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Community Notebook 12/8/16 - 12/15/16
MONDAY, DEC. 12
• The Santa Maria City Block Grants Advisory Committee has its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room, 110 E. Cook St., Santa Maria.
• The Solvang City Council has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang. agendas are available at cityofsolvang.com.
• The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has its regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the Betteravia Government Center’s Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway, Ste. 141, Santa Maria.
• The Santa Maria Joint Union High School Board has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Support Services Center, 2560 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria.
• 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 Good Samaritan Shelter has its regular board meeting at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Cook St., Santa Maria.
• The Lompoc Library Trustees has its regular meeting at 10 a.m. in the Lompoc Public Library Conference Room, 501 East North Ave., Lompoc.
• The Santa Maria Library Board has its regular meeting at 1 p.m. in the Library Conference Room, 420 S. Broadway, Santa Maria.
• The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Commission has its regular meeting at 4 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 110 E. Cook St., Santa Maria.
• The Solvang School District Board of Trustees has its regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the lower campus Multi-Use Room at Solvang Elementary School, 565 Atterdag Road, Solvang. Agendas are available at solvangschool.org.
• The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 9 a.m. at The Betteravia Government Center, 511 Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria.
• The Guadalupe Union School Board has its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Mary Buren Elementary School, 1050 Peralta St., Guadalupe.
• The Buellton Unified School District Board of Trustees has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the Jonata Library, 301 Second St., Buellton. Agendas are available at
• The Nipomo Community Services District has its regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the NCSD Boardroom at 148 S. Wilson St., Nipomo.
• The Santa Maria-Bonita School Board has its regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the District Board Room of the Souza Support Center, 708 S. Miller St., Santa Maria.
• 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 Lompoc Parks and Recreation Commission has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the Dick DeWees Community & Senior Center1120 West Ocean Avenue.
• 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 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 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 Buellton Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 140 W. Highway 246, Buellton. Agendas are available at cityofbuellton.com.
• The Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District Board of Trustees has its regular meeting at 3 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administrative Office, 2975 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez.
Political Watch 12/8/16
• Gov. Jerry Brown Jr., Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement on Nov. 18, the final day of the United Nations Climate Conference (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco:
“Today, as COP22 comes to a close—two weeks after the Paris Agreement came into force—leaders from across the globe have renewed their commitment to climate action. In California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia—from the Mexican border to the edge of the Yukon Territory—we stand with the international community. Our success demonstrates that taking action on climate change goes hand-in-hand with robust job creation and a thriving clean energy economy.
“We know what’s at stake because we have seen the destruction firsthand—from year-round wildfires and historic drought to devastating sea-level rise. These impacts don’t respect borders or wait for the next election.
“Our resolve is strong. We will continue to take bold action to achieve the targets set in the Paris agreement. We will mobilize our resources and our people. We will join with other like-minded cities, states, and regions committed to action and lead this global fight.”
According to Brown’s office, California is playing a world-leading role in setting aggressive climate goals, broadening collaboration among subnational leaders, and taking action to reduce climate pollutants.
Last year, California and Baden-Württemberg, Germany, formed the Under2 Coalition—an international pact among cities, states, and countries to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius, the level of potentially catastrophic consequences. With the addition of 29 new members recently following a signing ceremony at COP22, a total of 165 jurisdictions have joined the coalition representing more than a billion people and $25.7 trillion in combined gross domestic product—more than one-third of the global economy.
In September, California took bold action to advance its climate goals, establishing the most ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in North America and the nation’s toughest restrictions on destructive super pollutants, according to the governor’s press release. The governor also signed legislation that directs cap-and-trade funds to greenhouse gas reducing programs which benefit disadvantaged communities, support clean transportation, and protect natural ecosystems.
The impacts of climate change are already being felt in California and will disproportionately impact the state’s most vulnerable populations, the statement reads.
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