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Political Watch: September 9, 2021

• The Latino Caucus of California Counties (LCCC), along with Santa Barbara County elected officials and community leaders, urged county residents to vote no on the upcoming recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom at an Aug. 27 press conference. “A successful recall would roll back progress on key issues for the Latino community, such as protecting immigrants, expanding health care, addressing housing and homelessness, and closing the digital divide,” according to statement from LCCC released after the conference. Ballots have been sent out in the mail and must be returned by Sept. 14. “There is a strong likelihood that this recall will be determined by the ever-growing block of Latino voters, and it is imperative that Latino leaders throughout the state strongly urge our people to oppose the recall,” LCCC President V. Manuel Perez said in the statement. “Throughout his tenure as governor and especially during the pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom has repeatedly taken steps to support immigrant communities. If he is recalled, progress that we have made for Latinos over the past few years will be rolled back. We cannot let this happen.” LCCC is made up of county supervisors in California who identify as Latino. First District Santa Barbara County Supervisor Das Williams is the county’s representative to the organization. “Because of Gov. Newsom’s leadership, our local county and cities have been spared devastating cuts that would have rendered us unable to provide critical services during this pandemic,” Williams said in the statement. “He is also leading the way on tenant protections to ensure renters remain housed and is investing unprecedented amounts of money into real solutions for our homelessness crisis.” Other speakers and attendees at the event included U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), state Sen. Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), Assemblymember Steve Bennett (D-Santa Barbara), Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Gregg Hart, and others.

• In the early morning hours of Sept. 2, the House Armed Services Committee completed its markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2022, according to a statement from U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal’s office. “The bill advanced out of committee on a bipartisan basis, by a vote of 57-2,” according to the statement. “The sweeping measure includes several of Rep. Carbajal’s proposals to address Central Coast priorities and meet our national security needs.” Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) said he was proud to pass a bill that reflects the needs of Central Coast families. “This must-pass bill includes a pay raise for our service members, helps us act on the climate crisis, prevents extremists from serving in the military, and extends the lifesaving FireGuard program, which utilizes Department of Defense resources to help us fight wildfires,” Carbajal said in the statement. “This bill is a major win for our service members, our communities, and our country.” To address wildfires and climate change, the bill extends FireGuard, a program that helps local jurisdictions detect and monitor wildfires. The act also promotes wind energy by requiring the Department of Defense to make “meaningful progress on making surveillance radar sites, military training routes, and airspace more compatible with wind energy technology,” according to the statement. For service members and their families, the bill supports a basic needs allowance to qualified service members and a pay raise, among other supports for military members. The act advances Vandenberg Space Force Base’s space capabilities by investing in infrastructure. It also supports local military-university partnerships between Cal Poly and the Air Force Research Lab, as well as advancing research at the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, an Army-sponsored research center led by UC Santa Barbara.

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What are the most important conversations to be having right now when it comes to policing?

We need to address how racial bias influences policing.
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