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Political Watch Apr. 11, 2019

• One day before National Equal Pay Day, April 2, the state’s First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, California Labor Secretary Julie A. Su, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, and Time’s Up announced #EqualPayCA, a campaign to help close the pay gap in California. They announced the commission’s Pay Equity Task Force to education employees, employers, and labor unions on how to close the pay gap and launched an awareness campaign to educate the public on the causes of the pay gap and how to close it. “California has the strongest equal pay laws in the nation—but there is still more work to do,” Newsom said in the press release. “Together we can uplift California women to ensure a more equitable future for all.”

• State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson’s (D-Santa Barbara) legislation to require California’s larger employers to report salary data to the state was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Equal Pay Day, April 2. Senate Bill 171 would require California employers with 100 or more employees to submit a pay data report annually to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, outline compensation and hours worked of its employees by gender, race, ethnicity, and job category. “On Equal Pay Day, we are reminded that all women, and especially women of color, continue to face pay disparities as they pursue their careers. Women comprise almost half the workforce and are the sole breadwinners in half of American families. The gender pay gap not only hurts women, it punishes children and families too,” Jackson said in a press release. The bill is modeled after a federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission effort to collect pay data by race and gender instituted under the Obama administration that was later halted by the Trump administration. A federal judge recently ordered the Trump administration to reinstate this rule. Jackson’s bill next moves on to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

• U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) named six women as 2019 Congressional Women of the Year award winners on March 29. The winners are Jill Anderson of Lompoc, Tania Israel and Yessenia Marroquin of Santa Barbara, Leola Dublin Macmillian of Morro Bay, Anahi Mendoza of Santa Maria, and Sandi Sigurdson of San Luis Obispo. “The recipients of this year’s Congressional Women of the Year award are all doing incredible work to improve the quality of life on the Central Coast, often without the recognition or compensation they deserve,” Carbajal said. “From creating spaces for compassion and understanding in our communities, to improving health care for our underserved populations, it is a privilege to recognize these trailblazers for their indelible contributions to our community.” Lompoc’s Anderson founded Shadow’s Fund with her husband. The organization helps find homes for senior and difficult-to-adopt dogs, now housing 42 dogs on-site as well as pigs and wild horses. Anderson also developed a program to rescue pit bull puppies from backyard breeders, socialize and train them, and make them breed ambassadors. Santa Maria’s Mendoza founded the Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center. She conducts Know Your Rights presentations so immigrants are informed of their rights should they encounter Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and she helped create community clinics that screen individuals for immigration relief, assess their criminal record, and determine whether they have a final order of deportation. Mendoza works alongside pro-bono attorneys to help immigrants in detention centers.




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