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The Army Corps of Engineers has made a major new financial commitment to repairing a badly damaged breakwater at a Central Coast port.

More than 600 feet of breakwater at Port San Luis, in San Luis Obispo County is failing. Officials say the damaged port infrastructure puts Avila Beach, boats, and the port facility itself at risk from major storms.

A congressman representing much of the Central and South Coasts has announced he is seeking re-election this year.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara says he’ll seek a second term in office.

There may be new hope that a Central Coast national monument may be keeping its protected status.

President Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review that status of more than two dozen national monuments, with an eye towards relaxing some of their protections so they could be open to oil, or other natural resource development.

The review included the more than 240,000 acre Carrizo Plain National Monument, northeast of Santa Maria in San Luis Obispo, and Kern Counties. The reviews created massive opposition.

A Santa Barbara congressman is co-author of bipartisan legislation intended to make it easier for veterans to get some benefits they’re supposed to receive.

The Veterans Record Reconstruction Act would streamline the process of rebuilding missing, or damaged service records. The records are key in determining the eligibility of veterans for benefits. A fire decades ago destroyed the records of millions of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans, making it difficult for some of them to get the benefits they are eligible to receive.

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The Santa Barbara and Ventura County coastlines are home to a one of a kind National Park.

Channel Islands National Park includes unique islands, some rare animal and plant life, as well as the special marine habitat. But, also off the coastline is a lesser known preserve. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a 1400 square mile protected marine environment off the coast. It’s one of 14 federally designated marine protected areas.

But, it’s also on President Trump’s list of protected national monuments and sanctuaries he wants reviewed for their status, with an eye towards opening some for development of their natural resources.

It’s been a long road for a man who grew up as the son of a farmworker in Ventura County to become a Santa Barbara County Supervisor, and now, a member of Congress.

Making the jump from local to national politics is always a big one, but there’s no question it’s been a particularly different one for Democrat Salud Carbajal.

The 24th District Congressman took office in January, starting at the same time as the new Trump Administration.

Carbajal sat down with KCLU's Lance Orozco in his Washington, D.C. office to talk about issues ranging from healthcare and the environment to the climate right now on Capitol Hill.

A Santa Barbara based congressman is getting into the fray over what impact Russia may have had in recent U.S. elections, by introducing new legislation calling for an investigation by the State Department.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal’s bill is called the “Risk Act.”

A Santa Barbara County congressman has co-authored new legislation intended to beef up federal financial aid for college students.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal joined with a Democratic congressman from New Mexico to introduce what’s called the “CHANCE Act.”

A congressman who represents parts of the Central and South Coasts has introduced legislation intended to improve health care for members of the military, and their families.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara authored the “Strengthening Preventive Health Care For Service Members Act.”

A new congressman representing much of the Central and South Coasts has been appointed to two key congressional committees.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara of Santa Barbara has been appointed to the House Budget Committee, and the House Armed Services Committee.

Carbajal is a former Santa Barbara County Supervisor who was elected in November to fill the 24th District Seat vacated by Lois Capps, who retired after two decades in office. The district includes all of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, as well as a sliver of Ventura County.

A congressional race on the Central and South Coasts is attracting national attention, because it’s a wide open contest without an incumbent for the first time in nearly two decades.

The retirement announcement of Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara sparked a huge race of nine candidates to replace her for the 24th District seat, which includes Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and part of Ventura Counties.