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The following article was posted on February 26th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 51 [ Submit a Story ]
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Political Watch 2/27/14

• State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) recently introduced a bill that would provide job-training grants for California’s long-term unemployed. Senate Bill 1028 would require that at least 2,500 Cal Grant C awards—grant awards between $3,000 and $5,000 earmarked for up to two years of vocational training—are set aside annually for people who haven’t worked in more than six months. Priority would be given to those seeking job training in growing industries with a high demand for workers and higher wages, such as health care, biotechnology, and advanced manufacturing. “Our economy is improving, but there continue to be far too many people who have been unemployed for far too long,” Jackson said in a press release. “My hope is that this bill will help give some Californians the jump start they need to get working again.”

• California Senate President Pro Tem Darrel Steinberg (D-Sacramento) will be a special guest at the San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party’s third annual “Dining with the Stars” event on March 15. Steinberg will join U.S. Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) and John Laird, the state’s Secretary of Natural Resources, to celebrate local volunteers and organizations. The event will be held at the Pavilion in the San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly. For more information, visit slocdp.org, or call 546-8499. Tickets are $125 each and are available online at secure.actblue.com/page/dwts2014.

• The CalPERS (California Public Employees’ Retirement System) board voted on Feb. 18 for a rate increase that will cost the state treasury an estimated $400 million beginning July 1, the Sacramento Bee reported. The increase will be phased in over three years and will cost the state an extra $1.2 billion a year in the long run. It will bring the state’s annual payout to the CalPERS pension fund to around $5 billion, according to the Bee. CalPERS staffers proposed delaying the rate increases until July 2016, and phasing them in over five years. The Bee reported that Gov. Jerry Brown called the proposal “unacceptable” and urged the board to act more aggressively.