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Rep. Adam Schiff Statement on Presidential Election

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement:

“After one of the most bitterly contested Presidential races in history, we have one of the most unexpected results in history, and Donald Trump will soon become President of the United States.  As a supporter of Secretary Clinton, this was a painful, even heartbreaking conclusion, but that is the way democracy works.  We have a peaceful transition of power, and for those of us that got knocked down, we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and live to fight another day.

“We also do everything we can to make the country successful with its new President, to find common ground when we can, to energetically oppose him when we must, but always to work for the common good.  The country faces enormous challenges – both at home and abroad – and all Americans must now come together to lift up the country we all cherish.  I remain a deep believer in this great nation, and something President Bill Clinton once said, that ‘there is nothing wrong in America that cannot be cured by what is right in America.’  Let us draw on all that is right and good within us and build a better future for ourselves and our children.”

Congressman Adam Schiff Celebrates and So does Measure B Campaign

Local elections were celebrated in Burbank with Burbank’s Representative to Congress Adam Schiff celebrating his victory at Burbank Bar and Grill.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

While across town  at The Coast Annabelle Hotel supporters and guests For Measure B celebrated in a very happy conference room.

Congressman Schiff talked to his supporters while party members watched large TV’s with results from the National Races were being broadcast.

At the party for Measure B  supporters and Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes along with other Burbank City Council members thanked the employees and committee that help secure the passing of Measure B.

The final ballot count was finally reported at 3:40 AM with all 100% of Burbank’s Precincts counted with 20,121 (69.15% for and 8,978 (30.85%) against.  The new terminal at The Bob Hope Airport will move forward from the outcome of this election.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

 

 

Congressman Schiff Visits Luther Middle School

Congressman Adam Schiff visited Luther Burbank Middle School on Thursday, October 27, and engaged the school’s sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in a discussion about current issues and politics.

Schiff opened the school day reading the “Words of Wisdom,” a daily message to Luther students before the morning announcements that highlights a specific character trait with quotes and anecdotes. The Congressman talked about service.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“These [Words of Wisdom] traits range from responsibility, diversity, courage, service, teamwork, honesty, respect and the importance of education,” Assistant Principal Isaac Huang explained. “The message also reminds our learners to take care of their school, teachers and staff, their peers and most importantly themselves.”

Schiff spoke to approximately 600 Luther students about his job responsibilities as a representative in Congress for Burbank and surrounding areas, touching on how his work in Washington D.C. connected to the day’s theme of service.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

During the Question & Answer period at the end of the assembly, Schiff answered questions from students on various topics such as the Affordable Health Care Act and the Armenian Genocide. He also talked about some of the challenges he faces in office.

“With the impending elections around the corner, our Yellow Jacket learners were able to learn about the legislative branch’s role in our government and how their Congressional decisions impacts their lives,” commented Huang.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Congressman Schiff’s “visit highlighted the importance of their civic duties to ask questions and make well informed decisions when voting for their representative in a democratic society,” added Huang.

ASB President Nadaly Jones and ASB Vice President Dainava Petrulis presented the Congressman with Luther swag, thanked him for his hard work and announced him a part of the Luther Yellow Jacket Nation.

Schiff Introduces Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act in Congress

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced they will be introducing the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act. This landmark legislation would add more than 193,000 acres of the Rim of the Valley Corridor to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). The Rim of the Valley stretches from the Simi Hills and Santa Susannas, the Verdugos and on to the San Gabriel Mountains.

 

In 2008, Congressman Schiff passed the Rim of the Valley Corridor Study Act. This bill directed the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a special resource study of the Rim of the Valley Corridor. The study sought to determine the suitability and feasibility of designating all or a portion of the Rim of the Valley Corridor as a unit of the existing Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), and how these areas could be better managed and preserved.

rim of the valley

The National Park Service began the study in 2010 and transmitted its final report to Congress and the public in February 2016. Throughout the process, both NPS and Congressman Schiff solicited and considered thousands of comments from the public.

 

“The Rim of the Valley is the critical bridge between the urban city centers and suburbs in the Los Angeles basin and the spectacular wilderness beyond, and our bill would help protect these lands for generations to come,” said Rep. Schiff. “As more of this area is developed and open space diminishes, the wildlife it support is increasingly at risk. Congress has the power to preserve the Rim of the Valley for generations to come, but we must act quickly, or the opportunity will be gone.”

“The Santa Monica Mountains are one of California’s greatest treasures,” Senator Boxer said. “I am proud to join Congressman Schiff in introducing this bill, which will protect an additional 193,000 acres of wild and beautiful lands in the Rim of the Valley Corridor for current and future generations to enjoy.”

The Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act would expand the SMMNRA to include many, but not all, of the land included in the study. The lands included within the expansion will be known as the Rim of the Valley Unit. The bill will enable NPS and the local community to better protect natural resources and habitats, and provide members of the community with improved access to nature for recreational and educational purposes.

It will provide NPS with the authority to:

  • Implement capital improvements (i.e. trails, roads, facilities for public enjoyment)
  • Monitor and study wildlife and ecosystems
  • Participate in cooperative conservation and recreation planning
  • Provide technical assistance for resource protection and recreation planning
  • Contribute financially to projects that protect important natural resources
  • Acquire land through donation, exchange, or purchase from will sellers; directly manage NPS lands

The expansion of the SMMNRA boundaries respects private property rights and existing local land use authorities. It will not require a land owner to participate in any conservation or recreation activities, and it will not put any additional restrictions on property owners. The bill does not allow for land acquisition through eminent domain.

To view a map of the proposed expansion under the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act, click here.  To view the fact sheet about the legislation, click here.

Schiff, Gatto Easily Win Back Their Seats

Election season was kind to Burbank incumbents Adam Schiff and Mike Gatto as voters gave both overwhelming support as both won back their currents seats in Congress and the State Assembly.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Schiff received 76% of the votes cast  (69,944) compared with only 22,083 votes for challenger Steve Stkoes in the U.S. 28th Congressional District, according to election results from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/Clerk’s Office official website. There were no signs of the backlash that swallowed up other Democrats in the country as Schiff remains polpular in his home area.

 

Schiff released the following statement after his victory;

“I’m very grateful to the voters of the 28th Congressional District for the opportunity to continue serving them. In the upcoming session, I will again focus on restoring our economy, creating jobs, and helping small businesses succeed. It is also clear that voters are deeply dissatisfied with the paralyzingly dysfunction in Congress, and I will do all I can to find common ground with my colleagues from both parties, not only in fixing our economy, but also in the key national security challenges facing our country.”

Burbank Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Burbank Assemblyman Mike Gatto

In the California State Assembly’s 43rd District race, Gatto cruised past Republican challenger Todd Royal as he picked up 40,167 (65.79%) votes,compared to Royal’s,20,883 votes.

Democrat Brad Sherman, who also has a small piece of Burbank in his District, also easily won against challenger Mark Reed as he picked up 64,607 votes compared to Reed’s 34,830 total.

Schiff Secures $5 Million to Deploy Full West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that the Appropriations Committee has included $5 million in funding in the Fiscal Year 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for the Earthquake Early Warning System, the first time Congress has ever provided funding specifically for the system. Earlier this year, Schiff led a group of 25 Members from California, Washington and Oregon in organizing a request that the committee fund an early earthquake warning system. A limited system developed by Caltech, UC-Berkeley and University of Washington, in conjunction with the United State Geological Survey (USGS), has already been deployed and has proven that the early warning technology is sound.

This $5 million in funding will allow those developing the statewide system to begin purchasing and installing additional sensors, hire new staff members, and come closer to deploying comprehensive early earthquake warning coverage throughout earthquake prone regions of the West Coast.  The Schiff language included in the Appropriations bill reads: “…the Committee provides $5,000,000 from within the funds provided for Earthquake Hazards to transition the earthquake early warning demonstration project into an operational capability on the West Coast.”

“It’s critical that the West Coast implement an earthquake early warning system that will give us a heads up before the ‘big one’ hits, so we can save lives and protect infrastructure,” said Rep. Schiff. “We are constantly reminded of our vulnerability – with tremors, earthquakes and aftershocks rattling our homes and businesses – and even a few seconds of warning will allow people to seek cover, automatically slow or stop trains, pause surgeries and more.  This first phase of funding will allow the work to begin expanding the system, and we will continue to work to secure future funding along with our other federal, state and local partners.”

“Caltech and its partners are very grateful that the House of Representatives is sending a strong signal of support for implementation of an earthquake early warning for the West Coast,” said President Thomas F. Rosenbaum of the California Institute of Technology. “We look forward to moving ahead with this critical technology over the next few years.”

In April, Rep. Schiff and 25 Members from California, Washington and Oregon sent a letter to the Appropriations Committee urging them to fully fund an earthquake early warning system. Schiff’s letter requested additional funding for the Earthquake Hazards Program in USGS to kickstart the process of building out the early warning system so we can be ready for the next big quake.  In the letter sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, the Members wrote:

Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member Moran:

As you craft the Fiscal Year 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, we respectfully request that you provide the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) with an additional $16.1 million for the construction, operation and maintenance of an Earthquake Early Warning System.

