Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Congressman Paul Cook's Newsletter: November 3, 2015

Nov 3, 2015

Capitol Update

Heroes of the 8th NEXT FRIDAY

This year marks the 50th anniversary since the start of the Vietnam War. This conflict was a challenging time for our country, with many service men and women experiencing public backlash upon returning home. To show his appreciation for their service and for the service of other veterans, Congressman Cook is hosting a special event called “Heroes of the 8th,” focusing this year on Vietnam veterans from California’s Eighth Congressional District.

This event will take place at 5:30PM on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley. While this event is open to the public, we kindly ask that you RSVP by calling Congressman Cook’s Apple Valley District Office at (760) 247-1815.

Congressman Paul Cook Announces Local Support for CMORCA

The City of Twentynine Palms, the City of Banning, and the San Gorgonio Pass Regional Water Alliance announced their support for Congressman Cook’s bill, HR 3668, the California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act (CMORCA).

On behalf of the City of Banning, Mayor Deborah Franklin said, “We support this bill because it recognizes the importance of conservation and energy commitments, outlines recreational uses- including off-highway vehicle use, provides for thorough management strategies in land preservation, and benefits our region.”

Congressman Cook said, “I am glad to see continued community support for this bill. It responsibly preserves our majestic landscapes for future generations, addresses the needs of off-highway vehicle users, and protects economically vital mineral sites.”

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. This bill deals with the management of existing federal land and would not result in an increase in federal landownership.

District Update

Join Copper Mountain College for a Grand Opening!

Copper Mountain College is proud to announce the grand opening of Bud and Betty’s Place for Veterans! All are invited to the grand opening ceremony and Veterans Day Remembrance on November 12, 2015 at 10AM in the 300 Quad of Copper Mountain College with a keynote address by Colonel Paul Cook (Ret.), US Congressman.

For more information, please call CMC Veterans Services at 760-366-3791, ext. 5813, or CMC Base Programs at (760) 830-6133.

County Fire Plans More El Nino Meetings


 Following Wednesday's initial presentation in Victorville, the San Bernardino County Fire Department will hold at least two more El Nino public information meetings.

County Fire's Office of Emergency Services, the National Weather Service, San Bernardino County Public Works and Caltrans will update attendees on the latest El Nino forecast and how local government is preparing. They also will provide flood preparation materials for residents.

The public is strongly encouraged to attend. The first 50 attendees will receive a personal disaster preparedness kit from California Volunteers.

The meetings are planned for 5:30PM Novemver 9, 2015 at Yucca Valley Community Center, 27090 Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley, and 5:30PM November 12, 2015 at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Drive in Rancho Cucamonga.


Recycling & Shred-Fest


High Desert residents are invited to attend the last Shred Fest and Mulch Giveaway of the year at the Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) on Saturday, November 7, from 8AM to 12PM. The Victor Valley MRF is located at 17000 Abbey Lane, in Victorville, just off of Stoddard Wells Road—right on the way to the County landfill. 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.

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

MRF Open House and Tour: Residents can view the Victor Valley MRF’s processing equipment and see where approximately 100 tons per day of commingled recyclables from Apple Valley, Victorville, and Adelanto are processed.

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

CRV Buy Back: Residents can also visit the MRFs buy back center and redeem their separated 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 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

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.

The United States Post Office is Hiring for the Holidays!

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.

High Desert Veterans Dinner


The 21st Annual High Desert Veterans Dinner will take place on Nov. 4, 2015, from 4PM until 7PM at Serrano High School’s gym. The dinner will honor all veterans, and diploma ceremony for veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War will be held. Free tickets are available for veterans and one guest, and can be picked up at Phelan locations including McDonalds, Heritage School, Pizza Factory, Desert Community Bank, and the VFW Post.

Tickets are also available at DCB Wrightwood, A-Tech Transmission, Joshua Palms Post in Hesperia, and Victorville Motors. Serrano High School is located at 9292 Sheep Creek Road in Phelan.

19th Annual Victorville Veterans Day Parade and Freedom Mile Run


On Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 9AM to 11AM, the City of Victorville will host the 19th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade and Ceremony. The event is sponsored by the City of Victorville and California Cadet Corps 264th Battalion.

The City of Victorville will host a “Freedom Mile Run” prior to the parade. The mile-long run starts at 8:55AM and will kick-off the parade. Participation in the Freedom Mile Run is FREE. Registration for the run will be at the corner of 7th and Forrest at 8:15AM. The first 100 runners registered will receive a FREE commemorative race bib.

The parade route begins at Tracy and 7th St. with a very special ceremony following parade at Forrest Street and 7th Street. The parade and ceremony will include a variety of marching bands, entertainers, military units, and guest speakers.

To request an application, or for more information about the Freedom Mile Run, parade and ceremony, please call the City of Victorville Community Services Department at (760) 245-5551.

Applications will also be available on the City of Victorville website at and on the Victorville Recreation website at

Inter Valley Health to Celebrate Veterans


Inter Valley Health Plan will host its second annual Veterans Day Celebration as the not-for-profit Medicare Health Plan honors those who have served this country.

All veterans are invited to the free event, where they will enjoy food, entertainment and learn how to become a part of the Veterans History Project, a presentation put on by the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.

Co-sponsored by Choice Medical Group, the veterans celebration is scheduled at 1PM on November 6, 2015 at Sun View Plaza, 13010 Hesperia Road, No. 100, in Victorville.

Space is limited and registration is required. To participate or for more information, call 800-251-8191, ext.626.