Press Release

Friday, February 16, 2018

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

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.

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.

Friday, February 2, 2018

(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D–Orange County) introduced House Resolution 74, which proclaims Jan. 29, 2018 to Feb. 4, 2018 as California Girls and Women in Sports Week, to the State Assembly on behalf of the Legislative Women's Caucus. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva lauded the impression high school sports had on her work ethic. “It taught you discipline. I wasn’t a winner.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

(Sacramento, CA)Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Orange County), as a member of the California Assembly Committee on Higher Education, engaged in the oversight hearing on the University of California Board of Regents fact-finding review. Today, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva calls on the UC Regents to focus on students, and use its funding more efficiently, in light of the UC Office of the President’s history of fiscal mismanagement that included lavish spending and a secret $174 million reserve fund.

This year, a proposal being considered by the UC Regents would increase in-state tuition by $342, or 2.7% for 2018-19. It follows a $336 tuition increase imposed by the Regents last year.  Last week, following outcry from students, parents and elected leaders, the Regents postponed a vote on the tuition increase until their meeting in May.

“Significant structural reforms to both the UC Board of Regent and Office of the President are required to improve accountability, reduce bloated budgets, and restore credibility,” said Quirk-Silva. “California students and hard-working families deserve better financial management from our prestigious educational system, and not tuition hikes.”

An April 2017 report by the State Auditor revealed that the UC Office of the President used misleading budget practices, paid extraordinarily generous salaries and interfered with investigators. The Auditor also reported that the Office of the President had spent more than $2 million on wasteful items like theatre tickets, luxury hotels and limo rides. Furthermore, the UC Office of the President admits to wrongfully interfering with an audit called by the state legislature.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) has moved her California Economic Improvement Plan through the California State Assembly. The plan consists of 5 bills that have passed without opposing votes are: Assembly Bill 767 (AB 767), AB 1547, AB 1552, AB 1561, and AB 1715. This package of bills will next be heard in the committees of the State Senate.

The Assemblywoman has been hard at work for Orange County during her second year of the legislative session; working across the aisle with Republican colleagues, holding informational hearings, and discussing the importance of a prudent state economy, and job creation for the state of California. This package of  bills represent the concerted efforts of Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva, and the Jobs Committee, to support small businesses and job development in California. This entire package of bills passed the Assembly floor without a single “no” vote.

“Collectively, these bills form my California Economic Improvement Plan to support small businesses, bolster job creation, improve economic stability, and cut any red tape that might hinder business from accessing beneficial programs,” said Quirk-Silva. “As the 6th largest economy in the world, California will remain competitive as a national and global leader by supporting small businesses, job growth, and the infrastructure on which it relies.”

Thursday, January 25, 2018

(Sacramento)  – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) gave a top grade to Governor Jerry Brown for his 16th and final State of the State address. “I love that the Governor ended on a very uplifting note about dreaming and DREAMers,” Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva said. “I love that he noted that we still need hope and faith.”