Kathryn Barger, Supervisor
AV FIELD OFFICE
42455 10th Street West, Suite 104
Lancaster, CA 93534
While the larger cities of Palmdale and Lancaster garner much of the attention, the surrounding unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County offer a great deal of charm and substantial economic benefit to the region.
The Antelope Valley has long been the capital of the aerospace industry and it continues its creative and collaborative efforts in training and supporting the local workforce. By partnering with industry leaders, our local educators provide trained workers to meet the needs of the workforce demand. Antelope Valley College highlights this by having what may arguably be the best placement in LA County with 90% of students finding work. To further the Valley’s economy, GAVEA is taking the lead in attracting business to the AV and promoting ongoing marketing opportunities.
Entering into the Antelope Valley along the 14 Freeway you’ll find the rustic, rural towns of Acton and Agua Dulce. If things seem somehow familiar here, you’ve likely seen the picturesque landscape in more than a few films. Most notable is the Vasquez Rocks area where scenes from everything from Blazing Saddles to the latest incarnation of Star Trek were filmed.
On the western edge of the southern Antelope Valley you’ll find the communities of Leona Valley, Lake Elizabeth and Lake Hughes as well the famed California Poppy Reserve. Here, the focus is on agriculture and tourism, with top quality vineyards, fruit orchards and seemingly endless views of golden poppies each spring.
The region’s eastern communities of Lake Los Angeles, Littlerock, Llano, Pearblossom and Valyermo serve as gateways to the mountain and desert regions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino County. The popular Devil’s Punchbowl recreation area and the Wrightwood ski resort are both located nearby. The busy Pearblossom Highway (SR 138) links these communities and attractions while providing convenient connections with the Inland Empire, Las Vegas and beyond.
The planned High Desert Corridor stretching from the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR 14) to Interstate 15 will relieve much of the pressure from SR 138 and provide quicker access for both freight traffic and travelers. Currently undergoing the environmental review process, the project could become reality as early as the 2020’s.
|First District Supervisor||Hilda L. Solis|
|Second District Supervisor||Mark Ridley-Thomas|
|Third District Supervisor and Chair||Sheila Kuehl|
|Fourth District Supervisor||Janice Hahn|
|Fifth District Supervisor||Kathryn Barger|
"A skilled workforce is essential to support cutting-edge manufacturing on aerospace programs like SpaceShipTwo, the Air Force B-21 bomber and F-35 fighter, plus BYD electric buses and Kinksharyo Metro rail cars. Los Angeles Countyis preparing to convert the soon-to-be-closed juvenile probation camp, Challenger Memorial youth Center, into a pilot residential vocational training center and will target those youth with a high risk of homelessness to receive training prioritized to antelope valley employers' needs. We appreciate the efforts of others, including Antelope Valley College, which leads a partnership training for workers in composites fabrication, airframe and powerplant work; California State University, Long Beach, which offers engineering degrees in Lancaster; the University of Antelope Valley, which teaches diverse career skills; and trade unions, which offer apprenticeship programs. We have both challenges and opportunities ahead, and i am excited and honored to work on them together."
-Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County Supervisor