Politics

Fox’s aerospace tax credit bill signed into law

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SACRAMENTO —Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) announced Thursday that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 2389, a measure to create and retain aerospace industry jobs in California. “We have been focusing on economic recovery and job creation,” said Fox. “This tax credit will help California gain and retain high-paying jobs for our people.”…

Fox’s bill on sexual violent predators passes Public Safety Committee

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 1607 received unanimous bipartisan support from the Senate Public Safety Committee, according to an announcement Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale). The bill revises the Sexual Violent Predator (SVP) Act to make the process of conditional release of these offenders more transparent and allow input from the areas most affected by their…

CSU Antelope Valley bill clears key Senate committee

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SACRAMENTO –Assembly Bill (AB) 736, a measure which could eventually pave the way for a new California State University Campus in the Antelope Valley, received unanimous approval last week from the Senate Education Committee, according to an announcement by Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale). The bill now will move to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.…

Assemblymember Fox statement on passage of budget

Steve Fox

SACRAMENTO- The state Legislature on Sunday approved California’s $108 billion FY 2014-15 budget. Senate Bill No. 852 passed 55-24 in the Assembly and 25-11 in the Senate. View the legislation here. Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) made the following statement regarding the passage of California’s fourth consecutive on-time, balanced budget. “Legislators have continued to prioritize education,…

Palmdale to continue fighting Voting Rights Act ruling

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PALMDALE – The city is not ready to call it quits on maintaining its at-large elections – despite the fact that no California Voting Rights Act lawsuit has ever been successfully defended in the state. Instead, Palmdale perceives the lawsuit as a passionate struggle to fight “interference by outside special interests.” So said Palmdale City…

Readers Speak Out (CA primary election)

(Top row: L to R) Tony Strickland and Steve Knight will face off Nov. 4 for the 25th Congressional District seat. Tom Lackey and Steve Knight will face off in November for the 36th Assembly District seat. (Bottom row L to R) Jim Mcdonnell will face Paul Tanaka for Los Angeles County Sheriff.

Voters across California headed to the polls Tuesday, June 3 for the Statewide Direct Primary Election. The new top-two open primary system pitted all candidates against each other, regardless of party affiliation, with the two top finishers moving on to the General Election on November 4. In the 25th Congressional District (which covers most of the…

School bullying bill clears Assembly

Steve Fox

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) on Friday announced that his preemptive solution to school bullying, Assembly Bill (AB) 1993, was approved by the Assembly. The bill, which passed with bipartisan support by a 48 – 15 margin, now will move to the Senate for consideration. “In almost every case of serious school violence, bullying…

Fox’s bill on sexual violent predators cleared by Assembly

Steve Fox

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) on Friday announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 1607 received unanimous bipartisan support from the Assembly. The bill revises the Sexual Violent Predator (SVP) Act to make the process of conditional release of these offenders more transparent and allow input from the areas most affected by their release. “This…

Palmdale seeking applicants for Planning Commission

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PALMDALE – The City Council of the City of Palmdale is accepting applications for one Planning Commissioner in District 2 for a term to expire in June of 2016. The deadline to return applications is Monday, May 19, 2014 at 6 p.m. to the City Clerk’s department located at 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite A. A description…

Bill to deter squatters clears committee

Steve Fox

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 1513, a bill that deters illegal squatting in residential real properties, received bipartisan support from members of the Assembly Judiciary Safety Committee and passed by a margin of 9-1. The bill now will move to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. “Homeowners in the Antelope…

Fox’s bill on sexually violent predators moves forward

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) on Tuesday announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 1607 received unanimous bipartisan support from the Assembly Public Safety Committee. The bill revises the Sexual Violent Predator (SVP) Act to make the process of conditional release of these offenders more transparent and allow input from the areas most affected by…

Lancaster City Council members take oath of office

City Clerk Geri K. Bryan (right) administers the oath of office to newly-elected Councilman Ronald D. Smith. (JIM. E. WINBURN)

LANCASTER – Council Members-Elect Marvin Crist and Ronald D. Smith were sworn into office Tuesday after the Lancaster City Council unanimously adopted the results for the April 8 General Municipal Election. Crist and Smith were re-elected to four-year terms on the council. Councilwoman Sandra Johnson said Crist and Smith’s re-election means that the council can…

Traffic Ticket Amnesty Bill moves on

Steve Fox

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced that his Traffic Ticket Amnesty Legislation, Assembly Bill (AB) 2085, received bipartisan support and was passed by a margin of 13-2 by the Assembly Transportation Committee. The bill now will move to the Assembly Floor. “The recession is still affecting too many people,” said Fox. “When people…

Lancaster city election results (thoughts?)

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LANCASTER – The voters have spoken. Lancaster’s two incumbents bested seven challengers Tuesday in the race for Lancaster city council. Marvin Crist finished first with 4,052 votes, followed by Ron Smith with 3,874 votes. While Johnathon Ervin garnered the most votes at the polls, he lost ground in the votes by mail, and ultimately finished…

Lancaster deputy mayor behind last-minute mailer

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LANCASTER – Lancaster city council candidate Johnathon Ervin expressed outrage Monday over a last-minute political mailer sent out to Lancaster’s “values-based” voters. “It’s trying to question whether I have family values and whether I have morals, and I think that’s unfair,” Ervin said. “I think that it’s the same type of dirty politics we’re used…

POLL: Who gets your vote for Lancaster City Council?

Lancaster City Council candidates (Top row L to R): Jordan Campbell, Sheldon Carter, Marvin Crist, Johnathon Ervin. (Bottom row L to R) Oscar Mejia, David Paul, Michael Rives, Liza Rodriguez, Ron Smith.

The Lancaster Municipal Election takes place Tuesday, April 8, with polling locations opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m. For more information regarding the City’s upcoming election, contact the Lancaster City Clerk Department at 661-723-6020. (This poll will stay open until 7:45 p.m. on April 8, 15 minutes before the real polls close. Voting…

Group calls for ethics investigation of Assemblyman Steve Fox

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ANTELOPE VALLEY – With the State Senate belatedly taking action against three senators accused or convicted of various crimes, local activists are calling on Assembly Speaker John Perez, the Assembly Rules Committee and the Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee to institute an investigation into the whistleblower allegations against Assemblyman Steve Fox. “The public was first notified…

Thompson appointed to council vacancy

Thompson poses for a photo with members of Girl Scout Troop 4382, who were holding up signs from the audience, reading "We Want Fred".  (JIM WINBURN)

PALMDALE – The City Council appointed Fred Thompson to a vacancy on its board Wednesday evening, making the former Palmdale School District trustee the first African-American to serve on the council. The four-member council voted unanimously in a motion to appoint Thompson to Councilwoman Laura Bettencourt’s vacated seat. Bettencourt resigned her seat on the council…

Lancaster politics: Pot calls the kettle black

(L to R) Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris; Lancaster City Council candidate Johnathon Ervin; Lancaster Councilmember Marvin Crist; and Lancaster Councilmember Ron Smith.

By Lancaster resident Nax Stuart The pot calling the kettle black would best describe the vitriol that comes out of the mouth of Lancaster’s Mayor R. Rex Parris. His latest berating of a political contender for Lancaster City Council, Johnathon Ervin, is nothing short of Parris’ racist grandstanding telling Lancaster’s constituents through a ‘hit mailer’…