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September 20, 2016 In The News

South Bay area politicians and activists on Monday called for a ban on an acid used at the Torrance refinery, speaking just hours after residents were presented with an unplanned flareup at the facility.

Hydrofluoric acid is used in the refining of petroleum to create gasoline, but it can pose a danger to the public when not handled properly.

September 19, 2016 Press Release


Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement in light of the United States Senate’s passage of the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016 - H.R. 5936. This legislation originated in the House of Representatives and was authored by Congressman Lieu. Senator Dianne Feinstein authored the Senate version of this legislation in September, 2015.

September 16, 2016 In The News

Santa Monica has been named one of seven winners of the 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Prize honors communities for their efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Santa Monica Mayor Tony Vazquez joined City Manager Rick Cole, Assembly member Richard Bloom, Mobility Manager Francie Stefan and community members who played an active role in the application process at a press conference this week.

September 15, 2016 Press Release


WashingtonCongressman Ted W. Lieu’s (D | Los Angeles County) interview with Chelsea Handler for her new show “Chelsea” is streaming now on Netflix.  In the interview, Mr. Lieu explores his immigrant journey to serve in the U.S. Air Force and in Congress, reflects on passing three bills in one year on Capitol Hill and examines how CA-33 constituents – such as Ms. Handler – can advocate for the issues that matter most to them.

September 14, 2016 Press Release


September 13, 2016 In The News

The House of Representatives voted Monday to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to again offer leases on its West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus, authority it needs before homes for disabled, female and homeless veterans can be built there.

The VA announced plans in January to develop the long-neglected 387-acre campus, the largest open parcel on the Westside. The development is part of the settlement of a lawsuit over substandard care of homeless veterans.

September 8, 2016 In The News

The years-long tussle over land use at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ sprawling 388-acre West Los Angeles campus took an important step closer to being resolved Tuesday. Yet even as the department made real strides locally, the efforts to deliver more services to veterans on the campus remain hampered by inaction in Congress.

September 1, 2016 In The News

It’s been exactly 500 days since traffic was allowed on the California Incline. But hey, who’s counting?

The iconic piece of Santa Monica infrastructure, which connects Pacific Coast Highway to Ocean Avenue on the bluffs above it, reopens today after an approximately 18 month closure for major reconstruction.

The widened incline is now up to seismic standards, according to City officials, and will open to vehicle traffic at 5 p.m. The new bridge also features designated paths for cyclists and pedestrians, who will be able to access it starting at 10 a.m.

August 31, 2016 Press Release


WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement on the rededication of the California Incline in Santa Monica.