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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.
SACRAMENTO— For the fifth straight year, the Legislature today passed a balanced budget, ending this year with $5.7 billion in reserves. AB 93, the 2015-16 budget bill, builds reserves, restores funding to schools and pays down debt.
Assemblymember Das Williams issues the following statement in response to the successful budget vote:
“The Legislature’s focus for the last several years to exercise fiscal caution while still funding critical programs has paid off; and I want to thank my colleagues for putting together a smart, balanced budget before the Governor today. Understandably, there are still many details to be worked out. I’m most interested in ensuring the UC and CSU systems are funded at a level that expands students’ enrollment; and that community colleges, maintain their increased funding. As a champion for higher education, I know it is imperative that new graduates are as prepared as possible to enter today’s modern, expanding workforce.
Allen Construction Named Small Business of the Year
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Das Williams (D–Carpinteria) has selected Allen Construction as the small business of the year. This honor is part of the California Small Business Association’s annual Small Business of the Year Celebration, which took place in Sacramento last week.
“Allen Construction has been a pioneer in the green building movement,” noted Williams. “As a truly progressive, employee-owned company, Allen Construction strives to protect our precious environment bringing energy efficient construction and renewable energy building solutions to our district and beyond. I am also proud of the fact that they installed electric vehicle charging stations at their Santa Barbara office to help further reduce carbon emissions.”
(Sacramento) — Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria), Assembly Natural Resources Committee Chair and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D - Santa Barbara), Senate Select Committee on Refugio Oil Spill Chair, will hold an joint oversight hearing to examine the cause and response to the devastating oil spill which has gravely affected the coast line, ocean waters, wildlife, and the local economy near Santa Barbara beaches.
“I learned how to surf within 50 yards of where this tragedy occurred. This beach is special to me, our community, and our state. I am saddened and angered to see it covered in oil,” said Assemblymember Williams. “It is clear that no matter how many times the oil industry says they are able to protect our environment, there is always tremendous risk to sensitive habitats surrounding pipelines. The goal of this oversight hearing is to get clear answers on chain of events, timeline, response and to examine the short and long-term effects of the damage.”
SANTA BARBARA — Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) has partnered with Cox Communications to create the Drought Busters Program and promote water-wise landscaping choices. The Program recognizes Assembly District 37 residents and businesses for extraordinary water conversation efforts through landscape improvements.
Today, Williams recognizes Natalie Gutierrez and Jim James, Samarkand homeowners, as his first Drought Buster winners. Gutierrez and James worked with a local landscape designer to replace their water-thirsty lawn with a lush, water-wise landscape.
SACRAMENTO —The Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) has been a resounding success and a prime example of California’s work on climate change. Supporting this principle is Assembly Bill 645, authored by Assemblymember Das Williams and Assemblymember Antony Rendon (D-Lakewood), which seeks to increase the current RPS from 33% to 50% by 2030. Assemblymembers on the Floor agreed with the proposed measure, and it now heads to the Senate on a 46-29 vote.
“The RPS has led to the development of new solar, wind and geothermal power plants, as well as related manufacturing and services. These investments have created thousands of new jobs, millions of new investment and tax dollars, and significant clean air and climate benefits,” said Assemblymember Williams.