Tuesday, March 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Orange County), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, joined with Assemblymember Philip Ting (D – San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion (ACTIP) convened an informational hearing to examine trade and investment activities between California and the People's Republic of China.

“Today's hearing is the 6th in a series of informational hearings being held by the Assembly Jobs Committee to examine the state's economy; including issues surrounding California competitiveness, upward mobility, entrepreneurship, and the future of work,” said Quirk-Silva. “At a time when the current federal administration has repeatedly referred to ‘unfair trade deals’ and strained California’s economic partnership with China, we wanted to take a level-headed approach to discussions on how to foster mutually beneficial trade and investment strategies. California must maintain worker competitiveness and bolster opportunities for Californian businesses.”

Monday, March 12, 2018

Annual Ceremony held in recognition of Women’s History Month

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) and the California State Assembly honored Jo-Anne Prophete Matsuba as the 65th Assembly District Woman of the Year 2018. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva recognized the Orange County leader for her community involvement during the annual Assembly Floor ceremony.

“Jo-Anne Prophete Matsuba exemplifies the true spirit of community, by reaching out to everyone in need as a neighbor, and a friend” said Quirk-Silva. “I am proud to recognize Jo-Anne for her overarching influence on, and service for, so many families in California. This award is one simple gesture to show gratitude for all of her efforts, and I am proud to recognize her remarkable accomplishments for Orange County.”

Jo-Anne Prophete Matsuba and her husband Howard began their lives together when Jo-Anne was working as a critical care nurse.  They have lived in Fullerton for the past 25 years and raised their two daughters, Stephanie and Michelle. Last year Jo-Anne completed 3 years as a member of the St. Juliana Consultative School Board, and is a long time member of the St. Juliana Choir.

“My Haitian born parents always taught us to give thanks to God for our blessings, and to give back,” said Matsuba. “My hope is that by helping others, in any small way, I will instill that same charitable spirit in my daughters.”

Friday, March 2, 2018

Proud to introduce in the Assembly Chambers representatives from The Orange County Water District & Orange County Sanitation District Celebrating their 10th Anniversary of the Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System.

Vicente Sarmiento, OCWD Board Member and Santa Ana Council member

Mike Markus, OCWD General Manager

David Shawver, Mayor for the City of Stanton

John Withers, representing Irvine Ranch Water District

Thursday, March 1, 2018

(Sacramento) – In her Assembly Floor remarks supporting House Resolution 78, which recognizes March 2, 2018 as Read Across America Day, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D–Orange County) highlighted the importance of parents reading to young children. “The simplest way to teach your child to read is by reading to them,” Quirk-Silva said. “When you read to them, when you sing to them, when you talk to them – which is actually the campaign for First 5 [California] – that is how your children learn to read.” 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Resolution introduced to Honor California’s Colonel Young Oak Kim, United States Army

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D – Orange County) introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 188 (ACR 188), which would designate a specified portion of Interstate 5 in Orange County as the Colonel Young Oak Kim, United States Army, Memorial Highway. The measure would also request the California Department of Transportation place signs along the highway showing this special designation. The cost of the signs that memorialize the Korean American Colonel will be covered by donations from non-state sources.

“Colonel Young Oak Kim is a hero, in not only American History, but in World History. He holds a special place in the Korean American community of California from which he was born,” said Quirk-Silva. “This memorial will celebrate his heroic efforts in the U.S. Army’s 100th Infantry Battalion, and his life as a champion of human rights; serving underprivileged, and minority populations. My office will continue to work with the Korean American communities in Orange County, Los Angeles County, and greater California to memorialize the life a great hero. This memorial is just one simple move to remind us of the valor and work of Colonel Young Oak Kim, and all veterans.”

Thursday, February 22, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D – Orange County) released the following statement after the resignation of California State Senator Tony Mendoza (D – Artesia). Earlier this week, an outside investigation found that the Los Angeles County Senator had engaged in a pattern of unwanted “sexually suggestive” behavior toward six women, including his subordinates, while serving in the State Assembly and Senate.

“As legislators, we must ensure that the Capitol is a professional and safe place for our employees, and the people who visit here,” said Quirk-Silva. “Sexual harassment often has to do with power; it is intimidation, discrimination, and bullying that cannot be tolerated. Transgressions deemed valid by independent investigations certainly should not be excused. In that context, it was proper that Senator Mendoza resigned.”

In lieu of recent events, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva has taken the opportunity to offer the services of her State office in addressing the needs of constituents. Those constituents that live in the Buena Park area are encouraged to contact Quirk-Silva’s district office in regards to any state government related issues.

For more information or assistance, call (714) 521-6505.

Friday, February 16, 2018

(Sacramento) – With the passage of House Resolution 77 Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D–Orange County) and the State Assembly declared February 11-17, 2018 as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Week in California. The resolution points out the tax credit program is one of the most effective tools to lift working families, and children, out of poverty.

Friday, February 16, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva presenting House Resolution 77, which recognizes California Earned Income Tax Credit Week

Thursday, February 8, 2018

(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) presented Assembly Concurrent Resolution 157 to the California State Assembly to commend South Korea for hosting the 23rd Olympic Winter Games and the 12th Paralympic Winter Games. “The purpose of the Olympics and the Paralympic Games is to promote peace and unity in the international community through sports,” Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva told her fellow lawmakers. Here’s more on ACR 157 and on the story of a young Olympian from Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva’s district in this Assembly Access video.