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August 05, 2014

It's been 45 years since a calamitous spill off Santa Barbara coated the picturesque coast with oil, killed wildlife and prompted tough new pumping restrictions. But new worries have emerged in Sacramento.

It turns out that there was an exemption in a 1994 law that still allows drilling in a single portion of state-controlled, coastal waters. And a Santa Barbara lawmaker wants to immediately halt any possibility of drilling.


June 27, 2014

It has been just over a month since the tragedy in Isla Vista. The news camera crews are gone. The daily media coverage has waned. But we can't let the urgent sense that more must be done to prevent gun violence leave us.

June 20, 2014

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson called the findings shocking. She said she fears that inmates may feel pressure to undergo sterilization.

"The experience in and of itself is extraordinarily coercive," Jackson said of obtaining health care behind bars. "It's very difficult for a woman to exercise her free will under those circumstances."

June 11, 2014

Law enforcement officers investigating allegations that a person may be a danger to himself or others would be required to first check a state database to determine whether the person owns firearms under legislation introduced Wednesday in response to the Isla Vista rampage.

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) authored the bill and another that would make available $5 million in grants to local policing agencies so they can more swiftly confiscate firearms from people prohibited from owning weapons because of mental health or criminal issues.

May 28, 2014

"There were so many potential moments where this behavior could have and perhaps should have been identified," said state senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Santa Barbara Democrat, who is pushing for the money to be included in the 2014-2015 budget.

The move by legislators came as students at the University of California at Santa Barbara returned to class for the first time since six students and the killer died in a stabbing and shooting rampage in the seaside community of Isla Vista.

May 28, 2014

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who joined Steinberg at a Wednesday news conference, said the rampage in Isla Vista tragically demonstrated existing shortcomings.

“His mental illness was right out there on YouTube, right out there on Facebook,” she said, speaking of Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who killed six and injured 13. “There were so many potential moments when this behavior could have, and perhaps should have been addressed.”

April 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO — Following emotional testimony from former Santa Paula Mayor Fred Robinson, who said his schizophrenic son could lose a vital housing arrangement, a state Senate committee on Thursday approved a bill that would save that affordable-housing project from the threat of bankruptcy.

April 17, 2014

Others across the country have not been so lucky. The number of accidental overdose deaths from prescription drugs has been on a shocking incline since 1980. More than 20,000 Americans died in 2008 of accidental prescription drug overdoses, according to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, outnumbering deaths from heroin and cocaine combined and surpassing traffic accidents as a leading cause of death in the U.S.

April 15, 2014

The anti-cyberbullying assembly featured several speakers, including Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara; Krista Kobeski of Facebook; Dr. Shane Jimerson of UCSB; Deputy District Attorney Sanford Horowitz; and students of San Marcos.

The speakers taught the kids about how hurtful what they say online can be to others.

"How is that behavior affecting the people that are the subject of the matter? I think we have to recognize this is very hurtful behavior and destructive behavior," said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara.

March 31, 2014

Fayram was one of several officials who recently gathered at Lake Cachuma to talk about the drought’s impact, which may have national implications, said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara). California’s lack of water could send food prices soaring throughout the country, she said.