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The following article was posted on October 23rd, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 33 [ Submit a Story ]
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Political Watch 10/24/13

• Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley to the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Dudley was sworn into the position on Oct. 16. The commission was established to set minimum selection and training standards for California law enforcement. Dudley is the only elected official and district attorney to be appointed as a POST commissioner. “I am both excited and humbled by this appointment. I look forward to passing on some of the knowledge I have acquired over the last 23 years of working with California’s finest law enforcement officers,” she said in a press release. “I will add to my law enforcement edification and increase my ability to effect public safety in Santa Barbara County.” Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo) said in the press release that he was pleased that Brown recognized Dudley by appointing her to the commission. “Her expertise on public safety issues has been an invaluable asset to my legislative efforts,” Achadjian said. The governor appoints 15 commissioners for three-year terms. The commission meets three times a year to establish standards and regulations and to give direction to POST staff.

• The federal government shutdown delayed the release of September’s California unemployment rate and other jobs data from the California Employment Development Department. The monthly report was scheduled for release on Oct. 18. A new release date hasn’t been scheduled yet. Because of the shutdown, the Bureau of Labor Statistics was unable to release its national Employment Situation Report for September on Oct. 4, as originally scheduled. The state’s Employment Development Department will post a new release date for the September data in the labor market section of its website, labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov.

• U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) announced in a press release sent out on Oct. 17 that she is co-sponsoring an immigration reform bill recently introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s called The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. According to the release, the bill currently has 180 co-sponsors and includes goals such as an earned path to citizenship and reforms to improve the current visa system. It also includes such components as border security measures and employer verification. Although the U.S. Senate passed a version of comprehensive immigration reform earlier this year, the House has yet to vote on immigration legislation. Passage of immigration reform is critical to the Central Coast economy, Capps said in the release. “This bill will not only provide needed relief to the families who have been torn apart by our current system, but also provide our local economy with the workforce needed in our agriculture and hi-tech industries, among others,” she said. “Now is the time to fix our broken immigration system.” Many people in the agricultural industry blame the current labor-worker shortage on poor immigration policy. United Ag Benefit Trust Executive Vice President Clare Marie said in the release that a change is needed. “Agriculture needs a stable and legal agricultural workforce,” Marie said. “An immediate legislative solution is essential to end the national farm labor crisis and ensure that California’s farmers and farmworkers continue to provide America and the world a plentiful and safe food supply.”