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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva

Returning to her roots to educate.

From hosting Teleconference Town Halls and blood drives to dropping off food and thanking first responders, Assemblymember Sharon Quirk Silva demonstrates her “pitch in where you’re needed” approach to lifting up her communities. And she offers a very special skill!

She draws on her 30 years of teaching to share lessons and read stories for families who need assistance in home learning. Whether the topic is gardening, manners or the capitol, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva provides parents and children with a small break from COVID-19 and a reminder that learning enriches.

Friday, May 15, 2020

The journey to realizing the dream of an Orange County Veterans Cemetery feels longer and windier than the yellow brick road in the Wizard of Oz. With the Irvine City Council’s adoption of a voter submitted plan for a specific site in the Great Park, the veteran cemetery is now slated to be built at the original location chosen seven years ago. The Irvine City Council vote ends a contentious initiative battle between the Irvine City Council and residents of Irvine.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Local California State Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva hosted a COVID-19 teleconference on April 2 to respond to questions submitted by constituents. 71 participants dialed in to hear answers to some of the 160 questions her office received. Questions not included on the call would be answered by phone or email after the call. In addition, her office is fully staffed to answer questions by phone at 714-525-6515.

Quirk-Silva provided a summary of updates from the governor’s daily briefings. She said there is a 90-day hold on Medical renewals and Covered California enrollment has been extended until June 30. Sales tax payments are delayed for small businesses and micro-loans will be available from the state for businesses that do not qualify for the federal small business loan program. She recommended visiting treasurer.ca.gov and calchamber.com to find resources available for small businesses.

Monday, March 30, 2020

There are eight state lawmakers: Richard Bloom, David Chiu, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Scott Wiener, Buffy Wicks, Lorena Gonzalez, Rob Bonta, and Mark Stone, who comprise the California Legislative COVID-19 Housing & Homelessness Urgent Action Group. In support of the Reclaimers, the lawmakers sent a letter to Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom asking him to make available the vacant Caltrans homes to people who are homeless or living in inadequate abodes.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

With families across OC and the state losing jobs and income from public health shutdowns, officials say those who can pay property taxes by the April 10 deadline are still required to, while people who are facing hardship from coronavirus and its related closures can request a waiver of late penalties.

County tax officials are expecting about $2 billion dollars in April, which largely finances local cities, school districts and county government operations. Another installment of taxes are due in December.

A host of landlords across the region are also facing critical cash shortfalls as their renters are experiencing virus-related layoffs or work cutbacks, and in turn are avoiding rent payments as local cities move toward eviction bans.

Monday, March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update: the State of California is leasing two hospitals to increase availability of beds for COVID-19 patients.‬ ‪California also received shipment of medical personal protective equipment and medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile.‬

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Diverse Education: Why California's First Online Community College Faces a State Office 

“When Brown proposed Calbright I had initial concerns,” said Quirk-Silva, who was a teacher in the Fullerton School District for 30 years and was first elected to the California State Assembly in 2012. “I knew we had a fairly robust online program within each community college. Not only that, but if there were courses that were not being offered online for students at one college, they could take them at another college because we had voted on that.”

Quirk-Silva said she tried to be optimistic as the legislation was passed and signed into law and the allocation of funds was made. She met Calbright administrators who assured her there would be robust programming. Hearing that Hiles had resigned was a red flag. Then, hearing enrollment numbers was another red flag.