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Political Watch: September 5, 2019

• On Aug. 28 Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 18, which would allow nuclear power to qualify as a renewable energy source based on state standards. The amendment would allow the state to including nuclear energy as part of its climate goals, which could potentially allow the Diablo Canyon Power Plant an opportunity to remain open. Currently the plant is scheduled to close in 2025. “If we are serious about combatting climate change, and we should be, both nuclear and large hydropower must play an important role in our transition to an emission-free energy grid,” Cunningham said in a statement. 

• At its Aug. 27 meeting, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors appointed Carol Gregor to the county’s Library Advisory Commission to represent the county’s 5th District. According to county documents, Gregor has experience working in the Santa Barbara County Education Office as well as for the Guadalupe Union and Santa Maria-Bonita school districts. Some members of this commission also serve on an ad hoc library committee the county created earlier this year to identify solutions that will make the county’s library system—which usually runs a deficit—financially sustainable. During budget discussions in April, county staff outlined an anticipated $415,000 deficit for the county’s libraries. Through various measures, most of this deficit was covered except for $68,000, which the Board of Supervisors filled with revenue from cannabis enforcement and compliance at its Aug. 13 meeting.

• On Aug. 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state has reached an agreement on changes to the state’s charter school system after signing Assembly Bill 1505. The bill revises numerous provisions regarding the establishment of new charter schools. For example, the bill requires that charter schools don’t financially impact existing school districts. “This agreement focuses on the needs of our students,” Newsom said in a statement. “It increases accountability for all charter schools, allows high-quality charter schools to thrive, and ensures that the fiscal and community impacts of charter schools on school districts are carefully considered.”

Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) hosted a community hike on the Rattlesnake Canyon Trail in the Los Padres National Forest on Aug. 31. Carbajal hosted a community hike earlier this year prior to announcing House Resolution 2199, which he co-authored. The resolution would designate about 25,000 acres of public land in the forest and Carrizo Plain National Monument as wilderness to grant the land additional governmental protection. “With this administration taking action to open up public lands and national monuments on the Central Coast to oil and gas drilling, it is more important than ever that we act to permanently protect our open spaces that provide invaluable local watersheds and recreational outdoor activities,” Carbajal said in a statement earlier this year. The last action on the bill was taken on July 10, when the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on the legislation. 




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