Bills to help veterans get jobs should become law

As Labor Day nears, California’s legislature is considering bills to help veterans returning home from active duty rejoin the workforce.

California is home to a growing population of more than 1.8 million veterans. With overseas operations in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down and more troops headed home, the number of veterans seeking jobs in California will continue to rise.

Cyber War 2020

In the wake of several high-profile online security breaches — specifically, in recent memory, attacks that exposed vulnerabilities of the security systems of both federal and private networks — State Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, convened two panels in July to examine actions being taken to prevent future security breaches.

Officials from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services and the California Military Department and various policy experts were invited to be panelists.

Transitions to the Future K-12 Resource Fair

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, over 1,400 students and parents gathered at the Oxnard Police Activities League (PAL) gymnasium to take part in a K-12 Resource Fair. Participants met with educators, apprenticeship programs, health services, afterschool recreation programs, referral resources, vocational programs and trade schools. In all, over 700 backpacks filled with school supplies were given to elementary aged youth.

Funds approved for freeway memorial to deputy killed in line of duty

Funding is in place to install memorial signs dedicating a section of the 101 Freeway in Camarillo to a deputy killed by a drunk driver last year. Now it's up to Caltrans to determine when the signs will be installed.

Officials estimated the cost of the project at around $7,000. Since then, Camarillo, Ventura County and an organization representing Ventura County deputies have stepped up to pay for the memorial to Ventura County Sheriff's Dep. Eugene Kostiuchenko, who was struck and killed on the freeway near Lewis Road last October.

Assemblymember Irwin Applauds Victory for Recycled Water Pipeline for Ventura County Agriculture

Los Angeles, CA – After months of coordination and mediation among stakeholders, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D – Thousand Oaks) is pleased to announce that the Los Angeles Water Quality Control Board has unanimously approved the usage of a salinity pipeline to bring recycled water to Oxnard farmers.

All five board members spoke out in favor of approving the permit amendments before voting unanimously to allow the project to move forward. “Over the past few months I have been working directly with the board and agencies in Ventura County and I am pleased to say that we have successfully established common ground, and forged a better path forward. I thank the board and other partners for making this effort a success,” said Assemblymember Irwin in a statement read at the meeting.

Irwin Leads Cybersecurity Hearing that Considers Public Safety and National Security

(Sacramento, CA) – The series of high-profile cyberattacks on both private and public networks has demonstrated the growing risk to our most important societal systems, our critical infrastructure sectors. In the interests of public safety, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) convened a hearing that featured two panels: one to examine the actions being taken by State government, and one to weigh input from the private sector.  To start off the hearing Chairwoman Irwin made her intention clear, “This issue needs to become a priority so that it is a consideration in all policy discussions and not ignored in future state budgets.”

Panelists included officials from the Office of Emergency Services and the California Military Department; policy experts with federal backgrounds; and representatives from the electric utility and telecommunications sectors. “Currently in cybersecurity there tends to be an emphasis on simply responding to threats after the damage is already done,” said Davis Hake, a former cybersecurity advisor in the Obama Administration.

Oxnard hopes plan to send recycled water to farmers gets OK Thursday

OXNARD, Calif. - Farmers could hook up to Oxnard’s recycled water output this summer if a proposal to temporarily use another agency’s pipeline is approved by regulators this week…

That the plan got to the board at all is credited to the efforts of Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, the Thousand Oaks Democrat. Irwin got the parties to sit down together in April after the idea initially fizzled because of permitting clashes.