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2009 - Castaic resident Gidget, the Taco Bell commercial Chihuahua, dies at 15 after major stroke [story]


The House of Representatives adjourned for August recess on Wednesday, meaning the first part of the legislative session is over. And despite all the odds, Congress was actually very productive. Over the next month I will devote a section of Knight Vision to give you an update of many accomplishments in the House of Representatives since January, and how they affect our communities.

Putting America Back to Work

A revitalized America means a revitalized economy, and making that a reality has been one of my top goals since becoming a Member of Congress. To do this, I believe we need to take a multifaceted approach and improve several sectors that contribute to a strong economy.

Education is essential to having an outstanding workforce in the future. This year the House passed H.R. 5, the Student Success Act; H.R. 529, the Improving Expanding College Savings Plans Act; H.R. 1806, America COMPETES Act; and H.R. 1020, the STEM Education Act. All of these bills will ensure our children have the resources and support they need in order to be successful in the 21st century economy.

Speaking to a high school class in the community

The backbone of our economy is our small business community. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses create seven out of every ten new jobs and they employ just over half of the country’s private sector workforce. Unfortunately, federal regulations make it very hard for these engines of job creation to keep their costs down and their doors open.That’s why the House passed H.R. 636, the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act; H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act; and H.R. 427, the REINS Act. By fighting to roll back our government’s red tape, we are fostering job growth from the bottom up.

Helping Small Businesses like the 42nd Street Gastropub thrive

Of course, the key to strengthening our nation’s economy is ensuring that it is made up of families that are healthy and financially stable. While the federal government should not be dictating any family’s medical or fiscal decisions, it should put in place policies that remove barriers to realizing the American dream. That’s why I was proud to support H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act; H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act; H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act; H.R. 685, Mortgage Choice Act; H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act. These commonsense bills will make access to responsible housing, genuinely affordable healthcare, and lower energy costs a reality.

 

Around the Capitol

St. Francis Dam Memorial Act
I’m very excited to announce that last week I introduced H.R. 3153, the Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial and Castaic Wilderness Act. This legislation would create a national memorial to honor the victims of the Saint Francis Dam disaster of March 12, 1928. Feel free to download and read the text of the bill here .

Memorializing the victims of the St. Francis Dam Disaster

Fighting Against High Gas Prices
In the past few weeks gas prices in our community have climbed to almost unbearable levels. That’s why I took part in a Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing regarding the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard, which contributes to these high prices.

Discussing the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard

Law Makers from Law Enforcement
Yesterday I spoke at a Press Conference to announce that a few of my colleagues and I are forming a Congressional Law Enforcement Task Force. I look forward to using my experience as a veteran police officer to help find ways to improve the relations between law enforcement and communities they serve while ensuring that law enforcement personnel have the tools they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.

Law Enforcement Task Force Press Conference

 

Around the Corner
Summer Sunset Concert (Free)
Friday, July 31, 6:00pm- 8:00pm
Valencia Marketplace Amphitheater, 25904 The Old Road, ValenciaFamily Movie Night at Palmdale Amphitheater (Featured Movie: Frozen)
Friday, July 31, 6:30pm-9:30pm
The Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Boulevard, Palmdale

National Night Out 2015
Saturday, August 1, 4:00pm-8:00pm
Your Block

“Splendors of Art” Display
Tuesday, August 4, 12:00pm
Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 Main Street, Newhall

Ventura County Fair
Wednesday, August 5-August 16
Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Boulevard, Ventura

ArtSLAM and JAM Session
Thursday, August 6, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Old Town Newhall, Main Street between 6th Street and Market Street, Santa Clarita

Fifth Annual Public Safety Fair and Emergency Expo
Thursday, August 6, 4:00pm-8:00pm
Lancaster BLVD (between Fern & Date Avenues), Lancaster

SC Artist Reception
Saturday, August 8, 4:00pm- 6:30pm
Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 Main Street, Newhall

Simi Valley Public Library: A Comedy Tonight! Improv Night
Thursday, August 6, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley

