At Work for Our Communities
Some of the most important work we do in the Legislature is ensuring that funding is used to meet the pressing needs of our communities. I wanted to share with you some of my recent work in this area:
$2 Million To Keep Lake Cachuma Drinking Water Flowing: In the midst of this historic drought, a challenge our community has faced is how to keep the water flowing to the more than 220,000 Santa Barbara County residents who rely on Lake Cachuma for their drinking water. The declining lake levels have jeopardized the operation of the gravity-fed system that brings water to residents. Constructing and funding an emergency pumping facility has been absolutely critical to our residents, businesses, hospitals, and schools. Working together with state and local agencies and the Governor's office, Assemblymember Das Williams and I were able to secure $2 million in state funding to help defray the cost of the pump. This is funding that residents will not have to pay for. The pumping system has been built, and remains on standby until it is needed. Still, we cannot forget that we remain in a serious drought and that we must continue to conserve water.
Funding for a new Santa Maria DMV: Since the Santa Maria DMV office was built in 1969, the community has tripled in size. Today, residents experience frustratingly long wait times at an office that is completely inadequate for a community of Santa Maria's size. After lengthy efforts by local leaders, and my own involvement, I am very pleased that the Governor's budget proposal includes $15.5 million for a new Santa Maria DMV office. I will keep a close eye on this funding to ensure it remains in the final budget that the Legislature passes in June.
EQUAL PAY: On another note, I recently introduced legislation to address the wage gap that women face at work. Equal pay for women is long overdue, and will strengthen families, our economy and our state. I will follow up soon with more information about my legislation.
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Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
State Senator, 19th Senate District