LATEST NEWS

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.”

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

(Sacramento) – When the California Manufacturing/Research & Development tax incentive program was created in 2013 the goal was to increase investment in good paying manufacturing and research and development jobs but ambiguities and eligibility restrictions kept the benefits from being widely and fully utilized. Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) says new legislation (AB 600) can bring the CMRD program closer to its revenue-neutral targets and attract more jobs and investment to California.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) and the California State Assembly held a special Holocaust Remembrance ceremony to honor the survivors of the Nazi horror and those who helped the victims escape and survive. “I believe we must continue to educate the next generation about the Holocaust to ensure genocide never happens again,” Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva said. She went on to recount the story of how she became friends with Leon Leyson and how, many years later, she learned he was the youngest person on Schindler’s List and the subject of the book “The Boy on a Wooden Box.”   Here’s more from Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva in this Assembly Access video.

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.”

Thursday, April 20, 2017

(Sacramento) – On April 20, 2017 Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) led the State Assembly in a special tribute to 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. He had died earlier in the week at the age of 81. "Dr. Gordon’s legacy continues to have a lasting positive impact at California State University, Fullerton, the local community and Titan family,” Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva said.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

(Sacramento) - Assembly Bill 393, authored by Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) and leaders of the California Faculty Association (CFA), has 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. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva authored AB 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. “We know that our students are not only struggling to pay their tuition, but are also struggling to pay for necessities like rent and food,” said Quirk-Silva. “This moratorium on tuition will give working class students and their families’ assurance that the cost of higher education will be within their reach.”  Those who testified on behalf of the bill included Cal-State Student Isaiah De La Cruz. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

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.