Schiff Helps Secure Over $20 Million in Funding for Earthquake Early Warning System

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that a record-level $22.9 million in funding for a West Coast earthquake early warning system (EEW), also known as ShakeAlert, was included in the FY2018 omnibus spending bill which just passed the House. Schiff has led the Congressional effort to secure funding for EEW technology since 2014. "The omnibus includes record-level funding for a West Coast earthquake early warning system. If signed into law, the additional funds will significantly build… Continue Reading


Schiff Urges FAA to Review Airplane Noise Surrounding Burbank Airport

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) has sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell, urging the FAA to review the impacts of NextGen air traffic control technology on the community surrounding the Hollywood Burbank Airport. "Airplane noise is not new to the Burbank area, but residents are concerned that NextGen flight path changes may have exacerbated the problem," Rep. Schiff said. "I'm asking for an authoritative study from the FAA to determine whether N… Continue Reading


Reps. Schiff, Roybal-Allard, Gomez and 10 L.A. Congressional Members Urge Funding for Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), and Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) were joined by 10 colleagues from the Los Angeles Area Congressional Delegation in sending a letter urging the House Appropriations Committee to provide at least $121 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fiscal Year 2019 for preconstruction engineering and design projects across the nation, including one related to the Los Angeles River. "The City of Los Angeles has already pledged a … Continue Reading


Reps. Schiff, DelBene, DeFazio and 44 Colleagues Urge Increased Funding to Build Out Earthquake Early Warning System

Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) were joined by 44 Members of Congress - primarily from California, Washington, and Oregon - in sending a letter to the Appropriations Committee urging them to increase the federal funding level to $16.1 million in the Fiscal Year 2019 to fully build out and maintain an earthquake early warning system on the West Coast. A limited earthquake early warning system developed by Caltech, UC Berkeley, University of Washingt… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff Submits Statement to Congressional Record Honoring Victims of Sumgait Pogrom

Last week, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Vice-Chair of the Congressional Armenian Caucus, submitted a statement to the Congressional Record honoring the lives of those lost in the pogrom thirty years ago. Schiff's full statement is below: "Mr. Speaker, I rise to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the pogrom against the Armenian residents of the town of Sumgait, Azerbaijan. On February 27 1988, and for three days following, Azerbaijani mobs assaulted and killed Armenians. The violence left hund… Continue Reading


Is Moscow meddling in the presidential election? (USA Today)

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and state election offices in Arizona and Illinois can be traced to the Russian government itself or hackers sanctioned by it. But the president this week declined to threaten Moscow, or even directly declare it responsible. "We've had problems with cyber-intrusions from Russia in the past, from other countries in the past," Obama said after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 conference in China. But he didn't suggest r… Continue Reading


U.S. investigating potential covert Russian plan to disrupt November elections (Washington Post)

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in U.S. political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said. The aim is to understand the scope and intent of the Russian campaign, which incorporates ­cyber-tools to hack systems used in the political process, enhancing Russia's ability to spread disinformation. The eff… Continue Reading


Key Islamic State official killed in Syria, group says (Los Angeles Times)

Lone wolves and Islamic State's most lethally trained operatives alike heeded his words -- and turned them into bloody deeds. Abu Muhammad Adnani, whose death was announced Tuesday by the extremist group, was a chief architect of its war against the West. He exhorted European-born fighters to commit attacks on home ground rather than joining the fight in Syria and Iraq - and pointed the way for those with no ties to the group to embrace "martyrdom" on its behalf. Adnani was killed while ov… Continue Reading


Climate Change and Its Impact on California Wildfires (Crescenta Valley Weekly)

The summer months in California bring with them a devastating but familiar threat - fire. This season is unfortunately no different as six active fires continue to burn across the state. That number would be even higher were it not for the swift and effective response from firefighters throughout California working to protect people, their homes and our natural resources. With nearly one hundred homes destroyed, in addition to historic landmarks in the area, the Blue Cut Fire was a particular… Continue Reading


Gun violence discussed at townhall sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank (LA Daily News)

Loren Lieb remembers the summer day gun violence changed her family's life. It was Aug. 10, 1999, when Buford Furrow walked in to the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills and opened fire. Five people were injured, including Lieb's son. The gunman later killed a postal worker. "You send your children to camp and you expect them to come home with a scratched knee or sunburn. You don't expect them to be shot," Lieb said as she spoke to a crowd gathered for a townhall on gun v… Continue Reading