Dear Friend,

I'm excited to share some highlights of my recent work in Congress and our communities!  I hope you find them informative.  And if you haven't followed me yet on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube, be sure to do so today.  See the online version of this newsletter here.


Read the New Edition of My Student Resource Guide:

If you are a high school or college student looking for help to pay for college, I encourage you to read the 2018-2019 edition of my Student Resource Guide.  The guide includes information about scholarships, internships, fellowships, and websites to help you meet your college expenses.  Please feel free to circulate it!


Supporting Our Young People:

Speaking to students and parents at my Service Academies Workshop in Downey.

Lots of students and parents were in attendance for my annual Service Academies Workshop at Downey City Hall!  Speakers presented useful information about the service academy application process and academy life.  Thanks to all the speakers, including academy cadets, parents, and representatives, who took time to come and share their insights.

It is my privilege to nominate young 40th District residents who want to attend a U.S. service academy.  If you are a high school senior living in the 40th District and are interested in applying for a nomination from me, please visit my Service Academy Nominations page to learn how to secure a nomination.  Applications for an academy nomination are due to my office by October 30, 2018.

It was so much fun to see the happy faces of the children watching their rockets blast off during the Rocket Fever festival at Downey’s Columbia Memorial Space Center.  This festival was a wonderful way to nurture these kids' interest in STEM education.

In a meeting with United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) President Alex Caputo-Pearl, we discussed education policy, including charter schools, UTLA’s community school transformation model, and their vision of stronger educational services for our youth and their parents.


Celebrating Our Communities and Serving Our Residents:

Addressing a Huntington Park Neighborhood Watch meeting.

I was honored to be the special guest at a Huntington Park Neighborhood Watch meeting.  I’m always inspired by meeting with grassroots groups that take interest in helping to improve their communities!  Thanks to the group’s founder, Carlos Cordova, for the invitation to participate in this meeting.

On visits to the Sunol East Los Angeles Service Center and Cudahy’s Leo Turner Center, I shared information with seniors about how my office can help them resolve issues they may have with federal agencies.  My staff and I are always pleased to help 40th Congressional District residents resolve any issues they may have with federal agencies and programs such as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Postal Service, the IRS, the Veterans Administration, Medicare, and the Social Security Administration.  My office provides these services to constituents free of charge.  For more information, please visit my "Help with Federal Agencies" webpage.

Thanks to Human Services Association staff for letting me help pack and deliver Meals on Wheels to seniors in Huntington Park.  Home-delivered nutrition services are so important -- they often provide homebound seniors with their only opportunity for face-to-face conversation.

It was deeply moving to visit the FoodHelp foodbank at Downey First Christian Church and speak with local residents in need.  I truly appreciated hearing their views, and spoke with them about how I can help them in their dealings with government agencies.  I'm grateful to the FoodHelp volunteers, and the program's supporters and food suppliers, for all they do to make this vital program possible!

I had a great time celebrating the 11th anniversary of the Club Comunitario de Padres at Obregon Park in East LA.  I was thrilled to participate, and to provide Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition to some of the club's most active volunteers thanking them for their community service.

It was a pleasure to welcome recently retired LA County Sheriff's Department Lt. Sam Arellano and his family to my Commerce office.  I presented him with an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in appreciation of his 34 years of service as an LA County Deputy Sheriff.


Fighting for Our Local Economy:

Speaking at my informational lunch for small businesses in Paramount.

To help our 40th Congressional District’s small businesses grow, prosper, and stay informed, I presented an informational lunch for small businesses in Paramount, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  I was glad so many local business owners and leaders could join us to discuss federal contracting, minimum wage enforcement, SBA loans, and other important issues.

I held a meeting with members of the Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPFJ) to discuss transportation legislation, bridge and road safety, and how infrastructure can create job opportunities in the years to come.  I was very pleased to learn more about how SCPFJ labor and management leaders are collaborating to create more jobs and keep growing our economy.

At the Asian Food Trade Association's (AFTA) 14th Annual Installation Banquet, I was honored to recognize outgoing president Cham Long Quek, and joined 400 fellow attendees in thanking him for his service over the past two years.  I also congratulated the association’s incoming president, and owner of Commerce-based HC Foods, Tim Sher.  I wish him all the best in guiding the AFTA!


Fighting for the Just and Humane Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees:

Visiting the Adelanto Detention Facility to examine its treatment of immigrant detainees.

I organized a visit of several members of Congress to California's Adelanto Detention Facility and Victorville Federal Correctional Complex, so we could see the conditions in which immigrant detainees in U.S. government care are being held, and the treatment they are receiving.  At the end of the day, I recorded this video with Congresswomen Chu and Napolitano to discuss our visit.  We still have a lot of work to do to ensure detainees are treated humanely, and receive proper nutrition and medical care.  We'll keep fighting to make sure these detainees receive fair and respectful treatment.

I am outraged that the Trump administration has proposed a rule that would make it much more difficult for immigrants to obtain a green card if they use food stamps, housing assistance, or certain other forms of government aid.  In other words, they want immigrants to choose between letting their children go hungry and risking their chance for a green card.  I stand firmly against the administration's disgraceful proposal.

