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Political Watch: November 28, 2019

• Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) held a joint hearing Nov. 20 examining California’s Paid Family Leave Program. The hearing, described as “informal” in a news release from Jackson’s office, was held between the Senate Select Committee on Women, Work, and Families and the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace. “Although California enacted the nation’s first paid family leave program 15 years ago, our work is still far from done in ensuring that all who pay in to the program are able to access it to care for a newborn or a sick family member without losing their jobs or vital income,” Jackson said in the release. “I am pleased that Gov. Gavin Newsom has shown a strong commitment to strengthening this program, and look forward to identifying work that still needs to be done in the months ahead.” Jackson, who is chair of the Senate Select Committee on Women, Work, and Families, shared the floor with Gonzales, who chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace. “Paid family leave is a hallmark workplace protection, but it isn’t realistic for many low- and middle-income workers,” Gonzalez said in the release. “We must make sure California’s working families aren’t taking such a steep pay cut when they become new parents.” According to Jackson’s office, California’s Paid Family Leave Program was the first in the nation when it was enacted in 2004. Funded by employees, it provides six weeks of partial wage replacement to care for a newborn or a seriously ill family member. The number of weeks allowed under the program is scheduled to increase to eight weeks in July of next summer.

• U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal’s (D-Santa Barbara) Central Coast Heritage Protection Act passed through the House Natural Resources Committee on Nov. 20, according to his office. The bill awaits a full vote on the House floor. According to Carbajal’s office, the bill designates nearly 250,000 acres of land within Los Padres National Forest and Carrizo Plain National Monument as protected wilderness areas. The bill also contains measures to protect outdoor recreation. It seeks to create a 400-mile-long Condor National Recreation trail, which is planned to link Los Angeles to Monterey County. “For the sake of our community, economy, and environment, I am thrilled that my Central Coast Heritage Protection Act passed through the Natural Resources Committee today,” Carbajal said in a press release. “We must do all we can to defend the public lands we have so that future generations can enjoy them—wilderness designation for some of our most treasured forests will help us with this goal. I’m looking forward to a day in the near future when this bill hits the House floor.” Carbajal’s release states the outdoor recreation business in California employs more than 650,000 people and is worth about $92 billion. 

• Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) selected Thomas Weinschenk of San Luis Obispo High School as November’s Teacher of the Month. “Thomas Weinschenk has dedicated his career to serving the students of San Luis Obispo and the Central Coast,” Cunningham said in a news release. “By providing students with both a rich understanding of the classics and supporting extracurricular activities for over three decades, he has prepared generations of students for college and career success.” Weinschenk has been a teacher with the San Luis Coastal United School District since 1986. He’s taught Latin, German, and English, and in 2013, he was named teacher of the year for San Luis Obispo High School. m

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