Press Releases

Friday, September 25, 2020

Governor Signs Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva’s Mental Health Services Bill

Today the Governor signed Assembly Bill 2265 (AB 2265), which will authorize counties to use Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds to treat people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Appointed Chair of the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) has been appointed, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media. This is a victory for the district, as the Assemblywoman has an abundance of amusement parks, entertainment, sports, beaches, and tourism around her district.

“I am thrilled to be the chair of this dynamic committee, as Orange County is booming with entertainment,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva. “The district and county host prominent attractions that contribute significantly to our economy, such as Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland, California Adventure, Downtown Disney, the Honda Center, and many more. I would like to thank the Speaker for appointing me to such an important committee.”

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Supports Key Legislation During the End of Session

Sacramento, CA - As California faced uncertainty during this global pandemic, looming economic recession, and destructive wildfires, Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) returned to the Capitol for the end of session. The California Legislature focused on moving forward crucial legislation that will provide critical support to our most vulnerable populations during this time of crisis.

A number of key legislative and budget priorities she helped move forward to improve the lives of her constituents of the 65th Assembly District and Californians include:

  • Authoring AB 2265 to treat mental health issues and substance use disorders.

  • Expanding housing for people experiencing homelessness through Project Homekey.

  • Enhancing economic recovery through tax relief for small businesses, expanding earned Income Tax Credit, and easier access to health care coverage.

  • Protecting our frontline workers through appropriate protective gear, expanding paid-leave, and worker compensation protections.

  • Protecting employees to enhance safe workplaces to reopen safely.

  • Funding for K-12 schools to improve distance learning and address achievement gaps. 

  • Investing in wildfire protection and response, as well as emergency response during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Even though the legislative session in Sacramento is over, it does not mean my work is done, I will continue fighting for the needs of constituents in AD 65,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva. “It’s been a tough year. There will be people who can’t recover from not working, and are on the brink of losing everything. These are the people I will continue to help and support.”

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Legislative EDD Letter to Governor Newsom 

I along with over sixty California lawmakers sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom today advocating for immediate and structural reforms at the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD).

Throughout the pandemic, EDD has displayed a appalling inability to disperse unemployment benefits as millions of Californians struggle without benefits or income. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Assembly District 65 Youth Present Powerful Voices through Art

Sacramento, CA - Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) announced the winners of the art contest yesterday which  focused on creating an art poster to help raise awareness of the California Department of Public Health's recommended guidelines of wearing a facial mask in public. The contest was open to youth ages 8 through 17 who reside in the 65th Assembly District.

"COVID-19 has affected everyone in our state.  Wearing a mask is one of the most important things we can do as a community to help fight this pandemic," said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva.  "This was an opportunity for our youth to be creative, help spread an important message, and to be a part of raising awareness for our community," said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Announces $221,210 for Orange County from the Housing Navigators Program

Orange County: Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Fullerton) is proud to announce that Orange County will be receiving funding to support young adults, between the ages of 18 and 21, to secure and maintain housing, with priority given to young adults in the foster care system.  

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Releases Statement on Orange County Schools Reopening in the Fall

(Orange County): Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Fullerton) released the following statement on Orange County schools reopening in the Fall:

As a former teacher I am concerned with the guidelines put forth by the Orange County Board of Education to reopen schools in the fall without implementing safety precautions.