Those renovations and upgrades will also relieve some of the strain on emergency medical care in the region, Schiff said.
The House of Representatives is expected to pass the bill next week, he said.
Republicans to host Independence Rally
The Foothills Republican Club will host an Independence Day rally at 1 p.m. on July 1 at the Jeffers Estate, 1823 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge.
Featured speakers at the event include state Sen. Tom McClintock, a candidate for lieutenant governor; state Sen. Chuck Poochigan, candidate for attorney general; and Assemblyman Tony Strickland, candidate for state controller. Also invited are veteran Rep. David Dreier and Bill Bodell, a candidate for the 29th Congressional District.
Advance tickets to the event are $40 lunch and entertainment included. Call (818) 248-4600 or visit http://www.foothillsgop.org.
Raids net dozens of illicit firearms
Thirty weapons, including six rifles and shotguns and 14 handguns, were confiscated and 180 people arrested during a series of raids by the Probation Department in April, Los Angeles Supervisor Michael Antonovich said.
The raids were part of a new program called DISARM, which stands for Developing Increased Safety Through Arms Reduction Management, Antonovich said.
The program was initiated following public outcry after the 1999 shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center and the murder of a postal worker by a felon on probation from other state, he said.
The program authorizes probation officers to perform unannounced searches of probationers and their homes and since its implementation in February 2000, more than 2,394 weapons and $10.8 million worth of illegal drugs have been seized, and more than 5,000 arrests made, he said.
Democratic club seeks members
The newly formed Burbank Democratic Club is inviting registered Democrats to the signing of its club charter on Sunday. The club aims to foster a community environment, where like-minded voters interested in political action can socialize, volunteer and work toward making positive steps for civic change.
Club members will organize and participate in a wide variety of events, such as speaker forums, voter-registration drives and personnel support at polling stations on election day.
The Burbank branch will join Democratic clubs already active in Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and the San Fernando Valley.
The cost of membership is $25 for individuals, $35 for households and $10 for low-income members. Since dues are prorated during the year, interested residents can join the club on Sunday for a greatly reduced fee.