Tuesday, October 6, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 30

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How are you preparing for a possible super El Niño?

I’m gathering sandbags right now.
I’ve stocked up emergency supplies, just in case.
There won’t be an El Niño.
I’ve got my surfboard ready.

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Community Notebook 10/1/15 - 10/8/15


• The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has its regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara. 

• The Vandenberg Village Community Services District has its regular board meeting at 7 p.m. in the District Office Conference Room, 3757 Constellation Road, Vandenberg Village. 

• The Santa Maria City Council has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 110 E. Cook St., Santa Maria. Agendas are available at www.cityofsantamaria.org.  

• The Lompoc City Council has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 100 Civic Center Plaza, Lompoc. Agendas are available at www.cityoflompoc.com.


• The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara. The agenda is available at www.sbcountyplanning.org. 

• The Santa Maria Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 110 E. Cook St., Santa Maria. 


• The Santa Maria Airport Board has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the airport boardroom in the administration building, 3217 Terminal Drive, Santa Maria. 

• The Buellton City Council has its regular meeting at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 140 W. Highway 246, Buellton. Agendas are available at cityofbuellton.com.

Political Watch 10/1/15

• Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Sept. 22, which will give local governments more economic development tools to help improve struggling communities. SB 107 will help cities and counties streamline efforts to enhance affordable housing in areas that need it the most.

"These important new measures enacted today will help boost economic development in some of our most disadvantaged and deserving communities," Brown said. 

SB 107, by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, includes provisions that will streamline the current redevelopment agency dissolution process, enhance affordable housing by providing increased statewide funding and improved transparency, and expand the type of loans for which cities and counties can seek reimbursement.

The bill is a response to the state’s dissolution of Redevelopment Agencies (RDAs). In order to protect funding for core public services at the local level, the Legislature approved the dissolution of the state’s 400 plus RDAs as part of the 2011 Budget Act. 

• On Sept. 24, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) announced that UCSB was awarded, for the first time, a $524,847 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program. 

The HSI grant will expand educational opportunities and improve graduation rates among Hispanic students. The grant will also be used to provide direct services to students that enhance academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability on campus. 

"I am pleased to share this great news as we continue to celebrate UCSB’s rich diversity and growing student population," Capps said in a statement. "This grant will go a long way in expanding opportunities for students as they enter and succeed in higher education."

UCSB Executive Vice Chancellor David Marshall said, "This grant from the U.S. Department of Education recognizes the unique opportunities that we can offer to our students. It will help us to support all of our students, to ensure their educational success, and to advance our commitment to excellence and diversity."

"This grant will create tremendous opportunities for all of our students," said Carl Gutiérrez-Jones, interim dean of undergraduate education at UCSB. "With a significant focus on helping first-year students transition successfully to university level academics, this grant will help ensure that California’s best and brightest continue on to be leaders in whatever fields they choose."

UCSB first became eligible for the grant earlier this year after being designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution, which requires at least a 25 percent Hispanic enrollment total.