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Senators Scott Wilk and Melissa Hurtado request Governor keep EDD open 24/7 to clear backlog
SACRAMENTO - Senators Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District and Melissa Hurtado, representing the 14th Senate District, announced they have submitted a request to Governor Newsom urging him to issue an Executive Order to keep EDD phone lines and operations open and fully staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the delay in claims processing is addressed.

"When our constituents can't feed their families or keep roofs over their heads because EDD has failed to process month's old unemployment claims, it is not a political issue - it is a crisis," said Wilk. "California is in a crisis and without drastic actions the situation at EDD will only continue to deteriorate; especially if the state continues on the trajectory of opening and closing businesses in response to the pandemic. If EDD doesn't clear this up quickly people will end up out of their homes and in the streets."

"The COVID pandemic has created unprecedented unemployment throughout the state. While the statewide average sits around 15%, parts of the southern central valley is upward of 24%," said Hurtado. "To address this extraordinary time in the pandemic we have no choice but to provide unfettered access to help process claims."

Homes 4 Families - #BuildWithUs!
We are Excited to Continue our #BuildWithUs Campaign! Please help us continue to build homes for our U.S. Veterans.

We are currently installing all of the Undergrounds, fire hydrants, and curb and gutter within our 56 Home Palmdale Veteran Enriched Neighborhood®. We are aiming for foundations in August and framing to begin in September.

We Need your Help!
Any amount you can donate will help move us forward, and better the lives of Veterans and their families. You can make a difference today!
#BuildWithUs

There’s Still Time to Enter Palmdale’s Poppy Coloring Contest
PALMDALE – In celebration of July being Parks Make Life Better Month, the City of Palmdale’s parks and recreation department is inviting Palmdale artists ages 12 and under to participate in a poppy coloring contest.

The contest is open to children ages 12 and under, who live in the City of Palmdale. One winner will be selected from each age group, including ages 5 and under, ages 6-7, ages 8-10, and ages 11-12.

The contest coloring sheet is available at https://cityofpalmdale.org/971/Parks-Make-Life-Better-Month. Entries will be judged for creativity, use of color, and overall appeal. The picture may be duplicated, but each child may submit only one entry.

Entries are due before 5 pm on Monday, July 27. Entries may be submitted online or in-person at the Parks and Recreation Office located at 38260 10th St. East.

The City of Lancaster Seeks Community Help in Choosing a New City Logo and Brand
We are seeking input from our community to re-think, re-invent, and re-ignite the Lancaster image.

Lancaster, CA – As the City continues to evolve, a brand created a decade ago no longer meets the City’s needs. After months of comprehensive research, community outreach, design development, and working with Selbert Perkins Design (SPD), the City of Lancaster is primed to unveil a new brand!

Lancaster was founded by the nation’s original pioneers and continues to create the future through science, technology, art, community, and culture. “As home to astronauts, rocket scientists, awesome families, and unique businesses large and small, Lancaster is leading the USA with innovation” Mayor R. Rex Parris said. “This is really exciting, it is not just changing the logo; it is much more significant than that. It is a huge change, and the more community input we get, the better”.

The City of Lancaster’s brand will be a reflection of its reputation for many years to come. The goal is to look at the big picture to provide an innovative and integrated media solution that will build the Lancaster Brand in all media. The brand will engage the public and integrate analog and digital technologies to create a dynamic experience for all residents and visitors to Lancaster.

Palmdale Census Contest Round 1 Winners Announced
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale has announced the round 1 winners in the 2020 Census Palmdale Counts Challenge Contest, where participants register their Census confirmation number for the chance to win up to $1,000 in prizes.

The winners were Angela Garcia, $400 Superior Grocers gift card; Denny Ferrassoli, $400 Albertsons gift card; Jose Carrillo $400 Food 4 Less gift card; and Jeannine D. Delude, $400 Stater Brothers gift card.

The first round of drawings was held live on social media on Monday, July 20. Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer, Mayor Pro Tem Richard Loa, and Councilmembers Laura Bettencourt and Austin Bishop pulled the winning names.

The contest will run for six weeks with the next drawing set for Monday, July 27 and final drawing on Monday, August 24. The drawings will consist of four winners per week, with one winner per City Council district. On week six, all entries from each district will be combined and one winner will be selected for the final prize of $1,000. The prizes will consist of gift cards from local grocery stores.

City of Lancaster COVID-19 Update July 20, 2020
Dear Lancaster Community,

Here are the numbers for today:

7/20/2020

Los Angeles County Cases
New: 3,160
Cumulative Total: 159,045

Los Angeles County Deaths
New: 9
Total: 4,104

Lancaster Cases
New: 32
Cumulative Total: 1,716

Lancaster Deaths
New: 0
Total: 23

Antelope Valley Cumulative Cases: 3,979*
Antelope Valley Deaths: 61**

* Lancaster (1,716) + Palmdale (1,992) + the unincorporated areas of: Del Sur (3), Elizabeth Lake (5), Lake Hughes (1), Leona Valley (14), Littlerock (43), Littlerock/Juniper Hills (4), Littlerock/Pearblossom (47), Llano (2), North Lancaster (9), Palmdale (15), Pearblossom/Llano (13), Quartz Hill (103), South Antelope Valley (1), Southeast Antelope Valley (8), West Antelope Valley (3).

** Lancaster (23) + Palmdale (26) + the unincorporated areas of: Del Sur (1), Pearblossom/Llano (1), Quartz Hill (10)

Assemblyman Lackey Calls for Audit of the EDD
The frustration with the Employment Development Department (EDD) has reached a tipping point. Every day, my office is contacted by members of the community whose livelihoods have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

I have heard countless stories of families struggling to get by, single-income homes worried about where their next meal will come from and young people unable to make rent. It is time for the EDD to be held accountable for the hardships it has amplified in the lives of millions.

I am calling for an internal audit of the Employment Development Department to address the negligence and severe understaffing of the institution during this COVID-19 crisis. Please click here for more information.

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