Around the District
National Purple Heart Day
Today, we honor National Purple Heart Day. Purple Heart Medals are awarded to those wounded or killed while serving in the United States Armed Forces as a result of enemy action and also given to military personnel who display bravery and valor as prisoners of war and while fighting certain types of domestic terrorists. We thank all our service members who have been awarded this medal and remember the fallen. 
Purple Heart Day

Statement on Los Angeles Olympic Games
Having the Olympic Games return to Los Angeles in 2028 will be a great honor for our community. These games are a tradition of international unity and competition. They will bring business and opportunity to our area. I look forward to welcoming athletes, their families, and leaders from across the world to Southern California!

Valley Oasis
Last week Lily and I attended an event honoring Valley Oasis, a community based non-profit agency in the Antelope Valley whose mission is to end social and domestic violence and homelessness through education, intervention, prevention, safe shelter and supportive services. A very special thank you Nichole McCracken and the event committee for a successful event and thank you to the Valley Oasis staff for all they do for our community!
Valley Oasis Appreciation Ceremony

National Eagle Scout Day
August 1 we celebrated National Eagle Scout Day. Only about 4% of Boy Scouts earn the medal and designation of Eagle Scout and there are more than 2 million Eagle Scouts since its origin in 1912. Some notable Eagle Scout recipients are Neil Armstrong, President Gerald R. Ford, Bill Gates, John Garamendi, U.S. Senator Bill Bradley, and many more. This award is a distinguished honor of service to self, nation, and world.
Eagle Scout Medal

AV Veterans Breakfast
I started my morning August 1 at Crazy Otto’s meeting with many of the veterans in the Antelope Valley. I had the pleasure of participating in the presentation of an award to Woodrow “Pete” Randolph for his service in Vietnam. Pete also served in WWII. Thank you Pete for your service and congratulations on this well-deserved honor!
Vietnam Veteran Woodrow "Pete" Randolph

Junior Test Pilot School Museum Program
August 1 was a busy day. After breakfast with local veterans I headed to the Blackbird Air Park to learn about the Junior Test Pilot School Summer Museum Program. This is an 8 week program that is designed for students to learn STEM principles using the aircraft specifications, experiments, and advances at Edwards Air Force Base and Plant 42 in Palmdale. It allows kids from 5-18 to learn about aerodynamics and meet pilots and engineers from our local area. I had a great time talking with the kids, their parents and the staff and interns. Thank you to Danny Bazzell, General Manager of the Flight Test Historical Foundation and the city of Palmdale for providing these amazing opportunities for the students of the Antelope Valley.
Blackbird Air Park Junior Test Pilot Program

AV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Lunch
Lily and I joined many other community leaders and members at the Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch on August 2. It was great seeing so many friends and hearing about the great things that Habitat for Humanity, SAVES Foundation and Metal Health America are doing for the community.
AV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Lunch

Veteran Breakfast and Lunch
It was a pleasure to join veterans from both Palmdale and Simi Valley! I started first for breakfast at Birdies Restaurant in Palmdale and lunch at PC's Bar & Grille in Simi Valley. This is such a great group of local veterans in our communities. It is always fun to listen to their stories and even tell a few of my own!
Simi Valley Veteran Lunch

AV College Aircraft Training Program
August 3 I had the pleasure of attending the Antelope Valley College’s Aircraft Fabrication & Assembly Rapid Training Program. This program is a great partnership between AVC and local community partners. Cohorts of 24 students take classes in compressed 8 week sessions, gaining valuable hands on training in aircraft fabrication while earning transferrable college credits. The program is rigorous with students spending well beyond 40 hours per week in this classroom and lab setting. With two cohorts, classes begin at 6:30 a.m. and end at 10 pm, six days per week. The program has a 90% job placement rate. I enjoyed meeting Ray Disepio at the open house. He will be graduating in couple of days. Congratulations to Ray and the other graduates and thank you to AVC and Ed Knudson for providing this program for our community.
AV College Aircraft Fabrication & Assembly Rapid Training Program

