Around the District
Welcome to the Neighborhood!
Last week my office welcomed Party Blitz to their new location in Simi Valley. Congratulations to Linda Zeller on your grand opening- we wish you the best of luck.
Welcome to Simi Valley, Party Blitz!

Blue Ribbon Awards
Congratulations to Legacy Christian Academy in Valencia on receiving the National Blue Ribbon Award! Lily and I had a great time at the presentation ceremony on November 20th.
Congratulations to students at Legacy Christian Academy

Human Trafficking Roundtable
Recently I held a Human Trafficking Roundtable in Santa Clarita to discuss the need for our community and government to work together to stop this terrible practice. Thank you to Real Life Church in Santa Clarita, International Justice Mission, Zoe International, and everyone else who helped make the meeting a success.
Human Trafficking Roundtable at Real Life Church

Festival of Trees
Lily and I had a great time at the Festival of Trees in Santa Clarita! This is always one of the best events of the year because it brings the community together to help the Boys and Girls Club of the Santa Clarita Valley. 
Festival of Trees in Santa Clarita

Newhall Christmas Tree Lighting
We also enjoyed ourselves at the Newhall Tree Lighting on November 21st. It was a great turnout and a very fun way to ring in the holiday season.
Newhall Christmas Tree Lighting

Cherished High Desert
Last Monday I toured Cherished High Desert in Lancaster. This amazing organization supports women who have been sexually exploited through trafficking and prostitution. Cherished's mission is to walk alongside women as they go through their recovery and to equip and empower women so that they can live healthy, flourishing lives. Thank you for the tour and for all you do.
Touring Cherished High Desert in Lancaster

Heroin Task Force
On November 24th I met with the Simi Valley Task Force on Heroin Prevention. We discussed their efforts to prevent the use of heroin in Simi and talked about what steps the federal government can take to help move forward. Thank you to everyone who participated- together we can stop the devastation that this drug inflicts on our families and our communities.
Meeting with the Simi Valley Heroin Task Force

Around the Capitol
Small Business Joint Venturing Act
Last week, language from my first bill was signed into law by the President. H.R. 1390, the Small Business Joint Venturing Act, will give small businesses a better chance to compete for federal contracts by allowing them to form joint ventures and work together on contracts while maintaining their small business status. I introduced the legislation in March, and after many twists and turns in the legislative process it became law. I am proud that I could be a force for positive change in my first year here.
Signing the Small Biz Joint Venturing Act before its introduction in March

National Defense Authorization Act
On Wednesday the President also signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2016. This annual legislation authorizes the budgets and expenditures for national defense operations in the upcoming fiscal year, meaning it is essential to funding the programs that keep Americans safe at home and overseas.  This year’s NDAA would provide enough funding to the Department of Defense to maintain its current efforts to protect the American people. It supports the quality of life for our troops and their families by providing a 1.3% pay raise for active duty service members and creating a portable Thrift Savings Plan to provide a retirement plan for all members. Additionally, it retains a housing allowance for troops who live off base, preserves funding for commissaries, and increases financial literacy training so that service members can maintain the quality of life that they desire and deserve. 
The National Defense Authorization Act is a win for our servicemembers

The President signed another great bill into law last week- the SPACE Act. This bill, which I proudly co-sponsored, will provide the commercial space industry with long-term regulatory stability, and is a huge step forward in creating a strong national space policy.
The President signed the SPACE Act into law last week

Around the Corner
Holiday Open House with Santa
December 2, 11am-4pm
Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th Street East, Palmdale

Antelope Valley Ukulele Festival
December 5, 11am-6pm
Cedar Center for the Arts, 44857 Cedar Avenue, Lancaster

Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley Glow Run
December 5, 5-9pm 
Simi Valley Town Center Mall, 1555 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley

Christmas Parade
December 5, 10am
The BLVD, Lancaster Boulevard between 10th Street West & Sierra Highway, Lancaster

Duane Harte Memorial Service
December 5, 11am
The Sanctuary Church, 26444 Friendly Valley Parkway, Santa Clarita

Duane Harte Funeral Service
December 5, 1:15pm
Eternal Valley Cemetery, 23287 Sierra Highway, Newhall

Duane Harte Memorial Reception
December 5, 2:30pm
Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country

Holiday Craft Fair
December 5-6, 10am-3pm
Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall

Hot Cocoa and Movies
December 5, 1-4pm
The Centre, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita