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1843 - Rancho Castec (Lebec-Tejon area) granted to French immigrant Jose Covarrubias [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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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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The Los Angeles Dodgers have unveiled their 33-game 2018 Spring Training schedule, beginning on Friday, Feb. 23 against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch – Glendale in Arizona.
Dodgers Unveil 2018 Spring Training Schedule
TMU coach Kelvin Starr’s to-do list was relatively simple entering Tuesday night’s 108-58 win over visiting Westcliff University.
7 Mustangs Score in Double Figures in Runaway Win
No. 3 College of the Canyons women's volleyball team defeated No. 14 Golden West College 3-1 in the opening round of the CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs on Tuesday.
No. 3 Canyons Wins First Round Playoff Matchup vs. No. 14 Golden West
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.
Authorities Seek Suspect in Valencia Kidnapping Attempt
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.”
California AG, 10 More AG’s Blast Feds’ Plan to Hike National Park Fees
The Castaic Lake Water Agency's Water Resources Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 6 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 12.
CLWA Water Resources Committee Meeting Rescheduled for Dec. 12
The California Enterprise Development Authority will hold its next meeting via teleconference on Thursday, November 30 at 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 30: California Enterprise Development Authority Teleconference
Here is the public safety report from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station for Stevenson Ranch (Zone 3) for Nov. 6-19, 2017.
Crime Blotter: Grand Theft Auto, Robbery Burglary in Stevenson Ranch
Coroner's officials have identified the victim of a deadly crash near Chatsworth Tuesday as Santa Clarita Valley resident Jose Sanchez, 60.
Coroner IDs SCV Victim Killed in Chatsworth Crash
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.
Santa Clarita Auto Dealers Association Gives Back this Holiday Season
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.
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center Seeks ID of Injured Man
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.
LASD, Local Agencies Donate $325K to City of Hope
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.
Dec. 2: Annual Military Honor Christmas Tree Lighting
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.
Dec. 15: Santa Clarita Birthday Bash at City Hall
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.
Nov. 27: Acosta, Community Leaders Celebrate Grant Received by SCVi
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
County OK’s Plan to Extend Winter Homeless Shelter Program
Two men were arrested and booked on drug and other charges by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's detectives on a night patrol in Canyon Country Sunday.
Night Patrol Nets 2 Suspects on Bikes
1843 - Rancho Castec (Lebec-Tejon area) granted to French immigrant Jose Covarrubias [story]
Award-winning Deaf culture advocate, producer, choreographer and dancer Antoine Hunter (Dance 02) won an award at the 2017 San Francisco Dance Film Festival (SFDFF) last month.
CalArts Alum Wins ‘Best Student Film’ at 2017 SF Dance Film Festival
Several young adults with special needs from Carousel Ranch’s Ready to Work! (RTW!) program will be joining Martha Aguilara and Kokolita’s in preparing more than 1000 Thanksgiving meals for those in need.
Carousel Ranch Ready to Work Students, Kokolita’s Join to Prepare Thanksgiving Meals
The College of the Canyons Model United Nations Club (COCMUN) received the highest award presented Sunday at a conference in Santa Barbara.
COC Model UN Awarded “Best Large Delegation” at UCSB Conference
The McKeon Leadership Forum is a speaker series that promotes civic engagement and reminds every citizen that a healthy democracy requires personal involvement.
Nov. 30: McKeon Leadership Forum Presents General Richard A. Cody
Tempe Hale (Film/Video MFA 14) and Ambar Navarro (Film/Video BFA 15), both graduates of CalArts Experimental Animation Program, premiered their new music video for Detroit-based artist Stef Chura on DIY Magazine.
Detroit-based Artist Collaborates with CalArtians on Music Video
Carroll of Montana has proven it can play at multiple tempos and be successful.
Lady Mustangs’ Up-Tempo Play Enough to Best Fighting Saints 74-64
Here is a list of two family-friendly holiday events that will be held at NorthPark Community Church:
NorthPark Community Church to hold Christmas Cafe, Cookies With Santa
Here is a list of Santa Clarita arts-related events for the week of Nov. 24 - Nov.26:
Nov. 24-26: Santa Clarita Arts Calendar
1967 - Local voters approve formation of community college and elect COC's first five-member board - Dr. William G. Bonelli Jr., Bruce Fortine, Sheila Dyer, Peter Huntsinger, Edward Muhl [story]
After winning the program's seventh consecutive conference championship and dropping just two matches throughout the regular season, the College of the Canyons women's soccer season came to an abrupt halt on Saturday afternoon.
COC Playoff Run Ends With Loss Against Pierce
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COC Women’s Cross Country Ends Season With 8th Place Finish at State Championships
No. 5 College of the Canyons earned its first Bowl Game win of the Ted Iacenda era, downing No. 6 Mt. San Antonio College 28-16 in the 2017 Western State Bowl at Cougar Stadium on Saturday night.
Cougars 2017 Western State Bowl Champions
Castaic Middle School parents, students and teachers are celebrating after a surprise announcement was made that the school won a $100,000 grant from Farmers Insurance as a part of the nationwide “Thank America’s Teachers Dream Big Teacher Challenge.”
Farmer’s Insurance Awards Castaic Middle School $100K Grant After Nationwide Contest
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Castaic Middle School won a $100,000 grant after participating in the nationwide "Thank America's Teachers Dream Big Teacher Challenge". Plus, a local kickoff to a national holiday tradition brought out the stars. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Monday, November 20, 2017
This holiday season, Westfield Valencia Town Center will be introducing #HowDoYouHoliday 2017 – a combination of services, amenities and experiences designed to make this special time of year enjoyable, meaningful, stylish and even hassle-free.
Santa Claus Fast Pass, Operation Santa Salute, Santa’s Workshop Among Holiday Festivities at Town Center
The city of Santa Clarita has created a platform for our residents to access the most current information on federal and state bills upon which the City Council has adopted formal positions.
Santa Clarita Residents Now Have Access to Current Legislation