Aguilar Tours Goodwill Southern California and Highlights Community Efforts to Get Economy Moving Again
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar toured Goodwill Southern California in San Bernardino with President and CEO Patrick McClenahan, Vice President of Workforce and Career Development Simon Lopez, and Regional Operations Officer, Inland Empire, Lowell King. Rep. Aguilar’s visit was to learn more about Goodwill Southern California’s services for community members, specifically job training and placement programs.
October 7, 2016 Press Release
Aguilar Tours VA Loma Linda Ambulatory Care Center
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar toured the new VA Loma Linda Ambulatory Care Center in Redlands with local veterans and administrators to learn more about the facility and to discuss veteran health care in the Inland Empire. Rep. Aguilar also attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the health center’s opening.
Aguilar and San Bernardino Community Members Attend Opening of Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Last month, Rep. Pete Aguilar joined Hardy and Sonietta Brown of San Bernardino for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The opening ceremony on Saturday, September 24th included speeches by President Barack Obama and civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis. Ruth Bonners, the daughter of a former slave, rang the Freedom Bell with her granddaughter, the president and the first lady. The Freedom Bell is from the Williamsburg First Baptist Church and is believed to be the first black Baptist church in the United States, founded in 1776.
October 3, 2016 Press Release
In Case You Missed It: Bill Would Speed Response to VA Records Requests
Yesterday, Rep. Pete Aguilar authored an editorial for the San Bernardino Sun, highlighting the need to improve accountability and veteran services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Aguilar Announces Additional $500,000 in Federal Funds for San Bernardino County Response to Inland Regional Center Terror Attack
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has allocated an additional $500,000 to the State of California for San Bernardino County to defray costs incurred by state and local agencies from law enforcement’s response to the Inland Regional Center terror attack on December 2, 2015. This is the second installment of federal funds to recover costs incurred from the response to the attack, which totals $1,000,000 for Fiscal Year 2016.
September 27, 2016 Press Release
Aguilar Announces Federal Aid for Colton Ashley Furniture Workers
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the United States Department of Labor (DOL) has granted Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) to workers who were laid off as a result of the Colton Ashley Furniture facility closure. Trade Adjustment Assistance is a federal program that offers employment services through training, counseling, income support and more for American workers who have been adversely affected by foreign competition. Rep. Pete Aguilar advocated for support for these workers, and earlier this month sent a letter of support to U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez for a TAA petition filed by the State of California Economic Development Department (EDD) on behalf of the displaced workers.
September 26, 2016 Press Release
Aguilar Announces $82 Million Contract Between Rancho Cucamonga Manufacturer and U.S. Army
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the United States Army awarded an $82,490,177 contract to Gentex Corporation, with work to be performed at its Rancho Cucamonga facility. The contract is for the Joint Service Aircrew Mask for Joint Strike Fighter (JSAM-JSF), which provides respiratory protection to U.S. and allied pilots while flying JSF F-35 aircraft.
In Case You Missed It: How EDD and Rep. Aguilar Are Helping Laid Off Ashley Furniture Employees in Colton
Last week, Rep. Pete Aguilar wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez advocating for federal assistance for the 840 employees laid off as a result of the Colton Ashley Furniture facility closure. In an official letter to Secretary Perez, Rep. Aguilar offered his full-fledged support for the petition filed by the State of California Economic Development Department (EDD) on behalf of the displaced workers with the U.S. Department of Labor, which requests federal employment assistance through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program.
September 21, 2016 Press Release
Aguilar Introduces Bill to Help Inland Empire Veterans and Improve Accountability at the VA
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar introduced H.R. 6078, the VA Accountability for Location of Records (VALOR) Act, which requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to complete record requests for veterans within 14 days, or explain the reason why the records will be delayed. Rep. Aguilar was inspired to write the bill following conversations with members of his Veterans Advisory Board and with Inland Empire veterans who have reached out to his office after struggling to access these documents from the VA.
September 13, 2016 Press Release
Aguilar Hosts Homeland Security Summit On Emergency Preparedness
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar hosted a panel at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s annual conference, entitled Homeland Security: Community Readiness Strategies for the Latino Community. The discussion, which coincided with National Preparedness Month and Hispanic Heritage Month, focused on strengthening communication between law enforcement, schools and hospitals in Latino communities so municipalities are prepared for extraordinary emergency situations, including natural disasters like earthquakes and wildfires, or man-made situations like the attack at the Inland Regional Center.