Official Democratic Party Endorsements: June 3rd, 2014 Election
US Congressional Representative, 24th District: Lois Capps
CA State Assemblymember, 37th District: Das Williams
Santa Barbara County Supervisor, 2nd District: Janet Wolf
Vote NO on Measure M!
Measure M is a County Measure that would force the County to spend about $18-21 million per year (according to SB County Auditor-Controller's Office) to maintain County roads at the level of maintenance they are at on June 3rd. This is not about fixing roads you use, County roads don't include the 101 or city streets, but rather about spending money on roads, regardless of how many people use those roads or the costs. The Measure's Sponsor, Supervisor Peter Adam, has not provided any funding plans so the County will likely have no choice but to make cuts to core services, such as the Sheriff and other Public Safety programs or County Clinics and other Health and Human Services programs. Even if our roads are in crisis, pushing our County into a budget crisis will not help. Join us in voting No!
Statewide Endorsed Candidates
Authorizes $600 million in general obligation bonds for affordable multifamily supportive housing to relieve homelessness, provide affordable transitional housing, affordable rental housing, or related facilities for veterans and their families.
Requires local government compliance with laws providing for public access to local government body meetings and records of government officials. Eliminates reimbursement for costs of compliance.
RSVP and Purchase your seats now for our 6th Annual Roosevelt-Hamer Dinner Saturday, May 10 at Santa Barbara's Carrillo Ballroom!
2014 Franklin Roosevelt - Fannie Lou Hamer Annual Dinner
"The Party of Action"
Saturday, May 10, 6:00PM
Carrillo Ballroom, Carrillo Recreation Center 100 E. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Purchase your tickets now at: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/rh14
Time to confirm your seats at the Democratic Party's annual fundraising dinner. Join us for a night of supporting Democratic political activity but also food and music at the beautiful Carrillo Ballroom. Now is the time to come together as Democrats, celebrate our accomplishments over the past year and renew our commitment to supporting Democratic principles and candidates for office. Congratulations to our 2014 Awardees:
Dr. Paul Song, Executive Chairman of Courage Campaign
Democratic Future Award
Selma Rubin Democratic Leadership Award
Democratic Values Award
Councilmember Terri Zuniga
Chris Lanier Solidarity Award
United Domestic Workers/AFSCME Local 3930
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Our 6th Annual Roosevelt-Hamer will be on Saturday, May 10th at 6 PM. We will be in a beautiful new location at the Carrillo Ballroom at 100 E Carrillo in Downtown Santa Barbara. Join us in celebrating this year's award recipients and help thank them for their contribution to a stronger Democratic community.
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We'll see you there!
Looking to gain political experience, build your resumé or develop valuable field experience? We can help!
As the Organizing Director I would like to invite you to learn more about the Santa Barbara County Democratic Party Internship Program. Interning with the Party means working and thinking beyond individual candidates or issues and instead working to ensure that Democrats have the information they need to cast their votes but also to engage on Democratic values during the year. Our work is to educate and empower Democrats and remain proactive to create community justice, solidarity and sustainability.
We have designed our Internship program to be educational and challenging but also rewarding. Beyond the direct professional office and political experience, Interns have an opportunity to learn about political and community action. Intern work areas will vary and can include: Party/office administration, Party/Campaign event planning and fundraising, Volunteer/community coordination, and Voter registration/mobilization.
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have different opportunities available in Santa Barbara County, including part-time and full-time, part-year and full-year. For more information, please contact us at (805) 965-8030. Thank you!
Yours in Solidarity,
Gabriel Zacarías, Organizing Director
It's time to honor a leader!
It's your last chance to RSVP to join us in celebrating Grant House's service on the Santa Barbara City Council. Grant has worked hard and now it's our turn to thank him! We will be celebrating Grant's years of dedication to the City of Santa Barbara and enjoying delicious Indonesian/Fusion treats and we want to see you there!
Tomorrow, Monday, January 6th 5:30-7:30
Sama Sama Kitchen, 1208 State St, Santa Barbara
Please click here to RSVP! We are asking for a donation of $35, or $20 for Young Democrats. See you tomorrow!
Congress has gone home for the summer, and I’m tempted to consider that a blessing. Like physicians, legislators should be required to take an oath to first and foremost do no harm. But so far this year, it’s been hard to find any healing going on, and malignant intent is everywhere evident.
Last summer, just before the annual recess (does that term suggest elementary school to anyone besides me?) Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein riffed on “14 reasons why this is the worst Congress ever.” He was, of course, referring to the 112th—a relatively benign group compared to the 113th, which has surprised all of us— from cynical lefties to the House Speaker—with its unsurpassed venality and self-debasement.
People following recent L.A. Times reporting of how the insidious state-by-state encroachment on abortion rights has suddenly spread to California found out something possibly more distressing by reading Michael Hiltzik’s column this past Sunday: The ban on perfectly legal abortions at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Orange County—a result of that hospital’s new partnership with Roman Catholic counterparts operated by St. Joseph Health System—was formally approved by California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris.
Harris, a much-celebrated rising star in California Democratic circles, somehow was convinced that the blow to women’s health care at this large facility, which handles the biggest share of obstetrics cases in the area, is no big deal.
If you didn’t dig into Hiltzik’s investigation of how this situation developed and how our Attorney General clearly bungled it, take the time to read this column.
I suspect much more will be coming on this story that should be of interest to women and Democrats in general who are already concerned about the erosion of abortion rights and choices across the country. Does California really want to join in this trend?
As both houses of Congress continue work on major farm legislation this month one of the central issues to be resolved is how much money can they take away from food assistance programs.
Yes, at a time when more than 50 million Americans (including 17 million children) are considered “food insecure” by the Dept. of Agriculture, our senators and representatives are haggling over how they can effectively cut back on feeding hungry children, seniors, and veterans, while at the same time continuing traditional subsidies for big Ag. and its allies.
Is it possible that men and women with the background and wherewithal to get elected to the U.S. Senate would not understand that there are limits to how deeply they can offend public sensibilities without paying a price?
By now we’ve just about heard it all regarding guns—call it what you wish: gun control, stopping gun violence, protecting gun rights, “second amendment remedies”—it’s all been covered, and I’ve doubted I could hear anything truly new.
And with this past week’s showdown vote in the Senate, I’d say we’ve felt it all as well. The sense of disappoint and outrage has been palpable here on the left coast. We have a hard time assimilating the utter venality of politicians so cowardly that they cannot conceive of doing the right thing even when it’s a matter of lives to be saved versus dollars to be raised.