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Political Watch: January 16, 2020

• On Jan. 9, U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) and more than 200 members of the House of Representatives voted in favor of a resolution that defines and limits President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action in Iran. This resolution directs Trump to stop using military force in or against Iran unless Congress authorizes the president to do so. “It is the responsibility of Congress, outlined in the Constitution, to set the parameters on if, when, and where our nation leads our military into hostilities,” Carbajal said in a statement from his office. “Let me be clear: We do not want war with Iran, and we should not put U.S. troops, diplomats, and civilians in harm’s way to satisfy the whims of this president.” The House voted on the resolution days after the U.S. military killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, at the direction of the president. Iran retaliated and fired more than a dozen missiles at two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military forces, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Defense. 

• Gov. Gavin Newsom submitted his 2020-21 state budget proposal to the Legislature on Jan. 10. This proposal includes more than $1 billion to address homelessness throughout the state, as well as $12 billion over the next five years to address climate change. “Despite the progress we’ve made, there are deep structural challenges that threaten our state’s future and demand our urgent attention,” Newsom said in a statement. “These problems—our widespread affordability crisis, expanding homelessness crisis, and catastrophic wildfires—have been decades in the making and won’t be fixed overnight.” Following Newsom announcing this budget proposal, Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) released a statement identifying areas where this proposal relates to bills Limón authored during the previous legislative session. “As the author of [Assembly Bill] 209, which establishes Outdoor Equity Grant Programs to increase the ability of underserved populations to participate in outdoor environmental education throughout the state, I am pleased to see the allocation of $20 million in the general fund to advance the program in our communities,” Limón said in the statement.

• On Jan. 7, Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) announced that he authored Assembly Bill 1599, which would allow members of the public to access records related to alleged officer-involved sexual assaults even if that officer resigns prior to the conclusion of the case, according to a statement from Cunningham’s office. “As a former prosecutor, I know that the vast majority of [peace officers] do their jobs with dignity and honor; however, sunshine is the best disinfectant and the only way to restore trust,” Cunningham said in the statement. “Bad actors should not be able to exploit a loophole to evade responsibility.”

• Osvaldo Sotelo announced his candidacy for Santa Maria’s District 1 City Council seat during a gathering at Oakley Park on Jan. 13. According to a news release from Sotelo, his priorities include addressing local housing issues, creating better paying jobs, and strengthening youth programs. Sotelo grew up in District 1, which includes most of the city north of Main Street and west of Broadway. Santa Maria switched to district elections from citywide elections in 2017. The first district elections took place in November 2018, when Gloria Soto won the District 3 City Council seat and Etta Waterfield secured the District 4 seat. In addition to District 1, residents in the northeast part of the city will vote on a City Council member for District 2, and the entire city will be able to cast votes in the mayoral election this November. 

Weekly Poll
Should the county Public Health Department help elementary schools apply for the state’s waiver program?

Yes, that’s what the department is there for.
Schools shouldn’t open at all right now, nevermind with the county’s help.
If the state thinks schools are ready, what’s the problem?
Schools should have to fend for themselves; it shows whether they’re ready to handle reopening.

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