U.S. Congressman Paul Cook | In The News
District Update | October 3, 2017
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Congressman Cook Votes to Keep Fugitives off Federal Benefits

Congressman Paul Cook voted for HR 2792, the “Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons (CUFF) Act.” The bill passed the House by a margin of 244-171.

The CUFF Act amends the law to prohibit individuals who have an outstanding arrest warrant for a felony or parole violation from receiving certain monthly welfare benefits. The law would apply only to felony charges or a crime carrying a minimum term of one or more years in prison. The policy would not punish those convicted of misdemeanors, such as outstanding parking tickets.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the bill would save $2 billion over ten years. It is supported by the National Sheriffs Association and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Congressman Cook said, “Wanted felons and parole violators must be held accountable for their actions. This commonsense legislation prevents taxpayer dollars from funding the lifestyle of potentially dangerous criminals.”  

Statement from Congressman Cook on Las Vegas Shooting
I was deeply saddened to learn about the shooting that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday night that resulted in the deaths of at least 59 people. There's no excuse for this tragic loss of life. I know that several constituents were at the concert and managed to escape, some who sustained serious injuries in the process. Additionally, some of the concertgoers were employees of the County of San Bernardino. While details are still forthcoming about many of the victims, I send my condolences to all of the families of those who lost their lives in this horrific attack. 
FAA Meeting

Today, Congressman Paul Cook met with representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to discuss alternatives to the new flight path over Lake Arrowhead. Congressman Cook pressed the FAA on accelerating any solution of moving the flight path back to a less populated ground track. He also readdressed the inadequate opportunities for involvement of the Lake Arrowhead community during the process of changing flight routes into Ontario airport.  Cook said, “I'm not satisfied with how this change happened and I plan to continue to push on the FAA to correct the issue as fast as safely possible.”  

If you have been affected by the flight pattern change over our mountain communities, please write to my district office at 14955 Dale Evans Parkway, Apple Valley, CA 92307.

North Korea
North Korea continues to insist on destabilizing the world with its reckless testing of military missiles, development of nuclear weapons, and bellicose rhetoric threatening its neighbors and the United States. It has shown a constant willingness to violate United Nations resolutions at the expense of the starving North Korean population. Congressman Cook is maintaining a close watch on North Korea through his positions both on the Foreign Affairs committee as well as the House Armed Services committee. We will continue to support any possible diplomatic efforts while also ensuring our military is equipped and ready to meet any threat that North Korea may pose.     
Participants Sought for Veterans Day Parade & Freedom Mile Run

The City of Victorville will host its 21st Annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Old Town Victorville. 

Applications to participate in the parade are now being accepted at Hook Community Center.  Groups of all types are encouraged to participate and are recommended to follow a patriotic theme.  The application deadline for participation in the parade is Oct. 19.

The City will also host its Freedom Mile Run prior to the parade.  The mile-long run starts at 8:50 a.m. and will serve as the kick-off for the parade.  Participation in the Freedom Mile Run is free.  Registration for the run will be at the corner of 7th Street and Forrest Avenue at 8:15 a.m. 

The parade route begins at Tracy and 7th Streets.  The Veterans Day Ceremony immediately follows the parade at 7th Street and Forrest Avenue.  The Ceremony will feature a Salute to Victorville Veterans.  Veterans interested in being included in this tribute must complete the City’s Veteran Information Form no later than Oct. 15. 

The parade application and Veteran Information Form can be downloaded from the City of Victorville website at www.victorvilleca.gov.   For more information about the Freedom Mile Run, parade and ceremony, call (760) 245-5551 or (760) 955-5028.

Yucaipa Autumnfest
The City of Yucaipa will host their annual Autumnfest Friday, October 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is a free admission festival which will showcase a Kids Zone and Haunted House. The Autumnfest will take place in Historic Uptown in Yucaipa. 

For questions, contact (909) 797-2489.
Dog Vaccination & Adoption Event
The Victor Valley Animal Protection League (VVAPL) will host a low-cost dog vaccination and adoption event co organized with the City of Victorville on Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  This event will be take place in front of Victorville City Hall located at 14343 Civic Dr.

A variety of helpful services will be provided during this event.  The City of Victorville will offer low-cost dog vaccinations to all dog owners in the High Desert and dog licensing services to Victorville residents only.  In addition, VVAPL will have dogs available for adoption; and VVAPL will microchip dogs with a City of Victorville license for free with proof of license.  Dogs that don’t qualify for the free microchip can be chipped for $10. 

No coupons or promo codes will be accepted at this event.  All dogs must be crated or leashed and under the control of an adult.

For more information about this event, call City of Victorville Animal Care and Control at (760) 955-5089.  Questions about adoption and microchips can be directed to VVAPL Humane Society at (760) 247-2102.
Desert Christ Park Pink Ribbon Event

Desert Christ Park is hosting their Pink Ribbon Event on October 14 from 10am - 2pm for Breast Cancer Awareness.

The free event will be held at the Desert Christ Park. Attendees can put names of loved ones on pink ribbons to be hung from the park's entrance gates to create community awareness. There will be a peaceful Reflection Tent for those to reflect on those who have survived or honor those who have been taken by breast cancer. The address is 56200 Sunnyslope Drive, Yucca Valley.

World Off Road Championship Series
The most exciting and largest off-road racing series in the World is finishing up the 2017 season at the Adelanto Stadium in Adelanto.

This will be the final round of the WORCS Round 11 Circuit. Don't miss your chance to race with the best amateur and pro atv, motocross, and Side x Side off-road racers in the world. Gates open on Thursday, October 5 at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, click here

Victorville Fall Festival 
The Victorville Fall Festival is this Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a city-wide special event designed for family fun and community involvement. The festival features live entertainment, music, dance, food, vendors, service organizations, kids activities and so much more. Fun for the whole family! Admission, parking, and kids activities are free!

Also the Victor Valley Animal Protection League Humane Society will host a Go Mobile Adoption Vehicle with discounted prices for adoptions. 

My office is here to help you. If you or someone you know needs help with the Veterans' Administration please call my Apple Valley District Office at (760) 247-1815.

High Desert Regional Job Fair
To pre-register for the High Desert Regional Job Fair on Wednesday, October 25 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. click here.
High Desert Veterans Dinner and SB County Veterans Diploma Graduation 
All U.S. veterans and their one guest are invited to a free Veterans Appreciation Graduation and Pizza Factory dinner in their honor on Wednesday, October 18 located at Serrano High School at 9292 Sheep Creek Road in Phelan. This dinner will follow the graduation event in the Serrano High School Performing Art Center. 


Sent from the Office of U.S. Representative Paul Cook
14955 Dale Evans Parkway
Apple Valley Town Hall
Apple Valley, CA 92307
Phone: 760.247.1815
Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm
34282 Yucaipa Boulevard
Yucaipa, CA 92399
Phone: 909.797.4900
Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm
1222 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.5861
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