Around the District
Preventing Another Gas Leak
On July 1st I met up with members of the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council to discuss the passage of the Natural Gas Leak Prevention Act and the next steps for ensuring tragedies like the Porter Ranch gas leak never harm our communities again. Thank you to Paula, David, Cheri, and everyone else who helped make this happen. More info on the bill here.
Standing with members of the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council

Business Visit
A couple weeks ago a paid a visit to WJ Saunders Insurance in Simi Valley. I learned all about their operation and the challenges they face with federal regulations.
Touring a great local business in Simi Valley

Independence Day in SCV 
I started my 4th of July early at the Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast and Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade. 
Serving Pancakes in Santa Clarita on the 4th of July

Lancaster Rodeo
After the festivities in Santa Clarita I stopped by the 4th of July Rodeo in Lancaster. Unfortunately I could not stick around for the fireworks because I had to catch a red-eye back to DC that evening.
At the Lancaster Rodeo

Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home
Our office was proud to take part in Saturday’s Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home in Simi Valley. Thank you to the VFW Museum of Military History for sponsoring and to the Vietnam Veterans in Simi Valley for creating, curating, and running this fantastic event.
Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home 50th Anniversary

Porter Ranch Hearing
My staff attended the South Coast Air Quality Management District Hearing this weekend to listen to the testimony put forth by witnesses, the Air Quality Management District, and SoCal Gas. The purpose of the hearing was to hear the status of compliance to the abatement put forth by SCAQMD on the Aliso Canyon Facility.
Listening to public comment at the AQMD Hearing this weekend

Around the Capitol
St. Francis Dam Bill 
Very proud to announce that last Tuesday our St. Francis Dam Memorial Monument bill passed the House with unanimous support! Read more here.   
It is time to memorialize the victims of the St. Francis Dam tragedy

The Deputy Mayor Comes to Washington
Great meeting in my Washington, DC office last Thursday with Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles Jeff Gorell, my old State Assembly colleague. We discussed important public safety issues including countering violent terrorism, cyber-security, and earthquake resilience. 
Meeting with Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles Jeff Gorell

Solar Fuels Innovation Act 
We are excited to announce HR 5638, that the Solar Fuels Innovation Act, a bill we introduced last week, passed the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on July 7th with bipartisan support! This measure would institute a research program to develop the advanced chemistry needed in order to convert sunlight into storable fuels, which will create far-reaching economic impacts for the future. Read more here.

Helping Families Cope with Mental Health Crises 
On Wednesday I was proud to support H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. This bill would make changes to federal mental health programs and create several grant programs for states and localities so that we can better address the needs of the many patients & families dealing mental health issues across our country. Read more about the legislation here.

Calling All Interns
My D.C. office is currently accepting applications for our Fall Internship Program. If you know anyone who is interested in politics or policy, enjoys a fun and fast-paced work environment, and is looking to improve their job skills in our nation's capital, tell them to check us out! For more information and to apply, visit my website here.
 

Around the Corner
Patriot Luncheon for Veterans
July 13, 11:30PM
Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia

Betsy Ross: A Historical Reenactment
July 14, 1:00PM
SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall

Olympics History and Author
July 16, 2:00PM
Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Boulevard, Valencia

Free Concert Series in Simi Valley: The Spazmatics
July 16, 6:30-8:30PM
556 Lake Park Drive, Simi Valley 

Electra Night Run & Glow Party
July 23, Gates open at 6:00PM
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W Avenue H, Lancaster

Palmdale National Night Out
July 28, 5:00 – 8:00PM
Domenic Massari Park, Palmdale 

 
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