Monday, September 22, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 28

Weekly Poll
Should Santa Maria voters pass Measure T, which would tax homeowners in order to build a new school?

Yes. The schools are overcrowded and we need more classrooms.
No. Santa Maria-Bonita should go back to a year-round system.
No. Taxpayers shouldn't have to fork over any more money.
Couldn't state funding pay to build another school?

Vote! | Poll Results

RSS Feeds

Latest News RSS
Current Issue RSS

Special Features
Search or post Santa Barbara County food and wine establishments

Santa Maria Sun / Community

Citizen's Alert

Benefits, Meetings, Protests, Forums and Public Meetings

Community Notebook 9/18/14-9/25/14

• The South County Advisory Council has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nipomo Community Services District Headquarters, 148 S. Wilson St., Nipomo.
• The Solvang City Council has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang. Agendas are available at

• 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 Nipomo Community Services District has its regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the NCSD Boardroom at 148 S. Wilson St., Nipomo.
• 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 Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Measure C 2004 Bond Oversight Committee has its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the Support Services Center, 2560 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria.
• The Santa Maria Airport Board has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the airport boardroom in the administration building, 3217 Terminal Drive, Santa Maria.
• The Buellton City Council has its regular meeting at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 140 W. Highway 246, Buellton. Agendas are available at

Political Watch 9/18/14

• The League of Women Voters is holding three forums in September regarding the 2014 election; all of them will be held at the Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway in Santa Maria. The first forum will be for Santa Maria City Council candidates on Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon. The next forum will be for school board candidates for both Santa Maria-Bonita and Santa Maria Joint Union High school districts from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 24. All candidates have been invited to participate. The third forum will debate the pros and cons of Measure P on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be two speakers in favor and two against. At all the forums, League of Women Voters members will hand out blank cards so audience members can write questions for the candidates and speakers to answer. The forums are free, and the public is invited to attend. The League is a national, non-partisan organization dedicated to the informed and active participation of citizens in government.

• Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522) into law on Sept. 10. The bill, authored by Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) provides paid sick days to millions of Californians—roughly 40 percent of the state’s workforce, according to the governor’s office—who don’t currently have the benefit. AB 522 requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees who work 30 or more days within a year of starting employment, and employees will earn a minimum of one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. “Whether you’re a dishwasher in San Diego or a store clerk in Oakland, this bill frees you of having to choose between your family’s health and your job,” Brown said in a press release. “Make no mistake, California is putting its workers first.” The bill doesn’t apply to contract laborers or in-home support services workers. John Kabateck, director of the California branch of the National Federation of Independent Business, released a statement saying the bill imposes even more mandates on small business. “Our small business owners, who make up more than 99 percent of the employer community in California, already face an increase in minimum wage, among the highest taxes, and more regulations than any other state. This will only serve to eliminate any plans small employers have to grow and expand their businesses,” Kabateck said in the statement. “Depending on the future rate of inflation, the passage of AB 1522 could result in more than 180,000 jobs being lost in California over a 10-year period and a reduction in real output of $29.6 billion.” His statements were made in reference to a study conducted by the National Federal of Independent Business’s Research Foundation.