There are two new bills being considered in Sacramento to address gun violence in California. They were introduced Wednesday by State Senator Hanna-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).
SB 505 would require law enforcement to search a database for gun purchases prior to conducting a welfare check on somebody who may be a danger to themselves or others. Also SB 580, which would provide additional funding to enforce existing gun laws.
A trio of top California politicians, including Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps, brought new legislation Thursday to both the U-S House and Senate aimed at reducing gun violence.
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced the Pause for Safety Act in the Senate, while Representative Capps (D-Santa Barbara) took the bill to the House. The legislation is designed to help ensure that family members can go to a court to seek a "gun violence prevention order."
A new round of campaigning is just beginning for the candidates involved in three separate Central Coast races that have been extended to November as a result of Tuesday’s primary elections.
Longtime incumbent and Democrat Lois Capps secured her spot in the race for California's 24th Congressional District. She faced a record number of challengers under the state's new "top two" primary system.
Representative Lois Capps' 24th District congressional seat serves all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and had a wide range of challengers on this year's primary ballot with eight different people, including Republicans, Democrats and one Independent.
Capps has held the seat since 1998, taking over for her late husband who held it prior to her.
As of Wednesday morning, Capps took in the highest number of votes on Tuesday with 44.5 percent. Her challenger this November will be Republican Chris Mitchum who garnered 15.6 percent of the vote.
Santa Barbara County Clerk Joe Holland says he is expecting a low voter turnout on Tuesday, June 3 in comparison to November elections.
“When you have a June gubernatorial primary they tend to be on the low side in terms of turnout,” Holland said. “I’m hoping we can exceed 40 percent but it’s probably going to be between 35 and 40 percent turnout for Santa Barbara County.”
Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts will host a free, public even on campaign finance reform Monday night called “Money in Politics: What Could Go Wrong?”
Political Science Professor Michael Latner will lead the panel featuring Trevor Potter, former commissioner and chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC); Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School professor and renowned author; Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and Emmy award-winning producer and correspondent; and William Ostrander, Citizens Congress 2014 director.