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Wilk urges Pentagon to support Palmdale for Space Command Headquarters
Sacramento - Senator Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District, issued the following statement after submitting a letter to the Pentagon supporting the City of Palmdale's application to be the base of operations for the U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM.). Governor Gavin Newsom's office also informed the City he approved of its application as well.

"Palmdale and the Antelope Valley are referred to as the Aerospace Valley for a reason. We have the talent, the knowledge and the infrastructure right at our fingertips to take our nation into the future," said Wilk. "Palmdale is home to Air Force Plant 42 and the Antelope Valley is home to not only Edwards Air Force Base, but operations of every major aerospace contractor as well. This is a good fit for the Air Force and a great fit for the AV and I am most grateful that Governor Newsom has approved our application to the program."

Palmdale Contends for US Space Command Headquarters
PALMDALE – As the United States Air Force begins its search for communities to host the headquarters for the United States Space Command (USSCOM), the City of Palmdale is making a strong case for its selection.

With the required endorsement of California Governor Gavin Newsom, and strong support from State Senator Scott Wilk Assemblyman Tom Lackey, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Palmdale is now among the top communities in the running.

To be considered for the USSCOM headquarters, communities must have a population base that is within the top 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the United States, be located within 25 miles of a military base, and have a livability index score of 50 points out of 100 or higher as determined by the American Association of Retired Persons Public Policy Institute. Palmdale meets all the criteria.

Wilk calls for full investigation of state's unemployment agency
SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District, today announces he and legislative colleagues are calling for an audit of the California Employment Development Department (EDD) to clarify what is causing the inexcusable delays in distributing unemployment benefits to people whom, in some cases, applied months ago. The legislators submitted a request for the audit to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

"My staff has been working round the clock to help constituents navigate a completely broken system. These delays are jeopardizing millions of Californian's ability to put food on the table and a roof over their heads," said Wilk. "I am personally tired of bureaucratic excuses and want to find out exactly what the heck is going on over there."

City of Lancaster COVID-19 Update
COVID-19 Cases

We continue to see a rise in cases. We are guided by science and data; the key metrics monitored are showing concerning trends.

Los Angeles County Cases
New: 2,002
Cumulative Total: 105,507

Los Angeles County Deaths
New: 35
Total: 3,402

Lancaster Cases
New: 19
Cumulative Total: 1,128

Lancaster Deaths
New: 0
Total: 19

Antelope Valley Cumulative Cases: 2,605*
Antelope Valley Deaths: 51**

State and County Interference Jeopardizes Fireworks Extravaganza
Lancaster CA — The City of Lancaster’s Mayor and City Council are angered that we may have to cancel our Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza. A decision we oppose and are working tirelessly to overturn. The City is currently in search of a new venue and vendor.

The City of Lancaster is disgusted with the approach that the Department of Public Health, Barbara Ferrer, and Governor Gavin Newsom took in shutting down the celebration of independence without consulting the City. Governor Newsom stated today that the county and local governments should “consider cancelling some of their firework shows and presentations.” While Governor Newsom did not stand firm to the public, behind the scenes he demanded all fairgrounds close for fireworks, leaving the City without a venue. The Department of Public Health and Barbara Ferrer were unsupportive of Lancaster’s effort; going so far as to usurp our ability to make a decision. They made the decision, without consent. Lancaster will not let them. The City has considered all risks and feels confident in our ability to safely host a show. A show that our residents deserve after a year of continuing challenges.

City of Palmdale's Coronavirus Update – 7/1/20
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Hi, this is Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer with your July 1st COVID-19 update.

We are excited to announce that our City pools have re-opened under new COVID-19 guidelines. All four pools are required to operate at a reduced capacity and so we have some new rules. This summer, you must reserve your spot online before coming to visit. You can also pay online – we can’t take cash payments at the door. You can visit: www.cityofpalmdale.org/aquatics to learn more about the new reservation and payment policy, as well as the COVID-19 rules you will have to follow when you come to the City pools.

Unfortunately, our COVID-19 rates continue to climb in California. Additionally, they have temporarily closed for the holiday weekend all beaches and beach access in LA County, including piers and bike paths. This closure starts this Friday and ends on Monday evening.

Agents of Discovery Program Returns to Palmdale
PALMDALE – In celebration of July being Parks Make Life Better Month, the City of Palmdale’s parks and recreation department is teaming up again with Agents of Discovery and the California Park & Recreation Society to offer a fun new way to explore Marie Kerr and Courson Parks.

Through the fun and educational Agents of Discovery app, participating “agents” are encouraged to visit various locations to earn real-life and digital rewards. Kids and their families can participate in the campaign by downloading the Agents of Discovery mobile app to access free “missions” (games) at each of the participating locations. Missions are completed by solving educational “challenges” (questions) created by the site’s interpreters in order to learn about local ecosystems, culture, and history.

“During these unprecedented times, it is beneficial to give parents and educators digital tools to turn their home and backyard into a fun and safe educational environment,” said Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer.

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