Around the District
Salute to Business in Simi Valley
On Friday my office participated in the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce Salute to Business Luncheon honoring outgoing Board Chair Jim Vigdor and welcomed incoming Board Chair Celina Zacarias. Thank you Jim for your service and dedication, and I look forward to working with you Celina!
Honoring the outgoing and incoming Board Chairs for the Simi Chamber 

Expanding Operations in the AV
Last week my office offered our congratulations to Jack Cole and Lance Camper on expanding their manufacturing facility in the City of Lancaster. This local company has been here in the Antelope Valley for over 50 years, and as a member of the Small Business Committee I am happy to see a great business like Lance Camper thriving and growing.
 Congratulations to Lance Camper on their expansion in the AV

Santa Clarita Valley Chamber Installation
This weekend I had the honor of installing John Musella as the 2017 Chairman of the Board of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce as well as the new Board of Directors. Thank you to the Chamber for all you do for the businesses of the Santa Clarita Valley!
Great night with the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce

Around the Capitol
Improving Energy 
Last week I spoke on the House floor about H.R. 589, the Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act. This legislation includes a measure that I sponsored last year called the Solar Fuels Innovation Act, which would chart the path on breakthrough technology to turn sunlight into storable fuels, fundamentally changing the way we get energy and leading to entirely new economic sectors. By wisely directing our resources toward meaningful research today we can expand the useful technologies and systems fueling our solar energy economy in the district and across the country. Catch the speech here.

Working with AARP
On Tuesday I had the chance to meet with Nancy McPherson, the California State Director of AARP along with two of her colleagues in my Washington, DC office. We discussed AARP’s important work on housing initiatives and also how we can improve healthcare and social security for our Seniors.
Great meeting with the California State Director of AARP

Aerospace 101
On January 25th I had the opportunity to address a great crowd at an “Aerospace 101” lunch briefing for congressional staff. The event, which was hosted by The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), and the Space Foundation, featured a panel discussion about the future of civil aviation, civil and commercial space, and national security aerospace. The takeaway: we need stable defense and NASA budgets to secure our technological lead in aerospace and keep these high-skill, high-paying jobs in the U.S.
Discussing the future of American aerospace

Fighting to End Childhood Cancer
Today I was proud to introduce H. Res. 69, a bipartisan resolution that would raise awareness and support research for a form of pediatric cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG. This renews an effort we led last year with Janet Demeter, an Agua Dulce resident who lost her son Jack to DIPG in 2012. After his passing, Janet founded an organization called Jack’s Angels, which promotes funding for scientific research, raises public awareness, and supports children afflicted with DIPG. You can learn more about the organization and the resolution here.
Speaking at Relay for Jack last year to raise awareness for DIPG

Around the Corner
Aliso Canyon Public Meeting – Gas Storage Facility, Well Safety Review
February 1 or February 2, 5:30-9:00pm
Hilton Woodland Hills, 6360 Canoga Avenue, Woodland Hills

Opera Comes to Simi Valley Public Library
February 4, 1:00-2:00pm
Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley

Poppy Reserve Volunteer Training For 2017 Wildflower Season
February 4 AND 11*, 9:00am-3:00pm 
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, 15101 Lancaster Road, Lancaster
*Both sessions required for new volunteers.

Coffee and Coloring For Adults
February 14, 10:00am 
Palmdale City Library, 700 E. Palmdale Boulevard, Palmdale

SCV Senior Center Celebrity Waiter Dinner
February 18, 5:00pm
Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia