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Political Watch: January 27, 2022

Gov. Gavin Newsom joined Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on a visit to San Bernardino National Forest to highlight new federal funding for wildlife recovery and mitigation efforts as well as discuss state-federal collaboration to tackle the wildfire crisis, according to a Jan. 21 statement. Vice President Harris announced $1.3 billion in federal funding for post-wildfire and hurricane recovery in states across the country, including $600 million to support California communities, hit hard by recent wildfires, with cleanup efforts, reforestation, watershed restoration, and infrastructure repairs. At a state level, the California Blueprint proposes an additional $1.2 billion as part of a total $2.7 billion multi-year package to step up forest management and other projects to decrease catastrophic wildfire risk amid the extreme climate impacts across the West. “California is on the frontlines of the climate crisis, experiencing record-breaking heat waves, wildfire seasons, and droughts. We’re fortunate to have the Biden-Harris administration’s partnership in meeting this existential challenge head-on,” Newsom said in a statement. These efforts build on the Biden-Harris administration’s recently released 10-year strategy that aligns with Newsom’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan.

U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-California) announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive $172.5 million in federal funding to help move forward critical California water infrastructure projects. The funding comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the 2022 Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Actwhich Padilla voted to pass. This infusion of dollars will help fund infrastructure projects that Padilla supported as a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, including efforts to clean California waterways and improve resiliency during major weather events. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to deliver for California. Infrastructure includes the coastal ports and inland waterways that are vital to our economy, and the wetlands and levees protecting communities from storm surges and catastrophic flooding,” Padilla said in a Jan. 20 statement. “I’m proud to announce that millions of dollars are coming to California to improve the capacity of our ports, restore natural habitats around our rivers, and provide more green space and areas for recreation.” 

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department requested more than 200,000 at-home COVID-19 antigen test kits from federal health care partner U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, according to a statement. As of Jan. 21, about 57,000 test kits were delivered and will be distributed via community partners countywide, according to a statement. “Through the receipt of these initial test kit shipments, we are on the road to community members having regular access to free, at-home test kits,” County Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso said in a statement. “It is only through the many partners that have agreed to assist in test kit distribution that we are able to ensure equity of access for all of our Santa Barbara County communities.” Approximately 35 community partners like organizations, cities, agricultural and public housing partners, and service providers for persons experiencing homelessness received and began distributing test kits. Community distribution events will begin taking place as test kits are given to partners, and sites open to the public will be listed at The 211 Call Center will be available to direct those without internet access. The remaining test kits are expected to arrive in the coming weeks. 

Weekly Poll
What type of vegetable would you grow in a free community garden?

Brussel Sprouts, they are the best.
Broccoli because it can go with any meal.
Tomatoes, although I think those are technically a fruit.
French fries!

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