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Community Notebook 10/13/16 - 10/20/16
TUESDAY, OCT. 18
• 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.
• 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.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19
• 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.
• The Vandenberg Village Association has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. at White Oaks Hotel, 3955 Apollo Way, Lompoc.
• The Santa Ynez Community Services District has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the Board Room, 1070 Faraday St., Santa Ynez. Agendas are available at sycsd.com.
• 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 Santa Barbara County Association of Governments has its regular board of directors meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara. Agendas are available at www.sbcag.org/boardmeetings.html.
• The Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District Board of Trustees has its regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administrative Office, 2975 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez.
Political Watch 10/13/16
• On Sept. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a California Legislative Women’s Caucus priority bill authored by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), the New Parent Leave Act. Senate Bill 654, which received bipartisan support as it passed through the Legislature, would have provided job-protected new-parent leave for up to 2.7 million more Californians who work for smaller companies.
Due to an inequity in current law, employees who work for companies with 49 or fewer employees pay into the state’s Paid Family Leave Program but lack job protection given to employees who work for companies of 50 or more. SB 654 would have ensured that employees who work for companies with between 20 and 49 employees do not risk being fired for taking six weeks of bonding time to care for a newborn or newly adopted child.
“I’m deeply disappointed in today’s veto,” Jackson said in a statement released Sept. 30. “This bill would have corrected an inequity in current law that leaves millions of new parents without the ability to take advantage of the Paid Family Leave Program they already pay into without the fear they could lose their jobs if they do. This year, the governor signed a bill, AB 908, which increases the wage replacement rate for those who take Paid Family Leave. Yet with today’s veto, millions of Californians who work for smaller companies will not be able to benefit from that important measure that Brown signed into law because they could lose their jobs if they do. I believe everyone deserves the basic right to take time off to care for a newborn. With more women in the workforce than ever before, supporting working families through more family-friendly workplace policies has become elevated as a national priority. As many states move forward with strong policies for parental leave, California cannot afford to be left behind. I will continue to work to advance this important issue in the future.”
Paid Family Leave is entirely paid for through employee payroll deductions.
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