Jul 13

The environment isn’t a political issue. It is a survival issue.

Planet Earth is planet “A.”  There is no planet “B,”  We live on the Mother Ship.  If we humans, as caretakers, protect our planet, it will continue to give and sustain life. If we don’t, it will take life.

To deny that we humans have no effect, or that we can’t make changes that will limit damage, is to contribute to a destiny for humanity that will be catastrophic.

Our leaders say things to appease our comfort level, but are enacting laws and changes that are destructive and irreversible to our planet.  If we don’t come together to prevent this, nothing else will matter.  There are no “do overs” when it comes to extinction.

What they vote into law, is what we, and future generations, will live or die with.  Don’t expect someone else to step up on your behalf.  It’s everyone’s turn to be present.

What can an individual do?  Do research on environmental organization’s websites, sign up for newsletters from environmental groups, sign petitions against pollution of our air, land, and water projects, donate to an organization that you believe is doing productive work.  Remember, some solutions will need to be done in steps.  While time is of the essence, short term imperfect policies that move in the right direction will still be better than butting heads and doing nothing.

Do research on your own, or many of these things can be found on our website.  Go to our tab “GET INVOLVED! RESIST!!.  http://www.santamariademocrats.info/resist-call-to-action/

And, CALL your representatives on a regular basis and let them know your position.  You can find their contact information on our website tab “CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES” or see links below.

State Reps link:  http://www.santamariademocrats.info/your-reps-and-maps/state-of-california/

Federal Rep link:   http://www.santamariademocrats.info/your-reps-and-maps/federal-representatives-u-s/

Link to environmental petitions on our website:   http://www.santamariademocrats.info/resist-call-to-action/petitions/environment/

Indivisible:   https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/trump-against-the-planet/?link_id=16&can_id=83c605ec892ede215fcc88c82e0a78fb&source=email-trump-against-the-planet-and-what-you-can-do-next&email_referrer=trump-against-the-planet-and-what-you-can-do-next___223576&email_subject=trump-against-the-planet-and-what-you-can-do-next#LOCALFIGHT

 

Jul 25

DON’T LIKE TRUMPCARE? HELP US AMEND

 

Take Action Now!! July 25, 2017

Got a Democratic Senator? You’ve still got work to do. One of the final stages of the TrumpCare bill is a little-known process known as “vote-a-rama” where ANY Senator can submit as many amendments as he or she. And here’s the thing: EVERY amendment takes time to be introduced and voted on. We’re collecting THOUSANDS of amendments and submitting them directly to Senate staff.

Please please please: submit your amendments here, and get your friends and family members to submit amendments

 

https://www.ouramendments.org/?utm_source=MassMail22June2017&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MassMail_22June2017

We know this is working already. Senators are reading these amendments on the Senate floor. But we need thousands more.
This is about applying your constituent power directly to the process. This tactic can delay the bill and make it more politically painful for Republicans to move forward. It’s not a silver bullet- McConnell and Senate Republicans can still blow up Senate rules and cut off the amendment process. But to do that they’ll have to go on the record literally silencing the victims of TrumpCare in their own states, which they really don’t want to visibly do.

Jul 18

Small town, low income Santa Maria pays city staff top dollar, receives unfavorable grand jury report.

As of 2015, 30.4% of Santa Maria residents were living below the federal poverty line of about $24,000 year.

Santa Maria City Manager salary exceeds $376,000 including benefits.  30 other city salaries exceed $200,000.

http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/santa-maria/


Statistics in an article in the Santa Maria Times, February 24, 2017:

As of 2015, 30.4% of Santa Maria residents were living below the federal poverty line of about $24,000 year.

That’s 10% higher poverty than the statewide average, and the Santa Barbara County average is 20%.

That means 1 out every 5 families in Santa Barbara county have an income of $24,000, or less.

78% of Santa Maria residents rent, they don’t own their own home. That’s 40% higher than statewide.

Santa Maria is 73% Hispanic, and are part of the agriculture industry, without much else to rely on.


 

 

Jul 18

City of Santa Maria received unfavorable grand jury report 2017.

Community sentiments…….”If you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”  The City isn’t listening as groups ask to be heard.  

City of Santa Maria found to be unresponsive to the community in grand jury report.

