Assemblyman Steve Fox, D-Palmdale, whose 36th Assembly District covers a portion of the Santa Clarita Valley, will be in the studio Thursday for a live broadcast on KHTS AM-1220 at 4:10 p.m.
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Fox is working on several important pieces of legislation that could have a big impact on the Santa Clarita Valley for the next several decades, in education and in the defense industry.
He’ll be on air to discuss his transition into his new job, as well as his goals for the legislative package he’s introducing to the Legislature this term.
Fox has stated that his goal as an elected official is to focus “extensively on ensuring funding for education at all levels,” and the former Antelope Valley Community College trustee has followed through with one of his first pieces of legislation Assembly Bill 736.
AB 736 is the first step in what Fox hopes will be a plan to create a four-year university in the Antelope Valley region.
“Statistically, we’ve noticed students often terminate their education after two years, and the primary reason is the proximity to a four-year institution,” said Sandra Kramer, a spokeswoman for Fox’s office. “So those people that can afford to go on, can’t and we’d like to see that change.”
Kramer described the legislation, which was just amended on Tuesday, as “the first step of the process with the CSU process.”
The legislation calls for a study that looks into the geographical needs of the area to create the study “to identify the fact that our area needs a CSU, and not just a Bakersfield satellite.”
Another key part of Fox’s legislative agenda is legislation that would make California a designated area for drone creation and testing, which are both aimed at job creation, Kramer said.
“He’s authored two bills regarding drones,” she said. ‘Both of them want to make California a drone-testing and manufacturing area, and that designation comes with a lot of jobs for our area.”
To catch the interview with Fox, stay tuned to AM-1220 KHTS at 4:10 p.m. Thursday with radio host Jason Endicott, or if you can’t make, check back for a link to the podcast.
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