Education bill signed into law

By Mary O’KEEFE On Tuesday the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1586, the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act. President Barack Obama immediately signed the bill into law. The measure includes $10 billion in funding that targeted saving teachers jobs, and $16.1 billion in health assistance to states thus reducing shortfalls which will allow states […]

Teachers back on the job

By Mary O’KEEFE The last 48 teachers affected by RIF [Reduction In Force] in the Glendale school district were notified on Monday morning they would be rehired for the new school year. “Welcome home,” said Mary Boger, member of the Glendale Unified School board. The teachers had been officially notified in March they were not […]

Station Fire panel meeting canceled

By Mary O’KEEFE The panel that was to be convened on Aug. 10 to discuss the decisions that were made in early hours of the Station Fire has been postponed.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the House back into session. “I will be calling the House back into session early next week to save teacher’s […]

Schiff offers statement on new information surrounding Station Fire response

Washington, DC – Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement: “This afternoon, I was informed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that the Forest Service had taped calls either to or from the Forest Service dispatch center over a lengthy period of time, which included the Station Fire. The Secretary had just been made aware […]

Congressman Schiff visits CVHS

By Mary O’KEEFE On Monday Congressman Adam Schiff paid a visit to Crescenta Valley High School at the invitation of teacher Alicia Harris and her advanced placement government class. About 50 students posed questions to the congressman covering issues from the country’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide to the polarizing political atmosphere.  The students invited […]

Schiff leads hearing on firefighting policy

By Mary O’KEEFE Representative Adam Schiff recently testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to call for a reconsideration and possible repeal of U.S. Forest Service policies prohibiting nighttime flights. This action was spurred by the Station Fire. “Fire officials agree that the most important part of fighting fires is […]