Panel supports aerospace and employment in the region
(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced that he has accepted an invitation to join the Los Angeles Jobs Defense Council, an integrative team with the mission to support and sustain the aerospace industry in the Los Angeles area.
Grants available for conservation and energy plans
(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 1060 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown. This measure provides continued access to renewable energy grants for 15 counties that are located within the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan area which include Los Angeles, Kern and San Bernardino Counties.
“Desert counties still have a fighting chance to obtain funds for innovative, environmentally friendly programs,” said Fox. “These planning grants inspire communities to develop creative future energy resources.”
Bill to enhance student athlete safety
(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 588 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown. This measure expands existing law that protects school athletes who are suspected of having sustained a concussion.
“Our student athletes have not been equally protected from the dangers of concussion injury and re-injury,” said Fox. “Now all pupils will be safer in the sports activities they enjoy.”
Legislation will support students in juvenile court schools
(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 631 was approved by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill, which also was passed unanimously by legislators in both the Senate and Assembly, allows juvenile court schools to provide extra English and math classes to students who have fallen behind academically.
“Children who struggle with reading and math often deal with unemployment as adults,” said Fox. “Education is the mechanism that moves people into the mainstreams of society.”
State audit request focuses on consumer rates and provider efficiency
(SACRAMENTO)- Today, Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) announced that his request for the State Auditor to examine Antelope Valley water rates was granted with bipartisan consent by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC). His request was made in response to area service providers’ applications to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to increase rates by as much as 60 percent over a one- to three-year period.
“The one topic that comes up over and over when I talk with constituents is water,” said Fox. “When my constituents have taken steps to reduce their water usage and still have bills that are over $200 per month, we all need to know why conservation efforts suddenly cost customers more.”
SACRAMENTO—In this week’s Democratic Radio Address, Assemblymember Steve Fox (D- Palmdale) discusses Assembly Bill 93, legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown this week that will modify the enterprise zone program to help areas of the state that were hit the hardest during the recession. Assemblymember Fox has been a leader in fighting for the bill, which revises the enterprise zone credits to improve the hiring credits for employers and adds incentives for employers to hire veterans and people who have been jobless for over six months. It also ensures companies statewide that purchase equipment for manufacturing, processing, refining, or recycling will not have to pay state sales tax on those purchases beginning in July 2014.
AB 93 heads to Governor
(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) announced the State Assembly's passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 93, a measure that will restore Antelope Valley's expired Enterprise Zone. AB 93 won bipartisan approval with a 54-16 vote and now moves to the Governor for approval.
"When I first took office and asked Mayor Ledford of Palmdale and Mayor Parris of Lancaster what I could do to help the Antelope Valley, they both said the Enterprise Zone needed to be restored," said Fox. "The expansion of local hiring credits and incentives for manufacturing in our district will give our businesses and employers the help they have needed."
AB 93 authorizes former enterprise zones to operate as current enterprise zones under a modified program. With AB 93, former Enterprise Zones and census tracts with the 25% highest unemployment and lowest income are eligible for this program - and much of the Antelope Valley qualifies. Employers in these areas paying $12 to $28 per hour will receive a hiring credit. Qualified employees would include many unemployed veterans, recipients of the Earned Income Tax Credit, and people who have been unemployed for at least six months.
SACRAMENTO - Senator Curren Price (D- Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) introduced legislation that will ensure law enforcement personnel can notify next-of-kin quickly in the event of a traffic incident in which victims are incapacitated. Often, it can take days for family members to learn their loved one was killed or seriously injured in a crash. The California Motor Vehicle Emergency Contact Locator Act of 2013 will solve this problem.
“Many times, a family’s only indication that something bad happened is the fact that the loved one did not arrive at home when they were expected,” said Fox. “Senator Price and I believe our legislative solution will create a low-cost, efficient, and immediate way for law enforcement personnel to find and inform families about their loved ones.”
Evolving industry has potential to create 100,000 jobs
(SACRAMENTO) Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) today presented Assembly Bill (AB) 737, a proposal to create a commission tasked with applying to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to designate California as a test site for Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS), more commonly called drones.
“The state of California is uniquely qualified to be a UAS test area,” Fox said. “In addition to having excellent geographical conditions, we also have controlled air spaces, sparsely populated and safe test zones, and a highly qualified and experienced workforce. Further—this industry will create thousands of jobs—why shouldn’t they be in California?”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) introduced Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 6 yesterday, which would designate California as one of six testing sites for unmanned aircraft systems commonly known as drones. This measure would specifically request that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designate California as one of these test sites.
“The Antelope Valley has long been a great place to build and test state-of-the-art aeronautics,” said Assemblymember Fox. “Bringing drone testing to our community will create jobs and utilize existing facilities throughout the district.”