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LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Friday, Jul 20, 2018
Court: Chiquita Landfill Must Comply with CUP, Pay County $12 Mil.
The L.A. County Superior Court on July 17 sided with Los Angeles County and dismissed a portion of Chiquita Canyon LLC's complaint, which challenged 13 conditions of the county's conditional use permit governing how the landfill operates, Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced Friday.
Friday, Jul 20, 2018
Suspected Van Thieves Crash, Rupture Gas, Water Lines in Valencia
Four men allegedly stole a van and crashed it at Cinema Drive and Valencia Boulevard late Friday afternoon, breaking gas and water lines and snarling rush-hour traffic in the center of the city.
Friday, Jul 20, 2018
SCV Water Board Trims Own Meeting Attendance Pay
The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency's board of directors voted in its Tuesday meeting to revise its per-diem payment policy for board members attending industry-related meetings and conferences.
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The L.A. County Superior Court on July 17 sided with Los Angeles County and dismissed a portion of Chiquita Canyon LLC's complaint, which challenged 13 conditions of the county's conditional use permit governing how the landfill operates, Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced Friday.
Court: Chiquita Landfill Must Comply with CUP, Pay County $12 Mil.
Four men allegedly stole a van and crashed it at Cinema Drive and Valencia Boulevard late Friday afternoon, breaking gas and water lines and snarling rush-hour traffic in the center of the city.
Suspected Van Thieves Crash, Rupture Gas, Water Lines in Valencia
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission has announced $4,518,000 in two-year grants to 216 nonprofit arts organizations through its Organizational Grant Program, and the Santa Clarita Philharmonic Orchestra and the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival are among the grantees.
Santa Clarita Philharmonic, Shakespeare Festival Win County Arts Grants
The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency's board of directors voted in its Tuesday meeting to revise its per-diem payment policy for board members attending industry-related meetings and conferences.
SCV Water Board Trims Own Meeting Attendance Pay
College of the Canyons men's basketball player Robert Moss will continue his playing career at University of Saint Katherine after committing to join the Firebirds program.
COC Hoopster Robert Moss Commits to University of Saint Katherine
When wives earn more than their husbands, a puzzling thing can happen: Husbands say they earn more than they are and wives underreport their income, according to new Census Bureau research.
Census Research: Spouses Report Earnings Differently When Wives Earn More
Responding to a booming economy and a generous state budget, administrators on Thursday approved the first tuition decrease for the University of California system in nearly 20 years.
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The William S. Hart Union High School District and Spirit Holding, developers of Castaic High School, will host a community kick-off event on Friday, Aug. 3, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. celebrating the one-year countdown to the grand opening of the new school, currently under construction.
Aug. 3: ‘Countdown to Castaic High’ Public Celebration
The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, July 24, starting at 9:30 a.m.
July 24: LA County Board of Supervisors Meeting
The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a Heat Alert for Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24, as high temperatures have been forecast for the Santa Clarita Valley.
SCV Heat Alert Called for Monday, Tuesday
The Lancaster JetHawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but two late home runs from Stockton's Sandber Pimentel led the Ports to victory in a 5-4 final on Thursday night at Banner Island Ballpark.
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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Department of Justice have made public the government's plan for the court-ordered reunification of children ages 5 years and older who were separated from their parents by immigration authorities.
Feds Detail Plan to Reunite Immigrant Children with Parents
2001 - Then-Assemblyman George Runner introduces legislation to memorialize the historic Ridge Route. Enacted Oct. 4. [story]
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More than 3,500 Weapons Destroyed at Annual Destruction Event
The Summer Art Festival, at the Oaks Club of Valencia, invites you to a fun, free artists’ reception on Saturday, Aug. 11, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 11: Summer Art Festival at Oaks Club
When you think "Advanced Manufacturing," Santa Clarita Valley probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind.
SCV Paves the Way for Advanced Manufacturing
(CN) – Delivering a blow to a Silicon Valley billionaire, the California Supreme Court on Wednesday erased a November ballot measure proposing to divide the Golden State in three.
State Supreme Court Tosses Ballot Measure to Split California in Three
Internationally famous Doña Oxford aka “The Goddess of Soul,” is fronting one of the hottest Blues bands of the 21st century. She has toured all over the world, bringing her amazing keyboard playing and vocals to devoted fans in Europe, Japan, Canada and the United States.
July 20: Valencia Jazz & Blues Series to Feature Doña Oxford
No business is immune from the unthinkable. Workplace violence is an increasingly important topic for organizations of all types.
Aug. 21: Active Shooter Awareness Training at VIA Luncheon
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The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority on Thursday launched the Los Angeles Homeless Outreach Portal, dubbed LA-HOP, the new Countywide Web-based portal that channels outreach support to people experiencing homelessness.
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LOS ANGELES - Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced Tuesday the company is now offering $75 rebates for residential customers who purchase eligible Energy Star certified smart thermostats that help residents manage their heating and cooling costs and conserve energy.
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STOCKTON – Brian Serven put together one of his best offensive performances of the season to lead the JetHakwks to a 7-2 to win over the Stockton Ports on Wednesday night at Banner Island Ballpark.
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The William S. Hart Union High School District’s Governing Board voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Brad Renison to become the new Director of Transportation. Most recently, Mr. Renison has been serving as the Interim Director of Transportation.
Hart District Names Brad Renison New Transportation Director
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Dodgers Acquire 4-Time All-Star Manny Machado
The William S. Hart Union High School District’s Governing Board voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Dr. Catherine Nicholas to become the new principal of Sequoia School.
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Welcome to paradise at a high-energy, live show coming up in Santa Clarita’s Concerts in the Park series, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union, this Saturday, July 21, at 7:00 p.m., in Central Park (27150 Bouquet Canyon Road).
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SCV Sheriff's Crime Prevention Unit deputies and station detectives have noted an increase in the thefts of catalytic converters from cars in Santa Clarita Valley. The favored target of thieves has been the Toyota Prius (2005-2009).
Deputies Warn of Rise in Catalytic Converter Thefts from Prius Cars
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Would you like to be a volunteer at beautiful Red Rock Canyon State Park? Learn about the volunteer program and the park’s natural and cultural history at our two-day volunteer training, Saturdays, Sept. 1st and 8th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Ricardo Visitor Center (new volunteers must attend both days).
Red Rock Canyon State Park to Hold 2-Day Volunteer Training
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces the scheduled closure of the Tejon Safety Roadside Rest Areas on Interstate 5 (Golden State Freeway) to replace a water main line.
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Aug. 11: Paul Walker Film Doc to Debut on Paramount Network
Marston's Restaurant in Valencia is helping raise funds for Carousel Ranch, Santa Clarita Valley nonprofit organization that provides equestrian therapy for disabled and special needs children and adults.
July 15-Aug. 15: Marston’s Restaurant Fundraising for Carousel Ranch