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Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Holds Press Conference on Vaccine Distribution within Orange County Communities

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Holds Press Conference on Vaccine Distribution within Orange County Communities

FULLERTON –Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D- Orange County) held a press conference at Richman Community Center with County of Orange Board of Supervisor, Vice Chair, Doug Chaffee (D – Fullerton) and local elected officials and community leaders to address the vaccine distribution within Orange County.

A few of the following members that participated in the press conference joined us from throughout North Orange County including Buena Park Mayor Connor Traut, Fullerton Councilmember Jesus Silva, Cypress Councilwoman Francis Marquez, Centralia School Board President Elizabeth Gonzalez, Anaheim Union High School District Board Member Al Jabbar, and community leaders to address the concerns about vaccine distribution to underserved regions and efforts on making the vaccine distribution more accessible for our community members.

“As we know many of our hard hit communities are in our underserved Latinx and ethnic community regions of Orange County lacking availability to vaccine distribution PODs,” said Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva. “With our LatinX community dying at a rate of 3-1, we must address the ongoing issues our community faces.”

Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Held an Informational Hearing on Safely Reopening California’s Arts Venues

Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Held an Informational Hearing on Safely Reopening California’s Arts Venues

SACRAMENTO, CAAssemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Fullerton) Chair of the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media held an informational hearing to discuss the best practices for safely reopening California’s arts and entertainment venues as they continue to face the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we know, the arts, culture, and creative economy sectors have been among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.  Today’s hearing provided a forum for museums, galleries and performance venues to share with the Legislature their experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, including the impact of stay at home orders on their businesses, staff and artists themselves.

“I am thankful to have the opportunity to bring our industry leaders and committee together to speak about California’s art and entertainment needs for increased funding and guidelines to return safely and responsibly,” said Committee Chair Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva. “We must ensure that our California Recovery will not be without our creative and artistic industries that bring vibrancy to our State’s economy.

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Appointed to Assembly Committee on Education

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Appointed to Assembly Committee on Education

FULLERTON, CA –Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Fullerton) was appointed as the newest member of the California Assembly Committee on Education. The Assemblywoman was appointed today by Speaker of the Assembly, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon.

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Response to Governor Newsom’s Budget Proposal

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Response to Governor Newsom’s Budget Proposal

FULLERTON, CAAssemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Fullerton) is optimistic of Governor Newsom’s proposed budget plan announced today to spend $227.2 billion that provides funding for immediate COVID-19 response and relief efforts in the state’s budget to help all Californians.  As the legislature returns back to the Capitol next week, the budget will be one of the top priorities for the 2021 legislative session.

Governor Newsom 2021-22 budget proposes includes the following:

  • $372 Million Set Aside for COVID-19 Vaccinations to expedite the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations

  • $2 billion targeted specifically to support and accelerate safe returns to in-person instruction starting in February, with priority for returning the youngest children.

  • Proposing a record investment for public schools; including $4.6 Billion for extending learning time, $400 million for school-based mental health services, and $3.8 billion additional education funds above Proposition 98 guarantee funding

  • $1.75 billion for homelessness programs, including purchases of additional motels, short-term community mental health facilities, and senior housing.

  • $44 Million for Childcare

  • $1.1 billion immediate relief for small businesses

  • More than $600 million in business tax credits and sales tax exclusions

  • $353 million for workforce development programs

  • $1 billion to support a coordinated forest health and fire prevention strategy.

  • Five percent reduction in state operations expenditures.

“As Californians, we have an obligation to provide crucial support for our residents who are struggling to stay afloat,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva. “As a legislature we must address the urgent concerns facing our most vulnerable communities. I believe that this Budget Proposal is a great start in our efforts to help us provide vital assistance for our working class Californians who are in need of help during this most critical time.”

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Honors the Life of Tommy Lasorda

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Honors the Life of Tommy Lasorda

FULLERTON, CA –Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D – Fullerton) honors Hall of Fame Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Lifelong Fullerton resident, Tommy Lasorda.  Mr. Lasorda, who has passed away at the age of 93, suffered a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at his home.