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1929 - Swift justice: Thomas Vernon sentenced to life in prison for Saugus train derailment & robbery 1 month earlier [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
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018
CHP Readies for Maximum Enforcement Period
SACRAMENTO - As Californians travel this week, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is set to begin its Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). This additional enforcement is intended to further ensure the safety of the motoring public during the holidays.
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018
Local Junior High School Nominated for National Award
La Mesa Junior High School has been nominated for a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2018-2019 school year by the Flippen Group. Four and a half years ago, school administrators began an initiative to transform the campus into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents to come together with a love for learning.
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018
State AGs Urge EPA to Withdraw Proposed Rule Gutting Emissions Standards
SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a coalition of 12 states and the city of Chicago, filed comments urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposed rule gutting 2016 standards that limit emissions of methane and other harmful pollutants.
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The Los Angeles County Fire Department posted an exam bulletin Tuesday for a priority recruitment of paramedics.
LACoFD Looking to Fill Vacant Firefighter Trainee, Paramedic Positions
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the initiation of a comprehensive review of the Woolsey Fire response and recovery.
County to Initiate Woolsey Fire Comprehensive Review
SACRAMENTO - As Californians travel this week, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is set to begin its Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). This additional enforcement is intended to further ensure the safety of the motoring public during the holidays.
CHP Readies for Maximum Enforcement Period
The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival will hold a special production of a holiday story of generosity, "Wali Dad, the Grasscutter."
Dec. 22: ‘Wali Dad, the Grasscutter’ Free Children’s Performance
Enjoy light appetizers, live music and meet the artist Skye Amber Sweet, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6:00 p.m. at Old Town Newhall Library, during an artist reception for her exhibit, "Embracing Growth."
Feb. 5: Artist Reception for Skye Amber Sweet
Imagine going to the grocery store, picking up the items you need for the week, but not knowing how much anything costs until the store sends you a bill two weeks later.
How to Lower Your Surgery Costs | Commentary by Greg Dill
Edison International has awarded the College of the Canyons fire technology program a $25,000 grant in support of the college’s development of present and future fire personnel.
COC Among 5 Schools to Receive $25K Fire Technology Grant
LOS ANGELES - Three hundred forty-seven feature films are eligible for the 2018 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday.
Nearly 350 Feature Films Eligible for 2018 Best Picture Oscar
La Mesa Junior High School has been nominated for a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2018-2019 school year by the Flippen Group. Four and a half years ago, school administrators began an initiative to transform the campus into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents to come together with a love for learning.
Local Junior High School Nominated for National Award
Foster care and foster-adoption are meaningful ways for individuals and couples to fulfill their dream of parenting. There are approximately 64,000 children in foster care in California.
Jan. 12: Children’s Bureau Informational Meeting
SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a coalition of 12 states and the city of Chicago, filed comments urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposed rule gutting 2016 standards that limit emissions of methane and other harmful pollutants.
State AGs Urge EPA to Withdraw Proposed Rule Gutting Emissions Standards
Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control is offering discounted pet adoptions at its seven county animal care centers.
County Offering Discounted Pet Adoptions Until Dec. 31
1929 - Swift justice: Thomas Vernon sentenced to life in prison for Saugus train derailment & robbery 1 month earlier [story]
As directed by the Board of Supervisors on Sept. 11, the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative has launched the process to develop FY 2019-20 Measure H funding recommendations.
County Sets Schedule for Homeless Initiative 2019-2020 Budget
The inspiration for "All Eyes On Me," Jaya Kang’s (CalArts Art BFA 20) recent third-year mid-residency show at CalArts, was a collection of craft kit "googly eyes."
‘All Eyes On Me’: Q&A with CalArts Student Jaya Kang
For any fan inside The MacArthur Center on Saturday night, catching Hansel Atencia's alley-oop pass would have necessitated a ladder suitable for stapling Christmas lights to a one-story duplex.
Men’s Hoops: TMU Mustangs Turn Up Defensive Pressure to Win
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday announced shortlists in consideration for the 91st Oscars. in nine categories.
