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Political Watch 3/14/19

• State Sens. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) convened a joint informational hearing of the state Senate Committees on Judiciary and Environmental Quality on March 12 to look at the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and its impact on housing and other development. Just the Facts: An Evidence-Based Look at CEQA Streamlining and CEQA’s Role in Development held two panel discussions. One covered CEQA and the potential for streamlining some of its provisions with Terry Rivasplata from the Association of Environmental Professionals and Third District Court of Appeal Justice Ronald B. Robie. The other panel discussed CEQA’s place in development with UC Berkeley School of Law professor Eric Biber and senior research fellow Moira O’Neill and associate Giulia Gualco-Nelson from the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment. 

U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) announced on March 5 that his office was selected to participate in the House of Representatives’ Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program. Carbajal’s office is now accepting applications from wounded warriors for a two-year paid fellowship out of his Santa Barbara office. The fellow would work with Central Coast constituents to handle veteran-related casework, serve as a community outreach liaison, and act as a facilitator between constituents and federal, state, and local agencies. “There is no one better equipped to assist our Central coast veterans than someone who has also stepped up to serve our nation,” Carbajal said in a press release. “It’s an honor to participate in this wounded warriors program, and I look forward to bringing a wounded warrior on our team to continue serving the unique needs of our local veterans and military families.” 

• On March 4, state Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) named anti-human trafficking advocate Danielle Borrelli as Assembly District 35’s Woman of the Year. “Danielle is a local leader worthy of recognition,” Cunningham said in a press release. “Her work fighting human trafficking with the California Cybersecurity Institute is saving lives right here on the Central Coast.” Borrelli, a SLO Tribune Top 20 Under 40 winner and a SLO County native, graduated from Cal Poly, works for the university’s Cybersecurity Institute, and is a member of the county’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. “For the better part of a decade, I have worked closely with nonprofits and law enforcement to combat human trafficking, raise awareness, and assist victims,” Borrelli said in the release. “I am honored to have been recognized as Woman of the Year for Assembly District 35 and implore the state to continue to take action in fighting human trafficking and protecting victims.”

• On March 4, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) announced that California State University Channel Islands President Erika D. Beck was Senate District 19’s Woman of the Year. “Erika Beck is a committed advocate for quality education and a dedicated community volunteer. Her academic credentials, experience, and contributions to our community make her an inspiration to young women and girls everywhere. I am proud to honor CSU Channel Islands President Erika Beck as the Senate District 19 Woman of the Year,” Jackson said in a press release. Beck became president of CSU Channel Islands in August 2016, where she is dedicated to furthering the university’s vision of becoming recognized nationally as a leader in providing equitable, affordable, and transformative education that enables social and economic mobility for its diverse student population. Since her arrival, CSU Channel Islands has become the fastest growing campus in the CSU system. “As president of CSU Channel Islands, I am deeply honored to receive this award, which truly is a reflection of the tremendous work our entire university is doing to transform the lives of our students,” Beck said in the release. 




Weekly Poll
How should the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District improve its A-G completion rates?

Align graduation requirements with university entrance requirements.
Ensure that students and parents are well aware of A-Gs and what they are before high school.
Improve support services and summer school classes for students who fall behind.
Completion rates are fine as is. Not everyone wants to go to a four-year college!

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