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The City of Lancaster Pronounced a HEAL City

Lancaster, CA. August 10, 2011 – During last night’s Lancaster City Council meeting, the Council received a plaque recognizing the City of Lancaster as a HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) City. 

“The health of our community is extremely important,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Studies show that nearly 30% of the students in Lancaster are overweight, and that overweight individuals are at a much greater risk for many health problems. Being fit and healthy helps us lead and enjoy a better quality of life.”

The HEAL campaign was launched by the League of California Cities to encourage cities to embrace policies that promote healthy lifestyles both among residents and City staff. In January 2011, the Lancaster City Council voted to support the initiative. In order to do so, the Council adopted a resolution outlining the City’s health and wellness efforts including; the Master Plan for Trails and Bikeways; the City employee wellness program; the LanCoaster BLVD Bicycle Experience; Wellness Homes; Neighborhood Impact Homes; and Community Gardens. The resolution also stated the City’s commitment to further implement policies to create healthier work, school, and neighborhood environments.

Last month, the City of Lancaster was designated as a HEAL City, making the City eligible to receive public relations and marketing resources, including the use of the HEAL Cities logo.

“With all of the health initiatives the City is already involved in, it just made sense to join with the League of California Cities to further our common goal of promoting the health of local citizens and California residents,” said Mayor Parris.

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August 10, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Attorney, city of lancaster, Honest Politician, Lancaster Mayor, Mayor R. Rex Parris | , , , , | Leave a comment

R. Rex Parris Interactive Recycling Kiosk on the BLVD

Waste Management Greenopolis Kiosk Arrives on The BLVD

Lancaster Performing Arts Center Hosts Interactive Recycling Kiosk

Lancaster, CA. 3/14/2011 – The first Waste Management Greenopolis Kiosk in the Antelope Valley arrived today at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. The Greenopolis community, sponsored by Waste Management, aims to make recycling easy and rewarding through their online and on the street programming.  On the street, the Greenopolis Kiosk is an interactive recycling station where the public can bring their recyclable containers, receive points redeemable for discounts on tickets to LPAC shows, and, ultimately, donate to the LPAC Arts for Youth program.  Online, recyclers can track their points, play recycling games and interact with other online community members to learn more about conservation and how to keep their communities clean.

“The City of Lancaster is always looking for ways to improve the community and benefit our citizens,” stated Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.  “The addition of Greenopolis to The BLVD is not only a ‘green’ advantage for our city, but also a resource for increasing exposure to the arts for both recyclers and community youth.”

“The new Greenopolis Kiosk is a great way to get Lancaster residents excited about recycling,” explains Sandra Pursley, Community Relations Manager with WM.  “You can win amazing prizes, support a great local community organization and help the environment at the same time, just by recycling!”

The WM Greenopolis Kiosk arrived in celebration of The Aluminum Show, sponsored by Waste Management, showing Tuesday, March 15th and Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00pm, at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.

The Aluminum Show, a unique and energetic experience for the entire family, is a stimulating tour de force which combines movement, dance, visual theater and plenty of humor. In the show, talented dancers and actors breathe life into recycled aluminum-tone industrial materials to tell the story of a young machine determined to reunite with its long lost parents. During its travels through a futuristic world ruled by bizarre technology, it finds adventure, excitement and even a human friend, who does whatever it takes to get it back home in one piece.

The Aluminum Show uses recovered materials from industrial factories that are re-used to build the set, dress the cast and interact with the audience. As industrial materials are given new and surprising contexts, then combined with visual effects, lighting manipulations and enchanting music, all senses are on high alert. With sights and sounds universal to all, this is visual entertainment at its best.

In partnership with Waste Management, the Lancaster Performing Arts Center has pledged to recycle all of the recyclables collected through the concession recycling bins and contribute their proceeds in the name of Waste Management to the Arts for Youth program. Patrons who attend the public performances of The Aluminum Show will have the chance to sign their own recycling pledge at the Waste Management booth in the LPAC lobby before or after the show. All patrons who sign their own pledge to recycle at home will be entered to win six-months of FREE residential trash service from Waste Management. One patron from each public performance will be chosen to win.

