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Political Watch 5/17/18

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) said on May 14 in a statement that she would not vote to confirm Gina Haspel as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and pointed to Haspel’s involvement in the agency’s “Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation Program” as the disqualifier. “The United States must send a message to the world that we hold ourselves to a higher standard than our enemies,” Feinstein said. “For the Senate to confirm someone so involved with the program to the highest position at the CIA would in effect tell the world that we approve of what happened, and I absolutely do not.”

• On May 10, Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced the passage of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act out of the committee for fiscal year 2019. The bill includes provisions authored by Carbajal, according to a statement from his office, including authorizing a National Guard Regional Cyber Security Training Center pilot program and halting the Air Force’s decision to downgrade Vandenberg Air Force Base fighters’ current certification levels. He also filed amendments for improving water security and installation readiness, one that secured $5 million in funding for the Defense Department Educational Partnership Agreement at Cal Poly SLO, and another that authorized $2 million to fund body armor for female service members. “As a Marine Corps veteran, I am honored to serve on the House Armed Services Committee and support our service members and their families, while balancing our domestic priorities,” Carbajal said. “I’m pleased that this year’s defense authorization package will include important provisions for our Central Coast cyber security and firefighting programs, and help provide innovative solutions for our ongoing drought conditions.”

• State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released a statement following Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal, applauding the governor’s support to Santa Barbara County in the wake of the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslides. The proposal allocates $11 million for local government property tax losses, $14.5 million for schools and community colleges losses, and $96 million for forest management and fire protection, which is all in addition to the $160 million Gov. Brown proposed in January’s cap-and-trade expenditure plan, according to a release from Jackson’s office. “With our changing climate, California is facing a new normal of increasingly destructive wildfires and related disasters such as the debris flow that decimated the community in Montecito,” Jackson said. “We need to take bold action to protect our communities from these catastrophic events. As chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management and the state senator representing the region devastated by the Thomas Fire, I am extremely pleased to see Gov. Brown has heeded our calls and dedicated an additional $96 million to forest improvements and fire protection in his revised budget, in addition to the $160 million he proposed in January. This funding, coupled with legislation like my SB 1260, which clears the path for responsible wildfire fuel reduction, marks a critical step in California’s adaption to the threats posed by our changing climate.”

• Santa Barbara County sheriff-coroner candidate and Sheriff’s Office Lt. Eddie Hsueh will attend a fundraiser event organized by the Friends of Eddie Hsueh, called The Mock Trial of Lt. Eddie Hsueh, on May 20 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $50 or more depending on sponsorship level. Lt. Hsueh will discuss various topics important to him as a candidate, from the sanctuary city designation to gun violence restraining orders. Though the sheriff-coroner position is nonpartisan, Hsueh is running with the endorsement of the Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee. More information is available at eddie4sbsheriff.com.




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