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1863 - Gen. Edward F. Beale loans money to A.A. Hudson and Oliver P. Robbins to erect toll house in Newhall Pass [story]


Around the CapitolLeaving No Hero Untreated

Check out my column that ran in The Hill last week about our No Hero Left Untreated Act. This legislation would establish a pilot program at the VA for veterans enduring mental health issues based on a promising new neurological treatment pioneered by the Brain Treatment Center. Read it here!

 

 

Examining Executive Orders

On Tuesday morning I participated in a House Small Business Committee hearing on the negative impacts of recent executive orders on small businesses. The panelists echoed the same worries as many of the small business owners and employees that I’ve talked to in our community- check out this article in the Simi Valley Acorn to learn more about those conversations.

Discussing the costs of executive orders in Small Business Committee
Safeguarding Our Elections

Last week I also took part in an interesting House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hearing titled “Protecting the 2016 Elections from Cyber and Voting Machine Attacks.” I look forward to continuing to work on this important issue.

Listening to witness testimony 
Veterans Affairs
I started my morning Wednesday with a meeting with some veterans from California who sit on the VFW National Legislative Committee. We had a great discussion about the need to improve VA benefits and decrease wait times at the VA. Thanks for stopping by!
Members of the VFW National Legislative Committee

Small Business Guardian

It was an honor to receive the “Small Business Guardian Award” last week from the National Federation for Independent Businesses for my 100% voting record on small business issues. Thank you for the recognition, I’m truly honored.

Receiving an award from NFIB

Fixing the VA
On Wednesday the House passed the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act, of which I am proud cosponsor. This bill would address a variety of common complaints at the VA by strengthening protections for whistleblowers, modifying the way veterans can appeal determinations on their disability benefits, and restructuring the termination and demotion processes for VA employees guilty of underperformance or misconduct. Read more here.

 

Around the DistrictLocal Support Goes a Long Way
Thank you to Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, Palmdale Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, and City of Palmdale for formally backing my two solar energy bills. I’m very happy to have support from so many great local organizations and I look forward to working with you all to expand opportunities in our region. Read more information here.

Well-Deserved Recognition
Last week my office presented a certificate of recognition to Shari Shultz for her 26 years of hard work and dedication with the Simi Valley Days Carnival and Special Needs Day. Thank you Shari for everything you do!

Thank you Shari!

Remembering our POW/MIA
On Thursday my office attended the POW/MIA Ceremony in Palmdale. This moving annual event was put on by the Antelope Valley Service Organization Association. May we always remember the sacrifices of our brave men and women and honor those who survived hardships in hostile captivity for the security of our country.

You are not forgotten

Welcome to the Neighborhood
Congratulations to Reza and Mary on the grand opening and ribbon cutting of your new restaurant, Tiburon Grill & Bar in Santa Clarita Valley. Welcome to the community and best wishes!

Welcoming Tiburon Grill & Bar to Santa Clarita

Meeting with Patricia Gardens
It was great to meet with members of the Board of Directors from Patricia Gardens Homeowners Association in Simi Valley last Friday to discuss concerns with FEMA and its National Flood Insurance Program.

Discussing flood insurance

Fantastic First Responders
Last week I had the honor of meeting some of the brave men of Station 41 in Simi Valley while I was visiting their station. These men rush in when others are running away. Thank you for all you do!

Visiting Ventura County Fire Station 41 in Simi Valley

Simi Valley Days
On Saturday I got an early start and headed to Simi Valley Days. I had a great time there, and I especially enjoyed talking with the young men and women of the Royal High School Air Force Junior ROTC.

Chatting with members of the Royal High School Air Force Junior ROTC

Service Academy Information Day
This weekend my office hosted Service Academy Information Day for those interested in applying for any of the five military service academies. Thank you to the Admissions Liaison Officers and my Nominating Committee for working to put this together, as well as the students and parents who attended this information session.If you know a student aspiring to attend an academy, please reach out to my Palmdale office, (661) 441-0320.

