Thursday, February 21, 2019     Volume: 19, Issue: 51

Santa Maria Sun / Community

Citizen's Alert

Benefits, Meetings, Protests, Forums and Public Meetings

Political Watch 8/9/18

• Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) criticized the Trump administration's announcement that it would remove the Obama-era policy of fuel emissions standards for car manufacturers, including California's own more stringent fuel emission standards, on Aug. 2 while joining more than 60 House Democrats in in co-sponsoring Rep. Mark DeSaulnier's (D-Concord) resolution to oppose the decision. "We cannot allow an administration that is unwilling to accept the realities of climate change to roll back the progress our state has made to improve public health and reduce harmful emissions," Carbajal said. "The Central Coast is already experiencing major climate change impacts like wildfires and drought. We can save lives, property, and money when we work to proactively mitigate these increasingly destructive events. We simply cannot afford inaction on the most significant challenge of our time." On Aug. 7, California 35th District Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) introduced his own resolution to the state Assembly in support of California's independent fuel efficiency standards. "California is proud to lead the nation towards a cleaner future," Cunningham said in a statement. "Our ability to set our own emission goals has reduced pollution, increased fuel efficiency, and saved drivers money at the pump."

• Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) announced on Aug. 2 that he honored RISE (Respect. Inspire. Support. Empower), a San Luis Obispo County-based organization that provides support for those fleeing intimate partner violence and sexual violence, as Nonprofit of the Year for Assembly District 35. "I can think of no better nonprofit to showcase the supportive and generous spirit of the Central Coast than RISE," Cunningham said in a statement. "This award is meant to spotlight organizations that are making a difference, and whether it is through their valuable community organizations that are making a difference, and whether it is through their valuable community trainings or the help they provide to thousands of victims and survivors of domestic abuse, RISE serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for our community."

• Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters Joseph Holland sent out a reminder that the deadline to file a Declaration of Candidacy in the county is Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. to be considered qualified as a candidate. Candidates must be registered voters of the district or trustee area if applicable. If an eligible incumbent fails to file or meet nomination requirements by the deadline, a five-day extension is allowed for any person other than that incumbent to file for the office. According to Holland's release, the cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Solvang, and Santa Maria all have city offices up for election. Declarations may be filed at the Santa Maria Elections Branch Office at 511 Lakeside Parkway, suite 134, Santa Maria. Appointments are required for candidate filing and are available from 8:30 to 11 a.m and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. More info: (805) 346-8374. Candidate filing will not be available at the Lompoc Elections Branch Office.

• Santa Barbara County 3rd District Supervisor Joan Hartmann announced office hours across her district, inviting constituents to visit and discuss issues pertaining to Solvang, Los Alamos, and Guadalupe. Hartmann's Solvang hours are Aug. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. at 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang. The Los Alamos hours are Aug. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Bedford Winery, 448 Bell St., Los Alamos. Guadalupe hours are Aug. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Maple Cottage, 945 Guadalupe St., Guadalupe. More info: (805) 568-2192 or

Weekly Poll
Should Lompoc residents be allowed to keep chickens as pets?

Yes. They are just like cats or dogs.
No. They belong on farms and not in the city!
I'm undecided.
The only chicken I care about is crispy and comes in a bucket.

| Poll Results