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FULLERTON- Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva was proud to host the 2014 Women of Distinction event to honor exceptional women of the 65th District on March 29th with nearly 400 family members, friends and supporters. The ceremony, at Buena Park’s Walter D. Ehlers Community Recreation Center recognized the accomplishments of many outstanding women who make our community a better place to live and work.
“During Women’s History Month, I am reminded of the dedicated women who stood up for change and for the rights and opportunities that we enjoy today. From having the right to vote and serving in the United States Armed Forces, to becoming an elected official or company executive, we still face unique challenges with workplace discrimination and governmental representation. As we fight for a seat at the table and shape the future role of women in our society, we must remain vigilant on our path to equality,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva.
SACRAMENTO, CA- A bill by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D- Fullerton), Assembly Bill (AB) 1976, that would more than double the number of Competitive Cal Grants offered to students and help the California Student Aid Commission maximize their current utilization rate, passed the Assembly Higher Education committee with a unanimous vote.
“The Competitive Cal Grant is a much needed program for students; however after looking at the number of applicants compared to the number of recipients, it became clear that we must increase the grants from 20,000 to 50,000 in order to provide the opportunities needed for student access and success,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva.
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best
SACRAMENTO, CA- Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 1733, has passed out of the Assembly Health Committee with unanimous support. AB 1733, which is jointly authored by Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego), would establish a fee waiver for people experiencing homelessness that need to obtain a certified copy of their birth record from the Department of Public Health or a state identification card from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
People experiencing homelessness rely on access to government programs and social services in order to obtain housing, employment, nutrition, health services, education, public assistance and other benefits. Nearly every state and federal program providing these services require an applicant to establish eligibility by producing proof of identity and/or proof of residence. The most common documents required are a certified birth record and a valid, government-issued photo identification card.
Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva had an incredible experience while on a special tour of Boeing Co.’s F-18 Super Hornet Simulator at the Capitol. “I have much respect for those who serve and have served our nation.” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva.
FULLERTON - Over a hundred small business owners and representatives attended a “Coffee with GO-Biz” workshop to learn about resources provided by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) hosted by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-65) on Friday, March 14, 2014. The highly anticipated event took place at the scenic Fullerton Arboretum at California State University, Fullerton.
“The purpose of our small business workshop is to connect current as well as potential business owners with the information and the resources they need to keep their doors open and expand in California. Small businesses are the engine of our recovering economy and we must address the challenges that they face. When small businesses thrive, the State of California thrives." stated Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva.
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.