Press Releases

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

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

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.”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Taehoon Ku, Deputy General Consul, Los Angeles (left), Jimin Kim, Deputy General Consul, San Francisco (middle), and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (right) with resolution commemorating the 155th Anniversary of Korean American Day.

SACRAMENTOAssemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D – Orange County) made the following statement today on the Assembly floor in commemoration of Korean American Day:

“Assembly Concurrent Resolution 144 speaks to the proud and rich history of a people in search of opportunity, and the freedoms America presents, to those who want to make a better life for their families and children. Orange County is emblematic of that journey as the vast majority of Koreans in Orange County are foreign born,” said Quirk-Silva. “Korean-Americans have become an integral part of mainstream American society, and have made important contributions as Californians in the field of finance, technology, law, medicine, education, sports, the media, the arts, the military, and also government.”

Friday, January 12, 2018

 

Governor Brown, Leland Wilson, and Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva tour Fullerton Fox Theatre in October, 2017

FULLERTON - Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) announces the inclusion of $2.5 million in funding from the California state budget proposal of 2018-19. These funds are to be used for the restoration of the historic Fox Theatre in Fullerton.

“Since I went to see matinees there as a child, I have always been a fan, and supporter, of the Fox Theatre,” said Quirk-Silva. “It is with pride, and respect, for the history and people of Fullerton, that I worked to provide support for the efforts of so many people devoted to restoring an important landmark. Families will soon have a place to be entertained and spend quality time together inside a part of Orange County history.”

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D – Orange County) released the following statement after Gov. Jerry Brown released his initial budget proposal:

“The state’s ‘rainy day reserve,’ as proposed, is now at $13.5 billion,” said Quirk-Silva. “This prudent spending is vital for the California economy. Nonetheless, we need to ensure that these tax dollars continue to come back to the people of Orange County.”

“As a teacher for over 20 years, I know that the investments made in education will help Californians find the opportunities they deserve. I applaud the funding increases included in the proposed budget for K-12 schools, as well as higher education.”

The 2018 Budget proposes an ongoing increase of the $200 million Proposition 98 General Fund to establish a K-12 specific component of the Strong Workforce Program to encourage the establishment and support of K-12 CTE programs that are aligned with needed industry skills. This year, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva joined with fellow legislators to introduce Assembly Bill 1743 (AB 1743) to continue funding for K-12 career technical education (CTE) through an extension of the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) Program. These legislative efforts have resulted in funds proposed in the 2018 state budget.