Monday, April 22, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 7

Santa Maria Sun / Community

Citizen's Alert

Benefits, Meetings, Protests, Forums and Public Meetings

Political Watch 4/18/19

U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) re-introduced the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act on April 10. The bill, House Resolution 2199, would designate nearly 250,000 acres of public land in the Los Padres National Forest and Carrizo Plain National Monument as wilderness and establish a 400-mile long Condor National Recreation Trail from Los Angeles to Monterey counties. U.S. Reps. Julia Brownley (D-Thousand Oaks) and Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) co-sponsored the legislation. “California is home to some of the nation’s most scenic wild spaces and boasts the nation’s largest outdoor economy,” Harris said in a press release. “However, under this administration, California’s beautiful public lands and its outdoor economy are under direct threat. Restoring and expanding our public lands means protecting Americans’ right to clean air and clean water and providing everybody the opportunity to explore and enjoy the outdoors.” HR 2199 would designate four new wilderness areas in Carrizo and expand nine existing wilderness areas in Los Padres. The press release from Carbajal’s office said the bill is supported by nearly 500 Central Coast landowners, businesses, elected officials, farmers, ranchers, civic leaders, wineries, recreationalists, and outfitters.

• On March 27, Assemblymembers Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) and Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) sent a letter to the chair of one of the Legislature’s budget subcommittees on education finance, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), asking for a $150 million increase in ongoing funding for the K-12 Career Technical Education Incentive Grant and the reappropriation of $150 million for the Community College’s Strong Workforce Program. The letter stated that cuts to career technical education (CTE) funding for K-12 programs have left high quality CTE programs with insufficient funding. In addition, CTE funding was split, creating unnecessary administrative burdens, the letter stated, forcing schools to apply to two separate programs with different requirements. “There is a need for a single coherent funding stream for K-12 CTE at a level sufficient to sustain and expand high-quality programs,” the letter stated.

The Sacramento Bee named Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) as one of the top 100 influencers in the state due to her work on the Assembly Committe on Banking and Finance in 2018. As the chair of the committee, Limón “has addressed an important problem in the lending world by actively focusing on consumer protections in the small dollar consumer loan industry,” the Bee wrote. “In just one year of her chairmanship, Assemblymember Limón’s leadership in the area of consumer protection has already been recognized as a prominent voice by consumer and industry advocates as well as among her colleagues.”

• The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors appointed Dr. Henning Ansorg as the next county health officer on April 9. He served as a physician with the Santa Barbara County Health Care Centers starting in 2016 and most recently worked as a tuberculosis clinician for South County as well as the deputy health officer. He worked in private practice and urgent care settings in Munich for 10 years after being board certified in family medicine. After completing an internal medicine residency at the University of Arizona, he spent 11 years practicing medicine in Sedona. “The health officer role is critical not only for the Public Health Department, but for all of Santa Barbara County. I am excited that Dr. Ansorg will bring his experience working in our county with some of the most vulnerable patients to his new positions, Public Health Department Director Van Do-Reynoso said in a press release.

Weekly Poll
What do you think of the county's new permitting process for hoop houses?

Farmers already have too many regulations to adhere to.
It was necessary to clarify the permitting process.
The process will help protect wildlife.
Cannabis growers are the problem, not other farmers!

| Poll Results