Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Congressman Paul Cook's Newsletter: January 26, 2016

Jan 26, 2016

Capitol Update

Congressman Cook Announces Local Support for Historic Routes Preservation Act


Congressman Cook announced that the County of San Bernardino has endorsed his bipartisan bill, HR 4313, the Historic Routes Preservation Act. This bipartisan bill provides an administrative means for the federal government to confirm rights-of-way on public lands administered by the Departments of Interior and Agriculture.

The County of San Bernardino said, “With more than 80 percent of the land in San Bernardino County owned by the Federal Government, there remain a number of important roads that should have their rights-of-ways recognized through a simple, predictable process. This has been an unresolved issue in the American West for 40 years.”

The Historic Routes Preservation Act solves this problem by creating an administrative process for counties to resolve these rights of way without going to court. It applies only to existing travel routes and does not create new roads on public lands. Further, it will not apply to Department of Defense installations. The burden of proof to have a right-of-way recognized under this legislation will be with the governmental unit that files and administrative costs to the federal government should be minimal.

Cook said, “I’m grateful for the county’s endorsement of the Historic Routes Preservation Act. This bill is about empowering local counties and gives the Bureau of Land Management clear administrative responsibility when it comes to confirming rights-of-ways on our public lands. We must continue to keep public access available on public lands.”

District Update

Shred Fest and Mulch Giveaway in Victorville


High Desert residents are invited to attend the first Shred Fest and Mulch Giveaway of 2016 at the Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) on Saturday, February 6th, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The Victor Valley MRF is located at 17000 Abbey Lane, in Victorville, just off of Stoddard Wells Road. All activities are FREE and open to all residents of the High Desert.

Free Shred-Fest: High Desert residents can bring up to four bankers boxes of confidential paper documents to be shredded for free. All Purpose Document Destruction will have a truck on site, so residents can watch their documents get shredded. The free shredding is for paper documents from residents only. No business materials.

Free Mulch and Compost Giveaway: Area residents can pick up free mulch during the event. This is a “self-serve” giveaway, so residents will need to bring their own shovels and containers to load the mulch into. Limit 50 gallons per resident.

Free Drop-off of TVs, Computers, and Appliances: Area residents and businesses can bring TVs, computers, scrap metal, and appliances to drop-off for free at the RECYCLE ALLEY drop off area.

Free Reusable Grocery Bags: The first 200 visitors will receive a free reusable shopping bag.

Residents can also visit the MRFs buy back center to redeem CRV bottles and cans for cash.

The Victor Valley MRF serves as the processing center for recyclables from Apple Valley and Victorville's curbside and commercial/business recycling programs. The MRF is also a buy back and drop-off recycling center open to the public and businesses. It is regularly open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM and Saturdays from 8AM to 12PM.

These events are sponsored by Burrtec Waste Industries and the City of Victorville. For more information, contact the City of Victorville Recycling Program at 760-955-8615 or the Victor Valley MRF at 760-241-1284.


Sheriff Deputies Honored

My district staff had the honor of presenting San Bernardino Sheriff’s Deputy Asiah Medawar with a Congressional Record insert highlighting her heroic actions last Friday. She, along with the assistance of a Good Samaritan, saved the life of a Victorville motorist who was trapped inside a burning vehicle. Residents of the 8th District are lucky to have people like Deputy Medawar patrolling our streets!


Hike with Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent


The National Park Service turns 100 years old this year. In recognition and celebration of this milestone, Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent, David Smith will be leading hikes up 5 different peaks in the park. The schedule is as follows:

Monument Mountain 4834', 6 miles - February 6, (Meet at Cottonwood Visitor Center 8:30AM, half day)
Eagle Peak 5350', 10 miles - March 5, (Meet at Cottonwood Visitor Center 8:30AM, all day)
Queen Mountain 5687', 4 miles - April 2 (Meet at Joshua Tree Visitor Center 8:00AM, half day)
Quail Mountain 5813', 12 miles - April 30 (Meet at Joshua Tree Visitor Center 7:00AM, all day)

Theses hikes are all challenging and participants should be fit and in good health. Be sure and bring appropriate footwear for hiking as well as a hat, sunscreen, food and water. Please call 760-367-5502 to RSVP.


Sandbangs Available for Upcoming Stormy Season


The Twentynine Palms Fire Department and the City of Twentynine Palms would like to remind local residents that sand bags and sand are available to Twentynine Palms' residents for flood control purposes to provide a barrier from flooding at your home if you should need them during this rainy season.

Sand bags may be picked up at the Twentynine Palms Fire Department (6550 Adobe Road) Monday through Thursday from 8:30AM until 1:30PM or by calling the City of Twentynine Palms Public Works at 760-367-6799 ext. 1016.

Up to 10 sandbags per household and sand is available at the north side of the fire department and the west side of Theatre 29 where you can fill them.


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.

Veteran Entrepreneurship Workshop



Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Motorcycle Ride



Seventh Annual Pass Area Veterans Expo