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Community Notebook 1/22/15-1/29/15
MONDAY, JAN. 26
• The South County Advisory Council has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nipomo Community Services District Headquarters, 148 S. Wilson St., Nipomo.
• The Solvang City Council has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang. agendas are available at cityofsolvang.com.
TUESDAY, JAN. 27
• The Guadalupe City Council has its regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 918 Obispo St., Guadalupe.
• The Lompoc Unified School District has its board meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Education Center Board Room, 1301 N. A St., Lompoc.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28
• The Nipomo Community Services District has its regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the NCSD Boardroom at 148 S. Wilson St., Nipomo.
• The Lompoc Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Lompoc City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Civic Center Plaza, Lompoc.
Political Watch 1/22/15
• State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced a bill on Jan. 16 to streamline and expedite the environmental review process under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the state’s landmark law for evaluating and mitigating the envorinmental impacts of major development projects. SB 122—jointly authored with state Sens. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and Richard Roth (D-Riverside)—seeks to create efficiencies in the environmental review process without undermining the law’s goal of informed environmental decision-making. “This bill is a modest and practical measure designed to help bring this process into the 21st century and make it more efficient and more accessible to the public,” Jackson said in a press release. “It is not intended to upend or undermine the environmental goals of CEQA in any way. It is also not designed to solve all of the challenges of CEQA. But rather than throw up our hands and do nothing, I believe it’s improtant that we work on these areas of common agreement, where I’m hoping we can make significant improvements.” According to the release, the senators gathered input from a variety of stakeholders, including business and environmental groups, lawyers, academics, and local government groups. The bill would create an Internet clearinghouse of all CEQA documents; save time and money by preparing a concurrent record of the administration of proceedings—a written record of all the materials supporting the lead agency’s decision, which is currently done when a CEQA decision is challenged in court; and establish new procedures that would enable to public to better participate, expecially when late information is added into the decision-making process.
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