For more information or to purchase tickets
Call, Click or Visit the Lancaster Performing Arts Center Box Office:

(661) 723 – 5950 / LPAC.org / 750 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA 93534

 

March 19, 2011 Posted by | City of Lancater, Honest Politician, Lancaster Mayor, LANCASTER RECYCLING, r rex parris | , , , , | Leave a comment

R. Rex Parris Lancaster Auto Mall Debuts New Partnership

Media Advisory

February 15, 2011

Lancaster Auto Mall Debuts
New Partnership

Press Conference

WHAT:           The Lancaster Auto Mall recently reached 100% capacity in its existing facilities, thus creating more job opportunities for residents and stimulating the local economy. Automobile dealers located in the Auto Mall will announce a new partnership to further promote the Auto Mall.

WHERE:        Lancaster Auto Mall (Center Hub)

Intersection of Driver’s Way and Motor Lane

Lancaster, CA 93534

WHEN: Wednesday, February 16, 2011

1:00pm

WHO: Lancaster Auto Mall Dealers

Mayor R. Rex Parris

Lancaster City Council Members

City Manager Mark V. Bozigian

 

February 15, 2011 Posted by | Honest Politician, lancaster auto mall, Lancaster Mayor, Mayor R. Rex Parris, r rex parris | , , , , | Leave a comment

