Wieckowski to launch 10th Senate Dist. campaign

Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, is rolling out his campaign for the 10th State Senate District with help from some of California’s Democratic heavyweights.

Bob WieckowskiAmong those whose names grace the invitation to Wieckowski’s June 20 reception are state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, state Controller John Chiang, Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee, Rep. Mike Honda, state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, state Sen. Jim Beall, state Sen. Jerry Hill, state Sen. Bill Monning, Assemblyman Rich Gordon, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, and Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci.

Tickets to the event, at Massimo’s restaurant in Fremont, range from $100 to $4,100.

The only other person so far who has filed a statement of intention to seek the 10th District seat in 2014 is former Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi of Hayward, whose Alameda County supervisorial bid last year might’ve been doomed by her recent shoplifting arrest and conviction of misdemeanor grand theft.

But don’t count Hayashi out just yet – her senate campaign committee had $750,983 in the bank as of the end of 2012.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • GV Haste

    “The only other person so far who has filed a statement of intention to seek the 10th District seat in 2014 is former Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi”

    Is this something recent, or are you talking about her “intention” from way back, when she opened up a campaign finance fund with that aim.?
    (prior to her arrrest and conviction)

    Was there some new announcement? Or even semi-solid rumors based on anything, that she will actually run?

    I’m thinking she’s still toxic. NO, I don’t doubt she’s given up her ambitions, but 2014…

  • RR senile columnist

    Maybe RoK will show up and give Bob Solyndra a few bucks

  • Rick K.

    Wieckowski is among the public unions’ most faithful “waterboys” in the Assembly. His AB 506, enacted in 2011, is an extraordinarily irresponsible piece of legislation. It makes municipal bankruptcies lengthier, more cumbersome and more expensive, forcing future generations to pay dearly for bloated pensions rammed through on behalf of Wieckowski’s overseers. Once pensions are granted and “vested,” they cannot be undone. Millions of dollars of liability to taxpayers 20, 30, 40 years down the road is instantly created and cannot be reversed. Just about the only legal way that these excessive benefits can be trimmed down to a sustainable level is through municipal bankruptcy — which is why AB 506 was so irresponsible. Wieckowski’s political career deserves to end immediately.

  • JohnW


    Thanks for the reminder about this guy’s awful municipal bankruptcy bill. Wish I lived in his district just to vote against him.

    Anybody read Dan Borenstein’s column today (Sunday) about the EBMUD rate increases and their pension benefits? 78% of final pay at 30 years PLUS Social Security! Law enforcement and fire get 90% but no Social Security.

    Guess it’s only fair that they get as good a pension deal as fire fighters. Makes sense when you think about it. After all, they provide the water that the fire fighters use to put out the fires.