THE BENCH FOR FUTURE LEGISLATORS IS THIN LOCALLY
Fremont Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski was sworn-in last Monday and quickly got to work. On the same day he replaced termed-out Alberto Torrico in Sacramento, Wieckowski already had his first piece of legislation in the pipeline. AB 14 hopes to coordinate redevelopment of the area surrounding the former NUMMI plant and the forthcoming Warm Springs BART station.
|Asm. Bob Wieckowski|
Wieckowski's elevation to the assembly raises the question of who, at the local level, is next to make the leap to Sacramento? The bench appears bare. Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk is a likely candidate even though he is taking a wait-see approach to how the district's potential new borders will look like. That's about it, but don't take your eye off of San Leandro Councilman Jim Prola or even the Mayor-elect Stephen Cassidy. Prola is, by far, the hardest working member of the council and Cassidy looked into a run for assembly a few years ago before Democrats urged him to rise through the local ranks.