Thursday, April 26, 2018     Volume: 19, Issue: 8

Santa Maria Sun / Community

Citizen's Alert

Benefits, Meetings, Protests, Forums and Public Meetings

Political Watch 4/19/18

• A public forum for Santa Barbara County Sheriff candidates is scheduled for April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Center, Board of Supervisors Room, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria. Current Sheriff Bill Brown, along with candidates and current Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office lieutenants Eddie Hsueh and Brian Olmstead, will answer questions from the community. The event is sponsored by the Santa Maria Valley League of Women Voters, which will also air the forum on Santa Maria Community Television. Spanish translation will be available at the forum. The election for Santa Barbara County Sheriff is on June 5, during the midterm election primary.

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) joined Democratic Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) in renewing their call for CIA Director Mike Pompeo to declassify information about CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel, who President Donald Trump hopes to nominate as CIA director, in a letter sent to Pompeo on April 13. The letter states that the agency “issued a press release that included a superficial narrative about her 33-year career at the CIA,” and that release “does a great disservice to the American people, who expect and deserve to understand the backgrounds of their government’s leaders.” Haspel was reportedly involved with the CIA’s controversial use of torture and destroyed video evidence, according to The New York Times. “The more we review the classified facts, the more disturbed we are, both by the actions she has taken during career and by the CIA’s failure to allow the public the opportunity to consider them,” the letter said.

• Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the theft of the data of 87 million Facebook users at a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on April 10. The data was stolen in 2015, and was later acquired and utilized by Cambridge Analytica to help sway the 2016 presidential election. Harris pressed Zuckerberg over why Facebook leadership didn’t tell users that their data was stolen when the company initially learned of the breach. “Did you or senior leadership do an inquiry to find out who at Facebook had this information and did they not have a discussion about whether or not the users should be informed back in December of 2015?” Harris said. “Senator, in retrospect, I think we clearly view it as a mistake that we did not inform people,” Zuckerberg answered. “And we did that based on false information that we thought that the case was closed and the data had been deleted. … In retrospect, I think that was a mistake, and knowing what we know now, we should have handled a lot of things here differently.”

• Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) will host a forum on Human Trafficking Awareness in April 20 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Santa Maria Foursquare Church, 709 N. Curryer St., Santa Maria. “Criminals are trafficking more children in California than any other state,” Cunningham said in a post on his official Facebook page. “As a main corridor between San Francisco and LA, the Central Coast is on the frontlines of the fight against trafficking.” The forum will include law enforcement and experts on human trafficking sharing info on how to address the issue locally. Cunningham introduced three bills to the state Assembly earlier this year, AB 1736, 1737, and 1738, which were designed to protect victims of trafficking and impose harsher penalties on those convicted of trafficking or soliciting sex with a minor.

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