R. Rex Parris City Hall to stress tom improve resident’s health

LANCASTER – Mayor R. Rex
Parris said Monday that A local schools need to improve and that a new charter school is needed to help make Lancaster more competitive.
The mayor added that bird songs will soon be run through public address systems on Lancaster Boulevard to improve the atmosphere, make the place friendlier, and make people happier.
“It will seem like a lot of birds are there   because the scientists tell us that if you use bird sounds, the cortisol level drops and your
feeling of security enhances,” the mayor said. “Just exposure to it for 15 minutes a day will lead to happier people.”
He added the city must sustain its drive to become an alternative energy capital because the people who usher in energy independence will be the ones who rule the world. If the city is going to win the
battle for jobs, it must pressure education officials to develop top-flight schools to attract top-flight
employers and employees, he said at a meeting of a service club, Lancaster Rotary West.
“We should simply face the fact that we don’t have those schools in Lancaster,” Parris said during the
meeting at the John P Eliopolus Hellenic Center To get those schools, he told the Rotarians, “You guys have got to get
more active, be a little more courageous and insist that our schools give us what we are insisting on.”
“If we do that, everyone in this room will become wildly successful, because this is where the money is going to be. This is where the people building the new manufacturing facilities will want to live. Because all the latest and greatest stuff that is going to happen is going to happen here in Lancaster:
“It is so frustrating to me to recognize the only thing stopping us from getting there is that we lack
the courage,” Parris said. Toward that end, the mayor asked the Rotary Club’s members to back plans for a new charter
school in Lancaster: , ‘ “In the next couple of months, when you start hearing about a charter school wanting to come into
the Lancaster School District, I’m going to need your help” getting it approved, Parris said.
“It’s not about the school, it’s about all of us. It’s about our community It’s about growing
Lancaster into something truly magnificent, and that’s going to be the 1st step,” he said.
Paris said he expected resistance and even auger from those hoping to maintain the status quo.
“It’s uncomfortable” for a public school district to approve a private charter school because it portends
loss of state revenue, he said. “But how many years are we going to wait? If we wait much longer; this will pass us by; and none of us are going to want to live here.” Parris reiterated many of the points he made while addressing the Antelope Valley Chamber of
Commerce two weeks ago, when he called upon them to support city efforts to improve schools, bolster
health, fight crime and attract solar-power projects. To meet those goals, those central to Lancaster’s
operations must be on board, the mayor said. ‘
Parris reiterated his goal of having Lancaster become a world-recognized source of solar electricity and “green” businesses and homes. “We are the premier location in the entire world for solar energy” he said. “What we were to aviation
30 years ago, we will be to alternative energy very soon.” To make that happen, the city is attempting to become a research- and-development location for alternative-energy projects, the mayor said.
“The people who  have the energy in the next decade are going to be the people who rule the world, and it really has to be us,” Parris
said. “ To have such an energy capital, available water will be needed, and that means xeriscaping, he said.
‘“We do have the waten It’s just that we waste 70% of it watering lawns,” Parris said.
“We’ve got to change the way we live. We’ve got to get rid of those lawns. We’ve got to stop wasting the resources we’re going to need if we’re going to grow this into a magnificent city “We really want every business in this city to succeed, and if it
makes sense and the risk is manageable, we are diving in,” he said.
“Yeah, people are going to complain and say it’s unfair and do all kinds of things, and that’s OK. I’m
used to it. And you folks have to get used to it to. Because it’s different now It’s a different model,” Parris
said. “We have ‘to start worrying about our community and what it’s going to take for our community to
be wildly successful.” “Normally what we do is we spend all of our time dealing with
the people at the fringe, the 1% or 2%. But if you start recognizing that it’s the people at the center
and how they’re connected that really make the difference, then you (have) a whole different systems approach to the Way a city is
run,” he said.
Recalling how the candle-making industry once was a primary source of indoor lighting for homes and businesses, that technology
has long since been supplanted, Parris said. “The good old days are not coming back,” he said. “We have to be more competitive, more innovative and more creative than any of us ever dreamed if we are going to see this city prosper, because there is
no longer enough to go around.” For that reason, ‘As a city we have a choice,” the mayor said. One choice is to continue doing
what was yesterday and the day before. The other choice is “We can get brutally honest with ourselves and find out what our strengths are and what weaknesses are and compete with the rest of the world in ways we never thought we’d have to,”
Parris said.
Parris encouraged his audience to become .more involved with the city and more involved with their
neighbors. . “We’re looking for ideas. We are looking for people who want to get involved. We are looking for people who want to change the place they live in,” he said. Such volunteers give the city
a way to reach residents who otherwise would never interact with local government or each other, Parris said. ‘ “How deeply you’re involved with your neighborhood has a lot to do with how happy you, your wife and your children are,” he said. “If you don’t know your neighbors kids names, you’ve deprived yourself of your well-being. And that’s what we’re trying to re-establish.”
During his presentation, Parris reviewed city efforts to establish “neighborhood impact” homes
and “wellness” homes to serve as resources and refuges for children and struggling families.
“We cannot have a sick city and that’s what we have,” Parris said, noting recent statistics on local mortality rates due to coronary
heart disease, emphysema, stroke, diabetes and other illnesses. For that reason, City Hall will be focusing on new efforts to improve
the health of Lancaster’s residents, he said.
The mayor also pointed to ongoing efforts to revitalize Lancaster’s historic downtown.
People are visiting downtown because “it’s where we see our friends. It’s where We gossip. It’s where we meet people,” Parris said.
Still to come are several new business and entertainment outlets and public-address speakers that will broadcast the birds singing.

bwilson@avpress.com

 

 

 

January 27, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Attorney, Honest Politician, Lancaster Mayor, r rex parris, State of the City Address | , , , , | Leave a comment

R. Rex Parris Lancaster Crime Rate Lowest in more than 15 Years

 

Lancaster Crime Rate Lowest in more than 15 Years

Crime Rate Down 34% since 2007 and below 300 per 10,000 residents

LANCASTER, CA – The City of Lancaster‟s overall Part I crime rate has declined

to less than 300 crimes per 10,000 residents, the first time the City‟s serious crime rate

has been below 300 since at least 1996. Further, the 298.6 crime rate for 2010

represents a dramatic reduction of nearly 34% in just three years, from a crime rate of

449.4 in 2007. Vigilant and targeted enforcement efforts by the Los Angeles County

Sheriff‟s Department (LASD), a significant and sustained resource commitment by the

Lancaster City Council, focused public safety initiatives by the Lancaster Criminal

Justice Commission, substantial code enforcement and neighborhood improvement

efforts, and a community-wide aggressive stance towards gangs and crime have made

Lancaster a demonstrably safer City.

