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Veterans Online Shopping Benefit Is Coming

Veterans Online Shopping Benefit Is Coming

Beginning this Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2017, military exchanges are proud to expand their online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Military. This highly anticipated change in DoD policy grants online exchange shopping privileges to an estimated eighteen million additional individuals. According to DoD officials, “The online benefit will also strengthen […]

Nine Fulbright Scholars from 20th Congressional District

Nine Fulbright Scholars from 20th Congressional District

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jimmy Panetta announced that nine outstanding individuals from California’s 20th Congressional District received Fulbright awards during the 2016-2017 academic year. “I offer my congratulations to these nine promising young leaders who are participating in the one of the most prestigious exchange programs in the world,” said Congressman Panetta. “I know that they will continue […]

New Medicare Cards

New Medicare Cards

Changes Offer Greater Protection For More Than 57.7 Million Americans The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is readying a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft, and safeguard taxpayer dollars. The new cards will use a unique, randomly assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary […]

National Healthy Homes Month

National Healthy Homes Month

WASHINGTON — In an effort to help families keep their kids healthy and to reinforce the connection between a family’s health and their home, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is kicking off the second annual National Healthy Homes Month. The goal is to raise awareness for what makes a home healthy, […]

“ShakeAlert” Earthquake Early Warning System Goes West Coast Wide

“ShakeAlert” Earthquake Early Warning System Goes West Coast Wide

The U.S. Geological Survey along with university, state and private-sector partners will highlight the rollout of Version 1.2 of the USGS ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system on April 10, 2017.  This milestone extends the ShakeAlert “production prototype” that was rolled out in California in 2016 to Washington and Oregon, creating a fully integrated system for […]

UC Santa Cruz Receives Federal Grants

UC Santa Cruz Receives Federal Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced that the University of California Santa Cruz would receive federal grants totaling $528,116 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded UC Santa Cruz $77,000 to be used for allergy, […]

Airline Performance in 2016

Airline Performance in 2016

Some Highlights for Travelers By the Bureau of Transportation Statistics U.S. large airlines set three annual records in 2016 that were good news for fliers, based on data released by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Cancellations: The 12 airlines that report on-time data to BTS posted an all-time annual low cancellation rate of 1.17 […]

Jimmy Panetta Takes Oath of Office

Jimmy Panetta Takes Oath of Office

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) was sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 115th Congress by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). “Throughout my life, I’ve been devoted to public service and it’s an honor to now serve the Central Coast in Congress,” said Congressman Panetta. “I’m ready to […]

Central Coast VA-DOD Health Clinic Dedicated

Central Coast VA-DOD Health Clinic Dedicated

WASHINGTON — Representative Sam Farr (D-Calif.), joined by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald and Director of the Army Staff Lieutenant General Gary Cheek, will deliver the Major General William H. Gourley VA-DOD Outpatient Clinic to Central Coast Veterans, military retirees, active duty service members, and their families on Friday, October 14, […]

Quarantine on California Grapes Lifted

Quarantine on California Grapes Lifted

WASHINGTON – Since June 2010, 446 square miles of Napa and Sonoma Counties have been under regulation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It was announced by the USDA that the European grapevine moth (EGVM) (Lobesia botrana) has been eradicated from California and that the Federal quarantine has been lifted. A total of 11 […]

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