Thanks to everyone who made it on Saturday

 

Around the CornerBanned Books Week: Screen Printing
September 27, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Lancaster Library, 601 W. Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster

Antelope Valley Union High School District College Information Night
September 20, 4:30pm-7:30pm
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 West Avenue H, Lancaster

40 Under Forty
September 23, 6:30pm
Valencia Country Club, 27330 N. Tourney Road, Valencia

College2Career Day
September 24, 9:00am-1:00pm
College of the Canyons- Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita

Green Living Expo
September 24, 10:00am-3:00pm
Simi Valley Town Center, 1555 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley

Friends of the Palmdale Library Book Sale
September 24, 10:00am-4:00pm
Palmdale City Library Central Library, 700 E. Palmdale Boulevard, Palmdale

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Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017
City Eyeing Alternative to Lyons Extension
On the heels of releasing its draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the Lyons Avenue and Dockweiler Drive extension, the city of Santa Clarita is setting its sights on an alternative that would leave Lyons Avenue alone and filter traffic to Railroad Avenue via 13th Street.
Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017
Santa Clarita Man Suspected of Child Pornography Pleads No Contest
Child pornography resulted in a six-month jail sentence for a Santa Clarita man Monday, officials said.
Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017
Becerra Files Brief Opposing Muslim Travel Ban
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with 17 States, today filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court opposing the Trump Administration’s effort to impose a travel ban on people from six predominantly Muslim countries. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the case on October 10.
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On the heels of releasing its draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the Lyons Avenue and Dockweiler Drive extension, the city of Santa Clarita is setting its sights on an alternative that would leave Lyons Avenue alone and filter traffic to Railroad Avenue via 13th Street.
City Eyeing Alternative to Lyons Extension
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barber is hosting the inaugural Santa Clarita Valley Transportation Summit.
Sept. 21: Santa Clarita Valley Transportation Summit
Preview of Santa Clarita arts-related events for Sept. 18-24.
Sept. 18-24: Santa Clarita Arts Calendar
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson strongly encourages sixteen- and seventeen-year-old students to pre-register to vote with the beginning of High School Voter Education Weeks from September 18–29.
Sept. 18-29: High School Voter Education Weeks
No. 20 College of the Canyons will host No. 11 Long Beach City College at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Cougar Stadium.
Sept. 23: Cougars Football Hosts Long Beach City College
College of the Canyons hosted its annual Western State Conference (WSC) tournament a on Monday, coming away with a second place finish behind conference leader Santa Barbara City College at El Cariso Golf Course in Sylmar.
Cougars Golf Takes Second Place at COC Annual Tournament
A potential water rate hike prompted Santa Clarita Water Division officials to call for a public meeting Tuesday evening for its Budget and Rates Committee.
SCWD to Discuss Possible Water Rate Hike at Public Meeting
California State University, Northridge art history professor and archeologist Owen Doonan was honored earlier this year by the Explorers Club — an international multidisciplinary professional society that helps advance field research and preserve exploration — for his international excavations in Turkey and a related exhibition, “Stone Sounds: Echoes from 4000 Years at Sinop Kale.”
CSUN Professor Honored by Explorer’s Club
The California State University has selected 23 students, one from each campus, to receive the 2017 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.
CSUN Mechanical Engineering Student One of 23 Recognized by CSU
A group of Newhall School District parents upset the elementary school calendar doesn’t match up to the high school one plan to attend this week’s board meeting, continuing a “walk-out” threat.
NSD Parents Upset Over School’s Calendar; Threaten Walk-Out
Six Flags Magic Mountain's biggest season of Fright Fest, presented by Snickers, reopened Saturday.
Magic Mountain Fright Fest Back, Bigger Than Ever
Child pornography resulted in a six-month jail sentence for a Santa Clarita man Monday, officials said.
Santa Clarita Man Suspected of Child Pornography Pleads No Contest
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with 17 States, today filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court opposing the Trump Administration’s effort to impose a travel ban on people from six predominantly Muslim countries. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the case on October 10.