Santa Maria Times article:  The grand jury’s concerns include its belief that the task force coverage area is limited, the city of Santa Maria has direct control, and there is not a plan yet to create new taxes or fees to support future endeavors to increase youth safety.  The jury also believes that at-risk youth and their families aren’t represented on the task force; specifically that the One Community Action Coalition does not have a seat at the task force table.

http://santamariatimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/grand-jury-santa-maria-task-force-on-youth-safety-perpetuates/article_28900aff-4d5e-50ae-81f9-fe1804ff4101.html


KEYT:  The report continues, “The Jury finds that the at-risk youth and their families that the Task Force aims to help have little role in developing the envisioned changes and services that would affect them.” 

The 7-page report claims the Mayor and City Council of Santa Maria of not including representatives at the policy-making level of parents and at-risk youth who would be directly affected by the services of the Santa Maria Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety.

The Jury noted that the city’s major and City Council’s “exclusive control of the strategic plan’s design and implementation may cause costly delays.”

Among several other concerns and issues observed by the Grand Jury, several recommendations to remedy these issues are included in the report.

http://www.keyt.com/news/safety/grand-jury-report-slams-santa-maria-for-limiting-its-youth-safety-task-force/543934900

Something to remember.  “If you don’t have

Jul 16

Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino is not on the list. 279 US Climate Mayors commit to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals

Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino is not on the list.

U.S. Climate Mayors:

We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.

The world cannot wait — and neither will we.

https://medium.com/@ClimateMayors/climate-mayors-commit-to-adopt-honor-and-uphold-paris-climate-agreement-goals-ba566e260097

http://www.climate-mayors.org

Jul 14

NORTH COUNTY COALITION Indivisible meetings NEW LOCATION, Mondays, 5:30 pm, Next meeting Monday, August 7, 2017

NOTE:  The July 31st meeting has been cancelled.  Next Meeting will be on August 7th, then August 21st.

JOIN OTHER ACTIVISTS in Santa Maria every two weeks on Mondays at 5:30pm at NEW LOCATION at 120 E. Jones Street, Santa Maria, 93454. SEE CALENDAR FOR ALL MEETING DATES. Discussions on organizing future rallies and events. Bring your ideas and experiences!  (NCC: Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley, UDW, CAUSE, UFCW Local 770, NAACP, SB CAN, Conflict Solutions, Lompoc Valley Democratic Club.)

 

Jul 05

Wipe those smiles off their faces in 2018. They showed their true colors of greed and heartlessness.

NO MATTER HOW THE SENATE VOTES, THE TRUMP BILL THAT WOULD THROW MILLIONS OFF OF HEALTHCARE, WAS VOTED FOR BY THESE REPRESENTATIVES.  HELP DEFEAT THEM AT THE POLLS IN 2018.

Donate as little as $1 to fund their opponents in 2018.

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/dkendorses2018dems?refcode=20170504fsdemslate

Photos of Trump and Republican U.S. House of Representatives celebrating their passage of the health bill that would throw tens of millions of Americas off of health care and give billions in tax cuts to the wealthy.  

 

 

Jul 04

AAMC Discussion on Senate Health Bill

 

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC and established in 1876.

Without coverage, people often delay getting the care they need, turning a manageable condition into a dangerous and costly emergency.
When Congress began considering health care reform, including reforms to Medicaid, the AAMC outlined three key principles we hoped to see included in a reform bill, which we continue to stand behind:
1 It should maintain or improve current levels of health care coverage.
2 It should happen as part of a deliberate and thoughtful implementation process.
3 It should strengthen Medicaid, not weaken it.
Unfortunately, the Senate bill doesn’t include any of these principles. Rather than stabilizing the health care marketplace, this legislation will upend it by crippling the Medicaid program while also placing untenable strain on states and providers.

 AAMC-member teaching hospitals represent only 5% of hospitals nationally, but we see a much larger percentage of patients on Medicaid and who don’t have insurance. We provide 24% of all Medicaid hospitalizations and 33% of all hospital charity care.
We know what so many people losing coverage will look like:
• Patients will delay or forego necessary care, leading to more complex conditions, higher costs and overwhelmed emergency departments
• Costs will increase for all patients due to an increased number of uninsured
• Without corresponding support for the health care safety net, more uninsured individuals would cause a ripple effect on regional health care networks due to a lack of corresponding support
• Teaching hospitals will be forced to limit investments in job creation, critical services, and training the next generation of all health professionals
The AAMC is not against health care reform, but, as medical professionals, we are against health care reform that leads to fewer people having coverage—and lower-quality coverage for people who are insured. 
 

