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Political Watch: January 14, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced two action items in his 2021-22 state budget proposal that aim to help low-income Californians struggling from the pandemic. The first part, called Golden State Stimulus, “would provide a $600 rapid cash support directly to roughly 4 million low-income Californians who, coupled with federal stimulus, could receive at least $1,200 of direct relief,” according to Newsom’s office. “The state’s stimulus will also reach low-income Californians who are excluded from the federal stimulus, like undocumented households that file taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), including parents with U.S. citizen children.” The governor also announced eviction protections included in his budget proposal, which would extend those enacted by Assembly Bill 3088. Without the governor’s action, this eviction moratorium would automatically expire on Jan. 31. “Under this proposal, California renters who are experiencing financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic and pay at least 25 percent of their monthly rent cannot be evicted for unpaid rent,” according to Newsom’s office. “Through the Golden State Stimulus, Californians who have been impacted by this pandemic will get help to provide for their families and keep a roof over their heads,” Newsom said in a statement. 

U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) issued a statement on Jan. 6 following the chaos that occurred at the Capitol earlier that day. “I want to thank you all for your concern,” Carbajal said. “The outgoing president has spent the past four years working to erode our institutions and undermine faith in our democracy. It is shameful that he has used his last days in office to incite violence and destruction in our nation’s capital.” Carbajal continued that while he fully supports the First Amendment right to protest peacefully, “what we saw today was not a peaceful protest, it was an attempted coup. I hope and expect that the perpetrators of theft, violence, and destruction are brought to justice.” The next day, Congress certified Joe Biden’s victory as the next president of the United States. Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) also denounced the attacks in a Jan. 6 Facebook post, writing, “What we’re witnessing at the U.S. Capitol are disgraceful acts of political violence. Our flag has been a symbol of liberty and freedom around the world for generations. Our democratic institutions are stronger than any one person, or any one election result. We must denounce violence as a means of political expression.”

U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) and State Sen. Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) both wrote Jan. 9 Facebook posts in remembrance of the devastating loss of life and property destruction that occurred three years ago during the Thomas Fire and ensuing Montecito debris flow. “Three years ago today, Montecito was devastated when a massive debris flow overwhelmed debris basin capacity and tore through the community, ultimately killing 23 people and damaging hundreds of homes,” Carbajal wrote in his post. “I am proud to have helped secure a FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] grant last year to fund the creation of a new debris basin on Randall Road set to begin construction later this year.” Limón wrote in her post that there would be a virtual memorial occurring that day, where “firefighters will light 23 candles in honor of the 23 victims of the debris flow, followed by a moment of silence. Local churches and schools will then ring 23 bells. A searchlight will be lit at Montecito Union School as a symbol of community support and solidarity for the victims and survivors alike.”

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