Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Congressman Paul Cook's Newsletter: February 2, 2016

Feb 2, 2016

Capitol Update

Congressman Paul Cook Announces More Local Support for his California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act
The City of Big Bear Lake and the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association (LVEDA) are the latest local entities that have announced support for HR 3668, the California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act.

Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association Chairman Chuck Bell said, “LVEDA supports the balanced approach that Congressman Cook has taken in dealing with our desert lands. CMORCA strikes the proper balance between protecting our desert landscapes for future generations, protecting critical economic activities such as mining, and protecting the Juniper Flats area from renewable energy development. Congressman Cook’s outreach to local communities has been superb, and I eagerly await the passage of his legislation in Congress.”

Cook said, “It’s great to see that more local governments and associations continue to get behind my California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conversation Act. The City of Big Bear Lake and the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association join numerous other local communities in supporting my bill that protects our desert, addresses the needs of our off- highway vehicles users, and maintains our local economy.”

The bill which was introduced on October 1, 2015, presents a balanced approach to protecting, managing, and using public lands in San Bernardino, Riverside, and Inyo counties. The bill involves management of existing federal land and would not result in an increase in federal landownership. The City of Apple Valley, City of Barstow, City of Hesperia, City of Twentynine Palms, City of Banning, Town of Yucca Valley, the San Gorgonio Pass Regional Water Alliance, and the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission have also announced their support of the bill.

District Update

Echoes of America
On February 6 at 7:30PM to 10:00PM, the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra will present its "Echoes of America." A stirring musical tribute to our great country! The playbill includes: "Variations on America" Ives "Grand Canyon Suite" (‘On The Trail’ and ‘Cloudburst’ movements) Grofe' "Victory at Sea Medley" Rodgers and Bennett "American Salute" Gould "The American Scene (‘The West’ movement)" Still "Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Liberty Bell,” and “Semper Fidelis” Sousa.

The event will take place at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. The location of the event is 562 West 4th Street in San Bernardino, California 92401.

This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome. For more information, please visit or call (909) 381-5388.


Victorville City Library Welcomes New Public Computers
On January 27, the Victorville City Library held a ribbon cutting ceremony for 31 new public computers. The new computers were purchased through the efforts of the Friends of the Library, a non-profit group that supports programs of the Victorville City Library. Additional staff computers were also purchased for a total of 38 new and improved computers provided to the City Library.

Prior to the upgrade, the Library’s had 29 computers available for the public to use. In 2015, these computers were utilized by approximately 16,500 Library visitors. The computers are used to provide weekly Library sponsored computer classes, as well as by individuals doing research, writing resumes, or seeking employment.

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit group that strives to increase public awareness of library needs and raise funds for equipment, furniture, and library programs. Its members are all volunteers who value public library service. They raise money through on-going used book sales as well as Library DVD rentals. The Friends of the Library meet at the Victorville City Library on the first Tuesday of each month at 9:00AM. Anyone with a desire to support the Victorville City Library is welcome to join.

The Victorville City Library is located at 15011 Circle Drive in Victorville. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9:00AM until 8:00PM. Friday hours are 9:00AM to 6:00PM. Saturday hours are from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. For more information on all services offered by the Victorville City Library, call (760) 245-4222.


Make Us Proud!
Congratulations to our Military Academy Nominees from Highland: Skylar Cummings and Brennan Means. These fine young men have received appointments to the US Military Academy at West Point. Congressman Cook wishes them and their families all the best.

Veterans’ Corner

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.

Resume Workshop
On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 9AM to 11AM, the High Desert Employment Resource Center will be holding a Resume Workshop. The location of the center is 17310 Bear Valley Road, Suite 109 in Victorville California.

Topics include developing an effective resume and composing cover letter and thank you letters. Prior registration is required. Please register at CALJOBS and

For more information, please call Lena Salas at 760-552-6535.


California Free Waiver (College Fee Waiver Program for Veterans Dependents)
The College Fee Waiver for Veterans Dependents waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program does not cover expenses like books, housing and parking. Many colleges and universities have campus based and extension fees which may not be waived, contact CSUSB’s Veterans Success Center for additional information.

To be eligible, the student must:

•Have a parent who is a disabled veteran; or
•Have a spouse who is service-connected (S/C) deceased or rated 100% S/C disabled.
•Be a child earning less than $11,945 per year (student's income, not parents'). *Note: there is no income limit for a spouse or children of S/C deceased or 100% S/C disabled veterans.
•Attend a California Community College, California State University, or a University of California school.
•The student must meet the in-state residency requirements as determined by the school.
•Provide proof of the student's relationship to the veteran such as a copy of a birth or marriage certificate.


PLAN A: The spouse, child or unmarried surviving spouse or California certified registered domestic partner (RDP) of a veteran who is totally service-connected disabled or who has died of service-related causes, may qualify. The veteran must have served during a period of war declared by Congress, or been awarded a Campaign or Expeditionary Medal. This program does not have an income limit. A child must be under 27 years of age to receive the fee waiver benefit. The age limit is extended to 30 years of age if the child is a veteran. There are no age limits for a spouse, surviving spouse or RDP. *Note: a dependent cannot receive this benefit if they are in receipt of VA Chapter 35 benefits,


PLAN B: The child (no age limit) of a veteran who has a service-connected disability, or had a service-connected disability at the time of death, or who died of service-related causes, may also qualify for a waiver of fees. The child's income, which includes the student's ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME, PLUS THE VALUE OF SUPPORT provided by a parent, cannot exceed the "national poverty level" as published by the U.S. Census Bureau on December 31st of last year.

NOTE: This figure changes annually. To obtain the applicable national poverty level, contact your local County Veterans Service Office (CVSO).

PLAN C: Any dependent, non-remarried surviving spouse, or current RDP of a member of the California National Guard who was killed, permanently disabled or died of this disability that resulted from activation under Military and Veterans Code Section 146.

How to apply

1.Obtain and fill out the College Fee Waiver Program form for Veterans Dependents

2.Obtain a copy of the students birth certificate
◦If the student is a step-child you will need a copy of the parents' marriage license

3.Obtain the tax information of the student for the previous year. ◦If the student did not file taxes, you will need a request for Verification of Non-Filing Letter (Form 4506-T) from the IRS.

A letter can be obtained from: The San Diego Tax Board Field Office: 7575 Metropolitan Drive, Suite 201, San Diego, CA 92108-4421

The LA Tax Board Field Office: 300 S. Spring Street, Suite 5704, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1265

The Santa Ana Tax Board Field Office: 600 W. Santa Ana Blvd, Suite 300, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4543

4.Once CSUSB's School Certifying Official receives the award letter through mail, e-mail or fax, it is then submitted to CSUSB's student accounts office so it can be applied to the student's account.

Applications should be filled out and completed before attending school. Benefits are awarded on an academic year basis and students are required to reapply each year for ongoing benefits.

The College Fee Waiver Program for Veterans Dependents waives mandatory system-wide tuition fees and registration costs at any California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. The student is responsible for campus-based fees.

For additional information visit the Tuition Fee Waiver for Dependents of Service-Connected Disabled Veterans webpage for or call 1(800)952-5626.