Academy Unveils 91st Oscars Shortlists in 9 Award Categories
The University of Antelope Valley Pioneers (9-3) rolled on Saturday evening, defeating the Eagles of Northern New Mexico College (1-12), 101-49, in intercollegiate NAIA women’s basketball action inside the Pioneer Event Center (PEC) in Lancaster.
Women’s Hoops: Pioneers Defeat Northern New Mexico in 101-49 Blowout
The University of Antelope Valley Pioneers cruised to a victory Saturday afternoon, defeating the Cubs of the University of Los Angeles College of Divinity, 96-71, in intercollegiate men’s basketball exhibition action inside the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster.
UAV Men Cruise to 96-71 Win in Home Exhibition with ULACD
Facing their third NCAA opponent of the season, the University of Antelope Valley Pioneers (8-3) suffered a defeat at the hands of CSU-Fullerton (7-4) Friday evening, losing to the Titans, 77-65, in intercollegiate women’s basketball action inside Titan Gymnasium in Fullerton.
Women’s Hoops: Pioneers Clash with Titans of CSU Fullerton
A 22-year-old woman was arrested early Monday morning for allegedly burglarizing a vehicle in Canyon Country, according to authorities.
SCV Deputies Arrest Vehicle Burglary Suspect in Canyon Country
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health offers tips for a healthy holiday season that include receiving the flu immunization, enjoying festive treats in moderation and making healthy choices.
County Offers Tips for Healthy Holiday Season
The city of Santa Clarita has updated the list of productions shooting in the city and the Santa Clarita Valley for the week of Dec. 17-23, 2018.
‘Goliath,’ ‘AMD,’ ‘BAB,’ ‘Suits’ Spinoff Now Filming in SCV
New laws approved by the California Legislature in 2018 will affect roadway safety in several ways, including helmet use on bicycles and motorized scooters, hit-and-run on bicycle paths, modified exhaust systems, and enhanced safety for refuse collection vehicles.
CHP Notes New Bicycle, Roadway Safety Laws
America’s teens report a dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just a single year, with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting “any vaping” in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8 percent in 2017.
Survey: Teens Using Vaping Devices in Record Numbers
With the New Year just around the corner, the California Department of Motor Vehicles wants to inform the public about several new laws or changes to existing law that take effect Jan. 1, 2019.
DMV Reminds Motorists of New 2019 Laws
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station arrested a man and woman from Bakersfield on multiple drug and identity theft charges in Newhall early Saturday morning.
Bakersfield Pair Nabbed on Drug, ID Theft Charges in Newhall
The California Department of Transportation has accelerated pavement rehabilitation on the northbound No. 3 lane on Interstate 5 in Castaic to provide all four lanes through the construction zone to accommodate holiday traffic.
Caltrans to Reopen I-5 Lane in Castaic for Holiday Traffic
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station has released its roundup of crimes reported in Stevenson Ranch (Zone 3) between Nov. 18-Dec. 2, 2018.
Crime Blotter: GTA, Burglary, Heroin Possession in Stevenson Ranch
The California Air Resources Board on Monday adopted a regulation establishing a statewide system for mandatory annual emissions reporting for stationary sources.
CARB Adopts System for Reporting Air Pollution from Stationary Sources
1839 - Judge John F. Powell born in Galway, Ireland [story]
1902 - Hi Jolly (Hadji Ali), Gen. E.F. Beale's Syrian camel driver, dies at Quartzsite, Ariz. [story]
1987 - Incorporation: Santa Clarita officially becomes a city [story]
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday denied the Trump Administration’s attempt to block California's lawsuit challenging the citizenship question on the 2020 Census.
Court Denies Feds’ Attempt to Block California AG’s Census 2020 Lawsuit
Award-winning musician, philanthropist and CalArts School of Music namesake Herb Alpert and his wife, famed vocalist Lani Hall, will perform a holiday concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday night, Dec. 20.
Dec. 20: Herb Alpert, Lani Hall Holiday Special at Disney Concert Hall
The 20th annual Animation 'Show of Shows' mini-festival has opened at theaters in Los Angeles and New York this week, and three of the films selected are directed by CalArtians.
CalArts Animators Featured at 20th Annual ‘Show of Shows’