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Political Watch 4/20/17

• Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) joined 15 other U.S. Senate Democrats on April 12 to press Attorney General Jeff Sessions for answers on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) plan to review consent decrees between the federal government and local police departments. “Consent decrees offer both parties the opportunity to negotiate a mutual beneficial reform structure that seeks to both protect the constitutional rights of citizens and improve the working conditions and safety of police officers,” Harris said in a statement. In a separate event, Harris will hold a town hall meeting in Los Angeles starting at 2:30 p.m. on April 21 at the Holman United Methodist Church located at 3320 W. Adams Blvd. in LA. The event is a chance for Californians to voice their concerns on issues impacting their communities. The event is free, but a ticket is needed. Signups for a ticket are available at The meeting will be live streamed from Harris’ Facebook page at

• Local Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) will visit the San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Progressives on April 22 for the Citizens’ Summons held from 5 to 8:05 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Pacheco Elementary School located at 261 Cuesta Drive in San Luis Obispo. The forum will feature discussion on several topics including combating global climate change, protecting the Affordable Care Act, and money in politics. The forum will be available to the public from 5 to 7:25 p.m. followed by a media-only press conference from 7:35 to 8:05 p.m. The event is free but RSVP is required. To receive a free ticket, register online at

• Central Coast Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton) released a April 7 statement on his Facebook page regarding his vote against Senate Bill 1, a transportation funding bill that would increase tax revenue by $52 billion over 10 years and would provide more than $30 million for road repairs and public transit across Santa Barbara and SLO counties. The bill was ultimately passed by the state Legislature and is expected to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. In the statement, Cunningham said the bill, which he added would be the largest gas tax increase in state history, was “rammed through” the Legislature and will hit the pocketbooks of working families, small businesses, and senior citizens. Brown estimated that it would cost the “average” motorist about an extra $10 per month. “The cost of living rises every year in California,” Cunningham said in the statement. “I cannot in good conscience support raising it even more.” 

• Former California governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) appeared on CNN’s The Messy Truth With Van Jones on April 5 to talk about his soured relationship with President Donald Trump. The two ex-reality TV show stars had recently traded jabs over ratings of The Celebrity Apprentice. Schwarzenegger’s appearance comes after Politico reported on March 9 that the former “governator” is mulling a run for Congress. “The only thing I think ticked him off is obviously the fact that I didn’t vote for him and that I came out and said that I’m not going to vote for him,” said Schwarzenegger, even though the bad blood may have started years earlier during his run for California governor. “We didn’t accept his money because it was from a gaming casino and I didn’t accept any money from gaming casinos and from gambling.” Schwarzenegger also balked at Trump’s idea of bringing coal back. “We’ve got to go into a green energy future,” he said.

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