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Classics Book Club to Discuss The Wapshot Chronicle
PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library’s Classics Book Club, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., will discuss the novel The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever, Monday, February 24, at 7 pm.

Originally published in 1957, The Wapshot Chronicle tells the story of the Wapshots, an eccentric family that lives in a small fishing village in Massachusetts. The debut novel by Cheever, who had previously written only short stories, The Wapshot Chronicle won a National Book Award in 1958.

The Classics Book Club meets on the fourth Monday of every month from 7 to 8 pm. New members are welcome to attend.

The Palmdale City Library is open seven days a week. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm; Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm; and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.

City of Lancaster Weekly Road Closures through March 1, 2020
Lancaster, CA – In an effort to improve our neighborhoods and city streets, the City of Lancaster conducts a variety of road construction projects which will ultimately benefit our citizens. While these construction zones typically restrict traffic flow for an interim period, the results provide smoother roads and better infrastructure in various locations throughout Lancaster. Additionally, a number of community events take place year-round throughout the City, resulting in temporary traffic detours during event setup, activity, and breakdown. The City of Lancaster strives to provide as many opportunities as possible for community gathering and engagement.

  • The City of Lancaster has installed new stop signs at the intersections of 60th St. West & Avenue G and 60th St. West & Avenue F. These intersections are now All-Way Stops.

Wilk Introduces Animal Blood Donor Bill
SACRAMENTO - Today, Senator Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District, announces he has introduced Senate Bill 1115 (SB 1115), a measure that would increase California's animal blood supply by allowing for community based animal blood donations. This change will save pet's lives as California's current system allows for only two closed-colony blood banks, a system so restrictive it has resulted in a critical shortage of animal blood for pets in need. SB 1115 will also bring additional transparency and oversight to animal blood banks in California.

"Pets die every day simply because there is not enough animal blood in the system. With SB 1115 we have an opportunity to save pets' lives by ensuring a more robust supply of blood and phase out the current system of caging blood donor animals," said Wilk. "SB 1115 will allow for a community based blood donations which means healthy animals, under the supervision of a veterinarian, can donate blood and then, like their human blood donor counterparts, go home to their families when done."

Mayor R. Rex Parris Welcomes President Trump to Southern California
Mayor Shares Lancaster’s Innovative Efforts to Build a City for Everyone

City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris had the honor of welcoming President Donald J. Trump to California on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport, today at 3 p.m. With Air Force One as the backdrop, Mayor Parris spoke briefly with the President about the City of Lancaster’s efforts to support the development of affordable housing, partner with defense industry leaders to advance America’s military strength, and use clean energy innovation to further America’s independence from foreign entanglements.

“I am honored to represent the City of Lancaster in welcoming our President to California. President Trump has been fighting for communities across America to combat crime, create strong middle class jobs, and prioritize the interests of Americans,” said Mayor Parris. “Lancaster has a long record of achievements; from reducing crime and implementing one of the most comprehensive public safety camera networks in the nation, to fighting homelessness and developing clean energy.”

Wilk Announces Bipartisan Measure to Make CA More Military Retirement Friendly
SACRAMENTO - Today, Senator Scott Wilk, representing the 21st senate district, announces the introduction of Senate Bill 1071, bipartisan legislation that would exempt military retirement pay from the state income tax. Senators Bob Archuleta (D- Pico Rivera), Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) are Joint Authors of the measure.

"The 21st Senate District is blessed to have many veterans. Their skill sets, education and earning potential make them a great asset to not only the 21st Senate District, but to all of California. We want to keep this talent here as well as show our respect for their service to our nation," said Wilk. "Without some kind of incentive, California's infamously high taxes and cost of living will continue to push the veteran community right out of state."

Forty-three states provide partial or full exemptions for military retirees who establish residency in their state. California is one of seven states that fully taxes military retirement pay and the impact of this shows when looking at retirement rates. The nation's military retirement rate has increased a full 17 percent between the years 2000 and 2016, yet California's military retirement population has declined by 17 percent during that same period.

Legislative Republicans Lead Efforts to Repeal and Replace Anti-Worker Law
SACRAMENTO - Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) and members of the California Senate Republican Caucus have introduced a legislative package to counteract the job-killing impacts of Assembly Bill 5 (2019). Senate Bill 806, authored by Senate Republican Leader Grove and co-authored by members of the Senate Republican Caucus, would repeal and replace AB 5 with a new test which supports much more worker freedom and saves business-to-business relationships.

Included in the Republicans' legislative package are bills to help many of the industries that have been decimated by the anti-worker law and were left out of AB 5. Click here to read more about Republicans' legislative package.

SB 806 (Grove): Repeal & Replace AB 5
SB 867 (Bates): Protect Newspaper Carriers and Distributors
SB 868 (Bates): Protect Freelance Journalists
SB 875 (Grove/Jones): Exempt Interpreters/Translators
SB 881 (Jones): Exempt Musicians and Music Industry Professionals
SB 963 (Morrell): Protect Independent Umpires and Referees
SB 965 (Nielsen): Exempt Healthcare Facilities
SB 966 (Nielsen): Exempt Licensed Pharmacists
SB 967 (Borgeas): Protect Franchisors and Franchisees
SB 975 (Dahle): Assist Timber Industry
SB 990 (Moorlach): Protect APP-based drivers

Measure R Funded AV Freeway/SR 138 Interchange Project Complete
PALMDALE – A Measure R Equity Grant funded project designed to reduce bottlenecks and improve traffic flow on a stretch of Antelope Valley 14 Freeway/State Route (SR) 138 in Palmdale was completed in early Feb. 2020.

The project, which broke ground in October 2018 , added an acceleration lane on south bound SR 14 from Technology Drive to north of Palmdale Blvd. to eliminate bottlenecks, and widened the north bound Rancho Vista Blvd. off-ramp to increase storage and eliminate bottlenecks for both left-turn and right-turn traffic.

It is the first of eleven planned Measure R Equity Grant funds projects along the Highway 138/14 corridor, five of which are in Palmdale. In 2011, the North County Transportation Coalition (NCTC) was allocated a total of $200 million dollars through Measure R to help design and construct un-built segments SR 138 within Los Angeles County.

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