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Political Watch: May 12, 2022

• The California National Guard facilitated the shipment of protective gear and medical supplies to Ukraine, according to a May 5 statement from the Newsom administration. Since March, the state’s shipped five, 50-bed field medical stations along with thousands of pieces of protective gear to Ukraine. “California has stood firm in our support for Ukraine since day one of Russia’s unprovoked invasion,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in the statement. “Our support will save lives and help the people of Ukraine as they experience unspeakable atrocities, and we will continue to support Ukraine’s brave fight against tyranny and oppression.” Together, the state national guard and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services collaborated with state, local, and federal agencies to deliver medical equipment and tactical gear to Ukraine, including 4,320 ballistic vests and 1,580 helmets, with additional shipments planned in the coming weeks. Additionally, this partnership facilitated the transfer of PPE and is in the process of sending two more medical field stations to Ukraine in collaboration with Direct Relief of Santa Barbara, for a total of seven field medical stations (350 beds). 

• U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal announced that California will receive more than $555 million in investments under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to provide more transportation options for the Central Coast, ease congestion in local communities, and reduce carbon pollution across the state, according to an April 22 statement. The investments—totaling more than $6.4 billion nationwide—are being administered under the Federal Highway Administration’s Carbon Reduction Program, a new initiative established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. As residents face higher gas prices due to global supply disruptions and the war in Ukraine, this funding will allow California to deliver more transportation alternatives. “This funding will lower costs and commute times across California, cut emissions, and support good-paying union jobs. I’m proud to have voted for these investments in our infrastructure, and I will continue partnering with our state and local leaders to deliver results that will see this funding implemented in ways that improve the quality of life for people on the Central Coast,” Carbajal said in a statement. 

• U.S. Sens. Alex Padilla (D-California), Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada), and Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico) released a joint statement following their meeting with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and senior administration officials at the White House where the senators asked the administration to take executive action to protect Dreamers, TPS (temporary protected status) holders, and immigrant families in the United States, according to a May 4 statement. The ultimate goal of the senators is to “fix our broken immigration system by providing a path to citizenship and making common sense investments in border security.” Padilla said in the statement that the United States faces multiple challenges domestically and internationally, but there’s still a responsibility to fix the immigration system. “Today, we renewed our call for the Biden administration to use its existing legal authority to protect Dreamers, TPS holders, and hardworking immigrant families who have spent decades living and contributing to our country,” Padilla said. “We engaged with the president in a productive discussion, and we are glad he was receptive to our ideas to issue executive actions that would provide temporary legal status to these communities.”

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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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