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Help Keep Siblings Together this National Adoption Month
Children’s Bureau Info Meetings Teach Interested Families about Foster-Adoption

Palmdale, CA - November is National Adoption Month, an opportunity to bring awareness and attention to the need for permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. foster care system. Since 2000, Children’s Bureau has finalized more than 2,047 adoptions of vulnerable children in Southern California and continues to promote the need for resource parents through its “Be the Reason” recruitment campaign.

In Los Angeles County alone, the foster care population exceeds 21,000 children with 200 of those foster children waiting for an adoptive family. Many of these children are siblings in need of families who are willing and able to keep them together. In fact, Children’s Bureau turns away at least 10 sibling sets weekly due to lack of families.

“Children’s Bureau focuses on keeping siblings together whenever possible,” said Amy Heilman, Children’s Bureau’s Director of Foster Care and Adoption. “The sibling relationship is a strong and important long-term bond in the life of a child. We see that children adjust better and find more success in life when they join a family with their siblings. It takes away that worry about the safety of their brother or sister. The child can then focus on adjusting to the family they have joined and their new environment.”

City to Host Howl-O-Ween Event at Yellen Dog Park October 19
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale will host a Howl-O-Ween event on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Yellen Dog Park, located at 5100 E. Ave. S in Palmdale. The event is free and open to the public.

Howl-O-Ween will feature a photo area that will be accessible for selfies or family portraits, game, and a pet parade for prizes that begins at 12 noon.

“Prepare to have a howling good time at our annual Howl-O-Ween event,” said Senior Program Leader Joi Christy. “We invite all dogs to get dressed up in their creative or original, funniest, or scariest dog costume.

“We’re encouraging all participants to take lots of photos and share them on social media with the hashtags #YellenDogPark #Howloween2019 and #CityofPalmdale,” Christy said.

Lancaster Choice Energy Offering Up to $250,000 in Vouchers through Ready, Set, Charge! Incentive Program
Today, Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) launched its first electric vehicle incentive program, Ready, Set, Charge! A program designed to incentivize the adoption of electric vehicles while helping reduce local gas emissions, Ready, Set, Charge! also enriches the City of Lancaster’s sustainability efforts. In combination with local support from the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) as well as participating Lancaster Auto Mall dealers and Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson, available incentives provide customers with the opportunity to claim up to $17,000 in instant savings, rebates, and tax credits.

“For years, it has been the belief of LCE and the City of Lancaster that true ecological change begins at the local level,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “It is through partnerships like the one we have cultivated with our local businesses and organizations that we can make programs like this available to the LCE customers in our community. Sustainability is attainable, and when we band together for the betterment of residents and our planet – everyone wins.”

Wilk's industrial hemp measure becomes law
SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District, announces Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Senate Bill 153 (SB 153) into law. SB 153 ensures California law is in full compliance with changes to federal law regarding the cultivation of industrial hemp.

SB 153 requires the Secretary of the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA), in consultation with the Governor and the Attorney General, to develop and submit a state plan on industrial hemp to the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on or before May 1, 2020

"SB 153 opens the door for California to take full advantage of the exciting opportunities industrial hemp offers our agricultural and manufacturing sectors," said Wilk. "Hemp is used in 25,000 different products, so the opportunities are endless - especially for an area like the Antelope Valley, which has the perfect climate for hemp production."

Lancaster Enhances Connectivity with First Smart Tower Installation
Landmark Tower_002_CROPAn innovative smart tower equipped with technology to expand the city’s wireless capacity and coverage has been installed at Rawley Duntley Park. The installation is the first of several planned via the collaboration between the City of Lancaster and Landmark Infrastructure Partners LP (Landmark) to pilot the Landmark FlexGrid™ Ecosystem solution throughout the city.

Lancaster is the very first city in the nation to demonstrate this type of multi-functional infrastructure, called the Vertex Macro V1. While it may appear to be an ordinary fixture on the outside, the tower is intelligently designed to provide a more livable future. This integrated technology solution will simultaneously reduce gaps in the city’s network coverage, test new technology, add security, and generate revenue.

“From how we do business and the way we shop, to how we stay in touch with friends and family; modern technology has significantly enhanced our way of life. The addition of these Landmark towers throughout our community will help us all “work smarter,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “What’s more, these towers will enable the City’s cellular network to support the growth of smart technologies in the future – a key benefit that provides us with the opportunity to plan for imminent advancements. This is what smart city development is all about.”

City of Palmdale Secures $361,243 from the California Department of Justice to Combat Illegal Tobacco Use Among Minors
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale has received $361,243 in state funding to tackle the illegal sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to minors as part of the California Department of Justice’s Tobacco Grant Program. The grants were awarded to 76 local entities throughout the state to support the enforcement of state and local laws related to the illegal sales and marketing of tobacco products to minors. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the recipients on October 1, 2019. (https://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-becerra-announces-over-30-million-state-grants-combat-illegal )

“This will provide us with the necessary funding to continue our very successful tobacco enforcement and education program,” said Palmdale’s Community Compliance Supervisor Sara Gallagher.

“Tobacco is a serious threat to public health, especially to California’s youth,” said Attorney General Becerra. “These grants will support local communities in enforcing the law and educating kids about the harms of tobacco products. My office is dedicated to ensuring the state has the resources necessary to curb the dangers of tobacco and protect the public’s well-being. Preventing or reducing illegal sales of tobacco to minors will pave the way to a healthier California—we’re committed to tackling this public health crisis head on.”

Greater Antelope Valley Water Emergency Coalition Meeting October 30th
Natural disasters are unpredictable and can take a major toll on communities. All of us have experienced or know people who have been affected by disasters, including earthquakes, wildfires and flooding. Now, more than ever, our communities need to be prepared for such emergencies. Join us at the Greater Antelope Valley Water Emergency Coalition event to learn how water agencies, cities, counties and other utilities are working together to prepare for water emergencies that may occur when natural disasters hit the Greater Antelope Valley.

The focus will be on creating resiliency by sharing and learning from our past experiences and current preparations to be better ready for the future. The event is free but registration is required.

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