Jul 03

Failure to decimate health care won’t stop this 13 white male Republican Senate panel to continue secret negotiations. Fax them.

They don’t have the votes for now.  Time to be alert for back room negotiations.

The 13 Republicans on the Senatorial panel of all white men that wants to decide what will be the fate of health care for Americans.  Fax (free) them and tell them not to pass Trumpcare.  (See link below)  Stop the threat. Vote out Republicans in 2018.  

 

  • John Thune (SD)
  • Mike Enzi (WY)
  • Pat Toomey (PA)
  • Rob Portman (OH)
  • Cory Gardner (CO)
  • Ted Cruz (TX)
  • Mitch McConnell (KY)
  • Tom Cotton (AR)
  • Mike Lee (UT)
  • John Barrasso (WY)
  • Lamar Alexander (TN)
  • John Cornyn (TX)
  • Orrin Hatch (UT)

 

Send them a free FAX:   https://faxzero.com/fax_congress.php

Jul 02

FIX-IT Healthcare at the Tipping Point

A powerful documentary that reaches across the political and ideological divide. It makes the case for business leaders support for major healthcare reform.

The film was two years in the making, with more than forty voices advocating for reform, including: activists, health policy experts, economists, physicians, nurses, patients, business and labor leaders.This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation’s health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens.

 
BE NOTIFIED OF THE PROGRESS OF SB562, HEALTH CARE FOR ALL:  http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org

 

Jul 01

Big Lies about CA Single Payer Healthcare begins.

KNOW THE FACTS!

As the Single-payer bill heads to the state Assembly, big pharma wants to discourage us with this….SACRAMENTO — As a legislative deadline loomed, California senators Thursday — in some cases, reluctantly — voted to pass a $400 billion plan to create a government-run health care system without a way to pay for it.

As the single-payer bill heads to the state Assembly, this is exactly the media message that the private insurance and pharma industry wants. And it’s utterly, completely, embarrassingly inaccurate.

With single-payer, the cost would drop to $331 billion — meaning the people and businesses in California would pay $37 billion less than they are paying now for health care, a new study shows.

http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org/the-big-media-lie-about-single-payer-health-care/

Jul 01

CALIFORNIA MUST PROTECT HEALTHCARE. SUPPORT SB562, CA HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

California can’t count on congress to assist Americans with affordable insurance.  We must take steps to provide coverage to those who will need it and whose lives depend upon health care.  The CA Senate has passed SB562, now the CA Assembly must pass it.  

CALL Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon (AD 62): (916) 319-2063.  Vote on this in 2017!!

The Senate passed SB562 June 2, 2017, now the Assembly has to step up!!

Please FORWARD this message to friends and activist groups. We need a flood of calls to stir these legislators! Thank you all for your work!

This is an important message for all SB 562 supporters. Please read and follow up ASAP.

As our bill heads to the CA Assembly, the Healthy California campaign is asking us to make THREE VERY QUICK PHONE CALLS.  If everyone does this, it will bolster the process and build momentum going forward.

SAMPLE MESSAGE: “SB 562 is key to our health and economy. I am looking to (name of Assemblymember) to support it.”

1.) CALL:  

District 35 State Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham

                Phone: (805) 549-3381 SLO

SAMPLE MESSAGE: “SB 562 is key to our health and economy. I am looking to (name of Assemblymember) to support it.”

1150 Osos Street, Suite 207, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

District 35 Map:   http://www.calvoter.org/voter/maps/2011/assembly/map_20110815_ap_ad_35_certified.pdf

2.)  CALL 

two other important Asssemblymembers, Health Committee Chair Jim Wood and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon:

               Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon (AD 62): (916) 319-2063
                       

                          Assemblymember Jim Wood (AD 2): (916) 319-2002

 

***  BE NOTIFIED OF THE PROGRESS OF HEALTH CARE FOR ALL SB562:  http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org/home/

 

Jul 01

People living in poverty are registered, but don’t vote.

Study: Polarization and Gridlock Work Well for Rich Americans

Data collected by the Pew Research Center in 2014 found that only half of the least financially secure Americans are registered to vote, and only one-fifth planned to cast a ballot in that year’s midterm election. These voters also didn’t follow politics very closely — only a quarter knew which party controlled Congress, and only 14 percent had gotten in touch with an elected official in the last two years.

