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August 16, 2013

The Coastal Commission has said it will launch an investigation into reports of hydraulic fracturing - known as fracking - happening off the California coastline. The Associated Press reported that there have been 12 instances of offshore fracking in the past two decades that the Coastal Commission said it didn’t know about.


Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, State Senator representing the 19th district in the Santa Barbara area

Richard Ranger, senior policy adviser for the American Petroleum Institute

August 08, 2013

"We are in the dark. It is very distressing," said state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who was among the lawmakers who signed the letter addressed to the Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency.

On Thursday, Jackson and other state legislators petitioned the coastal commission to take a closer look at past permits and future offshore applications.

August 01, 2013

A State Senator who represents most of Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties is pushing an effort to boost technology related business in the region.

Democratic Senator Hanna Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara is trying to link up educational and business interests, to boost the local economy by creating what she’s dubbing “Silicon Beach,” a version of Silicon Valley.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the 19th District State Senator about her plan.

July 12, 2013

State lawmakers called today for an investigation of the physicians involved in the sterilization of women inmates and raised questions about a federal prison overseer’s role in handling the matter.

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.