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January 16
1926 - Newhall Community Hospital, est. 1922, opens in larger, more modern hospital building at 6th & Spruce streets [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
Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018
Becerra, State AGs Press Congress to Include Cannabis Industry in Banking System
SACRAMENTO – Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined a bipartisan group of 18 state attorneys general Tuesday in urging Congress to advance legislation that will enable the cannabis industry to participate in the banking system in states that have legalized medicinal or adult use of cannabis.
Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018
Brian P. Kelly Named New High-Speed Rail Authority CEO
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - As the California High-Speed Rail Authority continues to move from the planning phase to full construction of the nation’s first high-speed rail system, the Board of Directors announced Tuesday that it has selected a new Chief Executive Officer, Brian P. Kelly, to lead the organization, effective Feb. 1.
Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018
Seldner, 2000 SCV Woman of the Year, Dies at 94
During her first 25 years in the Santa Clarita Valley, Betty served on the board of the Child and Family Center. She was also a volunteer for the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the SCV Chamber of Commerce, the Zonta Club of SCV, the SCV Boys and Girls Club, and the local Elks Lodge.
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LOS ANGELES - More than 4,000 newborns in Los Angeles, including some in the Santa Clarita Valley, will be sporting little red caps, instead of the traditional pink or blue, as part of the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program aimed at bringing attention to heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.
Newborns to Sport Little Red Caps as Part of AHA Campaign
College of the Canyons Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting a two-part Business Events and Training Webinar Jan. 24 (Part 1) and Jan. 31 (Part 2) from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 24, 31: Start, Grow Your E-Commerce Empire Webinar
The California Enterprise Development Authority will be holding a Teleconference Meeting Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 18: CEDA Teleconference Meeting
The Oversight Board to the Former Redevelopment Agency of the city of Santa Clarita will hold its Regular Meeting Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 18: Oversight Board to the Former Redevelopment Agency Regular Meeting
NORTHRIDGE, Calif - The 2018 CSUN Water Polo season presents the opportunity for the Matadors to take the next step.
Matadors Start 2018 Water Polo Season Ranked No. 21
The Santa Clarita Valley Veteran Center has found a permanent home in Newhall.
SCV Veteran Center Finds Permanent Home
Santa Clarita Valley International (SCVi), a free public charter school serving grades TK through 12, will host an informational session Thursday for current and prospective high school students in the school’s Shakespeare Theatre at 28060 Hasley Canyon Road in Castaic, the school announced Tuesday.
Jan. 18: SCVi Open House, High School Information Session
Commercials, television shows, and a short film are all being filmed in Santa Clarita this week.
Currently Filming in SCV: Shadow Wolves, Seal Team, Toyota Commercial
SACRAMENTO – Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined a bipartisan group of 18 state attorneys general Tuesday in urging Congress to advance legislation that will enable the cannabis industry to participate in the banking system in states that have legalized medicinal or adult use of cannabis.
Becerra, State AGs Press Congress to Include Cannabis Industry in Banking System
The 25th Anniversary of the City of Santa Clarita’s annual Cowboy Festival, presented by Heritage Sierra Medical Group, is set for Apr. 19 - Apr. 22.
Dates Set for Cowboy Festival’s 25th Anniversary
College of the Canyons, in partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, will host a free “Family Caregivers Essentials” workshop on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.
Jan. 27: Family Caregiver Workshop at SCV Senior Center
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - As the California High-Speed Rail Authority continues to move from the planning phase to full construction of the nation’s first high-speed rail system, the Board of Directors announced Tuesday that it has selected a new Chief Executive Officer, Brian P. Kelly, to lead the organization, effective Feb. 1.
Brian P. Kelly Named New High-Speed Rail Authority CEO
During her first 25 years in the Santa Clarita Valley, Betty served on the board of the Child and Family Center. She was also a volunteer for the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the SCV Chamber of Commerce, the Zonta Club of SCV, the SCV Boys and Girls Club, and the local Elks Lodge.
Seldner, 2000 SCV Woman of the Year, Dies at 94
1926 - Newhall Community Hospital, est. 1922, opens in larger, more modern hospital building at 6th & Spruce streets [story]
The cities of Santa Clarita, Piru, Fillmore, Bardsdale and Santa Paula along with National Historic Site Rancho Camulos will mark the 90th anniversary of the St. Francis Dam Disaster with special events throughout March 2018.
St. Francis Dam Disaster 90th Anniversary Events Set for March
A man arrested for allegedly burglarizing a Walmart Monday morning posted bail, then was soon arrested again for allegedly vandalizing the Valencia Library, according to officials.
Man Arrested After Alleged Walmart Burglary, Library Vandalism
The minimum wage in the city of Santa Clarita for all industries is $11 an hour for businesses with 26 or more employees and $10.50 an hour for businesses with 25 or fewer employees, effective January 1.
Santa Clarita Hourly Minimum Wage Now $10.50-$11
Princess Cruises has unveiled the 2018 programming to be featured at the Valencia, California-based cruise line's custom designed wilderness treehouse at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.
Princess Cruises Invites Guests to Play in the Trees This Summer
The Master's University women's basketball coach netted a 78-50 win over San Diego Christian at Grossmont College.
Tough Mustangs Take Out Hawks 78-50
Returning on Saturday after a 91-69 win over San Diego Christian, The Master's University men's basketball team found itself in a markedly better position than it was at this time last season.
Mustangs Beat San Diego Christian, Win 17th Straight
College of the Canyons sophomore volleyball player Emily Burns has signed a National Letter of Intent with San Diego State University, after she earned conference Player of the Year and All-State team honors and led the Cougars to the CCCAA State Championship tournament.
Emily Burns Signs with San Diego State University
Saugus High School senior Jacqueline Cascione is the top pick for the 2018 Foothill League cross country season, according to Brando's Blog, compiled by Santa Clarita Valley athlete-journalist Brandon Jauregui.
Cascione Tops 2018 Foothill Girls’ Cross-Country Pre-Season Picks
Federal immigration authorities have quietly resumed accepting requests to renew deferred action under DACA as a result of a preliminary injunction issued last week by a federal judge, according to California's Attorney General.
Feds Resume Accepting DACA Renewal Requests After Injunction
College of the Canyons will host "College2Career Day" at the Valencia campus on Saturday, January 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to give students of all ages the opportunity to explore college and career opportunities in promising industry clusters.
Jan. 27: College2Career Day at COC Valencia Campus
Starting Monday, February 5, parking on both the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses of College of the Canyons will not require a parking permit or pass after 2 p.m.
Starting Feb. 5: Free Student Parking at COC Campuses After 2 p.m.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will provide resources to assist current mudslide recovery and clean-up efforts in Santa Barbara County January 16 through January 22 as part of a mutual aid request from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
LASD to Aid with Mudslide Operations in Santa Barbara County
The four leading Democratic candidates agreed Saturday that President Donald Trump is a racist, while the top two Republican candidates defended Trump’s immigration policies but did not comment on his now-infamous language.
California Governor Candidates Tee Off — on One Another
The Sheriff's Department's VIDA program for young people ages 11-17 is now accepting applications for the SCV Sheriff Station's next 16-week session starting in February.
Applications Now Open for Sheriff Department’s Next VIDA Session
Deputies from the SCV Sheriff's Station spotted an illegal encampment in a Canyon Country wash Thursday morning and arrested a man on drug charges and an outstanding warrant, according to a post Sunday on the station's social media.
Deputies Spot Illegal Encampment, Arrest Man on Warrant, Drug Charges
Special Victims Bureau detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station are looking for a suspect in an alleged sexual assault in a public restroom in Saugus Friday afternoon.
Suspect Sought in Alleged Sexual Assault at Saugus Park
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies arrested two local men for driving under the influence in separate early-morning incidents over the weekend.
Weekend Update: SCV Deputies Arrest 2 for DUI
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Special Assignment Team deputies arrested three people in Canyon Country last week on drug charges, with one arrestee also the subject of an outstanding no-bail arrest warrant, according to a post on the station's official social media.
SCV SAT Deputies Arrest 3 on Drug Charges, Outstanding Warrant
1875 - Henry Mayo Newhall buys western half of the Santa Clarita Valley for $2 an acre [story]
1978 - Banker Sara Faye Wood installed as president (chair) of SCV Chamber of Commerce [story]
1847 - Gen. Andres Pico (as in Pico Canyon) surrenders to Col. John C. Fremont, effectively ending the war between U.S. and Mexico [story]
At the next regular meeting of the Saugus Union School District, the Governing Board members will hear proposals for candidates for the district's new Superintendent from three executive search firms on Tuesday, January 16.
Saugus School Board to Hear Proposals from 3 Search Firms