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Bilingual commentary: Islamic Influences in Our Lives

Bilingual commentary: Islamic Influences in Our Lives

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes At a time when the leadership in our country is...
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Jackson, Santiago to Hold Hearing Monday on the Effectiveness of Emergency Alert Systems During Recent Fires

Jackson, Santiago to Hold Hearing Monday on the Effectiveness of Emergency Alert Systems During Recent Fires

SACRAMENTO — In the wake of recent catastrophic fires in Los Angeles, Napa, Sonoma, and elsewhere in the state, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, and Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), chair of the Assembly Committee on Communications and Conveyance, will hold a hearing Monday, December 4, that...
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Bilingual commentary: The Death of the Middle Class

Bilingual commentary: The Death of the Middle Class

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes It isn’t just an illusion—the American middle class is indeed dying, slowly evaporating as the wealthy reap the benefits of insidious forces that shunt away the money that used to sustain the backbone of a prosperous populace. Now both the lower and wealthy classes are growing...
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Bilingual commentary: Taking Back Our Country

Bilingual commentary: Taking Back Our Country

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes I look across the political landscape outside the window of my experience and I sometimes see a country I don’t even recognize anymore. I see a nation roiling like boiling water, a nation not at peace with itself, a great nation in pain, challenged by the...
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Bilingual commentary: Republicans Closing the Door

Bilingual commentary: Republicans Closing the Door

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes “It’s all a matter of perspective,” we often hear. But sometimes those stated “perspectives” lift eyebrows, start fights or lead to war. Our country at this time is being torn asunder by polarizing, vicious and unrelenting “perspectives” that threaten the delicate balance of societal peace. In...
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Bilingual commentary: Taking a Knee in the Land of the Free

Bilingual commentary: Taking a Knee in the Land of the Free

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Much has been said these past few weeks regarding the NFL players who “take a knee” during the national anthem. The controversy was inflamed by President Trump, who has far more important things to contend with, when he attempted to stir up his base with his...
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Governor signs landmark environmental and water quality protection legislation by Limón for oil and gas production

Governor signs landmark environmental and water quality protection legislation by Limón for oil and gas production

SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bills 1328 and 1197, authored by Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) to make the oil and gas production more responsive to the needs and goals of the state. AB 1328 gives California water agencies access to information on potentially hazardous chemicals used in oil and gas operations. AB...
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Bilingual commentary: Is Trump Firing at His Own Foot?

Bilingual commentary: Is Trump Firing at His Own Foot?

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes There is a lot of talk and apprehension in the air these days regarding access to guns and ammunition. But would someone please take away the one weapon used by our own president—his Twitter account? Is he firing at his own foot, day after exasperating day?...
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On Indigenous Peoples’ Day Governor Signs Limón Bill to Create Native American Studies Curriculum

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day Governor Signs Limón Bill to Create Native American Studies Curriculum

SACRAMENTO — Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill 738, authored by Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara). AB 738 provides for the development of a model curriculum in Native American studies for schools to integrate into lesson plans in grades 9 through 12. “AB 738 is about communities telling their own stories that can be passed...
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Governor Signs Jackson Bill to Clean Up Beaches, Plug Old, Leaking Oil Wells

Governor Signs Jackson Bill to Clean Up Beaches, Plug Old, Leaking Oil Wells

SACRAMENTO — Governor Brown has just signed a bill authored by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)  to monitor and cap California’s old, abandoned and leaking oil wells. Senate Bill 44, the Coastal Oil Well Clean Up and Remediation Act, will require the California State Lands Commission to monitor and plug old “orphaned” oil wells...
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Assemblymember Limón Launches “There Oughta Be a Law” Contest

Assemblymember Limón Launches “There Oughta Be a Law” Contest

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) has launched the “There Oughta Be a Law” contest, an open call to constituents for ideas for legislation. “Some of best ideas of our state have come from students, veterans, and just regular folks who saw a problem and had a solution. If you have ever thought to...
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Jackson Issues Statement on DeVos Announcement to Rescind Title IX Protections

Jackson Issues Statement on DeVos Announcement to Rescind Title IX Protections

Jackson Urges Brown to Sign Her Bill, SB 169, To Codify Title IX Guidelines SACRAMENTO – Following the announcement this morning by federal Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that the Trump Administration made the decision to rescind Obama-era guidelines on Title IX and student sexual assault and harassment, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)  issued...
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Bills Aiming to secure California from Cyberattacks Reach Governor’s Desk

Bills Aiming to secure California from Cyberattacks Reach Governor’s Desk

SACRAMENTO – The California State Legislature passed two bills designed to help further secure California’s valuable network from cybercriminals. Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, Chair of the Select Committee on Cybersecurity, has authored AB 531 and AB 1022, which provides more tools for California to assess its cyber-readiness and ensure that the state is doing all it...
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Jackson Bills SB 44 and SB 290 Pass Assembly Floor and Head to Governor’s Desk

Jackson Bills SB 44 and SB 290 Pass Assembly Floor and Head to Governor’s Desk

SACRAMENTO – Two key coastal protection bills authored by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) , SB 44 (Coastal Oil Wells) and SB 290 (Marine Entanglement), passed the Assembly floor with a 76-0 vote and 60-15 vote, respectively on Sept. 7 Senate Bill 44, the Coastal Oil Well Clean Up and Remediation Act, will require that...
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California League of United Latin American Citizens: DACA

California League of United Latin American Citizens: DACA

Dear California Members and Friends, as difficult it is to comprehend the challenges to our community regarding cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, we must unite and rise to the challenge. We must be the first line of defense for our communities during this crisis. Never before in our history...
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