Becerra Files Brief Opposing Muslim Travel Ban
California Credit Union is inviting all Los Angeles County teachers who have a great class project idea to apply for a credit union grant through its bi-annual Teacher Grant Program.
CCU’s Fall Teacher Grant Applications Underway
California's housing market defied gravity as existing home sales and median home price registered increases on both a monthly and an annual basis in August, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said Monday.
State Sees Increase in Housing Market
1863 - Gen. Edward F. Beale loans money to A.A. Hudson and Oliver P. Robbins to erect toll house in Newhall Pass [story]
California State University, Northridge students and faculty have joined forces with Bet Tzedek to expand legal aid for undocumented parents of CSUN students.
CSUN, Bet Tzedek Expand Legal Aid for Students’ Undocumented Parents
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, the family of a missing 16 year old Hart High student is asking the community for help in locating him. Plus, dust off your resumes: COC is hosting its Fall semester Job & Career Fair soon. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
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The Governing Board of the Saugus Union School District is extending the deadline to apply for the 7-11 Advisory Committee through Thursday, September 21 at 4 p.m.
Saugus School District Extends Deadline to Apply for Surplus Committee
After letting an early two-set lead slip away, the TMU Mustangs volleyball team rallied from behind to secure a 3-2 win over the San Diego Christian Hawks Saturday night.
Mustangs Volleyball Team Rallies to Beat San Diego Christian 3-2
The Master's University and Bethesda University battled 110 minutes to a scoreless draw in double-overtime Saturday afternoon on Reese Field.
TMU, Bethesda Men’s Soccer Teams Battle to 0-0 Draw in Double Overtime
The TMU Mustangs men's and women's cross-country teams raced in the open division of UC Riverside’s event Saturday.
TMU Cross Country Impresses at UC Riverside Invitational
The TMU Mustangs volleyball team rallied to win sets four and five against Arizona Christian Friday, taking the match 3-2 on Bross Court.
TMU Volleyball Edges Arizona Christian 3-2
The Gentle Barn is celebrating its 18th year of spreading compassion and hope for animals around the world from its current locations in Santa Clarita, California, Knoxville, Tennessee and the newest animal sanctuary set to open September 24 near St. Louis.
Gentle Barn Animal Rescue Sanctuary Turns 18
“Wildwood Canyon: The Resilience of Nature,” a photography exhibit by artist Kristina Jacob, will be on display at the Jo Anne Darcy Library in Canyon Country from September 26 through January 24.
Sept. 26: Wildwood Canyon Photo Exhibit at Darcy Library
October is National Arts and Humanities Month and to celebrate the city of Santa Clarita will host ARTober during the month.
October is ‘Artober’ in Santa Clarita
College of the Canyons will host the one-day conference, “It’s Still Happening Right Here! Human Trafficking,” on Friday, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 22: COC Hosts Human Trafficking Conference
College of the Canyons hosted the 2017 California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Preview on Friday, attracting a field of more than 500 cross-country runners to the course at Central Park in Santa Clarita.
Canyons Women Take Second at CCCAA SoCal Preview
The Dodgers enter the final leg of their 10-game road trip (4-2) tonight with the first of four against the Philadelphia Phillies, with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.
Dodgers and Kershaw Open 4-Game Stand in Philadelphia
Family members report they have found Elias Ortiz, a 16-year-old Newhall resident who had been missing since Saturday night.
Newhall Teen Missing Since Saturday Found
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that six of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be reduced in size, with changes to several others proposed, but the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument is not on Zinke's shrink list.
San Gabriel National Monument Not on Interior Secretary’s Shrink List
The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce will move from its present location at City Hall to new office space at 28494 Westinghouse Place, Suite 114, Valencia 91355, on October 12.
October 12: SCV Chamber Moves to New Office
The Modesto Nuts pulled away late and swept the California League Championship Series with an 8-1 victory over the JetHawks in Game 3 on Friday night at John Thurman Field, ending the season for the Lancaster team.
JetHawks Swept in CLCS to End 2017 Season
New stencils on Santa Clarita crosswalks are part of the city's 'Heads Up' pedestrian safety program.
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