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Political Watch: November 14, 2019

• State Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) released a statement on Nov. 6 condemning Facebook’s refusal to respond to a subpoena California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued. “Facebook has a legal obligation to comply with subpoenas, and its refusal to fully comply with this subpoena is extremely troubling,” Cunningham said. “The company’s unwillingness to hand over information and emails surrounding its privacy practices further shows Facebook’s total disregard for protecting its users’ private information and making its platform more secure.” In the statement, Cunningham said Becerra plans to take the issue to court to force Facebook to comply with the subpoena. 

• On Nov. 7, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) responded to a survey that the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) conducted on climate change this past summer. “Californians continue to grasp the seriousness of climate change and the importance of taking strong steps to curb our greenhouse gas emissions. Our work to combat [climate change] must continue,” Jackson said on Twitter. According to the report on the PPIC’s statewide survey, 71 percent of Californians are “very concerned about wildfires becoming more severe due to global warming.” The survey also found that 67 percent of Californians are in favor of a state law that requires California to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below its 1990 emission levels by 2030. 

• In a report issued on Nov. 1, the National Interagency Fire Center states that most of Southern California will have an above normal potential for a large fire throughout November and into early December. According to the report, the southern part of the state won’t receive rain anytime soon, and offshore wind events are expected to occur at a slightly above normal frequency. “Long-range models offer little optimism that wetter weather will arrive anytime soon. … Wetting rains do not appear imminent, or even possible, through the middle of November. In addition, most long-range models indicate that the next three months may be drier than average as well.”

• California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Nov. 7 that the state has opened up almost $900 million in grant funding to support affordable housing and sustainable community development. More than two-thirds of the funding comes from cap-and-trade dollars and will be used to help build additional housing and transit options closer to job centers and services. The remaining funding will be used to support infill housing development. “Sky-high housing costs are putting the squeeze on family budgets while long commutes contribute to dirtier air,” Newsom said. “By bringing housing closer to jobs, we can fight climate change and create healthier, sustainable communities across California.” According to a press release from Newsom’s office, housing affordability has been a top priority for the governor, who signed 18 bills into law in October designed to help jump-start housing production. 

• The Sierra Club of California gave Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) and state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson a 100 percent score on their 2019 report card. Every fall, the Sierra Club’s staff reviews legislators’ voting records for the year on what they see as key issues affecting the environment. The club handed out perfect scores to 34 Assembly members and nine senators, but it wasn’t thrilled with the outcome of 2019, describing traction on environmental polices as “incremental.” “At a time when we face frightening and catastrophic climate change impacts, seemingly intractable water and air pollution, and public health and natural resource harms that go with these conditions, a year dominated by incrementalism is disheartening,” the report card states. View the report card at 

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What'd you make of the county's decision to close beaches for the Fourth of July weekend?

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