Interview with Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva

Interview with Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva

Today we are happy to have California Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva who represents the 65th Assembly District, which includes portions of northern Orange County. She talked about helping to open up Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm, and the opening up of the economy in her district. She also discusses her bills for the session including specific funding for projects in her district and priorities for helping build more housing stock and reminding homelessness. Finally, we discuss her role as Chair of the Assembly Arts Committee and the opening up of venues across her district and California.

October 11, 2021

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Interview with Asm. Sharon Quirk-Silva

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This week we have Assembly Sharon Quirk-Silva of the 65th assembly district. The 65th covers northern Orange county centered around the city of Fullerton, and also includes the amusement parks Knott’s Berry Farms and Disneyland. We begin by discussing the events in Washington, D.C. on January 6th, with her calling it “an assault on democracy,” reminding her of the 2019 anti-vaxxer protest but assuring us that democracy will prevail. We then discuss her budget priorities for 2021, including covid and vaccine distribution, the internet and the digital divide, and housing and homelessness. Her housing and homelessness focus will also be combined with mental health access and a focus on early treatment. As a former teacher married to a current teacher she will also be working on hybrid learning to return students to the classroom in a safe manner. She is the new chair of the Assembly Arts and Entertainment Committee so we also discuss the plans to safely reopen theme parks in California.

January 15, 2021

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This week Jarhett is joined by Calfornia State Senator Andreas Borgeas (SD8) and Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (AD65). Senator Andreas Borgeas discusses how Covid-19 has changed the legislative experience, and how well his staff has responded to help constituents, the need to take the virus seriously with tracing, resources and testing. He talks about his journey to the Senate, from international affairs to local government. They then discuss the California budget, it’s focus on Covid-19 and the business climate, his bill offering business protections against COVID related illnesses, as long as they follow guidelines, the idea that the Central Valley needs to work together to be heard in Sacramento, and the need to rebuild infrastructure in California.

Then at 31:40, Assemblymember Quirk-Silva joins Jarhett to discuss Covid-19 and the new reality of working from home. They touch on protests and she relates this week to her time dealing with protests while on the Fullerton City Council. That led to a discussion of her journey to the Assembly, and her views on the budget. She explains why her focus is on combining mental health and addiction treatment, stabilizing mobile home rents and childcare payments. Finally they finish talking about CDE guidelines for school reopening, and why her time as an educator gives her some doubt as to their viability.

June 5, 2020

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