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Political Watch: January 28, 2021


U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) issued a video statement following the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Jan. 20. “Today was a great and historic day for our country where we witnessed, yet again, the peaceful transition of power, the seating and inauguration of the Biden-Harris administration,” Carbajal said in the statement. “I really appreciated and resonated with President Biden’s call for unity. We must come together and turn a new chapter, where we work together in unity to try and improve the lives of all Americans.” Carbajal continued that he is particularly looking forward to the way the Biden-Harris administration addresses issues like climate change, the ongoing pandemic, and economic recovery. “That we address prosperity and economic prosperity for all Americans, that we bring forward immigration reform, and that we continue to improve making health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans,” Carbajal added. “I am looking forward to working with this administration to improve the lives of everyone throughout the country and on the Central Coast.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom, Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, issued a statement Jan. 25 on the state’s success in extending the eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021. “COVID-19 continues to devastate communities across our state and too many Californians remain one paycheck away from losing their apartments or homes. These families need protection and relief now,” the statement said. In addition to the eviction moratorium extension, the state will move forward “as quickly as possible to deploy California’s share of the latest federal stimulus bill” in a way that is equitable and accountable. “These critically needed federal funds, targeted to the most at-risk households with unpaid back rent, will help tenants stay afloat during and after this pandemic,” according to the statement. “Income-qualified tenants and their landlords can choose to receive direct rental assistance in exchange for forgiving prior rental debt.” The statement concluded that while the eviction moratorium and stimulus money are important steps, there is still work to be done “to tackle the structural housing cost crisis in California.” “The pandemic exacerbated these issues, it did not create them,” the statement concludes. “And our work to address these fundamental issues must continue with urgency and resolve.”

• On Jan. 23, Women’s March San Luis Obispo held a virtual event in lieu of the typical march that has taken place annually since former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration. “We will come together safely to celebrate the outcome of our work and the hard won victories—including inauguration of Kamala Harris as the first ever woman vice president of the United States, a record number of women elected to the U.S. Congress, and a diverse new administration,” a Jan. 23 Women’s March SLO Facebook post stated. “Democracy only works if we do. We recognize the work ahead for social, racial, and environmental justice, and pledge to continue building a positive and just future for all! There can only be true democracy when all voices are heard and when all people are able to participate.” Among those invited to speak at the event was state Sen. Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), who wrote after the event that the virtual march was dedicated to the victims of COVID-19. 

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