Congressman to open office at Town Hall

Cook appointed to federal committees

By Rene De La Cruz
STAFF WRITER

Congressman-Elect Paul Cook will call Apple Valley Town Hall his base of operation after the council approved the former Marine’s request to lease office space.

“In my district, Apple Valley is the center of the universe,” said Cook, during the Dec. 11 meeting. “This is the hub for our huge district, so it’s an ideal place.”

On Jan. 3, Cook’s district staff will take possession of 1,302 square feet in the main Town Hall, formerly the town manager’s department, which includes two offices, a secretarial station, a storage room and a small conference room.

The cost of the two-year lease agreement is $690 per month.

Cook, who served on San Bernardino Associated Governments for nearly eight years, said serving the High Desert had put him in the “middle of all the action,” and closer to his constituency.

“We’re also happy to announce that we got the House Armed Services Committee, the Veteran’s Committee and we got Foreign Relations,” said Cook, R-Yucca Valley. “Freshman Congressmen are the last in the pecking order to be appointed, so I guess Christmas came early for me this year.”

Cook defeated Gregg Imus for the district seat with 57.86 percent of the vote during the November election, according to the Registrar of Voters for the county.

For more information, please call the Town Public Information Office at (760) 240-7000 x 7070.

Rene De La Cruz may be reached at (760) 951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.