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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 Samantha Young at Techwire.net

New legislation approved as Department of Justice launches data collection platform for 'use of-force' reporting

Californians will soon have the ability to check local crime rates, arrest demographics and the actions of law enforcement, courts and correctional institutions in one place.

Legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown requires the California Department of Justice to publish valuable criminal data on its transparency website for the public to easily access.

Bill author Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, praised the governor for signing a measure she hopes will improve transparency, accountability and community trust.

The city of Ventura is one step closer to adding more housing for local veterans, with its move to take back east-side land it had given to the state for the project.

It has been a long, uphill, bureaucratic slog to get to this point, and the deal is not done yet.

Back in 2003, the city gave the state 22 unused acres off Telephone Road, near Wells Road, to build a facility for veterans. The initial idea was to use the land for up to 400 beds. But the state pared down the idea and, in 2009, opened a 60-bed veterans home. It is a great facility but did not meet the needs of our community as hundreds of veterans sought those precious slots.

In 2003, the city of Ventura transferred 22 vacant acres to the state to build housing and create support services for veterans. Four of those acres were permanently set aside to preserve Chumash burial grounds, but on the rest, the state with the city's blessing expected to construct space for at least 100 veterans.

That doesn't appear likely, so the Ventura City Council voted Monday night to take back the property and get going with the city's own veterans project. City officials want to get in line for Proposition 41 funding, which funds housing and services for homeless veterans.

The agreement already called for returning the land by 2020 if the housing wasn't built. Monday's action speeds up that process. The property is on the city's east end, near Telephone and Wells roads.

Lance Orozco at KCLU

The Governor has signed into law a bill authored by a Ventura County legislator intended to bring more of the innovations by University of California researchers from UC labs to the marketplace.

AB 2664 will provide $22 million dollars to set up business incubators on all 10 UC campuses, including UC Santa Barbara.

The bill’s author, Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks, says the incubators can help researchers convert their innovations into usable products.

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.”

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.

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 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.

By Gretchen Wenner of the Ventura County Star

On Friday, when local officials gathered to tout the successful delivery of Oxnard's recycled water to growers, state Assembly member Jacqui Irwin was front and center.

It was Irwin, after all, who stepped into a jumbled regulatory fray last year and revived a stalled pipeline-borrowing deal. The arrangement is now allowing early delivery of Oxnard's ultrapure water to farmers parched by drought.

Irwin, the Thousand Oaks Democrat, told attendees that when she heard a simple proposal had been scrapped after becoming "entangled in a bureaucratic stalemate," she called a top water regulator into her office to start ironing things out.