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We love our animals and we love advocating for them in Sacramento!
Just like humans, pets get sick too and sometimes need blood transfusions. Currently there is an effort to address our state’s shortage of animal blood products while making sure doggy donors get to go home after helping the cause. It’s time we allow for more loving and humane treatments for animal blood donors.

The wording in California’s animal welfare laws is also outdated and doesn’t express our empathy for animals. I was proud to support a bill to update that language to reflect our compassion toward animals. Now words like “destroy” will be replaced with “humanely euthanize” and “pound” with “animal shelter.”

Palmdale Water District Open House
Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT

Leslie O. Carter Water Treatment Plant


As part of our 2019 Rate Study, Palmdale Water District is inviting the public to tour the Leslie O. Carter Water Treatment Plant

The tours will take place at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the treatment plant. Reserve your spot and get an exclusive tour of PWD's laboratory, chemical room, sedimentation basins and control room!

Click on the link below to register or RSVP.

Job Fair Scheduled for September 5
PALMDALE – The ninth annual Job Services Network Job Fair will take place on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Coast Baptist College, located at 44538 40th St. East in Lancaster.

Participating employers include Allied Universal, AMS Fulfillment, Antelope Valley College, Apple One, AV Union High School District, BYD, Cal Vet, CEMAK Trucking, CarMax, City of Palmdale, City of Lancaster, County of Kern, Digi-Vue Advertising, Farmers Insurance, FBI, General Atomics, Homes4Families, JoAnn, Kaiser Permanente, McDonalds, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, People Ready, Rio Tinto, Six Flags, Sygma Network, USPS, USDA Forest Service, Virgin Orbit, Westside Union School District, Walmart, and many more.

For a full list of employers, visit www.facebook.com/JSNJobFair/.

Town Hall Sessions - Building for the Future
Have your voice heard in the future of your hospital.

You are invited to attend a community town hall presentation regarding changes at and future plans for Antelope Valley Hospital. Led by Chief Executive Officer Edward Mirzabegian and members of the hospital team, including nurses and physicians, each town hall will include an overview, panel discussion and the opportunity to get your questions answered. They are expected to last about 90 minutes. Town halls are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Donations Sought for Young At Art Project at Kaleidoscope
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale is seeking donations of various materials to be used by students at its Young At Art interactive project during the Kaleidoscope Art & Music Festival, coming on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Items sought include CDs / DVDs, embroidery hoops, hoola hoops, yarn, fiber strands, and ribbon. Donations may be dropped off at the Recreation & Culture office, 38260 10th St. East, in Palmdale, now through Oct. 9.

The Young At Art project will feature an upcycled weaving project for attendees to craft. The program is a collaborative effort between the Antelope Valley Union High School District and the City of Palmdale. Art students from R. Rex Parris High School will manage the prep work as part of a class project. Prepped projects will be on hand at the Young At Art tent and festival goers will be able to try their hand at a unique weaving project, with assistance from students and City staffers.

"This is a great way for students to give back to their community and for the community to see their passion for the arts" said Art Instructor and Artist Kris Holladay.

City of Lancaster to Host Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Event
Encouraging Residents to See and Be Seen in Honor of Pedestrian Safety Month

BicyclistsIn honor of Pedestrian Safety Month, the City of Lancaster will join the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), UC Berkeley SafeTREC, and California Walks to engage residents through a community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training (CPBST) on Thursday, September 26. As California and the rest of the country grapples with how to address the rising number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities – Lancaster seeks to create a safer and more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly city.

Through research conducted as part of the See and Be Seen campaign, the City of Lancaster has identified that 60% of all pedestrian and bicycle injury collisions inside city limits between 2013 and 2017 occurred within a 3-mile radius of Monte Vista Elementary. Therefore, the CPBST will be focused on this community and include the following three components:

Part 1 4-5 p.m.
Walking/Biking Assessments

Participants take part in a walking/biking assessment of nearby streets.

Part 2 5-6 p.m.
6 E's Educational Activity

Participants then take part in an activity to discuss the 6 E's and how they relate to observations made during the walking/biking assessments.

Part 3 6-7 p.m.
Table Talks Activity

In smaller groups, participants reconvene to plan for infrastructure projects, community programs, and actionable next steps for their community.

Wilk's SCV Water Agency legislation clears the Assembly
SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District, announces the Assembly has approved Senate Bill 387 (SB 387), follow-up legislation to SB 634 (Wilk), which created the Santa Clarita Valley regional water district in 2017.

"This measure will save taxpayers money by streamlining how Board vacancies are to be handled," said Wilk. "SCV Water is off to a great start. It has already saved ratepayers five million dollars in its first year of operation and will be a role model for any new water agencies - which is why it is important to get this right. I am grateful to my colleagues for their support."

SB 634, which created the regional water district in 2017, requires the board to reduce its membership total from 15 to nine. SB 387 addresses technical issues regarding the consolidation of multiple Boards of Directors when there is a vacancy on the Board. Rather than holding costly special elections, the board would have the authority to eliminate a vacant position at the Agency, if the seat is already required to be consolidated.

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