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Community Notebook 10/8/15 - 10/15/15
MONDAY, OCT. 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.
TUESDAY, OCT. 13
• 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 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 Lompoc Unified School District has its board meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Education Center Board Room, 1301 N. A St., Lompoc.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14
• 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 agenda is available at www.countyofsb.org.
• The Guadalupe Union School Board has its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. 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 buelltonusd.org.
• 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 6:30 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 Center, 1120 West Ocean Avenue.
• The Orcutt Union School Board has its regular meeting at 6:15 p.m. (Charter) and 7:15 p.m. in the District Office Board Room, 500 Dyer, Orcutt.
THURSDAY, OCT. 15
• 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 meetings.sbcag.org.
Political Watch 10/1/15
• Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Sept. 22, which will give local governments more economic development tools to help improve struggling communities. SB 107 will help cities and counties streamline efforts to enhance affordable housing in areas that need it the most.
"These important new measures enacted today will help boost economic development in some of our most disadvantaged and deserving communities," Brown said.
SB 107, by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, includes provisions that will streamline the current redevelopment agency dissolution process, enhance affordable housing by providing increased statewide funding and improved transparency, and expand the type of loans for which cities and counties can seek reimbursement.
The bill is a response to the state’s dissolution of Redevelopment Agencies (RDAs). In order to protect funding for core public services at the local level, the Legislature approved the dissolution of the state’s 400 plus RDAs as part of the 2011 Budget Act.
• On Sept. 24, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) announced that UCSB was awarded, for the first time, a $524,847 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program.
The HSI grant will expand educational opportunities and improve graduation rates among Hispanic students. The grant will also be used to provide direct services to students that enhance academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability on campus.
"I am pleased to share this great news as we continue to celebrate UCSB’s rich diversity and growing student population," Capps said in a statement. "This grant will go a long way in expanding opportunities for students as they enter and succeed in higher education."
UCSB Executive Vice Chancellor David Marshall said, "This grant from the U.S. Department of Education recognizes the unique opportunities that we can offer to our students. It will help us to support all of our students, to ensure their educational success, and to advance our commitment to excellence and diversity."
"This grant will create tremendous opportunities for all of our students," said Carl Gutiérrez-Jones, interim dean of undergraduate education at UCSB. "With a significant focus on helping first-year students transition successfully to university level academics, this grant will help ensure that California’s best and brightest continue on to be leaders in whatever fields they choose."
UCSB first became eligible for the grant earlier this year after being designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution, which requires at least a 25 percent Hispanic enrollment total.
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