The USGS, in collaboration with Caltech, UC Berkeley, and the University of Washington, has developed an Earthquake Early Warning system that detects waves radiating from the epicenter of a quake and would provide people with several to tens of seconds of warning in California, and up to few minutes in Washington and Oregon through their phones, computers and other media. With advanced notice, people can take cover, automated systems can be triggered to slow down trains and manage the power grid, doctors can pause surgeries, and more. The technology has been tested and proven to work effectively.

An Earthquake Early Warning system along the West Coast would cost $16.1 million per year to construct, operate and maintain. FEMA has estimated that earthquakes cost the United States, averaged over the long term, more than $5 billion a year. This common-sense investment will save lives, protect businesses, and could make a real difference in more rapid recovery for local communities, the federal government and the economy as a whole.

While we cannot predict when and where the next major earthquake will hit, we must do all we can to prepare ourselves so that we can mitigate the injuries, destruction, and chaos as much as possible. We appreciate your consideration of our request, and we look forward to working with you.

House Narrowly Defeats Amendment to Allow Bob Hope Airport to Adopt Curfew

Today, the House of Representatives came within a few votes of allowing the Bob Hope Airport to adopt a curfew on an amendment to the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Act proposed by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), and Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles). The amendment was defeated by a narrow vote of 208 to 212.  This issue previously was voted on in 2011, and failed then by a vote of 178-243.

“I’m disappointed that our amendment to allow Bob Hope Airport to adopt a curfew narrowly missed passage,” said Rep. Schiff. “But I’m encouraged that bipartisan support for a curfew at the Bob Hope Airport has only grown, and hope that the FAA gets the message that we are serious about noise relief. The Part 161 process is deeply flawed and the FAA has little intention of granting relief to any community unless it is forced by Congress. I will continue fighting on behalf of the thousands of San Fernando Valley residents who have long-sought relief from aviation-related nighttime noise, and look for future opportunities to pass legislative language to make this possible.”

“Ninety-nine percent of Valley residents want to sleep at night without being awakened by a loud jet,” said Rep. Sherman. “Congress should act so that the reasonable nighttime curfew sought by Burbank Airport can be put into place. I will continue to fight for nighttime curfews at both Van Nuys and Burbank Airports.”

“I am disappointed the Republican controlled House has defeated this important, common-sense amendment,” said Rep. Waxman.  “The airport should have the authority to impose a legally binding curfew on all flight operations and  nighttime flights to the benefit of the residents who live in the surrounding communities.”

This amendment would clarify that Bob Hope Airport should be exempted from the Airport Noise and Capacity Act (ANCA), like other similarly situated airports were at the time of its passage. In the case of the Bob Hope Airport, this was one of the first airports in the country to impose a curfew. The language would allow Burbank Airport to adopt non-discriminatory curfews applicable to operators from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

“The City of Burbank and the Burbank City Council are committed to providing nighttime noise relief for the entire San Fernando Valley,” said Burbank Mayor David Gordon. “As a result, the City of Burbank and the Burbank City Council strongly support the legislative efforts of Congressmen Schiff and Sherman in this regard.”

The legislation would apply only to Bob Hope Airport and addresses concerns that the FAA cited in rejecting Burbank’s Part 161 application for a curfew – that it would add congestion to an already crowded airspace and it would impact the national system of airports because it would cause system wide delays. The proposal would have a minimal impact on local airspace because a joint curfew for both airports is designed to ensure that air traffic is not shifted from one airport to the other.

During a speech on the House Floor, Schiff stated: “Thousands of residents of Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, who live under the flight paths or near the terminals at the Bob Hope Airport, endure the house-shaking noise of air traffic during the day and suffer the jarring interruption of their sleep caused by a roaring jet.  To address the concerns of those affected by airport noise across the nation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established a process to consider an individual community’s request for a curfew.  However, the process was designed to be difficult – so difficult,  that in the decades since it was established by the FAA, only one airport in the nation has successfully completed an application – Bob Hope Airport.  And then it was summarily turned down… Because of the FAA’s dismissive attitude toward legitimate local concerns it is clear to us that the only way to provide relief to the residents in our community is through legislative action.”

 

Schiff Honors Alexandra Helfrich – 28th Congressional District Woman of the Year

Alexandra Helfrich and Congressman Adam Schiff

Alexandra Helfrich and Congressman Adam Schiff

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) honored inspiring women from communities in the 28th Congressional District. This recognition is made each year during Women’s History Month.

