In the News

July 02, 2013

There was some emotional testimony at the State Capitol Tuesday from a Vallejo woman who lost her husband in a crash involving a defective loaner car.

"Beyond words and beyond measure. We lost our beloved children and grandchild," said Fe Lastrella the victims' relative.
Lastrella's son was a passenger in an out-of-control Lexus that had an accelerator stuck at 120 mph. The 2009 crash killed all four people inside, including off-duty CHP officer Mark Saylor who was married to Lastrella's daughter.

June 28, 2013

By Douglas D. Lowell
Special to the Mercury

One brave woman declaring it's not fair and she's not going to take it anymore has sent ripples through the state and the nation, putting a spotlight on the plight of domestic violence survivors who, for the most part, carry their burdens in silence.

Thank you, Carie Charlesworth, for speaking up.

June 26, 2013

SACRAMENTO — Backed by a witness who has become a national symbol for the challenges in the workplace faced by victims of domestic violence, a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against such victims narrowly survived a tough test in the Legislature on Tuesday.

June 14, 2013

The California legislature has approved the 2013-14 state budget bill - one day before its constitutional deadline to send a spending plan to Gov. Jerry Brown. Debate continues on the budget's accompanying "trailer" bills.

The $96 billion dollar general fund budget uses the cautious revenue estimates insisted upon by Brown while also making new spending investments in select programs pushed by legislative Democrats.

June 11, 2013

Remember “a lane and a train”?
That’s what Santa Barbara County voters said they wanted when the gridlock south of Milpas Street caused by more than 12,000 commuters driving in from Ventura and back on weekdays became intolerable. In 2008, they voted overwhelmingly in favor of Measure A, a $1 billion local sales tax for transportation that set aside $140 million to widen the 101 Freeway and $25 million to launch a commuter rail service between Ventura and Goleta.

May 28, 2013

There are two compelling reasons for the California Senate to approve legislation that would extend basic consumer-privacy protections to online transactions.

One is fairness to consumers: Californians should not be forced to turn over more personal information than is necessary to execute a transaction and protect against fraud when they buy a downloadable product.

May 24, 2013

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson's resolution to declare portions of Highway 101 part of the National Purple Heart Trail has passed.

May 24, 2013

With its commitment to diverting organic waste from landfills, using backyard mulch, clippings and other plant materials that people throw away to make more than 200 soil amendments, Ventura County-based Agromin is a great example of the future of small businesses, according to state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson.

To honor Agromin, Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, named it the Small Business of the Year for the 19th Senate District.

May 14, 2013

by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

May 09, 2013

About every month or so, employees with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department transport thousands of pounds of discarded prescription medications to a medical waste company in Long Beach to be incinerated.

These trips are part of Operation Medicine Cabinet, a program run by the Sheriff’s Department and the county Public Works Department that offers residents a safe, convenient way to dispose of unused and expired medications.