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Community Notebook 7/2/15 - 7/9/15

MONDAY, JULY6

• The Solvang Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang.

TUESDAY, JULY 7

• 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. Agendas are available at countyofsb.org.

• 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, JULY 8

• 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 sbcountyplanning.org.

• The Guadalupe Union School Board has its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Mary Buren Elementary School, 1050 Peralta St., Guadalupe.

The Buellton Unified School District Board of Trustees has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the Jonata Library, 301 Second St., Buellton. Agendas are available at buelltonusd.org.

• The Nipomo Community Services District has its regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the NCSD Boardroom at 148 S. Wilson St., Nipomo.

• The Santa Maria-Bonita School Board has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the District Board Room of the Souza Support Center, 708 S. Miller St., Santa Maria.  

• 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.

• The Lompoc Parks and Recreation Commission has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the Dick DeWees Community & Senior Center.
1120 West Ocean Avenue.

• The Orcutt Union School Board has its regular meeting at 6:15 p.m. (Charter) and 7:15 p.m. in the District Office Board Room, 500 Dyer, Orcutt.  

THURSDAY, JULY 9

• 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 7/2/15

• On June 30, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a contentious bill that mandates vaccines for almost all children. The California Legislature passed it on June 29. The LA Times reported that the final legislative vote took place along mostly partisan lines with Democrats in favor of the bill. “I believe in the safety and efficacy of vaccines, and I’m glad to see the bill moving forward,” state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D- Santa Barbara) said in an email to the Sun prior to Brown signing it. “This bill is a balanced approach that seeks to protect protect our children in our schools from highly preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough, while still allowing for medical exemptions.” The bill allows children with certain medical problems to be exempt from the mandate, but parents are no longer able to cite personal or religious beliefs as a reason to get out of required vaccinations. Opponents to the bill say that vaccines are unsafe and that it infringes on a parents’ right to choose whether to vaccinate their children. In a signing letter accompanying the announcement on the governor’s website, Brown writes “The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases. While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.”