2010 Press Releases

Farr to Host First Citizenship Workshop

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel) on Saturday will host his first citizenship workshop, to take place in Watsonville. The goal of the event is to increase the number of citizenship applicants by providing eligibility information to the public about the citizenship process.

"America has always been a land of opportunity, and that's especially true for the many immigrants who work their way through the citizenship process and become naturalized citizens," Rep. Farr said. "This workshop is designed to help cut through the red tape and make the process clear and fair for everyone."

A representative from the Citizenship and Immigration Services will give a presentation on citizenship requirements and conduct a mock citizenship interview. Those who qualify for citizenship will have the opportunity to obtain assistance filling out their naturalization application.

An attorney will also be available to answer questions regarding complex cases. Also, the Postal Service will be available to process money orders and photographs necessary to submit with completed citizenship applications.

Saturday, Sept. 4, Noon - 3 p.m.
Citizenship workshop -
Rep. Farr will host a citizenship workshop to provide information and assistance for those interested in becoming citizens.
Location: Watsonville Civic Plaza Building, 4th Floor, 275 Main St., Watsonville

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Farr to Host FDA Commissioner Friday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel) tomorrow will host U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg at a series of events on the Central Coast.

"FDA plays a leading role in food safety, so it makes sense to bring Commissioner Hamburg here to see all the great work being done on the Central Coast to keep the nation's food supply safe," Rep. Farr said before the visit.

Friday, Sept. 3, 8:20 a.m.
Strawberry harvest tour -
Rep. Farr and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg will visit a strawberry harvest site to view and discuss food safety issues. The tour will include a demonstration of strawberry harvest techniques, technologies and practices employed to ensure food safety and an opportunity for discussion.
Location: Santa Paz Farms, intersection of Foster and Davis Roads, Salinas

In addition to the harvest tour, Rep. Farr and Commissioner Hamburg will visit a lettuce field and tour a local processing facility.

For more information on this event, contact Congressman Farr's district office at 831-424-2229.

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DOD's Special 'Stop Loss' Pay Deadline: Oct. 21

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Defense this year is providing special retroactive pay for active, reserve and former service members who involuntarily had their enlistment period extended or retirement suspended if they served on active duty between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009.

"I hope that every member of the armed forces who involuntarily remained on active duty will submit claims for this special pay," said Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel). "We have a duty to our uniformed men and women, and this compensation goes a long way toward fulfilling those obligations."

Service members must submit claims for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay no later than Oct. 21, 2010. Eligible personnel will receive a payment of $500 per month for each month (or any portion of a month) they were retained on active duty due to the process known as "stop loss."

Service members must provide documented proof with their claim. Family members of deceased service members should contact the appropriate military service for assistance in filing their claim. Stop-lossed service members who voluntarily reenlisted or extended their service, and received a bonus for such reenlistment or extension of service, are no longer eligible to receive retroactive stop loss special pay.

For more information and instruction on how to file a claim, visit the website below or call the following numbers for specific branches of service:

Army: 877-736-5554
Air Force: 800-525-0102
Marine Corps: 877-242-2830
Navy: 901-874-4427
http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2010/0710_stoploss/

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FAA Awards Grants to Local Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Aviation Administration has announced several grants this month for area airports.

"A smooth transportation system is vital to our economic growth, and these grants improve and extend the life of our local airports," said Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel).

Local grants awarded this month:

Monterey Peninsula Airport: $2,361,413. Funds will be used to design runway safety area improvements to Runway10R/28L including constructing a retaining wall, access road and engineered material arresting system.
Salinas Municipal Airport: $2,115,000. Funds will be used for the phased reconstruction of parallel Taxiway B. The project is necessary to improve the poor condition of the pavement and to meet current standards.
Mesa Del Rey Airport (King City): $484,750. Funds will be used to install perimeter fencing, a precision approach path indicator, runway end identifier lighting system on Runway 11/29 and a lighted windcone. The perimeter fencing is necessary to control unauthorized access and to reduce wildlife intrusion, and the other improvements will enhance safety of aircraft operations during low visibility conditions. Currently, there is no visual guidance system at the airport.
Watsonville Municipal Airport: $52,250. Funds will be used to conduct a pavement maintenance management plan survey, necessary to establish a program to improve and extend the service life of the airport's pavement.
Hollister Municipal Airport: $30,000. Funds will be used to conduct a pavement maintenance management plan survey, necessary to establish a program to improve and extend the service life of the airport's pavement.

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USDA Head Vilsack to Visit Central Coast Saturday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel) on Saturday will host U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at a series of events on the Central Coast.

"I'm proud of the strong relationship I've forged with USDA and with Secretary Vilsack," Rep. Farr said before the visit. "The Central Coast grows the food Americans should be eating, so it makes sense that the federal government will look to us to take the lead on a range of issues, from food safety to nutrition to conservation."

SATURDAY, August 21

1 p.m. Field Harvest Tour

Congressman Farr and Secretary Vilsack will tour a leafy green harvest site. The tour will include a demonstration of leafy green harvest techniques, a review of food safety practices, a sample Leafy Green Marketing Agreement audit and an opportunity for discussion. Media will have the opportunity to view the tour and engage participants in one-on-one interviews.

Location: Merrill Farms/Dole Lettuce (Field Block 3), Nashua Road, 1/4 mile south of Monte Road intersection, Salinas

In addition to the field tour, Congressman Farr and Secretary Vilsack will be traveling to a local ranch to discuss conservation and water issues and later will tour the Agricultural Research Station in Salinas. Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and local agriculture representatives will also be attending.

For more information on this event, contact Congressman Farr's district office at 831-424-2229.

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