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Friday, May 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO - Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva hosted California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in Orange County, where they held a media availability immediately after a private tour of proposed sites for a new state veterans cemetery in Irvine. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva and Governor Brown also met with local officials and community groups.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

(Sacramento, CA) – Orange County Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, a member of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, today became the first legislator to call on University of California President Janet Napolitano to resign her post, citing a lack of confidence in Napolitano’s leadership.

Monday, May 8, 2017

(Sacramento) – Today, on the floor of the State Assembly, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva paid a special tribute to the thousands of law enforcement officials across this state in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

UC hid $175 million from the public eye and from their own governing board, even as they raised tuition on California students.

(Sacramento) – After the state auditor uncovered $175 million reserve held by the administration of the University of California, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (Orange County), Members of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, the Assembly Higher Education Committee and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee participated in a joint hearing to discuss the recent state audit of the University of California (UC) Office of the President titled, “The University of California Office of the President: It Failed to Disclose Tens of Millions in Surplus Funds, and Its Budget Practices are Misleading.”

Thursday, April 27, 2017

AB 363, Veteran Designation, California, homeless, Low-Income Veterans,

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill (AB) 363 by Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) successfully passed the Assembly Committee on Veteran Affairs with a bipartisan and unanimous vote. The bill would waive the processing fee for homeless and low-income veterans who apply for a veteran designation on their California driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Current law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to offer a driver's license or identification card printed with the word "veteran" on it, indicating that the possessor is a military veteran. However, all veterans are currently charged a fee for this service, a cost that homeless veterans may not be able to afford. Assembly Bill 363 will waive the fee for low-income and homeless veterans that do not have the extra resources readily available to pay for the veteran designation.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy approved Assembly Bill 162 (AB162) by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) and Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) by a bipartisan vote of 7-0. AB 162 would make more small businesses eligible for the California Competes tax cut administered by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). The tax cut is available to establish a business, or stay and grow an existing business, in California.

 “As the Chair of the Jobs Committee, I know how important the California Competes Tax Credit is for employers,” Assemblymember Quirk-Silva said. “Small businesses are critical to the strength of local economies and communities. They provide opportunities to people with entrepreneurial spirits and the will to work hard, and are the cornerstone of the American Dream.”

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sacramento, CA -- Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy Development, and Economy (JEDE) and Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) and Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) will held a press conference to discuss their legislation to help California attract and retain manufacturing and production jobs.

“In order to keep the California dream alive for working families we need to make sure that they have jobs to go to that move them up into the middle class,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva. “As Chair of the Jobs Committee, I know these tax incentives create advantages for the full spectrum of California businesses – from start-ups to expansions and relocations, to manufacturing and Main Street.”

Monday, April 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D – Orange County) stood on the Floor of the Assembly to speak on behalf of the California Legislative Latino Caucus on Assembly Concurrent Resolution 37, which proclaims the April 24th, 2017 as “California Holocaust Memorial Day.”  Legislators, Holocaust survivors, liberators and children of survivors joined with Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva to honor those who suffered through the Holocaust and to remind people of the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

One of Orange County’s Academic Leaders Passes Away at 81

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva (D-Orange County) and the California State Legislature adjourned in the memory of Dr. Milton Gordon, Cal State Fullerton's fourth president, who led the University into prominence as one of the nation’s most inclusive senior institutions of higher learning.

“Dr Milton Gordon was a lifelong educator that inspired and educated the minds and hearts of so many,” said Assemblymember Quirk-Silva. “As a lifelong educator myself, I am profoundly inspired by all he accomplished in the name of higher education.”

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill (AB) 393 by Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) and leaders of the California Faculty Association (CFA) have successfully passed its first hurdle in the state legislature, with a bipartisan vote in the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. The bill will place a moratorium on student tuition and fees at California’s public community colleges and state universities.