“Most people are registered to vote but you’ll find that they’re not turning out to vote,” says Alexandra Gallo, an organizer with West Virginia Citizen Action Group who participated in a panel on rural organizing. “They don’t feel that it matters or that it’s going to make a difference, or they don’t want to vote for the lesser of two evils.”

“You don’t just show up and knock on people’s doors,” she continues. “You have to develop trust. They want to know why you’re there. How long you plan to stay. And usually, when people are showing up, they assume that they have some money associated with their being there that probably will never get to the community.”

http://billmoyers.com/story/poor-people-arent-involved-in-politics/#.WU3KOExq96w.facebook

 

Jun 22

Trump signed away your internet privacy. A California legislator wants to give it back.

 

Call CA (R) Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham Phone: (805) 549-3381 SLO.  Vote YES on AB 375 introduced by CA (D) Assemblyman Ed Chau.

AT&T, Comcast and other internet service providers can continue to track every search you make and website you visit and sell that information to the highest bidder, under legislation recently signed by President Donald Trump.
That legislation, which reversed an Obama regulation, ought to alarm any American who ventures online, no matter their political persuasion. Now comes Assemblyman Ed Chau, a Democrat from Monterey Park, carrying a bill that for Californians would reverse the legislation and provide someprivacy at a time when seemingly nothing is private.
Chau’s Assembly Bill CA AB 375 promises fundamental protections: Internet services providers would have to provide customers with a “clear and conspicuous” opportunity to agree to authorize their information to be used, disclosed or sold. You could revoke that permission at any time. Providers could not deny service if consumers refuse to sign away their right to privacy. And they could not they charge customers more for failing to grant them access to their information.

Text of AB 375:  http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB375

(Also more information on our FB page – see link on our home page)

Jun 08

CALL ASSEMBLYMAN CUNNINGHAM. Fight Dark Money.

Give the California DISCLOSE Act a vote!

Last Wednesday, June 11, over 150 people from all around the state rallied and lobbied their legislators to demand that the California legislature give AB 14, the California DISCLOSE Act, its promised vote to stop secret money in politics. Chants rang out loud and clear across the Capitol steps — from coauthors, coalition partners, and activists alike — that “We Want a Vote!”
To get our democracy back, we must stop the wealthy and powerful from secretly buying elections — which the California DISCLOSE Act will do by making political ads show who really pays for them. That’s why we have to keep fighting to show our elected officials how many people are demanding they vote to end Dark Money.

Sign Petitions CA AB 14 & CA SB 651 Fight Dark Money  

Sign Petition for CA AB 1089 Limit Campaign $ in Local Elections

CALL ASSEMBLYMAN JORDAN CUNNINGHAM: 

Phone: (805) 549-3381 

1150 Osos Street, Suite 207, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 

 

CA STATE ASSEMBLYMAN REPRESENTING NORTH SANTA BARBARA COUNTY:

District 35 State Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R)http://ad35.assemblygop.com   (Term 2016-2018)

State Capitol, Room 4098, Sacramento, CA 94249-0035 Phone: (916) 319-2035; FAX: (805) 549-3400

District 35 Map:   http://www.calvoter.org/voter/maps/2011/assembly/map_20110815_ap_ad_35_certified.pdf

1.)  SIGN THE PETITION FOR AB 14:    

https://www.yesfairelections.org/petition/ab14.php?ms=caclean-home

Read  AB 14 Bill:  http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB14

AB 14, The California DISCLOSE Act, will fight Dark Money by making it illegal for political ads to mislead voters about who’s paying for them. 

AB 14 will strike the biggest blow yet against the unlimited secret money unleashed by Citizens United by requiring that ballot measure ads and ads about candidates by outside groups clearly and prominently disclose their top 3 true funders.

 2.)  SIGN THE PETITION FOR SB 651:

https://www.yesfairelections.org/petition/sb651.php?ms=yfe-home-feature

Read SB 651 Bill:http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=

 SB 651 complements AB 14, the California DISCLOSE Act, which requires political ads to clearly disclose their top 3 funders when they ask for your vote.  Together, they’ll let voters know who’s paying for initiatives every step of the way.

 

3.) SIGN THE PETITION FOR AB 1089:

http://www.yesfairelections.org/petition/ab1089.php?ms=facebook-post-ab1089-2017-05-23

AB 1089 In 78% of cities, wealthy special interests can give unlimited amounts of money to candidates in LOCAL elections.   Most states impose limitations on contributions to candidates for local elective offices. California is among the minority of states without these contribution limitations.

 

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