Captain Forrest Frields Honored as Veteran of the Year by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) today announced that she has named Army Captain Forrest Frields as the 2015 Veteran of the Year for the 44th Assembly District.

“It is an honor to recognize Forrest Fields for his outstanding service to the nation and out community.” said Irwin. Captain Frields is an incredible man who deserves recognition for his sacrifices and leadership both in Vietnam and at home.”

Assemblymember Irwin, Chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee presided over the ceremony as she presented the award to Capt. Frields at the Eighth Annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon in Sacramento. Captain Frields served two combat tours as an Army helicopter aviator in Vietnam from 1966 through 1972. Through his bravery and leadership, Capt. Fields earned over 25 Air Medals, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, an Air Medal for Valor, a Bronze star, and a Purple Heart.

Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin’s bills move forward

Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, has received strong bipartisan support for her bills introduced to the Assembly that would help veterans rejoin the workforce and access key services, improve community-college retention rates, address cybersecurity threats and assist disabled persons in creating savings funds.

Assembly Bill 931, also known as the “Hire a Hero Tax Credit,” increases incentives for employers who hire veterans, while AB 171 creates assistance for veterans to apply for federal benefits.

Underwood Family Farms Named “Small Business of the Year” by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin

SACRAMENTO – Whether it’s picking pumpkins in the fall or strawberries in springtime, chances are that if you grew up in Ventura County you have made some lasting childhood memories at Underwood Family Farms. This is one of the reasons why Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) today recognized Underwood Family Farms as the 44th Assembly District Small Business of the Year at the 2015 California Small Business Day in Sacramento.

Since 2000, the California State Assembly hosts “California Small Business Day” annually to honor the outstanding small businesses throughout California. “Families and agriculture are two of our top priorities in Ventura County,” said Assemblymember Irwin. “For decades, Underwood Family Farms has played an integral role in bringing the two together. A yearly visit to the farm was a family tradition when my children were young and I always look forward to my stops at the roadside stands on the weekends,” said Irwin. “I am proud to highlight Underwood Family Farms and their contribution to our community.”

Chinese Hacking of U.S. Data May Extend to Insurance Companies

SAN FRANCISCO — The same Chinese hackers who breached the records of at least four million government workers through the Office of Personnel Management appear to have been responsible for similar thefts of personal data at two major health care firms, Anthem and Premera, according to cybersecurity experts.

The multiple attacks, which began last year and were all discovered this spring, appear to mark a new era in cyberespionage with the theft of huge quantities of data and no clear motive for the hackers.

Overwhelming Bipartisan Support in Assembly for Local Assemblymember’s Legislative Priorities

SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) is pleased to announce that several major district legislative priorities have passed through the Assembly with broad bipartisan support. Highlights include bills to help veterans rejoin the workforce and access key services, improve community college success rates, allow disabled persons to save for the future, and protect Californians against cybersecurity threats.

The expansion of the “Hire a Hero Tax Credit” through Assembly Bill (AB) 931 increases incentives for employers to connect veterans with quality, high-paying jobs. Restoring funding for county veterans services, AB 171 will help veterans get the federal benefits they have earned. “This not only benefits California veterans, it benefits the California economy. Over the past two years county veterans services officers’ work has generated $546 million in new or increased federal benefits for our veterans, a return of $98 for every $1 invested,” proclaimed Irwin.

Assemblymembers Tour Oxnard Nonprofit Preschool Center

Highlight Local and Statewide Issues in Early Childhood Education for Agricultural Families

Oxnard, CA – The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) is a non-profit, community-based organization that was established in 1963 in order to serve disadvantaged individuals and families throughout California. This past Friday May 29th, Assemblymembers Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) and Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) visited the local center in Oxnard operated by the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation.

“Today I was able to witness first-hand the amazing early childhood education services MAOF provides to Oxnard families.” Said Assemblymember Irwin. “Investing in early childhood education has long-term positive results and cost savings for our State. I am grateful we have one of their preschools in our community and for their ongoing investment in our future generations.”

Community College Basic Skills Fund Championed by Assemblymember Irwin in Governor’s Budget

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) today announced that her plan to allow more community college campuses to implement innovative basic skills programs to improve student success rates has been placed into the Governor’s revised budget.

“I am very pleased to see that Governor Brown has included $60 million from Prop 98 to fund basic skills innovation in today’s budget revision,” said Assemblymember Irwin. “California has a tremendous opportunity to make this targeted one-time investment in our community college system that will have a long-term impact on the lives and success of students.”

Oxnard water might reach farmers by summer

Ventura County Star
By: Gretchen Wenner

"…Earlier this year, a simple proposal for ferrying ultrapure recycled water from a new facility to drought-stricken growers was tripped up by regulatory tangles.

But on Thursday, a meeting in Los Angeles convened by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, revived the idea and left attendees feeling positive..."