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Political Watch 10/11/18

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued a statement after the Senate confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as next Supreme Court justice. The contentious confirmation process was the source of national controversy after allegations of sexual assault made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford were held by Feinstein's office in a letter to the senator. After a judiciary committee hearing and a FBI background investigation that Feinstein characterized as "incomplete" and "limited," the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh on Oct. 6. That day, Feinstein stated that Kavanaugh's appointment represents a shift "far to the right" for the U.S. Supreme Court that would affect women's reproductive rights, workers' rights, environmental protections, and gun safety laws. Feinstein also pointed to the allegations by Ford and others as a cause for concern. "Confirming Brett Kavanaugh in the face of credible allegations of sexual assault that were not thoroughly investigated–at the direction of Senate Republicans and the White House–and his belligerent, partistan performance in last Thursday's hearing also undermines the legitimacy of the Supreme Court," Feinstein stated. "Women and sexual assault survivors have been sent a clear message that there are no consequences for men who abuse women."

• Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement on Oct. 7 after the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report that said the world must take "unprecedented action to limit global warming," according to a release from Brown's office. "This IPCC report makes unmistakably clear that the world must radically change," Brown said. "It must decarbonize and establish a totally renewable basis for all economic activity. The big powers–the United States, China, India, and the European Union–must show the way. We can do it, but only if the deniers, the skeptics, and the comfortable wake up to what the scientists are telling us."

• State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Adam Gray (D-Merced) saw their legislation designed to create a statewide drug and medical needle take-back program signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 1. Senate Bill 212 will require manufacturers of pharmaceutical drugs and medical needles to create take-back programs for the safe disposal of the products. According to a release from Jackson's office, it's "the first statewide measure in the nation to include both prescription medications and medical needles." The legislation required "years of hard work and negotiation," Jackson stated. "This is a tremendous accomplishment that will help fight prescription drug abuse, keep pharmaceuticals out of our water supply, and place the burden of disposal on the industry, not consumers or taxpayers," she continued. "I applaud Gov. Brown for signing this groundbreaking legislation."

• Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) toured the former homeless encampment in the Santa Ynez Riverbed near Lompoc on Oct. 5 with Lompoc Police Chief Pat Walsh and Santa Barbara County staff. City and county staff evicted dozens of homeless living in the riverbed in August, setting up a triage center and temporary shelter that was set to close Oct. 10. Both Lompoc and the county have declared local shelter emergencies to qualify for state funding to help fund the support and cleanup there. "Lompoc and Santa Barbara County have done some great work to address this dire situation," Cunningham stated that day. "They are cleaning up the riverbed and getting people plugged into services that can help them at the triage center. We still have a significant environmental issue with trash and debris in the riverbed, and I look forward to working with the state, city, and county to remediate that issue."




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