Elton Gallegly introduces E-Verify bill

Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties

U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly, (R-Thousand Oaks) introduced the Secure the Capitol Act April 8. If passed the law would require companies that have contracts with the U.S. Capitol to screen their employees through an Internet-based verification system, instead of paper screening. E-Verify is administered by the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

“It’s imperative that we  require all private contractors working anywhere in the Capitol complex to use the E-Verify system,” Gallegly said in a press release.

The program would be free for contract companies.

“We know the Capitol, which is visited by million of Americans every year, is a prime terrorist target,” Gallegly said. “This is a simple way to close one loophole in the Capitol’s security.”


Caltrans honors workers who died while on the job

San Luis Obispo

Caltrans of San Luis Obispo County held its Annual Worker Memorial Ceremony April 9. The memorial was meant to honor highway workers who lost their lives while working on state highways. The ceremony took place at the Caltrans District 5 Office, 50 Higuera St.

“This is a solemn but important event to honor all of our workers who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the people of California,” said Caltrans District Director Rich Krumholz.

The honored workers’ names are placed on a memorial plaque in the lobby of the Caltrans headquarters in Sacramento.

According to Caltrans, 170 Caltrans employees have been killed on the job since 1924.


RoSY recall petitions approved, group to move forward

Santa Ynez

The Reformation of Santa Ynez High School committee is moving forward with its mission to recall all five members of the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District School Board after the Santa Barbara County Elections Office approved its petitions April 8. The five members of the school board whose recalls are being sought are Joe Dugan, Jeffery Little, Sharon Steele, Jack Mochnick and  board clerk Holly Lindberg. RoSY has 120 days to collect signatures from at least 20 percent — 2406 — of the total registered voters in the school district. The recall petition notices were handed to all five members  March 11 after the school board refused to reinstate the axed principal, Norm Clevenger, who was placed on paid administrative leave by Superintendent Dr. Fred Van Leuven Feb. 14. RoSY will be holding a special meeting following the upcoming SYVUHS District School Board meeting on April 15. For more information, visit http://reformsy.info.p4.hostingprod.com/home.


Third District Supervisor campaign forum to be held

Los Olivos

St. Mark’s Episcopal Parish Hall in Los Olivos will be hosting a candidates forum for the 3rd District Supervisor race from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. April 22. All five candidates, Dr. David Bearman, David Smyser, Doreen Farr, Steve Pappas and Victoria Pointer have been invited. Voters will have an opportunity to ask candidates questions and hear presentations from the candidates.

The event is being sponsored by Preservation of Los Olivos, Preservation of Santa Ynez, Buellton is Our Town, the Santa Ynez Valley Watch and Women’s Environmental Watch.


Bicyclist seriously injured in traffic collision

Santa Barbara

A 23-year-old man was sent to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in critical condition after she was hit by a red Nissan at the Highway 101 southbound ramp on Mission Street.

When officers arrived at the scene the biker, Johan Montoya, was unresponsive and had suffered serous face and head injuries.

Montoya was wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the collision.

The 34-year-old driver, Lilia Buenrostro, did not sustain any injuries. The collision is under investigation.


Crime Victims’ Rights Week to be held


The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office will be holding its “Justice for Victims, Justice for All” conference on April 17 at the Marriott in Buellton, located at 555 McMurray Road. The conference is meant to honor victims and their families.

“Justice for Victims, Justice for All,” said District Attorney Christie Stanley, in a press release.

“That means there will be no justice for any of us if we don’t seek greater fairness for victims of crime.”

Justice week was started in 1980.