Donation fund set up for Paso Robles activist Joe Quiroz after he suffers stroke

A donation fund has been established for a local Latino community activist and former Paso Robles school board member who suffered a stroke.

Joe Quiroz, who served 31 years as a program manager and gang specialist with the California Youth Authority, had a stroke in December.

Quiroz, 63, was hospitalized at Stanford University Medical Center and he’s currently receiving treatment in a rehabilitation facility in Los Altos. Friends and family have started a donation fund and are planning a fundraiser.

During the 1980s, when graffiti and a handful of gang-related homicides hit the North County, police sought Quiroz’s advice because he worked with gang member wards at the youth facility.

Quiroz worked with the Paso Robles Police Department and city government on fighting the problem and gave talks to the community in English and Spanish.

Quiroz also has been active in the Latino Outreach Council, Vision Unida’s leadership program and helped to start an annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in Paso Robles.