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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…

Hofbauer to represent Palmdale at poverty summit

Steve Hofbauer

PALMDALE – Palmdale Councilmember Steve Hofbauer will join regional leaders and many of Southern California’ s top names in education, business and government this Wednesday at the California Science Center to discuss tangible steps forward in the ongoing war on poverty. Titled “Fifty Years into the War on Poverty,” the summit is hosted by the…

Fox’s bills to aid veterans move forward

Steve Fox

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved two bills he authored to aid veterans. Assembly Bill (AB) 1509 would require the California Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a California specific transition assistance program (Cal TAP), and AB 585 will require the Department to develop a plan to…

Fox’s aerospace tax credit bill signed into law

Steve Fox

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

Steve Fox

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…