Good afternoon. I would like to provide a few updates about recent developments in Congress and share some important information.
PG&E Blackouts Continue
The PG&E blackouts have been devastating for many people across California. Millions have been without power and homes have been destroyed by these fires. We need bold action. PG&E has been a disaster. When you have a state that has Apple, Google, and Tesla in it, there’s no excuse for not getting power to our people. I am calling on Governor Newsom to support turning PG&E into a customer owned utility. We need to have more municipal public utilities providing energy. We need state and federal investment in smart micro grids with distributed power generation. We also need more federal resources in the state to deal with wildfires. California needs to be bold and take over PG&E.
Introduced Bill to Honor Fallen Hero from CA-17
I was humbled to introduce a bill to name the Cupertino post office after Navy SEAL Matthew Axelson. A Cupertino native, Petty Officer Axelson served our country with tremendous honor and distinction in making the ultimate sacrifice while deployed in Afghanistan in 2005. We are all grateful for his courage and service to our nation. Watch this video on his heroism.
It was great to see so many of you and answer your questions at this month’s town hall in Cupertino. I hope to see you again at my next town hall in Fremont on November 10th, starting at 2:00 PM in the hangar at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Fremont Campus. I will then be honoring several constituents in recognition of Veterans Day.
Introducing Cyber Training for Every Federal Employee
The federal government faces millions of hostile cyberattacks every year, including phishing, hacking, and now, targeting of vulnerable internet-connected devices. I introduced legislation to mandate cybersecurity training for all federal employees that includes learning about the risks of Internet of Things devices. Read more on the bill at NextGov.
Reflecting on Gandhi’s 150th Birthday
As a child growing up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, my connection to my Indian roots was strengthened by summer visits to New Delhi where my grandparents lived. My grandfather, Amarnath Vidyalankar, spent his life – including four years in prison -- fighting for Mahatma Gandhi’s independence movement. Read my full op-ed reflecting on the significance of Gandhi’s 150th birthday during these times of division and strife here.
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