View All Slideshows
Santa Maria Sun / Community
Citizen's AlertBenefits, Meetings, Protests, Forums and Public Meetings
Community Notebook 11/26/15 - 12/3/15
TUESDAY, DEC. 1
• 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.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2
• 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.
THURSDAY, DEC. 3
• 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 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 11/26/2015
• UC Davis just released its annual report of California Women Business Leaders, a study of how many women hold the highest-paid executive positions and board seats in the state’s 400 largest public companies. In response, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus and author of the nation’s strongest equal pay law, set to take effect in January, released the following statement:
“This report shines an important spotlight on the presence of women in boardrooms and in high-level executive positions in California’s top public companies. The good news is that progress has been made. There are more female CEOs in these top California companies than in the prior year, and the number of companies without any women in their boardrooms or top posts has dropped to a new and never-before-seen low,” Jackson said in a press release.
She continued, “But progress is still just inching along. Women still hold only one in every eight of the highest-paid executive positions and board seats in the state. Recently, the new Canadian prime minister was asked why he appointed a gender-equal cabinet and he said simply, “Because it’s 2015.” It’s time for corporate California to do the same. Because it’s 2015, it’s time to give more women a seat at the table at California’s top companies. Because it’s 2015, it’s time to see California, a leader in so many areas, also take a lead in bringing women into top leadership positions in its publicly held corporations.”
Jackson concluded, “At the same time, I am delighted that companies like Williams-Sonoma in San Francisco and LTC Properties in Westlake Village, and QAD Inc. in Santa Barbara and Deckers Brands in Goleta, in my Senate district, are leading the way in making gender diversity a top priority. Studies consistently show that having women in the boardrooms and in top leadership positions is not only good for women, it’s good for businesses and the economy.”
In 2013, Jackson authored SCR 62, passed by the Legislature, encouraging publicly held companies with corporate boards of nine or more to fill at least three of those seats with women; for boards with five to eight seats to have a minimum of two women on its board; and boards with fewer than five director seats to have at least one woman on its board. The resolution, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, while encouraging these goals, was non-binding.
Cougars & Mustangs Oil, water, and rocks: Freeport McMoRan wins one battle in Price Canyon drilling war SLO County ranked No. 6 in the U.S. for female owned businesses Cal Poly research brings in big grant money and patents Dawn Ortiz-Legg joins Jordan Cunningham in race for state Assembly New report shows challenges for SLO County women SLO County jury convicts Richard Scott Brooks of human trafficking, pimping