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Community Notebook 9/29/16 - 10/6/16
MONDAY, OCT. 3
• The Solvang Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang.
TUESDAY, OCT. 4
• 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.
• The Lompoc City Council has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 100 Civic Center Plaza, Lompoc.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5
• 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 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.
THURSDAY, OCT. 6
• The Santa Maria Planning Commission has a study session at 10 a.m. in the Community Development Department, 110 S. Pine St., Santa Maria.
• The Santa Barbara County Local Agency Formation Commission has its regular meeting at 2 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara. Agendas are available at www.sblafco.org/agendas_minutes.sbc.
• The Buellton Planning Commission 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 9/29/16
• On Sept. 21, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) celebrated the passage of H.R. 2713, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act, by the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce full committee. The bill passed with unanimous, bipartisan support. As Congressional Nursing Caucus Co-Chairs, Capps and Rep. David Joyce (R-Russel Township) co-authored this bipartisan legislation to reauthorize federal nursing workforce programs that help train and retain highly skilled nurses in the nation’s health care system. It’s now eligible for consideration by the full House of Representatives.
First enacted 50 years ago, Title VIII nursing programs bolster nursing education at all levels, from entry-level preparation through graduate study, and support institutions that educate nurses for practice in potential shortage areas, such as rural and underserved communities. In addition, the programs support loan repayment opportunities for nurses in exchange for working in underserved areas or for going into academia to teach the next generation of the profession, and they also support specific training for nurses to practice with the aging population. The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act would continue these programs and update them to recognize changes in the nursing profession.
A former nurse, Capps is a longtime public health advocate and proponent of Title VIII programs. In addition to co-authoring H.R. 2713, Capps led the past two reauthorization efforts, passing the Nurse Reinvestment Act into law in 2002, which greatly modernized the programs, and getting the last Title VIII reauthorization included in the Affordable Care Act.
“At over 3 million strong, nurses are the backbone of our health care system,” Capps said in a release. “We need to keep that backbone strong. That’s exactly what Title VIII has done for more than 50 years by supporting nursing education at all levels, from entry-level preparation through graduate study. These are targeted investments in the recruitment, retention, and distribution of these highly educated professionals, and it’s critical to ensure that they continue and are available for years to come. I’m proud to have authored this bipartisan effort and look forward to seeing it come to the House floor.”
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