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Tuesday, September 2, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 25
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The ice-bucket challenge—that's the only thing I see on my Facebook feed!
Measure P—and there's still two months left till the election.
Challenges to anything the Chumash try to do.
Drought—we either have water or we don't, we'll know when the tap runs dry.

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Communtiy Notebook 8/28/14-9/4/14

MONDAY, SEPT. 1

• The Solvang Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang.

 

TUESDAY, SEPT. 2

• 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. Agendas are available at http://santabarbara.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx#current.

• The Vandenberg Village Community Services District has its regular board meeting at 7 p.m. in the District Office Conference Room, 3757 Constellation Road, Vandenberg Village.

• 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. Agendas are available at www.cityoflompoc.com.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3

• The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission has its regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara. The agenda is available at www.sbcountyplanning.org.

• 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.

 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4

• 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 Local Agency Formation Commission has its regular meeting at 2 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 105 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara. Agendas are available at www.sblafco.org/agendas.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.

Political Watch 8/28/14

• The Lompoc Valley Democratic Club is holding its annual Labor Day picnic on Aug. 31 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hibbits Ranch. Confirmed speakers include Heidi Harmon, candidate for State Assembly. Candidates and elected officials who support issues such as workers rights and pay equity have also been invited. For reservations or more information, call 291-3007. Hibbits Ranch is located at 1251 E. Highway 246 in Lompoc.

• A bill by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to prohibit forced or coerced sterilizations in prisons passed off the Senate floor on Aug. 19 and headed to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. SB 1135 was penned in response to media reports from the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting about unlawful and coercive sterilization of female inmates occurring as late as 2010 in the Central California Women’s Facility and Valley State Prison for Women. The bill would add a section to the penal code prohibiting sterilizations in correctional facilities for the purposes of birth control unless a patient’s life is in danger or the procedure is necessary to treat a medical condition. In addition, a second—independent—physician will have to consult with the patient about the procedure before it happens. “It’s clear that we need to do more to make sure that forced or coerced sterilizations never again occur in jails and prisons,” Jackson said in a press release.

• State Sen. Fran Pavley’s (D-Agoura Hills) bill to regulate groundwater across the state passed out of the Senate 24-12 on Aug. 19 and is headed to the Assembly. SB 1168 would require local governments to manage groundwater supplies—specifically, withdrawals—and authorizes the state to make it happen if local agencies don’t. The Associated Press reported that bill backers say the drought has made this month’s legislative session one of the strongest chances ever for the state to overcome the objections of farmers and others and adopt its first statewide groundwater management plan. The bill has until Aug. 31 to make it to the governor’s desk.