Thunder on the Lot Appreciation Ceremony
Thursday I attended the Thunder on the Lot Appreciation Ceremony in Lancaster. Thunder on the Lot and its collaboration with Kids Charities has served our community with 22 years of incredible help to children suffering from domestic violence by proving abuse prevention therapy and many other services to disadvantaged kids of our community. Thank you to Ron and Yvette for all they do for this community and contacts on another successful year of service.
Thunder on the Lot Appreciation Ceremony

SAGE Ribbon Cutting
Also on Thursday I attended the ribbon cutting of SAGE (Space and Aeronautics Gateway to Exploration) Academy in Palmdale. This is another great school that is preparing our students for the future. I am looking forward to hearing about all the great things these students will do in the future!
SAGE Ribbon Cutting

Palmdale Aerospace Academy
The new Palmdale Aerospace Academy school is open! The community came out and gave a warm welcome on a bright and beautiful day. Here come our future astronauts, engineers, and fabricators.
Palmdale Aerospace Academy Ribbon Cutting

Bronze Star Ceremony
Friday I had the honor of witnessing Col. Martin Spann receiving a Bronze Star with “V” Device (Valor) for his heroism on March 11, 2005 in Iraq. Col. Spann saved the life of an Iraqi soldier while under fire from insurgents. Major General Gravett was on hand today in Simi Valley to present the award to Col. Spann. It was an honor for our office to assist Col. Spann in obtaining this important medal.
Col. Martin Spann Bronze Star Ceremony

Simi Valley police Officer Michael F. Clark Memorial Ceremony
Also Friday I attended the quarter century Memorial Ceremony of the passing of Simi Valley Police Officer Michael F. Clark who gave the last full measure of devotion to the citizens of Simi Valley when he responded to a "Man With a Gun" radio call. Officer Clark left behind a young marriage, a six month old son, an extended family, many friends and his comrades. He took with him the love of those mentioned and the enduring gratitude of our community. I am pictured here with Simi Valley PD, Chief of Police David M. Livingstone.
Officer Michael Clark Quarter Century Memorial Ceremony

Palmdale Water District 100th Year Celebration
Lily and I joined the Palmdale Water District Board of Directors and Aqua Dog as the kicked off their year long 100 year celebration. Be sure to check their website for exciting events happening each month culminating with a huge celebration next July!
Palmdale Water District 100th Celebration Kick Off

Palmdale Jazz Concert
August 5 I had the great pleasure of announcing the sponsors for the jazz concert featuring Jeanette Harris and Gerald Albright. Great show and a great night out in Palmdale.
Palmdale Jazz Concert

Salem Media Group
Saturday I had a great time meeting with the folks from Salem Media Group in my Simi Valley Office.
Salem Media Group

Around the Capitol
Keeping Up With the 115th Congress
Do you know what the House has passed so far in 2017? If you’re relying on the news, you may not be as up to date as you think… Congress has focused on passing legislation that supports defense, care for veterans, and addresses issues like human trafficking and opioid addiction. Check out for more information on what we have passed and what we are working on next!

Santa Clarita Family Visit
Thanks to the Ahuja family for stopping by my DC office! The Ahuja family are in town from Santa Clarita and are exploring all the historical sights the city has to offer. I hope you enjoy your visit!
Ahuja Family DC Visit

Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute
Congratulations to Aaron Kavanagh, an educator at Quartz Hill High School and Palmdale constituent, who is in DC this week participating in Summer Teacher Institutes at the Library of Congress. Mr. Kavanagh is a teacher in the Social Studies Department as well as the head basketball coach! During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website. Excited to hear what you’ll be bringing back to our classrooms!
Aaron Kavanagh attends Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

Around the Corner
Meet & Greet Presentation by Author James W. Ure
August 8, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42, 2001 E Ave. P, Palmdale

Central Park Walking Challenge
August 10, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM 
Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita

Music in the Park featuring Copperhill
August 10, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Hwy, Palmdale

Country Comes to Town at the Simi Valley Public Library
August 10, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley

Placerita Canyon Family Hike and Animal Show
August 12, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall