Around the District
Update on Porter Ranch Gas Leak
I am very glad to hear that the Porter Ranch gas leak has been permanently sealed and that residents can begin returning to their homes. Now that the relief operation is complete, it is time to begin the process of recovering, investigating, and preventing crises like this one from ever happening in our communities again. My office stands ready to assist with the relocation and reimbursement processes, so give us a call at (661) 255-5630 or email us at
Giving an update on the Porter Ranch Gas Leak

Chili Cook Off for Veterans
It was quite an honor to serve as a judge in the 1st Annual Chili Cook off at American Legion Post 311 last Saturday.
Saturday's Chili Cook Off In the AV

AV Mall
I stopped by the Antelope Valley Mall on February 16 for a tour of the property and an update on their operation. Thank you to General Manager Scott Cummings, as well as Alan Schmiedicker and Robert Dibblee for taking time out of your day to discuss your business and its importance to the AV.
Touring the AV Mall

Next Steps in Porter Ranch
Earlier this week I met with public officials to discuss the near, medium, and long-term challenges regarding the gas leak near Porter Ranch. Thank you to Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, and Marie Therese Dominguez, Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation and everyone else who participated in this important roundtable.
Roundtable discussion in Porter Ranch with federal officials

Princess Cruises Tour
I toured the Princess Cruises facility in Valencia on February 17 to learn about how federal regulations affect the recreational shipping industry. Thank you to the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber and the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation for helping to arrange the visit!
Touring the Princess Cruises facility in Valencia

A Cemex Update in Sand Canyon
Thank you to the Sand Canyon Home Owners Association for giving me the opportunity to attend Wednesday night's meeting and give an update on my legislation that would prevent another Cemex-style mine in Soledad Canyon. 
Speaking to the Sand Canyon Home Owners Association

Skip for Jack 
I had a great time over the weekend raising awareness and funds for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) research with Jack’s Angels at Skip for Jack in Santa Clarita. Thank you to Jack's Angels for everything that you do! For more information on current efforts to research and end DIPG, visit my website here or Jack’s Angel’s website
Skip for Jack 2016

Around the Capitol
Future of Flight
On February 12, the Committee on Science, Space, & Technology held a hearing and passed H.R. 4489, the FAA Leadership In Groundbreaking High-Tech Research and Development Act (FLIGHT R&D Act). This bill, which I introduced last week, would authorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to study and utilize improvements in aerospace technology with the goal of advancing aviation safety, security, and economic competitiveness. Research and development in aerospace means more jobs and more opportunities for our small businesses to flourish. For more information, please visit my website.

Stopping Cemex
I am very proud to announce that I introduced a bill that would prevent another Cemex-style mine from ever existing in Soledad Canyon. We have strong momentum on this issue, and I am confident that the Soledad Canyon Consistency Act would grant consistency, safety, and peace of mind to the people of the Santa Clarita Valley. More info here.

Porter Ranch Hearing Date Set
Last week the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railways, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials announced that its members will honor my request for a hearing on the Porter Ranch gas leak and my legislation on February 25. This is an incredibly important matter, and I am pleased that my colleagues will examine it sooner rather than later. Visit my website for more information.
Testifying at an Assembly hearing on the Porter Ranch gas leak

Calling All Aspiring Interns
My Washington, D.C. Office is currently looking for qualified and enthusiastic interns. If you have an interest in politics or policy, enjoy a fun and fast-paced work environment, and want to improve your job skills in the nation’s Capital, then fill out an application here
A former D.C. Intern and current staff member

Around the Corner
Mardi Gras Madness 5K / 10K / Mini Madness 1K
February 21, 8-10 am
Valencia Town Center, 24201 West Valencia Blvd, Valencia

Black Women in American History
February 24, 10-11 am
SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall

Lego Free Play
February 25, 5-7 pm
Palmdale City Library, 700 E Palmdale Blvd, Palmdale

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday at the Simi Public Valley Library
February 27, 10am-1 pm
Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley

The Art of Being Earnest
February 27 through April 3, various times
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 East Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley

Fractured Landscapes and Joshua Trees-Art Exhibit
February 18 through April 17, 6:30-8:30 pm
Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th Street East, Palmdale

Discussion on the St. Francis Dam Disaster with Author Jon Wilkman
February 27, 2pm
Newhall Library, 24500 Main Street, Santa Clarita