“In 2007, our City was overrun by gangs and crime and many hard-working

families and long-time residents were leaving Lancaster. Today, we are a much safer,

happier, and more engaged City. Together, we have built a better, safer Lancaster for

our children and grandchildren,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “There is no

mistaking the fact that we have gained the upper hand in reducing crime. Primary credit

and thanks go to the tireless efforts of our more than 400 Neighborhood Watch and

Business Watch groups, as well as our strong partnership with the Los Angeles County

Sheriff‟s Department and our great friend, Sheriff Lee Baca.”

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January 27, 2011 Posted by | Honest Politician, LANCASTER CRIME RATE, Lancaster Mayor, SHERIFF LEE BACA, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Mayor R. Rex Parris names Kelsea Hundtoft Athlete of the Month for December

Kelsea Hundoft and Mayor R. Rex Parris

Lancaster, CA. 12/22/2010 – Kelsea Hundtoft was recognized as the City of Lancaster’s Athlete of the Month by Mayor R. Rex Parris at the December 14th City Council meeting. Hundtoft, a senior outside hitter for the Lancaster High School volleyball team, led the Eagles to a 25 – 4 record this season, a share of the Golden League championship, and a quarterfinal appearance in the CIF playoffs.

“It is truly wonderful to be able to recognize such an outstanding student,” said Mayor Parris. “I am continually amazed at the caliber of youth in our valley.”

Hundtoft finished the season with a team high 288 kills and also contributed 26 digs and 7 blocks while being voted Offensive Player of the Year by the team. She was named to the First Team all-Golden League and First Team all-Valley by the AV Press in 2009 and 2010 as well as being named to the all-Tournament team at the Sylmar tournament in both 2009 and 2010. Kelsea was also the Most Valuable Player at the Flintridge Prep camp in both 2007 and 2009.

Hundtoft maintains a 4.0 academic average and was a scholar athlete both in 2008 and 2009, receiving an Academic Bar from Lancaster High School. As for her future plans, Hundtoft has been in contact with Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Tech, Cal State Los Angeles, and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. She intends to major in Civil Engineering.

In addition to her athletic and academic accomplishments, Hundtoft also volunteers at the Lancaster library and at the Flintridge Prep Volleyball camp.

December 22, 2010 Posted by | city of lancaster, Honest Politician, Kelsea Hundoft, Lancaster Athlete of the month, r rex parris | , , , , | Leave a comment

Clear Channel Stadium Becomes the California League’s First Solar Powered Stadium


Lancaster’s Clear Channel Stadium, home of the Lancaster JetHawks California League baseball team, becomes the first of many City facilities to install solar energy.

Clear Channel Stadium is the first California League Stadium to become virtually completely powered by solar energy. Join the City of Lancaster and its partners as they discuss the City’s many ongoing efforts to become the Alternative Energy Capital of the World.

Press Conference

WHAT:           Lancaster’s Clear Channel Stadium, home of the Lancaster JetHawks California League baseball team, becomes the first of many City facilities to install solar energy.

Clear Channel Stadium is the first California League Stadium to become virtually completely powered by solar energy. Join the City of Lancaster and its partners as they discuss the City’s many ongoing efforts to become the Alternative Energy Capital of the World.

WHERE:        Clear Channel Stadium

45116 Valley Central Way

Lancaster, CA 93536

WHEN: Thursday, December 16, 2010

1:00pm

WHO: Mayor R. Rex Parris

Lancaster City Council Members

City Manager Mark V. Bozigian

Lyndon Rive, CEO, Solar City

Matt Blaney, Director of Operations, California League

 

 

December 9, 2010 Posted by | AV Best Attorney, Honest Politician, Lancaster Mayor, Lancaster Mayor Facts, r rex parris | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lancaster City Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony

The City of Lancaster will host its annual tree lighting ceremony prior to the start of its regular City Council meeting. Festivities will include a choir, professional singers, hot chocolate and cookies.


 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 4:30pm

 

 

Mayor R. Rex Parris

 

December 9, 2010 Posted by | AV Best Attorney, Honest Politician, Lancaster Mayor, Lancaster Mayor Facts | , , , , | Leave a comment