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Political Watch: June 25, 2020

• U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) issued a statement June 18 after the Supreme Court ruled against President Donald Trump’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Barack Obama created the program in 2012 that prevented undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children from being deported. “DACA gave nearly 800,000 young immigrants a shot at the American dream,” Carbajal said in his statement. “Dreamers represent the best of our American values, and their contributions make our country stronger. Today, the dream is alive once again.” While Carbajal applauded the court’s decision, he said it’s up to Congress to pass legislation that codifies the program. He said the House has passed such legislation, but the Republican-controled Senate has yet to move the act forward. 

• On June 18, the California Department of Public Health announced that all Californians must wear face coverings in “high-risk” settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The department states that a growing body of research shows that people with no or few symptoms of the virus can still spread the disease. “Science shows that face coverings and masks work,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a news release from the department. “They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open, and restarting our economy.” In the news release, Newsom said he decided to issue this order because too many people aren’t wearing face coverings in public. The department states that some of the high-risk settings where coverings should be worn include inside any indoor public space, while waiting for or riding public transit, and while outdoors when it’s not feasible to maintain 6 feet of distance from other people.

• Amid an increase in cases and the number of people hospitalized due to complications of COVID-19, Santa Barbara County is pausing its reopening plan. On June 18, county officials announced that while the state is allowing personal care service industries to reopen, these businesses in the county will remain closed for now. These businesses include nail salons, tattoo shops, massage therapy spas, and others. “Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of all community members, particularly our most vulnerable, public health leadership has decided to hold on further reopening,” county Health Officer Henning Ansorg said in the release. “We urge all residents to take this time to evaluate how they can limit their exposure to people outside their homes.”

• Santa Barbara County is looking for applicants to serve on its Citizens’ Independent Redistricting Commission. This commission was established after county residents voted in favor of Measure G in the November election that created an 11-person committee that adjusts the boundaries of county supervisorial districts. The commission will redraw the lines for these five districts next spring after the Census Bureau releases the data it obtains during this year’s census. People interested in serving on the commission must apply by Aug. 21, after which they will go through an election process that’s intended to create a commission independent from political and financial interests, according the county. Find more information about the application process at countyofsb.org/redistricting.








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