Saturday, August 30, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 25
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What are you most sick of hearing about?

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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The following article was posted on April 30th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 15, Issue 8 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 15, Issue 8

Political Watch 5/1/14

• A bill by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to prohibit nonprofit affordable housing projects from being charged fees or back taxes is headed to the Senate floor after unanimously passing out of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on April 24. California law exempts nonprofit housing developments from paying property taxes, but some local governments do require some of those developments to agree to annual payments in lieu of taxes, according to a press release from Jackson’s office. The press release also said that some local agencies have threatened to charge back taxes, often in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, which threatens existing affordable housing. The bill, SB 1203, would prohibit payments in lieu of taxes in the future—leaving existing agreements in place—and make it illegal to seek back taxes from developments with those existing agreements. “In so many parts of our state, including my district, we are facing an affordable housing crisis where housing costs are out of reach for far too many families,” Jackson said in the press release. “We should be doing all we can to encourage affordable housing.”

• The California State Senate Rules Committee recently confirmed the nomination of Reginald Pagaling, who is a Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians tribal elder, to the state’s Native American Heritage Commission. “The honor and privilege to serve on the Native American Heritage Commission is both humbling and exciting,” Pagaling said in a press release from the tribe. “I’m proud to represent the Chumash tribe as we stride into the future. I look forward to being a contributor and seeking the wisdom of existing commissioners to succeed at this endeavor.” The nine-member commission was established to preserve and protect tribal burial grounds from vandalism and destruction.