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SACRAMENTO — Assembly Bill 3, authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria), seeks to establish a Community Services District (CSD) within Isla Vista, a densely populated unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County. The bill passed out of the Senate Governance & Finance Committee on a 5-2 vote.
“Isla Vista is facing a public safety crisis” said Assemblymember Williams. “AB 3 will provide Isla Vista Residents with the opportunity to control their own destiny and create tangible changes in their community. Among the services afforded through this proposal, the ability to contract for additional public safety patrol and control the inflow of large, sometimes unruly groups with parking programs will make a large difference in changing the climate and reputation of Isla Vista.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Williams (D-37th AD) is thrilled to announce that the cities of Santa Paula, Carpinteria and Ventura have been awarded funds to support and encourage the expansion of their affordable housing supply. The funds, allocated pursuant to the Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006 (Proposition IC), are awarded by the Housing Related Parks Program, administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development.
The City of Santa Paula was awarded $516,350 for their 110 incentivized housing units; the City of Carpinteria was awarded $342,575 for their 74 incentivized units; and the City of Ventura received $421,050 for 167 incentivized housing units.
The Texas owner of the crude oil pipeline that ruptured along the Santa Barbara County coast last month did not meet state guidelines for reporting an oil spill, a top state official said at an oversight hearing Friday.
The joint hearingof two legislative committees focused on the response to the May 19 spill andthe initial hours after the pipe owned by Plains All American Pipeline burst. Lawmakers also wanted to know why the company was unaware of corrosion in its pipeline.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A joint hearing by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Select Committee on The Refugio Oil Spill took place at the Santa Barbara administration building Friday.
Assembly Member Das Williams and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson grilled panels of officials about the response and ways to prevent future spills such as automatic shut-off systems.
Plains All American Pipeline estimates that the cleanup of the oil spill near Refugio Beach has cost $96 million thus far, but the economic and environmental consequences may be more difficult to quantify.
The Assembly Natural Resources Committee and Senate Select Committee on the Refugio Oil Spill held a joint oversight hearing at the county’s board hearing room Friday afternoon. Assemblymember Das Williams and State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, both Santa Barbara Democrats, lead the discussion. Assemblymember Mark Stone, D-Monterey Bay, joined them on the dais that was formed to try to figure out why the rupture occurred, how that fateful day unfolded, who’s liable and how to prevent a similar failure.
School Awarded $5,000 to Improve Advanced Placement Programs
(SACRAMENTO) –The Barona Band of Mission Indians awards a $5,000 education grant to Santa Paula High School, thanks in part to the support and endorsement of Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria). The grant comes at a critical time for Santa Paula High School, as they attempt to improve and expand their Advanced Placement (AP) course program and their library’s book collection.
Students at Santa Paula High School are in desperate need of more AP course offerings because of the unique way in which they educate and empower students. “Unfortunately, many of these students come from difficult financial situations,” said Williams, stressing Santa Paula High School’s need for the grant money.