On a happier note, it was my honor to attend a U.S. citizenship swearing-in ceremony in LA.  Ángel Del Villar, CEO of Bell Gardens-based DEL Records, was among the 2,546 applicants from 99 countries who became American citizens at this inspiring ceremony.


Supporting Affordable Housing:

I had a productive meeting with Eric Brown from the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles to discuss our shared commitment to affordable housing in our 40th District.  With so many LA-area residents -- including veterans -- priced out of our costly real estate market, we must keep working to ensure they have access to safe, affordable homes.


Promoting Good Health for All Americans:

Standing in support of pre-existing health condition protections at a U.S. Capitol event.

I recently stood with House Democrats and health care advocates at the U.S. Capitol to oppose Republican efforts to gut pre-existing health condition protections for 133 million Americans.  Protections for pre-existing conditions are critical to helping American families afford lifesaving health care, and these protections must be preserved.

A deadly public health threat, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), is targeting millions of people who are unaware it even exists.  Read my opinion column in The Hill calling attention to the danger of NASH, and to our need to increase research and awareness of this life-threatening disease. 


Fighting for the Safety and the Voices of Women:

I appreciated the opportunity to speak with witnesses during a #MeToo hearing on Capitol Hill, organized by the Women's Caucus.  In my questioning time, I asked witnesses how we can keep the Me Too movement vigilant, strong, and effective as we go forward.

I signed a Democratic Women's Working Group-led letter to senators urging them not to proceed with Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation until there is a thorough investigation of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that he assaulted her.  Read our letter here.


Working with My Latino Congressional Colleagues to Strengthen America:

Discussing the importance of diversity at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute panel.

I took part in a thoughtful conversation about diversity and leadership at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute panel with some of my Congressional Hispanic Caucus colleagues.  We need to keep working to make our government more inclusive and responsive to America's amazingly diverse population, and I will continue being a part of this important work.


Supporting Our Military Families and Veterans:

Assembling USO care packages for military spouses.

I was very happy to help the USO assemble care packages for our nation's military spouses.  It was so exciting to see these incredible spouses get this much-deserved focus and recognition.

I also participated in the Elected Officials Council on Veterans meeting (hosted by Congressman Lieu), where we heard the latest updates from the Veterans Administration Greater LA Medical Center on the Master Plan for the West LA Veterans Administration Campus. I was particularly interested to hear about efforts to improve service delivery and reduce homelessness among our veterans.


Working to Protect Our Environment:

As we fight for clean air, healthy families, and lower fuel prices, it is critical that we stop President Trump’s attack on California’s fuel economy standards.  California leads the nation in renewables in part thanks to these standards, which spur innovation in the auto industry.  I’m proud to cosponsor a House resolution affirming that states have every right to adopt California’s stronger fuel standards.  We cannot let President Trump drag our state backwards on this vital issue.


Building a Safer World:

I appreciated the opportunity to speak with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and her delegation from the National Democratic Institute, about the important role that citizen participation plays in strengthening democratic institutions.


Announcements and Notices

Rights Under the U.S. Constitution for Our Immigrant Families and Neighbors:

Read this information about immigrants’ rights under the law.


Derechos Bajo la Constitución de los Estados Unidos Para Nuestras Familias y Vecinos Inmigrantes:

Lea esta información sobre los derechos de los inmigrantes bajo la ley.


Blood Testing and Soil Sampling Near Exide:

If you live, work, or go to school within three miles of the Exide plant, I encourage you to get a FREE blood lead test.  For details, visit bloodleadtesting.com or call (844) 888-2290.  If you live within 1.7 miles of Exide, you can also sign up for soil testing.  For more information, visit exidecleanup.org or call (844) 225-3887.  Please also feel free to share this general information Exide flyer in English and in Spanish with any friends and family living in the affected area.


News on DACA Judicial Decisions:

Are you wondering what the latest judicial decisions on DACA mean for you and your family?  Read this flyer for info.  USCIS is continuing to accept DACA renewal requests.  Any DACA recipient who can request renewal should do so immediately.  Click here to find out how to file a renewal application.  (USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA.)

¿Se está preguntando qué significan las últimas decisiónes judiciales sobre DACA para usted y su familia?  Lea esta folleto para la información.  USCIS sigue aceptando solicitudes de renovación para DACA.  Cualquier beneficiario de DACA que pueda solicitar una renovación debe hacerlo de inmediato.  Haga clic aquí para informarse cómo presentar una solicitud de renovación.  (USCIS no está aceptando aplicaciones de individuos que nunca antes se les ha otorgado una acción diferida bajo DACA.)


If You Visit Washington, DC:

If you are a resident of California's 40th District and planning a trip to Washington, DC, I can provide information on many of the area's distinguished landmarks.  You can submit your tour requests here.  Please contact my office with at least 8-12 weeks advance notice whenever possible.


Contacting You About the Issues That Matter to You:

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Sincerely,

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