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Thursday, April 12, 2018

By Becca Whitnall for the Thousand Oaks Acorn

A bill making its way through the state Legislature could restore redevelopment agencies in the name of addressing California’s housing crisis.

Assembly Bill 3037, dubbed the Redevelopment Law of 2018 and backed by local Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Camarillo), would reestablish the city-controlled agencies with new restrictions to prevent the graft and abuse that helped hasten their demise.

 “As mayor of Thousand Oaks, I saw how redevelopment agencies directly benefited local communities,” Irwin said. “From 2000 to 2010, we received an annual average of $19.24 million to build affordable housing and spur economic development.”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

By Sonia Fernandez in The UCSB Current

California Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin tours UCSB’s Wilcox New Innovation Incubator and other facilities funded by AB 2664.

Long recognized as fertile ground for entrepreneurship and innovation, UC Santa Barbara now has a space dedicated to the sharing of ideas and resources to cultivate the next generation of tech startups.

Wilcox New Innovation Incubator, located on the ground floor of UCSB’s Mosher Alumni House, is the result of a collaboration between the campus’s Technology Management Program (TMP) and Alumni Affairs. It was funded in part by Assembly Bill 2664, University of California: Innovation and Entrepreneurial Expansion.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thousand Oaks Acorn Staff Report

Two well-known community members were honored this week with recognition from their state legislators.

Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Jill Lederer and Conejo Valley school board trustee Betsy Connolly—both Thousand Oaks residents—have each been named Woman of the Year.

Lederer, a longtime business leader, was bestowed the honor by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin for her District 44. Lederer and Irwin have a long history dating back to Irwin’s time on the Thousand Oaks City Council.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

By Tyler Hersko in The Ventura County Star

Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin has honored longtime Ventura County business leader Jill Lederer as Irwin’s 2018 Assembly District 44 Woman of the Year.

The annual “Woman of the Year” celebration was held at the state Capitol in Sacramento as part of Women’s History Month on Monday.

Lederer, CEO of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, is a longtime member of Ventura County’s business community. Her chamber has received a five-star accreditation rating from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during Lederer’s tenure, one of only six chambers in California to earn this ranking.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

As published in the Ventura County Star.

CompTIA, a technology association, presented Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, with the 2018 CompTIA California Tech Champion Award, citing consistent leadership and support of the technology industry in the California Legislature.

This past year, Irwin was instrumental in promoting thoughtful technology policy legislation with an eye toward stimulating more innovation and job creation in California, the association said in a news release. She also has become an invaluable resource and tech expert for her fellow Assembly members and other state legislators across the country as the chair of the National Conference of State Legislators’ Cybersecurity Task Force, the association said.

Kelly Hitt, CompTIA’s director, state government affairs, said, “We are thrilled” to present Irwin with the honor for her continued efforts and support of the technology industry and tech jobs in California.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sacramento Bee

This fall, nearly 40 percent of incoming freshmen at California State University were placed in developmental math or English courses. In the state’s sprawling community college system, three-quarters of any given incoming group is deemed unprepared for college-level work when they arrive.

It will be semesters or even years – and thousands of dollars in additional tuition costs – until these students can begin the general education classes that advance them toward a degree. Frustrated or discouraged, many will drop out before they ever reach that point.

 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

The California Legislature recently passed a bill that would prompt changes in the way students are placed into remedial courses at community colleges throughout California.

The bill, called the Community College Placement Bill, was created by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin. The bill has moved to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, where Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, believes it will be signed.