Politics

John Calandri appointed to Antelope Valley Fair JPA

John Calandri (image from http://www.calandrisonrisefarms.com)

SACRAMENTO – Senator Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) announced Monday that she has appointed John Calandri to serve as the Senate designee on the Antelope Valley Fair Joint Powers Authority (JPA). “As a multi-generation agricultural family, John and his family truly represent what the Antelope Valley Fair is all about,” Runner stated in news release. “John…

County votes to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to incrementally raise the minimum wage in unincorporated areas over the next five years, reaching $15 an hour by 2020. Supervisors Sheila Kuehl, Hilda Solis and Mark Ridley-Thomas backed the ordinance. Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe dissented, raising concerns about the…

Martinez named as alternate to Metrolink Board

Roxana Martinez

PALMDALE – Palmdale City Councilmember Roxana Martinez has been appointed as an alternate member of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) Board of Directors by Board Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas. Martinez was appointed to the Palmdale City Council at its Jan. 14 meeting to fill the seat vacated by newly elected State Assemblyman Tom Lackey.…

County settles Section 8 discrimination allegations

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in a closed session Tuesday to pay an undisclosed amount to settle charges of discriminatory enforcement practices against Antelope Valley residents living in subsidized housing. The details of the agreement involving the county, the Housing Authority and the U.S. Justice Department were not released…

Palmdale Council approves election changes

In November 2016, the new district-based electoral system is set to begin for Palmdale.

PALMDALE – The City Council at its Wednesday meeting approved several changes to its election procedures, including district-based voting, to comply with its recent settlement over violations of the California Voting Rights Act. Following the terms of the settlement reached with plaintiffs on May 6, the council on Wednesday certified the results of Palmdale’s Nov.…

Signature gathering approved for marijuana legalization initiatives

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LOS ANGELES – Backers of two initiatives that would legalize marijuana received permission this week to begin gathering signatures, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced. One initiative would retroactively legalize marijuana and hemp use, cultivation, possession, transportation, procession, distribution and sale by persons 21 years and over. It would also allow unlicensed cultivation for use,…

Bill to cancel unchallenged special elections clears committee

Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Antelope Valley, said she typically opposes government expansion, but she co-authored the amendment.

SACRAMENTO – Senator Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster) announced Tuesday that her legislation, Senate Bill 49, passed out of the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. SB 49 would permit the Governor, at his or her discretion, to cancel a special election when only one candidate qualifies to appear on the ballot. Runner was elected to the…

Palmdale settles voting rights case

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PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale has reached an agreement with the plaintiffs in the California Voting Rights Act case and will hold a series of community meetings in the future to explain the upcoming changes to its method of electing its City Council members. Under the settlement agreement that was reached Wednesday night, Palmdale…

Lackey’s roadside “drug breathalyzer” bill rejected

Assemblyman Tom Lackey

SACRAMENTO – California lawmakers rejected a proposal by Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) to authorize roadside drug “breathalyzer” tests. Assembly Bill 1356 failed to pass the Assembly Public Safety Committee Tuesday. According to Lackey, a broad coalition of roadway safety organizations and law enforcement supported AB 1356, which would have put California on the cutting edge…

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

Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Antelope Valley, said she typically opposes government expansion, but she co-authored the amendment.

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

Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Antelope Valley, said she typically opposes government expansion, but she co-authored the amendment.

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…