Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin Announces Legislative Package focusing on Improving Veterans Employment

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) introduced Assembly Bill 930 and Assembly Bill 931, two bills which aim to improve employment opportunities for California’s veteran population. AB 930, a bill joint-authored by Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), will codify and expand the successful Work for Warriors program currently operated by the California Military Department. AB 931 will broaden the group of veterans eligible for the new hiring tax credit created in 2013.

“As Chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, I am mindful of the challenges faced by Veterans in securing gainful employment once their service has concluded,” said Assemblywoman Irwin. “AB 930 will expand Work for Warriors to all current and former members of the Armed Services, as well as their spouses and dependents. This bill will also facilitate a partnership with the Employment Development Department to provide continued efficiency in helping connect unemployed veterans with jobs.” Work for Warriors is the most efficient Veteran job placement program in the country with a per placement cost of less than $650 and has placed nearly 4000 veterans to in less than three years.

Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin and Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announce Legislation to Increase Transparency and Accountability for Commercial Charitable Fundraisers

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) introduced Assembly Bill 556 to uphold consumer confidence in charitable giving. The measure is sponsored by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. Specifically, the bill closes a loophole in the law regarding commercial fundraisers who raise money on behalf of nonprofit organizations and extends a 10-year statute of limitations to include commercial fundraisers and other third parties who aid and abet charity misconduct.

“As a city councilmember and board member of local nonprofits in Ventura County, I saw the enormous positive impact that charities have on our communities,” said Assemblywoman Irwin. “AB 556 will help keep bad behavior by a few from undermining the confidence that Californians have in the more than 70,000 active nonprofit organizations doing great work in California. I commend Attorney General Kamala Harris for her work on this issue and look forward to working with her on AB 556.”

Assemblymember Irwin Introduces Bill to Help People with Disabilities Save Money for Future Needs

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) introduced Assembly Bill 449 to help people with disabilities save for the future. AB 449, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, allows people with disabilities to open special accounts where they can save without risking eligibility for Social Security and other government programs. ABLE accounts are similar to the widely used 529 education savings plan but would be used for disability related expenses.

“AB 449 provides people with disabilities a path to employment and greater independence and dignity,” said Assemblymember Irwin. “The costs of caring and providing for someone with disabilities can be enormous. This bill will give families and individuals a tool to save money to support the needs of people with disabilities.”

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin Appointed Chair of Select Committee on Cybersecurity

Will Examine California’s Role in Addressing Cybersecurity Threats

Sacramento—Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) has been appointed by Speaker Toni G. Atkins as chair of the Select Committee on Cybersecurity. The committee was created in light of recent cyber security threats that have left millions of Americans at risk of identity theft. As chair of the committee, Irwin recently joined President Obama and other national leaders at the White House’s Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection to address California’s role in preventing and responding to security threats.

“Cybersecurity is an issue of rapidly growing importance and I believe the State bears a responsibility to address the rising threat of cyber-attacks,” said Assemblymember Irwin. “In light of the recent attacks on Sony and Anthem, it is clear that this issue affects all citizens and will continue to be a matter of public safety.”

Irwin Appointed to Commission on the Status of Women and Girls

Assemblymember also set to serve on State Public Works Board, Inter-Agency Council on Vets, Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) today announced her appointment to the State Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.  Irwin was appointed by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins to the Commission, a nonpartisan state agency that works to promote equality and justice for all women and girls in California

“Women have clearly come a long way, but there is still much work to be done,” said Assemblymember Irwin.  “It is an honor to serve on this Commission as an advocate for economic justice, educational equality, access to health care and many other critical issues affecting women and girls.”

Thousand Oaks water treatment plant marks renewable energy milestone

Ventura County Star

About four years ago, the City Council challenged the treatment plant to become completely self-sufficient, a vision of former Councilwoman Jacqui Irwin.

The superintendent of the plant, Chuck Rogers, remembers accepting that challenge.

“(Irwin) asked, ‘Can we get to 100 percent?’ and somewhat of my naiveté ... I said yes,” Rogers recalled.

Martin Luther King Jr. march in Oxnard draws more than 1,000 people

Ventura County Star

Among the politicians gathered at the Freedom March were Congresswoman Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village; State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara; Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara; and Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks; as well Ventura County Supervisors Kathy Long, John Zaragoza and Steve Bennett.

Assemblymember Irwin Announces $2 million in Tax Credits Awarded to Local Businesses

Over $20 Million Awarded Statewide

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) today announced that $2 million in tax credits was awarded to Oasis Technology, Inc. a computer systems design & consulting services firm in Camarillo, CA.  With the support of the tax credit, Oasis will add 357 additional full time employees in Assembly District 44 through the California Competes Tax Credit program.

“I would like to congratulate Oasis Technology on receiving this California Competes Tax Credit award. Our region will benefit tremendously from the additional full time jobs. Our hope is that this program continues to lead to job growth in California.”

Saluting Our Scouts

Thousand Oaks Acorn

United Methodist Church has chartered Troop 716 since its inception 51 years ago. Andrew was recognized by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks.