 1,100 high-paying jobs the Fremont firm is now represent growing disenchantment with the president's inability to nudge job growth.Unemployment in Alameda County at 11 percent … Continue reading After Solyndra Bankruptcy, Corbett Calls on Lawmakers to Create Jobs

Wieckowski Fracking Bill Heads To Assembly Floor

LEGISLATION WOULD FORCE ENERGY COMPANIES TO NOTIFYING OFFICIALS OF CHEMICALS USED IN FRACKINGBy Steven Tavaressteven.tavares@eastbaycitizen.comFollow @eastbaycitizen on twitterBasked in muted colors and soft lighting is a recent ExxonMobil is a relatively uplifting commericial running on cable television featuring the energy company's interest for tapping what it calls one of the world's largest deposits of oil sands in the … Continue reading Wieckowski Fracking Bill Heads To Assembly Floor

Cleantech’s Future Resides in California, Flourishes in Bay Area Cities

REPORT LAUDS STATE'S ACTIONS SO FAR, BUT WORRIES ABOUT CHINESE, EUROPEAN AGGRESSIVENESSBy Steven TavaresFremont cleantech firm Solyndra.A report from the Bay Area Council Economic Institute says California's has a unique opportunity to enhance its international and economic standing in clean technologies, but cautions against the aggressiveness of policymakers in China and Europe within a global context.The report … Continue reading Cleantech’s Future Resides in California, Flourishes in Bay Area Cities