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Thursday, August 3, 2017

By Lauren Sommer, for KQED Science
August 3, 2017

 

"California survived its historic drought, in large part by using groundwater. It was a lifeline in the Central Valley, where it was the only source of water for many farmers.

California regulators are charged with protecting that groundwater, but for years they failed to do so. Through a series of mistakes and miscommunication, they allowed oil companies to put wastewater into drinking water aquifers that were supposed to be safeguarded.

Now, a KQED investigation reveals that regulators still know little about the actual impact on the state’s groundwater reserves."

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cap-and-trade shouldn't sacrifice clean air
Ventura County Star | Jim Hines, Special to The Star
7.29.2017

The cap-and-trade bill fight in Sacramento was about as confusing as any legislative battle ever gets.

On the one side, you had some very well-known environmental groups and the governor working to pass the legislation, Assembly Bill 398.

On the other, you had some very well-known environmental groups and nearly every environmental justice group in the state opposing the bill.

What gives?

A group I have devoted much of my time volunteering for, the Sierra Club, was one of the bill's opponents. Why did we diverge from the governor on this big bill addressing climate pollution?

Monday, April 17, 2017

The closure of Platform Holly is in line with the values of our district. It is a step away from fossil fuels and a step toward the future of a cleaner Santa Barbara Channel and California Coast.

Santa Barbara knows firsthand the destruction that offshore oil can cause. Residents, local businesses, and marine life will now have the assurance that control of Platform Holly and the Goleta Beach Oil Piers will be returned to the State of California, where offshore oil permits cannot be issued.

Venoco has a long history in Santa Barbara County, and the contributions made to the county over the years, through philanthropic programs and support of the local economy should not be dismissed, but the decommissioning of Platform Holly is an encouraging stride for the health and safety of our families, beaches, marine life, and planet.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Assemblywoman Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, has been appointed assistant majority whip of the California Assembly by Speaker Anthony Rendon.

Limón represents the 37th Assembly District, which in addition to Los Alamos, Buellton, Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley includes the cities of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Goleta, Carpinteria, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore and part of Oxnard.

The whip assists the speaker in mobilizing votes for major issues and facilitating the process of floor sessions, and traditionally a promising new Assembly member is appointed to the position, a spokeswoman for Limón’s office said.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Law enforcement, elected officials urge motorists to avoid driving under the influence and distracted driving, announce increase in DUI checkpoints

With folks relatives hitting the road to visit family for the holidays, the end of the year is one of the busiest times for Santa Barbara County and California roadways.

The holidays are also a time with parties and increased alcohol consumption.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A new state Assembly member was sworn in Monday to represent the 37th District, which encompasses the Santa Ynez and Los Alamos valleys.

Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, took the oath of office from state Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar after winning the seat with 63.8 percent of the vote over independent rival Edward Fuller in the Nov. 8 General Election.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monique Limón was sworn in to the California State Assembly on Monday to represent the 37th District, which includes portions of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Limón, 37, said many friends and family members headed to Sacramento to witness the ceremony.