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Political Watch 8/31/17

• U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris held a roundtable at the Downtown UCLA Labor Center with eight Dreamers, immigrants who are protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, on Aug. 28. Harris, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has co-sponsored the DREAM Act, a bipartisan bill that would give nearly a million young immigrants permanent resident status in the U.S. “California is home to the most DACA recipients in the country, and America is the only country they’ve known as home,” Harris said at the roundtable. “Thousands of DACA recipients have gone to college, served in the military, and opened small businesses—we must uphold the promise we made to these kids. I will fight to preserve the protections already given to them, and for comprehensive immigration reform because we need a long-term solution. We are a nation of immigrants and must resolve this issue on behalf of these young people.” The roundtable also included advocacy groups like the Downtown UCLA Labor Center,, the Korean Resource Center, and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

• U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) visited Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Aerospace Engineering facilities on Aug. 29 to tour the programs that will receive increased funding from the Air Force Research Lab Education Partnership Agreement. Carbajal included an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to increase funding for the Defense Department Educational Partnership Agreements. Two Cal Poly programs, the High-Performance Computing Lab and the Electrical and Micro Propulsion lab, received $5 million in Education Partnership funding secured by Carbajal, according to a release from the congressman’s office.

• State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), chair of the Senate Select Committee on Women, Work, and Families, held a hearing at the California State Capitol on Aug. 29 titled, “A Seat at the Table: Why More Women on Corporate Boards Protects Workers, Families, Retirees, and Shareholders.” The hearing examined the progress made toward goals outlined in the Senate Concurrent Resolution 62, a non-binding measure authored by Jackson and passed by the Legislature in 2013 that encouraged companies with corporate boards to fill vacant seats with women. “Since 2014, we have seen slight improvement in the number of women representation in corporate governance, but not enough,” Jackson said in a statement issued before the hearing. “Women continue to be underrepresented at every level of corporate leadership compared to men. Women are less likely than men to be corporate managers, vice presidents, senior vice presidents, CEOs, or board members. Although SCR 62 intended to encourage companies to add women to their boards, it appears they are falling short in doing so and I look forward to tomorrow’s discussion to explore ways in which to meet this goal.”

• State Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton) saw his bill, AB 866, pass the California State Assembly on Aug. 21. The bill allows the American and Californian flags to be flown over gateway monuments, which was not allowed by California Department of Transportation policy. Inspired by the efforts of local veterans to erect a flagpole and a memorial site at a gateway monument, Cunningham wrote the legislation to amend the ban. “The flag of the United States of America flies over every public building and school campus throughout California,” Cunningham said in a statement. “It makes sense to allow the flag to be flown over monuments welcoming visitors to cities throughout California. I thank the Old Town Orcutt veterans, whose tireless efforts to safeguard liberty and displays of patriotism have made this possible.” AB 866 has the support of numerous veterans groups and the city of Santa Maria, according to the release.

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