In the News

January 03, 2019

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Advocates for victims of sexual assault applaud new laws going into effect on January 1 in California, including SB 1300.  The measure eliminates methods to quietly settle sexual assault claims with money and confidentiality agreements.

January 03, 2019

The California Legislature in 2018 cranked out 1,016 pieces of legislation that Gov. Brown signed into law. Number of bills vetoed? 201.

January 03, 2019

California Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson and Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin recently announced they are pursuing new gun legislation.

The two pieces of legislation, which were announced separately and are independent of one another, were announced a few weeks after the Nov. 7 deadly shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.

On Nov. 7, Ian David Long, 28, of Newbury Park, opened fire at the Borderline killing 12 people, before turning the gun on himself.

December 21, 2018

A year after sexual assault and harassment accusations first broke against Harvey Weinstein, fueling the #MeToo movement, a group of lawmakers and activists, including the actresses Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette, praised a new suite of laws that they said would help combat workplace sexual abuse in California.

“We have turned this #MeToo revolution into a policy revolution,” said Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, at a news conference in North Hollywood. The nonprofit supports women and girls at work and school.

December 12, 2018

Californians convicted of serious alcohol-related crimes would lose their firearms for 10 years under legislation proposed Wednesday by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).

Jackson’s bill is the latest of a string of gun-control measures proposed after last month’s mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar in which 12 people were killed.

November 29, 2018

Few words remained un-minced Tuesday morning in Carpinteria as State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson opened an informational hearing of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management and the Assembly Select Committee on Natural Disaster Response, Recovery, and Rebuilding.

October 31, 2018

First responders who saved lives during the deadly Montecito mudslides were honored in a special ceremony Tuesday.

The Montecito Fire Department presented the first and only valor awards in the history of the fire department to Firefighter Paramedic Andy Rupp and Wildland Fire Specialist Maeve Juarez.

October 31, 2018

Hundreds came together in Santa Barbara Tuesday night to show solidarity for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

A huge crowd gathered at Congregation B’nai B’rith, joining in song and mourning for the 11 people killed in the shooting at a synagogue on Saturday.

The local clergy said they were deeply saddened by the horrific attack.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Congressman Salud Carbajal addressed the crowd about the strength in the community’s love and support.

October 12, 2018

From the Hollywood casting couch to the halls of our state Capitol, it has been a year of trauma and vindication for countless women who came forward to say, “me too.” We used our voices to heal, to help others, to seek justice, and to demand change. Now, we will soon find out if it our governor will sign real remedies into law.

October 12, 2018

The Governor has signed into law a bill from a Santa Barbara legislator intended to help people make their homes more brush fire resistant.

SB 465 allows local government agencies to expand an existing program to help homeowners make energy and water efficiency improvements to include fire proofing efforts.

The PACE program gives homeowners upfront financing for important home improvements, which are paid back through property tax bills.