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Children's Bureau Info Meetings Teach Interested Families about Foster-Adoption

(Palmdale, CA) Foster care and foster-adoption are meaningful ways for individuals and couples to fulfill their dream of parenting. Children's Bureau offers a comprehensive foster care and adoption program that brings families together for a lifetime. The agency is in need of resource families for children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or to provide legal permanency by adoption.

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.

Wilk is top of the class when it comes to protecting taxpayer dollars
Sacramento - Senator Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District, is pleased to announce the state's leading taxpayer protection organization has given him a perfect score. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association (HJTA) released its 2019 Legislative Report Card and Wilk's voting record received a score of 100%.

"My priority in Sacramento is to ensure our tax dollars are used sensibly," said Wilk. "Folks from the Victor Valley, the Antelope Valley all the way to the Santa Clarita Valley struggle to provide for their families every month. Every dime the state collects in taxes from these hard working Californians should be spent with that in mind and not wasted."

The HJTA report card is a non-partisan tool designed to help Californians gauge how their state representatives are actually performing on taxpayer-related issues, including but not limited to tax increases and direct attacks on Proposition 13.

Palmdale’s Family Volunteer Day a Success
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s fourth annual Family Volunteer Day, held on Saturday, Nov. 16 was its biggest and most successful to date.

Nearly 280 volunteers, a 35% increase from 2018, donated approximately 837 hours of time participating in a variety of community events.

Among the day’s accomplishments included the painting of the Courson Park “Club House” exterior, the preparation of Poncitlán Square for the holidays with banners and bows cleaned and lamp poles strung with lights; the assembly of 288 Yappy Hour doggie gift bags, 388 homeless hygiene kits, 300 holiday candy bags, 200 FOG (fats, oils and grease) educational bags, creation of 400 Cards for Heroes; and recycling of 760 pounds of cardboard; At SAVES alone, the facility was deep cleaned, the boutique was organized and rotated, the freezer was organized and inventoried, 2,460 pounds of donated clothing was processed and 375 Thanksgiving holiday food bags containing 7,000 lb. of food to feed 1,391 people were put together.

Palmdale City Library to Hold Patron Appreciation Day, Monday November 25
PALMDALE - The Palmdale City Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., will host a special Patron Appreciation Day event on Monday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Among the activities will be trivia contests for adults and children with prizes. Cupcakes and refreshments will be served.

“This is a way for us to say ‘thank you’ to all our patrons who participate in Library sponsored events, make use of our services, and who believe as we do of the importance of libraries in our communities,” said Palmdale City Library Director Robert Shupe.

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.

29 Graduate from Palmdale Partners Academy
PALMDALE – Twenty-nine residents earned their graduation certificates from the City of Palmdale’s Partners Academy at their final session and closing ceremony held on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Chimbole Cultural Center.

It was the 13th class to graduate from the Academy, a program designed to present citizens with a first-hand look at City operations and services. Over 300 individuals have now graduated from the Academy.

Graduation certificates were presented by Community Programs Supervisor Trish Jones, who also coordinated the Academy, and City Manager Jim Purtee.

The graduating class included: Stacey Andrews, Gloria Barragan, Sue Brown, Shameika Brown, David Camacho, Terrilyn Chambers, George De La Rosa, Abner Diaz, Laura Gallegos, Roslyn Gaudin, Alberta Hampton Smith, Kim Hancock, Betsy Haslett, Aurora Hernandez, Annette Iraheta, Araceli Jones, Roxanne Joseph-Glenn, Linda Love, Natali Miltcharek, Melissa Montoya, Patricia Morales, Virginia Richie, Tanya Rincon Mancilla, Nicolas Rodriguez, Janine Tanahuvia, Lawrence Wehr, Brandi Wheeler, Brianna Wilburn, and Junell Williams.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program Continues at The Palmdale City Library
PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program continues at the Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nationwide program that encourages parents with children up to age 5 to read to them regularly. Keeping track makes it fun and keeps families invested in the process.

“Pick up your free 1000 Books Before Kindergarten folder to get you started,” said Library Associate Shay Hawken. “Each time you read a book with your child, write down the title in your log. Each time you read 100 books, take your log to the library to get a sticker and a prize for certain milestones. We will add your child’s name to our Reading Rocket each time you read 100 books!”

Did you lose your power during one of Southern California Edison’s forced power outages?
I share your outrage and want answers. This was an unacceptable and outrageous situation that endangered people’s lives.

The Senate Energy Committee is holding a special oversight hearing in Sacramento on Monday, November 18th at 11:00 am. I will be there representing you but you can watch the hearing yourself online via the Senate webpage: www.senate.ca.gov.

Californians deserve answers as to why the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and utilities ever allowed this to happen. I certainly have no shortage of horror stories from my constituents.

Last week I asked the governor and the legislature to convene a special session of the legislature so that the Joint Audit Committee can approve my request for an audit of the PUC and the utilities to get to the bottom of this outrageous situation.

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