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Thousand Oaks, CA – Governor Jerry Brown has endorsed Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin in her race for re-election to the State Assembly.

In announcing his endorsement, Governor Brown released the following statement:

"Jacqui Irwin has shown that she can reach across party lines to get things done. She is the kind of common-sense leader California needs -- I urge you to vote for her."

Responding to news of the endorsement, Irwin stated, “I am honored to have Governor Brown’s support. Under his pragmatic leadership, California has operated with a balanced budget and returned to a fiscally stable position after years of cuts and uncertainty. I look forward to a continued partnership with him to move our district and California in the right direction.”

Brown’s endorsement joins those of Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean, Congresswoman Julia Brownley, and the Sierra Club, among others. Just last week, Irwin received the generous endorsement of the Ventura County Star, which declared, “She has proven her worth to the residents of the 44th Assembly District and beyond, and we urge voters to re-elect her Nov. 8.”

By Amanda Covarrubias at The VC Star

Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, has selected Play Conejo as her district's nonprofit of the year and it was recognized Wednesday in the state Capitol during the inaugural California Nonprofits Day.

Irwin said in a statement that Conejo Valley residents have "benefited immensely" from the work done by the group's volunteers and its charitable activities promoting parks since it was created in 2012.

"This exceptional nonprofit organization will help ensure our next generation has access to healthy lifestyles, with updated equipment and facilities," Irwin said in the statement.

Kim Gregory for CSU Channel Islands

After years of work and planning, CSU Channel Islands has announced the launch of its own engineering program.

President Richard R. Rush and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, will make the formal announcement from 4-5:30 p.m. July 20, 2016, in Sierra Hall on the CSUCI campus.

“We could not be more proud to announce the addition of an engineering program at CI,” Rush said. “This university exists to serve the needs of the surrounding community, and now CI can deliver quality graduates to fill hundreds of engineering jobs available each year in Ventura County. On a personal note, I consider it privilege to welcome this long-anticipated program before my last day as president of this university.”

Acorn staff report

The success of Play Conejo, the fundraising arm of the Conejo Rec and Park District, has caught the eye of former Thousand Oaks City Council member turned Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin.

The Democratic legislator recently named the 4-year-old organization the 44th Assembly District’s 2016 Nonprofit of the Year, an annual award handed out by state lawmakers.

The district covers an area that stretches from Oxnard to Thousand Oaks and into Simi Valley, meaning hundreds of nonprofits were potentially up for the honor.

By Staff Reports at The VC Star

Robert Camacho, of Camarillo, was honored Tuesday as the 44th Assembly District Veteran of the Year for 2016.

Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, selected Camacho as part of a program started nine years ago in which the state Assembly honors veterans who have demonstrated exemplary service in the military and in their community.

Camacho, 70, enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating from high school and served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He has spoken to local high school and middle school students for 29 years about his wartime experience.