Politics

AVTA Board welcomes new members

[L to R] Fred Thompson and Roxana Martinez.

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) will be welcoming a new member to its board of directors at the upcoming meeting Feb. 24. Palmdale City Councilmember Fred Thompson was appointed to the AVTA Board by a unanimous vote of the Palmdale City Council at its Feb. 4 meeting. Thompson, who has been serving…

Lancaster officials introduce Administrative Citation Program

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LANCASTER – City Council members Tuesday night voted 4-0, with Mayor R. Rex Parris absent, to introduce a program they say would counter the criminal impact on local communities due to recent state laws. To discourage people from committing crimes such as shoplifting, theft, buying or receiving stolen property, unlawful dumping, vandalism, and other nonviolent…

Martinez appointed to Palmdale City Council

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PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Council appointed Roxana Martinez at its January 14 meeting to fill the seat vacated by newly elected State Assemblyman Tom Lackey. Martinez had been serving as the Vice-Chair of the Palmdale Planning Commission, and has served on the Commission since 2012. A long-time resident of the Antelope Valley, she earned…

Steve Knight sworn in to 114th Congress

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WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley) was officially sworn in Tuesday as a member of the 114th Congress. “I am thrilled to start in my new role as a member of the House of Representatives and to begin serving the people of the 25th Congressional District,” stated Knight. This marks Knight’s inaugural term…

Sharon Runner organizing Senate campaign

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HIGH DESERT – Former Assembly Member and state Senator Sharon Runner is considering a run for the state Senate District 21 seat soon to be vacated by Steve Knight. In a news release issued Monday, Runner said she was “responding to the massive outpouring of support and encouragement from community leaders and district residents asking…

Lackey appointed to Assembly Public Safety Committee

Tom Lackey

SACRAMENTO – Assembly member Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, has been appointed to the State Assembly Public Safety Committee, which shapes California’s criminal justice laws and policies. Lackey also will serve on Assembly Budget Subcommittee #5, which handles all appropriations for public safety programs. Drawing from 28 years as a California Highway Patrol officer, Lackey’s expertise will…

Democratic club honors local volunteer, Los Angeles mayor

DCHD 1st Vice President Veronica Fields presented Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti with a special memento on behalf of Antelope Valley residents, a photo of Garcetti and his father taken by Fields during the 2013 Los Angeles mayoral campaign. (Contributed)

STUDIO CITY – The Democratic Club of the High Desert (DCHD) awarded Palmdale resident Gary Cohen as its 2014 Volunteer of the Year. Cohen was also honored Saturday during the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley’s annual Truman Awards luncheon. Truman honorees embody President Harry S. Truman’s legacy with their principled activism, courage under fire,…

Assemblyman Lackey introduces first bill

Tom Lackey is sworn in at the state capital. (Contributed)

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, took the oath of office Monday as the new representative for California’s 36th Assembly District. “It is truly the honor and privilege of a lifetime to represent my community and the Antelope Valley in the state capitol,” Lackey stated in a press release. “I’m determined to work in partnership…

Palmdale to appeal in voting rights case

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PALMDALE –The City of Palmdale will file an appeal Monday morning (Nov. 3) after the Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles today granted a request by plaintiff’s attorneys R. Rex Parris and Kevin Shenkman to require a hearing on Nov. 21 to show cause regarding contempt by the Palmdale City Council in the…

Bill on sexually violent predators signed by Governor

Steve Fox

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 1607, a bill revising the Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Act to make the process of conditional release of these offenders more transparent, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. “This law allows communities to retain local control in the management of sexually violent predators when they are released from…

Fox campaign tags lawsuit as ‘meritless claim’

Steve Fox

PALMDALE – The campaign to re-elect California Assemblyman Steve Fox has responded to a lawsuit filed this week against Fox, calling it a meritless claim by a disgruntled former employee. In a written statement, Campaign Consultant Lisa Gasperoni said: “I think the timing of this flawed legal claim says it all. Some have pointed out…

Grandparents’ visitation rights bill signed into law

Steve Fox

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that grants the grandparents of children with incarcerated parents the right to petition to visit with the children. The Grandparents Visitation Rights Bill, AB 1628, received unanimous bipartisan support in the legislature and will take effect January 1, according to Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale).…

Palmdale continues to appeal voting rights court decision despite Supreme Court snub

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PALMDALE – Palmdale received another legal setback when the California Supreme Court refused to review its appeal over the California Voting Rights Act court decision against the city from Nov. 27. City officials responded with a statement Wednesday announcing that their attorneys are preparing final appeal briefs on the original trial decision for the currently…

Grandparents visitation, geriatric care bills advance to governor

Steve Fox

SACRAMENTO – Two bills addressing the needs of California’s aging population have been sent to the governor for consideration, according to an announcement by Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale). “These laws provide a way to keep families together and keep older members of our families healthier,” Fox stated. Assembly Bill (AB) 1628 would allow the grandparents…