Around the Capitol
El Nino Letter
On October 22nd I was proud to join my fellow California legislators in sending a letter to President Obama and Governor Brown urging them to take urgent action in preparing for El Nino-related rainfall. El Nino could be an opportunity for Californians to see some real relief from this drought if we act quickly. We are not in a position to let a single drop of water go to waste, so we must put ourselves in a position to take full advantage. Read the letter here.

In Defense of Defense
Last week I spoke on the House floor about the President's veto of the NDAA, which authorizes spending for our troops and national defense. This move puts political games above the safety of our country and the people who risk their lives defending it. Watch the speech here.
Speaking on the floor about the NDAA

Mentors and Protégé 
On Monday I attended a hearing on the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Mentor-Protégé Program, which connects entrepreneurs with more established firms. Under this program, growing businesses can gain valuable insights into topics such as government contracting, equity, and loans. For more information, please visit the SBA's website.
Discussing the SBA's Mentor-Protégé Program

Assisting with the Transition 
Earlier this week I attended a Military Personnel Subcommittee Hearing where I had a great discussion with some directors of outside Transition Assistance Programs for veterans. We talked about the importance of organizations that help ensure service members and their spouses are prepared for the next step in civilian life, and the need to keep in contact with veterans and provide resources throughout the transition process. Watch the discussion here.

Military Personnel Subcommittee

Around the District
Halloween at Lombardi Ranch 
I had an excellent time last Saturday at the Real Life Church’s "Tribute To Lombardi Ranch" Halloween event in Santa Clarita.
Real Life Church’s "Tribute To Lombardi Ranch"

Disaster Recovery
It's been two weeks since the flash floods and mud slides in the Antelope Valley, but many families are still struggling to rebuild. If you need to report damage as a result of the West Lake Incident, please visit the Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management's website and fill out this survey.

A Pizza the Action
Congratulations to MOD Pizza in Simi Valley on your grand opening. Welcome to the neighborhood!
A warm Simi Valley welcome to MOD Pizza

Flu Shots for Vets
Flu season is fast approaching. If you are a veteran near the Antelope Valley, did you know that you can get a flu shot at the VA Lancaster Community-Based Outpatient Clinic? For more information, give them a call or visit their website.

Long Range Strike Bomber coming to the 25th District
Earlier this week, the Department of Defense and Air Force announced that Northrop Grumman was awarded the contract to build the Long Range Strike Bomber. Moving forward with this contract is a victory for the American people because it means that the United States will continue to produce high-quality aircraft that will give us an advantage in protecting our citizens and our way of life. It is also a victory for the Antelope, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valleys because it will expand our aerospace manufacturing sector and bring thousands of quality jobs to our communities. More information here.
At Plant 42 in Palmdale, where the Long Range Strike Bomber will be built

Around the Corner
NorthPark's 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat
October 30, 6am-8pm
NorthPark Community Church, 28310 Kelly Johnson Parkway, Valencia

Candyland SCV
October 31, 5-9pm
The Church On The Way Santa Clarita, 23415 Cinema Drive, Santa Clarita

Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy Buyback
November 2, 3-6pm
Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, 27450 Tourney Road, Suite 250, Valencia

4th Annual Greater Antelope Valley STEMposium
November 6, 7:30am-2pm
Hellenic Center, 43404 30th Street West, Lancaster

Field of Drafts
November 7, 1-5pm
Clear Channel Stadium, 45116 Valley Central Way, Lancaster

Rose Society Annual Rose Show
November 7, 12-4pm
William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Avenue, Newhall

SMART Landscaping Expo
November 7, 8:30am-3pm
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 West Avenue H, Lancaster

Teen Crafting
November 10, 4-5pm 
Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley