Around the District
An Update on Porter Ranch 
As the gas leak near Porter Ranch continues to affect the residents there, I am doing everything in my power to mitigate the effects of the leak and protect the residents of Porter Ranch. I have spoken with representatives of relevant agencies, such as the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, and as recently as Saturday attended the Southern California Air Quality Management hearing on the gas leak to hear from concerned residents.
Speaking at the Southern California Air Quality Management hearing

For more information on these and other activities, please visit my website here. If you are having trouble getting in contact with SoCalGas or have any questions, please give my district office a call at (661) 255-5630.
Touring the Aliso Canyon storage facility 

Ribbon Cutting in Simi Valley
Congratulations to We Rock The Spectrum Kid's Gym in Simi Valley on your ribbon cutting last Saturday!
We Rock the Spectrum in Simi Valley

App Challenge
Don't forget, my office is taking submissions from high school students for the Congressional App Challenge through January 15! For more information, visit my website here.

A Warm Welcome in Santa Clarita
Last week, Oakmont of Santa Clarita Senior Living opened their doors to the seniors of our community. Congratulations, we wish you the best of luck.
Oakmont of Santa Clarita

Around the Capitol
Back In Session
On January 5th, Congress resumed its 114th session and immediately got to work with legislative business. In our first week back, we passed H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015, which would repeal the most harmful mandates and taxes of the Affordable Care Act. I would love to hear your thoughts on what else Congress should be acting on this year. To send me an opinion, visit my website here.

Taking Care of Business
On Wednesday I was proud to introduce my first bill of the new year: H.R. 4322, the DOD Mentor-Protégé Cooperation Reform Act. This commonsense legislation would simplify the qualification process for disadvantaged small businesses that are eligible to participate in the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Mentor-Protégé program. Our communities are in the unique position of having a huge presence of defense contracting companies as well as a large number of small businesses that are seeking government contracts. The DOD Mentor-Protégé Cooperation Reform Act would help bridge the gap between those two groups so that our region’s economy can thrive. 
H.R. 4322 was introduced last week

Holding the Small Business Administration Accountable
Last week I attended a House Small Business Committee hearing about deficiencies in the Small Business Administration’s management. I asked the Administrator, Maria Contreras-Sweet, about what she is doing to ensure that these problems are being corrected so that the SBA can effectively carry out its mission of providing financial and technical assistance to America’s small businesses.
Heroin Briefing
This afternoon I attended a roundtable with the Congressional Heroin Task Force. We heard from representatives of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the American Psychological Association who discussed the effectiveness of heroin treatments, access to care, and the development of future addiction medicines. 
At a roundtable with the Congressional Heroin Task Force

Around the Corner
Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council Board Meeting
January 13, 6pm
Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Drive, Northridge 

The BLVD Farmer’s Market
January 14, 2-6pm
Lancaster Boulevard between Fern & Date Avenues, Lancaster

Music to Our Ears
January 14, 6:30-7:30pm
Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley

Celebration of Local Authors
January 16, 10am-3pm
Newhall Library, 24500 Main Street, Newhall

Artist Talk: Justin Bower
January 17, 2pm
Lancaster Museum of Art and History, 665 West Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster

Makerbox Collective: STEAM Activity
January 19, 4pm-5pm 
Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley