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Assemblymember Williams Calls Decision ‘a giant step forward’
SACRAMENTO — A State Assembly budget subcommittee on Wednesday approved $900,000 over the next two years to help pay for oil remediation at Summerland Beach. The funding still faces several legislative hurdles in the next few months before it is adopted in this year’s budget, including approval by the Legislature and the Governor.
The beach has often been fouled by the ongoing and persistent presence of oil from the Becker Onshore well. Summerland Beach was closed for two days because of the presence of oil in early September and there have been about 30 incidents of oiling at Summerland Beach reported in the last two years. The funding was also supported by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara.
Animal Cruelty Bill, Sparked By Santa Barbara Case, Falls Short
SACRAMENTO — A bill designed to protect foster children, runaway youth, homeless and other vulnerable members of the population from being preyed upon by sex traffickers won approval on Wednesday.
The Assembly’s Public Safety Committee voted 7-0 to approve AB 2513, a bill that gives California judges the discretion to consider as an aggravating factor the fact that a defendant recruited, enticed, or obtained the victim from a shelter or place that is designed to serve runaway youth, foster children, homeless persons, or victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.
Action Highlights Importance of Williams’ AB 2729 Idle Oil Well Legislation
SACRAMENTO — The State Oil and Gas Supervisor has ordered an oil facility operator in Ventura County to fix, replace and inspect long-term idle oil wells that could pose a threat to environmental and public health.
SB LAFCO Commissioners voted to pass a set of resolutions ordering the County of Santa Barbara to place the Isla Vista Community Services District, and an 8% Utility User Tax on the November 2016 ballot. This will be the first time that Isla Vistans have had the opportunity to vote on the formation of local governance.
SANTA BARBARA — Supporters of the Isla Vista Community Services District celebrated today when the Santa Barbara Local Agency Formation Commission voted 6-1, and 7-0 respectively, on a set of two resolutions allowing Isla Vistans to vote on the district’s formation and representation, as well as its rate of taxation in November of 2016.
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) joined colleagues and environmental leaders at a state capitol news conference to discuss his new Idle Well Risk Reduction Bill, Assembly Bill 2729. There are over 21,000 idle oil and gas wells in California, more than half have been idle for longer than a decade, and nearly 5,000 have been idle for more than 25 years, which drastically increases their likelihood of failure, and a resulting environmental disaster. AB 2729 will create disincentives for operators who maintain large numbers of idle wells and will ensure that funds are available for remediation actions, if needed. Here’s more from Assemblymember Williams in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO — Today the Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee passed Assembly Bill 1564, authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria), out of the committee on a unanimous vote. This bill seeks to improve the 9-1-1 emergency call system when calling from a cell phone.
There is increasing awareness about delays that can occur when wireless 9-1-1 calls are routed to call centers outside of the area where the call is made. For example, many wireless 9-1-1 calls made in the Santa Barbara area are initially routed to a CHP dispatch center in Ventura. They then end up being transferred to the local Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for the appropriate first responders to be sent to the person requiring assistance.