Politics

Underwood-Jacobs appointed to vacant Lancaster Council seat

LANCASTER – Lancaster resident and current Criminal Justice Commissioner Angela Underwood-Jacobs was appointed Tuesday, April 14, to the vacated Lancaster City Council seat that was previously held by Sandra Johnson. Underwood-Jacobs is the regional manager, senior vice president at California Bank & Trust in downtown Lancaster. She is a member of the Lancaster Chamber of…

Lancaster resident honored during Capitol Holocaust Remembrance Day

Assemblyman Tom Lackey (right) and Michael Rosenbach. (contributed)

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) honored Lancaster resident Michael Rosenbach for Holocaust Remembrance Day at the State Capitol Monday. Rosenbach is a Holocaust survivor of Polish heritage who was born in Uzgan, Russia. “Mr. Rosenbach’s story is one of hope,” Assemblyman Lackey stated. “Michael lived through an extraordinary experience and thrived against all odds.”…

Runner demands transparency from corrections department

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SACRAMENTO – Senator Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster) has called upon the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to provide insight into its decision to terminate enforcement of the uniform sex offender residency restrictions under Jessica’s Law. “I was alarmed by CDCR’s sweeping decision to stop enforcing the people’s will as expressed in Jessica’s Law,” Runner…

Sharon Runner sworn in to state Senate

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SACRAMENTO – Senator Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster) was sworn in Thursday to represent the 21st Senate District in the California State Senate. The oath of office was administered by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon during a small ceremony in the Senate chamber. Runner was surrounded by friends and family including her husband, Board of…

Sharon Runner unchallenged in state senate race

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LANCASTER – Semi-final official results show Sharon Runner to have won Tuesday night’s Special Primary Election. As the only registered name on the ballot for California’s 21st Senate District, Runner only needed to win more than 50 percent of the vote. Semi-official results posted online by Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties’ elections offices revealed…

Lackey announces committee assignments

Tom Lackey

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) on Tuesday announced that he has been appointed to the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace, established to find ways to help grow California’s aerospace industry. “I’m honored to be appointed to the Select Committee on Aerospace, where I will work to ensure that this iconic California industry has the…

Lancaster council member Ken Mann agrees to FPPC fine for 2012 campaign fund violation

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LANCASTER – The Fair Political Practices Commission announced Monday that Lancaster council member Kenneth Mann agreed to a $3,500 fine for violating campaign fund restrictions in connection to his 2012 re-election campaign. The FPPC stated in the agreement that Mann will pay a $3,500 administrative penalty for violating the Political Reform Act “by making an…

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…