Sunday, May 24, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 11

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Should Plains All American Pipeline face penalties following the Santa Barbara oil spill?

Government should follow current penalty procedure.
Damages should be payed to SB County residents.
They should pay for all coastal cleanup.
They don't deserve extra penalties.

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Community Notebook 5/21/15 - 5/28/15


• 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



• 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.



• 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.



• The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Measure C 2004 Bond Oversight Committee as its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the Support Services Center, 2560 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria.

• 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

Political Watch 5/21/15

• The California Senate passed a contentious bill on May 14 that would get rid of the state’s religious and personal belief exemptions for vaccines. Essentially, the bill would require any child who doesn’t have a required vaccine to have a medical reason or they would have to be homeschooled, but it still has to pass the state Assembly before heading to the governor’s desk. The Sacramento Bee reported that the vote followed partisan lines with the majority of support coming from Democrats. “Vaccines are necessary to protect us, but that protection has been eroding,” Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), the bill’s author, said in his final remarks before the vote, according to The Bee. “We need to do more to protect our communities. That’s what SB 277 is about.” The Bee also reported that several Republican senators made last-minute efforts to stall the bill, introducing amendments that would require labeling of vaccine ingredients and reinsert religious exemptions, but they were all tabled by Democrats. The Bee said Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) argued that the bill violates religious freedoms,“Do you have a right to steal my soul without my knowledge?”

• Gov. Jerry Brown included a new tax credit for the state’s poorest families in the revised budget proposal announced May 14. The proposal, known as the earned income tax credit (similar to the federal earned income tax credit), would help residents on a sliding scale, based on their wages and how many children they have, according to the LA Times. The Brown administration estimates that it would reduce the state’s revenue by $380 million and keep money in the pockets of about 825,000 families—the average qualifying household would gain $460 a year, and the maximum credit would be $2,653 (for families with three or more children). No one earning more than $13,870 a year would qualify, The Times reported. “In a time when the economy is doing well, we have a lot of people who aren’t doing well,” an administration official told The Times under the condition of remaining anonymous. “We’ve heard a lot from the Legislature … and we know this is important.” The budget proposal also includes a deal with UC President Janet Napolitano to freeze UC tuition hikes for two years. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the governor agreed to tuition hikes down the road and Napolitano agreed to get the UC system to contain costs and improve efficiency.