November 2014 Endorsements

September 17

Official Democratic Party Endorsements: November 4th, 2014 Election 

US Congressional Representative, 24th District: Lois Capps

CA State Assemblymember, 37th District: Das Williams

CA State Assemblymember, 35th District: Heidi Harmon 

Vote YES on Measure P
Ban fracking and extreme oil extraction techniques in Santa Barbara County.
Vote YES on Measure S
Bond measure for Santa Barbara City College
Vote YES on Measure U
Bond measure for Carpinteria Unified School District

Local Candidates:

Hope School District: Nels Henderson, Tony Winterbauer, and Kristi Newton
Goleta Sanitary District: Beverly Herbert & Edward Easton
Carpinteria School District: Michelle Robertson
Goleta Water District: Meg West
Isla Vista Recreation and Parks District: Paola De La Cruz and Jacob Lebell
Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees: Jonathan Abboud
Lompoc City Council: Darrell Tullis and Robert Cuthbert
Santa Maria City Council: Tony Coles
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District: Diana Perez

Statewide Candidates:

Jerry Brown
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom
Controller Betty Yee
 John Chiang
Secretary of State Alex Padilla
Attorney General Kamala Harris
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
Board of Equalization Member District 1 Chris Parker
Board of Equalization Member District 2 Fiona Ma

Statewide Ballot Initiatives:

YES on Proposition 1: Crucial water bond for California
YES on Proposition 2: Increases State 'Rainy Day Fund'
YES on Proposition 45: Health Insurance Companies Must Justify Rate Increases
NEUTRAL on Proposition 46: Patient Safety Act & drug testing for doctors
YES on Proposition 47: Reforms criminal sentences for non-violent crimes
YES on Proposition 48: Updates tribal gaming compacts

Labor Day 2014!

July 31

Join us in Oak Park's newly renovated main area for a celebration of labor and help us get ready to get out the vote in the upcoming election! And of course, BBQ!

We are delighted that this year’s keynote speaker will be Dean Vogel, President of the California Teachers Association, a dynamic leader in the fight for public education and dignity and justice for educators throughout our education system.

This year’s picnic will start at 2:00PM on Monday, September 1st.

Interested in sponsoring and being featured on our commemorative poster? Email or call 805-965-8030.

Save time at the event by purchasing your ticket here ahead of time!

Tickets are $25 at the door

(Children 8 and under get in free!)

See you there!

September 01, 2014 at 2pm - 5pm
Oak Park - Main Area-
300 W Alamar Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
United States

Our Endorsements

June 03

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


Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown 

John Chiang

Lieutenant Governor
Gavin Newsom

  Secretary of State
No recommendation

Attorney General
Kamala D. Harris

  Insurance Commissioner 
Dave Jones 
No recommendation 
  Supt. of Public Instruction 
Tom Torlakson 


Ballot Initiatives


YES on Proposition 41 –Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014

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.  


YES on Proposition 42 – Public Records. Open Meetings State Reimbursement to Local Agencies. Legislative Constitutional Amendment 


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.


Join us this Saturday, May 10th!

May 05

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:

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:

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Paul Song, Executive Chairman of Courage Campaign


Democratic Future Award

Steven Attewell

Selma Rubin Democratic Leadership Award

Jill Johnson

Democratic Values Award

Councilmember Terri Zuniga

Chris Lanier Solidarity Award

United Domestic Workers/AFSCME Local 3930

If you need any more information about the dinner, please contact us at:


Save the Date! Annual Roosevelt-Hamer Dinner May 10!

February 17


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.


We'll see you there!



Apply to our Internship Program!

January 30

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 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



Celebration of Grant House!

January 05

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!

TomorrowMonday, 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!


Congressional Malpractice

August 12

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.


Faith-Based Health Care in California

June 26

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?



On Farms and Food

June 03

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.



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