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Editorial:

Schiff in the Senate looks like a nice fit

August 23, 2008

Rep. Adam Schiff has served Congress well for the past three terms, and recent rumors suggest he might try to make the jump to the Senate if fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein runs for governor.

Schiff, whose district includes Glendale and Burbank, responded by saying his focus will remain on his district, which is something he’s done well over the past year.

Although relatively unknown in Northern California, Schiff has made a name for himself here, and we’d love to see him take a shot at the Senate, as we can’t imagine him taking his eye off Glendale and Burbank even if he were stationed in Washington.

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Economically, politically and symbolically, Schiff has done a lot for the region.

This past week, Schiff organized a round-table gathering in Pasadena of seven business and economic leaders from the region to address concerns about the economy, energy prices and the recent closure of 33 IndyMac banks throughout California, including in Glendale and Burbank.

In July, after IndyMac closed, Schiff was encouraging constituents affected by the closure to call his Pasadena office directly with questions.

Earlier that month, the House Appropriations Committee, of which Schiff is a member, approved $100,000 for the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board, which provides business assistance, job training and job placement services to residents and businesses in Burbank, Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge.

The funds could help people struggling to overcome debt and will assist staff with outreach and job placement efforts for small businesses and people seeking jobs, Schiff said.

In December, he and the committee helped secure funds for the Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s emergency room, a rail crossing safety improvement project in Glendale and science education outreach at Glendale Community College.

Several people in Washington and the Southland pointed to Schiff’s diligence on the Rim of the Valley Corridor Study, which President Bush signed into law in May. The study authorizes the Department of the Interior to study the area above the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo valleys that could result in the preservation of more than 500,000 acres known collectively as the Rim of the Valley.

The bill was first introduced by Schiff in 2001.

He was also one of the main supporters of the economic stimulus package, partially because of what was going on in his backyard.

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