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Political Watch 1/11/18

• Santa Barbara County declared a local state of emergency on Jan. 8 due to severe winter storms forecasted to impact areas of the county. County Executive Officer Mona Miyasato signed the proclamation, which was ratified by the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 9. State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) made a post to Twitter sharing a link to the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management's Nixle account on Jan. 8. "Did you receive an alert about the upcoming storms to impact Santa Barbara and Ventura counties? Be sure you are signed up for emergency alerts in your county," Jackson wrote in the post.

• Acting as the Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking member, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) unilaterally released a 300-plus page transcript of the committee's interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson on Jan. 9. The release came after Senate Republicans on the committee issued a criminal referral against Fusion GPS investigator Christopher Steele, who compiled the now-infamous Trump/Russia dossier, unbeknownst to Senate Democrats the week prior. "After speaking with majority and minority committee staff for 10 hours, Glenn Simpson requested the transcript of his interview be released publicly. The American people deserve the opportunity to see what he said and judge for themselves," Feinstein said in a statement. "The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice. The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public."

• In a letter sent Jan. 8., Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) called on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to increase efforts to remove dead and dying trees in California's national forests to lessen the risk of wildfires. "Despite heavy rains last winter, California is still recovering from a historic and prolonged drought that killed 129 million trees across 8.9 million acres of the state," Feinstein wrote in the letter. "That number will continue to rise, particularly in national forests under the jurisdiction of your department, and contribute to increased wildfire risks, especially in or around local communities, power lines, and commercial structures."

• State and Congressional representatives reacted to President Donald Trump's proposed plan announced on Jan. 4, to allow offshore oil and gas drilling across the United States' coastal waters, including in California. Gov. Jerry Brown issued a joint statement with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee condemning the proposal, saying it would allow expanded drilling in the Pacific for the first time in decades, threaten wildlife and tourism revenue, and affect climate change. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), whose first legislation introduced to the House of Representatives was the California Clean Coast Act, said he opposed the proposed decision. "The Central Coast knows too well the damage caused by oil spills; our local economies and fragile ocean ecosystems cannot afford another disastrous spill," Carbajal said in a statement. On the same day the proposal was announced, State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced Senate Bill 834, co-authored with Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), and Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) carried an identical companion measure, Assembly Bill 1775, which was co-authored by Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara). Both would prohibit the State Lands Commission from approving new leases for pipelines, piers, wharves, or other infrastructure that would support federal oil and gas development in state waters. "It's more important than ever that we send a strong statement that California will not be open for drilling along our coast, which could devastate our multi-trillion dollar coastal economy, our coastal waters, and marine life," Jackson said in a statement.

• State Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) was appointed Chair of the California State Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance by Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) on Jan. 3. Limón served as a member of the Banking and Finance Committee through 2017.




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