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SACRAMENTO - On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Today, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva along with fellow colleagues joined VVMF at the California State Capitol opening ceremony of The Wall That Heals exhibition.
“As Chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, I believe it is incredibly important to honor those who have made countless sacrifices for our country. It is our duty to serve our Veterans just as they have served us. The Wall That Heals not only pays respect our nation’s heroes, but we hope, also serves as a lasting memory for their families,” says Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva.
FULLERTON - On February 6, 2014, with the warm welcome of Principal Coombs, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) encouraged local students and parents at Buena Park High School to apply for financial aid either through the Cal Grant or the new Middle Class Scholarship program. Over a hundred families gathered in the room to learn more about the Financial Aid and Cal Grant programs available to them.
"With the March 2nd deadline quickly approaching, it is crucial that these students and parents receive the assistance they need in order to fill out the applications correctly and submitted on time. Every year we see so much financial assistance left on the table and we want to make sure that our constituents receive the resources to help guide them to a better future. As a teacher for 27 years, I am a firm believer that if we invest our time and efforts in our students, the State of California will have a brighter future,” said Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva.
(Buena Park, CA) - Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) hosted a hearing of the Select Committee on Jobs for the New Economy recently in the Buena Park City Hall Chambers to discuss the business climate in Orange County. Over 50 business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs filled the room. “The purpose of this hearing is to connect local businesses with information and resources to assist them in keeping their doors open and expanding their businesses in California. This is one of my top priorities,” stated Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
AB 1102 is moving to the Senate for Consideration
SACRAMENTO, CA- Assembly Bill (AB) 1102 passed the Assembly Floor today with bipartisan support. Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), a joint author of the legislation spoke to the significance of today’s vote.
“It is hard to imagine the Orange County Coast without fire rings on the beach, an activity that all can enjoy. While I sympathize with the need to reduce pollution in Orange County, the community must support any action to address this need. We must work collaboratively to protect our beautiful resources.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), Chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, introduced legislation that would direct the California Department of Veteran Affairs to establish a Southern California Veterans Cemetery.
“I am very excited and honored to work with community stakeholders and Orange County veterans toward advancing efforts for establishing such an important and historic project within our community. This is the right thing to do for the over 130,000 veterans in Orange County who have bravely served our nation,” stated Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva.
SACRAMENTO, CA- Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) provided a statement regarding the 2014-2015 State Budget today, applauding the Governor for ensuring California’s Cal Grant Program will continue to help students realize their dream of a higher education.
Changes enacted in the 2011 budget require Cal Grant recipients applying for renewals to meet income and asset requirements that previously were only required when they first applied. Nearly 20,000 students have lost eligibility as a result of this new requirement, 1,218 of whom lost their Cal Grant eligibility because their earnings grew by less than $1,000.
(Fullerton, CA) - Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva honored over 80 veterans at her 2013 Hometown Heroes event at the Fullerton Community Center. Veterans from wars as early as World War II to more recent conflicts, as well as their families and community leaders were there to honor the American heroes. “Veterans Day is the one day of the year dedicated to thanking the men and women who have made countless sacrifices for our country,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva. “Spending time with these brave service members has renewed my commitment to ensuring that we take the time to support our veterans in the legislature to further improve their quality of life upon returning from abroad.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO – Statement from Assemblywoman Sharon-Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) in response to the Assembly Speaker’s announcement of new committee chair appointments:
“I am very excited and honored to be given this opportunity to chair the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, which oversees various policy issues affecting the Cal-Vet loan program, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Guard, State military, and Veterans.
Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva honoring Cal State Fullerton student and army veteran Miguel Fortini at the Hometown Heroes event.
Fullerton, CA - Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva honored over 80 veterans at her 2013 Hometown Heroes event last Friday, at the Fullerton Community Center. Attendees included local veterans, from wars as early as World War II to more recent conflicts, as well as their families, and community leaders.
Fullerton, CA- Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and the California Assembly Higher Education Committee held a special oversight hearing yesterday, at Fullerton College to discuss ways to improve transfer rates from community colleges to universities.
“It was a pleasure to co-host the hearing with Chair and Assemblymember, Das Williams (AD-37). As a graduate of the public higher education system and a transfer student myself, I understand the need to enact policies that ease the process of transferring so the students’ education is seamless as they move forward to obtain a college degree,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva.