Press Releases

Friday, May 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Prior to the start of Memorial Day weekend, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) made the following statement on the inclusion of a $30 million allocation of funds in the 2017 California State Budget Report for an Orange County Veterans Cemetery.

Friday, May 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO - Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva hosted California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in Orange County, where they held a media availability immediately after a private tour of proposed sites for a new state veterans cemetery in Irvine. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva and Governor Brown also met with local officials and community groups.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

(Sacramento, CA) – Orange County Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, a member of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, today became the first legislator to call on University of California President Janet Napolitano to resign her post, citing a lack of confidence in Napolitano’s leadership.

Monday, May 8, 2017

(Sacramento) – Today, on the floor of the State Assembly, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva paid a special tribute to the thousands of law enforcement officials across this state in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

UC hid $175 million from the public eye and from their own governing board, even as they raised tuition on California students.

(Sacramento) – After the state auditor uncovered $175 million reserve held by the administration of the University of California, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (Orange County), Members of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, the Assembly Higher Education Committee and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee participated in a joint hearing to discuss the recent state audit of the University of California (UC) 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.”

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.”