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March 3, 2020 — Primary Election

Asamblea Estatal de CaliforniaCandidato para Distrito 20

Photo de Bill Quirk

Bill Quirk

Miembro de la asamblea
42,606 votos (47.1%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Reducir la huella de los gases de efecto invernadero de California y el mundo de una manera que fortalezca nuestra economía.
  • Abordar la vivienda y la falta de vivienda aumentando la construcción de viviendas en todos los niveles económicos.
  • Aumentar el financiamiento para los resultados educativos en todos los niveles y mejorarlos.



Profesión:Miembro de la Asamblea/Astrofísico Jubilado
Miembro de la Asamblea, Distrito 20, Asamblea Estatal de California — Cargo elegido (2012–actual)
Miembro del Concejo Municipal, Concejo de la Ciudad de Hayward — Cargo elegido (2004–2012)
Físico: Ciencias Climáticas, experto en Programas Extranjeros de Armas Nucl, Laboratorio Nacional Lawrence Livermore (1979–2005)
Comisionado de Bibliotecas, Comisión de Bibliotecas Públicas de Hayward — Cargo designado (1997–2004)
Planificador Empresarial, Amdahl, Sunnyvale (1978–1979)
Consultor Administrativo, Mckinsey and Company (1977–1978)
Astrofísico, Instituto Goddard de Estudios Espaciales de la NASA, Ciudad de Nueva York (1972–1977)


Columbia University en la Ciudad de New York Doctorado en Filosofía (Philosophy Doctor, PhD), Astrofísica (1970)
Columbia Engineering Licenciatura en Ciencias (Bachelor of Science, B.S.), Física Aplicada (1967)

Actividades comunitarias

Member and Committee Chair, Hayward Rotary (2005–current)
Member and Past President, Friends of the Hayward Library (1990–current)
Member, Hayward Area Historical Society (2012–current)
Member, Hayward Chamber of Commerce (1991–current)
Member, Hayward Democratic Club (1988–current)

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de League of Women Voters of California (4)

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for all income groups in California?
Respuesta de Bill Quirk:

We have to build more housing. Below are some of the measures I am working to pass. 

First: I would enforce the regional housing needs allocation (RHNA). Each city and unincorporated area is required to zone for housing of all types. Unfortunately, some cities zone areas for housing that are financially unrealistic for building. I am working with other legislators to enforce cities to do realistic zoning.

Second: I am working on legislation to make low interest loans available to builders to finance the infrastructure such as roads that are needed for large development. 

Third: I am working on legislation to reduce the fees that cities and counties charge developers. Working with others we are studying the many fees that developers must pay and determining which are truly justifiable. 


Fourth: I have supported the housing bond and other money that the state is allocating for affordable housing.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Respuesta de Bill Quirk:

As of 2019, over a million Californians did not have access to clean drinking water. In 2019, I shepherded a bill through the committee I chair that will assure that all the small water districts in the state will have the money needed to operate their facilities so their customers have water that meets health standards. I have also helped pass bills for testing the water available in schools for lead. I am currently working on a bill to assure that all Californians are alerted to problems in their water supply.


Assuring an adequate supply of water for all Californians is a daunting task. I have helped put bonds on the ballot to support: storage of water for drought years, recycling of water, and water conservation. I supported a bill that mandates that the groundwater in California is managed in a sustainable way. I killed a bill that would have made it harder to use recycled water in Agriculture. Agriculture is the largest water user in California. In many parts of the state, farmers are using drip irrigation and measuring the water in the ground to know when to water crops and how much. These practices need to spread to the entire state.

To reach a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as set forth in a 2018 executive order what, if any, proposals, plans or legislation would you support?  Please be specific.
Respuesta de Bill Quirk:

I am working on legislation to make the generation of hydrogen more cost effective. We know how to achieve carbon neutrality for electric utilities. We need a diverse portfolio of renewable resources, and we need storage. Batteries work well for a few hours to a day. For longer term storage, the best option is hydrogen. Hydrogen would be created from electrolysis and stored underground. Hydrogen would then be used to generate electricity when needed.

For building heating and cooling, the buildings need to be well insulated to minimize energy use and carbon neutral electricity can be used for the residual conditioning. Electricity can also meet much of the demands of industry.

I am working to ensure that we build the hydrogen stations needed to make sure that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are a practical option. The toughest sector to get to carbon neutral is transportation. Electric car sales are actually down for all the car companies except TESLA. Consumer acceptance is limited for electric vehicles, particularly for people who do not have their own garage. For those who live in multifamily buildings or have to park on the street, they do not have an easy way to charge an electric vehicle. This is likely a majority of car owners. Thus, it is important to have an alternative to electric vehicles. The best alternative for zero emissions is hydrogen. The car can be fueled as easily as a gas or diesel vehicle.


I am working on legislation to make carbon capture and storage more financially feasible. Even with all this, there will be some applications for which fossil fuels are necessary. Thus, to reach zero carbon, carbon capture and storage must be considered. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has recently written a white paper showing how organic waste can be converted into hydrogen and carbon-dioxide. The hydrogen can be used to create carbon free energy and the carbon-dioxide can be captured and stored underground. 

According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, we spend over $81,000 per individual who is incarcerated.  Other than incarceration, what ways can the State address safety and justice?
Respuesta de Bill Quirk:

The best way to save money is to make sure that young people do not commit crimes in the first place. If people do commit crimes, then we have to make sure that they do not commit crimes again. The best way to prevent someone from offending again is to make sure that people have jobs and housing when they leave jail or prison. 


The best way to keep youth from offending is through education and youth programs. I have supported increasing education funding. That funding has gone up nearly 50% since I joined the legislature in 2012. At a local level, I have supported school parcel taxes and bonds in the Fremont, Hayward, San Lorenzo, Sunol and Castro Valley School districts by sending mail to households supporting these measures. In Union City, I have supported two measures for youth programs by mailing to households. 

¿Quién proporcionó dinero a este candidato?


Dinero total recaudado: $384,007

Principales contribuyentes que dieron dinero para apoyar al candidato, por organización:

Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
UA Local 342
AFSCME California
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California

Más información acerca de contribuciones

Por estado:

California 83.28%
Texas 2.48%
Florida 2.45%
District of Columbia 2.02%
Other 9.76%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (99.76%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (0.24%)

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (94.01%)
De individuos (5.99%)
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Secretaría del Estado de California de MapLight.

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