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Political Watch: August 8, 2019

• On July 25, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state and a group of automakers signed an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by cars and trucks. Newsom announced this plan as President Donald Trump and his administration prepare to reduce federal vehicle emission standards. Ford, Honda, BMW of North America, and the Volkswagen Group of American agreed to this voluntary framework, according to a statement from Newsom’s office. The deal encourages the transition to electric vehicles and provides an incentive to companies to install greenhouse-gas-reducing technology in vehicles. “California’s authority to set tough vehicle emission standards has been good for California and the country,” Newsom said. “This agreement affirms the fact that retaining that authority is a crucial element in our ability to make progress with cleaner cars.”

• Following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report and testimony in U.S. House of Representative hearings, U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) announced his support for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Aug. 2. Carbajal is the 118th Congress member to voice support for an impeachment inquiry. Carbajal’s announcement means a majority of House Democrats have voiced support for taking the first step toward impeachment; however, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has said she isn’t supportive of the idea. In a statement announcing his support, Carbajal cited findings in Mueller’s report, including at least 10 instances where Trump tried to interfere with Mueller’s investigation. “We cannot ignore this president’s actions, and we cannot let him off the hook because of his title,” Carbajal said. “I was elected to support and defend our Constitution against all threats, foreign and domestic. That is what I will continue to do.”

• Following the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4, U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) reiterated his support for a bill he co-sponsored earlier this year to strengthen U.S. gun laws. “We must take every step we can to end the gun violence epidemic that plagues our nation … . It is my hope that the president and people on both sides of the aisle will support our bipartisan Extreme Risk Protection Order Act,” he said in a statement. Carbajal and other Congress members introduced the bill to Congress in February this year. If enacted, the legislation would encourage states to allow family members or law enforcement officials to request a judge to temporarily take away an individual’s guns, if the person is a threat to themselves or others. 

• There are several positions open on the South County Advisory Council (SCAC), which is made up of citizens who provide input on issues affecting South County residents to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. The SCAC holds monthly meetings where it reviews pending planning projects and submits recommendations to the county’s Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. The five open positions cover Nipomo and other areas between Santa Maria and Oceano. The positions can be filled by appointment without having to run for election. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live in the area they wish to represent. Applicants must submit a petition with 10 eligible voters from their area to the council for consideration. More information can be found at scac.ca.gov.




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