Politics

Video: Governor’s 2016 State of the State Address

CA Gov Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO – California Governor Jerry Brown delivered his 2016 State of the State address Thursday morning in Sacramento. Brown vowed to “focus on how we pay for the commitments we have already made,” invest in “ways that will not lock in future spending” and keep California “prepared and vigilant” for a “profoundly uncertain” future. View…

Palmdale seeks applicants for Planning Commission

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PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Council is accepting applications for two planning commissioners, one in District 1 and one in District 4, for terms to expire in June of 2016. The deadline to return applications is Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. Applications must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office, located at 38300 Sierra…

In memory of Larry Chimbole

Larry Chimbole

SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) adjourned the floor session Thursday, Jan. 7, in memory of Palmdale’s first mayor, Larry Chimbole, who passed away Nov. 10. Calling Chimbole “one of my favorite Antelope Valley Democrats,” Lackey detailed the qualities that made Chimbole an outstanding public servant. – Previous related story: Palmdale’s first mayor, Larry Chimbole,…

Toys delivered to Antelope Valley Academy for Autistic Children

[L to R] State Sen. Bob Huff, student Christian Barillas, and Assemblyman Tom Lackey. [contributed]

LANCASTER – State Sen. Bob Huff, R-San Dimas, teamed with Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, and state Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, to help deliver electronic goodies to the Academy for Advancement of Children with Autism, Antelope Valley campus. The group delivered seven LeapFrog Brand LeapTV Educational Gaming Systems and 13 LeapFrog brand LeapPad3 Learning Tablets to…

L.A. County joins VoteCal

Secretary of State Alex Padilla joined Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean C. Logan on Monday to deploy VoteCal – the new statewide voter registration database that will bring together data previously managed at the local level. [contributed]

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles is one of 38 California counties that have joined VoteCal, an online voter database that allows residents to register to vote online, check the status of vote-by-mail ballots and find their polling places, authorities announced. Los Angeles County, along with Glenn, Fresno, Kern and Napa counties, launched VoteCal on Monday.…

County considering gun regulations

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to consider new ways of preventing violence in the community and workplace, including potential gun buyback programs and stricter controls on rapid-fire weapons. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas proposed that the sheriff, district attorney, probation chief and health officials develop a set of recommendations within…

Banks named Air Pollution Control Officer

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LANCASTER – The governing board of the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District has appointed Bret Banks Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO) of the local regulatory air agency. Banks — who will also serve as the AVAQMD’s executive director — will report directly to the governing board beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Banks will be responsible…

Assemblyman Lackey joins developmental disabilities community for day-of-action

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LANCASTER- As part of a statewide Day-of-Action, Assemblyman Tom Lackey and hundreds of advocates rallied at Desert Haven Enterprise in Lancaster, calling on Governor Jerry Brown to increase funding to support state services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Joining Lackey in the call to action was former NFL and UCLA Star Wendell Tyler, whose son…

L.A. County supervisors vote to welcome refugees

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors formally declared that it will welcome Syrian and other refugees fleeing persecution to a “new, peaceful and productive life in Los Angeles County.” The vote was 3-1 on Tuesday, with Supervisor Michael Antonovich dissenting and Supervisor Don Knabe abstaining. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl…

Antonovich draws criticism over “Muhammad” comment

Supervisor Antonovich [left]. Palmdale resident Kamal Al-Khatib [right]

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich is in trouble with Muslim community leaders over a comment he made in the aftermath of the San Bernardino County massacre. In a speech to constituents after the shooting, Antonovich said, “The first thing I asked about this incident, was the guy named Muhammad?” It upset…

Palmdale Partners Academy graduates 21

Palmdale Partners Academy's graduating class. [contributed]

PALMDALE – Twenty-one residents earned their graduation certificates from the city of Palmdale’s Partners Academy at their final session and closing ceremony held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Palmdale City Council Chamber. It was the ninth class to graduate from the Academy, a program designed to present citizens with a first-hand look at city operations…

Knight’s small business bill signed into law

Steve Knight

Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) hit a legislative milestone last week when the President signed into law a measure that included his first bill. H.R. 1390, the Small Business Joint Venturing Act, will give small businesses a better chance to compete for federal contracts by allowing them to form joint ventures and work together on contracts…

Van Dam added to AV Fair Board, 3 others reappointed

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LANCASTER – Longtime local resident and businessman Gary Van Dam has been added to the Antelope Valley Fair Association’s Board of Directors, officials announced. Van Dam replaces outgoing Director Raj Mahli for the remainder of a four-year term that expires Dec. 31, 2016. Mahli was recently appointed as a council member for the city of…

Palmdale’s first mayor, Larry Chimbole, passes away

Larry Chimbole

PALMDALE – Palmdale’s first mayor, Larry Chimbole, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 10, city officials announced. He was 96. “Not only have we lost one of our City’s founders and first mayor, but a dear, dear friend,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “Words cannot adequately express our sorrow and our thanks to Larry for a lifetime…

Knight announces Congressional App Challenge

Congressional App Challenge

Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) announced this week that his office is now accepting submissions for the second annual Congressional App Challenge. The Congressional App Challenge is a competition that offers high school students in participating congressional districts the opportunity to create original “apps” and submit them to a panel of local judges for a chance…

Nash to head county Office of Child Protection

Michael Nash [image via: Juvenile Justice Information Exchange]

LOS ANGELES – The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed retired juvenile court judge Michael Nash as director of its Office of Child Protection. The vote was 4-1, with Supervisor Don Knabe dissenting, saying that “I have never believed that adding more levels of bureaucracy will solve the challenges we face or help us…

Sen. Runner, Assemblyman Lackey request State of Emergency

Sen. Sharon Runner

SACRAMENTO – Senator Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) has called upon Governor Brown to declare a State of Emergency in Los Angeles County due to the devastating aftermath of recent flooding and mudslides. She is joined in her request by Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) and Assemblyman Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita). “Many of my constituents continue to…

Supervisors approve $15 million to re-house homeless

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to spend $15 million on programs to rapidly re-house homeless people and assist families on the brink of living on the streets. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Michael Antonovich recommended moving forward now, rather than waiting for the results of a strategic plan on…