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1843 - Rancho Castec (Lebec-Tejon area) granted to French immigrant Jose Covarrubias [story]


Note: U.S. Rep. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, represents the Santa Clarita Valley in Congress. This is his weekly newsletter.

More on the Porter Ranch Gas Leak

Last week I spoke at the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council’s Community Forum about what we are doing to stop the leak and ensure that it never happens again. I also attended the Governor’s Town Hall to hear from residents about difficulties they are facing. If anyone has a question or needs assistance with relocation or reimbursement, please call my office at 661-255-5630 and we will make sure you are taken care of.

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Coffee for Veterans

Yesterday I sat down for coffee with some of our area’s veterans at Crazy Otto’s. We discussed some of my current legislative efforts to improve the lives of service members and went over how my office can help on issues with federal agencies like the VA. For more information on that, visit my website here.

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We Love Simi Police

A huge thank you to Mayor Bob Huber and the Simi Valley Police Department for providing my Simi Office with a “Simi Valley Supports Our Cops” sign. As a former officer myself, I have an immense amount of respect for the men and women in uniform of Simi Valley.

The Beat Goes On

On Monday I also took a tour of the Remo Drums manufacturing facility, which is located in Valencia. A huge thank you to Remo and the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber for helping set up the tour- the Remo facility is incredible and their story was inspiring!

Touring Remo Drums in Valencia

Antelope Valley Veterans Community Action Coalition
I started this morning by enjoying a great meeting with the Antelope Valley Veterans Community Action Coalition. Thank you all for your service and for sharing your thoughts with me.

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Around the Capitol

Porter Ranch In DC
On January 12 I arranged a meeting between myself, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and the President and CEO of SoCalGas to ensure that the Majority Leader is fully informed of the situation and behind me in preventing situations like the Aliso Canyon gas leak from occurring in the future.

 

Fighting for DIPG Awareness

A week ago I introduced a resolution that will help raise awareness and funding for a form of pediatric cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG. DIPG is responsible for the most pediatric brain tumor deaths each year, and this bill will bring us one step closer to ending it once and for all. Thank you very much to Jack’s Angels in Santa Clarita for bringing this issue to my attention, and to all of the original cosponsors, especially Congresswoman Jackie Speier, for helping bring this terrible disease to the national stage. More info on the bill here. For more information on Jack’s Angels and their efforts to combat pediatric cancer, visit their website here.

Making Nuclear Energy Work

Last week I participated in a markup for the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology where we worked on the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act. This legislation, which I am proud to cosponsor, would direct the Department of Energy to partner with innovators to develop the next generation of reliable, safe, and efficient nuclear reactors. Read the full bill for yourself here.

Around the Corner
Arts Master Plan Presentation
January 20th, 6:30-9 pm
The Centre, 28880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita, 91350

A Foot in the Door: Abstract Art and Meaning Reception
January 20th, 7 pm
First Floor Gallery at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Boulevard, Santa Clarita, 91355
Exhibit on Display: January 11 through April 9, 2016

Free Walk-In Housing Rights Clinic
January 21st, 1-4 pm
South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES), 1002 E Avenue Q-12, Palmdale, 93550

“The Mikado”- an Operetta
January 21-23, 7:30-9:30 pm
Masters College, 21726 Placerita Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, 91321

2016 Ventura County Homeless Count
January 26th
The Samaritan Center, 280 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley, 93063

Simi Valley Public Library Offers Computer Classes For Adults
January 27th, 2:30-3:30 pm
Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley, 93063

Manufacturing Job Fair
January 29th, 11:30 am
America’s Job Center of California at the University Center, College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, 91355

National Puzzle Day
January 29th, 3-5 pm
Canyon Country Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, 91355

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LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017
Authorities Seek Suspect in Valencia Kidnapping Attempt
At approximately 10:50 a.m. Wednesday morning, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to a call of an attempted kidnapping that occurred on the corner of Magic Mountain Parkway and McBean Parkway in Valencia.
Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017
California AG, 10 More AG’s Blast Feds’ Plan to Hike National Park Fees
A coalition of attorneys general on Wednesday called the Trump administration’s plan to hike entry fees at national parks a “cruel deception,” contending higher prices could force Americans to choose between “beauty and or bread.”
Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017
CLWA Water Resources Committee Meeting Rescheduled for Dec. 12
The Castaic Lake Water Agency's Water Resources Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 6 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 12.
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A coalition of attorneys general on Wednesday called the Trump administration’s plan to hike entry fees at national parks a “cruel deception,” contending higher prices could force Americans to choose between “beauty and or bread.”
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The Castaic Lake Water Agency's Water Resources Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 6 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 12.
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Here is the public safety report from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station for Stevenson Ranch (Zone 3) for Nov. 6-19, 2017.
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Coroner's officials have identified the victim of a deadly crash near Chatsworth Tuesday as Santa Clarita Valley resident Jose Sanchez, 60.
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In November, the Santa Clarita Auto Dealers Association has co-sponsored a Thanksgiving dinner at the SCV Boys & Girls Club and the "Light Up Main Street" event in Old Town Newhall.
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Providence Holy Cross Medical Center is seeking help from the public to identify an injured man, hospitalized since a Nov. 18 accident in Van Nuys.
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More than 250 agencies donated their efforts to help support and raise money for the City of Hope as part of the 2017 “Pink Patch Project,” and the agencies donated $325K to fight breast cancer.
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Santa Clarita Valley veterans organizations will host the 12th annual Military Honor Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting at Veterans Historical Plaza in Newhall on Saturday, December 2 at 5 p.m.
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The city of Santa Clarita will host a 30th-anniversary open house on the city’s official birthday, December 15, at City Hall from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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The community is invited to join state Assemblyman Dante Acosta at Santa Clarita Valley International to celebrate a $5,000 educational grant awarded to SCVi by the Barona Band of Mission Indians on Monday, November 27 at 10 a.m.
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The Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and Kathryn Barger on Tuesday to extend the county’s Winter Shelter Program by an additional month -- through March 31, 2018
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