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Political Watch May 16, 2019

• On May 10, U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) and U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asking for details on false statements the departments made about their plans to reunite immigrant families who were separated while entering the country. The letter cites an article published by The Hill that states DHS and HHS officials were aware that the departments didn’t have the ability to successfully reunite all migrant children with their families. “Following the administration’s systematic and intentional separation of migrant children from their parents at the border beginning in the spring of 2018, we met with DHS and HHS officials at the U.S.-Mexico border who assured us that the agency has the necessary information to reunite migrant families at the time the separations occurred,” the letter states. “We are appalled at recent news reports and internal documents showing that officials at DHS and HHS knew they did not have enough information to reunite families successfully.” In the letter, Carbajal and Rosen request answers to seven different questions by May 17.

• State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released a statement expressing her support for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised budget proposal for fiscal year 2019-20 on May 9. “Through his investments in extending paid family leave, expanding early childhood education, investing in our schools and universities, addressing the state’s housing crisis, and preparing for and preventing wildfire emergencies, he is working to address some of the greatest challenges we are facing as a state while recognizing the need to be prudent and wise in our approach,” Jackson said in the statement. The revised budget released on May 9, totals more than $213 billion in operating expenses for the state, more than half of which is dedicated to health and human services and education. Newsom also proposes that the state dedicate $1 billion to preventing and mitigating homelessness, of which $650 million would go to local governments for homelessness emergency aid. According to Jackson’s statement, the Legislature must pass a finalized budget by June 15.

• The Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management held an informational hearing to discuss wildfires in California on May 14. “As we approach the next wildfire season, many Californians are wondering whether their community will be next and how to be prepared,” State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who serves as vice chair of the committee, said in the statement. “This hearing is an opportunity for lawmakers and state agencies to discuss what is being done and how we can best protect our communities from one of the greatest threats facing our state today.” Fifteen of the 20 most destructive wildfires in the state’s history have occurred since 2000 and the 10 most destructive fires have taken place since 2015. This includes the Camp Fire, which started in November 2018 and is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. According to a release announcing the meeting, more than 25 million acres of wild lands across the state are classified as under very high or extreme fire threat and about 11 million people live in high-risk areas.




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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