“It was an honor and a pleasure to meet with the 2014 ‘Women of the Year’ awardees, and to recognize their outstanding work and community leadership,” said Rep. Schiff. “Each woman honored has demonstrated an ability to help others, to work tirelessly for a cause important to us all, and to make our communities a better place. They serve as a shining example of service throughout the 28th Congressional District, and it was wonderful to recognize their extraordinary work and capabilities.”

Alexandra Helfrich

Alexandra Helfrich

Schiff entered a special tribute to each woman into the Congressional Record:

I rise today in honor of Women’s History Month. Each year, we pay special tribute to the contributions and sacrifices made by our nation’s women. It is an honor to pay homage to outstanding women who are making a difference in my Congressional District. I would like to recognize a remarkable woman, Alexandra Helfrich of Burbank.

When her eldest daughter began elementary school, Ms. Helfrich learned that the school did not have any arts programs. She began to fundraise and sought out grant opportunities to bring arts education back into the classroom. Ms. Helfritch worked with other parents, the PTA and Booster organizations to provide opportunities so every Burbank Unified School District (BUSD) student could experience music, visual art, theater, dance, and media arts. Through these collaborations, art programs became available at schools during the school day and after school as well.

Ms. Helfrich has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Burbank Arts For All Foundation since 2007 and served as its co-chair from 2010 to 2013. The Burbank Arts For All Foundation works to ensure every student in Burbank public schools receives a quality arts education as a part of their core curriculum. To support the foundation’s mission, Ms. Helfrich continues to serve on its Executive Committee. Ms. Helfrich’s volunteer efforts have provided opportunities as well as increased access for children to become creative learners.

Ms. Helfrich has also served the Burbank Unified School District as a parent representative to the District Safety Committee, where she helped update the Special Education Parent Handbook. She is currently serving on the District Local Control Accountability Plan Committee. In addition, Ms. Helfrich, who is a committed school fundraiser, has consistently served on Booster Club Boards since 2007.

Ms. Helfrich is married to Mark Helfrich, a feature film editor and director, and they have two teenage daughters.

I ask all Members to join me in honoring an exceptional woman of California’s 28th Congressional District, Alexandra Helfrich.

Alexandra Helfrich with Dot Marie Jones of Glee fame and Fritz Coleman at last years Burbank Arts For All 'Party on the Plaza' (Ross A. Benson)

Alexandra Helfrich with Dot Marie Jones of Glee fame and Fritz Coleman at last years Burbank Arts For All ‘Party on the Plaza’ (Ross A. Benson)

Schiff Challenges Students to Try and Build a Better App

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced the launch the first annual congressional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academic competition, the House Student App Challenge, for the 28th Congressional District.  The theme for the first year of the competition is Computer Science, challenging students to develop an application (“app”).

Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is part of a nationwide event that invites high school students from all congressional districts to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. It is designed to promote innovation and engagement in the STEM education fields. Throughout the competition period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners, tech entrepreneurs, and tech experts located in the District to mentor and assist them with their app development.

“This challenge is an extraordinary opportunity for students to put their technical skills to the test and try something different,” said Schiff. “In the next decade, the U.S. economy is expected to add over 8 million new STEM jobs, but face a shortage of graduates trained in those fields. This contest will help address that challenge by encouraging students to create their own app and pursue an education and career in STEM fields.  Hopefully, we find some wonderful entrepreneurs and inventors in our community!”

The House Student STEM Challenge is open to all high school students who live in or attend high school in the 28th Congressional District. Students entering the competition must provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process during the competition submission period between February 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014.

More details on submitting a contest entry, the rules of the competition, and helpful programming resources can be found here on Rep. Schiff’s website or at http://studentappchallenge.house.gov/.

Rep. Schiff Statement on President’s State of the Union Address

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement after the President concluded his State of the Union Address before Congress:

“Tonight, the President challenged Congress to join him in an effort to reinvigorate the American Dream by expanding opportunity and prosperity for all our citizens. While he took action today raising the minimum wage to over $10 for federal contractors, it’s up to Congress to raise it for the millions of other workers, and ensure that everyone has the ability to raise a family and join the middle class.

“I was pleased that the President challenged Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that will bring millions out of the shadows, allow DREAMers to earn citizenship, and provide a legal path forward for undocumented immigrants in the country.

“Finally, the President deserves a lot of credit – he’s ended the war in Iraq, bringing to an end to the war in Afghanistan, and is trying to avoid a war in Iran by seeking a diplomatic solution. I hope that Congress will give the Administration the time it needs to determine whether it can achieve a final deal with Iran to end their nuclear weapons programs.”