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Thursday, July 19, 2018

(Orange County, CA) – After many efforts to secure more funding for schools, and freezing tuition costs for state universities, Asssemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Orange County) released the following statement regarding the decision by the University of California (UC) Board of Regents to decrease in tuition for the 2018-19 academic year.

“It is about time the UC Regents gave middle class families a break. Too many families are struggling to give their children better lives. Needlessly raising fees while there are secret coffers of money, and a bloated bureaucracy that should be cut, is ridiculous,” said Quirk-Silva. “A $60 decrease is a step in the right direction, but ultimately not enough. Tuition and fees still remain unaffordable for many.”

Earlier this year, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 27 (ACA 27), which checks the power of the UC Regents and the UC President. The legislation would require greater transparency and openness in setting salaries, and how the UC system spends money. Quirk-Silva called on the UC Regents to halt any discussion of a tuition increase until the public had a better understanding of the UC system’s financial standing.

"My broader concerns have been somewhat allayed by the recent news of a tuition decrease, though my continued focus is transparency and accountability, and making sure funding continues to benefit students. Everyday Californians struggle to afford higher education, while most UC Regents are multi-millionaires,” said Quirk-Silva. “I will continue to stand by students and advocate for more relief from the burden of college debt. The Regents must remain accountable.”

In 2016, Quirk-Silva authored Assembly Bill 393: The Student Protection Act in response to the financial challenges faced by today’s college students, including deepening debt and long work hours necessary to supplement their educational costs. The bill would have placed a moratorium on student tuition and fees at California’s public community colleges and state universities.

In 2017, the state auditor uncovered $175 million reserve held by the administration of the University of California. Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva participated in a joint hearing to discuss the recent state audit of the University of California 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.” She then called for the immediate resignation of UC President Janet Napolitano.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018
Monday, July 2, 2018

(Anaheim, CA) – At the groundbreaking of a new Anaheim Family YMCA facility, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) presented officials with a check symbolizing the $5 million in state funding she secured for the project. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva said as a junior high student she also attended the YMCA. “It’s not just a place to go to after school but it’s a place to go to with your families after work, on the weekend,” she said. “So, we are more than thrilled of not only supporting the vision but seeing it expanded.”

Friday, June 29, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, six bills authored by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) passed major legislative hurdles on their way to helping California’s number-one job creators and innovators: small businesses.  Among other accomplishments, Assembly Bills (AB) 767, 1547, 1561, 2463, 2596, and 2687 include the establishment of the Small Business Assistance Expansion Program, the California Economic Development Strategic Action Plan, and the Master Business License Center.

Collectively, these efforts will open the global marketplace to California’s small business owners, simplify requirements and regulations owners must meet to do business in the state, and make discovering and submitting required forms more accessible to business owners through a one-stop-shop online platform.  These bills would also expand assistance available to veteran-, women-, and minority-owned businesses; prepare the state, its employers, and its labor force for future natural disasters and a rapidly shifting economic landscape; and ultimately rally California’s economy around a unified brand of business friendliness and economic justice highlighting to the world the unique strengths the golden state has to offer.

With today’s successes, California’s small businesses can be assured that their state government is pushing forward a collection of measures to comprehensively address their concerns.  I have heard directly from Californian small businesses, chambers of commerce, and state resource agencies about the need to comprehensively address the concerns of the backbone of our economy; California’s small businesses,” said Quirk-Silva. “These reforms are forward-looking, and make sense for today’s, and tomorrow’s, economies, and give opportunities to people with entrepreneurial spirits and the will to work hard for the American dream.”

AB 1561 was referred from the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and will be heard next on the Senate floor.

AB 767, 1547, 2463, 2596, and 2687, passed the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development, on a bipartisan vote of 9 to 0 and will be heard next in the Senate Committee on Appropriations.  Quirk-Silva is also working with small business and economic development groups, such as the Orange County Business Council, to have the Small Business Assistance Expansion Program adopted through the budget.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Annual Ceremony Recognizes Bourbon Street Bar & Grill

SACRAMENTO – During California Small Business Day, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) and the California State Assembly honored small business owners Lawrence Houser and Joseph Keenan. They are the founders of Bourbon Street Bar and Grill, and have been serving the thriving hospitality industry in the Fullerton area since March of 2008.

“It is my honor to highlight small businesses, like the one owned by Larry and John of Bourbon Street. The hospitality industry is one of service and entertainment, and Larry and John have embraced this ideal” said Quirk-Silva. “This Small Business of the Year is a great place to dine and spend time, but moreover, they give back to the community. By bringing awareness and resources together for a cause like Autism, they show the spirit of community by mixing philanthropy with business.”

Lawrence Houser and Joseph Keenan wanted to bring the flavors of New Orleans to the city they lived in for over 30 years. They were very well known in the community, and wanted to use their platform in the local hospitality and entertainment for the better. Owner Lawrence Houser’s son Boyd was diagnosed with autism, and Houser and Keenan changed their annual jazz fest into an event called Mardi Gras for Autism. The event attracts over 5,000 people each year, and has over 50 autism related vendors. The event takes over the entire Fullerton Train Station Parking Lot. Furthermore, they continue to partner with the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, to provide work training for students with special needs.

Attachment: Photo with Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva and small business owners Lawrence Houser, his son Boyd, and business partner Joseph Keenan of Bourbon Street Bar and Grill in Fullerton, CA.

 

Friday, June 22, 2018

SACRAMENTOAssemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) and the California State Assembly honored Santiago Bravo of the United States Army as Veteran of the Year for Assembly District 65. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva recognized the Orange County veteran for his service in the United States Army, and his many commitments to the nation. After the tragedy of the 9/11/2001 Terrorist Attacks in New York, Santiago Bravo joined the U.S. Army in an effort to serve and support our country.

“I am honored to be the 65th Assembly District Veteran of the Year for our communities, our service members, and this great nation,” said Bravo.

“Santiago Bravo served with honor and distinction, and continues to go above and beyond with his dedication to serving the people of our Orange County community, and this great nation,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva. “Through his involvement in various local organizations, he has committed his life to helping others. This is why he deserves to be honored, and this is why I am happy to have him as a valued community resource, and as a friend.”

Santiago Bravo served in the US Army from 2003-2007, and earned the following honors: National Defense Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Iraqi Campaign Ribbon, and Presidential Unit Citation. During his service, he took part in the Global War on Terrorism – being deployed on two separate occasions. While deployed with the 4th Infantry Division, his Battalion took part in Operation Red Dawn, which led to the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. After leaving the military, Mr. Bravo created the nonprofit “The Sgt. Bravo Foundation. The foundation is committed to fighting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and traumatic brain injuries through activities such as Veteran’s Barbeques, Fishing for Therapy, and Soup for Troops. He is a member of American Legion Post 291 in Newport Beach.

 

Photo: Photos of (left to right) Jeanette Bravo (wife), 2018 Veteran of the Year Santiago Bravo, with Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

(Sacramento)  – When Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) proudly voiced her support for World Refugee Day she also urged the federal government to stop separating migrant parents from their children. “This policy is absolutely horrendous,” Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva said. “It is something that for many decades these families will live with…this is damage that will be very difficult to repair.”