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Political Watch: August 6, 2020

• On July 29, U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) released a statement following the House’s passing of two pieces of legislation aimed at supporting the child care sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Carbajal’s office, the legislation provides grants for child care providers to use on staffing, training, and cleaning costs as needed to continue operating and provides $850 million to states to fill in gaps in child care for essential workers during the pandemic, among other measures. In a statement, Carbajal said that many parents can’t return to work without access to affordable child care. “The Child Care is Essential Act and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act invest in the struggling child care sector to help parents get back to work, keep child care workers employed, and most importantly, ensure our children stay safe and healthy as we work to safely reopen and rebuild our economy.”

• Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced a list of steps the state is taking to bolster how it delivers unemployment insurance to California residents. In a news release from his office on July 29, Newsom said he created an Employment Development Department strike team that will develop a list of improvements to make within the department, including a technology upgrade. Additionally, Newsom said the state is prioritizing processing a backlog of cases and increasing the department’s partnership with the state Legislature. “There should be no barriers between Californians and the benefits they have earned,” Newsom said in the news release. “Unprecedented demand due to job loss during this pandemic paired with an antiquated system have created an unacceptable backlog of claims. Californians deserve better, and these reform efforts aim to move the department in that direction.”

• On July 27, Lompoc resident Jeremy Ball announced his plans to run for Lompoc’s 4th District City Council position. According to his website, Ball was born and raised in Lompoc where he operates Bottle Branding, a small business he runs with his wife. The couple also started a weekly livestream show called Good Morning Lompoc to connect with members of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Ball serves on the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau board of directors. In a video on his Facebook page, Ball said that he is running for City Council to help the city reach its potential. “I believe our town has a lot of potential that is yet to be discovered, and I’m hopeful that I can be a bridge builder and a conduit to help people share ideas that can build us up,” Ball said. The 4th District covers the southwest part of the town and is currently served by longtime Councilmember Jim Mosby, who hasn’t yet publicly announced his bid for re-election.

Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) recently endorsed Dawn Addis, a Democrat, for the Assembly’s 35th District seat. Addis is currently on the Morro Bay City Council and is challenging incumbent Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo). “Dawn Addis has devoted her life to serving children and families on the Central Coast, and I would be honored to serve alongside her in the state Legislature,” Limón said in a statement. “In her work as a teacher and city council member, Dawn has demonstrated the important values of our communities—hard work, integrity, and caring for those around us.” Addis is also a co-founder of the Women’s March in San Luis Obispo, which, according to her campaign site, drew a crowd of around 10,000 people in 2017 and has since become a successful nonprofit organization. 

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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